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Cougars Set to Host Arizona State on Family Weekend

Nov 7, 2022

ARIZONA STATE (3-6, 2-4 Pac-12) at WASHINGTON STATE (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12)
12:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022  •  Pac-12 Network
Gesa Field (32,952)  •  Pullman, Wash.

Washington State returns to Gesa Field for a Saturday afternoon matchup against Arizona State. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.

Washington State recorded its sixth straight win over Stanford after rushing for 306 yards and forcing four turnovers in a 52-14 road victory last Saturday. Nakia Watson rushed for a career-high 166 yards, the most rushing yards by a Coug since Dwight Tardy rushed for 214 against UCLA in 2007.

The Cougars head to Tucson for a matchup at Arizona next Saturday at 11 a.m. (PT) on the Pac-12 Network.

Washington State enters the week with a 5-4 overall record including a 2-4 mark in Pac-12 Conference play after beating Stanford 52-14 on the road last weekend. The Cougars enter the week with a league-best 62 tackles-for-loss and third in the league with 23 sacks while the offense leads the Pac-12 in red zone scoring (91%, 31-34). Quarterback Cameron Ward enters the week fifth in the Pac-12 in passing touchdowns (19) while wideout De'Zhaun Stribling is tied for ninth with five touchdown catches and linebacker Daiyan Henley is second in the league with 85 tackles and 11 tackles-for-loss. Jake Dickert 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 Cougars' head coach (8-7 career record).

• WSU is looking to become bowl eligible for the 7th time in the last 8 seasons
• WSU is No. 22 in the country with a Pac-12-best 62 tackles-for-loss and the 23 sacks are third-most in the Pac-12
• WSU's 52-14 win at Stanford was its 6th straight win over the Cardinal and the most points scored in series history
• WSU's Sept. 24 game against No. 15 Oregon was WSU's first sellout of Gesa Field since 2019 (Stanford)

INDIVIDUAL (Player Notes Pages 9-20)
• LB Daiyan Henley enters the week second in the Pac-12 in tackles-for-loss (11) and in tackles (85), ninth in sacks (4)
  Henley was named AP Midseason All-American, Lott IMPACT Trophy Quarterfinalist, Butkus Award Semifinalist
• QB Cameron Ward enters the week second in the Pac-12 in completions (218), tied for fifth in pass TD (19)
• S Jaden Hicks owns 3 double-digit tackle games this season, enters week leading all Pac-12 freshmen in tackles (58)
   Named the Pac-12 Conference Freshman Player of the Week, 6 tackles and 17-yard fumble return of TD at Stanford
   Hicks was named to the Midseason Freshman All-America Second Team by College Football News, 1 of 3 Pac-12 defenders 
• RB Nakia Watson rushed for 166 yards at Stanford, most by a Coug since Dwight Tardy rushed for 214 against UCLA in 2007
• RB Jaylen Jenkins was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week after rushing for 130 yards at No. 6 USC Oct. 8
• WR Renard Bell caught a 37-yard TD against Cal, No. 18 TD reception of his career, 10th-most in WSU history
• 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. named to Watch Lists: Bronko Nagurski Award, Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award

WSU trails in the all-time series 16-27-2 and have claimed three of the last four meetings including a 34-21 win in Tempe last season. The last three meetings have all been in Tempe, the last meeting in Pullman came into 2015, a 38-24 WSU win. The Cougars are 9-10 all-time against the Sun Devils at Gesa Field.

Linebacker Daiyan Henley was one of 15 players named a semifinalist for the 2022 Butkus Award. The Butkus Award is presented annually to the best linebacker in college football. Henley is one of two semifinalists from the Pac-12 (Noah Sewell, Oregon) and is the first Cougar linebacker named a Butkus Award semifinalist in program history. Henley enters the week second in the Pac-12 Conference and No. 19 in the country with 85 tackles while his 11 tackles-for-loss are second-most in the Pac-12. According to Pro Football Focus College, Henley owns the Pac-12's best pass-rush grade (17 pressures), 2nd-best overall defensive grade and 2nd-best tackling grade among Pac-12 linebackers. The Butkus Award was established in Dick Butkus' honor in 1985 to celebrate the nation's best collegiate linebacker. High school and pro honors were added in 2008. The Award is characterized as the "Defensive Heisman" recognizing the critical yet frequently overlooked role of defensive leaders. The winner of each award will be named on or before Dec. 7 after finalists are named on Nov. 21 by the award committee. 

