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Wildfires in the Pacific Northwest might force Washington State to reschedule its season-opener against Portland State.

Seemingly the entirety of the Pacific Northwest is currently engulfed in flame and if the air quality does not improve, the Cougars are considering their options in terms of a possible schedule shuffle. Anything above 100 on the Air Quality Index is considered potentially harmful to children and the elderly, as well as those with asthma and other lung ailments. One possible solution would see a shuffle across the state border to play in the Kibbie Dome at the University of Idaho, though the Vandals' home only holds 16,000 fans. Said athletic director Bill Moos, "There haven't been any real, formal talks in regards to [whether] we are going to do that or not. But I think it's important that we explore options." The AQI measures at 95 right now and it remains in play that the smoke will clear naturally.
Aug 25 - 7:11 PM

Washington State senior WR Dom Williams "is a smallish receiver who could slide into the late rounds based on his return skills," TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Williams averaged 15.3 yards-per-catch, and was fifth on team in receptions (43), recording 656 receiving yards, and nine touchdowns last season. The Cougars will look to Williams as their go-to-guy in their passing game, as he should see an increased number of targets with Vince Mayle out of the picture.
Aug 20 - 3:58 PM

Washington State redshirt freshman WR Kyrin Priester, a Clemson transfer, has been granted immediate eligibility.

Priester spent one season with Clemson before transferring in January, impressing Washington State coaches ever since. "Word is the Clemson transfer has been superb in fall camp," Bruce Feldman tweeted, who has excellent connections with Wazzu. Priester was not listed on the post-spring depth chart, so his status in the pecking order is unknown.
Source: Rivals
Aug 18 - 10:30 AM

Washington State senior WR Dom Williams "has a chance to post big numbers" with Vince Mayle now out of the picture, CBS Sports' Rob Rang observes.

"Williams sports an athletic frame with a well-built upper body and long arms. He is quick out of his stance, showing enough agility and strength to fight through press coverage. He's a little bit stiff changing direction, having to throttle down slightly when making his cuts but picks up speed quickly and has enough juice to run away from defenders at this level," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect played second fiddle to Mayle last season, but still managed to haul in 43 catches for 653 yards and nine touchdowns.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 12 - 2:03 PM

Washington State junior Gabe Marks will likely be the school's go-to WR this season, per Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

Feldman and Wazzu head coach Mike Leach are very close, so this likely comes straight from the top decision maker. Marks missed last season but could be the focal point out of the slot. It is worth adding that Feldman noted the Cougars could have their best offensive line in years.
Source: Fox Sports
Aug 12 - 12:36 PM

Washington State senior T Joe Dahl's "athleticism and upper body strength translate well to run blocking," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observes.

"Dahl shows impressive initial quickness out of stance, quickly sealing off opponents from the action and showing the foot speed and agility to track down defenders at the second level. They are traits that could lend to Dahl being projected as a guard or even center by some scouts," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-4, 303-pound Dahl started 12 games at left tackle for the Cougars, earning an All-Pac-12 honorable mention in 2014. As a Junior, Dahl started 13 games at left guard. Dahl only surrendered one sack in 771 passing attempts last season.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 11 - 2:09 PM

ESPN's Kevin Gammell predicts Washington State HC Mike Leach will tab sophomore QB Luke Falk starter.

We've assumed all along that Falk will be the heir to record-setting QB Connor Halliday, but Peyton Bender played well enough in the spring that Leach decided to keep the competition open until it sorted itself out in fall camp. Falk completed 156-of-243 throws for 1,859 yards (64.2 completion percentage and 140.4 QB rating) and a 13/7 TD/INT rate last year after Halliday's ugly leg injury. "We know Leach can play fast and loose with his quarterbacks," Gammell wrote. "Still, Falk has enough on film to indicate he can drive this quarterback-driven offense -- should he get the call."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 23 - 9:29 PM

Washington State senior T Joe Dahl "should be one of the best tackles in the Pac-12 this season" but may not stay at that position in the pros, believes NFL Media.

