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  SEPT 12 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Daiyan Henley, RS Sr., LB, Washington State (Los Angeles, Calif.),...Had a huge day in WSU's 38-7 victory over Colorado State, registering a game-high 13 tackles, five solo, 3 sacks and two forced fumbles...As he did against Wisconsin the previous week, he started fast with five tackles, including a sack, in the first quarter...Led a Cougar defense that held Colorado State to a late-game touchdown and just 249 total yards on offense.

Ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in tackles and leads or tied for the lead in sacks, tackles-for-loss and forced fumbles...Per PFF, had the second-best linebacker defensive grade in the country in Week 3, and the best in the Pac-12. Also had the best overall defensive grade in the Pac-12 last week. Owns the best defensive grade among all Pac-12 players for the season...First WSU player to take home this award this season after three different Cougars won it last year (George Hicks III, Jahad Woods and Armani Marsh) including the final two weeks of the season. Also nominated: Karene Reid, LB, Utah; Brandon Dorlus, DE, Oregon; Jerry Roberts, LB, Arizona; Solomon Byrd, DL, USC; Darius Muasau, LB, UCLA; Rejzohn Wright, DB, Oregon State. - Pac-12 Football


rSr/2023 ILB Daiyan HenleyWashington State
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  Cameron Ward threw for 292 yards and four touchdowns Saturday as Washington State pounded Colorado State 38-7. Washington State (3-0) scored on its first four possessions to put this game away early. Ward completed 26 of 36 passes and was intercepted once. Donovan Ollie and De'Zhaun Stribling each caught two touchdown passes. Freshman quarterback Clay Millen completed 24 of 34 passes for 211 yards for Colorado State (0-3), which has lost eight consecutive games dating to last season. Washington State sacked Millen seven times and limited Colorado State to 37 rushing yards on 30 carries.

The Cougars marched 46 yards in four plays on their first possession, with Ward throwing a 17-yard touchdown pass to Ollie for a 7-0 lead. The Cougars took over at midfield again on their second series and Ward fired a 13-yard touchdown pass to Stribling for a 14-0 lead just five minutes into the game. Cayden Camper missed a 44-yard field-goal attempt for Colorado State and WSU marched 73 yards, with Ward hitting Stribling for a 19-yard touchdown and a 21-0 lead with more than 3 minutes left in the first quarter. Ward found Ollie for a 2-yard touchdown pass to cap an 82-yard drive that gave WSU to a 28-0 lead at halftime. Washington State went into the locker room with a 255-82 advantage in yards gained, along with four sacks and eight tackles for loss. Colorado State rushed 18 times in the first half, for just 4 net yards. - Washington State/AP College Football


rSo/2025 QB Cameron WardWashington State
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  SEPT 12 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Jarrett Kingston, RS Jr., OL, Washington State (Anderson, Calif.),...Anchored an offensive line that kept WSU in the game en route to a 17-14 victory at No. 19 Wisconsin...Did not allow a pressure on WSU's 50 snaps...The WSU offensive line led the way on the final drive, sparking a 10-play, 43-yard drive over 5:14 as the clock expired, giving WSU the win...First time winning this award. Last WSU player to take home this award was Liam Ryan in Week 6 of 2021. Also nominated: Joshua Gray, Oregon State; Alex Forsyth, Oregon; Corey Luciano, Washington; Braeden Daniels, Utah; Andrew Vorhees, USC; Josh Baker, Arizona. - Pac-12 Football

rSr/2023 OT Jarrett KingstonWashington State
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  SEPT 12 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Renard Bell, 6th Yr., WR/KR, Washington State (Los Angeles, Calif.),...Bell returned two kickoffs for a total of 82 yards, 41.0 ypr. He added two receptions for 49 yards on the day...His 73-yard return to open the second half sparked WSU as the Cougar offense capitalized on great field position and capped a 7-play, 18-yard drive with a field goal to cut Wisconsin's lead to 4 at 14-10...The 73-yard kickoff return was a career-long for the sixth-year senior...First time winning this award and first WSU player to earn this honor since punter Dean Janikowski took it home in the final week of last season. The last kick returner to win for the Cougars was Travell Harris in Week 2 of 2021. Also nominated: Luke Loecher, P, Oregon State; Jordan Noyes, K, Utah; Kyle Ostendorp, P, Arizona; Alex Stadthaus, PK, USC. - Pac-12 Football

rSr/2023 WR Renard BellWashington State
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  Nakia Watson scored two touchdowns against his former team as Washington State beat No. 19 Wisconsin 17-14 on Saturday. Watson scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter and put the Cougars (2-0) ahead for good by turning a short completion into a 31-yard score with 5:12 left in the third quarter. Watson rushed for 522 yards and five touchdowns at Wisconsin from 2019-20 before transferring. "He represented himself and all the work he's put in," Washington State coach Jake Dickert said. "I'm proud of him." A game that featured three turnovers by each team and multiple bizarre plays produced a happy homecoming for Dickert.

