11-on-1 with Cougar River Cracraft

PULLMAN – Washington State has produced a long list of stellar wide receivers, but River Cracraft belongs on the short list of receivers who had a major impact as a true freshman and sophomore.

Cracraft, coming off a big game Saturday against second-ranked Oregon, is this week’s guest for 11-on-1, a Cougfan.com exclusive. As usual, 11 questions running the gamut from standard to odd are asked of individuals with ties to WSU football.

1. Despite the loss, does it help the team’s confidence to have played so well against Oregon?

Cracraft: It depends on how we take it. We can’t take this as a win. We can take it as steps toward getting better. A loss is a loss, so that always hurts.

2. After playing Oregon so tough before a sellout crowd at home, will it be difficult to get “up” for Saturday’s game at Utah?

Cracraft: No. We’re going to attack this week’s practices the same as last week. We need to improve on the things we messed up on and the things we did well on. If we do that, we should have a good chance.

3. What would the average Cougar fan be surprised to learn about quarterback Connor Halliday?

Cracraft: He’s very emotional. He does a good job of being a leader out there. He’s got a (fun) personality in the locker room. He’s just a funny guy. He’s always joking around with the guys, cracking jokes.

4. Who’s the funniest player on the team?

Cracraft: Daquawn Brown. He’s just a character. He’s always got a smile on his face, always making jokes. There’s never a dull moment with him.

5. Daquawn is the first to admit he likes to trash talk, even in practice. Does all his chirping ever drive you nuts when he’s lined up against you in practice at cornerback?

Cracraft: I haven’t heard him chirp too much (smiles). He brings energy that you can’t take away from him. I think that helps him on the defensive side of the ball.

6. You seem like a pretty cool, calm customer on and off the field. Have you always been that way?

Cracraft: I’m not really the vocal one. That’s just the way I grew up.

7. Your older brother, Skylar, joined the Cougars as a walk-on defensive back this year. Have you enjoyed being on the same college team?

Cracraft: We’ve never been on the same team. We played against each other my sophomore year in high school, when he was a senior (the brothers attended different schools in Southern California). It’s definitely nice having big brother out there, correcting what you do.

8. People always seem interested in finding out more about Mike Leach. Complete this sentence: Mike Leach is …?

Cracraft: A great coach. He’s a very disciplined guy. He knows what he’s doing, so everyone’s on board with him.

9. Do you have any individual goals statistically?

Cracraft: No. As far as I’m concerned, I want to beat Utah. That’s the only thing on my mind right now.

10. Sellout crowd, national television, the second-ranked team in the nation in town – what was the atmosphere like Saturday at Martin Stadium?

Cracraft: It was great. Cougar fans showed up in a big way. I think it probably helped our momentum. I played in some pretty big stadiums last year, but last weekend was the biggest game I’ve played in.

11. The Cougars need to win at least five, maybe six of the remaining eight games to play in a bowl game. What do you think of your bowl chances?

Cracraft: We’re focusing on this week right now. We’re not thinking about a bowl.

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