BEFORE JOE SALAVE'A flew back to Washington State for the Cougars' Saturday bowl practice and official visit weekend, he had an in-home visit with 3-star DL prospect Miki Suguturaga (6-5, 260). Our take after talking to Suguturaga? Get ready for a Pac-12 recruiting battle royale.
December 2, 2016
IF YOU THOUGHT the Cougar defensive line looked out of sorts last weekend in Boulder, this might help explain why. Because unlike the Apple Cup on Friday, the Washington State d-line this past Saturday was missing one very, very big piece.
November 22, 2016
PULLMAN – The heavy rotation up front on the Cougar D this season isn’t because Joe Salave’a has suddenly become altruistic. It’s requires that every player in the DL rotation prove their case each and every day, says Salave’a. CF.C’s Zach Anders asked Salave’a to run down his group for the CF.C lens and wound up with these insights and nuggets from Washington State’s defensive line coach.
October 26, 2016
WASHINGTON STATE doesn't play Arizona State until Saturday but Mike Leach got a win over Todd Graham a day early. Three-star LB prospect Faavae Faavae out of Santa Ana, Calif., verbally committed to the Cougars on AM-570 LA Sports Radio over offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Louisville and more.
October 21, 2016
PULLMAN - Washington State defensive line coach Joe Salave'a talks about the mindset that has Wazzu sitting atop the ranks in the Pac-12 for rushing defense. Salave'a speaks about Hercules Mata'afa's recent recognition as he was added to the Bedmarik Award watch list.
October 20, 2016
DON’T LOOK NOW but midway through the 2016-17 season, Washington State has the No. 12 rushing defense in all the land. That all starts with the steakeaters up front on the d-line. And those guys had some extra motivation Saturday night in the 27-21 win over UCLA. Their leader, Joe Salave’a, was coaching with a heavy heart.
October 16, 2016
PULLMAN - Washington State head coach Mike Leach began the first full practice of UCLA game week by addressing a dubious distinction for his team. Hint: WSU is the only FBS school in the nation yet to convert a field goal this season. When the Cougs host the Bruins Saturday (7:30pm, ESPN), should the situation call for settling for three points at the end of a drive, Leach expects execution.
October 12, 2016
THE TABLES have turned, and oh how great it feels to Cougar fans to be on this end of a lopsided scoreboard and very different looking Pac-12 standings. Washington State, after knocking off pre-2016 Pac-12 powerhouses Stanford and Oregon, is one of only two teams undefeated in conference play along with rival Washington. How has Wazzu gotten here after an 0-2 start? For me, I start with the d-line.
October 9, 2016