What are Mike Leach and the players saying about Stanford?

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Press conference Monday brought a few moments of gold.

The Cougars are beginning preparations for Stanford, but before they hit the practice field, they first had to talk about the game.

Mike Leach, Jeremiah Laufasa, Gabe Marks, Darryl Monroe and Nolan Washington met the media on Monday. There was a lot of talk about Stanford, some questions about Idaho and of course the random tidbit or two. Leach discussing "slamming" muscle milk in the morning was among the highlights. My favorite answer came from Marks. When asked if he was in the zone, Marks talked about running his routes and doing what the coaches ask of him. He finished the answer by saying, "I got the ball and some stuff happened." Yes it did Gabe, yes it did.

Leach:

Laufasa:

Washington:

Monroe:

Marks:

Football:

Bill Moos will be holding a live chat on Seattle Times' website today at noon.

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Live chat with WSU athletic director Bill Moos | Cougars | The Seattle Times
Live chat with WSU athletic director Bill Moos

Pac-12 football Power Rankings: Week 4 - ESPN
6. Washington State: The Cougars' defense has been one of the season's biggest surprises, particularly the stout play of the front seven. That front seven will get a huge test in Seattle on Saturday against Stanford's offensive line.

Pac-12 football weekend rewind: Week 4 - ESPN

Defensive standout II: Sure, it came against woeful Idaho, but Washington State DT Xavier Cooper dominated inside. Of his five total tackles, 3.5 came for a loss, including 1.5 sacks. He was a key part of a surging defense that held the Vandals to 253 total yards. LB Darryl Monroe, who led the Cougars with 12 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss, also merits note.

WSU vs. Cal game time set for 1 p.m. - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 23, 2013

Washington State's game at California on Oct. 5 is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will air on FOX Sports 1. The Cougars play at 7 p.m. this week against Stanford.

Leach talks Stanford, other things - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 23, 2013

Mike Leach spoke with reporters for about 20 minutes today, using much of that time to preview this week's game against Stanford. Read on for a transcript.

Cougars focus on football - Spokesman.com - Sept. 23, 2013

With a game against No. 5 Stanford waiting this weekend, there can’t be anyone happier than Washington State cornerback and Seattle native Nolan Washington that this game is being played at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

Examining Week 5 Pac-12 football games - ESPN

No. 5 Stanford (3-0, 1-0) vs. Washington State (3-1, 1-0) 10 p.m. ESPN (CenturyLink Field, Seattle): Stanford leads the series 37-25-1, including a 24-17 victory last year.

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