Washington State KO return man Robert Taylor named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week

RUN IT BACK ROB, run it back to the house. Washington State kickoff returner Robert Taylor was named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday. It is not only the first conference player of the week accolade for the Cougs this season, it is WSU's first special teams POW honor for Wazzu since kicker Andrew Furney following the 2012 Apple Cup.

Taylor earned the award after returning a kickoff 100 yards for touchdown in the Cougs' 37-32 win at Arizona State. It was Washington State's first win in Tempe since 2001.

As readers well know, it also brought to an end a lengthy streak WSU wanted no part of -- Taylor's return for score was Washington State’s first kickoff return for a touchdown since 2003. And it tied for the longest in school history. (See related story below).

It also came at a critical juncture. With WSU looking out of sorts on offense and trailing 14-3 midway through the second quarter, Taylor’s return sparked the Cougars to score the game’s next 28 points.

Taylor enters Week Seven at fourth in the Pac-12 with a 27.4-yard average on kickoff returns. The junior from San Leandro, Calif. came to Washington State from City College of San Francisco this season. He has 24 tackles and three fumble recoveries on defense in his first year out on the Palouse.

Next up, the Cougs and special teams coach Eric Mele would love to see punt return man Kaleb Fossum run one back to the house. WSU has not returned a punt for score since 2005.

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