SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2019
Will Rodgers III will be one the players anchoring WSU’s pass-rush in 2019, and Saturday’s spring scrimmage offered a glimpse of how effective that could be this the fall. One year after it paced the Pac-12 with 38 sacks, Tracy Claeys’ defense rang up seven touch sacks with 10 tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries.
For anyone hoping to unearth some clues about the quarterback competition at Washington State, and where it stands through 14 of 15 spring practices, Saturday’s spring scrimmage was awfully helpful – if not somewhat conclusive.
FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019
Nathaniel James, a 6-0, 250-pound defensive tackle from Avon, Indiana, pledged to Washington State’s football team Friday night, giving the Cougars their first defensive lineman commit in the class of 2020.
Washington State brought its spring scrimmage home this year, hoping to pipe in the same atmosphere the Cougars get six or seven times at Martin Stadium every fall.
Here are five Washington State players for fans to keep an eye on during Saturday’s Crimson and Gray Game (1 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) at Martin Stadium.
THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2019
When spring camp opened, coaches ran an interesting concept by Kassidy Woods, an outside receiver who played sparingly on special teams in 2018, but preserved his redshirt by appearing in only four games. With the “X” and “Z” positions essentially clogged up, Woods got a trial run at the “Y” slot position.
TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2019
Thomas’ 76 tackles in 2018 were complemented by two interceptions, three pass breakups and one tackle for loss.
THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019
Everything considered, it’s a pretty trivial matter. But since Washington State’s redshirt freshman “Rush” linebacker could see some real playing time in the near future, we might as well settle the debate now, if only to make it easier on the broadcasters who’ll be calling his name and the journalists who’ll be printing it.
A Washington State signee who’d previously voiced his commitment to Kyle Smith and the new regime of Cougar basketball has surprisingly requested a release from his letter of intent.
Mayginnes is a 6-5, 285-pound offensive guard from Hamilton High in Chandler, Arizona, and the younger brother of current WSU O-lineman Hunter Mayginnes, who’s been the Cougars’ second team right tackle this spring.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019
The All-Great Northern League post was named to the Associated Press all-state honorable mention team after helping lead the Bantams to an 18-9 record and fourth-place finish at the State 2A tournament in Yakima, where Clarkston went 3-1.
TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2019
Temperatures dipped back down into the 40’s and violent winds caused heavy rainfall to drift left to right and then right to left as the Cougars held their ninth spring practice at Martin Stadium.
The phone call nearly went to voicemail, but after a few rings Andre Dillard reluctantly put the controller down, paused his video game and picked up.
After mulling a transfer from Washington State, Jeff Pollard will return to the Cougars for his senior season, the forward announced on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.
Point guard Ahmed Ali and forward Isaiah Wade, both former junior college players who signed with WSU last season, have entered their named into the NCAA’s transfer portal, according to VerbalCommits.com and Cougfan.com.
MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2019
The former Washington State offensive lineman from Burien was reinstated to Green Bay’s roster on Monday for the beginning of the Packers’ offseason training program, ESPN’s Field Yates first reported.
SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019
The thud of the football coming off a receiver’s hands. The crunch of a cornerback flying in to make a play. The collective whoop of the defensive sideline echoing after every incompletion and pass breakup.
FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019
Eight years later, it’s still the most popular jersey at Washington State home basketball games and before long, Klay Thompson’s No. 1 will be hanging in the rafters at Beasley Coliseum.
Robert Taylor and Steve Spurrier Jr. had never met, but they had a lot to talk about Wednesday as Washington State pro hopefuls were going through 40-yard dashes, zig-zagging through cones and catching footballs inside the Cougars’ practice bubble with 28 NFL teams looking on.
THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2019
Even if there won’t be any kind of tangible reward waiting for them on Saturday, redshirting football players are required to put forth the same effort and log the same hours as their non-redshirting teammates. And perpetually hearing their time will come doesn’t always provide the solace that it should. Welcome to the past eight months of Lamonte McDougle’s life.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2019
Twenty-eight NFL teams were in attendance in Pullman for Washington State’s Pro Day and most of the scouts were focused on three players: Andre Dillard, Gardner Minshew and James Williams.
TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2019
Not since 2013 have the inside linebackers at WSU been under different leadership. Ken Wilson was by Mike Leach’s side for six seasons, from 2013-18, until the longest-tenured assistant in Pullman accepted the same position at Oregon this offseason.
MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2019
Washington State formally introduced new basketball coach Kyle Smith in front of almost 100 school officials, fans and media members Monday afternoon in the Rankich Club Room at Martin Stadium.
With no less than five television cameras pointed at Marvin Cannon, and a few more voice recorders sprinkled in, the beads of sweat started forming on the Washington State sophomore’s hairline, rolling onto his forehead and all the way down to his cheeks.
SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2019
It may not offer any comfort or relief to Gonzaga fans now, but the Bulldogs would’ve had the ball back with a chance to tie the game had Josh Perkins not drawn a technical foul for reaching over the baseline and swiping Matt Mooney’s arm during an inbound play with 10 seconds left.