Cougars Host Colorado State For Hall of Fame Weekend
COLORADO STATE (0-2, 0-0 Mountain West) at WASHINGTON STATE (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12)
2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022 • Pac-12 Networks
Gesa Field (32,952) • Pullman, Wash.
COUGARS HOST COLORADO STATE FOR HALL OF FAME WEEKEND
Washington State closes out nonconference play hosting Colorado State Saturday afternoon on WSU Hall of Fame weekend. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks.
WSU TO INDUCT ALL-FEMALE CLASS INTO ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
WSU will induct eight individuals and one team into its Athletic Hall of Fame Friday and recognize the class during Saturday's games. As part of the Cougars' year-long Power of IX campaign celebrating the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the 2022 class is an all-female class. The list of eight inductees and one team comprising the 2022 class includes: Eka Burduli (tennis, 2005-08), Tammy Crawford (rowing, 1990-2002), LaToya Harris (volleyball, 1999-2002), Kiersten Dallstream (soccer, 2006-09), Lisa Fraser (soccer, 1989-94), Anastasia Kostina (golf, 2003-06), Celestine N'Drin (track & field, 1986-90), Georgette Reed (swimming/track & field, 1988-91), 1991 Women's Basketball.
WSU went on the road and knocked off No. 19 Wisconsin 17-14 last Saturday. Running back Nakia Watson scored two touchdowns and WSU forced a pair of fourth-quarter takeaways to beat their first ranked team since 2018.
WSU continues its three-game homestand and opens Pac-12 Conference play hosting Oregon next Saturday.
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE
Last season, Washington State went 7-6 overall including a 6-3 mark in Pac-12 Conference play in 2021 and made third sixth bowl game appearance in the last seven seasons, dropping a 24-21 decision to Central Michigan at the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl. The Cougars closed the regular season with a 40-13 win at Washington in the Apple Cup. WSU's defense led the Pac-12 and was fifth in the country with 29 takeaways including 14 fumble recoveries, second-most in the country. All-Pac-12 first-team selection EDGE Ron Stone Jr. tied for fourth in the league with 11.5 tackles-for-loss and All-Pac-12 first-team kicker Dean Janikowski tied for second in the league with 14 made field goals. Jake Dickert (5-3 record) served as WSU's interim head coach the final five games of last season, was named the head coach prior to the Sun Bowl and is in his first full season the Cougar's head coach.
COUGAR QUICK GAME
• WSU enters the week 2nd in the Pac-12 in tackles-for-loss (18) and sacks (7)
• WSU picked off a pass and forced a fumble at Wisconsin, has recorded multiple takeaways in 12 of last 15 games
• Last season, WSU led the Pac-12 and was 5th in the country with 29 takeaways, 4th nationally with 14 fumble recoveries
• Last season, WSU recorded its 8th straight win over Oregon State and 5th straight win over Stanford
• WSU's 14 All-Pac-12 selections in 2021 were the most since 2003 (17), 3 All-Pac-12 1st-Team selections for 1st time since 2015
INDIVIDUAL (Player Notes Pages 9-19)
• KR Renard Bell, LT Jarrett Kingston were named the Pac-12 Special Teams and Offensive Lineman of the Week, respectively
• 3 were named to the 2022 Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List; LB Daiyan Henley, EDGE Brennan Jackson, RB Nakia Watson
• 2021 All-Pac-12 1st Team EDGE Ron Stone Jr. led the team in TFL (11.5) and sacks (5)
• Stone Jr. named to Watch Lists for: Bronko Nagurski Award, Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award
• WR De'Zhaun Stribling led all Pac-12 freshmen with 44 rec, 471 rec yards, 5 rec TD in 2021, All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention
• QB Cameron Ward transferred from Incarnate Word, 2021 FCS All-America 2nd Team, 4,648 pass yds, 47 pass TD
• LB Daiyan Henley transferred from Nevada, 49 games played, 2021 All-Mountain West 2nd Team - 103 tackles, 4 INT
• All-Pac-12 First Team Kicker Dean Janikowski led the Pac-12 in FG pct. (82.4) and tied for 2nd in FG made (14)
SERIES HISTORY - COUGAR CONNECTIONS
