Washington State Cougars Football Season Preview History
2011 Washington State Football Preview:
After a season of disappointment for the Cougars, head coach Paul Wulff is looking to put a positive stamp on the 2011 year. With an amazing amount of young talent on his roster, however, it is going to be up to junior quarterback Jeff Tuel and the other seven members of his offense to bring Wazzou back into the national spotlight.
It was the middle of the 2009 season when Tuel was inserted into the lineup, the first true freshman to start in Pullman since Drew Bledsoe. However, last year’s 2,780 yards with 18 touchdowns earned him and All-Pac-10 honorable mention nod, so now it’s his time to make his offense explode. Alas, his rushing attack isn’t as prolific as Tuel, ranking 117th in the nation last year. However, they do get back freshman Rickey Galvin, who broke his arm in his first ever Cougar carry last year. It may be up to him to revive the run game, and returning wide-outs—seniors Isiah Barton, Jared Karstetter and sophomore All-Pac-10 honorable-mention pick Marquess Wilson—to help elevate the overall game.
On defense, the Cougars boast another All-Pac-10 honorable-mention in junior end Travis Long, who anchors the line. Along with senior Alex Hoffman-Ellis at linebacker, Long will need to create pressure up front with his units to help relive the youth in the secondary. Sophomore cornerbacks Nolan Washington and Damante Horton had plenty of experience as freshman, but in their first year as established starters, they will need to step up to create an easier path to victories that have eluded the Cougars in recent memory.
2010 Washington State Football Preview:
When a college football team falters, its fan base is usually aware that it may take a few years to rebuild a top-caliber team, and simply looks for signs of improvement. Entering the 2010 season, Washington State Cougars fans are in for a treat - the team can't do much worse than last year's 1-11 season.
Despite the fact that the Cougars did not win a game within the Pac-10 one year ago, ticket holders still have plenty of reason to pack the stands at Martin Stadium. First, there's no telling who can have a breakout year and become the next college star recruited by NFL teams. Prior Washington State players who have made a name for themselves on the national stage include Drew Bledsoe, Jerome Harrison and Marcus Trufant.
Second, while bright spots were hard to find on a team with a single victory, Washington State's punter, Reid Forrest, ranked 21st among the nation's specialists at the position.
Additionally, amid a large group of returning starters, the Cougars bring back their irreplaceable sophomore defensive end, Travis Long. As a freshman, Long was the team's best pass rusher. In 2010, he'll have to use his growth and experience to hold down Washington State's defensive line.
2009 Washington State Football Preview:
Head Coach: Paul Wulff
After bottoming out in 2007 & 2008, the Washington State Cougars will be looking to turn things around in 2009. WSU finished with only 2 wins in the previous two seasons, but has still managed to bring talent into Pullman. It is that football talent, plus the coaching of Head Coach Paul Wulff which should make a difference for the Cougars in 2009.
2008 Washington State Football Preview:
Head Coach: Paul Wulff
The Washington State Cougars football program finds itself at a turning point this season. Coach Bill Doba was let go after 5 seasons where he led the Cougars to a record of just over .500. New coach Paul Wulff will take over the reigns and hopes to bring the success he enjoyed at Eastern Washington to Pullman this year. Martin Stadium will be an exciting place for Cougar fans as the team looks to begin a new era of success and hopes to climb the ranks of the Pac-10 and compete for a Rose Bowl berth.