Linebacker Daiyan Henley was named to The Associated Press Midseason All-American Team and redshirt-freshman safety Jaden Hicks was named to the Midseason Freshman All-America Second Team by College Football News. Henley was one of five Pac-12 players named to the team and was one of three linebackers named alongside Ivan Pace Jr. of Cincinnati and Drew Sanders of Arkansas. The last Cougar named to a Midseason All-America Team was kicker Blake Mazza in 2019 who earned second-team honors by The Athletic while defensive lineman Hercules Mata'afa was named to the Midseason All-America Team by the AP,, CBS Sports and Athlon in 2017. Hicks was one of three freshmen from the Pac-12 Conference to earn a spot on the first or second defensive team. 

Safety Jaden Hicks was named the Pac-12 Conference Freshman Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. Hicks made six stops, recorded a quarterback hurry and recovered a fumble he returned 17 yards for a touchdown, WSU's first fumble return for a touchdown since Kainoa Wilson jumped on a fumble in the end zone in 2018. Hicks helped a Cougar defense recovered four fumbles, the most takeways since tallying five in last year's Apple Cup and the most fumble recoveries since recovering four against Northern Colorado in 2019. Hicks enters the week second on the team and No. 12 in the conference with 58 tackles, most among all freshmen tacklers in the Pac-12.

Dating back to the middle of the 2003 season, ESPN College GameDay has had the WSU flag appear throughout the show. The streak reached 283 after appearing at Georgia 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. 

- WSU enters the week leading the Pac-12 and No. 22 in the country with 23 tackles-for-loss
- WSU enters the week third in the Pac-12 with 23 sacks
- WSU enters the week leading the Pac-12 in scoring defense (20.0) 
- Daiyan Henley is 2nd in the Pac-12 in tackles (85) and tackles-for-loss (11), ninth in sacks (4)
- Brennan Jackson is sixth in the Pac-12 in tackles-for-loss (8.5)
- Jaden Hicks owns 3 double-digit tackle efforts, 2nd on the team in tackles (58), most among Pac-12 freshmen
- WSU recorded 12 tackles-for-loss in the win over Idaho, the most TFL since making 14 against Wyoming in 2015
- WSU made seven sacks in the win over Colorado State, tied for the seventh-most in WSU single-game history and most since 2017 (8, at Utah) 
- WSU shutout Colorado State in the first half, WSU's  first 1st-half shutout since Oregon in 2018, led 27-0
- Francisco Mauigoa's 95-yard INT return against No. 15 Oregon was 2nd-longest INT return in WSU history 
(Will Derting, 98 yds, Nevada, 2002)
- WSU held Cal running back Jaydn Ott to 69 yards after entering the game averaging 115.8 rushing yard/g
- WSU held USC quarterback Caleb Williams to 15-of-29 passing and 188 yds, entered game averaging 280.4
- WSU's four fumble recoveries at Stanford were the most takeways since tallying five in last year's Apple Cup, the most fumble recoveries since recovering four against Northern Colorado in 2019

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 leads the Pac-12 in red zone scoring (31-34, 91%), No. 17 in the country 
- In the win at No. 19 Wisconsin, seven receivers caught passes including Watson who had a rush TD and rec TD
- Against No. 15 Oregon, Cameron Ward threw for 375 yards and completed passes to 10 different players
- Andre Dollar started at Tight End against Oregon, first WSU TE to start since Andre Lintz in 2011 Apple Cup
- TE Billy Riviere III caught his 1st career TD against  Cal, WSU's first TD by a TE since Andre Lintz (2011, UNLV)
- at No. 6 USC, RB Jaylen Jenkins set season-highs in rush yards (130) and all-purpose yards (84), averaged 10.0 yards-per-carry, had 4 runs of 10+ yards and WSU's 1st career 100-yard rushing game by a TRUE freshman since 2005 (105, DeMaundray Woolridge, vs. Grambling State in Seattle)
- WSU's 52 points at Stanford were the most scored in a conference game since 54 against Oregon State in 2019, most in a road conference game since scoring 56 at Oregon State in 2018
- WSU's 306 rushing yards at Stanford were the most since rushing for 344 against Idaho in 2006
- WSU's 514 yards of total offense at Stanford was a season-high and most since 2019 against Oregon State (641)
- WSU's 52 points are the most scored against Stanford in series history

