HOT COUGAR ACTION: Senior Day Links

It's senior day at Washington State with four players and three managers being honored prior to the 5 p.m. tip against Washington. Brian's ode to senior manager Neil Stover is a good place to start. Christian Caple also did a tremendous job with his senior spotlight series.

Senior spotlight: Marcus Capers

When Taylor called me and told me he was going to give me his scholarship, his exact quote was: 'I don’t necessarily know how you’re going to play here, but Tony and the coaching staff got a lot of confidence in you.

So if they do, I do.

Senior spotlight: Abe Lodwick and Charlie Enquist

Lodwick and Enquist still talk about the first time Enquist played in a game, against Idaho State as a redshirt freshman. The Cougars were up by about 25 points when Enquist was subbed in. WSU drew up a play for him to get it in the post.

He turned, threw up a wild jumper while being fouled, and banked it off the backboard straight through the hoop before turning and flexing his muscles toward WSU's bench.

Senior spotlight: Faisal Aden

The friendship between Faisal Aden and Neil Stover began with a broken key card.

Aden, a junior college transfer who came to WSU last season, always wanted to shoot late at night in the practice gym. But for some reason, his key card never worked. So instead of getting it fixed, he'd call up Neil Stover, the team's head manager, to come let him in.

Senior spotlight: Neil Stover

"I always knew him as the manager who would literally dive for a rebound," Enquist said this week, laughing. "If it was you and him shooting, he would sprint after that thing. He’d be sweating, out of breath, like who is this guy?"

Cougars Courtside 2/23 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

Men's Basketball

Senior Q&A: Abe Lodwick - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Each day leading up to the Cougars' final regular-season home game against Washington, an interview with a senior will be posted to this website. Friday's Q&A is with Abe Lodwick, a forward from Bend, Ore.

Interesting journey for WSU seniors - Spokesman.com - Feb. 24, 2012
PULLMAN – If it was difficult for guard Marcus Capers to fathom that he’d be the only member of his freshman class to play four full seasons of basketball at Washington State, imagine what it was like for forwards Charlie Enquist and Abe Lodwick.

Huskies have a shot to break Cougs’ zone | UW Huskies - The News Tribune
When the Washington Huskies bring the ball up the floor for their first possession of Saturday’s game against Washington State, they will likely see the Cougars drop into their 2-3 zone defense.

Football

Scout.com: Alex Hoffman-Ellis Profile
The NFL Combine, which features 300 college prospects considered likely candidates for the draft in April, commenced this week. No outgoing Washington State Cougars were invited.

Baseball

Cougars Sweep Twinbill to Open Home Season - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - A dozen Cougars collected a hit and Washington State swept Nebraska Omaha 13-4 and 12-6 in a nonconference baseball doubleheader, Friday.

Cougar Baseball Postgame (Feb. 24, 2012) (via WSUCougarAthletics)

Track

Scott-Ellis Wins Long Jump at MPSF Indoor Championships - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
SEATTLE -- Washington State University's Stephan Scott-Ellis won the men's long jump with a lifetime-best leap Friday at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships at the Dempsey Indoor Facility in Seattle.

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