WSU football notebook

A PAIR OF Cougar football players, one on offense and one on defense, have landed on Athlon’s preseason All-America team. Meanwhile, two former Cougar wide receivers on the same NFL team in the Big Apple?
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Falk, O’Connell in Mel Kiper’s top 5 rankings

ESPN DRAFT GURU Mel Kiper this week pegged Washington State’s Luke Falk and Cody O’Connell among the top NFL draft prospects at their respective positions.
May 21, 2017

WSU's Cody O'Connell: Powered by PB&J

PULLMAN — So just what, and how much, does an All-American guard eat on an average day? That’s not an easy menu plan to uncover, we found out, in talking to Washington State fifth-year senior offensive lineman Cody O’Connell.
April 11, 2017

NFL draft buzz already for Falk, O’Connell

THE NFL DRAFT is a couple weeks away, and the 2017 Cougars are but midway through spring ball -- but some are already thinking about how high Luke Falk and Cody O’Connell could go a year from now in the 2018 NFL draft. Case in point, one site has Falk and O’Connell as the Nos. 2 and 3 players available at their respective positions.
April 10, 2017

CFC TV: Cody O'Connell's new role

PULLMAN – A year ago Cody O'Connell was a guy who had never started a game. So what was it like for the fifth-year senior All-American to take on a leadership role and work with the younger offensive linemen for the first time this spring? What’s the No. 1 thing new defensive line coach Jeff Phelps was focused on with his group on Day One of spring ball? CF.C talks to O’Connell, Phelps, plus running back Jamal Morrow too.
March 24, 2017

WSU ROSTER: The Continent increases land mass

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.
March 23, 2017

PFF: Nobody rates higher than WSU’s O’Connell

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

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