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"Several" Washington State football players are being blamed for a "brutal assault" at a party that left one student hospitalized and another unconscious.

One man needed facial reconstruction surgery. Video of the fight was shared on social media, and police are currently investigating. Witnesses provided a list of football players to authorities, but no names have been released at this time. Plenty of information should follow in the coming days.
Jul 25 - 10:10 AM

Washington State senior WR Gabe Marks called redshirt junior QB Luke Falk the "messiah of the Palouse" and the "CEO of Washington State football."

"Leach gets a lot of the credit — and he should, because he's Mike Leach," Marks said, before adding, "Luke is the reason why this started working. Without a quarterback that people will follow as a leader, you can't win." Part of the reason he respects Falk is that the gunslinger "relates to everybody." Washington State is looking to build off a surprise 9-4 campaign, one in which Falk immolated the competition to the tune of 4,561 passing yards and a 38/8 TD/INT ratio. They will kick off the 2016 season against Eastern Washington on September 3.
Jul 18 - 2:24 PM

Washington State senior WR Gabe Marks indicated that he will take on an expanded leadership role in 2016.

Marks relayed that departed wideout Dom Williams had previously served as one of the team's most vocal leaders. He wants to fill that role, now. The 6-foot, 176-pounder has at least one strong card already in his leadership deck. Following the close of the 2015 season, Marks could have jumped for the draft. Instead, he opted to return to Pullman in the hopes that he and his Cougar friends could improve on a surprise nine-win season. Said HC Mike Leach, "He’s a guy [who is] very passionate about football. The other players draw from that. The way that his energy reaches the rest of our team I thought was maybe the biggest thing." Last season, Marks logged an impressive 104-1192-15 receiving line. There is even room to improve on those lofty numbers with Williams (75-1040-11) out of the picture.
Source: USA Today
Jul 15 - 3:29 PM

When asked why Mike Leach's offense is so difficult to defense, a Pac-12 defensive coach said it's because "there's a lot of answers built into the system and built into each play."

"When you take one thing away, there's something else that's there, and their quarterback is able to recognize that and go to it," he said. "When they go to a second or third choice, the guy makes the play and then he gets some extra yards." In addition to the aerial pyrotechnics, Wazzu averaged 80.1 rushing yards per game last season, nearly three times what they averaged in Leach's first year in the Pac-12.
Source: ESPN
Jun 29 - 4:20 PM

Washington State four-star 2017 WR Isaiah Hodgins was not swayed by an offer from Oregon.

"I take everyone seriously but I am still fully committed to Washington State," Hodgins told Rivals. "The [Oregon] offer is a good one that I truly appreciate and I’m thankful for." One sign of the strength of his commitment -- the 6-foot-3, 187-pounder does not plan on making an official visit to any school other than Washington State. ESPN 300 calls Hodgins a "run and catch guy," but notes that he lacks a true second gear and will need to improve his physicality and blocking at the collegiate level.
Source: Rivals
Jun 27 - 12:43 PM

An anonymous Pac-12 offensive coach compared Washington State's defense under Alex Grinch to Washington's.

The Cougars improved from 38.6 ppg allowed in 2014 to just 27.7 last year in Grinch's first year as defensive coordinator. Meanwhile, the school's touchdown passes allowed fell from 33 to 13. "[They're] similar to Washington, where they made you earn every yard," the coach said. "The biggest difference I noticed is that they did a much better job of not giving up the big play."
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 4:54 PM

Washington State redshirt junior QB Luke Falk's decision-making was lauded by an anonymous Pac-12 offensive coach.

"He's in a great system where they put a lot of stuff on the quarterback," the coach said. "They give him a lot of decisions at the line of scrimmage. He does a great job of understanding defenses and where to go with the ball. I think he's talented. But the mental aspect -- that has made him such a good player." Falk threw for 4,561 yards and a 38/8 TD/INT ratio last season.
Jun 23 - 5:19 PM

Pro Football Focus' Jeff Dooley expects Washington State redshirt junior QB Luke Falk to play even better this fall than he did during a prolific 2015.

