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Big, national love for WSU junior O-linemen Cole Madison & Cody O'Connell

PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS tweeted yesterday that its grading of college offensive tackles for 2016 is complete and Washington State junior right tackle Cole Madison -- the Pride of Kennedy Catholic in Burien -- landed at No. 2 in the country.

Forrest Lamp of Western Kentucky was rated first and Connor Williams of Texas third.

PFF has loved Madison's work all season. Last month they named him second-team All-America, saluting the fact he gave up a sack just 0.03 percent of the time.

Meanwhile, another standout Cougar lineman, fellow junior Cody O'Connell, received the ultimate compliment yesterday while attending the Walter Camp Football Foundation's 50th anniversary salute to its All-America choices over the years. NFL Hall of Fame running back and Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett told O'Connell, "I would have loved to run behind you."

Cody and Tony

O'Connell had his photo taken with other football legends, including Mike Ditka and Gil Brandt.

The Pride of Wenatchee High wasn't just a consensus first-team All-American in 2016 -- he was unanimous, picked by all five of the major panels and every secondary panel from PFF to Sports Illustrated. He also was a finalist for the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's best interior lineman, offense or defense. PFF graded O'Connell No. 2 nationally among guards and No. 1 in pass protection in 2016.

Earlier this week, WSU's entire offensive line (Madison, O'Connell, Riley Sorenson, Andre Dillard and Eduardo Middleton) was honored with semi-finalist recognition as one of the finest offensive lines in the nation ...

McGuire-Moore Award


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