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Vaeao and Williams earned raves at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, and Dahl gets his shot this weekend.

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They didn't put up big numbers, but Dom Williams and Destiny Vaeao made an impact last weekend.

For some reason, Dom Williams didn't officially record any stats but he did have a catch. I swear he did. I saw it with my own eyes. It was a pretty good catch too, making a 22 yard grab despite being double covered. You can watch it for yourself here if you have a WatchESPN account. It happened with about 1:20 in the 3rd quarter. It's also listed in the play by play... Which makes it even weirder that it's not in the official book.

Meanwhile, Destiny Vaeao made his impact too. Although he only recorded one tackle and one fumble recovery, he was all over the field.

After the game, Pro Football Focus rated Vaeao as the top performer on the National team.

He had one stop in the run game but more importantly had one of the biggest plays of the game with the rare sack/forced fumble/fumble recovery triple-play. Vaeao has NFL potential and graded positively for the year both as a pass rusher and a run defender.

But the fun isn't over quite yet. Joe Dahl will take the field on Saturday in the Senior Bowl. He and the rest of the draft hopefuls had their official measurements taken today in Mobil, Alabama. Stephanie Loh wrote about  that information here.

We're not the only ones excited to see Dahl either. SB Nation's very own Seahawk blog talked about him in their Senior Bowl preview. On Dahl they said, "I mean, Joe Dahl y’all." I think that sums it up perfectly.

(There's more coverage than that, but that was most concise point. Just read the whole thing.)

The Senior Bowl kicks off this Saturday on the NFL Network.

Football

DE recruit Danny Bender flips from San Diego State to WSU Cougars | The Seattle Times
WSU Cougars get a commitment from Valhalla (El Cajon, Calif.) DE Danny Bender, who was previously committed to San Diego State

WSU Cougars links: Joe Dahl measured at Senior Bowl, Steve Gleason’s film well-received at Sundance | The Seattle Times
Joe Dahl participated in the official weigh in for the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. on Tuesday. Steve Gleason's documentary 'Gleason' was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival

Basketball

WSU Heads to Los Angeles to take on USC Thursday - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Cougars and Trojans tipoff at 7:30 p.m. at the Galen Center.

USC Begins Three-Game Homestand With Washington State - University of Southern California Official Athletic Site
The USC Trojans (15-5, 4-3) will host the Washington State Cougars (9-10, 1-6) at the Galen Center on Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. The game will air on the Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Los Angeles and Pac-12 Washington with Spero Dedes and Mike Montgomery calling the action. USCs 15-5 start is its best since beginning the 2006-07 season with the same record. That team started 15-6 through 21 games. The last team with a better 21-game record was the 2001-02 team which was 16-5.

Golf and Track

Men's Golf Ready to Take on Spring Season - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Cougars return to the green Jan. 29 for the first of seven spring tournaments.

Cougs Cross Cascades for UW Indoor T&F Invite - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Alex Simpson will be one of 65 WSU track and field competitors at the UW Invite this weekend.