01/15/18 - (WR) - *Tavares Martin Jr., Jr, 6-0, 182 Former Washington State wide receiver Tavares Martin Jr. will forego another college season and begin preparing for the 2018 NFL Draft. Martin Jr., who was cut from the WSU roster in December and had one remaining season of eligibility, announced his decision in a heartfelt message on Twitter Saturday afternoon. In the message, Martin Jr., a native of Belle Glade, Florida – known commonly as "Muck City" – says that playing in the NFL "has been a lifelong dream of mine since the age of eight, playing pee wee football and chasing those rabbits in muck city."
Martin Jr. had burner speed for an outside receiver and was Luke Falk's top target as a junior in 2017, hauling in 70 catches for 831 yards and nine touchdowns. He would've been one of the Pac-12 Conference's top returning receivers in 2018, but Martin Jr's relationship with WSU coach Mike Leach became tenuous near the end of the 2017 season, and Leach dismissed Martin Jr. for a violation of team rules. Martin Jr. refuted that he was cut, instead claiming via Twitter, "I was dismissed from the team because I asked for my release. I never knew me asking for my release was a violation of the team rules." Asked about the sequence of events, Leach later said Martin Jr. didn't ask for his release prior to being cut. But Martin Jr. was graceful in his Twitter post, thanking both Leach and the Cougars for his three-year stint on the Palouse. - Theo Lawson, The Spokesman-Review
01/01/18 - (DE) - *Hercules Mataafa, rJr, 6-2, 252 Washington State redshirt junior Hercules Mata'afa, who wreaked havoc as an undersized defensive tackle this season, declared Sunday night that he will enter the NFL Draft. Mata'afa (6-2, 252) projects more as a defensive end/outside linebacker/edge rusher in the pros after a season in which he posted 22.5 tackles for loss, including 10.5 sacks. NFLDraftScout.com projects Mata'afa as a second-round talent and the second-best junior at outside linebacker. His offseason workouts will help identify where he fits best in the NFL, perhaps as a 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 outside linebacker. Mata'afa ended his Cougars career with 47 tackles for loss, including 22.5 sacks. - The Sports Xchange
12/27/17 - (QB) - Luke Falk, rSr, 6-3, 223 The first question for Washington State coach Mike Leach during Wednesday's pre-Holiday Bowl news conference was about the cast on quarterback Luke Falk's non-throwing left wrist. The seventh question was about the pet raccoon Leach had when he was a kid, which he mentioned in an article he wrote for the Players' Tribune. Naturally, Leach was much more forthcoming about the raccoon, which was named Bilbo Baggins after the character in "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings," than he was about his quarterback's health. "He's doing great. You can use your imagination all you want about the cast," Leach said about Falk, who despite whatever's going on with his wrist is still expected to lead No. 21 WSU (9-3) against No. 18 Michigan State (9-3) on Thursday night. "He has had something on his hand all year and hence we named him 'the Kingslayer.' Beyond that you're on your own." Falk and the Cougars are looking for a better Holiday Bowl than a year ago, when their normally high-powered Air Raid offense was shut down by Minnesota in a 17-12 dud. - AP College Football
12/11/17 - (DE) - *Hercules Mataafa, rJr, 6-2, 252 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Hercules Mata'afa, RJr., Washington State,...Mata'afa earns his third career All-Pac-12 honor after receiving honorable mention as a freshman and second-team honors as a sophomore and is the first Cougar defensive lineman named to the first team since Mkristo Bruce in 2006. Mata'afa, redshirt-junior from Lahaina, Hawaii led the Pac-12 with 21.5 tackles-for-loss and 9.5 sacks and totaled 43 tackles with two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Mata'afa earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week following the win at Utah after making eight tackles, five for loss, three sacks, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. - Washington State Football
12/11/17 - (OG) - Cody OConnell, rSr, 6-8, 368 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL Cody O'Connell, RSr., Washington State,...O'Connell, a 2016 unanimous All-American, earns his second career all-conference accolade after receiving honorable mention honors last season. The redshirt-senior from Wenatchee, Wash. started all 12 games at left guard for the nation's second-rated passing offense. - Washington State Football
