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01/05/19 - (RB) - James Williams, rJr, 5-11, 205
Washington State running back James Williams is forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Williams made his announcement on social media on Saturday. Williams and the Cougars closed out their season on Dec. 28 with a 28-26 win over Iowa State in the Alamo Bowl. Williams was not much of a runner during his career at Washington State, although he had 12 touchdowns rushing and averaged 4.6 yards per carry this season. Williams' strength was as an elite pass catcher in Mike Leach's offense. Williams had a team-high 83 catches for 613 yards this season and finished his career with 202 receptions in three seasons. Williams' 83 receptions tied for 17th nationally. - AP College Football

11/19/18 - (QB) - Gardner Minshew II, rSr, 6-1, 220
Washington State's Gardner Minshew set the national season high for touchdown passes in game, with seven in a 69-28 win over Arizona. Five of his TD passes came as the Cougars built a 55-14 halftime lead, their most points in a first half since scoring 56 against Southwestern Louisiana in 1997. - AP College Football

11/18/18 - (QB) - Gardner Minshew II, rSr, 6-1, 220
Gardner Minshew threw a school-record seven touchdown passes and No. 8 Washington State routed Arizona 69-28 on Saturday night, continuing the Cougars' longshot bid for the College Football Playoff. Washington State (10-1, 7-1 Pac-12, No. 8 CFP) raced out to a 55-14 lead at halftime and was not seriously threatened on the way to its seventh consecutive victory. The Cougars host archrival No. 17 Washington next Friday, with the Apple Cup winner taking the Pac-12 North title. With their 10th win of the season, the Cougars tied a program record last accomplished in 2003. They also won their 13th straight home game and set a season high for points. Minshew, being pushed by WSU as a Heisman Trophy candidate, completed 43 of 55 passes for 473 yards and was not intercepted. Khalil Tate threw four touchdown passes for Arizona (5-6, 4-4), which had a two-game winning streak snapped. - AP College Football

11/11/18 - (QB) - Gardner Minshew II, rSr, 6-1, 220
The 10th-ranked Washington State Cougars weren't in any hurry to bury the Buffaloes. Gardner Minshew II had all day to pick his targets and he overcame a slow start and three fourth-down failures to lead the Cougars past Colorado 31-7 on Saturday. The Cougars (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12, No. 8 CFP) won their sixth straight, but it wasn't as easy as expected against the Buffaloes (5-5, 2-5), who lost their fifth straight despite the return of star receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. Washington State led by three at the half and seven heading into the fourth quarter. They did dominate the clock, however, winning the time of possession by nearly 24 minutes and holding the Buffaloes to an average drive of just 1:38. "We hogged the ball the whole game," Cougars coach Mike Leach said. "But I thought we could have capitalized on more stuff." "Our defense was getting them off the field really fast, so hats off to them for getting us the ball," Minshew said. - AP College Football

11/04/18 - (QB) - Gardner Minshew II, rSr, 6-1, 220
Gardner Minshew threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Easop Winston Jr. with 32 seconds left to lift No. 10 Washington State to a 19-13 win over California on Saturday night, extending WSU's long-shot quest to crash the College Football Playoff. Minshew threw for 334 yards for Washington State (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12, No. 8 CFP), which is also seeking its first Pac-12 North title. The Cougars have a 12-game home winning streak, fourth-longest in the nation. Chase Garbers threw for 127 yards and ran for 67 for Cal (5-4, 2-4). This is Washington State's first 8-1 start since 2002. - AP College Football

10/21/18 - (QB) - Gardner Minshew II, rSr, 6-1, 220
Gardner Minshew threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Dezmon Patmon in the back of the end zone with 3:40 left and No. 25 Washington State beat No. 12 Oregon 34-20 on Saturday night. The Cougars (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) capped one of the biggest days in program history by taking control of the North Division race. Washington State hosted ESPN's "College Gameday" and later celebrated its fourth straight victory over Oregon (6-1, 3-1). Minshew was 39 of 51 for 323 yards and four touchdowns. "We want to be in a position to control our own destiny," Minshew said. Down 27-0 at the half, Oregon pulled to 27-20 on Adam Stack's 23-yard field goal with 6:38 left. The Cougars got a huge play on the next drive from Travell Harris when he stole a pass from Oregon's Jevon Holland for a 37-yard gain into Oregon territory. Minshew then hit Harris for 11 yards to convert fourth-and-6 and, two plays later, Minshew hit Patmon for the touchdown that finally put away the Ducks. - AP College Football

10/02/18 - (SS) - Jalen Thompson, Jr, 6-0, 190
FS Jalen Thompson, junior, recorded seven tackles against Utah and broke up a pass. Thompson is rated by NFLDraftScout.com as the No. 3 free safety eligible for the 2019 draft.

10/02/18 - (QB) - Gardner Minshew II, rSr, 6-1, 220
QB Gardner Minshew II, a graduate transfer from East Carolina, threw for 445 yards against Utah, his fifth straight 300-yard game. Minshew also rushed for his second touchdown of the season.

