Will Derting - 42 votes, 32.8%
Marcus Trufant - 36 votes, 28.1%
Rien Long - 35 votes, 27.3%
Mkristo Bruce - 9 votes, 7%
D.D. Acholonu - 6 votes, 4.7%
Total votes: 128
|First Vote||: Wednesday, 23 December 2009 09:44|
|Last Vote||: Wednesday, 30 December 2009 09:54|
So, there you have it. Here's what we said about Derting when the poll was first introduced:
Will Derting, linebacker - 2001-2005. Ah yes, #51. While not exactly a stat-monster, still, Derting is an all-time favorite among Coug fans with his relentless motor and huge hits. Unfortunately injuries robbed him of some playing time, or else Derting would be way up the WSU ladder in terms of pure stats. Still, for basically starting three years worth of games, Derting made a major impact. Sixth all-time in tackles for loss (32), tenth in sacks (14.5), Derting was all over the field whenever he was out there.
Now, obviously the poll numbers were down this time. WAY down. Many of you voted the first time, and of course we were SABOTAGED by the MKB army, but those of you who legitimately voted the first time chose not to vote again. It's cool, I get it. And it's the holidays, plus it isn't football season, so many of you simply aren't reading the site as much as you were. But it is what it is. Congrats to #51!
Marry Christmas, everyone. Your old pal Longball here, back at work and looking at these "interwebs" for the first time in TOO LONG. What did I miss over the last few days? Let's see, apparently the Pope was tackled during a Hail Mary, a plane was nearly blown up, Urban Meyer retired and un-retired and Paul Wulff got the earliest recruit comitment in the history of the world. Crazy!
And oh yeah, Jim Sterk and Paul Wulff chatted with CBS Sports at halftime of the LSU hoops game, so check out the Youtube video here:
Meanwhile, about those assistant coaching rumors.....we've heard a couple of things in just the last week alone. Mainly about one possible change on the offensive side of the ball. Then today, something called FootballScoop.com posted this:
"Washington State: We hear the offensive line job is open at Washington State."
So there you go. It's starting to percolate online. We will see what happens next, but if true? The Cougs need look no further than Moscow for a pretty darn good O-line coach....but I also think the Gilby rumors are interesting. Not a bad offensive mind to add to the mix if any of that stuff is true?
Finally, I was in line for Santa pictures on christmas eve with coach Travis Neikamp and Chad Eaton, then on the way home saw Eaton unloading presents and realized he's my neighbor. I have only seen the lady in that particular house, but I think I need to stop by for beers!
Enjoy the start of your week, and as always, GO COUGS!
Good evening, Followers. A Merry New Year to All!
Well, in case you haven't heard, Urban Meyer shocked the world tonight, announcing his resignation from the University of Florida due to health reasons.
Thankfully, it appears that Mr. Meyer's health issues are not immediately life threatening.
But, one has to wonder whether the balance of power on the West Coast might be influenced by this shocking announcement?
Wasn't really planning on posting anything today, but a nice surprise for coach Paul Wulff and the Coug coaches came on X-mas eve. Via breaking news out of Cougfan, none other than Bishop Sankey, a rising star running back from G-Prep in Spokane, has given a verbal commitment to WSU! Sankey is still a high school junior, so he is really a verbal commit for the signing class in 2011. But this is, as the recruiting honks say, a "great get" for coach Wulff.
Sankey is a 5-11, 190-lb running back with speed (4.4 in the 40), strength (already benches 325, squats 400) and incredible productivity on the GSL circuit (over 2000 yards rushing in the regular season and playoffs combined, averaging - get this - nearly 10 YARDS per carry!).
And yes, the kid is definitely getting attention! Per his bio from Cougfan, he's received all-state honors from the Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune and the Associated Press. And he has been on WSU's radar for some time, winning MVP of the WSU camp as a sophomore in 2008. And per this article from Cougfan, they've been on Sankey for a while and offered him early this year.
There is a cool website set up for him with photos and videos that you can view here. And yep, there's plenty of highlights of Sankey online via Youtube, but here's one of the better ones we could find (note the video quality is a little dark at times, but, yeah, you get the idea after seeing it!):
Big play, after big play, after big play. Homerun speed, moves, power, you name it he's got it. He even throws a long TD out of the wildcat formation! And all of this as a junior. Just a wonderful "get" to coach Wulff, coach Broussard who spent a lot of time on him, and the rest.
Merry X-mas, and GO COUGS!
Just a few things to get to on this x-mas eve, so here we go:
First of all, you may have noticed the new image to the left of the site. You know, this one:
What's up with the Pac-10? Last year we were unbeaten in bowl season, this year, YEESH. Oregon State got whooped by BYU, now last night Utah took control of Cal by halftime and ended up with a 37-27 win. As Teddy Miller said, "uh-oh, Pac-10". Yes, we're now 0-2 this postseason, both losses by double-digits to, you guessed it, the Mountain West.
