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Jake Rodgers drafted by Atlanta Falcons

Eastern Washington offensive lineman Jake Rodgers was picked by the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round of the NFL draft on Saturday. Also, the Cleveland Browns selected WSU wide receiver Vince Mayle. Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday, an undrafted free agent, signed with the Washington Redskins. Rodgers (Shadle Park) and Halliday (Ferris) are both from Spokane.

Connor Halliday, Vince Mayle stage outdoor Pro Day in Pullman

PULLMAN – Neither Connor Halliday nor Vince Mayle have had an easy journey from Washington State to the NFL, so it was fitting that during a Pro Day workout in front of NFL scouts and executives on Wednesday, the two former Cougars did it the hard way. Such workouts are usually conducted indoors but because of poor lighting and worse turf in WSU’s indoor practice bubble, Halliday and Mayle elected to stage the workout outside on the practice field.

Halliday and Mayle perform for scouts

There were NFL 13 scouts on hand to watch Connor Halliday and Vince Mayle work out on Wednesday, and maybe one general manager.

Numbers from WSU’s second pro day

Connor Halliday and Vince Mayle were each recovering from injuries at WSU's pro day. But scouts were on hand to watch them workout Wednesday.

Former Cougar Xavier Cooper does his best to impress NFL scouts during combine

PULLMAN – There is no starting gun for NFL prospects when they run the 40-yard-dash, the most universally understood drill to measure athleticism in football players. So when Xavier Cooper got into his pre-sprint crouch he had all the time he needed to think about the tens of thousands of dollars riding on every hundredth of a second and about how close he is to achieving the highest level of his chosen profession.

Former WSU QB Connor Halliday hopes to impress despite injury

Connor Halliday’s ankle hasn’t healed enough for the quarterback to throw at this week’s NFL Combine, but the record-setting passer from Washington State is still one of three Cougars to descend on Indianapolis this week in the hopes of impressing professional scouts and executives. Halliday will only participate in the combine by having his physical measurements taken and interviewing with team representatives.

Former WSU QB Connor Halliday hopes to impress at NFL combine despite injury

Connor Halliday’s ankle hasn’t healed enough for the quarterback to throw at this week’s NFL Combine, but the record-setting passer from Washington State is still one of three Cougars to descend on Indianapolis this week in the hopes of impressing professional scouts and executives.

Morning links: Cougars prepare for NFL combine

By now Connor Halliday and Vince Mayle are already in Indianapolis registering for the NFL Scouting Combine and Xavier Cooper is en route, since west coast prospects are allowed to travel a day early.

Ameer Abdullah leads North to win in Senior Bowl

MOBILE, Ala. – Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah wanted to leave an impression on more than just the NFL watchers at the Senior Bowl. Abdullah rushed for 73 yards and added 40 receiving while leading the North to a 34-13 victory over the South on Saturday in the Senior Bowl, punctuating his college career in his home state.

Cougars receiver Vince Mayle accepts invite to combine

PULLMAN – Washington State receiver Vince Mayle accepted an invitation to the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, Mayle announced Tuesday on his Instagram account. The annual event is an opportunity for NFL general managers, coaches, scouts and personnel to observe college football’s best players as they undergo a series of mental and physical tests over four days.

WSU receiver Vince Mayle All-Pac-12 second team

PULLMAN – Washington State receiver Vince Mayle was named Second Team All-Pac-12, the conference announced Tuesday. Mayle tied for the national lead with 106 receptions and set the WSU single-season record with 1,483 receiving yards. The redshirt senior led the Pac-12 with six 100-yard receiving games and was the only college football player this season with two games of more than 250 receiving yards. He was also a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, which is given to the nation’s top receiver.

Allison gets a rude reception

PULLMAN – Coming to Washington State from California, Cougars linebacker Jeremiah Allison only truly began to understand the nature of the Apple Cup football rivalry between WSU and Washington after he played in one. In 2012, Allison’s freshman year, the Cougars beat the Huskies, 31-28. During the following summer break he went over to Seattle to visit UW receiver Jaydon Mickens, his godbrother, unprepared for the icy reception he would receive.

WSU’s Pippins passes test

TEMPE, Ariz. – On the first play of Saturday’s game Arizona State tried to pick on the new guy. It didn’t work. The Sun Devils sent running back D.J. Foster up the far side of the field, daring Marcellus Pippins to make a play in coverage against one of the Pac-12’s most dynamic players.