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Washington State sophomore WR Isaiah Johnson-Mack said that he "fear[s] nobody now."

Johnson-Mack (6'3/216) had the size as a true freshman last season, but did not always punish opposing defenses with it -- he had a tendency to run out of bounds and skirt contact on occasion, which played into his averaging just seven yards per catch. No longer, at least if his confidence this spring is any indication. Said the sophomore wideout, "I’m a big guy so in high school it was easy for me. But here, everybody’s fast. My biggest attribute is my body, so I had to learn I’m a big person so I’ve got to play big." Johnson-Mack finished the 2016 campaign having caught 35 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown. He should have plenty of opportunities for increased production during the coming season, not only because of the natural course of his development, but also because the team is working in a new receiving corp with Gabe Marks and River Cracraft no longer on the roster. There is next-to-no upperclassman presence in the receiving corp outside of expected No. 1 WR Tavare
Jul 10 - 3:06 PM

Washington State redshirt sophomore RB James Williams finished with a team-high nine carries for 87 yards and added nine catches for 56 yards in the spring game.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder heads into the summer as the most-likely RB candidate to lead Wazzu in touches this fall, but his usage will get cut into because the Cougars have four strong running backs on the roster. Last year, Williams was named Freshman All-American honorable mention by Campus Insiders. He appeared in all 13 games, making two starts, finishing second on the team with 953 all-purpose yards while scoring seven total touchdowns. Williams led the Cougs with 102 carries for 584 rushing yards and posted an exciting 48-342-1 receiving line.
Jul 9 - 3:20 PM

Washington State redshirt junior Keith Harrington was a full participant in spring practices, where he played running back.

He should be 100 percent for fall camp. Harrington, who missed nearly all of last season with a leg injury, was recruited to play receiver, then converted into a running back. He briefly returned to WR last year before his injury. In 2015, Harrington ranked fourth on the team with 43 catches for 312 yards and three scores. He also rushed 37 times for 238 yards and two touchdowns.
Jul 9 - 2:23 PM

Scout.com's Greg Biggins writes that Washington State four-star 2018 verbal QB commit Cammon Cooper is "an ideal fit at Wazzu."

"He's a smart, high IQ quarterback who makes quick decisions with the football and will thrive in a timing offense," Biggins writes, who also notes that Cooper "has a stronger arm then given credit for and showed very nice touch on the deep balls (at The Opening)." The refrain of Cammon's smooth fit in Mike Leach's Air Raid is one we have heard before, with USA Today's Cam Smith writing earlier this offseason that Cooper might be the "perfect" quarterback for the system.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 6 - 6:52 PM

NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah compares Washington State redshirt senior QB Luke Falk to Kirk Cousins.

Interestingly, Jeremiah believes Falk would've been selected in Round 1 or 2 had he entered the 2017 NFL Draft. "Although he plays in an Air Raid offense, he does read the entire field," Jeremiah wrote. "He has a very quiet lower body (calm, firm base) and a smooth release. He has tremendous touch at all three levels." As for areas to improve upon, the analyst noted that Falk is skinny, doesn't have a huge arm and is only a "functional" athlete. "If Falk can add a little strength, I think he's going to be a long-term starter at the next level," Jeremiah concluded. Falk has posted back-to-back 4,000-yard seasons with a 76/17 TD/INT ratio over that time.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 27 - 3:13 PM

USA Today's Cam Smith writes that Washington State four-star 2018 verbal QB commit Cammon Cooper "may be the perfect [quarterback] for Mike Leach."

"As a quarterback who threw the ball nearly 500 times in a single, 12-game high school season," Smith writes, "he certainly has comfort with the kind of volume that he’d be asked to use at Washington State in coach Mike Leach’s air raid, fun-n-gun offense." The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder will be heading to The Opening in Beaverton, Oregon, later this month. He won a spot at that camp competition after turning it up on the last day of the Elite 11 Finals this past weekend, when he completed 17-of-20 passes and threw for five touchdowns during 7-on-7 play.
Source: USA Today
Jun 10 - 3:30 PM

After a slow start in the Elite 11 Finals, Washington State four-star 2018 verbal QB commit Cammon Cooper came on strong to earn an invitation to The Opening.

Per 247Sports' Luke Stampini, Cooper "was fairly pedestrian through the first two days of competition" before he caught fire in 7-on-7 play with a 17-of-20 passing performance with five touchdowns on the last day of the Elite 11 Finals to scoop up an invite to the big show in Beaverton, Oregon. Cooper ranks as Rivals' No. 13 pro-style quarterback in the 2018 class.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 6 - 10:13 PM

Washington State and Houston agreed to a home-and-home football series.

Houston will host the first game on Sept. 14, 2019. Wazzu will play host to the second on Sept. 12, 2020 in Pullman. "In recent years Houston has been one of the top programs in the country," said WSU athletic director Bill Moos. "I believe our fans will enjoy having another quality non-conference opponent in Martin Stadium."
Jun 6 - 1:16 PM

An NFC personnel executive says Washington State redshirt senior QB Luke Falk is "a little different than the other guys" who've played in the Air Raid.

"He has more ownership of the offense," he said. "Their coaches rave about his ability to manage the game at the line and get them into the best possible play, particularly when the run is available against teams loaded up in coverage. Sure, he can make the throws and put up big numbers, but it's his ability to manage the game that makes him a little different than his predecessors." Falk has posted back-to-back 4,000-yard seasons with a 76/17 TD/INT ratio and almost 70-percent completions during that time, but he has questions to answer this fall if he hopes to go in the first few rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft. "While I love his toughness, courage and poise within the pocket, he needs to become a more accurate thrower, particularly at intermediate and deep range," wrote NFL.com's Bucky Brooks. "He frequently missed receivers on routes beyond 10 yards from the line of scrimmage, which could be problematic in the league."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 5 - 5:08 PM

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


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