WSU Notes: Daquawn Brown & other stat leaders
If you said safety Darius Lemora (24), who began the season No. 2 on the depth chart at strong safety, you got it right. Lemora has started the last three games.
The uniform vote for Cal game down to three choices:
Isiah Myers and Vince Mayle have 32 receptions each this season, t-2 in the Pac-12. Considering that WSU’s Air Raid offense spreads the ball around, with eight receivers often having at least one catch by halftime, the numbers being put up by Mayle and Myers are downright eye-popping.
Meanwhile, as you may have heard once or twice this week, Connor Halliday leads not only the Pac-12 but the nation in passing yards and TD passes with 1,901 and 16, respectively.
Xavier Cooper’s three sacks place him in a tie for fifth in the Pac-12. But… did you know backup BUCK Ivan McLennan also has three sacks for the Cougars?
Brown is No. 6 in the Pac-12 in tackles, Monroe is seventh. Brown is also tied for the conference lead with six pass break ups (t-2 nationally) and Charleston White, who moved into a starting role in Week Two, is tied for third in the conference with four. Brown’s five pass break ups against PSU are the most in a game by any player in
the country this season.
Brown has come in for criticism from some fans for his propensity to trash talk while the Cougs have struggled in the secondary. And that’s a valid point. But two things to also take into account: 1) Brown stays up, and that helps to keep him teammates up, regardless of what happened the previous play, something every team needs and 2) there’s no denying based on last year and the first four games this season that Brown is a very good corner against the run.
Last year’s leader in all-purpose yards, Marcus Mason, has not been seen as much with the emergence of second-year freshmen running backs Jamal Morrow and Gerard Wicks. But Mason is quietly leading the Cougs in special teams tackles with four, all coming on kickoffs. Two of the top five special team tacklers are starter Vince Mayle and Tana Pritchard (three starts).
WSU enters this week second in the conference in kickoff return defense and the
punt coverage team is fourth in the league with a net average of 40.1.
Darryl Paulo was the surprise starter at end for Oregon in place of Destiny Vaeao. Will he start there against Utah too? Stay tuned, Paulo’s been getting reps with the 1’s this week in practice but Vaeao is a junior and experienced. Sulaiman Hameed has been working in with the 1’s at free safety this week but Taylor Taliulu, who has started all four games there, has also been getting turns.
With Hameed making his collegiate debut last week, a total of 21 players who have made their WSU debuts this season. Among the WSU scholarship true freshmen, Hammed is the third to have played by our count joining Patrick Porter and Calvin Green.
Fourteen Cougs have recorded their first career start this season including six freshmen (all second-year players). A total of 15 freshmen
have played including true freshmen walk on punter Jordan Dascalo and
Green, Porter and Hameed - who finished with six tackles against the Ducks.
Center Riley Sorenson earned the “Bone" award for Saturday’s game against the Ducks. Each week, Washington State coaches award the Bone to the offensive lineman who performs the best during the previous game.
It was the o-line’s best performance of the season – the Cougs allowed one sack in 69 pass attempts while Wicks and Morrow averaged 5.1 and 3.7 ypc, respectively against No. 2 Oregon --
so it must have been difficult to choose just one o-lineman. Sorenson joins Joe Dahl and Gunnar Eklund (2) as Bone Award recipients this season.
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