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PULLMAN – A rivalry game can turn on any number of things. A trick play. A missed tackle. An unknown’s career day. A drawn-out replay. A surprise comeback. A last-second perfect throw.
“We couldn’t keep him (Tuel) in the pocket and sack him. He’s a Jake Locker-type. They wear the same number. They look the same to me.” – Oregon State defensive
So how do Locker and Tuel, who will face off for the first and only time in the Apple Cup this week, compare? And what type of contrast is there?
Baseball: Former Spokane Indians pitcher Neftali Feliz (2007) has been voted the 2010 American League Rookie of the Year. Feliz captured 20 of the 28 first-place votes, beating Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson. Feliz recorded a rookie-record 40 saves during the season, helping Texas reach the World Series for the first time in team history.
PULLMAN – Football players have a way of banging into each other over the years. A teammate in one career becomes a rival in another. Such is the case with Jeff Tuel and Beau Sweeney.
Football players have a way of banging into each other over the years. A teammate in one career becomes a rival in another. Such is the case with Jeff Tuel and Beau Sweeney.
PULLMAN – The record is the same. The statistical benchmarks are similar. But there’s seems to be something different about this Washington State University football team as it prepares to enter the second half of the season. Maybe it’s because there is hope on offense. Or it just might be the afterglow of the Cougars’ most competitive Pac-10 game in a year. Or it might be something deeper.
PULLMAN – The last time the University of Southern California visited the Palouse, Pete Carroll was still the coach, Reggie Bush still had a Heisman Trophy and the Trojans were still eligible for the Pac-10 title. A lot has changed since that mid-October day in 2008.
PULLMAN – When Jeff Tuel jogged out onto the Coliseum field last Sept. 26 with 8 minutes, 35 seconds left before halftime, Washington State University already trailed USC by 20 points. The Cougars went on to lose 26-6 in a game distinguished by possibly only one thing.
Note: This is the first of eight position previews of Washington State University’s 2010 football team. Today : Quarterbacks. Monday : Wide receivers.
PASADENA, Calif. – Washington State coach Paul Wulff made official Thursday what most everyone else thought all along. Sophomore quarterback Jeff Tuel is the team’s starter.
This is probably textbook “gotcha” journalism but, hey, I only know what the local football coach tells me. And on Thursday from the campus at Washington State University, Paul Wulff applied a basketball analogy meant to illustrate the difficulty of preparing for Saturday’s opponent – Oregon – and then extrapolated it to his football team.