12/11/17 - (K) - Erik Powell, rSr, 6-0, 202 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): PK Erik Powell, RSr., Washington State,...Powell earns his first career All-Pac-12 honor and is the first Cougar kicker to garner second team honors since Andrew Furney in 2012. Powell went 19-for-23 on field goal attempts, earned three Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors and totaled 101 points, third-most in the conference. The redshirt-senior from Vancouver, Wash. made four field goals twice in wins at Oregon and at Utah, went 8-of-10 on kicks of 40+ yards and also recorded three kicks of 50+. Powell, who was a Lou Groza Award semifinalist, hit the game-winning 32-yarder against No. 5 USC and added a career-long 56 yarder at Arizona, tied for the second-longest in the country this season. - Washington State Football
12/11/17 - (FS) - Jalen Thompson, So, 6-0, 191 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Jalen Thompson, So., Washington State,...Thompson picks up his first career all-conference honor after posting team-highs with 69 tackles, four interceptions and tied for the team lead with three fumble recoveries. The sophomore from Downey, Calif. and 2016 ESPN True Freshman All-American started all 12 games at strong safety for a Cougar defense that forced the most turnovers in the Pac-12 and finished the regular season as the country's No. 15 rated defense. - Washington State Football
12/11/17 - (OT) - Cole Madison, rSr, 6-5, 314 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OL Cole Madison, RSr., Washington State,...Madison earns his third straight honorable mention accolade after starting all 12 games at right tackle for the nation's second-rated passing offense. The redshirt-senior from Burien, Wash. also earned a team-best four BONE AWARDS, given out to the team's best offensive lineman after a win. - Washington State Football
12/11/17 - (RB) - Jamal Morrow, rSr, 5-09, 203 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): RB Jamal Morrow, RSr.,...Morrow earns honorable mention for the second straight season after leading the Cougars with 1,070 all-purpose yards, his third straight season with 1,000 all-purpose yards. The redshirt-senior from Menifee, Calif. tied for the team lead with nine total touchdowns, led the team with 522 rushing yards and was fourth on the team with 56 receptions. Morrow will finish his career among the WSU Top-10 in total receptions, total touchdowns, all-purpose yards and with the school-record for catches by a running back. - Washington State Football
12/11/17 - (OLB) - Frankie Luvu, Sr, 6-2, 235 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB Frankie Luvu, Sr.,...Luvu earns his first career all-conference honor after starting all 12 games at the RUSH linebacker position and tied for ninth in the Pac-12 with 6.5 sacks and tied for No. 12 in the league with 10.5 tackles-for-loss, both numbers are career highs. The redshirt-senior from Pago Pago, American Samoa also recovered two fumbles and recorded his first career interception to seal the win over No. 18 Stanford. - Washington State Football
12/11/17 - (QB) - Luke Falk, rSr, 6-3, 223 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): QB Luke Falk, RSr.,...Falk earns his third straight all-conference honor after sharing first-team honors in 2015 and second-team accolades last season. The redshirt-senior for Logan, Utah led the Pac-12 Conference with 30 touchdown passes, was sixth in the country with 3,593 passing yards and earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors twice this season. Falk set Pac-12 and WSU career records for passing yards (14,486), passing touchdowns (119), total offense (14,086), plays (2,306), completions (1,404), attempts (2,055) and 300-yard games (30). He also owns the WSU record for wins by a quarterback with 27. - Washington State Football
12/11/17 - (OT) - Andre Dillard, rJr, 6-5, 306 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): OL Andre Dillard, RJr.,...Dillard earns his first career all-conference honor after starting all 12 games at left tackle for the nation's second-rated passing offense. The redshirt-junior from Woodinville, Wash. earned a two BONE AWARDS, given out to the team's best offensive lineman after wins over Nevada and No. 5 USC. - Washington State Football
12/10/17 - (WR) - *Tavares Martin Jr., Jr, 6-0, 182 WR Tavares Martin Jr. was dimissed from Washington State for an undisclosed violation of team rules on Sunday, though there are conflicting accounts of what happened. Martin claimed in a twitter post that he asked for his release from the program, which resulted in the dismissal. "I was dismissed from the team because I asked for my release." Martin said on Twitter. "I never knew me asking for my release was a violation of the team rules." Cougars coach Mike Leach told reporters after practice Sunday that he cut Martin and that the junior did not ask for his release beforehand. Martin led the Cougars with 70 catches, 831 yards and nine touchdowns during the regular season. He also was suspended for Washington State's 28-0 win against Colorado on Oct. 21 for a violation of team rules. In three seasons with Washington State, Martin has 150 receptions for 1,683 yards and 17 touchdowns.
