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Four Cougars named to Phil Steele’s midseason All-Pac-12 teams

Phil Steele's magazine and website are go-to resources for statheads and football junkies and the relative success of his numbers-based prognostication means his awards lists carry more weight than most other analysts.

That's good news for four Cougars, who were named to Steele's midseason All-Pac-12 teams, including a pair of first teamers in offensive lineman Joe Dahl and receiver Vince Mayle.

Follow the jump for more on their selection.

Cracraft, Mayle added to Biletnikoff watch list

Two more Washington State receivers have been added to the Biletnikoff Award watch list as River Cracraft and Vince Mayle joined teammate Isiah Myers on Tuesday, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation announced Tuesday. The award is given annually to college football's best receiver.

The Cougars join Baylor as the only teams with three players on the watch list.

Cracraft and Mayle are each coming off career performances in WSU's 60-59 loss to California last Saturday. Cracraft caught 11 passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns, all career highs, in the defeat. The sophomore ranks fifth nationally with 8.6 receptions per game and No. 11 nationally with 576 receiving yards despite missing the Nevada game.

Mayle set a school single-game record against the Golden Bears with 263 receiving yards, including a 90-yard touchdown. His 703 receiving yards rank fourth nationally.

There is a fan component to the award. The public can vote on the Biletnikoff Award website. The fan tally will be used to determine one vote to determine semi-finalists, finalists and the winner. 


Highlights from WSU player availability

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.

Q&A with strength coach Jason Loscalzo

In yesterday's paper we had a story on Vince Mayle, who has dropped 20 pounds since arriving at Washington State and the lithe receiver has been showing off his increased speed all spring. For the story I spoke at length with strength and conditioning coach Jason Loscalzo, not just about Mayle but also River Cracraft, new recruits and more.

We've transcribed the highlights of that interview, after the jump.

WSU Football: Mayle says he’s coming back


From Pullman — Wide receiver Vince Mayle announced on twitter this morning that his hardship waiver for a sixth year of eligibility has been granted by the NCAA. This is good news for the Cougars as the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Mayle ranks third on the team in both receiving yards (423) and touchdown-passes caught (5).