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Cougar Great Leon Bender Honored

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Yesterday, past Cougar football great Leon Bender was honored when the Santee (Calif.) City Council proclaimed May 30, 2013 as May 30, 2013 as Leon Bender Day.

Bender was a star player on the Cougars' 1997 Pac-10 Championship team and was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft. But on May 30, 1998, just five weeks after the NFL Draft, Bender passed away from complications stemming from an epileptic seizure suffered while in Georgia preparing for the Raiders' mini-camp.

Read about Bender in this 2007 story as part of the 2007 story as part of the "Relive The Roses" series looking back on the Cougars' historic run to the 1998 Rose Bowl.

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100 Days Away from Kickoff

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The Washington State football teams begins their season in 100 days! The Cougs travel to Jordan-Hare Stadium to take on the Auburn Tigers on Saturday, August 31. Go Cougs! 

2013 Football Poster

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The 2013 Football poster has been unveiled. Fans can pick up their poster at Saturday's Crimson and Gray game game at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.

The poster will be available to order online at WSUCougars.com early next week.

Go Cougs!

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Jason Hanson Announces his Retirement

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After 21 seasons in the NFL, Cougar great Jason Hanson has announced his retirement. Hanson played in more games with one team, the Detroit Lions, than any other player in NFL history. 
Read the story from ESPN.com HERE.

Football Operations Building Construction Photos

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See the latest photos of the Football Operations Building construction taken Tuesday morning, including some from inside Martin Stadium, at The Cougar Football Project Facebook page. Follow the progress 24/7 at the live webcam

Also follow The Cougar Football Project Twitter page for what's happening with the Football Operations Building construction.

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Cougars Quarterly Interview with Mike Leach

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The Winter edition of Cougars Quarterly has arrived in the mailboxes of Cougar Athletic Fund members and season ticket holders. Featured in the issue is an interview with Football Coach Mike Leach. In addition to football, Coach Leach discusses Pullman, the new football facilities, and by the excerpt below, his love of history and movies.

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CQ: You are a student of history. What is it about history that you love?

Leach: First of all, you don't need to go to the television set to find drama. We are in the middle of it. There are incredible stories and levels of achievement in the past. There are a lot of lessons to be learned.

CQ: You are working on a book about Geronimo?

Leach: The opportunity to work with a historian like (WSU professor) Buddy Levy on a book about Geronimo, who was certainly incredibly courageous and a visionary, is a rare opportunity and one I couldn't pass up.

CQ: Do you take what Geronimo represents and apply it to your coaching?

Leach: I think so. We'll illustrate some of those points in the book. Not specifically in the context of coaching, but working with groups of people and what a group of people together can achieve and accomplish; some of the forces and influences that bind them, hold them together, motivate them and drive them.

CQ: Speaking of history, have you seen any of the Oscar-nominated movies, such as Zero Dark Thirty and Argo?

Leach: Yes, Zero Dark Thirty I liked. It felt like a documentary but I liked it and enjoyed it. I saw Argo. I was in high school when those events took place and I remember them. It was impressive to see the inside story about that on the screen.

CQ: Did you see Lincoln?

Leach: I saw Lincoln. I think Daniel Day-Lewis will be Best Actor because as you sit through the movie I found myself sub-vocalizing some of the phrases and trying to morph into Lincoln because of the effective job he did.

CQ: Any other favorites?

Leach: Django Unchained is my personal favorite. More my type of movie. The most impressive is how quickly he (director Quentin Tarantino) can develop and illustrate characters and even though they're over the top, they still stay within a semi-realistic fashion and I thought it was really impressive.

A Night with Cougar Football

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Washington State Athletics embarked on a four-city tour during February to give Cougar fans the opportunity to spend "A Night with Cougar Football." Hear from past Cougar players in this video from the "A Night with Cougar Football" event in Seattle.


Check out a photo gallery from all of the "A Night with Cougar Football" events here.
Cougar football legends Duke Washington (L) and Alex Brink (R) visit with the Apple Cup during the Cougar Athletic Fund Night With Cougar Football event in Seattle, Friday, Feb. 22.

Washington, a member of the Athletics Hall of Fame, was running back for the Cougars from 1951-54 and Brink quarterbacked WSU from 2004-07. Though their careers span a half century apart, the two have something in common: defeating Washington three times. Washington's Cougar Football team defeated the Huskies in 1951, 1953, and 1954 and Brink was on the team that defeated Washington in 2004, 2005, and 2007, becoming the first quarterback in Cougar Football history to defeat the Huskies three times.

When the Cougars visited Texas in October, 1954, Washington became the first African-American to play at Memorial Stadium in Austin. The historic game and the story surrounding it is recounted in this Washington State Magazine feature from Fall 2009.

Brink and Washington are among the numerous student-athletes at Washington State who have earned the prestigious the prestigious Gray "W." For more information on the Gray "W" Varsity Club click HERE.

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Mike Leach, Mike Breske Post-Practice Nov. 7


This Saturday on the campus of Oklahoma University, the Washington State flag will be waving for the 127 consecutive telecast of ESPN's College Gameday.

This time, it's not traveling far from its home office.

Berry Tramel tells the story of the official organizer of Washington State's flag distribution tradition. Learn how the flag gets from location to location each week and get a history of the flags used over the years.

To read the story, click here.


NFL: Hanson named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

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Past Cougar kicker, Jason Hanson was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week by the NFL. Hanson converted all four of his field-goal attempts, including the game-winning 45-yarder in overtime, giving the Detroit Lions a 26-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Hanson, who scored 14 points, helped the Lions overcome a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit and sent the game into overtime with a 19-yard field goal with three seconds remaining in regulation.

He has nine career overtime field goals, tied for the most in NFL history.

Hanson has 2,074 career points and passed John Carney 2,062) for the third-most points in NFL history. His 2,074 points are the most ever by a player with one franchise. He has 479 field goals and passed Carney (478) for the third-most in NFL history. Hanson's 479 field goals are the most ever by a player with one franchise.

