Cougar Football Notebook

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN two years, WSU will have a tackling champion not named Deone Bucannon. Three Cougs are in the running for the crown headed into Saturday's Apple Cup: cornerback Daquawn Brown, who has 75 total tackles so far, outside linebacker Jeremiah Allison (73) and middle linebacker Darryl Monroe (68). Monroe finished third last season and second in 2012.

Allison is also in prime position to take the Cougars' TFL (tackles for loss) crown. He and Xavier Cooper are currently tied at the top, with 8.5 each. They are followed closely by Kache Palacio (8) and Darryl Paulo (7).

Here are other interesting Cougar football notes as the 2014 season winds down:

SEVEN COUGARS HAVE started every game this season and two others have started all but one game. The seven are offensive linemen Joe Dahl (pictured above), Gunnar Eklund and Eduardo Middleton, receiver Vince Mayle, running back Jamal Morrow, defensive tackle Xavier Cooper and buck linebacker Kache Palacio. The two who have started all but one game are linebacker Cyrus Coen and cornerback Daquawn Brown.

Dahl, by the way, has won WSU's offensive lineman of the week award six times this season. The award goes to the lineman who grades out highest in that week's game. Eklund has won it three times while Middleton and center Riley Sorenson have won it once each.

SENIOR RECEIVER Isiah Myers needs one TD catch on Saturday to tie Jason Hill's WSU record for most receiving touchdowns in a single season. Myers has 12 -- which is the third-most in the nation this season. Hill caught 13 in 2005. Myers also needs nine catches to supplant Marquess Wilson in second place (behind Vince Mayle) on the WSU single-season receptions list. Myers has 75 receptions right now. Wilson had 82 grabs in 2011. And Mayle is at 101 and counting.

BARRING A MAJOR turning of the tide on Saturday, the Cougars will conclude their fourth-straight season without a running back posting a 100-yard rushing game. The Cougs haven't had a back hit 100 or more ground yards since James Montgomery piled up 116 against Montana State in Week Two of the 2010 season.

TWENTY FRESHMEN HAVE played for the Cougars this season and 12 of them have made at least one start, with defensive backs Darius Lemora (nine starts) and Charleston White (seven) setting the pace on defense, and running back Jamal Morrow (11) on offense. Of the 20 freshmen who have played this season, nine are true freshmen: punter Jordan Dascalo, receiver Calvin Green, cornerbacks Kevin Griffin, Marcellus Pippins and Pat Porter, safety Sulaiman Hameed, linebackers Frankie Luvu and Dylan Hanser and longsnapper Joe Lang.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The annual "Night with Cougar Football" dinners that follow letter-of-intent signing day are set for Spokane on Feb. 4, the Tri-Cities Feb. 6, Portland/Vancouver Feb. 8, and Seattle Feb. 27. CLICK HERE for details and tickets.

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