THE COUGAR BLOG: Updated March 25, 8:02 PM

A RUNNING LIST of news, notes, quips and quotes from in and around the Cougar Nation. Updated regularly.
March 19, 2017

Backbone of WSU resurgence was 2013 class

WHEN YOU REWIND the clock on previous Cougar recruiting classes under Mike Leach, you can draw a line between the 2013 crop and a WSU football program with 13 conference wins the past two seasons. This class was loaded. Yes, like all classes there was some attrition, but on whole the 2013 class was the backbone of the Washington State resurgence on the gridiron.
February 14, 2017

McGuire: 2 young OL look ready to rock in '17

WASHINGTON STATE returns three of five starting offensive linemen in 2017 but also will be replacing two longtime fixtures among the starting five. The 15 spring football practices, Clay McGuire tells CF.C, is going to tell him a lot. The Cougar o-line coach shared lots of o-line insights in this Q&A with Cougfan.com.
February 8, 2017

Big love for 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.
January 14, 2017

Coug OL recruiting, performance: A sea change

WASHINGTON STATE throughout the 2016 season fielded one of the top-rated offensive line units in the country, according to Pro Football Focus and others. How have Mike Leach and Co. affected such a turnaround up front since Leach arrived in Pullman? And how did the Cougar hog mollies excel in 2016 despite losing two key ’15 seniors with a ton of starts under their belts?
December 21, 2016

Seven Cougs named to PFF All-Pac-12 teams

A QUARTET OF COUGARS have been named Pro Football Focus First-Team All-Pac-12 . Three others from Washington State were also named PFF second-team.
December 8, 2016

Cougar Cody O’Connell named PFF All-America

WASHINGTON STATE LEFT GUARD Cody O'Connell may have been named honorable mention by the Pac-12 conference, but Pro Football Focus says he's an All-American.
December 6, 2016

PFF: WSU o-line among nation's 10 best

WITH THE regular season in the books, Pro Football Focus has graded all the offensive lines in all the games to date. Where does Washington State rank? Spoiler alert: Only one Pac-12 team is on the PFF list of the top 10 offensive lines in college football.
December 1, 2016