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Washington State receiver Vince Mayle was named Second Team All-Pac-12, the conference announced Tuesday.
Mayle tied for the national lead with 106 receptions and set the WSU single-season record with 1,483 receiving yards.The redshirt senior led the Pac-12 with six 100-yard receiving games and was the only college football player this season with two games of more than 250 receiving yards. He was also a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, which is given to the nation's top receiver.
More after the jump.
WSU finished the regular season with the nation's No. 1 passing offense margin, throwing for 477.7 yards per game.
How good was Washington State at moving the ball through the air? Well, Western Kentucky was No. 2 in that category with 365 passing yards, or 112.7 yards per game than the Cougars.
All those yards didn't always produce points, however, and the Cougars were merely 45th in scoring offense. In sports the numbers never tell the whole story, but they can serve as a pretty compelling guide.
We take a look at some of the numbers that define WSU's 2014 season after the jump.
During Monday's press conference Washington State coach Mike Leach clarified what exactly the injury suffered by quarterback Connor Halliday is, a break of his fibula and tibia low enough to be considered part of the ankle. Halliday is still in the hospital, where he is greeting a steady stream of teammates. Here's our story on that. The photo above is from mdguidelines.com.
Connor Halliday spoke to the media at Monday's Washington State football press conference. The video is courtesy of WSU athletics and a transcription is after the jump.
One of the byproducts of the types of record-setting numbers the Washington State offense has been putting up is that the Cougars are starting to get some attention from the various national awards. Already receivers Isiah Myers, River Cracraft and Vince Mayle have been named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list and now quarterback Connor Halliday has been named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which is presented annually to the country's college football player.
More information on the award and the statistical numbers Halliday has put up are in the press release from WSU, which is after the jump.
Courtesy of WSU Athletics.
Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday is the Pac-12 Player of the Week on offense for week six, the conference announced Monday morning. Halliday set an FBS passing record over the weekend, throwing for 734 yards in WSU's 60-59 loss to Cal. The senior quarterback also threw six touchdown passes and no interceptions. Only 15 players in FBS history have ever thrown for 600 or more yards in a game and Halliday did it during the third quarter.
Halliday is the first Cougar to receiver a Pac-12 Player of the Week honor this season.
The conference's other winners for week six were Utah's Nate Orchard on defense, who sacked quarterback Brett Hundley four times in Utah's upset of UCLA, and Cal's Trevor Davis on special teams for returning kickoffs of 98 and 100 yards for touchdowns against WSU.
Connor Halliday, Darryl Monroe and Vince Mayle addressed the media on Saturday afternoon to talk about Thursday's loss to Rutgers, Friday's game at Nevada and more. Highlights from those interviews are after the jump.
There was a lot going on at practice today. The Pac-12 Networks were in town filming and Rick Neuheisel took a keen interest in what the Cougars were doing, observing the drills closely, particularly the ones involving quarterbacks.
The Cougars also made use of the scout teams against the first string for the first time, which always creates some confusion. After practice coach Mike Leach had a bucket of water dumped on him for a good cause, which you can watch here.
The coaches acknowledged that there are always a few dud practices at this time of the year. But that doesn't mean they're happy about it.
“I didn't think it was a very good practice. I thought we started out pretty good, didn't do a good job of finishing practice,” Leacj said. “Today was the first day we traded scouts so sometimes, a lot of times that has an impact. It shouldn't, it shouldn't but yeah I thought both sides were soft in the team period. Prior to that I thought we were doing some good things but we have to be better than that tomorrow.”
More after the jump.
After a pair of shortened practices — one for rest, one for scrimmage — Washington State resumed its normal camp schedule on Sunday. The offensive line took a more familiar form as well with the return of Joe Dahl at left tackle, who had been limited most of this week. Dahl's return slid Gunnar Eklund back to his familiar role at left guard, and Devonte McClain, who had also been limited, returned to bolster the depth.
Quarterback Connor Halliday celebrated their return by torching the defense during team period. All that and more, after the jump.
Tyler Bruggman will be transferring to Kentucky's Louisville University to play for coach Bobby Petrino, as first reported by Mike Hughes of InsideTheVille.com (reading this article requires a 24/7 Network subscription). Bruggman redshirted last year after signing with Washington State in 2012 as coach Mike Leach's most highly-anticipated recruit to date.
