The 10 best players on 2013 Cougars: No. 9

THE NO. 9 selection on our list of the Ten Best Cougs for 2013 certainly earned his spot with his play on the field. Some guys want the football in crunch time when it's all on the line, others are a bit hesitant. There's no question on where this Coug fits into that mix.

It began as a request from scout.com, asking CF.C for a list of the 10 best Cougar football players for 2013. We solicited subscribers, readers and twitter followers, put it all into our crystal ball and then had our editors come up with the list. Today, we reveal the ninth member of the list...

9. Andrew Furney

Clutch? You bet. Furney nailed a 45-yarder late in the fourth quarter in the 2012 Apple Cup to tie the score – if he doesn't hit that one, WSU doesn't have a chance to win it in overtime.

And say this about Furney -- while the UW placekicker looked like he was about to lose his lunch before his potential game winning kick in the Apple Cup, Furney looked like he was having a blast before both his tries.

Big leg? Indeed. Furney also nailed a 60-yarder last season against EWU. He was 14-of-20 on field goals in 2010, the fourth-most makes in Pac-12, and 25-of-26 on extra points. Furney was perfect (7-for-7) on attempts from inside 30 yards.

The year before, he logged the best field goal percentage (.875) in WSU single-season history, hitting 14-of-16.

Furney didn't have a scholarship offer from a BCS school coming out of Burlington-Edison High. He came to WSU as a walk on, choosing the Cougs over other walk on opportunities at Boise State and Hawaii.

This, despite setting Washington high school records that included 33 field goals over his career and 14 makes in one season.

No matter, he earned a scholarship at Wazzu after taking over as the starting field-goal kicker during his freshman season.

It was also apparent from early on that he was Mike Leach's kind of guy.

"You kind of have to meet this guy," Leach said of Furney. "He's a very engaging individual. I don't know what he's majoring in. He probably ought to coach. He has a real good sense of our team and kind of the pulse of our team."

How many kickers have those kinds of things said about him by his head coach?



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