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The Washington State Cougars held a short, indoor practice on Saturday so there isn't much to report. But assistant coaches Graham Harrell and Ken Wilson were good enough to speak afterwards, so we've got some fun videos of their interviews. First, Wilson talked about his linebackers, who is going to rack up the first sack and if he or running backs coach Jim Mastro developed the better poker face in Reno.
And here is Harrell talking about life in the NFL and who he guesses will score WSU's first receiving touchdown.
The Cougars will hold another short practice tomorrow night. There was some rain today, so hopefully the air will be clear enough for the team to practice outside.
Joel Filani will come to Washington State as the new offensive quality control assistant, according to coach-tracking website FootballScoop.com.
The contributions of quality control assistants are not very visible since they are not among the nine on-field coaches allowed to instruct players during practices and games.
They do serve important roles, however, especially so at WSU. Special teams coordinator Eric Mele began his WSU career as an offensive quality control assistant while outside receivers coach Graham Harrell came to WSU last spring as an offensive analyst.
Filani had a productive college career as a receiver for Mike Leach at Texas Tech from 2002-06, earning First-Team All-Big-12 honors his junior and senior seasons. He was later drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
Most recently Filani coached at Boise State as a graduate assistant. Here is the original report from Football Scoop.
As a player at Texas Tech, Graham Harrell threw an NCAA-record 134 touchdown passes in Mike Leach's offense.
In his first college coaching job he will train the players on the other end of such scores. Harrell, hired last spring as an offensive analyst, will take over as Washington State's new outside receivers coach, a position that was recently vacated when Dennis Simmons left for Oklahoma.
The 29-year-old Harrell played three seasons in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers before coming to WSU to help with offensive planning and film breakdown. During his days as a Red Raider (2004-08), Harrell passed for 15,793 yards, the second-most in NCAA history.
When the 2015 season begins next fall the Cougars will have a very different coaching staff, one that is decidedly younger. In addition to Harrell the Cougars also have new assistant coaches in defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, outside linebackers coach Roy Manning and special teams coordinator Eric Mele.
Like Harrell, Mele held a non-coaching role with the team before he was promoted following the midseason dismissal of Eric Russell last year.
Both Harrell's father and grandfather were high school football coaches in Texas.
Doug Samuels first reported the news of Harrell's promotion.
Sources have confirmed that former Mike Leach quarterback Graham Harrell will be joining his old coach as a member of the football staff at Washington State. The team already has nine assistant coaches, the maximum allowed by the NCAA, so Harrell will likely serve in an operations capacity, possibly as an "offensive quality control" staffer or in some other capacity.
Harrell's addition to the staff likely won't become official for at least a couple days. When that happens we will have a better understanding what his role in the program will be.
Harrell played under Leach at Texas Tech from 2004-08 and won a Super Bowl as a backup quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. He spent the 2013 NFL preseason playing for the New York Jets but was released when the team signed Brady Quinn.