Last year, we had an obvious hook: the local star power at quarterback. From high schools to colleges and even the Seahawks, the talent was historic. This year proved more challenging. Then, in late July, Idea Man struck: what about a movie theme? As I sketched it all out, I realized every team could be connected to an actual football flick.
The football establishment has mobilized and its message is clear: football is under siege. Except it’s not. But I know what should be. Football movies.
Uncle Rico, Rod Tidwell and Bobby Boucher are easy selections for our All-Star team
As offseasons go, there isn’t a college football team that experienced a more turbulent one than Washington State – and thus you won’t find a group more eager to get into a real game setting than the Cougars.
A debilitating foot injury could’ve spelled the end of Peyton Pelluer’s career with the Cougars had it come exactly one week later. Instead, the hearbeat of Washington State’s defense is back for year No. 6 in Pullman, and he hopes to go out with a bang.
Even back in the bad, bad days of 0-12 – just a decade ago, can you believe it? – the Washington Huskies did their best to pass themselves off as a college football blueblood. OK, purpleblood.
Life being what it is, the University of Idaho isn’t going to get sympathy because the Vandals were forced to abandon the Football Bowl Subdivision after 22 years, and return to the Football Championship Subdivision and the Big Sky Conference when the Sun Belt Conference canceled their membership in 2017.
Kaden Elliss is the immensely talented linebacker whose role with the Vandals has expanded to the point he plays a half-dozen positions on both sides of the ball, plus special teams. The degree to which he is committed to going out in a blaze of glory could have a big impact on Idaho’s return to the Football Championship Subdivision and the Big Sky Conference.
With one of its most experienced and talent-stocked rosters in recent history, Eastern Washington has no intention of letting the FCS Playoff Committee dictate its postseason fate.
Over the last four years, Jay-Tee Tiuli, a preseason All-American, has bullied centers, guards and ballcarriers with his ferocity, size and off-the-ball speed. He’s establishing himself as one of the finest interior defensive linemen at the FCS level.