In his 21st season from WSU, this is Hanson's 12th career Player of the Week Award.

Hanson (12) surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders (11) for the most Player of the Week Awards in Lions history.

Hanson was the first ever NFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 1, 1993).


Seattle Times: Gino Simone "I love this program."

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Senior receiver Gino Simone is the perfect host for a rough stretch of Cougars football: uncomplaining, hard working, always positive.

Seattle Times reporter, Bud Withers, details Simone's four years donning the crimson and gray. 

To read the full story,click here


Mike Leach, Mike Breske Post-Practice Oct. 9

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Mike Leach, Joe Salave'a Post-Practice Oct. 3

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ESPN Outside the Lines: Praying Not Playing

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Past Cougar defensive backs, Husain and Hamza Abdullah are taking the year off from the NFL to make a pilgrimage to Mecca in October. They spent 30 days earlier this summer traveling around the United State to connect with fellow Muslims. 

Check their website where they blogged about their experiences here: http://abdullahbros.com/

ESPN's Outside the Lines aired this feature about the Cougar brothers. 


The story of how Cyrus Coen became a promising linebacker at Washington State doesn't begin with his high school career in Honolulu. It goes back a couple of generations, to an old familiar name in WSU football lore.

Bud Withers of the Seattle Times explores the link between Coen and WSU hall-of-famer Jack Thompson.

To read the full article, click here.



Mike Leach, Jeff Choate Post-Practice Sept. 26

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The Columbian: Cougs Not Ready to Give in to Ducks

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WSU's confidence has not weakened after last week's loss to Colorado writes reporter Howie Stalwick. 

Stalwick details redshirt freshman Xavier Cooper's past, present and future as the defensive lineman has rose to a starting role. 

To read the full story, click here.

Spokesman Review: WSU's Gauta Provides Extra Boost on D-Line

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Most know him as the big guy with the big hair in the middle of Washington State's defensive line, a 6-foot 3, 305-pound junior nose tackle who has helped the Cougars to a No. 30 national ranking in run defense through their first three games. 

Spokesman Review reporter, Christian Caple, has the story of Ioane Gauta's rise on the Cougar defensive line. 

For the full story,click here.

Coach Leach and Coach Breske Post-Practice Sept. 19

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Marquess Wilson Garners Player of the Week Award

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The junior wide receiver took home the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Pac-12 Player of the Week. 

Read the full story here.

Seattle Times: Marshall Lobbestael Has New Football Role

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During a recent practice at Sedro-Woolley High School, Marshall Lobbestael proved as focused and workmanlike as he did in his career as a quarterback at Washington State. 

Trevor Pyle tells the story of Lobbestael's contributions as an assistant coach on the Cubs' staff. 

To read the full story,click here.



Coach Leach and Coach Breske Post-Practice Sept. 11

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VIDEO: Andrew Furney's 60-yard FG

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With two seconds left in the first half, Washington State junior kicker Andrew Furney stood at midfield to line up for a 60-yard field goal against Eastern Washington.

Mike Leach Post-Practce Sept. 4

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ESPN.com Pac-12 Blog: Leach's return to Provo

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Thursday night, Coach Mike Leach returns to his alma mater, BYU, to kickoff WSU's football season. 

But Leach is going home for business, not pleasure, Kevin Gemmell from ESPN.com's Pac-12 Blog writes.

Read the full story here.



Post-Practice Interviews Aug. 27

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Seattle Times: WSU WRs Wilson, Marks turning heads

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Just as Wilson's considerable receiving talents seem about to be unrecognized no longer,a freshman split end on the other side has been turning heads.

Seattle Times reporter Bud Withers tells the story of Wilson and freshman sensation Gabe Marks. 

To read the full story, click here.

Mike Breske Post-Practice - Aug. 23

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Coach Leach Post-Practice Aug. 20

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Coach Joe Salave'a Post-Practice Aug. 19

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ESPN: Galvin warming up to new role

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After being WSU's primary running back last season, where he totaled 602 yards on 114 carries with five touchdowns, Rickey Galvin's role is changing during fall camp.

ESPN's Kevin Gemmell says Galvin could play a big part in the new offense under Head Coach Mike Leach as a slot receiver.

To read the story, click here.





Cougars Fall Camp: Post-Practice Videos Aug. 15

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Check out interviews from this morning's practice.

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Cougars Fall Camp: Post-Practice Videos Aug. 14

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Coach Mike Leach featured in 'Men's Journal'

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He's been out college football for two years. Now the smartest coach in the game is back - and looking to win.

The September issue of "Men's Journal" features "The Resurrection of Mike Leach."

To read a preview of the magazine story, click here.

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Cougars Fall Camp: Following a Day Off

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Washington State returned to the practice field Monday afternoon, working out in helmets and shoulder pads for just over two hours on Rogers Field.

The Cougars worked through some individual drills and later went through some special teams segments that focused on kickoff coverage and return. A few loud pops seemed to dial the intensity up a notch as WSU moved into 7-vs.-7 where both the offense and defense turned in a couple nice plays. For the offense, freshman wideout Gabe Marks made a couple nice catches, as did Marquess Wilson and Rickey Galvin. For the defense, linebacker Justin Sagote came away with an interception after he broke up a pass intended for Brett Bartolone as the ball bounced off of both players before Sagote snatched it up and raced to the end zone.

In 11-vs.-11, Leon Brooks exploded through a hole for a big gain late in the day. The end of practice saw head coach Mike Leach bring both sides together and once again said the two sides would square off in a best of three in a third-down situatoin. The loser would do a couple up-downs at the end. The defense won the first play, stuffing a third down and four running play but the offense came back with a pair of completions. Quarterback Jeff Tuel found Carl Winston in space to pick up a third and short before Tuel clinched the win by hitting Wilson down the field to convert on a third and long.

The Cougars continue fall camp Tuesday at 2:45 on Rogers Field.

 

 

Cougars Fall Camp: Offense Bounces Back

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Washington State worked out for two hours in shoulder pads and helmets on Rogers Field Friday afternoon.

