January 1, 1998

Meet The Cougars

 

When the Cougars have the ball

Left tackle

Rob Rainville 79

6-foot-5

305 pounds

Junior

Lewiston

… Replaced All-American Scott Sanderson. Brought cohesion to offensive line.

75 - Jon Ottenbreit

6-6, 285, So.

Cheney

Left guard

Jason McEndoo 66

6-foot-5

293 pounds

Senior

Cosmopolis, Wash.

… Versatile, he’s also long-snapper. Considered the best pro prospect on line.

72 - Mickey Long

6-4, 303, Jr.

Corona Del Mar, Calif.

Center

Lee Harrison 62

6-foot-2

266 pounds

Senior

Bend, Ore.

… Former walk-on helped by experienced linemates. Probably most unassuming player on the team.

55 - Mark Nason

6-3, 253, Sr.

East Wenatchee

Right guard

Cory Withrow 71

6-foot-4

273 pounds

Senior

Spokane

… Another former walk-on, has excellent mobility, making him an effective downfield blocker.

77 - Mike Sage

6-2, 319, Jr.

Las Vegas

Right tackle

Ryan McShane 76

6-foot-6

305 pounds

Senior

Lafayette, Calif.

… Practical joker and comedian. Kept Pac-10’s top defenders from Ryan Leaf.

70 - Reed Raymond

6-9, 304, Fr.

Moses Lake

Tight end

Love Jefferson 20

6-foot-2

255 pounds

Junior

Garden Grove, Calif.

… Caught 14 passes for 177 yards and two TDs. Came to WSU after Pacific dropped its football program.

84 - Jon Kincaid

6-6, 246, Sr.

Colfax, Wash.

Split end

Chris Jackson 81

6-foot-2

200 pounds

Senior

Santa Ana, Calif.

… Didn’t play football in high school, preferring basketball. Led Cougars with 49 catches.

82 - Nian Taylor

6-1, 187, Jr.

Riverside, Calif. Split back

Kevin McKenzie 9

5-foot-11

183 pounds

Senior

Long Beach, Calif.

…McDenzie will be remembered by WSU fans for one-handed catch tath beat USC.

8 - Shawn Tims

5-11, 182, Sr.

Vallejo, Calif.

Flanker

Shawn McWashington 45

5-foot-11

186 pounds

Senior

Seattle

…Excellent blocker, he leveled USC’s safety on McKenzie’s game-winner.

94 - Troy Woody

6-3, 200, Jr.

Vancouver, Wash.

Running back

Michael Black 5

5-foot-11

208 pounds

Senior

Los Angeles

…Arguably best tailback in the Pac-10, Black only earned second-team all-conference honors.

1 - DeJuan Gilmore

5-8, 195, So.

Gardena, Calif.

Quarterback

Ryan Leaf 16

6-foot-6

238 pounds

Junior

Great Falls, Mont.

…Had best year of any WSU quarterback, passed for 3,637 yards and 33 TDs, both Pac-10 records.

13 - Steve Birnbaum

6-4, 209, So.

Chino Hills, Calif.

Place kicker

Rian Lindell 27

6-foot-3

231 pounds

Sophomore

Vancouver, Wash.

…Bigger than two of WSU’s starting linebackers. Made 8 of 8 field goals inside 40 yards.

12 - Jeff Banks

6-0, 179, Sr.

Upland, Calif.

When the Wolverines have the ball

Weak end

Dorian Boose 90

6-foot-6

282 pounds

Senior

Tacoma

…Led the Cougars with eight sacks and finished fifth on the team with 41 tackles. Also forced three fumbles.

87 - Rob Meier

6-5, 249, So.

West Vancouver, B.C.

Tackle

Gary Holmes 95

6-foot-7

316 pounds

Junior

Lacey, Wash.

…Had off-season back surgery. Best game vs. Oregon. Ended season with six tackles for loss.

93 - Delmar Morals

6-3, 257, Jr.

Las Vegas

Tackle

Leon Bender 91

6-foot-5

299 pounds

Senior

Santee, Calif.

… Finished fourth on the team with 48 tackles. Made third-team All-America. All-interview, first team.

96 - Taeao Salausa

6-4, 270, Jr.

Long Beach, Calif.

Strong end

Shane Doyle 46

6-foot-3

254 pounds

Senior

Spokane

…Has been steady if not spectacular, often going overlooked as Boose, Bender and Holmes get the attention.

99 - Jonathan Nance

6-4, 215, Jr.

Miami

Weak backer

Brandon Moore 22

6-foot-1

220 pounds

Senior

Carson, Calif.

…Led the team with 15 tackles for loss. Made 20 tackles in loss to Arizona State.

44- Grady Emmerson

6-0, 192, So.

Kennewick

Middle backer

Todd Nelson 43

6-foot-3

236 pounds

Senior

Renton, Wash.

…Former walk-on, considered team’s toughest player. Lacks the speed to blitz, did not have a sack this year.

51 - Austin Matson

6-2, 225, Fr.

Everett

Strong backer

Steve Gleason 34

5-foot-11

215 pounds

Sophomore

Spokane

…Led team with 91 tackles, including nine for loss. Batted .286 on WSU baseball team last season.

42 - Tom Wagner

6-1, 204, Jr.

Bellevue

Right cover

Dee Moronkola 6

5-foot-9

194 pounds

Junior

Richmond, Calif.

…Steady, excellent speed. Whistled for interference in end zone several times.

28 - J. Hunsaker

5-9, 184, Fr.

Pomona, Calif.

Left corner

Ray Jackson 2

6-foot-1

210 pounds

Senior

Santa Ana, Calif.

…Excellent athlete who played out of position at free safety for first eight games of season.

3 - LeJuan Gibbons

5-9, 178, So.

Long Beach, Calif.

Strong safety

Duane Stewart 25

6-foot-2

223 pounds

Senior

Ontario, Calif.

…Returns to lineup after missing final three games of the season with strained knee ligaments.

29 - Torry Hollimon

5-11, 199, So.

Everett

Free safety

Lamont Thompson 19

6-foot-5

183 pounds

Freshman

Richmond, Calif.

…Picked off five passes in final two games, including three against UW.

15 - Alex Tinsley

5-11, 192, Fr.

Gilroy, Calif.

Punter

Jeff Banks 12

6-foot

179 pounds

Senior

Upland, Calif.

…Averaged 43.8 yards on 50 punts this season, including a long 59 yards. No fake punts this year.

27 - Rian Lindell

6-3, 231, So.

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