Qwest Complete

18 11 2010

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University’s 2011 football game against Oregon State will be played at Qwest Field in Seattle, Athletics Director Bill Moos announced Thursday.

“Since arriving at Washington State, it has been my intent to bring a conference game to Qwest Field each year, preferably in October and with one of the Oregon schools,” said Moos. “I am thrilled that the recently announced 2011 Pac-12 schedule was able to accommodate my wishes. Hopefully, ensuing schedules will provide the same opportunity.”

The 2011 game against Oregon State will be played Oct. 22, and concludes a week-long Cougar presence in the Seattle area. In addition to the football game, various colleges within Washington State University have the opportunity to meet with donors and cultivate business relationships that benefit the entire campus.

“Ideally we will fill Qwest Field with a sea of crimson but if not, the proximity to Corvallis and the Oregon State fan base should lend itself to a full venue,” Moos continued. “This would greatly benefit Cougar athletics in regards to scholarship opportunities and facility enhancements.”

Last year WSU announced the 2011 game against UNLV would be played at Qwest Field. That game will now be played Sept. 10 in Martin Stadium. Washington State first played at Qwest Field during the 2002 campaign, when it opened the season against Nevada with a 31-7 victory. Each of the following seven years saw the Cougars host a game at Qwest Field, posting a 4-3 record in those games. Due to the way the 2010 nonconference and Pac-10 schedules came together, it was not feasible for WSU to play a Seattle game in 2010.

“The current 12-game schedule format still allows us to play five games in Pullman, including quality nonconference games and of course, the Apple Cup every other year,” said Moos. “We at Washington State value our relationship with the Seattle Seahawks and Qwest Field and look forward to partnering in this event.”





Utility Tuel

15 11 2010

Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel has been named the Pac-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week following the Cougars 31-14 victory over Oregon State.

Tuel – a true sophomore – completed 10 of 15 passes for 157 yards and no interceptions, and added a career-high 79 yards rushing on 18 carries.

The last time a WSU football player won all-conference honors was Nico Grasu back on November 22, 2008.  Grasu booted three field goals in a game against the Washington Huskies, including the game-winner in double overtime,  as the Cougs won the 101st edition of the Apple Cup, 16-13.

Pac-10 Players of the of the Week:
Defense – LB Mike Mohamed, California (career-high 16 tackles)
Special Teams – PR Cliff Harris, Oregon (64-yard punt return for a touchdown)

NOTES:

  • The 2008 Apple Cup was WSU’s last victory over a Pac-10 opponent prior to Saturday victory in Corvallis.
  • The last offensive player to garner the award was quarterback Marshall Lobbestael during the same season.  As a redshirt freshman, Lobbestael directed the Cougs to a 48-9 win over Portland State.  The signal-caller complete 9 of 12 passes for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns after both Gary Rogers and Kevin Lopina suffered injuries causing them to leave the game.

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Washington State Announces 2011 Pac-12 Schedule

5 11 2010

2011 Schedule

DATE       OPPONENT
Sept. 3       IDAHO STATE
Sept. 10     UNLV
Sept. 17     at San Diego State
Oct. 1          at Colorado
Oct. 8          at UCLA
Oct. 15      STANFORD
Oct. 22     OREGON STATE
Oct. 29       at Oregon
Nov. 5        at California
Nov. 12     ARIZONA STATE
Nov. 19     UTAH
Nov. 26      at Washington

* Home games in BOLD





jtv: Weekly Press Conferences

28 10 2010

This week’s press conferences are complete.  Idaho head coach Robb Akey talks about Warriors vaunted passing attack and the challenge of playing at Hawai’i.
As for Washington State’s head coach, Paul Wulff boasts about the progress of his team, even claiming he may have the Pac-10’s top offense … in a couple more years.

Idaho Vandals
Robb Akey

 

Washington State Cougars
Paul Wulff





By The Numbers – Setting The ‘Marq’

26 10 2010

As a true freshman, Washington State wide receiver Marquess Wilson is racing into the record books faster than he heads towards an endzone.

The first-year player not only ranks as one of the top wideouts in the entire NCAA this fall, but he is on pace to break the most hollowed pass-cathing record in school history – most receiving yards in a season.

Not bad for a kid that only had one other Pac-10 offer, with the other being Arizona State, the Cougs opponent this weekend.

First is a look at what Wilson has accomplished this season.  Then, I forecast what he could accomplish if he stays the course in Setting the Pace.