The Cougars worked through their individual workouts before breaking out into one filed working on running offense/defense while on the east field, wide receivers and defensive backs went one-on-one.

From there, WSU worked on punt coverage while the quarterbacks threw fades into trash cans on the east field.

There was a brief 7-vs.-7 with Chester Su'a and Deone Bucannon intercepting passes for the defense.

In the day's final segment, 11-vs.-11, the offense rebounded from a tough Thursday practice with an impressive Friday as the quarterbacks made a number of nice throws throughout the day. Connor Halliday found Gabe Marks and Isiah Myers on consecutive plays for scores.

Similar to earlier in the week, head coach Mike Leach put the ball inside the five yard line for the final three plays. It was the defense that won earlier in the week but it was all offense today as Jeff Tuel found Gino Simone for a score on the first play. Tuel then connected with Bennett Bontemps who dove across the goal line for the score and the offense went to post a sweep as Tuel fired a quick strike to Isiah Myers for a touchdown.

WSU will hold its first scrimmage of fall camp Saturday at 4 p.m. at Martin Stadium with a fan autograph session scheduled to follow from 5:30-7 p.m. Gates to Martin Stadium will open at 3:45 p.m. and fans will be allowed on the field following the scrimmage.

 

 

Cougars Fall Camp: Another "Live" Segment

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The Cougars continued to mix things up at fall camp, working out on Rogers Field in full pads for an hour before heading down into Martin Stadium for the final hour and a half.

WSU opened practice with some individual segments that focused on technique before splitting off and working on the running game on the east field while receivers and defensive cornerbacks squared off in one-on-one battles on the west field.

Special continued to receive a little more time as the Cougars worked on punt coverage on Rogers Field before going through kickoff coverage in the stadium.

The Cougars held a brief 7-vs.-7 segment before going 11-vs.-11 and eventually another "live" scrimmage. Safety Tyree Toomer had a big hit on freshman wideout Brett Bartolone who held on for the catch and five yard gain. Linebacker Cyrus Coen turned in the best day for the defense, breaking up a pass while dropping back in coverage on one play before chasing down a running back from the backside and stopping him for a tackle-for-loss, one of nicer defensive plays made in fall camp so far.

Towards the end of the scrimmage, freshman cornerback Ray Ford broke up a pass intended for Marquess Wilson. It was a nice play by the Cougars newest addition.

The day ended with field goals as Andrew Furney connected on all four of his attempts from 37, 42, 48 and 52 yards.

The Cougars continue fall camp Thursday at 2:45 p.m.

 

Cougars Fall Camp: Defense Shines

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Washington State continued its fall camp with a two-hour workout in shoulder pads and helmets on Rogers Field Wednesday afternoon. Tons of energy throughout the day on both fields.

It was a defensive day as the Cougars worked through some individual drills before going through special teams drills that focused on kickoff coverage and returns.

In 7-vs.-7, Matthew Simmons was the first to tally a turnover, picking off a pass before freshman Taylor Taliulu picked off Connor Halliday on the west field. Minutes later, linebacker Eric Oertel recorded an interception off of a deflected pass and safety Mitchell Peterson later picked up an INT of his own with a diving grab on the east field.

It was more of the same in 11-vs.-11 as the defense opened the segment with a "sack." Tyrone Duckett later caused a turnover by forcing a fumble before head coach Mike Leach dialed up the intensity a little more at the end of the day.

Leach placed the ball at the three yard line and decided the two sides would square off in a best of three plays. The first play saw Jeff Tuel connect with freshman Brett Bartolone for a score but the defense rebounded with a "sack" by Travis Long and a pass breakup in the end zone to clinch the win. The offense did a couple up-downs for losing.

The Cougars continue fall camp Thursday at 2:45 p.m.

 

Cougars Fall Camp: Defense Shines

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Washington State continued its fall camp with a two-hour workout in shoulder pads and helmets on Rogers Field Wednesday afternoon. Tons of energy throughout the day on both fields.

It was a defensive day as the Cougars worked through some individual drills before going through special teams drills that focused on kickoff coverage and returns.

In 7-vs.-7, Matthew Simmons was the first to tally a turnover, picking off a pass before freshman Taylor Taliulu picked off Connor Halliday on the west field. Minutes later, linebacker Eric Oertel recorded an interception off of a deflected pass and safety Mitchell Peterson later picked up an INT of his own with a diving grab on the east field.

It was more of the same in 11-vs.-11 as the defense opened the segment with a "sack." Tyrone Duckett later caused a turnover by forcing a fumble before head coach Mike Leach dialed up the intensity a little more at the end of the day.

Leach placed the ball at the three yard line and decided the two sides would square off in a best of three plays. The first play saw Jeff Tuel connect with freshman Brett Bartolone for a score but the defense rebounded with a "sack" by Travis Long and a pass breakup in the end zone to clinch the win. The offense did a couple up-downs for losing.

The Cougars continue fall camp Thursday at 2:45 p.m.

 

Fall Camp: Day 4, Shoulder Pads

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Washington State worked out in helmets and shoulder pads for just over two hours on Rogers Field Sunday afternoon.

The Cougars continued to work through a similar practice schedule as the first three, opening with individual position drills before working through some team segments and then moving on to 7-vs.-7 drills.

In 7-vs.-7, freshmen linebacker Jeremiah Allison made one of the best athletic plays so far in camp, leaping to make an interception has he was dropping back into coverage. On the west field, sophomore linebacker Chester Su'a closed out 7-vs.-7 with a pick that he took to the house.

Special teams followed 7-vs.-7 and the Cougars focused on punt coverage, shedding blocks and working on containing the punt returner.

During 11-vs.-11 at the end of the day, again both the offense and defense traded big plays. The defense came up with a couple interceptions and later made a couple stops in a red zone drill. The offense received a couple long runs from Teondray Caldwell, a long pass from Connor Halliday to freshman Gabe Marks for a score, a diving catch by freshman Brett Bartolone and a leaping catch by Ricky Galvin.

