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WSU Cougars football players of the game versus Idaho Vandals

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James Williams: WSU fans have been expecting big things from the redshirt freshman running back ever since his impressive performance in the Crimson and Gray game last spring. After only a few glimpses of the team’s most athletic running back in the first two games, average fans finally got to see what all the fuss was about. Williams led the running backs with 14 carries and 126 yards on Saturday, also scoring his first ever touchdown. Perhaps most impressively, Williams was never tackled for a loss while gaining an average of nine yards per rush.

Offensive player of the game

Gerard Wicks: The starting running back, Wicks was also never tackled behind the line of scrimmage. He only got seven carries, but gained 40 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Furthermore, Wicks scored a special teams touchdown, scooping and scoring when Idaho’s Reuben Mwhela fumbled during a kickoff return.

Defensive player of the game

Dylan Hanser: And who forced the fumble Wicks returned for a touchdown? Rush linebacker Dylan Hanser, who had a similar impact in his role as a rush linebacker, recording five tackles, including one for a loss, and harrying UI quarterback Matt Linehan throughout the game.

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