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: 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.