The intensity will pick up a little more tomorrow as the Cougars will go full pads for the first time in fall camp. Practice is set to begin at 2:45 p.m.

 

Cougars Continue Fall Camp; Ray Ford Announced

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WSU continued fall camp with a two hour workout in helmets only on Rogers Field Friday afternoon.

The Cougars worked through a similar format as Thursday, going through individual position segments before moving on to team segments with the defense on the east field and the offense on the west side. From there, they went into a 7-vs.-7 segment where walk-on wideout Mark Urtz made a leaping one-handed catch along the sideline.

On the west field during 7-vs.-7, quarterback Connor Halliday and freshmen wideout Gabe Marks provided the highlight of the day. On a long pass from Halliday, Marks out-jumped two defenders and held on to the ball as he tumbled into the end zone.

WSU then worked through some special teams segments that focused on punt coverage.

In the day's final segment, 11-vs.-11, both the offense and defense made plays but neither side able to gain the upper hand. Quarterback Jeff Tuel closed his day with a touchdown strike to Bobby Ratliff.

In his post-practice media session, head coach Mike Leach announced that cornerback "Raymond Ford is Cougar and we are excited to have him and he just got in today."

The Cougars will add shoulder pads to tomorrow's practice, slated for 2:45 p.m. on Rogers Field.

Seattle Times: Connor Halliday ready to play

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We're a few days before fall camp and WSU redshirt sophomore Connor Halliday plans to compete for the starting quarterback job. The Seattle Times chronicles Halliday's journey to get back on the field after suffering a lacerated liver in a game against Utah last season.

To read the story from the Seattle Times, click here.

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Washington State QB Jeff Tuel talks about coach Mike Leach, the new offense and the 2012 season with ESPN Pac-12 blogger Ted Miller.

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WSU football players deliver season tickets

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Washington State football players Bobby Ratliff, Deone Bucannon, Andrei Lintz, John Fullington and Wade Jacobson were out delivering season tickets in Pullman yesterday.

See photos on our Facebook page and watch the video recap below:



Pac-12 Media Day has come and gone, and according to the Spokesman-Review's Christian Caple, coach Mike Leach stole the show.
 

To read the story from the Spokesman-Review, click here.

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Q&A with Coach Leach in the Kitsap Sun

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In an interview with the Kitsap Sun, Washington State head football coach Mike Leach talks about his love of Pullman, WSU football's success and his favorite sports movie.

To read the interview from the Kitsap Sun, click here.

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Shawn McWashington featured in Seattles Times

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Past WSU wide receiver and current broadcast analyst Shawn McWashington was featured in the Seattle Times about getting a new start in the football game.

To read the story from the Seattle Times, click here.

For more on the broadcast agreement between Washington State Athletics and the Bonneville Seattle Media Group, click here

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Washington State continued spring drills Thursday, working out in helmets for two hours on Rogers Field.

The Cougars covered a number of drills including a walk-thru on how they will stretch and warm up prior to Saturday's Crimson and Gray game in Spokane.

WSU worked through individuals before special teams focused on punt coverage and kickoff return. With the pads off, the intensity was lacking and coach Mike Leach pointed it out during his post-practice media session.

A couple highlights in the team session was linebacker Cyrus Coen who made two athletic interceptions while in coverage. For the offense, wideout Dominique Williams made a nice over-the-shoulder catch in the corner of the end zone thrown by Jeff Tuel. Fellow wideout Bobby Ratliff also made a nice catch, reaching behind him to corral a pass with only his right hand.

Saturday's spring game is scheduled of 1 p.m. at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane. The final spring workout will be Tuesday at 3:10 p.m. on Rogers Field.

Check out the post-practice interviews with Coach Leach and Dominique Williams by visiting INSIDE COUGAR FOOTBALL.

Spring Practice Recap: Red Zone Matchups

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Washington State continued springs drills Thursday afternoon, working out in helmets and shoulder pads for two and a half hours.

The Cougars continued to work through individual position segments mixed in with a couple special teams segments before moving into 7-vs.-7 and team.

In special teams, the Cougs kicked field goals as Andrew Furney went 2-of-3, hitting from 15 and 28 before slightly missing left from 40 yards out. Michael Bowlin knocked in both of his kicks while working with the second unit, hitting from 34 and 42. Special teams coordinator Eric Russell then put the team through punt coverage with Bowlin taking a majority of the kicks.

WSU then worked through 7-vs.-7 before capping the day with a team segment. The defense held their own early on as Daniel Simmons highlighted the early series with an over-the-shoulder pick in the end zone. The offense closed out the day with a couple touchdowns while working during the red zone segment. Quarterback David Gilbertson threw a pair of touchdowns, hitting Marquess Wilson in the back of the end zone before dropping a fade into the arms of Blair Bomber in the back left corner for the score that ended the day.

The Cougars continue spring drills Saturday at 10:10 a.m.

Check out the post-practice interviews with Coach Leach, Bobby Ratliff and Oertel by visiting INSIDE COUGAR FOOTBALL.


Spring Practice Recap: Horton INTs

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Washington State returned to the practice field Tuesday afternoon, working out in helmets and shoulder pads under the sun on Rogers Field.

The Cougars continued to work through all aspects of the game, offense, defense and special teams. The first segment of practice saw the wideouts focus on getting rid of the defensive back while getting off the line of scrimmage. On the other field, the linebackers and running backs squared off in a blocking drill, simulating a blitz while the running back stepped up to pick up the blitz.

Following a 7-vs.-7 drill, the Cougs worked through a special teams segment that focused on kickoff coverage and kickoff return. Horton closed out the 7-vs.-7 segment with a one-handed pick, holding on to the ball with his right hand while battling a wideout along the sideline. Nice play by the all-conference corner.

WSU then capped the day with a team segment. Cornerback Daniel Simmons made a nice pick on the sideline, dragging his feet as he fell out of the bounds to register the INT. Horton later picked up his second pick of the day after Deone Bucannon broke up a pass and Horton corralled the tipped ball for the INT.

