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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.
Apr 21 - 10:50 PM

Washington State S Deone Bucannon has visited the Patriots, Colts and Ravens this week, according to Aaron Wilson.

Bucannon also has the Eagles, Jets and Giants scheduled before the visit deadline. The aggressive safety has drawn plenty of interest as of late. He might lack lateral agility, but Bucannon takes tight lines and closes in a hurry. He could wind up in the second-round.
Apr 18 - 11:21 AM

NFL Media analyst Curtis Conway believes Washington State S Deone Bucannon is "easily" a first-round pick and should be rated similarly to Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Louisville's Calvin Pryor.

"When I watch this guy on film, he's a pro," said Conway. "He's the fastest safety in the draft. He's rated, in my opinion, right there with Clinton-Dix and Pryor because he's just that good." Mike Mayock ranks the 6-foot-1, 211-pounder No. 4 amongst safeties, behind NIU's Jimmie Ward. But Conway has agreement from colleague Charles Davis. "I think Bucannon is much more of a pure safety. He can play strong safety but I think he does a nice job in center field too," Davis said. "He has better range than people give him credit for and we know he can tackle. Plus he plays huge in the big games."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 13 - 7:44 PM

Washington State S Deone Bucannon visited the Bears on Tuesday.

Bucannon played both free and strong safety. He is a bit of a straight line and robotic mover, but he has plenty of closing speed and is an aggressive tackles. In fact, he looks like a missile once clicking and closing, but there is some wasted movement when asked to change direction. The Bears absolutely need safety help.
Source: ESPN
Apr 3 - 10:05 AM

Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench sees a potential fit between the Eagles and Washington State S Deone Bucannon.

The tea leaves aren't difficult to follow on this one, as Philly has a safety need and head coach Chip Kelly is deeply connected in the Pac 12. Philadelphia could look to the draft to find a starter to pair with former Saints' safety Malcolm Jenkins. "Bucannon is a playmaker with above-average range and a heavy hitter with the strength to play in the box," Muench wrote. "He also picked off Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota twice in 2012. He projects as a second-round pick but the Eagles may have to move up to get him."
Mar 23 - 7:26 PM

Washington State sophomore CB DaQuawn Brown was arrested Friday on felony second-degree assault and misdemeanor assault charges.

He was released on Monday. Brown allegedly assaulted a man and woman on March 2 at a dance on campus. If true, Brown has violated Mike Leach's rule against hitting women, cause for immediate dismissal. Brown started four games and logged 50 tackles in 2013.
Mar 12 - 5:45 PM


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