Dickert was born in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha, Wisconsin, about 65 miles east of Camp Randall Stadium. Dickert played for Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 2002-06, and about 200 friends and relatives gathered for a pregame tailgate Saturday. "My grandma told me something today, your grandpa would be so proud if my grandpa was still here," Dickert said. "That's a special moment. Special people that just know me as Jake Dickert. That's always what we've been. I'm just proud to be able to win this game with all of them here cheering us on." This game featured two separate plays in which one team intercepted a pass and then fumbled the ball away, creating a first down for the team that threw the pick. Wisconsin (1-1) trailed 17-14 and faced third-and-6 from the Washington State 9 midway through the fourth quarter when defensive tackle Christian Mejia picked off a Graham Mertz pass before losing the football. Wisconsin recovered at the Washington State 20, but a personal foul on Badgers tight end Clay Cundiff after the play pushed them back to the 35. Cundiff then caught a 24-yard pass, but Quinn Roff forced a fumble that Sam Lockett III recovered at the 12 with 5:14 left. Washington State never gave up possession the rest of the way. - Washington State/AP College Football


rJr/2024 RB Nakia WatsonWashington State
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  Transfer quarterback Cameron Ward threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns Saturday as Washington State beat scrappy Idaho 24-17 in a season opener to win its 10th consecutive game in a long-running series between two schools whose campuses are located just eight miles apart. Ward completed 25 of 40 passes for Washington State, a Pac-12 team which leads the Battle of the Palouse series 72-17-3. But the Cougars had trouble putting away Idaho, an FCS team from the Big Sky Conference.

It was not until Ward threw a touchdown pass to Jaylen Jenkins with 10:33 left in the fourth quarter, putting Washington State up 24-10, that the Cougars appeared to take control. But Idaho freshman quarterback Gevani McCoy replied with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Dwyer with 6:05 left in the game, cutting the WSU lead to 24-17. Washington State's ensuing drive ate up the clock, but Dean Janikowski missed a 23-yard field-goal attempt wide left with 53 seconds left. McCoy led Idaho down the field, but was intercepted at the goal line by Daiyan Henley to end the threat. - Washington State/AP College Football


rSo/2025 QB Cameron WardWashington State
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  2022 PRESEASON WUERFFEL TROPHY (COMMUNITY SERVICE) WATCHLIST: Travion Brown, Washington State, Jr., LB,...Appeared in 12 games in 2021, two as a starter...totaled 36 tackles with a forced fumble, fumble recovered and his first career interception...made five tackles and one interception in the Sun Bowl...made three solo tackles against Utah State and three more against Portland State...made five tackles against USC. - Washington State Football

rJr/2024 ILB Travion BrownWashington State
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  2022 PRESEASON ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCHLIST: Ron Stone Jr., Washington State, Rs Jr Edge,...Stone Jr. earned his first career All-Pac-12 Conference honor last season after making 11.5 tackles-for-loss, tied for fourth in the conference, and tied for eighth in the league with five sacks. The redshirt-senior from San Jose, Calif. recorded a tackle-for-loss in eight games in 2021, including a season-high three at Utah and tallied a sack in four-straight games, helping WSU to three-straight wins during that stretch. This summer, Stone Jr. has been named to the Preseason All-Pac-12 First Team, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, given to the college football Defensive Player of the Year and the Bednarik Award Watch List, given to the outstanding defensive player in college football. - Washington State Football