12/07/17 - (DE) - *Hercules Mataafa, rJr, 6-2, 252 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Hercules Mata'afa, Washington St.,...Mata'afa, redshirt-junior from Lahaina, Hawaii led the Pac-12 with 21.5 tackles-for-loss and 9.5 sacks and totaled 43 tackles with two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Mata'afa earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week following the win at Utah after making eight tackles, five for loss, three sacks, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. - Washington State Football
12/04/17 - (QB) - Luke Falk, rSr, 6-3, 223 2017 BURLSWORTH TROPHY AWARD WINNER: Washington State quarterback Luke Falk has topped Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield to win the Burlsworth Award, given annually to the top college football player who began his career as a walk-on. Falk had finished behind two-time winner Mayfield in each of the last two years, but he won during his third time as a finalist — coming off a season in which the senior threw for 3,593 yards and 30 touchdowns for the Cougars (9-3). The 6-foot-4, 223-pound Falk walked on at Washington State after high school rather than accepting a financial aid package to Cornell. He became the all-time Pac-12 Conference leader in touchdown passes this season and is among the top 10 in NCAA history in passing yards, touchdowns and total offense. The award is named for former Arkansas offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth, who died in a car accident shortly after being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts. - AP College Football
11/13/17 - (DE) - *Hercules Mataafa, rJr, 6-2, 252 NOV 13 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Hercules Mata'afa, RJR, DL, Washington State (Lahaina, Hawai'i)...Mata'afa had a career day in leading WSU to a 33-25 win at Utah, holding the Utes to 67 yards rushing...Matched a career-high with eight tackles, made career-highs of 5 tackles-for-loss and 3 sacks, along with a forced fumble and fumble recovery...Part of WSU defense that forced seven turnovers on the day. Cougars are now tied for national lead with 27 takeaways...Mata'afa upped his season TFL total to 21.5, which leads all Pac-12 defenders and is fourth nationally. He is tied with Rien Long for 2nd-most in WSU single-season history. ALSO NOMINATED, DEFENSIVE: Colin Schooler, ARIZ; Bobby Okereke, STAN; Nate Meadors, UCLA; Ajene Harris, USC; Donovan Thompson, UTAH. - Pac-12 Football
11/13/17 - (K) - Erik Powell, rSr, 6-0, 202 NOV 13 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Erik Powell, RSR, K, Washington State (Vancouver, Wash.)...Connected on four of five field goals and accounted for 15 points in WSU's win at Utah, helping WSU to 9-2 mark and share for Pac-12 North lead...Powell made 4 field goals (44, 32, 28, 33) for the second time this season (also at Oregon) and upped his season field goal total to 19, t-5th-most in the FBS this season and in WSU single-season history...Powell upped his career field goal total to 50, 3rd-most in WSU history. ALSO NOMINATED, SPECIAL TEAMS: Jet Toner, STAN; Adarius Pickett, UCLA. - Pac-12 Football
11/12/17 - (QB) - Luke Falk, rSr, 6-3, 223 Breaking passing records forms as big of a part of Luke Falk's game as putting on shoulder pads and a helmet. The senior quarterback claimed another top spot in the record books in leading Washington State to a 33-25 win over Utah on Saturday. Falk threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cougars. Those three scores moved him past former USC quarterback Matt Barkley as the Pac-12 leader in career touchdown passes. He has thrown 118 touchdown passes. Barkley totaled 116 at USC. While setting records always feels good, what carried greater meaning for Falk was having a chance to earn a big win for the Cougars in his home state. "I had more butterflies for this game than I've ever had and I just really wanted to come out here and put on a good performance for my teammates and just do my job," Falk said. "This one really means a lot to me. I'm not going to lie about that. It really does." Washington State (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12) earned its third straight win in the series with the Utes (5-5, 2-5). The Cougars moved into a tie with Stanford atop the Pac-12 North and can clinch a divisional crown with a win over Washington in two weeks. A Pac-12 North title would be the first championship of any kind for Washington State since it shared a Pac-10 title in 2012. - The Sports Xchange
