THE GENERAL RULE of thumb is for football players to gain weight over the winter and into spring ball, before leaning up with the conditioning work that kicks in after spring and throughout the summer. And Cody O’Connell, Derek Moore, Andre Dillard and others are certainly bigger this spring.
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WASHINGTON STATE boasts three of the Pac-12’s top 10 returning players in 2017, according to Pro Football Focus. Only one other team, also in the Pac-12 North, can say the same. And check out the PFF data on Cougar unanimous All-American left guard Cody O’Connell.
March 1, 2017
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
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
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
THE SPECULATION on the CF.C message boards and throughout cyberspace has been pronounced in recent weeks: Would Washington State left guard Cody O’Connell, a unanimous All-America selection in 2016, leave early for the NFL? O’Connell made it clear on Sunday night that Cougar Nation needn’t have been concerned.
January 1, 2017
RECRUITING IS MORE art than science, and so are the ratings systems. Washington State has been on both sides of that coin. Top-flight recruits sometimes don’t pan out or leave before they can get started -- and overlooked talent finds the right opportunity and something just “clicks.” The list of those belonging to the latter is a lengthy one under Mike Leach.
December 30, 2016
HOW’S THIS FOR a statement on the quality of the Cougar football program? In CF.C’s deliberations for our annual Sportsperson of the Year Award, the name of the reigning title holder – one of the great quarterbacks in WSU history and a Manning Award finalist this season – didn’t even come up.
December 25, 2016