Nov. 22, 2006
The Washington State Cougars, 6-6 overall and 4-5 in Pacific-10 Conference play, now await the Dec. 3 announcement of college bowl pairings following a close to the regular season with a 35-32 loss to the Washington Huskies.
The Cougars, with six wins, are bowl eligible, but must wait for the final Pac-10 games to be played before conference standings are determined.
Should the Cougars not be chosen for one of the six bowl slots guaranteed to Pac-10 teams, they could be selected to one of several other bowl games as an at-large representative. Those announcements are not expected until Dec. 3 when all bowl pairings will be solidified.
PAC-10 ACADEMIC TEAMS ANNOUNCED: WSU junior quarterback Alex Brink was named to the Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic first team, it was announced recently by the conference...Brink was the only Cougar named to either the first or second teams...junior tight end Jed Collins, junior kick Loren Langley, sophomore receiver Brandon Gibson and freshman center Kenny Alfred weren named honorable mention...in addition, Brink earlier was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine District 8 All-Academic first team.
INJURIES PLAY ROLE IN 2006 SEASON: While every team in college football has to deal with injuries, the Cougars were hit exceptionally hard during the 2006 season...WSU lost a total of 101 player games due to injury, a combined 36 on offense and 65 on the defensive side of the ball...those are from either starters or primary backups...Cougar special teams also felt the impact as they lost 45 player games due to injury.
BRUCE ADDS TO NATIONAL HONORS: Mkristo Bruce continues to be recognized among the nation's top defenders...he was recently named one of seven finalists for the Lott Trophy, which equally recognizes athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player...Bruce is a semifinalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, which honors the top defensive end in the nation.
BRINK A WUERFFEL FINALIST: Junior quarterback Alex Brink is one of 11 finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy, which honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.
WSU-FSN NORTHWEST EXTENDS BROADCAST AGREEMENT: FSN Northwest and Washington State University have announced an extension of their partnership making FSN Northwest the "Official Television Network of Washington State University Athletics"...the multi-year agreement grants FSN Northwest exclusive rights to all live events and ancillary programming...the partnership will focus on production of live events, which will include football, men's basketball and additional Olympic sports such a volleyball and baseball.