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Washington State redshirt junior DE Hercules Mata'afa picked up three sacks, nine quarterback pressures and seven stops in Saturday's victory over Utah.

Goodness. Mata'afa (6'2/252) doesn't get nearly enough credit for how dominant he has been in 2017, and he couldn't have been any better on Saturday. He doesn't have ideal size, but it's tough to find a player who is quicker off the snap, and his motor does not stop. If Mata'afa does decide to enter the draft this spring, it shouldn't shock anyone if someone falls in love with his skillset and takes him in the first 64 selections.
Nov 13 - 8:04 PM

Washington State junior WR Tavares Martin caught 10 passes for 64 yards with a touchdown in a 33-25 victory over Utah on Saturday.

This was a dink-and-dunk show from Luke Falk and the Cougar offense, but Martin was able to haul in several of those targets, including an 11-yard catch-and-go from Luke Falk to give the Cougs a 7-0 lead in the first. That was his long catch of the game, but his multiple catches helped keep the chains moving for the Washington State offense to keep them alive for the Pac-12 North. Wazzu gets a bye this week before the Apple Cup against Washington.
Nov 11 - 9:24 PM

Washington State senior QB Luke Falk completed 40-of-69 passes for 311 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in a 33-25 victory over Utah on Saturday.

The three touchdowns and 311 yards are great. The two picks, 4.5 yards-per-attempt and 58 percent completion percentage leave a lot to be desired. We probably have too high of expectations for Falk, but he just hasn't been the same player in 2017 that we saw for the majority of 2016. Still, his three scoring passes -- along with the vastly underrated Cougar defense -- was enough to get the win in Utah. Falk and the Cougs get a week off before taking on rival Washington State on November 25.
Nov 11 - 9:21 PM

247Sports reports that Washington State redshirt junior RB Gerard Wicks (knee) could return before the end of the season.

Wicks suffered what looked like a potentially serious knee injury while trying to run out the clock at the end of last Saturday's win over Stanford. 247Sports is hearing from multiple sources that no ligament damage was sustained, there, leaving open the possibility that Wicks might be able to come back before season's end. While his loss for any amount of time is not ideal, the 6-foot, 224-pounder has carried the ball just 32 times for 156 yards this season. James Williams and Jamal Morrow have been considerably more productive and will continue to see the bulk of backfield touches while Wicks rehabs.
Source: 247Sports
Nov 10 - 6:26 PM

Washington State junior WR Tavares Martin caught seven passes for 67 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 24-21 win over Stanford.

Martin snagged a 12-yard touchdown early in the second quarter. That score gave him an even 10 trips to the end zone for the campaign. 1,000 yards for the season are not out of the realm of possibility if the junior can come on strong down the stretch. He's currently sitting on 705 yards receiving for the campaign.
Nov 4 - 7:21 PM

Washington State senior QB Luke Falk completed 34-of-48 passes for 337 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 24-21 win over Stanford.

Falk was benched for Tyler Hilinski in the first half of last weekend's lackluster loss to Arizona, but helmed the ship for the duration against Stanford on Saturday. He hit on two of his three touchdown passes in the second quarter. His third score proved to be the most noteworthy, though, as the senior hit Jamire Calvin from 11 yards out midway through the fourth quarter to flip a 21-17 deficit to a 24-21 advantage. Falk has thrown at least three touchdown passes in six of 10 games this season.
Nov 4 - 7:11 PM

Washington State redshirt junior RB Gerard Wicks suffered a potentially serious knee injury at the end of Saturday's 24-21 win over Stanford.

Just a terrible spot, here, as Wicks was merely trying to run out the clock at the end of the fourth quarter when he sustained the knee injury. The extent of the injury is not yet known, but it looked serious on the field. His status moving forward should clarify in the coming days.
Nov 4 - 6:59 PM

Washington State senior QB Luke Falk will start on Saturday against Stanford.