The former Montana player transferred to Wazzu and sat out the 2012 season. He began his tenure as a guard before moving to left tackle last season. "Guard would seem to be his best position at the next level," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Washington State has had just four offensive linemen drafted since the beginning of the 1990s." Dahl figures to change that.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 1 - 2:54 PM

Washington State will likely turn to redshirt freshman Keith Harrington, a former slot WR, as their starter at RB.

Harrington redshirted his first year with the Cougars and impressed as a running back in scout team duties. "At the rate he’s going, he might be (our) first option," head coach Mike Leach said. "He’s real explosive, comes out his cuts real fast." Harrington has added 10 pounds since joining the team and now stands at 185 lbs.
Jun 9 - 10:56 AM

Washington State senior WR Dom Williams "turned heads this spring" and "looks like a lock to be among the Pac-12’s statistical leaders," writes ESPN's David Lombardi.

With Vince Mayle in the NFL, Williams is now the go-to receiver in Mike Leach's offense, making the prediction less brave than it may sound on the surface. Williams has contributed in a big way to the offense in each of his three years on campus. Last season was his best, and he posted 43 catches for 653 yards and nine scores. Expect those numbers to spike in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
May 28 - 8:06 PM

Washington State QB Connor Halliday is no longer with the Redskins.

Halliday has decided not to attend rookie minicamp. The expectation is that he will retire from the sport, because, as a source told ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim, Halliday "had lost his love for football." While he posted video game stats at Washington State, Mike Leach's staff never seemed completely warm to him. An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last month that "nobody" at Washington State "was sorry to see" Halliday leave.
Source: ESPN.com
May 15 - 10:22 PM

When asked about starting QB Luke Falk, Washington State HC Mike Leach said the redshirt sophomore displayed steady improvement.

"I think in particular, just leadership, taking command of the team and being the guy that kind of leads the offseason," Leach said. Falk started the final three games of the 2014 season for an injured Connor Halliday. In six games he threw for 1,859 yards, 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Source: OC Register
May 13 - 10:12 AM

Redskins signed Washington State QB Connor Halliday.

Halliday (6'3/196) made 28 starts at Wazzu, completing 62.0 percent of his career throws with a 90:50 TD-to-INT ratio. He finished his four-year career as the school's all-time leader in passing yards (11,304) and touchdown passes. Although Halliday was an accurate college passer, he is undersized by NFL standards with small hands (8 3/8") and sub-par arm strength. Playing almost strictly in the shotgun at Washington State, Halliday did not appear comfortable making throws when pressured. He isn't more than a practice squad candidate in Washington behind Robert Griffin, Kirk Cousins, and Colt McCoy.
May 3 - 10:54 PM

Browns selected Washington State WR Vince Mayle with the No. 123 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Mayle (6'2/224) played hoops in community college from 2009-2010 before transferring to Washington State for his junior and senior years. In just two seasons, Mayle piled up 148 catches for 2,022 yards (13.7 YPR) and 16 TDs. Mayle isn't a particularly good athlete despite his basketball background, running 4.67 at the Combine with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-9 broad jump. He did most of his college receiving damage on bubble screens and dropped a whopping 13 passes as a senior. Mayle is a tight end/H-back/slot receiver hybrid.
May 2 - 1:15 PM

Browns selected Washington State DT Xavier Cooper with the No. 96 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Cooper (6'3/293) made 34 starts for Washington State, amassing 31.5 TFLs, 13 sacks, and three forced fumbles. He displayed plus athleticism for his size in Indianapolis, running 4.86 with a 9-foot-2 broad jump and 7.23 three-cone time. Cooper has short arms (31 1/2") and isn't much of a run defender, but he is a quick-footed inside rusher with aggressive hand use. Cooper projects as a three-technique penetrator and should push for snaps right away on passing downs.
May 1 - 11:15 PM


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