Game Of The Week: WSU at Colorado
Washington State (2-1) at Colorado (1-3)
Colorado players to watch:
QB, Tyler Hansen (Sr.)
After four games, the athletic Hansen has thrown for 1,150 yards with an impressive 9 TDs and only 1 INT. He moves away from pressure quickly and likely has the quickest release in the Pac-12 Conference.
TB, Rodney Stewart (Sr.)
The 5-foot-6 back might be small in stature but plays with a lot of heart. Led the Buffs in rushing in 2010 with 1,364 yards and again leads the team this season. The elusive senior piles up yards with tremendous quickness.
OL, Ryan Miller (Sr.)
The 6-foot-7 offensive lineman is a local kid and former five star recruit. An outstanding run blocker, Miller needs to be more consistent in pass protection.
TE, Ryan Deehan (Sr.)
Good all around player who is known more for his blocking, but looked very impressive catching a 34 yard TD vs. Cal. The 6-foot-5 senior could become more of a third down target as the season plays on.
LB, Douglas Rippy (Jr.)
The aggressive junior is a throwback type player who plays the game with passion and drive. Leads the team in tackles and also has 3 sacks on the year. Always around the ball.
Washington State players to watch:
LB, Alex Hoffman-Ellis (Sr.)
The quick and active defender is the top-ranked senior NFL prospect on the squad. Is equally adept in both coverage and run support.
QB, Marshall Lobbestael (Sr.)
Took over for injured starter Jeff Tuel and has not disappointed as he has thrown for 959 yards and 10 TDs with only 2 INTs after three games. His arm strength and accuracy have been very impressive to date.
WR, Jared Karstetter (Sr.)
The 6-foot-4 wide receiver lacks true top-end speed, but is very solid as a third down possession receiver and constantly comes up with key catches in crucial situations.
RB, Rickey Galvin (RFr.)
Quick and sudden runner who is averaging 8.4 yards per carry. The 5-foot-7 speedster can break a long run at any given time. Exciting to watch. Game-breaker.
S, Deone Bucannon (So.)
The most physical of all the Cougar DB's, this kid has a knack for recognizing plays and jumping routes and will make receivers pay the price when they get there.
Washington State invades Boulder with a high-octane offense that has scored 147 points in three games. The young Cougar defense is still trying to find an identity so it will be up to the offense to put points on the board and outscore the opposition. Colorado has an athletic secondary but I'm not certain anybody can stop the Cougars pass attack led by Jared Karstetter and Marquess Wilson. This team is playing with confidence and should be 3-0 after losing a big lead last week vs. San Diego State. Colorado is a team on the rise with a talented QB in Tyler Hansen but is still young and in transition with a new coaching staff led by former Buffalo TE Jon Embree. Look for this game to be high scoring and exciting to watch as this contest could very well come down to the game's final possession.