I believe the Oregon State thing wasn't too hard to call if you want to know the truth. You go from playing in the Civil War for the right to go to Pasadena as Pac-10 champions, suffer a major emotional loss to your hated rival in a wonderful game, then have to get excited to play BYU in the Vegas Bowl?? They came down with a severe case of "didn't-want-to-be-there-itis". We've seen that happen too many times in the bowl season, where one team is clearly more excited than the other about the game itself. But BYU is pretty good too, and we don't want to take too much away from that win. Nobody beat up the Beavs this year like BYU did on Tuesday.
But I thought Cal would have played better than they did, even though they finished with a 2-3 record down the stretch without Jahvid Best. I thought after their thumping in Seattle that they would regroup with a passion and put it all together, and it looked promising early, but Utah looked awfully good. I don't think you'll get many arguments as to who was the better football team last night.
This is probably more for a post on another day, but maybe it's time to just accept the fact that the playing field is, quite frankly, as level as it's EVER been? I know there's a lot of Pac-10 expansion talk in the last few weeks, and there are so many layers to that discussion in and of itself that we will save that for another day. And we have a built-in arrogance being in the Pac-10/BCS power conference, and we look down a bit at the second-tier (yes, we even do that at WSU). But really, if I'm Utah or BYU, two teams that are likely on the expansion radar, why would I feel the need to jump to the Pac-10? The money is nice, but what exactly do I have to gain if I'm in their shoes?
And, I will say this - from a WSU perspective, after watching BYU and Utah the last few nights, is there ANY shame in getting recruits who also had MWC or WAC teams on their list? I know a lot was made in the last few years that WSU wasn't getting recruits against other BCS schools. But now I look and think hey, if a player had a BYU or Utah or Boise State or TCU on their list and they still chose WSU, uh, that's actually NOT a bad thing anymore.
Maybe the answer is just to scrap the BCS as we know it, and have conferences like the MWC and the WAC treated the same as the BCS schools? Maybe, I don't know, throw it open to a playoff and see what happens? NEVER heard that argument before! :) But the days of the MWC or the WAC not being able to compete with BCS level teams are long, long gone, and I think it's pretty clear they aren't coming back!
All for now. Enjoy your x-mas eve, and as always, GO COUGS!
Hello Followers. Hope you're having a great pre-Holiday week.
You all remember the Christmas tune that says "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth?"
Well, for this Sutra, the song has been re-written. Now the lyrics say "All I want for Christmas are the finger nails on my right hand."
Yes, there is only skin and bones left following our young lads' 72-70 overtime victory over Trent "Mr. Bitter Beer Face" Johnson and his pesky LSU tigers.
Mkristo Bruce - 2176 votes, 65.1%
Rien Long - 615 votes, 18.4%
Marcus Trufant - 198 votes, 5.9%
Will Derting - 184 votes, 5.5%
D.D. Acholonu - 168 votes, 5%
Number of Voters: 3341
First Vote: Monday, 14 December 2009 10:26
Last Vote: Tuesday, 22 December 2009 09:07
Seriously, 3341 votes? And 2176 of 'em for MKB? We loved MKB, he's deservedly one of the top defensive players of the decade.....but I think it's clear we've been SABOTAGED! Or is it sabo-TAAAAGE, per William Shatner?
Did anyone know William Shatner simply cannot or will not pronounce the word Sabotage correctly? Even J.J. Abrams made fun of this fact in the Star Trek franchise reboot last summer, where the first scene you see young James T. Kirk, the Beastie Boys' Sabotage is blaring on the car stereo.
Anywho, yes, turns out we had at least three, maybe four people out there with different IP addresses who made it their mission to elect MKB as the best defensive Coug of the decade. But what can you do? I mean it's my fault, really. I was the one who set the poll up without setting a limit at the number of times you can vote. Who knew the MKB army would storm the gates like that? So I'm sorry Coug Nation, but I blew it. I'll take the heat.
That said, do YOU want another poll? This time with a one-vote, one-vote-only style poll? If you do, cool, and we'll put it up again tomorrow. If not, we roll forward with whatever. Let's hear it.
Moving on, there was a rumor on Cougfan's message board that ASU coach Dennis Erickson was spotted in the Spokane airport yesterday. Of course, Coug paranoia sets in, immediately thinking he's out there trying to poach WSU commits from Spokane like Connor Halliday, Aaron Dunn, or Jake Rodgers.