WSU and Colorado State meet for just the second time in program history with the Rams rallying for a 48-45 win in the 2013 New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque. CSU's Jay Norvell is in his first season as head coach after leading Nevada the previous five seasons. WSU has a number of connections to Norvell's Nevada teams and coaching staffs including linebacker Daiyan Henley and defensive back Jordan Lee who each played the last four years at Nevada including the last two seasons under new WSU defensive coordinator Brian Ward along with defensive analyst Trent Greene and defensive graduate assistant Jack Ray.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
- WSU is looking for its first 3-0 start since 2019
- Jake Dickert is looking to become the 9th WSU head coach to start 3-0 in his 1st full season and 1st since Mike Price (1989, 4-0)
- Cameron Ward is looking to become the 4th Cougar quarterback to win his 1st three starts at WSU since 1976;
Chad Davis (1994), Steve Birnbaum (1998), Anthony Gordon (2019)
COLLEGE GAMEDAY RECORD
Dating back to the middle of the 2003 season, ESPN's College GameDay has had the WSU flag appear throughout the show. The streak reached 275 after appearing in Austin for the Alabama-Texas game last Saturday. The first appearance came in Austin, Texas (10/4/03) and the streak began two weeks later in Madison, Wisc. (10/18/03). Two flags – Ol' Crimson and Gray – have been flown in the background of the GameDay set by dozens of friends and alumni. The Gray flag was added in 2014 after Whitey was retired in honor of Steve Gleason's "No White Flags." Appearance No. 217 was its first in Pullman (10/20/18), a 34-20 win over Oregon.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS - IDAHO
- WSU recorded 6 sacks, the most since recording 8 at Utah in 2017
- WSU recorded 12 tackles-for-loss, the most TFL since making 14 against Wyoming in 2015
- 7 players made their collegiate debuts; Orion Peters (WR), Gavin Barthiel (ST), Javan Robinson (ST), Jaylen Jenkins (RB), David Gusta (DL), Leyton Smithson (WR), Jackson Lataimua (ST)
- RB Nakia Watson rushed for a career-high 117 yards on 18 carries, his 1st career 100-yard game
- RB Jaylen Jenkins scored his first career touchdown with an 8-yard TD catch
- WR Lincoln Victor made his 1st career start, caught 3 passes
- WR Tsion Nunnally and WR Orion Peters each recorded their 1st career catch
INSIDE THE NUMBERS - at NO. 19 WISCONSIN
- WSU recorded its 1st win over a ranked team and 1st nonconference road win over a ranked team since beating No. 25 Iowa State in the 2018 Alamo Bowl
- WSU recorded its 1st TRUE road win over a ranked team since at No. 24 Stanford in 2018
- WSU recorded its 1st nonconference TRUE road win over a ranked team since beating No. 17 Colorado in 2003
- WSU recorded its 1st win over a Big Ten Conference team since beating Rutgers 37-34 in 2015
- Dylan Paine (RB) made his collegiate debut on the final offensive play
- Nakia Watson scored 2 TD for the second time in his career (2 rush TD at Michigan, 2020)
- Watson's 2nd quarter TD run was his 1st touchdown as a Coug and his 31-yard rec TD was his 1st career rec TD
- Billy Riviere III recorded his 1st career reception, a 38-yard catch midway through the 2nd quarter
- Francisco Mauigoa made a career-high 7 tackles
- David Gusta's first career tackle was a tackle-for-loss in the 1st quarter
JAKE DICKERT JOINS ELITE GROUP WITH WIN at NO. 19 WISCONSIN
- With the win at No. 19 Wisconsin, Jake Dickert is 1 of 4 WSU head coaches to beat a ranked team in his 1st full season; Warren Powers won at No. 15 Nebraska in 1977, Mike Price won at No. 24 BYU in week two of 1989, Bill Doba won at No. 17 Colorado in week three of 2003.
BELL, KINGSTON NAMED PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Kick returner Renard Bell and offensive lineman Jarrett Kingston each earned Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week awards following the win at No. 19 Wisconsin, the conference office announced Monday. Bell, named the Special Teams Player of the Week, earns his first career Pac-12 accolade after helping the Cougars post a 17-14 win over the Badgers. Bell had a career-long 73-yard kickoff return to start the second half that resulted in three points for WSU. The Los Angeles native also caught two passes including a 43-yarder early in the game. Kingston, the conference offensive lineman of the week, earns his first career Pac-12 honor after anchoring an offensive line that kept WSU in the game en route to a 17-14 victory at No. 19 Wisconsin. Kingston did not allow a pressure in the Cougars' 50 offensive snaps and the 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.
