Moos: Not going to let EFlo’s memory fade

THERE WILL BE a moment of silence for Elson Floyd at Saturday’s season opener against Portland State (11 a.m., Pac-12 Network) and the Cougs will wear patches on their uniforms all season in his honor. All 454 student-athletes plus all of Washington State's coaches were at Floyd’s memorial on campus last week, said Bill Moos.

“We’re just not going to let his memory go away,” said Bill Moos of the late Washington State president on this week’s Cougar Calls with Bill Moos.

Jason Gesser joined Moos on the show and Gesser’s admiration of wideout Kyrin Priester was evident.

Gesser talked about Priester lining up in a double tight end set down near the goal line in one practice where Priester threw a great block on an outside ‘backer.

“He’s definitely a difference maker… he attacks each play, it doesn’t matter if he’s going for a long ball or blocking someone off the edge,” said Gesser.

Offensive line coach Clay McGuire asked Moos, a former Cougar hoss, to address the o-line a couple weeks ago. Moos told them that while ESPN talks about all the “skill positions” being receivers, running backs, etc., that’s all “BS.”

You’re the skill position!” Moos said he told the group.

Gesser said there are other reasons WSU will go under center at times other than wanting to run more effectively -- starting QB Luke Falk and No. 2 Peyton Bender both have the skill set to throw effectively when on the run, something he said Connor Halliday didn’t excel at.

“Those safeties will cheat up, those post routes will open up. I’ll be surprised if we’re under center more than 5-10 percent of the time, but will still play a factor,” said Gesser.

Moos implored Spokane fans to arrive early in Pullman on Saturday to avoid traffic bottlenecks.

“Keep your butt in the seat until the game is over. It’s going to make a difference.. the fans will make the difference in one or two games this season, trust me,” said Moos.

As of Monday afternoon, 8,000 tickets remained unsold for Portland State.

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