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An NFL area scout said he's "not big on" Washington State redshirt senior QB Luke Falk.

"Huge production but very ordinary tools," he said. "Too system reliant to see him become a major playmaker at quarterback. I like the upside more with [Chase] Litton, [Mason] Rudolph, and [Riley] Ferguson compared to Falk. As we get closer to draft time it wouldn't shock me to see much of the Falk hype die down." Falk has thrown for more than 4,450 yards and exactly 38 touchdowns in each of the last two seasons.
May 26 - 3:45 PM

Washington State redshirt senior QB Luke Falk needs 2,708 passing yards and 28 passing touchdowns to set the all-time Pac-12 records in both categories.

Former Oregon State QB Sean Mannion is the current all-time leader in passing yardage for the conference with 13,600 yards (you might not have seen that coming), while former USC QB Matt Barkley is the current all-time leader in passing touchdowns with 116. Falk should be considered a near-lock to surpass both marks so long as he stays healthy -- he has passed for at least 4,450 yards while tossing exactly 38 touchdowns in each of the last two seasons.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 10:26 PM

ESPN's Kyle Bonagura believes that Washington State has "arguably the best group of running backs in the conference."

Cougars HC Mike Leach remains one of the pass-happiest coaches in the country with his beloved Air Raid, but Washington State began to work in the run to a noticeable degree last season. Bonagura cites a remarkable stat -- in 2015, Wazzu rushed for 478 yards as a team, a mark that was surpassed by both James Williams' 584 yards and Jamal Morrow's 575 yards last season. Gerard Wicks posted 475 rushing yards, too, just for good measure. "It's not the Leach way," Bonagura concludes, "but having an even more reliable running game should make [QB Luke] Falk's job easier."
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 8:20 PM

Washington State kicked redshirt junior WR Kyrin Priester off the team.

"Just generally violating team rules. Time to move on. We wish him the best," HC Mike Leach said via text. This is the second time Leach has dismissed Priester from the team, the first time occurring last August for, per the Spokesman Review, "a pattern of contentious behavior, such as showing up late to meetings and confrontations with the coaching staff." Priester began his career at Clemson and was dismissed by HC Dabo Swinney early on in his first year for what was described as an "attitude" issue. Back in 2015, Priester caught 34 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown for the Cougars.
May 17 - 3:59 PM

Former Washington State DL Robert Barber was found not guilty of fourth-degree misdemeanor assault or second-degree felony assault stemming from an alleged incident in July.

Barber was suspended for the entire season and was not eligible to return to school for a calendar year, meaning the suspension would've ended this July. Barber appealed and received a stay, meaning he was able to attend class and play. Barber does not have any eligibility remaining.
May 17 - 10:50 AM

Washington State HC Mike Leach referred to junior WR Tavares Martin Jr. and sophomore WR Isaiah Johnson-Mack as "work[s] in progress."

"They’re both fairly talented guys and once they focus in," Leach said, "they’ll steadily improve." He liked the work his pair of wideouts put in this spring. Both Martin and Johnson-Mack are pivotal pieces for the Cougars' hopes of trying to make a dash for the Pac-12 title in 2017, as the team is looking to replace Gabe Marks (the conference's all-time leading receiver) and River Cracraft. This past season, Martin registered a 64-728-7 receiving line. For his part, Johnson-Mack turned in a 35-246-1 line while playing as a true freshman in 2016.
May 6 - 3:02 PM

Jets signed Washington State WR Gabe Marks.

Marks (5’11/189) was a four-year starter at Wazzou, graduating as the Pac 12’s all-time leader in receptions (316) and scoring 37 touchdowns with a 10.9 yards-per-catch average. Marks’ athletic limitations were exposed at the Combine with seventh-percentile SPARQ results, short arms (30 3/8"), and small hands (8 ¾"). Marks failed to make defenders miss after the catch in college, forcing only four missed tackles on 89 receptions in 2016. Marks is slot receiver prospect with a low NFL ceiling.
May 3 - 2:57 PM

Raiders selected Washington State S Shalom Luani with the No. 221 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Luani (5'11/202) piled up eight career interceptions at Wazzou, but he was charged with over 30 missed tackles the past two seasons and showed sub-par athleticism before the draft with a 4.55 forty and 31-inch vertical. Luani would do well to carve out a Shiloh Keo-like career as a special teamer and reserve safety.
Apr 29 - 5:53 PM

Due to a clause in his contract, Washington State HC Mike Leach's contract automatically rolled over for a one-year extension.

Because Leach hit the eight-win mark this past season (the Cougars went 8-5 in 2016), an automatic one-year extension has kicked in. His freshly adjusted contract will now run through December 31, 2021. That extension is not paired with a raise, as Leach's $2.9 million salary is locked in barring a more extensive reworking.
Apr 17 - 2:51 PM

Pro Football Focus notes that Washington State G Eduardo Middleton's "strong production grades stem largely from a favorable system at Washington State."

Per the PFF analysis team, Middleton surrendered two sacks, three quarterback hits and nine hurries during the past campaign. While he showed out respectably with the Cougars and has plenty of reps as a pass-protector playing in HC Mike Leach's throw-happy system, PFF notes that the 6-foot-5, 315-pounder's "frame, movement skills, and athleticism are below-average among guards, and finding a spot at the next level will be a battle." He will likely have to try to scrap his way onto an NFL roster as an undrafted free agent.
Apr 2 - 1:04 PM

Washington State redshirt junior T Andre Dillard was on the field for all but one snap in 2016.

Impressive enough in its own right that Dillard essentially played every snap, made doubly so considering the number of plays that HC Mike Leach chews his offense through on a per-game basis. The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder ultimately saw 1,074 of 1,075 snaps. Dillard appeared in just three contests in 2015 before taking his quantum leap forward this past season. Pro Football Focus named him to their All-Pac-12 second-team for this fine work.
Feb 17 - 4:39 PM

Washington State WR River Cracraft (ACL) was not invited to the NFL Combine.

Cracraft tore his ACL in November. He finished his final season with 701 yards on 53 receptions and five touchdowns. After missing games in 2014 and 2015 as well, Cracraft, a fringe WR prospect to begin with, has big-time durability concerns.
Feb 15 - 5:30 PM

Washington State signed three-star DE Preston Hendry.

Hendry is a big lineman with a physical game and a non-stop motor. "Not the most fluid but can disrupt with strong hands and solid upfield pursuit speed given his size. Can overpower at the point of attack," noted ESPN. Hendry must work on his propensity to play high, which gives a big target to blockers.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 8 - 12:44 PM

Washington State redshirt junior WR Kyrin Priester returned to the team.

Priester left the team in August for undisclosed reasons, reportedly with the intent to transfer. Instead, he remained in Pullman, and now he's a Cougar again. The former Clemson transfer had 34 receptions for 246 yards and a touchdown across 13 games in 2015. He'll likely play in the slot next season. HC Mike Leach said Priester (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) is "working through the offseason and trying to fight his way into the depth chart."
Feb 2 - 4:01 PM

The NCAA granted Washington State redshirt senior WR C.J. Dimry a sixth year of eligibility based on a medical hardship.

Wazzu coach Mike Leach confirmed that Dimry will return in 2017 for one last season of eligibility. He must have been elated, as the Cougars lost Gabe Marks and River Cracraft, its top two receivers. The 6-foot-5, 201-pound Dimry caught 12 passes for 141 yards last season. "His talent is really nice. He’s a late bloomer in every sense of the word," WSU receivers coach Dave Nichol said last December. "He just needed those reps. It started to happen in practice and started showing in games."
Feb 2 - 2:38 PM


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