Bruggman ran the scout team during his redshirt season and drew praise from coaches and was widely considered to be the next logical choice at quarterback after senior starter Connor Halliday graduates, but struggled to hold of walk-on quarterback Luke Falk during spring football. He surprised teammates and coaches with his recent decision to leave the program.
Leach addressed Bruggman's transfer at media day on Wednesday, acknowledging that the Cougars do not have much depth at the position (backup quarterback Austin Apodaca also transferred this offseason) but said that the extra practice reps will be good for Falk.
If Bruggman transferred in search of playing time than his choice of destinations is curious. Louisville already has eight quarterbacks on the roster fighting to replace Teddy Bridgewater. Bruggman will almost certainly have to sit out this season, and will compete in 2015 as a redshirt sophomore with three years to play.
On Wednesday, Washington State coach Mike Leach, quarterback Connor Halliday and linebacker Darryl Monroe had lots of time to speak to reporters without side distractions such as preparing for football games. In the relaxed atmosphere at Paramount Studios the Cougars opened up about a variety of topics once they were done with TV interviews.
Follow the jump for notes, quotes and stories from Pac-12 media day.
From Pullman — The Cougars held their 15th and final spring football practice of the year on Tuesday. That means no more football until fall camp in August. So that's not going to be fun. Our last practice report for far too long is after the jump.
From Pullman — The clouds broke for the final Washington State football practice before the spring game. The coaches have split up the roster into two teams and are hoping for as competitive a game as possible. I will have those rosters for you sometime tomorrow morning. It wasn't a very newsy practice today with the teams split up and the Cougars in just helmets (and jerseys, pants, etc. But my point is that they were not in pads).
The practice report is after the jump.
From Pullman — Washington State finally put on full pads on Thursday. The coaches put on headsets and officials were in uniform. The reason for the extra accoutrements? The Cougars had their first live-tackling session of spring. More on that after the jump.
From Pullman — The pads went on Tuesday’s and the Washington State football team had easily its most spirited practice of the spring. There was constant hollering from the sidelines, a few light scuffles broke out and the coaches didn’t seem to mind a bit.
Our practice report is after the jump.
From Pullman — The Cougars were up early Saturday morning for their second practice of spring football. Here is our practice report and a story on the offensive line. More notes and quotes from practice after the jump.
From Pullman — The Washington State Cougars recently wrapped up their first practice of the spring. The defense shined early but the offense won the day. Follow the jump for today’s practice report
Early in Saturday's New Mexico Bowl, Colorado State defensive line coach Greg Lupfer launched a tirade (scroll down) at Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday. It appeared during the replay that one of his profanities was a gay slur. Today, the school decided to suspend Lupfer for two weeks without pay and mandated that he undergo anger management and diversity training.
“I accept these consequences—two weeks without pay and the training programs—and I am thankful for this second chance to continue coaching at Colorado State and be a part of the Ram Family,” Lupfer said in a statement released by CSU. “I am deeply sorry for my behavior, which does not represent who I am or my values. I embrace the opportunity to participate in anger management and diversity sensitivity training. I was angry and careless with my words, and my words hurt many people. I sincerely apologize to the GLBTQ community for causing pain by using a slur without considering its meaning. I take ownership of my words and fully understand why people are very upset.”
CSU DL coach Greg Lupfer makes 150,000 a year. One paycheck is about 5,800. That's his punishment for using a gay slur— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) December 24, 2013
From Phoenix Airport — It's that time again. Time to take an analytical eye and breakdown the performance of WSU's individual units in the New Mexico Bowl. While there were lots of impressive individual statistics for the Cougars, to give great grades after a 48-45 loss would make me guilty of worse grade inflation than Griffin Elementary School.
Grades after the jump.
From Tucson — It was a Saturday of significance in the Pac-12 and almost every game seemed to possess extra importance. Colorado ended a long slump, Arizona State moved within one win of locking up the Pac-12 South, USC shook up the balance of power in the Pac-12 and may have found its new coach and the Washington State Cougars won their fifth game for the first time since 2007 … Here's how they scored … Our notebook from the game … And our keys to the game … Further down on SportsLink we have postgame videos of coach Mike Leach, quarterback Connor Halliday and more … The football team weren't the only winners on Saturday. The men's basketball team beat Lamar and improved to 2-0 on the season … It wasn't all good news for WSU sports, however, as the women's soccer team fell to Illinois in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Links from around the conference after the jump.