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Washington State redshirt senior WR Vince Mayle hauled in 14 receptions for 145 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's setback against Arizona.

Mayle is going to put up a silly numbers this season, playing for a team that never runs, rarely has a lead, and tends not to force opposing offenses to wait before allowing them to score. The fifth-year receiver already has 71 receptions for 926 yards and eight touchdowns. Earlier this month, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler called Mayle an "impressive talent" and an "underrated NFL prospect." The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Mayle didn't switch to football full-time until 2012.
Oct 27 - 5:03 PM

Washington State Cougars redshirt junior DT Xavier Cooper will likely declare for the draft this winter, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

This news come as a bit of a surprise, as Cooper is no lock for even Day 2 at this time. "[Cooper's] draft grade draws mixed reviews," Pauline wrote. "While some stamp Cooper as a top 45 pick, area scouts presently grade the junior as a middle (3rd/4th) round prospect at best." The 6-foot-4, 303-pound Cooper has great size and strength at the point of attack, and he's got a fierce motor, but he isn't terribly explosive. He'll be an eye-of-the-beholder type prospect in war rooms.
Oct 24 - 7:22 PM

Washington State redshirt senior WR Vince Mayle hauled in six receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 34-17 loss to Stanford.

Mayle has scored a receiving touchdown in six of seven games, and also recorded 75 receiving yards or more in six of seven. On the season, he has 63 catches for 859 yards and eight touchdowns. Earlier this week, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler called Mayle an "impressive talent" and an "underrated NFL prospect." The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Mayle didn't switch to football full-time until 2012.
Oct 11 - 6:40 PM

Washington State redshirt senior Connor Halliday may be forcing scouts to rethink their preseason priority free agent grades, believes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Halliday broke David Klingler's (Houston) NCAA passing yardage record (716, 1990) by throwing for 734 yards in Saturday's loss to Cal. He added six touchdown passes and no interceptions. "Entering the year, Halliday received priority free agent grades from scouting services, but he's making scouts dig a little deeper with his productive 2014 season," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 7 - 5:57 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler calls Washington State redshirt senior WR Vince Mayle an "impressive talent and a "underrated NFL prospect."

"WSU QB Connor Halliday had a big Saturday night, but so did senior WR Vince Mayle (11/263/1) - impressive talent, underrated NFL prospect," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Mayle hauled in 11 receptions for 263 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 60-59 loss to Cal. Through six games this season, The Cougars prospect has has 51 receptions, 703 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
Oct 6 - 2:57 PM

Washington State redshirt senior Connor Halliday broke the NCAA passing yardage record by throwing for 734 yards in Saturday's loss to Cal.

Washington State and Cal, which feature the No. 1 and 8 passing offenses, respectively, combined for 1,400 yards of offense in the thriller. Though the 6-foot-4, 198-pound Halliday was on the losing side, he had a night to remember, shattering the NCAA record for all levels. He broke David Klingler's (Houston) 716-yard record set in 1990. In addition, Halliday threw for six touchdowns.
Oct 6 - 12:51 AM

Washington State redshirt senior WR Vince Mayle hauled in 11 receptions for 263 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 60-59 loss to Cal.

In this wild, late-night affair, Mayle became an afterthought despite his gaudy numbers. He's collected 51 receptions, 703 receiving yards and six touchdowns through six games. Scouts wanted to see better quickness and speed from Mayle, and he's made subtle improvements in those facets of his game. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Mayle didn't switch to football full-time until 2012.
Oct 6 - 12:36 AM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl notes that Washington State Cougars red shirt junior DT Xavier Cooper showed "strong snap anticipation and quick/active hands with pass rush," versus Oregon.

"Washington State DE Xavier Cooper is flashing all over this Oregon tape. Strong snap anticipation and quick/active hands with pass rush," Weidl tweeted. The 6-foot-4, 303 pound Cooper has the ideal size and strength at the point of attack that evaluators like, but could improve by "gaining more explosiveness," which could assist with shedding blockers, CBS Sports' Rob Rang noted.
Oct 1 - 3:14 PM

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


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