SPOKANE -- Asking the running backs coach at Washington State to comment on the proficiency of Mike Leach's Air Raid offense is a little like asking the fisherman who keeps getting skunked; "Where are they hidin'?" But Jim Mastro handled the assignment at Monday's Cougar Club luncheon in Spokane with all the passion of a college football coach coming off back-to-back wins.
September 16, 2013
PULLMAN – It's a small group of graduating seniors for Washington State in 2013 and the question looms: Are there NFL-caliber prospects among them? If WSU's NFL Pro Day proved anything Thursday, it's that some Cougs will, at the least, be wild cards come draft day next month. Indeed, from this chair, the event was a raging success.
March 7, 2013
PULLMAN -- WSU's Pro Day is Thursday, and offensive lineman Wade Jacobson is relishing the chance to show NFL scouts all the hard work he's put in has paid off. There's been a dietary change too -- the days of eating two Subway foot-long sandwiches for lunch are long gone for Jacobson. After a rigorous offseason, which included the newfangled diet, Jacobson says he's ready to turn heads.
March 6, 2013
SPOKANE – Mike Leach provided commentary on a bevy of offensive and defensive plays from the Cougs' 31-28 overtime Apple Cup win on Monday. But after showing game film to an appreciative Spokane Cougar Club luncheon crowd of Carl Winston's three touchdown runs, Leach said the scoring runs were not the best plays his running back turned in during Friday's victory.
November 26, 2012
PULLMAN -- Some images will be seared into the mind's eye forever, like Gino Simone's remarkable, and critical, third-down pass reception from Jeff Tuel. Or Toni Pole's overtime interception. Or the 61-yard strike from Jeff Tuel to Dominique Williams. But that's just a small fraction of the color and pageantry captured with the camera lens Friday in Martin Stadium.
THIS ONE WAS for the seniors. The players who, in their first three years, had never seen an Apple Cup victory. The class that almost closed out its final season in crimson and gray without a single conference win. Saturday's 31-28 overtime thriller against Washington was both engineered by and for Jeff Tuel and Co., a group that simply refused to give up.
"THIS WAS THE best game we played all year," said Mike Leach after the 31-28 OT win over Washington in the 105th Apple Cup. "All three sides of the ball contributed. All three sides of the ball had their adversity and fought through it. The biggest thing is we hung together for 60 minutes. And you'll win a lot of games if you're able to do that." Plus -- Mayes, Williams, Tuel, Winston and Furney!
THE HEROES were many in Washington State's wild come-from-behind, overtime victory over arch-rival Washington on Saturday. There was Toni Pole rumbling and rambling with an errant Keith Price pass that Logan Mayes forced on a near sack. There was Jeff Tuel and Carl Winston and Gino Simone. And so many more. In the first in a series of great photos from Pullman, here's a look at the glory of it all
November 23, 2012