The 5 most underrated Cougars

ARDENT WASHINGTON STATE FANS know their value but they don’t always get the wider recognition they should. These are our picks for the five most underrated Cougs headed into 2017.

LB Frankie Luvu
He started four games at WILL, four games at RUSH this past season but wherever he played, he hit hard and closed fast. Luvu posted 46 tackles including 7 for loss last season. A senior in 2017, was solid all spring and looks poised to enter his final fall camp on the Palouse as the No. WILL.


DL Garrett McBroom
The 6-3, 280-pounder understands pad level and leverage. In his first season at WSU out of junior college, he made five starts at tackle and appeared in all five games. His sack in the Oregon State game helped turn a deficit into a win for the Cougs. This spring, he took quickly to the teachings of new DL coach Jeff Phelps and looks ready to be a mainstay up front for the Cougs as a senior in 2017.

DL Nnamdi Oguayo
A third-year sophomore in 2017, Oguayo this past season posted 33 tackles and three sacks despite only one start. He spent the spring staking his claim to the starting defensive end spot this spring. He loves getting after the quarterback and with the Cougs emphasizing the pass rush, his sack and hurry numbers could jump up in a big way this coming season.

OG B.J. Salmonson
The fifth-year senior grabbed hold of the No. 1 right guard spot this spring and refused to let it go. Salmonson has slowly worked his way into the spotlight over his WSU career and after getting his first start last season, he looked dead set this spring on trying to land 13 more of them in 2017.

Safety Robert Taylor
The difference this spring for Taylor was pronounced and that’s saying something for a guy who made nine starts while posting 61 tackles in his first year at WSU out of junior college. The free safety looked exceedingly comfortable in Grinch’s system this spring out on the Palouse, covering more ground sideline to sideline, getting to the ball faster and when he arrived, he brought the lumber with him.

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