Washington State enters 2017 with more expectations than normal, but just like anyone else, the Cougars have questions, too. Here are the top three.
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The Washington State senior ranks well among veteran QBs in the 2018 NFL draft, but he has stiff competition from younger prospects who may declare early.
The Cougars have to replace the top two reception leaders in school history (Gabe Marks and River Cracraft), so it's a positive that the team saw good progress from their returners at the position.
Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer
Here's how Washington State coach Mike Leach assessed the fact that WR Gabe Marks, the Pac-12's all-time leading receiver, did not get selected in the NFL draft. "I've found the draft over the years to be especially random. I think a lot of guys are selected based on measurables rather than how good of a player they are," Leach said. "Gabe doesn't measure up particularly well, but he's better than some guys that do."
Now that every school is finished with spring practice, here's an updated look at how the Pac-12 power rankings will look in 2017.
Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer
The Raiders have selected Washington State DB Shalom Luani with the first of their four seventh-round picks, No. 221 overall. The Raiders had the 24th-ranked pass defense in the league last year and need depth in the secondary. The former soccer player had eight interceptions in two years at Wazzou but his tackling was suspect.
Cougars QB Luke Falk, a former walk-on, has all the tools to be successful at the next level.
Washington State's spring game saw an experienced defense and plenty of receiving options. Here are some of the takeaways from the game.
Washington State released multiple photos of its new anthracite and white football uniforms Wednesday on Twitter.
Adding Scott Pagano and surrounding him with great coaching suggest Oregon will take larger steps back toward respectability.
We take a long-term look into our Pac-12 crystal ball, and also forecast the Oregon-Oregon State rivalry and revisit realignment.
WIth veteran Luke Falk at the controls there are less worries than there might otherwise be about finding receivers to step up in the Air Raid.
The Cougars' defense has gone from the cellar to respectable, Credit goes to Hercules Mata'afa, Peyton Pelluer and Marcellus Pippins.
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The College Football Playoff committee has referred to non-conference schedules when selecting Playoff teams. Florida State, USC and Oklahoma have the toughest non-conference schedules among FPI top-25 teams. Conversely, Penn State, Washington State and Washington have the easiest non-conference schedules, according to FPI.
Falk has NFL potential, and another season at the helm of Mike Leach's potent offense should do the trick. Teammate Cody O'Connell also cracks the list.
Marcellus Pippins will be looked to for leadership, performance and -- with his dancing -- keeping his Washington State teammates loose this season.
Answering Pac-12 reader questions on the biggest games of 2017, basketball hangovers and when do you really turn the calendar?
James Williams, Gerard Wicks and Jamal Morrow have silenced doubters since joining Mike Leach's offense at Washington State.
It's not hard to understand why some Pac-12 teams start with soft schedules. And it's easy to grasp why the league is seen as rich in quarterbacks.
With spring practices starting up throughout the Pac-12, let's take a look at each team's biggest weakness.
Washington State has a big home game with always tough Boise State on Sept. 9 in the midst of five home games in the opening month.
It's nearly impossible to win a national championship with questions at quarterback. Which programs have the best QB situation for the immediate future? The answer might surprise you.
Spring practices are beginning. Whether it's replacing a coach or a quarterback, evaluating a big-name transfer or getting top recruits into the mix, each of our top 25 teams faces uncertainties.
We take a way-early look at the top position groups in the Pac-12 North, which sees a tough defense in Washington and offense almost everywhere else.
With most of the Pac-12's coaching vacancies filled, here's a look at the arrivals and departures around the league.