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 – 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





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.