09/25/18 - (QB) - Gardner Minshew II, rSr, 6-1, 220
SEPT 17 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Gardner Minshew II, GS , QB, Washington State (Brandon, Miss.)...In WSU's 59-24 win over Eastern Washington, Minshew completed 45-of-57 passes (78.9%) for 470 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions, and scattered passes to nine different receivers...The 470 passing yards is fifth-best among FBS quarterbacks this season...Minshew led WSU on seven scoring drives, including three of 80-plus yards (83, 98 and 99 yards)...Minshew leads the nation in passing average (401.0 ypg), completions per game (39.0), 14th in passing touchdowns (8) and 15th in completion percentage (.709). Also nominated: Khalil Tate, QB, ARIZ; Manny Wilkins, QB, ASU; Jordan Duncan, WR, CAL; Travon McMillian, WR, COLO; Justin Herbert, QB, ORE; Isaiah Hodgins, WR, OSU; JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, STAN; Myles Gaskin, RB, WASH. - Pac-12 Football

09/25/18 - (WR) - Travell Harris, rFr, 5-09, 180
SEPT 17 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Travell Harris, RFr., WR/KR, Washington State (Tampa, Fla.)... Harris totaled 125 yards and scored a touchdown on three kickoff returns and recorded a special teams tackle in Washington State's 59-24 win over Eastern Washington...Accounted for the Cougars' third touchdown when he returned a kick 100 yards. It marked the first kickoff return for a touchdown for WSU since 2016 and he is one of 12 players in the country to return at least one this season... Harris leads the Pac-12 in kick return average at 37.0 yards per game, which also ranks seventh nationally. Also nominated:J.J. Taylor, RB, ARIZ; Michael Sleep-Dalton, P, ASU; Ashtyn Davis, KR/S, CAL; Ugochukwu Amadi, S, ORE; Jet Toner, K, STAN; Britain Covey, WR/PR, UTAH. - Pac-12 Football

09/24/18 - (QB) - Gardner Minshew II, rSr, 6-1, 220
QB Gardner Minshew, a graduate transfer from East Carolina, threw for 344 yards against the Trojans, becoming the first Cougar quarterback to throw for 300-plus yards in his first four starts.

09/12/18 - (QB) - Gardner Minshew II, rSr, 6-1, 220
QB Gardner Minshew, the graduate transfer from East Carolina, had another prolific passing game against San Jose State. He passed for 414 yards after throwing for 319 in the previous game against Wyoming. His stats through two games: Completion of 72 out of 108 attempts for 733 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions.

06/26/18 - (QB) - Tyler Hilinski, rSo, 6-2, 213
QB Tyler Hilinski showed evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in his brain, an autopsy performed after his January suicide reveaved according to his parents. Mark and Kym Hilinski said Tuesday on NBC's "Today" that the Mayo Clinic conducted the autopsy on their son, who was found dead in his residence Jan. 16. He was 21. Police said the younger Hilinski shot himself in the head with a rifle that belonged to a former teammate. The autopsy findings showed Stage 1 CTE, the lowest level of the disease.

05/30/18 - (WR) - Robert Lewis, rSr, 5-09, 167
WR wide receiver Robert Lewis has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. The NCAA approved Lewis' waiver, which will allow him to play during the 2018 season. Lewis redshirted in 2013 before entering Washington State's wide receiver rotation for the next three seasons. He sustained a knee injury before the 2017 campaign and did not play. In the three seasons he has played for the Cougars, Lewis started 22 games and made 117 receptions for 1,254 yards and six touchdowns. Washington State has lost wide receivers Tavares Martin, who was dismissed from the program, and Isaiah Johnson-Mack, who received his release from the program in December. Lewis, a native of Los Angeles, has completed his bachelor's degree and is pursuing a second degree.

05/18/18 - (QB) - Gardner Minshew II, rSr, 6-1, 220
QB Gardner Minshew officially transferred to Washington State. Minshew, a graduate transfer from East Carolina who committed to play at Alabama at the end of February before reversing that decision, withdrew from East Carolina at the end of January to attend to a personal matter in his home state of Mississippi. Washington State coach Mike Leach announced the transfer of Minshew on the school's official website.

05/17/18 - (DT) - Lamonte McDougle, , 6-1, 295
DT Lamonte McDougle transferred from West Virginia to Washington State. The official announcement of McDougle's move was posted on Washington State's official Twitter feed on Wednesday. McDougle appeared in 11 games in 2017 as a true freshman with the Mountaineers. He notched 23 tackles, including four for loss, and two sacks.

03/29/18 - (DT) - Lamonte McDougle, , 6-1, 295
DL Lamonte McDougle is no longer with the West Virginia team, according to a published report Thursday. McDougle, who appeared in 11 games in 2017 as a true freshman, quit the program, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. He is expected to transfer. McDougle already was ruled out for the spring while recovering from shoulder surgery, head coach Dana Holgorsen said at the end of last month.

