Cougar football: OL Cody O'Connell gains PFF national praise; as the play of WSU's 'The Continent' matches his size

PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS has named Cougar left guard Cody O'Connell to its weekly national college football team. The 6-8, 354-pounder, nicknamed "The Continent" by Mike Leach, was singled out earlier this week by both Leach and o-line coach Clay McGuire for his performance in the blowout win over Oregon.

PFF awarded O'Connell an 82.1 on its grading scale for his play in the Cougs' 51-33 win over the Ducks. 

"O’Connell was a key cog in Washington State’s surprisingly dominant run game and he performed well in the run and pass game while also doing a nice job in the Cougars’ screen game," says PFF in placing O'Connell on the national stage.

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It's also worth noting that O’Connell (pictured above with RB Gerard Wicks) is the only Cougar offensive lineman to have won Wazzu's weekly OL award this season.

O'Connell has won the "Bone" award each of the past two weeks, following blowout wins over Idaho and Oregon. (No Bone award was handed out by the WSU coaching staff after the first two games this season, losses to EWU and BSU). 

One of the unsung nuggets about Cougar offensive linemen: they tend to have great senses of humor. O'Connell, as evidenced by this tweet, fits the mold.

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