Falk was replaced by Tyler Hilinski late in the second quarter, and the 6-foot-4, 233-pound signal-caller didn't return in the game. In his place, Hilinski had 500 yards and four total scores, but he also threw four interceptions and the Cougs were blown out 58-37 in Arizona. Falk could be on a short-leash on Saturday, as he's now been benched twice this year.
Oct 30 - 6:00 PM

Washington State junior WR Tavares Martin caught 11 passes for 136 yards with two touchdowns in a 58-37 loss to Arizona on Saturday.

Martin (6'1/185) missed last week's game for "violating team rules," but he was back on the field on Saturday, and he was the Cougars best offensive player on the day. He made a nifty catch in the end zone from Tyler Hilinski near the end of the second quarter, and he did all of the work on a 49-yard score near the end of the game to bring the Cougars to within 14 at 51-37. No matter who is playing quarterback for the Cougars, Martin is a clear go-to option for the Cougars. They have a date with Stanford next week.
Oct 29 - 1:22 AM

Washington State sophomore QB Tyler Hilinski completed 45-of-61 passes for 509 yards and two touchdowns with four interceptions in a 58-37 loss to Arizona on Saturday.

Hilinski also ran for two scores. So, this was weird. Hilinski came in relief of starter Luke Falk late in the second quarter, and remained the signal-caller for the rest of the game. Throwing 61 passes in a quadruple-overtime game is a lot. In two-plus quarters? Wow. There were moments of brilliance for the sophomore quarterback, but there were also moments that made you wonder why the Cougars made the switch in the first place. Much of the yardage -- and one of the touchdowns -- came in borderline garbage time, but even with four turnovers, a 500-yard, two-touchdown performance is certainly interesting, at the worst.
Oct 29 - 1:18 AM

Washington State senior QB Luke Falk was benched in the first half of Saturday's game against Arizona.

Falk was replaced by Tyler Hilinski after a slow start to the contest. We've seen this trick from Cougars HC Mike Leach before and it's very possible that Falk returns to the game at some point.
Oct 28 - 11:33 PM

Washington State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 WR Drue Jackson.

Jackson (6'0/176) referred to the Cougars as the "perfect fit." He opted for Washington State over Houston, Louisville, Texas Tech and Utah. The Utes were the other primary contender for his pledge. On the field, Jackson offers sharp, instinctual route-running and impressive body control. Rivals ranks him as the No. 233 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: Rivals
Oct 27 - 5:17 PM

Washington State junior WR Tavares Martin will return from suspension to play on Saturday against Arizona.

Martin (6'1/185) was suspended by coach Mike Leach for "violating team rules) and missed the 28-0 route of Colorado last week. He's been the Cougars and quarterback Luke Falk's top wideout this year, catching 37 passes for 502 yards with seven touchdowns in the 2017 campaign.
Oct 23 - 7:31 PM

Washington State freshman WR Davontavean Martin caught four passes for 78 yards and a score in a 28-0 rout of Colorado on Saturday.

Martin (6'3/182) was Falk's go-to wideout with Tavares Martin suspended for a "violation of team rules." Martin hauled in the game's first touchdown on a blown coverage by Colorado from 50 yards out from senior quarterback Luke Falk. The talented freshman could get more targets as the year progresses for Washington State, possibly starting next week against Arizona.
Oct 22 - 2:14 AM

Washington State senior QB Luke Falk completed 17-of-34 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-0 demolishing of Colorado on Saturday.

Falk also ran for 41 yards, as the 6-foot-4, 223-pound quarterback had all day to throw and took off when necessary. While the three touchdowns are great, this was not a strong game from the senior QB. Anytime he had to make a throw that wasn't the first read, he struggled with accuracy, and Colorado dropped multiple interceptions. Still, even in a "bad" game, there were moments of brilliance for the potential first-round pick. Falk and the Cougs get Arizona next.
Oct 22 - 2:10 AM


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