11/11/17 - (QB) - Luke Falk, rSr, 6-3, 223 Luke Falk threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns in his home state to lead No 19 Washington State to a 33-25 victory over Utah on Saturday. Falk's three touchdown passes pushed him past Matt Barkley as the Pac-12 leader in career touchdown passes. The senior has thrown 118 TD passes. Barkley totaled 116 at USC. Washington State (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12) earned its third straight win in the series with the Utes (5-5, 2-5). Tyler Huntley threw for 293 yards and a touchdown and added 51 yards on the ground to lead the Utes. Huntley also threw four interceptions, part of seven Utah turnovers overall. The Cougars scored 23 points off those turnovers. Washington State capitalized on early Utah turnovers to jump out to a 13-0 first-quarter lead. The Utes had two fumbles and an interception over three straight drives to give the Cougars short fields. Robert Taylor stripped the ball from Demari Simpkins after a first-down catch on Utah's second drive of the game, with Jalen Thompson recovering at the Utah 46. Falk converted three third downs on the drive, including a 11-yard screen pass to Tavares Martin Jr. for a touchdown. - The Sports Xchange
11/11/17 - (QB) - Luke Falk, rSr, 6-3, 223 It's another week, another milestone for Washington State senior quarterback Luke Falk. With his second touchdown of the day against Utah, Falk broke the Pac-12 career touchdown passes with his 117th. He passed former USC quarterback Matt Barkley for the record. Last weekend against Stanford he surpassed former Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion's record for career passing yards. Mannion had 13,600. After the victory over the Cardinal, Falk had upped his career total to 13,806 yards. - AP College Football
11/07/17 - (QB) - Luke Falk, rSr, 6-3, 223 NOV 6 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Luke Falk, RSR, QB, Washington State (Logan, Utah)...Led the Cougars to a 24-21 win over Stanford, becoming the Pac-12's all-time leader in career passing yards with 13,806, breaking Oregon State's Sean Mannion's record of 13,600...Completed 34-of-48 passes for 337 yards, three touchdowns and one interception...Trailing 21-17 entering the fourth quarter, Falk led WSU on an 11-play, 94-yard drive that lasted 4:56 for the game-winning touchdown drive. ALSO NOMINATED, OFFENSIVE: Demario Richard, ASU; Patrick Laird, CAL; Ronald Jones II, USC; Tyler Huntley, UTAH. - Pac-12 Football
11/04/17 - (QB) - Luke Falk, rSr, 6-3, 223 Washington State quarterback Luke Falk became the Pac-12's career passing leader while leading the No. 25 Cougars to an important 24-21 Pac-12 victory over No. 21 Stanford on Saturday in Pullman, Wash. Washington State, which finished unbeaten at home (7-0) for the first time in program history, improved to 8-2 and 5-2 in the Pac-12 North, while Stanford fell to 6-3 and 5-2. The Cougars control their destiny, with a game at division-leading Washington looming at the end of the regular season. Falk, who was benched in the first half last week in a 58-37 loss at Arizona, became the Pac-12's career passing leader with 13,806 yards. He broke the record of 13,600 yards held by former Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion. Falk completed 34 of 48 pass attempts for 337 yards, with three touchdowns and an interception. He started against Stanford and was efficient until he threw an interception that was returned 52 yards for a touchdown by linebacker Bobby Okereke with 2:37 left in the third quarter, giving the Cardinal a 21-17 lead. - AP College Football
10/31/17 - (QB) - Luke Falk, rSr, 6-3, 223 The roller coaster season of Washington State redshirt senior QB Luke Falk (6-3, 225, 4.87, #4) continued Saturday night as he was benched midway through the second quarter and watched the rest of the game from the sidelines. Falk, poised to become the Pac-12's all-time leading passer, has fans in the scouting community, but much of his production comes from the offensive system in Pullman. Falk was even mentioned as a possible first-rounder by some entering the season, but realistically, he is much closer to a mid-round pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/23/17 - (WR) - *Tavares Martin Jr., Jr, 6-0, 182 WR Tavares Martin Jr. was suspended for last week's game against Colorado for violating team rules. He will play at Arizona on Saturday.
10/14/17 - (CB) - Darrien Molton, Jr, 5-10, 185 CB Darrien Molton sat out Friday night's game against Cal with an army injury.