Pac-12: Vaughn Lesuma.

Washington State spring wrap-up

May, 8, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Washington State Cougars
2008 overall record: 2-11

2008 conference record: 1-8

Returning starters

Offense 8, defense 5, kicker/punter 2

Top returners

C Kenny Alfred, RB Dwight Tardy, FS Xavier Hicks, LB Louis Bland, LB Andy Mattingly, P Reid Forrest, K Nico Grasu

Key losses

OT Vaughn Lesuma, TE Devin Frischknecht, WR Brandon Gibson, LB Greg Trent, CB Romeo Pellum, DT A'i Ahmu

2008 statistical leaders (*returners)

Rushing: Dwight Tardy* (481)
Passing: Marshall Lobbestael* (571)
Receiving: Brandon Gibson (673)
Tackles: Greg Trent (88)
Sacks: Toby Turpin* (3)
Interceptions: Romeo Pellum, Xavier Hicks* (2)

2009 Schedule
Sept. 5 Stanford
Sept. 12 Hawaii (in Seattle)
Sept. 19 Southern Methodist
Sept. 26 at USC
Oct. 3 at Oregon
Oct. 10 Arizona State
Oct. 24 at California
Oct. 31 vs. Notre Dame
(in San Antonio, Texas)
Nov. 7 at Arizona
Nov. 14 UCLA
Nov. 21 Oregon State
Nov. 28 at Washington

Spring answers

1. Culture change: Big injury issues within many position groups limited a lot of definitive depth chart moves, so what the Cougars' coaches talked most about at the end of spring was establishing a better team culture, which includes practice tempo, trust among players and staff and off-field responsibilities, both in the classroom and weight room.

2. Tardy and Montgomery running: The Cougars feel good about their depth at running back, with senior Dwight Tardy and California transfer James Montgomery leading the way. If the offensive line can stay healthy -- depth is a big issue -- the running game has a chance to improve dramatically.

3. New faces' chance to shine: The injuries allowed youngsters and newcomers to make statements, and a handful did, including redshirt freshman defensive ends Dan Spitz and Cory Mackay, redshirt freshman tight end Skylar Stormo and junior transfer receivers Johnny Forzani and Jeffrey Solomon.

Fall questions

1. Get healthy: The spring injury list was a who's who of likely starters, and some of the issues will be worrisome. For example, Bernard Wolfgramm was practically penciled in as a starting defensive tackle, but he had back surgery this winter and back problems are tricky. The Cougars suffered epidemic injuries last year; they need to avoid that if 2009 is going to be any better.

2. Is Lobbestael the man? While senior Kevin Lopina showed significant improvement passing this spring, the general feeling is sophomore Marshall Lobbestael will be the quarterback when Stanford comes to town on Sept. 5. But, again, Lobbestael is coming back from a knee injury and didn't get to do any full-go action this spring. He still needs to win the job on the field.

3. Not to be defensive, but ... Washington State lost six starters from a defense that gave up 43.8 points and 443 yards in 2008, and the departed include mainstays such as linebacker Greg Trent, end Matt Mullennix and tackle A'i Ahmu. The Cougars are set at safety with Xavier Hicks and Chima Nwachukwu, and they feel good about linebackers Andy Mattingly and Louis Bland, but there are a lot of questions here that need to be resolved during preseason practices.

Academic honors for 11 Pac-10 players

April, 24, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) has announced the members of the 2009 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is composed of college football players from all divisions who maintained a 3.2 GPA or better. A total of 564 players from 266 schools qualified for membership, including 11 from the Pac-10.

Previously, California's Alex Mack, a potential first-round pick in this weekend's NFL draft, won the 2008 NFF Draddy Trophy, often called the academic Heisman.

See a complete list of winners here.

The Pac-10 honorees are:

Jason Bondzio, Arizona
Anthony Reyes, Arizona State
Alex Mack, California
Zach Smith, California
Will Ta'ufo'ou, California
Nick Reed, Oregon
Andrew Levitre, Oregon State
Logan Paulsen, UCLA
Jeff Byers, USC
Vaughn Lesuma, Washington State
Matt Mullennix, Washington State

Seven Pac-10 players are Draddy semifinalists

October, 1, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Seven Pac-10 players are among the 57 FBS players selected as semifinalists for the 2008 Draddy Trophy, which recognizes outstanding players who also excel in the classroom.

Schools are limited to one nominee each. Semifinalists must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first-team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

The Pac-10 semifinalists are: Arizona State LB Anthony Reyes, California C Alex Mack, Oregon DE Nick Reed, Oregon State OT Andrew Levitre, UCLA TE Logan Paulsen, USC OG Jeff Byers, and Washington State OG Vaughn Lesuma.

Pac-10 Morning: Breaking down Week 2

September, 6, 2008
9/06/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Game day links for ya. It's going to be a hot one here in Tempe:

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