Honestly, it's a natural assumption. There is already talk that ASU has been trying to sway a couple of other WSU verbals, including super-high riser Asante Cleveland from California. But there are a few things wrong with the belief that Erickson was out to do some face time with WSU verbals. First, it's technically a dead period right about now, meaning coaches can't go face-to-face with recruits. Maybe he can pull the Neuheisel deal and talk to a recruit on the phone while waving to him through a window, who knows. But it's doubtful. Second, Erickson has NW ties, we all know that. And he's got a place in Coeur D' Alene. With the holidays this week, who knows, maybe he was headed out there for some down time? Finally, there is also talk that Erickson wasn't even there, and that he was actually still in Tempe interviewing offensive coordinator candidates! Our favorite scribe Teddy Miller did a Q&A with him just yesterday. So who knows, but it seems like a stretch to us.
Speaking of Asante Cleveland, this Youtube video has been making the rounds:
Impressive, to say the least. Already a load at 6-5, 235, but athletic enough to split out in the slot and become that matchup nightmare for any safety who tries to go one-on-one with him. He looks like a pretty physical blocker as well. You can understand the interest in him from Miami, who has been trying to get him out for a visit. Cleveland already turned them down once, saying "I'm a Coug" per that Cougfan article. But the very latest says it doesn't appear that Miami is going to give up just yet. The battle might just be getting underway for big CLEVE!
Doing the math, you start to think about the tight ends they are projected to sign this February, with Dunn, Rodgers and now Cleveland? It's pretty remarkable, and likely the top TE "bunch" in WSU recruiting history. However, there's always the chance of position changes, and Cougfan has speculated that Rodgers could end up as a prototype offensive tackle. I love that approach though - just getting the best student athletes you can, get them to signing day, and then on campus this summer, and we'll see how it all shakes out! This is shaping up to be one heck of a class, and you start to understand what coach Wulff has been saying since early in the fall. They believe that this will be one of the best classes to ever come through Pullman.
Finally, so much for that FINAL COUNTDOWN on Phase III. If you haven't seen it, Jim Sterk did one of those AD forums, and basically said that things are looking good, but no decision will be made until January on the construction of Phase III:
In order to encourage early purchases and provide incentive to those who commit early, we set a Dec. 18 deadline for premium seating commitments, but I want to emphasize that our staff is continuing to work on premium seating sales. This deadline date does not mark an end in the process but rather one more step in making Phase III reality.
Further in the post, Sterk said this:
Additionally, I want to stress that a decision on the start date for construction will not be made until early next year. We will not only take into account premium seating sales and commitments to date, but also donations and pledges made to the project in determining when we will begin construction.
At the time I post this message, we have nearly sold out of the suites and we are overcommitted for loge seating. We are very pleased and grateful for the high-level of interest thus far to the project and commitments made to suite and loge seating. We are still entertaining interest for suite and loge seating, as a philanthropic commitment to the project of $500,000 for a suite and $100,000 for a loge box will guarantee those seats; however, club seats are still available and it is vital that we sell these seats as well. A deposit of $300 will reserve a seat in the club area.
Did you get all that? I don't know if we were misinformed or misunderstood (both?), but all along our belief has been 12/18 was/is DO OR DIE. Guess that wasn't exactly the case. But whatever, I mean it does sound positive, yet there is some ground to cover. Still time to make this a reality before the board meets next month!
All for now. Enjoy your day, and GO COUGS!
You think now he might get a little more PT?
Great job, Jerome. Way to continue to make Cougar Nation proud.
Forde fits the profile of the type of player the WSU coaches are after these days - big, strong athletic types with room to add muscle while maintaining some serious upside/athleticism. He has been clocked at a 4.8 in this 40-time, which isn't too shabby for a likely defensive line position waiting for him at the next level. But you look at his size and frame now - 6-4, 245 - and it isn't hard to see him adding 30 or so LBS, suddenly becoming an explosive pass rushing d-tackle? I know it's early to project, probably too early, and who knows where he ultimately ends up. But he sure seems to be a fit in terms of what they are looking for.
While Forde wasn't exactly the superstar recruit in terms of sheer rankings, he does come in as a three-star type and ranked in the top-100 for his position (#91 defensive end per Scout.com). And the buzz on Forde all along was that he is a pretty athletic kid. How athletic? Let's just say athletic enough to go out and play hoops against all-state WR Kasen Williams of Skyline and more than hold his own! Per a poster on a Cougfan message board, this article from NBC Sports.com from last summer:
“You’d figure a big guy in hoops compared to a guard, yeah, maybe he’ll lose a step or so because he’s quicker at the perimeter,” Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell said. “But with Maxx’s athleticism and his range, it was pretty impressive to see him shut down Kasen like that. He was all over him that game, and Kasen didn’t have a whole lot of opportunities that he normally does because of Maxx’s athletic ability."
