HOT COUGAR ACTION: Pac-12 Player Rankings

PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 8: Wide receiver Marquess Wilson #86 of the Washington State Cougars carries the ball against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on October 8, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Marquess Wilson might be No. 1 in our hearts, but he's not No. 1 in the Pac-12, or at least not according to Athlon Sports. They recently released their top 50 Pac-12 players for 2012 and Wilson checked in at No. 7.

Wilson is one of four WSU Cougars on the list with Travis Long coming in at No. 23, Jeff Tuel checking in at No. 26 and John Fullington rounding out the group at No. 37. While WSU's four may not compare to the 11 USC players ranked, it was actually good for the fifth most.

If we break it down a little further, Wilson checks in as the third best wide receiver, Tuel the third best quarterback. Long was the sixth best linebacker while Fullington was ranked as the fourth best offensive lineman.

Athlon's complete top 50 rankings can be found here.

Fall Camp

Too easy - Moscow-Pullman Daily News: Sports: washington state football, gabe marks, mike leach, marquess wilson,
Throughout fall camp, the buzz around one of Washington State’s receivers has grown to near-legendary heights and his list of accomplishments has already begun to sound like urban legend.

Day 12 includes an overtime refresher for WSU - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Aug. 14, 2012
Part of training camp under coach Mike Leach? A reminder of the rules. Tuesday, that meant an on-field run-down of college football overtime procedures, then a simulation of an overtime period. There were other highlights, too, so read on.

Raw: Mike Leach on QBs, RBs, defense, and sharks | KREM.com Spokane
Washington State head coach Mike Leach discusses the Cougs' quarterback competition, the play of the running backs, an overlooked defense, and the closest he's come to ending up on "Shark Week".

WSU Football: Mike Leach after practice Aug. 14 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

WSU Football: Teondray Caldwell after practice Aug. 14 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

WSU Football: Mike Breske after practice Aug. 14 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

Football

Pac-12 Player Rankings: The Top 50 Players for 2012 | AthlonSports.com
7. Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State

Cougars have interchangeable running backs | HeraldNet.com - Sports
PULLMAN -- One of the biggest misconceptions about head coach Mike Leach and his Air Raid offense is that the running backs aren't as involved because of how many passes are thrown.

Linebacker Eric Oertel has no regrets about leaving Wisconsin to play for Washington State | Bud Withers | The Seattle Times
PULLMAN — Let's see: Wisconsin or Washington State? One school goes to Rose Bowls, the other watches them on TV.

Washington State features depth at receiver - Spokesman.com - Aug. 14, 2012
PULLMAN – Bobby Ratliff made an observation after Monday’s practice, when he was finished catching fade routes from an assistant, which summarized how most view Washington State’s receiving corps.

Washington State: 3 guys who must shine for the Cougars in 2012 - CBSSports.com
In 10 years as a coach, Mike Leach has taken his team to a bowl game a perfect 10 times. If Leach wants to continue that streak, here are three players -- one each on offense, defense and special teams -- that Leach will need to see major production from.

In This Issue: The Resurrection of Mike Leach - MensJournal.com
Nearly three years ago, Mike Leach was left for dead.

Top 10: Best freshmen fantasy picks - CBSSports.com
5-Gabe Marks, Washington State, WR: The Air-Raid has come to Pullman. The Cougars already have one prolific wideout in Marques Wilson, but the ball is going up in the air A LOT more in 2012.

Basketball

Washington State’s Brock Motum excels during exhibition tour of his homeland | The Dagger: College Basketball Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Maybe it's that his team didn't get much TV exposure last year. Maybe it's that his game is more substance than style.

Ex-Duck Brett Kingma says he'll transfer to Washington State | Cougar Football | The Seattle Times
SPOKANE — Former Oregon guard Brett Kingma announced on his Twitter page Tuesday that he plans to transfer to Washington State to play basketball.

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