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UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

A self-proclaimed “slow guy,” Kyle Sweet has ascended Washington State’s receiver ranks by perfecting his route running

A senior who’s started for the Cougars each of the last three seasons – and has played in 37 of a possible 39 games – Sweet has caught 106 career …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 9:06 p.m.

Washington State receiver, former East Valley star Rodrick Fisher arrested on “baby DUI”

An early enrollee who joined the Cougars in time for spring camp, Rodrick Fisher had been on a quick trajectory to earning one of the eight spots in coach Mike …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 9:16 p.m.

Alex Brink to replace Jason Gesser as radio analyst on Washington State football broadcasts

Former WSU quarterback Alex Brink will take over as the Cougars’ radio analyst for home and away football broadcasts, The Spokesman-Review learned Thursday. Brink will replace fellow Cougar record-holder Jason …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 10:10 p.m.

Picking the Cougars: Projections for all 12 of Washington State’s 2018 football games

What’s in store for the 2018 Cougars? We take a look at how each of the 12 regular-season games could pan out, with score predictions and commentary.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 10:16 p.m.

Attrition may have changed the appearance of Washington State’s defensive line, but not the mindset

This is the time of the year teams devote to establishing depth and finding concrete solutions at every spot on the depth chart. But D-line coach Jeff Phelps is dealing …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 10:22 p.m.

Mike Leach sets Washington State’s eight-man receiver rotation; could use as many as 11 wideouts in 2018

Since his days at Texas Tech, Leach has adhered strictly to an eight-player, two-player-per-position rotation, reasoning that it best allows a team to allocate sufficient reps to the team’s best …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 7:33 p.m.

Cougars in the NFL: Keeping track of former Washington State players trying to lock down 53-man roster spots

Twelve former WSU players are currently in NFL training camps. We take a look at all 12 and handicap their chances of making the cut come Sept. 1.


Video: Washington State safety Skyler Thomas post practice Aug. 19

WSU safety Skyler Thomas reflects on Saturday’s scrimmage and talks about the Cougars’ first opponent.


Video: Washington State linebacker Dillon Sherman post practice Aug. 19

Cougars linebacker Dillon Sherman talks about Saturday’s scrimmage and what he’s seen of Wyoming’s offense on film.


Video: Washington State coach Mike Leach post practice Aug. 19

WSU coach Mike Leach talks about Sunday’s practice and gives some more detail on the departure of defensive lineman Pono Lolohea.


Video: Washington State wide receiver Easop Winston post practice Aug. 19

Washington State wide receiver Easop Winston talks about Saturday’s scrimmage and what Gardner Minshew brings to the offense.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018, 10:03 p.m.

Washington State nose tackle Jonathan “Pono” Lolohea leaves program for unspecified reasons

Once a coveted junior college prospect, Lolohea signed with the Cougars in December as part of the early signing period and arrived on campus in January in time to participate …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

Brandon Arconado hauls in two more TDs … and four other reactions from Washington State’s second fall scrimmage

Nearly two weeks shy of their 2018 opener at Wyoming, the Washington State Cougars returned to Martin Stadium Saturday afternoon for the second scrimmage of the preseason camp. Here are …


Video: Washington State coach Mike Leach post practice Aug. 17

WSU coach Mike Leach talks about Friday’s scrimmage and how nose tackle Taylor Comfort plays well with a low center of gravity.


Video: Washington State nose tackle Taylor Comfort post practice Aug. 17

WSU nose tackle Taylor Comfort talks about earning a scholarship and how he expects to contribute this season.


Video: Washington State defensive line coach Jeff Phelps post practice Aug. 17

Jeff Phelps talks about giving nose tackle Taylor Comfort a scholarship and how the redshirt senior is effective despite being undersized.


Video: Washington State wide receiver Rodrick Fisher post practice Aug. 17

WSU receiver Rodrick Fisher talks about his first fall camp with the Cougars and how he’s adjusted to the college game.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 17, 2018, 11:02 p.m.

Scholarship in hand, Washington State’s Taylor Comfort now striving for nose tackle job

In May, Comfort was one of five players WSU bumped from walk-on to scholarship. It meant he could cease his post-grad job hunt and continue to play the game he …


Observations and notes from day 12 of Washington State camp: Defense takes command late to emerge victorious in 11-on-11 period

The Washington State football team held its 12th fall practice under sunny and hazy skies Thursday at Rogers Field/Martin Staidum.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 8:47 p.m.

Once a 6-4, 210-pound safety, Willie Taylor III now thriving at Rush linebacker for Washington State

Taylor III is on track to start for the Cougars after spending his redshirt year learning under the tutelage of Frankie Luvu, whose mastery of the position made him an …


Washington State elevates Tim Marrion to assistant coach

Marrion had previously served as the program’s coordinator of basketball operations for the last two seasons.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 10:38 p.m.

Joint practices have become staple of NFL preseason. Washington State’s Mike Leach thinks they could also bring intrigue to college game

The Washington State coach has advocated for mixed practices between college programs within the same geographical footprint – perhaps scrimmages and preseason games, too – and made his case again …


Video: Washington State defensive tackle Nick Begg post practice Aug. 15

Cougars defensive tackle Nick Begg discussed the first two weeks of fall camp and evaluates Misiona Aiolupotea-Pei.


Video: Washington State nickel Hunter Dale post practice Aug. 15

WSU nickel Hunter Dale talks about how he recovers during spring camp and evaluates true freshman Patrick Nunn.


Video: Washington State coach Mike Leach post practice Aug. 15

Cougars coach Mike Leach talks bad haircuts, the QB competition and what Steve Spurrier Jr. has brought to the wide receivers.


Observations and notes from day 11 of Washington State camp: Trey Tinsley efficient, decisive while Gardner Minshew struggles to get in rhythm

East Carolina graduate transfer still continues to get the bulk of the work at quarterback, while redshirt junior gets just one series during 11-on-11 team period.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 7:45 p.m.

Projecting Washington State’s starters on offense, defense and special teams this fall

As a team replacing seven starters on offense, five on defense and a longtime placekicker, Washington State has had to make plenty of edits to its depth chart this offseason.


Video: Washington State offensive lineman Liam Ryan post practice Aug. 14

WSU offensive lineman Liam Ryan talks about his offseason development and the position battle with Josh Watson at left guard.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 2:59 p.m.

Video: Washington State coach Mike Leach post practice Aug. 14

WSU coach Mike Leach assesses Gardner Minshew’s play during Tuesday’s practice and talks about Calvin Jackson Jr.


Video: Washington State Rush linebacker Willie Taylor III post practice Aug. 14

Washington State’s Willie Taylor III talks about adapting to the Rush linebacker position and what he learned last season from Frankie Luvu.