There is no other position facing as much uncertainty heading into next season for the Washington State football team as rush linebacker, where the Cougars must effectively replace two starters, Ivan McClennan and Kache Palacio, at one position.
Lyric Bartley, DE, 6-3, 245, Taylorsville, Utah (Taylorsville): No stranger to laying out the quarterback. Made 61 tackles — 18 for losses — including a state-best 13.5 sacks as a senior. Named a High School Stat Star by MaxPreps after recording a three-sack game, one of two three-sack performances. Rated three-star prospect by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com. Ranked No. 12 overall prospect in Utah by ESPN.com.
Teams playing in the Sun Bowl in recent seasons often have brought long bowl droughts with them and left them at the border, and this year’s game between Miami and Washington State will continue the trend.
In his first season as a full-time starter, the 6-foot-10 Hawkinson was the only player in the Pac-12 to average a double-double — 14.7 points and 10.8 rebounds per game — in playing second fiddle to DaVonte Lacy.
PULLMAN — The luxury of looking ahead to the next opponent is not afforded to losers of the Apple Cup, and the Washington State Cougars and their fans must stew in the indignity of their 45-10 loss to Washington for at least another week.
A freshman making his first college start, Washington State quarterback Peyton Bender was playing as well as could be expected Friday afternoon. Midway through the third quarter of the Apple Cup, Bender had his team within two touchdowns of Washington at Husky Stadium.
Some of the biggest names in Washington Huskies football history returned to their alma mater earlier this week, asked by coach Chris Petersen to address his young team on the eve of Friday’s Apple Cup game against Washington State.