WELCOME BACK RENARD
The 2022 Cougar wide receiver core will be led by a familiar face, graduate senior Renard Bell, 24, who returned for his seventh season Pullman after missing last year with a knee injury. The Los Angeles native, who redshirted the 2016 season, owns an impressive resume.
- opened 2022 season with 4 catches including 3-yard TD catch against Idaho
- had 2 catches and a 73-yard kickoff return in win at No. 19 Wisconsin week 2
- 153 career receptions, 24 away from breaking into WSU Top-10
- 17 career TD receptions, 1 away from breaking into WSU Top-10
- 20-consecutive games with a catch
- 5 career 100-yard games
- 45 career games played including 32 career starts
- 29 career wins
- has caught a pass from 9 different Cougar QB's (Luke Falk, Tyler Hilinski, Gardner Minshew II, Anthony Gordon, Gage Gubrud, Jayden de Laura, Gunner Cruz, Cammon Cooper, Cameron Ward)
- 1 of 2 WR with TD rec from 7 different QBs since 2006 (Darren Carrington II - Oregon/Utah, Michael Pittman - USC)
CAMERON WARD ARRIVES
Quarterback Cameron Ward transferred to Washington State this past January after two record-setting seasons at Incarnate Word in Texas. The sophomore from West Columbia, Texas won the Jerry Rice Award following the 2020 season, the award given to the most outstanding freshman player in FCS football after setting UIW single-season records with 2,260 yards and 24 touchdowns in just six games. Last season at UIW, Ward was named an FCS second-team All-American, the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Year and Walter Payton Award Finalist (give to the most outstanding offensive player in FCS) after leading UIW to a 10-3 record with school records of 4,648 passing yards, 47 touchdown passes and 357.5 passing yards-per-game. This summer, Ward was recently named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, given to the most outstanding player in college football and The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, given to the top offensive player in Division I football either born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or currently playing in Texas.
COUGAR DEFENSE SEES NEVADA CONNECTION
A number of new faces on defense all made the trip up from Reno. Senior linebacker Daiyan Henley and defensive back Jordan Lee played the last four years at Nevada including the last two seasons under new WSU defensive coordinator Brian Ward along with defensive analyst Trent Greene and defensive graduate assistant Jack Ray. In the season-opening win over Idaho, Henley has started his Cougar career with team-highs of eight tackles against Idaho and nine at Wisconsin while Lee owns nine tackles and two TFL in his first two games.
RETURN OF THE AIR RAID, COUG RAID
The Coug Raid offense features a couple familiar faces who are back in Pullman after coaching with Mike Leach's Air Raid. Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Eric Morris returns after coaching the inside receivers for WSU in 2012, Leach's first season in Pullman while Clay McGuire returns for his second stint as the Cougars' offensive line coach (2012-17) and Joel Filani returns to coach the wide receivers after working the 2015 season at WSU in an offensive quality control position. WSU opened the season with nine different players catching a pass while running back Nakia Watson rushed for a career-high 117 yards in the win over Idaho. In the win at No. 19 Wisconsin, seven receivers caught passes including Watson who rushed for a score and caught another.
SIX NAMED 2022 TEAM CAPTAINS
WSU voted six players as team captains for the 2022 season; WR Renard Bell, OL Konner Gomness, EDGE Brennan Jackson, DB Armani Marsh, EDGE Ron Stone Jr., WR Lincoln Victor.
COUGS ADD THROUGH TRANSFER PORTAL
WSU was active in the transfer portal this past offseason and added some experience on both sides of the ball.
LB Daiyan Henley, Nevada 49 games played, 160 career tackles, 4 INT
DB Cam Lampkin, Utah State 33 games played, 72 career tackles, 10 PBU, 1 INT
DB Jordan Lee, Nevada 47 games played, 147 career tackles, 6 FR, 6 FF, 6 PBU
DT Nusi Malani, Virginia 2 seasons, 15 games played, 6 career tackles
RG Grant Stephens, Northern Colorado 27 games played, 23 career starts at RT, 2021 All-Big Sky 2nd Team
QB Cameron Ward, Incarnate Word 2-year starter, 2021 FCS All-American, 6,908 pass yds, 71 pass TD
BIG SHOES TO FILL
WSU will look to replace a few key players from last season.