The offense received a couple nice catches by Marquess Wilson who went high up to snatch the ball away from a DB in traffic. Jeff Tuel later connected with newcomer Drew Loftus for a long touchdown pass.

The Cougars continue spring drills Thursday at 3:10 p.m.

GO COUGS!

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Spring Practice: Fiesty Thursday Practice

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The Cougars worked out in helmets and shoulder pads for just over two hours on Rogers Field Thursday. Despite no being in full pads, intensity was probably the highest its been all spring as a couple skirmishes broke out during the practice.

Practice opened with the offense working on one field with the defense working on the opposite field. The defense was working on a pop and chase drill, with four players popping the sled before racing to one sideline. There were three cones set up on the sideline and the four players were racing to grab one of the cones, the one that didn't get a cone, did a couple up-downs. High intensity drills that set the tone for the day. Tons of energy by each defensive coach as well as the players.

The offense continued to work through its passing drills before working through 7-vs.-7. Quarterbacks Connor Halliday and Jeff Tuel rotated operating the No. 1 and No. 2 offenses. The highlight of the day came from the offense after a couple big hits by the defense. Running back Leon Brooks took a screen pass from Tuel, got behind his blockers and scampered some 50+ yards for the score, causing the offensive players to storm the field and sprint to the end zone to celebrate with the always-smiling Brooks.

A newcomer followed with a nice play of his own minutes later as running back Teondray Caldwell juked a defender, resulting in the defender falling down and offense to again celebrate on the field.

Much more competitive practice today, just what coach Leach said he was looking for after Tuesday's sluggish workout.

Saturday's practice has been pushed back to 1:10 p.m. in Martin Stadium. The Cougars will work out and are expected to scrimmage for a majority of the practice.

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Check out the post-practice interviews with Coach Leach, Deone Bucannon and Jeff Tuel by visiting INSIDE COUGAR FOOTBALL

 

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Spring Practice: Field Goals and Defense

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Washington State resumed spring drills with a full pads workout for just over two hours on Rogers Field Tuesday. The Cougars focused a little more on "skelly" and team segments today.

With each practice, the Cougs are implementing more and more of special teams. Today they focused on the technique to blocking kicks and field goals. There were a ton of plays in the team session as some of the series' saw the Cougs play "live" with tackling and moving up and down field to simulate and actual "drive."

The defense probably won the day, mainly on the defensive line and linebackers with Toni Pole and Chester Su'a each blowing up a running play to bring "ooohs" and "aaahhs" from the other defensive players.

Quarterback Jeff Tuel made a couple nice throws to Bobby Ratliff and Andrei Lintz in traffic to highlight the day for the offense. Kickers Andrew Furney and Michael Bowlin capped the day with field goals. Furney worked with the first team and was a perfect 4-for-4, hitting from 47, 42 and twice from 39. Bowlin later hit from 39, missed from 47 and ended the day hitting from 45 with room to spare.

WSU continues spring drills Thursday at 3:10 p.m. Saturday's practice has been pushed back to 1:10 p.m.

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Updated Football Practice Schedule

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The Cougars will practice at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday this week but Saturday's practice has been changed to 1:10 p.m. on Rogers Field.

All spring practices are open to the public. We will have a practice recap tomorrow.

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Spring Practice With Pads, Day 4 Recap

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The Cougars practiced for just over two hours in helmets and shoulder pads on Rogers Field Thursday. The rain held off until the final 20 minutes of practice when it really started to come down, making the post-practice media session a little fun.

Coach Mike Leach and the coaching staff continued to put the team through another up-tempo practice that saw all players received a good number of reps. There were a couple solid hits but nothing that stood out. Just as the defense won during most of Tuesday's practice, the offense settled in and turned in most of the highlights.

Early in the team session, the final segment of practice, Jeff Tuel connected with Dominique Williams for a score. While that play was happening, Max Hersey caught a long pass on the opposite field for a score. A couple plays later, Henry Eaddy also got behind the defense for a long touchdown catch. Tuel finished practice very well, spreading the ball to nearly every receiver from sideline to sideline, hitting Blair Bomber in stride for a score before finding Bobby Ratliff in traffic for another score. Marcus Mason capped his day with a long scoring run, sprinting past a couple defenders before they could get a hand on him.

The defense started the team session well with Deone Bucannon corralling a tipped pass for the INT. Damante Horton later made a great play, jumping a route to make the pick and keep his feet inbounds on the play. Tyree Toomer made the hit of the day, "de-cleating" Hersey as he came across the middle.  There wasn't anything dirty about the play, Toomer made a great read on the ball and collided with Hersey as he came across for the catch, which he held on to and even flipped the ball back at Toomer after he got back up.  Nice play by the freshman tight end who redshirted this past season.

WSU will practice Saturday at 10:10 a.m. The first hour or so is expected to be a practice before the team will head down to Martin Stadium for a scrimmage.

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Check out the post-practice interviews with Coach Leach and Jeff Tuel by visiting INSIDE COUGAR FOOTBALL

 

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Cougars Add Shoulder Pads To Spring Practice

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The Cougars worked out in shoulder pads for the first time this spring, practicing for just over two hours on Rogers Field Tuesday afternoon.

With the addition of shoulder pads, there was a lot more energy throughout the field today. Loud smacks could be heard from all over the field. The biggest smacks came during a couple drills that occurred at the same time on two different fields. The first couple and the loudest of the day came from linebacker Darryl Monroe during a running game drill that featured the offensive line and running back against the defensive line and linebackers. Just like what he did last spring and fall, the young backer quickly stepped up to fill a running lane and either blow up the pulling lineman or the running back.

On the offensive field, there was 7-vs.-7 taking place and the biggest "pops" came from a familiar name on the defensive side in safety Deone Bucannon. The junior to be squared up a couple receivers coming over the middle on a few occasions, bringing some yells from his defensive teammates. The defense turned in one of its better days as a whole, popping a lot and even getting "pick-6" from linebacker Cory Laufasa who has moved to the defensive side of the ball after spending the past two seasons at fullback.

