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Washington St. Football – 2011 Pac 12 Season Review

Season Recap

Washington State went 4-8 on the season, but that has to be looked at as, at least, a decent season since they doubled their win total from last season.

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Still, the 4 wins was not enough to save head coach Paul Wulff’s job, as he was fired and only went 9-40 in his 4 years at the helm.

The Cougars got off to a good start this season winning their first 2 games and then winning their first Pac 12 game against Colorado, but they only won 1 game the rest of the season.

Their best win of the season had to be the 37-27 upset win over Arizona State, which snapped their 5 game losing streak.

In that game freshman QB Connor Halliday passed for 494 yards with 4 TD and 0 INT and sophomore WR Marquess Wilson had 8 catches for a whopping 223 yards and 3 TD.

The Cougars lost both of their games against the ranked teams of Oregon and Stanford and they played solid in their 30-27 OT loss in their 2nd to last game of the season, but lost to rival Washington 38-21 in the Apple Cup game in their season finale.

WSU

Washington State Football - Season Recap

There is excitement in Pullman, as WSU shelled out some big bucks to sign ex-Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach, who is known for his offense that scores a ton of points.

The Cougars used 3 QB’s this season because of injuries, but the passing offense still ranked 9th in the nation.

The QB situation for next season will be interesting in Pullman. NFL prospect Jeff Tuel was injured for most of the season and will return for his senior season and so will Halliday.

Also, there are rumors that Seattle native Jake Heaps may transfer to WSU after he was granted his release from BYU.

Also returning to WSU in 2012 is WR Marquess Wilson, who had a stellar season with 82 catches for 1,388 yards and 12 TD, but 2nd leading WR Jared Karstetter is graduating.

The Cougars only ranked 111th in the nation in rushing yards per game and Rickey Galvin and Carl Winston will both return. Galvin showed flashes of brilliance, but was inconsistent.

He also  averaged a legit 5.3 yards per carry and scored 5 TD.

The main problem for WSU this season was their defense, which ranked 81st in the nation.

They were not very good defending the pass or the run and Leach will have to guide an offense that really lights up the scoreboard next season if the D does not improve.

There are some young players that have talent on the defensive side of the ball and the team is bringing in the solid recruits of ILB Jordan Pulu, DT Maurice Bennett, and DE Jacob Tuivaiave.

There are a lot of question marks that remain for WSU, but with Leach aboard and a lot of firepower on offense there is hope for next season in Pullman.

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