Considering that Falk threw for 4,561 yards and a 38/8 TD/INT ratio last season, that's quite an endorsement. Falk wasn't just accruing inflated stats in Mike Leach's pass-happy scheme. He earned PFF's 12th-highest passing grade among returning quarterbacks and the No. 1 adjusted completion percentage overall and when under pressure. PFF grades Falk out best on throws 10 or more yards downfield. Get excited Pullman.
Jun 20 - 4:40 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill noted that Washington State four-star 2017 QB Connor Neville has shown a consistent ability to hit the deep pass.

"[Neville] is an extremely accurate deep ball thrower," Luginbill wrote, "not just a dink-and-dunk shotgun spread player. His accuracy and timing is excellent as is his anticipation and feel for the position." The analyst believes the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder is "a nice piece of the puzzle" for the Cougars. Neville ranks as ESPN 300's No. 261 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle. He opted to commit to Washington State over Boise State and Hawaii.
Jun 15 - 2:30 PM

Washington State redshirt sophomore QB Peyton Barber has been ruled academically ineligible for the 2016 season.

Barber started the school's game against Washington last season for an injured Luke Falk, completing 36-of-58 passes for 288 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Bender reportedly will remain in school to improve his grades but he will not be eligible to practice with the team. Now it makes sense why the school added JUCO quarterback Anthony Gordon.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 7 - 11:19 AM

CBS Sports' Tom Fornelli questions whether Washington State will be able to live up to preseason hype.

"Because of a shaky defense, I'm just not as convinced that Wazzu will be able to win nine games again," Fornelli wrote. The analyst highlighted some potential scheduling demons for the Cougars, citing a tough road schedule that will see HC Mike Leach and company heading to Boise State, Stanford and Arizona State (among others). Last season, Washington State finished 9-4.
Source: CBS Sports
May 22 - 12:28 PM

Washington State returns 60-percent of its defensive snaps, led by star redshirt sophomore DE Hercules Mata’afa.

The Cougars are PFF's No. 23 team heading into the summer. The high-flying offense led by QB Luke Falk and WR Gabe Marks will be backed by what should be a strong defensive outfit. Mata'afa was named to the USA Today Sports Freshman All-America First Team in 2015 after posting 32 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 7 sacks as a redshirt freshman (he was also honorable mention All-Pac-12).
May 19 - 6:43 PM

ESPN's Chantel Jennings expects Washington State senior WR Gabe Marks to lead the Pac-12 in receptions this coming season.

"It'll be surprising if Gabe Marks (15 touchdowns, 104 receptions, 1,192 yards) doesn't repeat as the conference leader in receptions in 2016 considering Luke Falk is back and their chemistry has only gotten better," Jennings wrote. Last season, the 6-foot, 176-pounder notched four games with double-digit receptions. He caught at least six passes in all but two games.
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 2:08 PM

When asked by the Orlando Sentinel how he liked playing in the Air Raid offense, Washington State redshirt junior QB Luke Falk said, "It's awesome."

Given that Falk threw for 4,561 yards and a 38/8 TD/INT ratio last season, yeah, we would say it is fair that he call the system "awesome." Falk elaborated beyond the initial Ninja Turtle language, saying, "The ball is in your hands to make plays and you wouldn’t want it any other way. You get to throw the ball around probably more than any other school in the nation." The 6-foot-4, 208-pound redshirt junior isn't joking about the pass attempts. He led the nation in that statistical category last season, flinging it 644 times. Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes finished a distant second with 573 attempts. As for the Cougars' work over the last few months, Falk told the Sentinel, "Our offense made some good strides going into the summer that we can pick up in two weeks. It was a good spring."
May 13 - 10:05 PM

Eagles signed Washington State DT Destiny Vaeao.

There was whispered scuttlebutt early in the process that Vaeao (6’4, 298) could rise as high as the middle rounds, but that did not come to pass in Chicago. He impressed with his athleticism on Pro Day, where his 35.5-inch vertical jump would have stood as the second-best for a defensive tackle in Indianapolis. His athletic upside should provide him a shot at landing on the 53-man roster out of camp. Fellow UDFA DT Connor Wujciak (Boston College) could be his primary competition in August as he looks to claw out a role in the NFL. Vaeao has the edge there, both in terms of size and overall ability.
May 12 - 2:43 PM


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