The offense saw wideouts Bobby Ratliff and Andrei Lintz each turn in another good practice. Both are catching everything in sight. Not to be overlooked but Marquess Wilson and Kristoff Williams each had catches that went for scores.

The Cougars will keep the pads on for Thursday's practice at 3:10 p.m.

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Check out the post-practice interviews with Coach Leach and Andrei Lintz by clicking HERE to visit INSIDE COUGAR FOOTBALL

 

Cougs Hold Second Spring Practice

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The Cougars practiced at Rogers Field in helmets and shorts for two and a half hours Saturday. Head Coach Mike Leach and his coaching staff continued to work the Cougs through a fast-paced up-tempo practice.

There were a number of individual segments that allowed each position coach to teach the new terminology. There were segments that focused on on-on-one matchups between the receivers and defensive backs and later went 7-vs.-7 while the linemen squared off in the opposite end of the complex.

There were a couple extra minutes put into special teams today, with the focus on punt and kickoff coverage. New kicker Michael Bowlin punted the ball very well in his first outing as a Coug to impress the attending fans and media members. Special Teams coordinator Eric Russell also put the team through some kickoff coverage drills.

Once again, the highlight of the practice was the team segment held at the end of the day. Both sides of the ball turned a couple nice plays as Tyree Toomer and Chester Su'a each picked off passes. Su'a's INT came towards the end of practice as he jumped an inside route to make the pick from his left outside linebacker position. On the offensive side of the ball, Blair Bomber had a number of catches in space and broke off some big runs. Towards the end of the day, Jeff Tuel connected with Marquess Wilson over the middle for a long score. Wilson, along with newcomer Hawaii transfer Drew Loftus made a couple nice catches throughout the day.

Coach Leach was very happy with the second day of practice. He said he implemented another third of the offense today and is looking forward to putting pads on next week.

The Cougars are expected to put on shoulder pads for their next practice, Tuesday at 3:10 p.m. at Rogers Field.

Check out the post-practice interviews with coach Leach and Travis Long by clicking HERE to visit INSIDE COUGAR FOOTBALL


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Mike Leach talks with Marquess Wilson at practice. (Courtesy of Jason Krump)

Cougars Open Spring Football Practice

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PULLMAN, Wash - Washington State University held its first spring practice under new head coach Mike Leach at Rogers Field Thursday afternoon.

The Cougars worked out in helmets and shorts on a warm sunny afternoon as Leach and his new coaching staff had the team go through a number of drills throughout the day.

Quarterbacks Jeff Tuel and Connor Halliday split a majority of the reps on offense with both players completing a number of passes including a couple long throws to Marquess Wilson, Kristoff Williams and Brett McDonald. The Cougar offense worked through a couple different passing drills that matched the receivers against the defensive backs while the defense worked against the offense on the opposite field. Players from both sides rotated between both fields so there wasn't a true "scout team" on either field.

The final 30 minutes pitted the offense, led by Tuel and Halliday, against the defense that continued to shuffle players in and out throughout the day's final segment. Wilson, Bobby Ratliff, Kristoff Williams and Dominique Williams  each caught long touchdowns while McDonald, who walked on last season and earned WSU Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year honors, made a couple tough catches in traffic to bring some cheers from the coaching staff and offensive players.

The defense saw Tyree Toomer and Deone Bucannon each intercept passes but the play of the day came at the end of the team session in the endzone as Eric Oertel, playing as an outside linebacker, leaped high in the air to pick off a Halliday pass. The highlight brought some loud yells from the defensive coaches and players and even saw outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons come over to high five Oertel after the play.

Leach spoke with the team for a few minutes after practice before selecting Oertel as the player to break the team down after the first spring's first practice.

The Cougars will practice in helmets and shorts 10:10 a.m. Saturday at Rogers Field.

 

Coach Leach Spring Preview Press Conference

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Bill Moos Tours The Cougar Football Project

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Last week, Director of Athletics Bill Moos received a firsthand look at the progress of The Cougar Football Project, Thursday, Jan. 5. Check out photos from the visit on The Cougar Football Project Facebook page HERE and watch video footage below.

For more information on The Cougar Football Project, including a live webcam showing the progress, visit TheCougarFootballProject.org

Cougar Football Preview Show

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Coach Paul Wulff Teleconference

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Cougar Football Preview Show

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Football Practice: Coach Paul Wulff Teleconference

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Cougars Check Out AT&T Park

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Football Practice: Final Gameplanning For Cal

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The Cougs went through their normal Thursday practice routine, working on special teams in Martin Stadium before the defense went up to Rodgers practice field to work against the scout team while the offense worked against the scout defense in the stadium...a lot of energy from the guys this week, a lot louder and a lot more physical than the past couple weeks...the team heads to San Francisco tomorrow and will have a walk-thru at AT&T Park, home of MLB's San Francisco Giants, in the afternoon before checking into the hotel...we hope to have video from tomorrow's walk-thru...GO COUGS!

 

 

Football Practice: Practice, Weekly Awards

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The Cougars worked out in full pads for just under two hours Tuesday afternoon...tons of energy coming from both the offense and defense today...whether it was from defensive coordinator Chris Ball or from quarterback Marshall Lobbestael, the Cougs turned in one of their better practices of the season today...the defense was flying around, as a number of players picked off passes against the scout team while Lobbestael fired strikes to the receivers all over the field and the o-line continued to give Lobbestael time...last week's team awards were: Jared Karstetter-offensive, Damante Horton-defensive, Bennett Bontemps -special teams for second straight week, Deone Bucannon-big hit, Horton-Big play, Zach Johnson-scout offense, Tana Pritchard-scout defense for second straight week and third time this season ...GO COUGS!

Cougars Plays of the Week (Oct. 24-30)

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Cougar Football Preview Show

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WSU practiced for just under two hours in full pads Tuesday afternoon...for the second straight day there was a noticeable amount of energy heard and seen throughout practice...kicker Andrew Furney blasted a couple field goal from 37 yards out before the Cougs worked through punt coverage and punt return...both the offense and defense then worked against the scout teams... the Cougs did some perfect 10's before one final 15-minute segment of team...below is coach Wulff's teleconference...GO COUGS!

