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UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 9:41 p.m.

‘All Gas’ mantra fueling Washington State’s highly productive backfield this season

Following a season in which they had more negative rushing plays than rushing touchdowns, Washington State’s tailbacks have crossed the goal line 13 times in eight games and they’ve lost …


Utah’s Hunter Hill becomes fourth offensive lineman in Class of ’19 to commit to Washington State

It’s a good time to be playing on the offensive line at Washington State. The Cougars have given up fewer sacks this season than any team in the Pac-12 and …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 6:04 p.m.

Washington State owns top fourth down conversion rate in FBS, but it’s come at a cost

The Cougars are proud of their FBS-leading fourth down conversion rate, which stands at 7-of-9 (77.7 percent) after games against Wyoming at San Jose State, but at the same time …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 12, 2018, 10:45 p.m.

Washington State seeing the perks, reaping the benefits of running back James Williams’ engagement

Williams will carry more than a football as he enters his redshirt junior campaign. On May 5 in Boise, the running back got engaged to longtime girlfriend Rye Hewett, a …


UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018, 10:54 p.m.

Early enrollee running back Max Borghi breaks tackles, turns heads this spring at Washington State

Andre Dillard is either trying to pump up his young teammate or send a deflating message to his defensive counterparts on the other side of the line of scrimmage. He’s …


Video: Washington State running backs coach Eric Mele post practice

Eric Mele talks about switching from special teams coach to running backs coach, his policy on hurdling and freshman tailback Max Borghi.


Video: Washington State special teams coach Eric Mele post practice Dec. 14

Washington State special teams coach Eric Mele talks about preparing for the Holiday Bowl, kicker Erik Powell and the early signing period.


Video: Washington State special teams coach Eric Mele post practice Nov. 8

WSU special teams coach Eric Mele talks about the kickoff coverage blunders from Saturday’s game against Stanford and reflects on Luke Falk’s career with the Cougars.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 10:53 p.m.

Washington State addressing kickoff coverage after a few major blunders in Stanford game

The Cougars gave up more kickoff return yards to Cameron Scarlett (127) than they did rushing yards to Stanford’s dynamic tailback, Bryce Love (69).


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 9:23 p.m.

Washington State looking to ‘narrow down’ punting pool

Erik Powell, Kyle Sweet and Mitchell Cox are averaging just 33.7 yards per punt this season, which ranks No. 121 of 129 in the FBS.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 10:56 p.m.

Video: Washington State special teams coach Eric Mele post practice Sept. 18

Washington State special teams coach Eric Mele talks about the issues at the punting position and how the Cougars will address them moving forward.


Video: Washington State special teams coach Eric Mele post practice Oct. 4

Washington State special teams coach Eric Mele talks about kicker Erik Powell and using three punters this season.


Video: Washington State special teams coach Eric Mele post practice Sept. 7

Washington State special teams coach Eric Mele talks about kickers Erik Powell and Jack Crane after practice Thursday.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 11:12 p.m.

He’s passed, he’s caught, he’s punted – Washington State’s Kyle Sweet a jack of all trades

Kyle Sweet was throwing footballs when he arrived at Santa Margarita High School in 2011. By 2012, he was catching them. Now he’s punting them.


WSU kicker Erik Powell feels right at home with heavy lifting

One of the videos put out by the Washington State coaching staff that made the rounds online this summer showed a football player in Washington State’s luxurious, still-new weight room.


WSU spring football: Specialists using time to refine their crafts

Offseason improvement can be difficult to discern, particularly when it comes to kickers. Even for a pair like Washington State kicker Erik Powell and punter Zach Charme, both of whom …


Coach Mele’s family, friends will be out to support Cougs at Rutgers

PULLMAN – Washington State assistant football coach Eric Mele engages players by comparing special teams to Special Forces, creating daily missions instead of goals and referring to his best players …


WSU position preview: Special teams

This is the seventh of eight previews looking at WSU’s position-by-position prospects for the upcoming season. Today: Special teams. Sunday: Quarterbacks. PULLMAN – The old football truism that special teams …


WSU makes moves to improve special teams

The old football truism that special teams account for one-third of a game of football – defense and offense also being of roughly equal importance – isn’t really true.


WSU football: Special teams play must improve for Cougars

PULLMAN – There is no mystery to the special teams touchdown at Washington State; the Cougars saw enough examples of punts and kicks returned for scores last season to testify …


WSU spring football: Cougars find punting alternatives

PULLMAN – While there are no punters listed on the Washington State football spring roster, the Cougars must have somebody do it. The group of specialists that special teams coach …


WSU spring football: Cougars find punting alternatives

PULLMAN – While there are no punters listed on the Washington State football spring roster, the Cougars must have somebody do it.


Eric Mele officially takes over special teams, Brian Odom joins WSU football staff

PULLMAN – Washington State coach Mike Leach announced on Tuesday that Eric Mele has been named special teams coordinator at WSU. Mele took over as the interim coordinator after Eric …


WSU’s Mele brings bunker mindset to special teams

PULLMAN – After nearly three years of taking orders, Eric Mele is ready to give them again. Make a plan. Trust your course but be willing to change direction in …


WSU’s Mele brings bunker mindset to special teams

After nearly three years of taking orders, Eric Mele is ready to give them again. Make a plan. Trust your course but be willing to change direction in a split …