14 Cougar seniors bid farewell vs. Huskies

SOME ARRIVED five years ago, some four. Some walked on, some came from the JC ranks and most signed their letters of intent when Paul Wulff was the coach. They are the 14 Washington State seniors who will step onto the FieldTurf Saturday night at Martin Stadium (Fox Sports 1, 7:30 p.m.) for the final time as Cougar players.

Without further ado, a salute to 14 guys who wanted to help rebuild and, along the way, helped get WSU to its first bowl game in a decade.

QB Connor Halliday leaves WSU as the most prolific quarterback in school history (and one of the most prolific in conference history), with 11,304 passing yards and 90 passing TDs. His 2014 season was so gaudy that he STILL leads in the nation in air yards despite having gone down with a broken leg 2 3/4 games ago.

WR Vince Mayle leads the nation in receptions (101) and is No. 2 in receiving yards (1,404) in this breakout senior season. Two weeks ago he broke Marquess Wilson’s WSU record for receiving yards in one season. Made it to the semifinals for the Biletnikoff Award. Came to WSU as a JC transfer in 2013.

WR Isiah Myers is having a banner 2014, ranking No. 3 in the nation in TD receptions (12), No. 10 in total receptions (75) and No. 24 in receiving yards (906). Played as a true freshman, mostly on special teams, in 2011 and then turned into a key member of the receiving corps, catching 37 passes as a sophomore and 42 as a junior.

WR Rickey Galvin’s career got off to a rocky start as a true freshman in 2010 when he broke his arm, as a running back, on the first carry of his career and wound up redshirting. Came back in 2011 to lead the Cougs in rushing with 602 yards. Moved to WR in 2012 and became a starter but missed all but three games with another arm injury. Racked up nearly 900 all-purpose yards in 2013, catching 39 passes for 311 yards and 4 TDs and returning 24 kickoffs for 537 yards. This season he has 34 receptions for 311 yards.

WR Kristoff Williams medically retired earlier this year after suffering a concussion in Week Two at Nevada (the fourth concussion of his career) but still caught 84 career passes for 818 yards and 6 TDs. In 2013 he had the third-most catches on the team – 51 for 490 yards -- while also being named WSU’s special teams MVP.

RB Marcus Mason has mostly seen special teams duty this season but a year ago he was an all-purpose workhorse, leading the Cougs in rushing and ranking No. 2 in receptions and earning WSU’s Randall Simmons/Offensive Coaches Award.

RB Theron West, a special teams mainstay the past two seasons, turned heads in the New Mexico Bowl last season by blocking a punt, catching three passes – one for a TD – and rushing 17 yards. This season he has 263 all-purposes yards.

C Alex Den Bleyker took over WSU’s long-snapping duties in Week 10 of his true freshman (2011) season and never let go. The walk on earned Pac-12 all-academic recognition in 2012 and 2013.

LB Cyrus Coen walked on in 2011 and played right away. He earned Pac-12 honorable mention honors as a sophomore in 2012 and turned in another solid campaign, with 60 total tackles, in 2013. This season he appears in line for more conference honors. Comes into the Apple Cup with 55 total tackles and 5.5 TFLs.

DT Toni Pole will be forever remembered for his rambling, rumbling heroics in the 2012 Apple Cup, but the fact is that he’s been a steady anchor on the Cougar for DL for three seasons and 2014 has been his best.

CB Tracy Clark started the season opener against Rutgers and has played in four games this season. Mostly a special teams performer for the Cougars.

LB Mitch Peterson originally came to WSU on a baseball scholarship and then walked on the football team in 2011, earning a scholarship in 2013. Played mostly on special teams, but started 2014 season opener vs. Rutgers and led Cougars in tackles with 16.

DL Jeff Waldner walked on in 2010 and served as a scout team mainstay.

DL Lyman Faoliu arrived at WSU in January 2013 after two years at College of San Mateo. Played in all 13 games for Washington State in 2013, mostly on special teams..

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