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Beefed up and healthy, former WSU Cougar Hercules Mata’afa vies for Vikings’ spot

Mata’afa had quite a spring for the Minnesota Vikings. Now up to 275 pounds – 20 to 25 pounds heavier than he was a year ago when he tore his …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 10:05 p.m.

Washington State center Fred Mauigoa named to Polynesian Award watch list

The most recent winner of the award, of course, is ex-Cougar standout defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa, who claimed it after a memorable junior season in which he led the Pac-12 …

UPDATED: Sat., April 28, 2018, 8:16 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings take on Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa as undrafted free agent

Most expected Hercules Mata’afa to become the third Cougar selected in the 2018 Draft, next to offensive lineman Cole Madison and quarterback Luke Falk, who were respectively taken Saturday by …

UPDATED: Sun., March 4, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

Four Washington State players converged on Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine. Here’s how they did

The NFL prospects of Luke Falk, Hercules Mata’afa, Cole Madison and Tavares Martin Jr. won’t solely hinge on how many times they can throw a 225-pound barbell into the air …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 6:22 p.m.

Four Washington State players invited to NFL Scouting Combine; Cody O’Connell not among them

Quarterback Luke Falk, offensive lineman Cole Madison, defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa and wide receiver Tavares Martin Jr. all got invites. Surprisingly, two-time All-American offensive lineman Cody O’Connell did not.

NFL Draft Watch: Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa offers defensive versatility

When the Associated Press published its postseason All-Pac-12 Conference teams in early December, Hercules Mata’afa left such an impression on voters that many of them gave him extra credit.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 8:22 p.m.

Looking back: Top 10 moments of Washington State’s 2017 football season

A victory in the Holiday Bowl eluded the 2017 Washington State football team, but the Cougars nonetheless went to the postseason for the fourth time in five years and compiled …

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 31, 2017, 8:32 p.m.

All-American Washington State defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa departs for NFL

The junior defensive tackle announced on Twitter Sunday he’ll forgo his senior season in Pullman and get an early start on his professional career, entering the 2018 NFL Draft.

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 30, 2017, 9:21 p.m.

Busy offseason awaits Washington State and it could be a good thing following 25-point Holiday Bowl loss

There should be plenty of storylines to tide the Cougars over until their next chance to play someone wearing a different jersey.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 11:47 p.m.

Mike Leach mum on future of Washington State junior defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa

The Lahaina, Hawaii, native and consensus All-American didn’t play in the first half of the game because of his targeting ejection in WSU’s previous game against Washington.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 4:17 p.m.

Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa secures second team All-American honors from AFCA

The Associated Press, Sporting News and Walter Camp Foundation all previously recognized Mata’afa as a first team All-America, which makes him the first WSU defensive lineman to become a Consensus …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 10:09 a.m.

Hercules Mata’afa becomes Washington State’s first consensus All-American DL in 15 years

The junior defensive tackle becomes the Cougars’ first consensus All-American defensive lineman since Rien Long in 2002. He’d previously earned All-American distinction from the Walter Camp Foundation and the Associated …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 5:38 p.m.

Washington State defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa named Polynesian Player of the Year

Mata’afa, a native of Lahaina, Hawaii, earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors from the Associated Press and led the conference in both tackles-for-loss (21.5) and quarterback sacks (9.5). …

Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa named first team Associated Press All-American

The defensive tackle, who was named a first team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation last week, will be a consensus All-American if he earns first team honors from Sporting …

Video: Washington State defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa post practice Dec. 8

Washington State defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa talks about being named All-American and reflects on the targeting call that led to his ejection in the Apple Cup.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Washington State coach Mike Leach, assistants absent from first bowl practice due to travel issues

Mike Leach may have had an overhead view of Washington State’s first Holiday Bowl practice, but the Cougars’ boss never actually made it to Martin Stadium on Friday evening because …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 3:52 p.m.

Hercules Mata’afa named AP’s Pac-12 Defensive Player of Year, earns first team recognition at DE and DT

Mata’afa led the conference with 9.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles-for-loss, but lost out on the Pac-12’s official Defensive Player of the Year award to Washington defensive lineman Vita Vea two …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 5:03 p.m.

Washington State places Hercules Mata’afa, Cody O’Connell on All-American lists

On Thursday, both were named to the Walter Camp All-American First Team, the Walter Camp Foundation announced.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 3:54 p.m.

Stanford’s Bryce Love, WSU’s Hercules Mata’afa top AP All-Pac-12 team

Stanford’s Bryce Love was named the AP’s All-Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year by unanimous vote, and also earned first-team honors at running back. Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa was named …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 4:26 p.m.

Hercules Mata’afa, Cody O’Connell lead Washington State’s All-Pac-12 honorees; Mata’afa loses DPOY to UW’s Vita Vea

Of the nine Cougars recognized, Mata’afa and O’Connell were the only ones named to the first team. Safety Jalen Thompson, offensive tackle Cole Madison and kicker Erik Powell were recognized …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 4:16 p.m.

Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa named one of five finalists for Polynesian award

The award is given annually to the top player of Polynesian ancestry that “epitomizes great ability and integrity.”

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 7:24 p.m.

Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa named semifinalist for Walter Camp Player of the Year Award

The fourth-oldest college football award in the country recognizes the nation’s best college football player. Cougars QB Luke Falk was a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Award in 2016.

Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa, Erik Powell earn Pac-12 Player of the Week honors

Cougars defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week and kicker Erik Powell was named Special Teams Player of the Week after WSU beat Utah …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 8:03 p.m.

Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa named semifinalist for Bednarik Award

Hercules Mata’afa was one of 18 players named a semifinalist for the 2017 Chuck Bednarik Award, which recognizes the nation’s top defensive player.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 3:52 p.m.

Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa, Cody O’Connell named to AP midseason All-American team

Cougars offensive lineman Cody O’Connell and defensive lineman Hercules Mata’afa were named Tuesday to the Associated Press’ first-ever midseason All-America team.

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 9:03 p.m.

Vince Grippi’s three takes: Washington State defense has no speed limit

There is one aspect of defensive coordinator Alex Grinch’s defense that is nearly impossible to deal with: the group’s speed.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 10:14 p.m.

Oregon-Washington State means long-anticipated reunion between Cougars, former DL coach Joe Salave’a

During a five-year stint in Pullman, Joe Salave’a brought in Hercules Mata’afa and helped mold the Cougars defense into what it is today.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 10:52 p.m.

Video: Washington State defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa post practice Oct. 3

Cougars defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa talks about playing against former defensive line coach Joe Salave’a and preparing for the Ducks.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, 8:17 p.m.

Hercules Mata’afa leads day of dominance for Washington State defense

Washington State’s defensive line – primarily defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa – disconcerted Nevada, sacking quarterback Kaymen Cureton four times in the first quarter of the Cougars’ 45-7 victory on Saturday.

Difference makers: Hercules Mata’afa and Washington State defense shut down Nevada

The three difference makers in Washington State’s 45-7 win over Nevada in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017.