03/10/18 - (OG) - Cody OConnell, rSr, 6-9, 352
Washington State football held its annual NFL Pro Day in front of roughly 32 professional scouts Thursday morning. Scouts representing 27 NFL teams and one CFL team tested 17 former WSU players in the weight room during the morning then through a series of drills in the afternoon. Cougars who participated Thursday include Daniel Ekuale, Luke Falk, Dylan Hanser, Robert Lewis, Frankie Luvu, Cole Madison, Hercules Mata'afa, Garrett McBroom, Jamal Morrow, Cody O'Connell, Kirkland Parker, Marcellus Pippins, Erik Powell, Robert Taylor and Gerard Wicks. Additionally, two members from the 2016 WSU football team, Robert Barber and Paris Taylor, also went through workouts. - Washington State Football

03/10/18 - (DB) - Zaire Webb, , 6-0, 160
Washington State coach Mike Leach was sued by one of his former players for being improperly dismissed from the football team. Zaire Webb, a cornerback who was tossed off the team following his arrest on suspicion of shoplifting in October, claims Leach's decision to dismiss him "constitutes a breach of contract" and said that his due process rights were denied during his appeal hearing which is described as a "kangaroo court," per Pullmanradio.com. The lawsuit further alleges that Leach arbitrarily handles disciplinary action against other players and claims the coach lied to the university's Student-Athlete Appeals Committee. Webb and teammate Anthony White lost their scholarships after they were booted off the team by Leach, who told the appeals committee in a statement that the players violated what he termed his "3 deadly sins." In the lawsuit, Webb claims that Leach's three "sins" -- don't do drugs, don't steal and don't hit a woman -- are not applied universally to team members and cited cases of other players who were not kicked off the team despite violating those rules. The suit, filed March 2 in Whitman County Superior Court, seeks an unspecified amount of damages.

03/06/18 - (DE) - *Hercules Mataafa, rJr, 6-2, 254
2018 NFL Combine Question Marks: Hercules Mata'afa, DE, Washington State...On film, it is tough to find a defensive lineman with a better get-off burst than Mata'afa, who posted 47 tackles for loss the last three seasons. However, NFL teams are concerned about his "fit" at the next level and his athletic testing numbers won't help ease concerns. Mata'afa managed only 31.5 inches in the vertical, 9 feet in the broad jump and 7.24 in the three-cone -- not awful numbers, but not what evaluators were hoping for. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/03/18 - (DE) - *Hercules Mataafa, rJr, 6-2, 254
2018 NFL Combine, Saturday: One of the more anticipated workouts Sunday will come from Washington State defensive lineman Hercules Mata'afa, who played almost exclusively last season as an interior defensive lineman for the Cougars. But at 6-2 and 254 pounds, his future is on the edges or standing up as a pass rusher. According to Mata'afa, he can play anywhere in the front seven. "I'm a playmaker, man," he said Saturday. "I think I do best with my hand in the dirt, defensive end. But I can play outside linebacker if duty calls. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/28/18 - (QB) - Gardner Minshew II, rSr, 6-1, 220
QB Gardner Minshew, a graduate transfer from East Carolina, has committed to play for Alabama and will enroll in May, multiple media outlets reported on Wednesday. Minshew, who is eligible to play for the Crimson Tide next season, made his choice a little over a week after visiting the Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa. Last month he announced that he had withdrawn from East Carolina to address a personal matter in his home state of Mississippi.

02/27/18 - (DE) - *Hercules Mataafa, rJr, 6-2, 254
2018 NFL Combine: Athleticism Key for these Prospects: Hercules Mata'afa, DE/OLB, Washington State...One of the biggest wildcard prospects in this class, Mata'afa was dominant as an interior pass rusher last season, but at 250-ish pounds, he will transition to an edge or linebacker position in the NFL. How he tests and performs in drills will be critical to his evaluation. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/21/18 - (QB) - Gardner Minshew II, rSr, 6-1, 220
QB Gardner Minshew, a graduate transfer from East Carolina, reportedly will visit the Alabama campus this weekend. The possible addition of Minshew, who would be eligible to play next season, would be a hedge against the possibility that sophomore Jalen Hurts might transfer.

02/11/18 - (QB) - Gardner Minshew II, rSr, 6-1, 220
QB Gardner Minshew is expected to visit Tuscaloosa after leaving East Carolina last month, according to reports. Minshew, a Mississippi native, was slated to be East Carolina's No. 1 quarterback going into the spring before the university announced Jan. 30 that he left school to handle a personal matter in his home state. The Pirates finished 3-9 in 2017. Last season as a junior, Minshew passed for 2,140 yards and 16 touchdowns with seven interceptions in 10 games while completing 174 of 304 passes (57.2 percent), including five starts. He finished the season strong with 1,486 yards and 10 touchdowns in the final four games.

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