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Washington State redshirt senior Connor Halliday completed 41-of-62 attempts for 544 passing yards, six touchdown and two interceptions in Saturday's 59-21 blowout win over Portland State.

Frustrated by an 0-2 start, the Cougars rolled up 706 yards of offense while restricting Portland State to 362 yards. The 6-foot-4, 198-pound Halliday, the nation's leading passer, has 1,465 passing yards and a 12/5 TD/INT ratio through three games.
Sep 15 - 12:27 AM

Washington State redshirt senior WR Vince Mayle hauled in eight receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown in Friday's loss to Nevada.

He has 20 receptions, 211 receiving yards and two touchdowns through two games. Scouts wanted to see better quickness and speed from Mayle, but thus far his yards per catch average is more than two yards fewer than last season (long of 26). The 6-foot-3, 220-pounds Mayle didn't switch to football full-time until 2012. He's showed dedication to his new craft, dropping twenty pounds over the offseason. "Mayle possesses deceptive build-up speed and can track the ball over his shoulder as well as turn back to use his height and leaping ability to win 50-50 balls," CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote over the summer.
Sep 6 - 2:21 AM

Washington State redshirt senior Connor Halliday completed 35-of-54 attempts for 349 passing yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Friday's 24-13 setback against Rutgers.

Washington State isn't talented enough to be inefficient on offense, so Halliday is going to have to take big steps forward for Mike Leach's squad to turn things around. Wazzu will win next week against Portland State, but Pac 12 play begins after that, and the Cougars don't figure to be favored in more than two or three of those games. The 6-foot-4, 198-pound Halliday is 75-for-110 for 881 passing yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions through three games.
Sep 6 - 2:12 AM

Washington State redshirt senior Connor Halliday "is not the typical [Mike] Leach quarterback," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Leach's aggressive passing attack "prioritizes poise and accuracy over arm strength, [making] stars out of passers most NFL teams would never consider prospects," Rang wrote. Halliday completed 40-for-56 attempts for 532 passing yards, five touchdowns and one interception in Thursday's 41-38 loss to Rutgers. "The lanky 6-foot-4, 198-pounder has a live arm and loves to show it off," Rang wrote. "He attacked the Scarlet Knights with the typical in-breaking routes Leach has made famous. Halliday also showed very good accuracy on both intermediate and deep out-breaking routes, consistently throwing before his receivers turned. Halliday also showed deft touch on verticals down the sideline and when dropping passes over the defenders with their backs turned to him."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 1 - 3:27 PM

Washington State redshirt senior Connor Halliday completed 40-for-56 attempts for 532 passing yards, five touchdowns and one interception in Thursday's 41-38 loss to Rutgers.

This was a tight game throughout -- with the Cougars biggest deficit being 11 points -- and Mike Leach, as is his wont, was completely indifferent to a ground attack. Washington State had just nine rushing attempts that weren't credited to Halliday, and had 14 carries for six yards overall. Halliday was a little shaky in the first quarter, but was superb in the next two, going 13-for-15 to start the second half. Halliday set a Cougars' record with 4,597 passing yards last season and tied Ryan Leaf's single-season record of 34 touchdown passes. He very well could exceed both numbers in 2014, while also slashing his 22 interceptions.
Aug 31 - 7:04 PM

The Sporting News' Matt Hayes predicts Washington State will be playing for the Pac-12 North Division title in November.

"Years ago when Leach was at Texas Tech, his third team won nine games and developed into a significant factor in the then-Big 12 South Division," Hayes wrote. "Kliff Kingsbury, in his third year as the starting quarterback for Leach, threw for more than 5,000 yards and 45 TDs. Fast forward to 2014, and that’s Connor Holliday entering his third season as quarterback for Leach at Wazzu, after last year leading the Cougars to their first bowl game since 2003 and throwing for 4,597 yards and 34 TDs." Added Kingsbury himself: "You get that long in his system, and everything you do is second nature. That’s when it starts to really get fun." The Cougars would need to beat out Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford and Washington to win the North. They're a longshot at best.
Aug 27 - 7:12 PM

Washington State junior WR Gabe Marks "possesses enough agility and acceleration to catch scouts' attention," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Marks is a slick (but slim) slot receiver who possesses enough agility and acceleration to catch scouts' attention but whose stock may be limited due to questionable top-end speed," Rang wrote. Marks finished second in school history with 74 catches for 807 yards and tied Vince Mayle for the team lead with seven touchdown receptions in 2013. As always, any QB or WR starting under Mike Leach possesses fantasy intrigue.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 1 - 9:41 PM

