Hercules Mata’afa, who was probably WSU’s best defensive player by the end of 2015, did not make much of an impact in the early part of his redshirt freshman season, but by the end of the year, he was a USA Today freshman All-American. “I was still in that transition stage from high school to collegiate level,” he said.
When Leach went to Spokane last weekend and endorsed Donald Trump at a rally, I felt like applauding his rights to express his opinion, but questioned whether it’s fully appropriate for somebody in his position.
During a recent Washington State football practice, Kyrin Priester caught a pass a few yards short of scoring and took the path of most resistance into the end zone, barreling over freshman safety Jalen Thompson on his way.
There is no other position facing as much uncertainty heading into next season for the Washington State football team as rush linebacker, where the Cougars must effectively replace two starters, Ivan McClennan and Kache Palacio, at one position.
Lyric Bartley, DE, 6-3, 245, Taylorsville, Utah (Taylorsville): No stranger to laying out the quarterback. Made 61 tackles — 18 for losses — including a state-best 13.5 sacks as a senior. Named a High School Stat Star by MaxPreps after recording a three-sack game, one of two three-sack performances. Rated three-star prospect by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com. Ranked No. 12 overall prospect in Utah by ESPN.com.
Teams playing in the Sun Bowl in recent seasons often have brought long bowl droughts with them and left them at the border, and this year’s game between Miami and Washington State will continue the trend.
In his first season as a full-time starter, the 6-foot-10 Hawkinson was the only player in the Pac-12 to average a double-double — 14.7 points and 10.8 rebounds per game — in playing second fiddle to DaVonte Lacy.