rSr/2023 OLB Ron Stone Jr.Washington State
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  Four Washington State quarterbacks combined to complete approximately 23 of 43 passes in the full-team period. Those same signalcallers went an estimated 21 of 27 during 7-on-7 segments of practice. As should be expected, the offense operated at its most efficient rate when it was piloted by starting QB Cameron Ward, the sophomore transfer with intriguing potential. Ward passed approximately 16 of 24 in the two offense/defense periods. One of his better moments of the day came on a designed rollout pass in 11-on-11 drills. Ward slid right with five or six unhurried steps and didn't appear to exert himself when he flicked a 20-yard strike, precisely on target, to senior Renard Bell for a sideline completion. - The Spokesman-Review

rSo/2025 QB Cameron WardWashington State
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  Washington State right tackle Ma'ake Fifita sustained what appeared to be either a foot or ankle injury when he found himself at the bottom of a pileup Friday. The sophomore from Everett, a starting guard last year who shifted to tackle this spring, sat on the turf and spoke with trainers for about 5 minutes before being helped upright. Fifita put some weight on his foot for a moment, then sat on the back of a cart and was transported off the field. Jack Wilson, the 6-foot-11 former Idaho and Oregon State basketball player, replaced Fifita in the Cougs' first unit. Rodrick Tialavea, a sophomore who is competing for a backup role at guard, went down with an unspecified lower-body injury shorty after Fifita. Tialavea was also carted off the field. Dickert did not speak with the media after practice, so it's uncertain how serious the injuries are. - Spokesman Review

rSo/2025 OT Maake FifitaWashington State
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  How good is Cameron Ward, and how explosive is this new offense? The sophomore quarterback put up staggering numbers over the past two seasons at Incarnate Word under coach Eric Morris - the new offensive coordinator at WSU and the mind behind the team's recently installed Air Raid offense. Ward signed with WSU in January as one of the top-rated transfers on the market. He immediately solidified himself as the team's starting QB. The expectations surrounding Ward have only grown since he showed flashes of superstar potential during spring camp. The Cougs believe they got the complete package in Ward, a poised signal-caller who has the arm talent to make any throw and who will be buoyed by a star-studded receiving corps. And the Cougs think they struck gold with Morris and his "Coug Raid" offense, a flexible system that leans on the pass without forsaking the ground game. - Spokesman-Review

rSo/2025 QB Cameron WardWashington State
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  2022 PRESEASON PATRICK MANNELLY AWARD WATCHLIST: Simon Samarzich, Washington State,...Samarzich started all 13 games as the long snapper on punt last season and recorded three tackles including two against USC and one in the win over Arizona. The fourth-year junior from Upland, Calif. is a two-time Pac-12 Conference Fall Honor Roll selection. The winner must be of senior standing, have started 75% of games in his senior year, snap on punts and placements, and demonstrate a strong mentality, notable athleticism, as well as speed, accuracy and consistency in their snaps. - Washington State Football

rJr/2024 LS Simon SamarzichWashington State
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  2022 PRESEASON CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: Ron Stone, Washington State, Junior DE,...Stone Jr. earned his first career All-Pac-12 Conference honor last season after making 11.5 tackles-for-loss, tied for fourth in the conference, and tied for eighth in the league with five sacks. The redshirt-senior from San Jose, Calif. recorded a tackle-for-loss in eight games in 2021, including a season-high three at Utah and tallied a sack in four-straight games, helping WSU to three-straight wins during that stretch. - Washington State Football

rSr/2023 OLB Ron Stone Jr.Washington State
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  Washington State's football team released its fall camp schedule Tuesday, announcing an Aug. 3 start date for practices. The Cougars will conduct the first of 25 camp sessions at 8:30 a.m. on Rogers Field. WSU opens with two days of helmets-only practices, adds shoulder pads Aug. 5, then suits up for its first full-pads exercise on Aug. 9. Two scrimmages are planned - for Aug. 13 and Aug. 20. After WSU's academic year begins Aug. 22, practice times and dates will be subject to change. The Cougars kick off their season at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 against Idaho at Gesa Field. - Spokesman-Review

rSo/2025 QB Cameron WardWashington State
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  2022 PRESEASON BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCHLIST: DE Ron Stone Jr., Washington State,...Stone Jr. earned his first career All-Pac-12 honor last season after making 11.5 tackles-for-loss, tied for fourth in the conference, and tied for eighth in the league with five sacks. The redshirt-senior from San Jose, Calif. recorded a tackle-for-loss in eight games in 2021, including a season-high three at Utah and tallied a sack in four-straight games, helping WSU to three-straight wins during that stretch. - Washington State Football

rSr/2023 OLB Ron Stone Jr.Washington State
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