Washington State redshirt senior Connor Halliday "could rise up charts with a big senior campaign," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Halliday set a Cougars' record with 4,597 passing yards last season and tied Ryan Leaf's single-season record of 34 touchdown passes. "Halliday has plenty of arm strength and is willing (too willing, in fact) to take chances, which resulted in 22 interceptions a year ago -- his first season as the Cougars' full-time starter," wrote Rang. "He typically throws in-breaking routes like slants and posts well, showing zip and good placement but can get scatter-shot, especially when he doesn't set his feet. Halliday will occasionally drop it in the bucket on touch throws but too often throws long. He possesses a spindly frame and isn't particularly elusive though he has decent speed for the position." Halliday is an outstanding fantasy quarterback as Mike Leach's trigger man.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 1 - 9:28 PM

Washington State redshirt senior WR Vince Mayle might be the school's "most intriguing" pro prospect, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Mayle, 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, didn't switch to football full-time until 2012. "Mayle was (and looked like) a work-in-progress in 2013 but emerged as one of the Cougars' primary pass-catchers with 42 grabs for 539 yards and tying for the team-lead with seven touchdowns," Rang wrote. Mayle has reportedly lost 20 pounds and "is showing improved quickness and route-running," according to the analyst. Mayle is an intriguing Pac-12 fantasy sleeper while playing in Mike Leach's aerial attack. "Frankly, given his size, I was impressed with Mayle's quickness a year ago. While he does not possess ideal burst off the line of scrimmage, he has lateral quickness to slip the jam and to elude defenders," Rang wrote. "Mayle possesses deceptive build-up speed and can track the ball over his shoulder as well as turn back to use his height and leaping ability to win 50-50 balls."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 1 - 7:47 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes redshirt junior ILB Darryl Monroe has "average straight-line speed."

Monroe capped off a 94 tackle, eight for loss, and two sack season with a career-high 13 tackles in a New Mexico Bowl setback versus Colorado State. "Monroe sports a chiseled frame and the strength gained from time in the weight room is obvious on the field, where he shows impressive power to disengage and as a hitter," wrote Rang. "He's highly aggressive and doesn't possess great balance, which results in some big collisions when he guesses right and some cut-back opportunities when he overruns the play. Monroe is at his best in the box due to average straight-line speed, though he is alert in coverage." The 6-foot-1, 235-pounder runs a 4.76 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 1 - 7:29 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes that Washington State Cougars red shirt junior DT Xavier Cooper has "attributes which will intrigue teams looking for "five-tech defensive ends" or a "penetrating defensive tackle."

"He shows good initial quickness off the snap and surprising acceleration and balance for a man of his size. Cooper is a passionate player who frequently pursues laterally and downfield - attributes which will intrigue teams looking for five-tech defensive ends (a role Cooper often played a year ago) or as a penetrating defensive tackle," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-4, 303 pound Cooper has the ideal size and strength at the point of attack that evaluators like, but Rang notes that he could improve by "gaining more explosiveness," which could assist with shedding blockers.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 30 - 1:23 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reports Washington State LB signee Chandler Leniu will be eligible to play immediately after being released from his scholarship with Cal.

Leniu committed to Cal in January, but a change of heart left him in limbo until Cal voided the initial choice. The inside linebacker was ranked as a four-star recruit by many scouting services.
Jun 24 - 11:12 AM

Orange County Register reports that Aaron Porter, former four-star linebacker who left UCLA in April, will transfer to Washington State.

Porter will have to attend Cerritos Community College to work out some academic issues this fall before transferring to WSU. He spent two seasons buried on the depth chart at UCLA, redshirting in 2012. He played linebacker and fullback for the Bruins, but will most likely switch back to linebacker full time for the Cougars.
Jun 1 - 9:46 AM

Cardinals selected Washington State S Deone Bucannon with the No. 27 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Bucannon (6-foot-1, 211) was a first-team All-American in 2013 after leading the Pac 12 in tackles (114) and tying for the conference lead in interceptions (6). His 15 career picks rank third in Wazzu history. Bucannon is a striker with speed (4.49) and explosive short-area athleticism (10-foot-5 broad jump). His cover skills are a work in progress, but Bucannon is ready to play "in the box" in the pros, and at very least will pose an immediate force on special teams. The Cardinals needed an upgrade next to Tyrann Mathieu, and Bucannon will at the very least be the No. 3 safety as a rookie alongside Mathieu and Rashad Johnson.
May 8 - 11:20 PM

Washington State S Deone Bucannon's visit with the Seahawks, which began on Monday, will run through Tuesday, according to Aaron Wilson.

Bucannon, who has already visited the Colts, Patriots, Vikings and Ravens, has another busy week planned. After Seattle, he'll visit Philadelphia and the Eagles between Tuesday and Wednesday, the New York Jets Wednesday-Thursday, and the New York Giants Thursday-Friday. The 6-foot-1, 211-pounder, a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award last season, is a huge hitter who can also cover.
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