2010 PREVIEW: Washington State

THE COUGARS VISIT Corvallis the week before USC arrives in town. No doubt about it, Washington State has been down, down, down the last two years. Will they be climbing back up this season, and/or is the 2010 meeting a potential trap game for the Beavers?


 The Word on the Cougars

The first two seasons have been tough for coach Paul Wulff, whose team was outscored by an average of 38.5–12 last year. But there are reasons for hope. The Cougars are more experienced and appear to have the talent now to at least be competitive in the Pac-10... Athlon

here really is no reason to think the Cougars will be significantly better in 2010 than they were in 2008 or 2009, unless one was willing to believe that the previous year's struggles will yield a far better on-field product in year three under Paul Wulff. Is anyone willing to go out on a limb and make such a statement?... PreSnapRead.com

If there's a shard of optimism in Pullman this season, it comes from 50 returning lettermen, a whopping 35 of whom started at least one game in 2009. The Cougars were decimated by injuries on both sides of the ball, which necessitated drilling deep into the depth chart and using a bunch of kids who were a year away from being ready. In theory, the growing pains from last fall should benefit the 2010 squad and beyond. In particular, the program hopes to have found a cornerstone on offense and defense in two second-year players, QB Jeff Tuel and DE Travis Long... CFN

With six main contributors gone, Washington State should improve. Although injuries plagued the Cougars, the string of bad luck allowed expected starters to redshirt and for younger players to compete earlier than expected. While that hurt last year, it should equal more depth and experience in 2010. The quarterback job is unsettled. Tuel and junior Marshall Lobbestael are competing for the starting job...Orlando Sentinel

The Cougars finished second to last in the nation in total offense and dead last in total defense. They finished ranked in the 100's in 15 key statistical categories. That's a one way ticket to nowhere in college football. I know Cougars fans are hoping their team can find its way out of the Pac-10 cellar, and with much improved depth across the roster and valuable experience for several players, they very well could. But it's never easy to bounce back following two- and one-win seasons no matter how much promising talent is on the roster. The Cougars could find themselves fighting for ninth in the conference with Arizona State, but the Pac-10, while it lost some key players across the board, should be strong once more and the race for the conference crown will have all teams playing their best ball until the final week... XtraPointFootball.com

My gut says this team beats Montana State and pulls one more win out of the hat. This season is a success for me if the Cougs do rise up and challenge most teams they face. The last two years, the games have been over by halftime and Coug fans are getting pretty tired of it. If this team shows me they can compete, I will feel good about the future. To be honest, that's pretty sad considering this program was kicking around Texas in the Holiday Bowl as recently as 2003.... CollegeFootballZealots


 Cougars at a Glance
 Head Coach  Paul Wulff
 at Washington State  3-22 (3rd year), 56-62 overall
 2009 Record  1-11 Overall, 0-9 Pac-10
 Home/Road/Neutral  1-6 / 0-5 / 0-0
 Off Starters Ret/Lost  8 / 3
 Def Starters Ret/Lost  6 / 5
 Lettermen Returning  50
 Off/Def/Spec  25 / 23 / 2
 Lettermen Lost  2
 2009 Team Statistics
 Total Offense
 Rushing Offense
 Passing Offense
 Total Defense
 Rushing Defense
 Passing Defense
 Pts Allowed/Game
 Returning Stat Leaders
 #10 Jeff Tuel | 6-3 | 214 | So. | QB
 Passing: 71-121, 789 Yds, 6 TDs, 5 INTs
 #21 James Montgomery | 5-10 | 200 | Sr. | RB
 Rushing: 37 Att, 167 Yds, 4.5 Avg, 1 TDs
 #84 Jared Karstetter | 6-4 | 208 | Jr. | WR
 Receiving: 38 Rec, 540 Yds, 14.2 Avg, 6 TDs
Rajric Coleman  #17 Alex Hoffman-Ellis | 6-1 | 241 | Jr. | LB
 Tackles: 84 Total, 55 Solo, 4.5 TFL
Rajric Coleman  #13 Myron Beck | 6-0 | 209 | Sr. | LB
 INTs: 2 for 78 Yds, 41 Tackles, 33 solo, 7 PBU
Chris Randle  #89 Travis Long | 6-4 | 258 | So. | DE
 SACKS: 2 for 14, 47 Tackles, 33 Solo, 6.5 TFL
 Series History
 Games Played  94
 Series Record  WSU leads, 47-44-3
 Last Meeting  42-10, OSU on 11/21/2009
 First Meeting  6-0, OSU in 1903
 More on the Cougars
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