Here is a look at Wilson’s 2010 season By The Numbers:

  • Leads the Pac-10 with 99.5 receiving yards per game
  • Is tied for second in the Pac-10 with 41 receptions (trailing Jared Karstetter by 3 catches)
  • Leads the conference with five 100-yard receiving games
  • Leads all freshman in the NCAA with 5.12 catches per game (1 of 3 ranked in top 100)
  • Ranks 6th in the NCAA with 796 receiving yards (1st amongst freshman)
  • Has four receptions of 50+ yards through eight games (The entire WSU team had seven catches of 50+ over the three previous seasons combine.)
  • His 19.4 yards per catch ranks 4th all-time in WSU history for a player with 40+ catches (1. Jason Hill, 2004 – 22.4 2. Deron Pointer, 1993 – 21.2 3. Mike Bush, 2001 – 20.9)
  • Has more receiving yards through eight games this season (796) than any other WSU player in an entire season since 2007 (Brandon Gibson – 1,180)
  • 796 receiving yards are the most by a WSU player over the first eight games of the season since Jason Hill (875) in 2005

Setting the Pace:

  • On pace for 1,194 yards this season…
    > WSU school record: 1,180 – Brandon Gibson (2007)
    > Pac-10 freshman record: 1,265 – Mike Williams, USC (2002)
  • On pace for 1,194 yards, which would be the most by a Pac-10 receiver since Oregon State’s Sammy Stroughter (1,293) in 2006
  • On pace for 62 receptions, which would tie Jason Hill for 8th most in school history

jtv: Paul Wulff on Wilson’s run at the record

NEXT UP ON BY THE NUMBERS: Nathan Enderle, QB





By The Numbers – Tuel Time

25 10 2010

Washington State sophomore quarterback Jeff Tuel is making big strides as a passer this season.  In fact – believe it or not – the young signal-caller is on pace for one of the best seasons in school history.

First is a look at what Tuel has accomplished this season.  Then, I forecast what he could accomplish if he stays the course in Setting the Pace.

Here’s a look at Tuel’s 2010 season By The Numbers:

  • First Pac-10 quarterback to reach 2,000 yards passing this season
  • 265 pass attempts and 158 competitions leads the conference
  • Has passed for 200+ yards in all eight games this season (WSU combined for seven such performances the last two seasons)
  • Is the only Pac-10 quarterback that has thrown for at least 200 yards in every game
  • Tuel’s 14 touchdown passes this season are almost as many as WSU has thrown for as a team in the previous two years combine (17).
  • QB efficiency rating is higher the Jake Locker’s (134.7 to 131.4)

Setting the Pace:

  • On pace to break WSU’s all-time record for passing yards as a sophomore (Tuel’s pace: 3,050 yards; Record: 2,891 yards by Alex Brink in 2005)
  • On pace to complete 237 passes, which would rank 4th all-time in school history and surpasses any mark that Jason Gesser, Ryan Leaf or Jack Thomposon put up in their careers.
  • On pace to become just the sixth quarterback in school history to pass for more than 3,000+ yards in a season (The others: Jason Gesser (twice), Ryan Leaf, Alex Brink, Timm Rosenbach and Drew Bledsoe)

NEXT UP ON BY THE NUMBERS: Marquess Wilson, WR





jtv: Washington State vs Arizona

18 10 2010

Game Recap: Watch WSU vs. UA in 10 minutes

Here are all the highlights from the Arizona-Washington State football game from over the weekend.
Included:
— A monster hit by WSU’s Myron Beck on UA’s Nic Grisby
— Senior QB Nick Foles’ injury
— Sophomore QB Jeff Tuel continues to impress (while running for his life)
— Freshman S Deone Bucannon’s breakout performance (career-high 16 tackles)
— Freshman S Casey Locker picks off his first career pass
— Senior DE Ricky Elmore records 2.5 sacks (Beck, Tyree Toomer and Travis Long racked up 2.0 each for WSU as well.)
— Freshman CB Shaquille Richardson picks off Jeff Tuel twice off tipped passes

Nick Foles – Individual Highlights and “The Injury”

Arizona quarterback Nick Foles was rolled up on during Saturday’s contest against Washington State, knocking him out of the game in the second quarter.
According to ESPN.com, he’s expected to miss two-to-three weeks with a dislocated kneecap.
Here is a look at what Foles did against the Cougars, including the play he was injured on (although hard to see).

Foles’ stats vs WSU: 6-7, 71 yds, 0 td, 0 int
* The senior entered the contest second in the Pac-10 with 1,517 passing yards on the season.

Jeff Tuel – Postgame Interview

Washington State sophomore quarterback Jeff Tuel continued to progress as a young signal-caller against Arizona.  Under duress the entire game, Tuel accumulated over 300 yards of net offense, and threw for 200 or more yards .
(NOTE: WSU has only 7 200+ yard performances in the previous two season combine.)

Tuel’s stats against UA: 18-32, 257 yds, td, 2 int
* Tuel ranks second in the Pac-10 with 1,735 passing yards this season.  His 237 attempts are 18 more than the next closest person.