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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.
So, which Browns jersey are you going to buy? The Xavier Cooper model, or the Vince Mayle edition?
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.
There were NFL 13 scouts on hand to watch Connor Halliday and Vince Mayle work out on Wednesday, and maybe one general manager.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three former Washington State football players have been invited to attend the NFL scouting combine.
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.
Washington State defensive lineman Xavier Cooper will forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft this spring.
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.
Vince Mayle appears to have accepted an invitation to the NFL scouting combine.
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.
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.
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.
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.