RB Max Borghi 39 games played, tied WSU record with 41 career total TD, 32 career rush TD
WR/KR Travell Harris 3x All-Pac-12, 9th in WSU history with 179 rec, WSU record for kick returns
WR Calvin Jackson Jr. 31 games played, 104 career rec, 10 career TD, New York Jets free agent
RT Abraham Lucas 42 consecutive starts, 4x All-Pac-12, 3rd-round NFL pick by Seahawks
LB Justus Rogers WSU-record 56 games played, 34 career starts, 215 tackles
LT Liam Ryan 42 consecutive starts, last 29 at LT
CB Jaylen Watson 2x All-Pac-12, 15 games played last 2 seasons, 7th-round NFL pick by Chiefs
LB Jahad Woods WSU-record 56 games played, 4th in WSU history with 428 tackles
15 COUGS ENTER 2022 WITH DEGREES
Renard Bell, WR Social Science
Ahmir Crowder, DT Human Development
Robert Ferrell, WR PB-Humanities
Kaleb Ford-Dement, DB Social Science
Daiyan Henley, LB Criminal Justice
Brennan Jackson, EDGE Business Administration
Chris Jackson, DB Social Science
Jarrett Kingston, OL Business Management
Derrick Langford Jr., DB Social Science
Jordan Lee, DB Public Health
Armani Marsh, DB Sport Management
Christian Mejia, DT Kinesiology
Amir Mujahid, DT Social Science
Simon Samarzich, LS Sport Management
Grant Stephens, OL Human Services
JAKE DICKERT NAMED 34th HEAD FOOTBALL COACH
Washington State formally introduced Jake Dickert as the Cougars' 34th head football coach in program history December 2. On November 27, one day after the Apple Cup win, WSU Director of Athletics Pat Chun announced that Dickert had been named the Cougars' Head Football Coach. Dickert agreed in principle to a five-year contract. "We are thrilled to have Jake Dickert step into the head coaching role," said WSU President Kirk Schulz. "Coach Dickert was able to bring together a team that has been through so much in the past two seasons and inspire them to not only keep going, but to fight harder. Coach Dickert loves Pullman, understands what it means to be a Coug, and most importantly, puts his players first. He is an asset to this program, and to WSU." Dickert spent the final six weeks of the regular season serving as the Cougar's interim coach, leading WSU to a 3-2 record with wins over Arizona State, Arizona and a dominating 40-13 Apple Cup victory in Seattle. The win snapped a seven-game skid to Washington and ended as WSU's largest margin of victory in series history. "Coach Jake Dickert has proven to be an exceptional person, coach and leader," said Chun. "He has the character, vision and plan we need to lead Washington State Football through the next chapter of our storied history. We've been able to witness the positive impact he has had on our student-athletes in a very short of period of time. We are thankful the best person to lead our program was already living in Pullman. We appreciate Jake, Candice, Rylee, Jett, and Jace for their commitment to WSU. "I am extremely humbled and honored to be the next head coach at Washington State University," said Dickert. "I want to thank President Schulz, Pat Chun and Bryan Blair for their leadership and trust in me and my vision for the future of WSU football. Pullman fits our family so well and we are
so excited to be a part of this community for a long time to come. Go Cougs."
WSU, GESA CREDIT UNION ANNOUNCE GESA FIELD
Last season, Washington State and Gesa Credit Union announced a partnership to provide Gesa the naming rights to the playing surface at Martin Stadium, now named Gesa Field, pronounced gee-sah. The 10-year agreement is valued at a minimum $11 million, will escalate with additional Gesa consumer-based incentives. The agreement with WSU Athletics formalized the first major sponsorship announced under Gesa Credit Union which recently merged with Inspirus Credit Union making it the second-largest credit union in the state.
COUGAR FOOTBALL BROADCAST TEAM
Matt Chazanow is in his eighth season as the play-by-play voice for Cougar football, men's basketball and baseball broadcasts. Joining Chazanow for his fifth season will be former Cougar quarterback Alex Brink who is the only WSU quarterback to win three Apple Cups and was later a seventh-round draft pick by the Houston Texans. Returning for her 11th season as the sideline reporter is Jessamyn McIntyre.