Football Practice: Weekly Awards, Oregon Gameplanning

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The Cougars returned to the practice field to begin preparations for Oregon tonight...the team worked out in just helmets for just over an hour and spent a lot more time on gameplanning than any previous Monday workout...a lot of energy and noise coming out of the defense tonight, good to hear Alex Hoffman-Ellis leading the way...this morning, the coaches announced their weekly team awards, awarding Marquess Wilson offensive player of the week, Bennett Bontemps special teams player of the week, Anthony Carpenter got the Big Hit award, Wilson got the Big Play, running back Kyle Lappano was named scout team player of the week on offense and linebacker Tana Pritchard named defensive scout team player of the week...the Cougs return to practice tomorrow in full pads...GO COUGS!

Cougars Plays of the Week (Oct. 17-23)

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Cougar Football Preview Against Oregon State

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The Cougs continued to fine tune their gameplanning for Oregon State today...another typical Thursday as they worked in both Martin Stadium and Rogers Field...the offense worked against the scout team in the Martin with the addition of crowd noise blaring throughout the workout...the defense worked against the scout team on Rodgers Field...following practice, coach Paul Wulff announced that the captains for this week will be Alex Hoffman-Ellis, Jeff Tuel, Travis Long and Gino Simone...the Cougs will work out tomorrow morning before heading to Seattle...GO COUGS!

CenturyLink Field Turning Crimson

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CenturyLink Field is beginning to turn crimson for Saturday's Seattle Game pitting the Cougars against the Oregon State Beavers.

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Tickets for Saturday's game can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or clicking HERE.

Visit the Seattle Game website for information on what's happening around the game, including information on road closures, tailgating and prohibited items inside CenturyLink Field as well as all of the events happening around the game and statewide.

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The Cougars continued preparations for Oregon State with a two hour workout in full pads on Rodgers Field...tons of energy from both the players and the coaches throughout the day, despite a light rain that fell early...the Cougs opened with some segments on kickoff and kickoff return coverage before going into some individual segments...later in the day, there was the typical Wednesday segments that saw the lineman face off, while the offense and defense went skelly on the west field...the Cougs continued to mix things up at the end of day, going through a "bonzai" segment that is an even quick two-minute drill...the team then returned to working against the scout teams for the final 15 minutes...practice moves down to Martin Stadium tomorrow before the Cougs head to Seattle Friday...GO COUGS!

Butch Waves The Flag In Seattle

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Butch spent his Wednesday Waving The Flag in Seattle and spreading the word about The Seattle Game this Saturday at CenturyLink Field. Check out photos of Butch's tour at our Facebook page HERE

You can Wave The Flag on Saturday at CenturyLink Field for The Seattle Game! For tickets call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or click HERE.

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Football Practice: Coach Paul Wulff Teleconference

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The Cougars worked out in full pads for two hours Tuesday, implementing the game plan for Oregon State...coach Paul Wulff had a teleconference earlier in the day.


Football Practice: Game Captains Announced

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The Cougs held their walk-thru in Martin Stadium today, going for about and hour in just shorts and t-shirts...following a couple special teams segments, the offense and defense split up to walk-thru some Stanford "looks" a couple more times...the game captions were announced, joining Alex Hoffman-Ellis and Jared Karstetter will be Carl Winston and Anthony Laurenzi...see you tomorrow Coug fans...GO COUGS!


Football Practice: More Gameplanning for Stanford

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The Cougs returned to the practice field for a two-hour workout today, practicing in full pads once again at Rogers Field...the first couple segments focused on special teams before the offense and defense broke out for a couple segments with their individual position coaches...there was a lot of team segments, both the No. 1 and No. 2 offenses and defenses worked against the scout teams...coach Paul Wulff again mixed things up towards the end of practice with a five minute "bonzai" segment that mirrors a two-minute drill just to put the players in some pressure situations towards the end of the day...the final 15 minutes were live against the scout teams so a the Cougs closed the day with a lot of energy...GO COUGS!

The Cougars worked out in full pads for just over two hours on Rodgers Field Tuesday...the Cougs opened with some special teams as Andrew Furney capped his day with a pair of field goals from 42 yards...the Cougs then worked on punt coverage and punt return before  running a two-minute drill...Marshall Lobbestael spent the day working with the 1's while Jeff Tuel took a majority of snaps with the 2's...following a couple individual segments, the Cougs worked against the scout teams who went through some Stanford formations...the team continued to mix things up near the end of practice, running perfect 10  10-yard sprints before returning to one final 15-minutes period of team...we have footage of coach Wulff's weekly teleconference...GO COUGS!

Cougars Plays of the Week (Oct. 3-9)

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Cougar Football: Team Visits Rose Bowl

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Coach Wulff Teleconference

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Cougars Plays of the Week (Sept. 29 - Oct. 2)

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Cougar Football: Ralphie Runs and Postgame Video at CU

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Cougar Football: Team Visits Folsom Field

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Football Practice: Colorado Game Captains Announced

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The Cougars held a 90-minute practice wearing helmets and skelly pads in Martin Stadium today...the first couple segments focused on special teams before the offense worked against the scout defense while the defense worked against the scout team offense...a lot of energy again during practice today, a lot more than weeks past...the team travels to Boulder, Colo. tomorrow morning and we will hope to have a video of the team at Folsom Field tomorrow...Saturday's game captains will be Alex Hoffman-Ellis, Jared Karstetter, Travis Long and Marshall Lobbestael...GO COUGS!

Coach Wulff Teleconference

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Here is coach Wulff's weekly teleconference.

The Cougs worked out for just over an hour in helmets and shoulder pads Thursday afternoon...it was the final workout of the week...practiced started with Andrew Furney kicking field goals, including one from 49 yards...a punting segment followed before the team worked through some individual segments with their position coaches...the team then went into one-on-one battles...the final segments were 11-vs.-11...Marquess Wilson turned in the highlight of the day, diving to catch his own deflection before the ball hit the ground, bringing some "ooooos" and "ahhhhs" from players on both sides of the ball...the team will have tomorrow and Saturday off before returning to the practice field Sunday night to begin preparations for Colorado...have a good weekend Coug fans, GO COUGS!

