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Washington State redshirt senior ILB Peyton Pelluer (foot fracture) will miss the remainder of the season.

Pelluer (6'0/235) is set to undergo surgery over the next few weeks to repair the foot fracture he sustained in the first half of Saturday's win over Oregon State. With a recovery timeline of 5-6 months, Pelluer’s season is over. Since he's already used a redshirt, his collegiate career is likely over as well. Pelluer had made 34 consecutive starts for the Cougars. Washington State will turn over middle linebacking duties to Nate DeRider.
Sep 18 - 1:23 PM

Washington State junior WR Tavares Martin caught 10 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 52-23 win over Oregon State.

Martin sustained a possible injury to his left leg on a non-contact play in the second half, but this was otherwise a fantastic showing for the 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior. His first two touchdowns came on passes of 21 and two yards in the first and second quarters. He would come back out after halftime to haul in a 57-yard score in the third quarter. This is the kind of overall performance which we expected to see from Martin this season and one which he had not managed to put together until he faced the Beavers on Saturday. A home showdown with Nevada next weekend should allow him plenty more opportunities for big numbers so long as he is healthy enough to play in the contest.
Sep 16 - 9:45 PM

Washington State senior QB Luke Falk completed 37-of-49 passes for 396 yards and six touchdowns in Saturday's 52-23 win over Oregon State.

Falk was forced out of last Saturday's triple-overtime win over Boise State due to a head injury, but showed no ill effects in his demolition of the Cougars one week later. He connected on four of his six touchdown passes in the first half, including three in the second quarter. The uber-productive quarterback has now thrown for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in two of three games this season, with only that ineffective, injury-marred Boise State contest serving as a dark cloud on his statistical output.
Sep 16 - 9:38 PM

Washington State junior WR Tavares Martin was lifted from Saturday's game against Oregon State due to an apparent left leg injury.

Martin was injured on a non-contact play in the second half of Saturday's contest and was subsequently seen receiving treatment in the medical tent. The exact nature and extent of his injury concern is not yet known. Stay tuned.
Sep 16 - 8:37 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Washington State redshirt junior DE Hercules Mata’afa is "an undersized pass-rushing defensive end who makes a lot of plays in the backfield."

Pauline assigned Mata'afa (6'2/245) a Rds. 5-6 grade. "Mata’afa is explosive and intense but has size limitations," he wrote. "Projecting him to the next level, the junior is best as a nickel rusher, lining up as a one-gap defensive end or standing over tackle."
Sep 15 - 3:11 PM

Washington State now lists senior RB Jamal Morrow as the starter.

Previously, there had been an "OR" designation between Morrow and James Williams. "Leach didn't seem too happy with him based on Monday presser," the Seattle Times' Stefanie Loh wrote of Williams. Williams already has an incredible 23 catches through two games, but he was held to 31 yards on 14 carries (2.2 YPC) against Boise State.
Sep 12 - 2:34 PM

Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach announced that senior QB Luke Falk (head) will play and start on Saturday against Oregon State.

Falk (6'4/223) left last Saturday's game against Boise State twice; once for ineffectiveness, and once for injury. Backup quarterback Tyler Hilinski was effective in relief, throwing for three touchdowns in a comeback victory in triple-overtime over Boise State. Still, Falk has put up prolific passing numbers over his career, and his return is a welcome site for fans of the Cougars.
Sep 11 - 5:43 PM

Washington State sophomore QB Tyler Hilinski completed 25-of-33 passes for 240 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in a 44-41 triple-overtime victory over Boise State on Saturday.

Hilinski (6-3/213) came in for an ineffective Falk early in the third, and then replaced him for good when Falk left with an undisclosed injury. All things considered, this was very impressive, especially when you consider that the Cougs were down 31-10 early in the fourth. His first touchdown pass over the shoulder to Jamire Calvin to make it 31-17 with 8:00 minutes left in the fourth. His next strike was a six-yarder to Jamaal Morrow to tie the game at 31-31 with just over a minute left in regulation. His third score was the game-winner; a touchdown pass to Morrow where he did most of the work and dove into the end zone for a 47-44 victory. There's no quarterback controversy here, but if Falk does miss time, the Cougars clearly have a competent backup in Hilinski.
Sep 10 - 2:50 AM

Washington State senior QB Luke Falk left Saturday's game against Boise State with an apparent shoulder injury.

