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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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.





jtv: “The Hit”

13 10 2010

If you didn’t make the trip to the Washington State-Oregon game (shame on you!), that loud collision sound echoing out of Pullman last Saturday around 2:30 p.m. was Cougar freshman safety Anthony Carpenter colliding with Duck freshman runningback Kenjon Barner.
See who won….

(NOTE: Also, I included Daniel Blackledge’s touchdown catch from Jeff Tuel.  There are more highlights to come, but chew on these for now.)

* Using 480p setting for better quality





jtv: Coach Wulff’s Weekly Press Conference

7 10 2010

Coming off a close loss at UCLA, Washington State head football coach Paul Wulff talked about how competitive the Pac-10 is this season at his weekly press conference on Tuesday.  With the Cougs slated to take on #3 Oregon, #9 Arizona and #16 Stanford over the next three weeks, WSU’s third-year head man argued the conference is the strongest in the nation.
Amongst the other stuff he said…

  • Oregon’s offense is dangerous
  • Ducks RB LaMichael James might be the fastest back in the country
  • S Anthony Carpenter and LB Sekope Kaufusi have switched positions
  • Freshman LB CJ Mizell will continue to see plenty of playing time
  • Sophomore QB Jeff Tuel and the offense are beginning to show plenty of promise
  • True-freshman WR Marquess Wilson is on pace to have one of the best seasons in school history, and is the deep threat the Cougs haven’t had in years

PART 1

PART 2





New Season, Same Story: Cougs Get Crushed

5 09 2010

Game Stats

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) –Kendall Hunter rushed for 257 yards and four touchdowns out of Oklahoma State’s new-look offense and the Cowboys beat Washington State 65-17 on Saturday night.

Oklahoma State (1-0) hired offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen away from Houston during the off-season and Hunter thrived in Holgorsen’s system, scoring on runs of 3, 9, 2 and 39 yards.

Brandon Weeden threw three touchdown passes for the Cowboys, all to Justin Blackmon and Blackmon also scored on a 7-yard blocked punt return. The Cowboys have won 15 straight home openers, the longest streak in school history.

Oklahoma State’s point total was its highest since a 66-24 win over Baylor on Nov. 11, 2006.

Jeff Tuel completed 14 of 29 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown for Washington State (0-1).

Washington State went 3-22 the past two seasons and things began badly for the Cougars on Saturday as James Montgomery – making a return from a career-threatening leg injury he suffered last season – fumbled on the game’s first play and Oklahoma State’s Ugo Chinasa recovered at the Cougars’ 20.

Two plays later, Hunter scored and Washington State never recovered.

In the first quarter, Hunter rushed for 94 yards and two touchdowns as the Cowboys jumped to a 17-0 lead.

A 56-yard field goal by Nico Grasu – the sixth-longest in Washington State history – and a 48-yard touchdown pass from Tuel to Marquess Wilson pulled the Cougars within 17-10. But Oklahoma State quickly answered, with Weeden hitting Blackmon for a 42-yard touchdown.

Hunter’s 66-yard run to the 1 set up a short scoring pass from Weeden to Blackmon and Hunter scored his third touchdown on the final play of the half to make it 38-10. He added a 39-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter before leaving the game after 21 carries. Blackmon scored his final touchdown on a 24-yard catch on Oklahoma State’s next series, making it 51-10 and giving the Cowboys touchdowns on five straight possessions.

Chantz Staden rushed for 40 yards, Montgomery added 32 yards on 10 carries and Wilson had four catches for 108 yards for Washington State.