And further down the article:
“You look at him, he’s got a big frame,” Maxwell said. “He’s got these long limbs, and he’s got some weight to put on still. The recruiters are looking at him, and they’re looking d-line now with the possibility he could move to the other side if he continues to grow. They’ll start him on the edge. If he could get bigger, they could possibly move him to the inside.
“You’ll have to ask him what his 100-meter time is, but it’s a pretty impressive sight to see his big butt in the starting blocks. He’s always going against all the sprinter kids. Maxx holds his own there. There’s some different coaches coming out that watch him run and are very impressed. He’s still kind of like a blank canvas as a football player, but he’s got a lot of things that others don’t have – pure athleticism.”Nice!
If you are keeping track at home, that's now 20 commitments or early signees in the case of the two JC tackles signed on Wednesday. Not many spots left, but still some work ahead. Recent recruiting rankings have been updated at Scout.com, and now WSU is ranked 7th in the conference, 38th in the country in this year's recruiting class. Yeah yeah, you NEVER want to get too geeked out over verbal commits, nor should you get too "star struck" by the ratings. We've been hearing that for years, you know? But you have to be impressed by what Wulff and the rest are putting together for this year's class. To think what he's doing with the recent struggles of the program, yet he's still out there selling WSU as hard as he possibly can with a pitch that seems to be working. Note that this is a link to a premium article, but it is a really good read on just how hard Wulff is working to get this thing done.
Well done coach Wulff. Now reel these guys in on signing day, and keep building this thing out!
Moving on, today's a big day for Phase III.
We don't need to rehash all of the details, as you know them by now. But if we had hopes of breaking ground next spring, and having Phase III in place by the start of 2011, today is a landmark day for down payments on the various luxury seats. There is a lot of information out there right now, some of it accurate, some of it, well, not so much. The only thing I can say is that we've heard we had a LONG way to go as of a month ago, but they have made up a lot of ground in that time. But is it enough progress that they can begin construction? I guess we'll find out soon enough.
Lots of Pac-10 realignment/expansion talk lately, what with Sir Ted Miller's informative article the other day causing a splash around the Pac-10 blogosphere. There are a lot of interesting possibilities, and they certainly seem more willing to at least consider the idea than they did in the past under the old Pac-10 regime. We've got some ideas too, and we'll probably share them as a post in the next few days.
Finally, congrats to Gino Simone, Travis Long and Skylar Stormo, as they have been named to the Sporting News All-Pac-10 freshman team for 2010. Simone and Long aren't exactly shockers, but I was pleasantly surprised to see Stormo get in there. Simone was second on the team with 36 catches, while Long was seventh with 47 tackles, but a team-high 6.5 tackles for loss and tied for tops with two sacks (wait, TWO sacks led the team this year?? BOY do we need a pass-rush!). Stormo didn't do much in the receiving department, just 3 catches for 39 yards, but he still made it. Congrats to all three of them!
Looking at that all-frosh list, boy, there are some good young players in this league right now. LeMichael James, Andrew Luck, Vontaze Burfict, wow that's a lot of talent. This is a good league that is only going to get better.
That's it for now. Enjoy your Friday, and as always, GO COUGS!
"We felt all along Wade was one of the top offensive tackles on the West coast," said Wulff. "The fact that he and David can come in January makes them both very valuable to Cougar Football. Wade instantly brings us great toughness and athletic ability, and as a team we got better today."
Finally, Wulff spoke to Cougfan in regards to the blogs, message boards and other sources of assistant coaching rumors. Any guesses on what he said? I'll give you a hint - he HATES us. He really, really hates us.
"They're not helpful -- at all -- in recruiting," said Wulff. "Stability and continuity are always the two most important things to have in a program. Those kinds of things only hurt. They never help."
Got it. Actually, hate is a strong word/emotion, something we reserve for true enemies....and hey, we don't want to hurt anything WSU-related. And we haven't been throwing rumors up on posts every day, claiming inside sources are telling us that there are definitely going to be changes. Has there been a bunch of speculation on Chad Eaton? I read something on a message board a little while ago, but I didn't realize that was so hot-n-heavy. Anyway, sure, we've heard a few things, but so has everyone else. But ask yourself this - would there be a ton of speculation if the team didn't just go 3-22 in Wulff's first 25 games at WSU? Would there be rumors passed around, in comments, message boards, et al, if the team had been playing well? I think we know the answer.
The reality is that like it or not, message boards, blogs, they are aren't going away, at least not anytime soon. And this is still a BCS football program (last I checked?). Criticism from passionate fans is part of the territory. I guess all the rumors and whatever show that people STILL CARE?? I guess if nobody gave a damn then you wouldn't hear anything, from anyone. So we've got that going for us...which is good.
All for now. Enjoy the rest of your humpday, and GO COUGS!