Football Practice: More Energy, Bucannon's 2 INT'S

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WSU worked out in full pads for just under two hours Wednesday afternoon...the Cougs dialed up the intensity even more today, competing in one-on-one battles in a number of drills, with the lineman squaring off, the linebackers facing the running backs and tight ends while the receivers and defensive backs battled...the defense played well early on, as Damante Horton and Mike Ledgerwood each picked off passes in the first 11 vs. 11 segment...Marshall Lobbestael did provide the offense with a nice highlight as he completed a long pass to Marquess Wilson...in the day's final 11 vs. 11 segment, Deone Bucannon had a pair of interceptions and Jordan Simone made a leaping INT of a Connor Halliday pass to cap a very good day by the defense...tons of energy throughout the day by the players and coaches...the Cougs will practice tomorrow before taking Friday, Saturday and Sunday off...GO COUGS!

Cougars Plays of the Week (Sept. 12-18)

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Cougar Football: Team Checks Out Qualcomm, Leaf Visits

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The Cougs traveled to San Diego this morning and after arriving, headed directly to Qualcomm Stadium to check out the playing surface, the locker room and get a feel for how things will look inside the stadium...former Cougar great Ryan Leaf made an appearance at the stadium, greeting the team as they got off the bus and talking with a couple guys as they checked things out, including Jeff Tuel and Marshall Lobbestael...the team then left and checked into the hotel...later, they will have a team dinner before going through some film and reviewing the game plan...GO COUGS!

Football Practice: Game Captains Announced

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The Cougs worked out in just helmets and their "skelly" shoulder pads for just over an hour in Martin Stadium Thursday afternoon...the team reviewed its game plans for both sides of the ball with the offense working in Martin Stadium while the defense going up to Rogers Field for the majority of practice...at the end of practice, coach Paul Wulff announced that Tyree Toomer and Isiah Barton will serve as captains along with Alex Hoffman-Ellis and Jared Karstetter...the Cougs head to San Diego late Friday morning...game time for Saturday is 3:30 p.m. and will be televised on The Mountain...GO COUGS!

For the second consecutive day, the Cougars worked out for two hours in full pads and the intensity was dialed up...a little bit more noise coming from coaches yelling and from pads popping really stood out today...the Cougs continued to implement the game plan for San Diego State, working through a couple individual segments before going through a couple extended segments against the scout teams...Alex Hoffman-Ellis and Deone Bucannon each had INT's while working against the scout team...the final five minutes was a full 11-vs.-11 segment that had the No. 1 offense face off against the No. 2 defense and the No. 1 defense face the No. 2 offense...Marquess Wilson highlighted the day with one of the better catches we have seen this fall...Wilson worked his way down field before extending out to snag a Marshall Lobbestael pass using just his left hand before falling to the ground and holding on for the one-handed catch...the offense celebrated and coach Paul Wulff called it a day a few plays later...the Cougs will work out tomorrow before heading to San Diego Friday morning...GO COUGS!

WSU worked out in full pads for just over two hours Tuesday...a lot more energy at practice as compared to last week...a couple big pops by the No. 1 and No. 2 defenses as they worked against the scout offense...cornerback Daniel Simmons highlighted the defense during the final team segment, corralling a tipped Marshall Lobbestael pass and taking to the "house" while the offense was highlighted by a couple nice catches from tight end Andrei Lintz who went up high in traffic to come down with two Connor Halliday passes...there were some special teams segments, again focusing on field goals and punt coverage...one noticeable difference at practice was that the players expected to travel this weekend were wearing their newly issued Crimson helmets...the Cougs will work out in full pads again tomorrow...coach Paul Wulff had his teleconference today and we will add the video shortly...GO COUGS!

Football Practice: Game Captains Announced

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The Cougs worked out in helmets and their "skelly" shoulder pads for 90 minutes in Martin Stadium Thursday...practice opened with a couple segments focused on special teams, kickoff and punt coverage...the no. 1 and 2 defense then headed up to Rogers field to work against the scout team offense while the No. 1 and 2 offense worked against the scout team defense in Martin...Marshall Lobbestael made a couple nice throws in a redzone drill, throwing touchdown passes to Kristoff Williams, Marquess Wilson and Jared Karstetter...the defense later returned to Martin Stadium as the team worked on field goals...during the team huddle after practice, coach Paul Wulff announced that Jared Karstetter, Alex Hoffman-Ellis, B.J. Guerra and C.J. Mizell will be the team captains for Saturday's game...tomorrow will be a walk-thru...GO COUGS!  


The Cougars worked out for just over two hours in full pads on a hot and muggy Rogers Field Wednesday...it was another day of implementing the game plan for UNLV...after a couple segments of special teams for field goals and kickoff coverage, the Cougs broke out with their individual  position coaches and continued to work through UNLV plays...the defense was flying around the field for most of the day but it was Marshall Lobbestael and Connor Halliday who turned in a couple solid performances during 11-vs.-11...Lobbestael connected with Bobby Ratliff for long bomb during a hurry-up offense drill...Halliday had a great hurry-up drill, hitting Bennett Bontemps for a long gain and throwing touchdown passes to Kristoff Williams and Bontemps...Lobbestael made his best throw of the day towards the end of practice, hitting Marquess Wilson for a long touchdown pass...the Cougars continue practice tomorrow at 3:45 p.m., most likely working out with just helmets and shoulder pads...GO COUGS!  


Football Practice: Gameplanning for UNLV

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The Cougs hit the Rogers practice field for a two-hour workout in full pads Tuesday afternoon...the team ran through a lot of segments with their individual coaches which focused on the game planning for UNLV...below is Coach Wulff's Tuesday teleconference.



Cougars Plays of the Week (Aug. 29-Sept. 4)

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The latest installment of Cougars Plays of the Week!


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