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

O’Connell to CF.C: Of course I’m staying!

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

WSU recruiting: Stars didn't tell the story

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

CF.C's 2016 WSU Sportsperson of the Year

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

Scout's 2016 CFB All-America team

Scout announces its college football All-America team for 2016, with Deshaun Watson (offense), Jonathan Allen (defense) and Adoree Jackson (special teams) as Players of the Year.
December 22, 2016

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

More reasons to love WSU's Cody O'Connell

SAY THIS ABOUT the most nationally decorated player in the 122 years Washington State has been playing football: He focuses on what’s important. In a 3-plus-minute interview inside WSU’s practice bubble the other day, Cody O’Connell – a.k.a. Everybody’s All-American – smiled a lot and delivered answers with absolutely no pretense.
December 19, 2016

CFC TV: LB says Grinch would kill it as a HC

PULLMAN - Washington State middle linebacker Peyton Pelluer and running back Jamal Morrow were asked about the possibility of Minnesota players boycotting the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27 (4pm, ESPN). And they both agree on which unit is more than ready to play if kickoff was scheduled for tomorrow. Peuller also was asked what the future might hold for Alex Grinch and remained laser focused during the interview, even with an assistant coach dropping in for a photo bomb.
December 15, 2016