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Washington State redshirt junior T Andre Dillard was on the field for all but one snap in 2016.

Impressive enough in its own right that Dillard essentially played every snap, made doubly so considering the number of plays that HC Mike Leach chews his offense through on a per-game basis. The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder ultimately saw 1,074 of 1,075 snaps. Dillard appeared in just three contests in 2015 before taking his quantum leap forward this past season. Pro Football Focus named him to their All-Pac-12 second-team for this fine work.
Feb 17 - 4:39 PM

Washington State WR River Cracraft (ACL) was not invited to the NFL Combine.

Cracraft tore his ACL in November. He finished his final season with 701 yards on 53 receptions and five touchdowns. After missing games in 2014 and 2015 as well, Cracraft, a fringe WR prospect to begin with, has big-time durability concerns.
Feb 15 - 5:30 PM

Washington State signed three-star DE Preston Hendry.

Hendry is a big lineman with a physical game and a non-stop motor. "Not the most fluid but can disrupt with strong hands and solid upfield pursuit speed given his size. Can overpower at the point of attack," noted ESPN. Hendry must work on his propensity to play high, which gives a big target to blockers.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 8 - 12:44 PM

Washington State redshirt junior WR Kyrin Priester returned to the team.

Priester left the team in August for undisclosed reasons, reportedly with the intent to transfer. Instead, he remained in Pullman, and now he's a Cougar again. The former Clemson transfer had 34 receptions for 246 yards and a touchdown across 13 games in 2015. He'll likely play in the slot next season. HC Mike Leach said Priester (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) is "working through the offseason and trying to fight his way into the depth chart."
Feb 2 - 4:01 PM

The NCAA granted Washington State redshirt senior WR C.J. Dimry a sixth year of eligibility based on a medical hardship.

Wazzu coach Mike Leach confirmed that Dimry will return in 2017 for one last season of eligibility. He must have been elated, as the Cougars lost Gabe Marks and River Cracraft, its top two receivers. The 6-foot-5, 201-pound Dimry caught 12 passes for 141 yards last season. "His talent is really nice. He’s a late bloomer in every sense of the word," WSU receivers coach Dave Nichol said last December. "He just needed those reps. It started to happen in practice and started showing in games."
Feb 2 - 2:38 PM

Washington State signed four-star 2017 WR Jamire Calvin.

Thus ends an incredibly bouncy final month of recruitment for Calvin. In January, he committed to Oregon State, then committed to Nebraska, then decommitted from Nebraska in order to sign with Washington State. Phew. This is a major get for the Cougars, who were losing Pac-12 all-time leading receiver Gabe Marks to the 2017 NFL Draft. On the field, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Calvin is "an ideal weapon for the spread offense," according to ESPN, with the outlet adding that he also has potential in the return game. There are size questions, here, but we like Calvin as a pretty nice fit in HC Mike Leach's high-flying offense.
Feb 1 - 3:55 PM

Washington State junior LB Logan Tago has accepted a plea deal in relation to a summer robbery incident.

Tago was initially facing second-degree felony robbery and fourth-degree misdemeanor assault charges after he allegedly robbed a pedestrian of a six-pack of beer and hit him over the head in June. With the plea deal accepted, the felony charge has been downgraded to a third-degree assault charge and that fourth-degree misdemeanor assault charge has been dropped. Tago will be required to serve 30 days in jail, pay $800 in fines and perform 240 hours of community service. Washington State initially suspended him from the football team, but he was reinstated in November and appeared in Wazzu's final two games.
Jan 27 - 7:52 PM

Four-star 2017 WR Jamire Calvin committed to Nebraska.

The tea leaves were nodding this way after Calvin recently decommitted from Oregon State. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Calvin was one of the top wideouts on Nebraska's board. Calvin was particularly high-priority for Nebraska because the Huskers graduated three seniors and only had four scholarship WRs returning. The U.S. Army All-American is "very sudden and explosive and is a fairly polished route runner," according to Rivals. He could contribute out of the slot from Day 1.
Source: Rivals
Jan 27 - 4:00 PM

Four-star 2017 WR Jamire Calvin will choose between Nebraska and Washington State.

This confirms that Calvin is no longer considering Notre Dame. The former Oregon State commit is a 5-foot-9, 175-pound burner. Calvin said in the fall that Oregon State coaches had told him that they "would use me like Brandin Cooks and Victor Bolden." He'd look great in the slot of a Mike Leach offense. Stay tuned.
Jan 25 - 3:11 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah says Washington State WR Gabe Marks was his favorite receiver in Shrine Game practices.

Marks is coming off a prolific career in Wazzu's pass-happy offense. The 6-foot, 190-pounder is the Pac-12's all-time leading receiver with 316 catches. "He lacks ideal size and top speed but he's very quick and savvy as a route runner," Jeremiah wrote. "He tracks the ball naturally and he has soft hands. Every year there is a receiver at this game that ends up contributing right away at the next level; Marks would be my choice from this year's group."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 20 - 1:44 PM

Washington State HC Mike Leach ripped into the vitality of SEC offenses.

"This is a great time to be in the SEC; everybody’s got the same offense: run right, run left, play action. And they tease themselves and say we threw it four more times a game this year than we did last year," Leach said. He wasn't done with his disdain for the conference. "How is [the SEC] better? Somebody coaches better athletes, somehow they morph into something smarter? That’s crazy," Leach forwarded. "I mean, you still have problems, you still have 11 parts you can wiggle around to counter the other 11 parts." Some of this consternation stems from the fact that Leach's high-flying ways were looked upon with a few raised eyebrows when he served as offensive coordinator at Kentucky in the late 90's.
Jan 19 - 8:30 PM

Washington State redshirt junior QB Luke Falk will return for his senior year.

First reported last month, Falk and Wazzu made the news official with a tweet today. CBS Sports ranks Falk the No. 5 quarterback prospect for 2018. Falk finished No. 5 in the FBS with 4,204 passing yards this past year. He added 37 touchdowns. Falk enters his final season with 10,624 passing yards despite only being starter for the past two years.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 11 - 3:47 PM

Four-star 2017 WR Jamire Calvin committed to Oregon State.

In a surprising twist, Calvin picked the Beavers over Nebraska, Notre Dame, Alabama and Washington State. The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder is a burner. Calvin said in October that Oregon State coaches had told him that they "would use me like Brandin Cooks and Victor Bolden." Expect to see him in the slot immediately.
Jan 7 - 1:32 PM

Washington State redshirt junior G Cody O'Connell will return to school for the 2017 season.

O'Connell stands at a monstrous 6-foot-8 and 348-pounds. He was a unanimous vote for All-American at left guard. Crazy enough, this was O'Connell's first season as a starter.
Source: Scout
Jan 2 - 11:01 AM

Washington State senior WR Gabe Marks caught four passes for 27 yards in Tuesday's 17-12 loss to Minnesota in the National Funding Bowl.

Marks has played a sparkling brand of football during his four years with the Cougars, but Tuesday's showing won't be one to tell the grandchildren about. Both the four receptions and 27 yards receiving represented his second lowest totals of the season. The 6-foot, 190-pounder finished his Cougars career as the Pac-12's all-time leading receiver, having notched 316 catches. He has accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 03:14:00 PM


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