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Pac-10 Week 12 Notes and Observations: Washington State Cougars

By Sam Saig, November 25, 2009 9:24 am

Washington State Cougars 1-10 Overall (0-8 Conference)

This Week’s Score: Oregon State 42 – Washington State 10

Next Week’s Opponent: @Washington


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Week 11 Game Matchup: UCLA Bruins VS. Washington State Cougars

By Dave Consolazio and Sam Saig, November 13, 2009 8:31 pm

UCLA Bruins (4-5) vs. Washington State Cougars (1-8)
Saturday, November 14, 12:30 PM PST
Las Vegas Favorite: UCLA -18.0

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Week 6 Game Matchup: Arizona State Sun Devils VS. Washington State Cougars

By Dave Consolazio and Sam Saig, October 9, 2009 1:35 pm

Arizona State Sun Devils (2-2) vs. Washington State Cougars (1-4)
Saturday, October 10, 2:00 PM PST
Las Vegas Favorite: Arizona State -21.0

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Pac-10 Players on College Football Awards Preseason Watch Lists

By Dave Consolazio, August 29, 2009 4:23 am

Before every college football season, a series of watch lists are released to let fans know who the award committees will be closely following for each of college football’s awards. With outstanding play, a player not on the preseason watch list can still go on to win the award. The preseason watch list is just a good indication of which players are considered the early favorites to win the award.

Listed below are all of the Pac-10 players who were included on the national lists. The only two awards not listed are the Heisman Trophy and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. The Heisman Trophy does not release a preseason watch list, and the Unitas Award, which is handed out to the nation’s best senior college quarterback, had no Pac-10 players on their watch list.

Congratulations to the players named, and good luck taking home the hardware!

Maxwell Award
Most Outstanding Player

Jahvid Best, California
LeGarrette Blount, Oregon
Toby Gerhart, Stanford
Rob Gronkowski, Arizona
Jake Locker, Washington
Jeremiah Masoli, Oregon
Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State
Damian Williams, USC

Davey O’Brien Award
National Quarterback Award

Aaron Corp, USC
Jake Locker, Washington
Jeremiah Masoli, Oregon
Kevin Riley, California

Doak Walker Award
National Running Back Award

Jahvid Best, California
LeGarrette Blount, Oregon
Toby Gerhart, Stanford
Nic Grigsby, Arizona
Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State

Fred Biletnikoff Award
Outstanding Wide Receiver

D’Andre Goodwin, Washington
Damian Williams, USC

John Mackey Award
Outstanding Tight End

Ed Dickson, Oregon
Rob Gronkowski, Arizona
Anthony McCoy, USC
Ryan Moya, UCLA
Logan Paulsen, UCLA

Vince Lombardi/Rotary Award
Outstanding Lineman

Tyson Alualu, California
Korey Bosworth, UCLA
Kyle Bosworth, UCLA
Jeff Byers, USC
Reggie Carter, UCLA
Dexter Davis, Arizona State
Rob Gronkowski, Arizona
Lawrence Guy, Arizona State
Earl Mitchell, Arizona
Mike Nixon, Arizona State
Kristofer O’Dowd, USC
Brian Price, UCLA
Brooks Reed, Arizona
Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Washington

Rimington Trophy
Outstanding Center

Kenny Alfred, Washington State
Colin Baxter, Arizona
Kristofer O’Dowd, USC

Outland Trophy
Outstanding Interior Lineman

Kristofer O’Dowd, USC
Jeff Byers, USC
Brian Price, UCLA

Walter Camp Award
Player of the Year Award

Jahvid Best, California
LaGarrette Blount, Oregon
Taylor Mays, USC
Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State

Chuck Bednarik Award
Defensive Player of the Year

Reggie Carter, UCLA
Dexter Davis, Arizona State
Keaton Kristick, Oregon State
Taylor Mays, USC
Brian Price, UCLA
Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Washington
Syd’Quan Thompson, California
Will Tukuafu, Oregon
Alterraun Verner, UCLA

Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Defensive Player of the Year

Stephen Paea, Oregon State
Brian Price, UCLA
Syd’Quan Thompson, California
Walter Thurmond III, Oregon
Alterraun Verner, UCLA
T.J. Ward, Oregon
Taylor Mays, USC

Jim Thorpe Award
Outstanding Defensive Back

Taylor Mays, USC
Syd’Quan Thompson, California
Walter Thurmond III, Oregon
Alterraun Verner, UCLA

Dick Butkus Award
Outstanding Linebacker

Chris Galippo, USC
Malcolm Smith, USC

Ted Hendricks Award
Defensive End of the Year

Dexter Davis, Arizona State
Eric Lorig, Stanford
Will Tukuafu, Oregon

Lou Groza Award
Collegiate Placekicker Award

Kai Forbath, UCLA
Thomas Weber, Arizona State

Ray Guy Award
Outstanding Punter

Bryan Anger, California

Pac-10 Position Breakdown: Offensive Line – Washington State Cougars

By Dave Consolazio, July 2, 2009 7:43 am

It just wasn’t easy being the Washington State Cougars in any facet of the game in the 2008-09 season; and the offensive line was no exception. Cougar quarterbacks absorbed a conference-worst 42 sacks last year, with Kevin Lopina taking the bulk of the damage (23) and Marshall Lobbestael (11), Gary Rogers (4), and J.T. Levenseller (4) each taking their licks as well.

What hurts more for Cougars fans than re-living last season’s offensive line woes might be looking forward to this season’s. Every starter returns with one glaring exception; the 6′5″ 329 pound Vaughn Lesuma, the biggest man on the line last year for the Cougs. Lesuma’s graduation leaves only one star on the line this season; Center Kenny Alfred.

With Kenny Alfred at center, one thing is for sure; the middle of the line will not be a weakness for the Washington Cougars. Alfred will do his best to lead by example and get the most out of his teammates on the field. On the strategic side of things, Coach Paul Wulff is determined to institute the no huddle offense next season; a project he had to abandon last season due to injury and personnel issues.

With an extra year of experience under his starter’s belts, Wulff hopes that the no huddle offense will be a success this time around; and perhaps if he can keep opposing defenses guessing, he can keep the quarterback on his feet a little more often.

Kenny Alfred holds his ground

Kenny Alfred holds his ground

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