- Nick Haberer leads Pac-12 with 21 punts fair caught, hang time (4.14) and tied for lead with 13 punts inside 20
- Renard Bell had a 73-yard kick return at Wisconsin, Robert Ferrel had 34-yard punt return against Cal
- Robert Ferrel has 3 punt returns of 20+yards; 34 - CAL, 27 - OSU, 21 - STAN, 2nd in Pac-12 in punt return (12.0)

The 2022 Cougar wide receiver core is 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.
- had 3-yard TD catch against Idaho, had 73-yard kickoff return in win at No. 19 Wisconsin week 2
- had 6 rec for 84 yards against No. 15 Oregon, 8 catches for 115 rec yards and 37-yard TD in win over Cal
- 167 career receptions, 10 away from breaking into WSU Top-10
- 18 career TD receptions, moved into tie for 10th in WSU history for career TD rec last week against Cal
- 6 career 100-yard games
- 49 career games played including 36 career starts, 31 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)

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.
- Cameron Ward threw for 299 yards and 4 TD passes vs. Colorado State, 12th career game with 4+ passing TD
- Ward was the fourth Cougar quarterback to win his first three WSU starts since 1976; 
   Chad Davis (1994), Steve Birnbaum (1998), Anthony Gordon (2019)
- Against No. 15 Oregon, Ward set season-highs with 37 completions and 375 passing yards, first WSU rush TD
- In win over Cal, threw for 343 yards and three TD (17, 37, 1) in win over Cal
- Against No. 14 Utah, completed 27-of-32 pass attempts, 87.0 completion pct tied for 2nd-best in WSU history

- 27 players have made their WSU Debuts including 17 who made their collegiate debuts
- 7 true freshmen have played; TE Andre Dollar, RB Jaylen Jenkins, CB Javan Robinson, WR Leyton Smithson, QB John Mateer, OL Zack Miller, RB Djouvensky Schlenbaker

With the win at No. 19 Wisconsin:
- Jake Dickert became 1 of 4 WSU head coaches to beat a ranked team in his 1st full season
- 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
- Jake Dickert became the ninth WSU head coach to start his 1st full season 3-0, first since Mike Price 1989

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. Bell, named the Special Teams Player of the Week, earned 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, earned his first career Pac-12 honor after not allowing a pressure in WSU's 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.

Linebacker Daiyan Henley was named the Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week after the 38-7 win over Colorado State. Henley recorded a career-high 13 tackles including three sacks and two forced fumbles. The three sacks were a career-high, the most by any Pac-12 player this season and the first three-sack game by a Coug since Hercules Mata'afa at Utah in 2017. The graduate transfer from Nevada led a Cougar defense who held Colorado State to just seven points and 249 yards of total offense. According to PFF College, Henley recorded the second-best linebacker defensive grade in the country that week and the best overall defensive grade among all Pac-12 defenders. Henley was also named Reese's Senior Bowl Defensive Player of the Week and Bednarik Award Player of the Week following the performance.

Running back Jaylen Jenkins was named the Pac-12 Conference Freshman Player of the Week after rushing for 130 yards at No. 6 USC Oct. 8. Jenkins set season-highs with 13 carries for 130 yards and caught two passes for 54 yards including a 45-yard grab. The ture freshman from Allen, Texas recorded a season-high 184 all-purpose yards, averaged 10.0 yards-per-carry and had four runs of 10+ yards against the Trojans. Jenkins' first career 100-yard rushing game was the first by a WSU redshirt-freshman since 2016 (126, James Williams, Idaho) and first by a WSU true freshman since 2005 (105, DeMaundray Woolridge, vs. Grambling State in Seattle). Jenkins was the first Cougar running back to earn conference player of the week honors since Jerome Harrison was named Pac-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Week in 2004. 

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.

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

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. 

WSU inducted eight individuals and one team into its Athletic Hall of Fame week three against Colorado State. 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.

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.