Falk was slammed hard by a Boise State defender, which caused a fumble returned for a touchdown. He was benched earlier in the game, but it appeared to be more due to playing poorly than anything injury related. Tyler Hilinski will likely replace Falk for the rest of the day.
Sep 10 - 1:12 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Washington State redshirt senior G Cody O'Connell is an "underrated offensive lineman that does not get enough credit in the scouting community."

"He’s a massive blocker measuring in at 6-feet-8, 350-plus pounds and plays big football, dominating opponents at the point of attack," Pauline notes. O'Connell earned All-American honors for his work at left guard last season. The analyst sees him developing into a backup tackle or guard at the next level.
Sep 8 - 9:40 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline called Washington State senior QB Luke Falk "a lesser version of Josh Rosen."

"His ability to see the field, read defenses and command the offense ranks with any of the top quarterback prospects (Allen, Darnold or Rosen) and in some instances is better," Pauline writes. What separates the three quarterbacks in the parenthetical from Falk is arm strength, but Pauline sees this as something that will limit the senior's options, not eliminate them completely, writing that "Falk can play at the next level in a run heavy offense that does not rely on the vertical game."
Sep 8 - 8:41 PM

Washington State senior RB Jamal Morrow ran for 89 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries in a 31-0 win over Montana State on Saturday.

On a night where fellow running back James Williams was unstoppable, Morrow (5'9/203) was still able to contribute. He wasn't as effective in the passing game -- one catch for five yards -- but he was able to gash the Montana State defense on the ground. His touchdown was a 29-yard burst with 7:09 left in the third quarter, putting the Cougs up 21-0. Even with Williams, Morrow is going to get his touches, and he'll likely be over 400 yards both as a receiver and a runner.
Sep 3 - 1:41 AM

Washington State redshirt sophomore RB James Williams caught 13 passes for 163 yards and two scores, and ran nine times for 45 yards in a 31-0 victory over Montana State on Saturday.

This was a dominant effort from the 5-foot-11, 195-pound playmaker. Montana State couldn't cover him on pass routes, and he was efficient on the ground as well. His touchdown catches were an a 11-yarder from Luke Falk with 6:57 in the first quarter to open the scoring, and he caught a 24-yarder from Falk early in the fourth to eliminate any chance of Montana State getting in this game. The Cougars are loaded with talented running backs, but Williams offers the most upside, and he should rank among the team leaders in rushing and receiving yards.
Sep 3 - 1:37 AM

Washington State senior QB Luke Falk completed 33-of-39 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-0 victory over Montana State on Saturday.

It's the first time in Falk's career that the Cougars have opened up with a victory. He wasn't as clinical as he usually is in the early portion of the evening, but he was extremely accurate in the second half, as you can see from that completion percentage. His first touchdown pass was a 13-yarder to Cougar running back James Williams, and he would find Williams again in the fourth quarter for 24 yards and a score. In between those two passes, he threw a six-yard dime to wideout Tavares Martin in the third quarter. Lots of quarterbacks could put up big numbers in WSU Head Coach Mike Leach's system, but Falk is more than a system quarterback. If the Cougars keep winning, he's a darkhorse candidate for some Heisman love at the end of the season.
Sep 3 - 1:36 AM

The Seattle Times' Stefanie Loh believes Washington State freshmen WRs Davontavean "Tay" Martin and Jamire Calvin will be in the receiving rotation immediately.

Calvin, a four-star recruit, is the more hyped of the two. At a diminutive 5-foot-10, 152 pounds, Loh says he'll remind fans of Gabe Marks. The 6-foot-3, 182-pound Martin, on the other hand, was rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN.com and 247Sports. He's a former Division I-caliber basketball shooting guard prospect who at one point committed to play on the hardwood for the University of New Orleans. Now, he joins a Wazzu receiving corps that will be quite big outside of slot guys like Calvin. The Cougars boast huge targets like Isaiah Johnson-Mack (6-foot-3), C.J. Dimry, (6-foot-5) and Dezmon Patmon (6-foot-4). Loh believes Tavares Martin and Johnson-Mack will ultimately start on the outside, with junior Kyle Sweet and senior Robert Lewis on the inside.
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