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Top Ten Cougars for 2016

Counting down the best of WSU.

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Around this time last year I came up with a top ten list for Cougar football in honor of David Letterman’s retirement. Well, it’s time to go back to the well again. I once again must look in the crystal ball and pick who will end up being WSU’s top ten players for 2016. There were some definite hits (Gabe Marks and Destiny Vaeao) and misses (Charleston White at No.7) last year, but that’s all part of the fun of making predictions. Drum roll please…..

10. RB James Williams:

As good as our three-headed monster was at running back last year, I actually expect the red-shirt freshman to outshine them all this year. Based on what we saw in spring practice this is the most talented running back on the Cougar roster in a long time.

9. CB Darrien Molten:

The freshman All-American looks to be one of the premier cover guys in the Pac-12 next year.

8. WR River Cracraft:

One of the most productive receivers in school history looks poised for big year if he can stay injury-free.

7. C Riley Sorenson:

Anchor of the WSU line looks build on an already impressive career.

6. LB Peyton Pelluer:

Long-time starter will continue to be a stalwart sideline-to-sideline inside linebacker.

5. OT Cole Madison:

WSU’s most athletic lineman should continue to excel in the Air Raid and pick up some of those post-season honors left behind by Joe Dahl.

4. S Shalom Luani:

Hard-hitting junior college transfer solidified the Cougar secondary last season and should be one of the best safeties in the country.

3. DE Hercules Mata'afa

My prediction: Leads the Pac-12 in sacks and is All-American candidate.

2. WR Gabe Marks:


1. QB Luke Falk:


Who do you guys think will our top 10 players this year?


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