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Dominant running performance against Idaho leads to national accolades for linemen

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The Cougars had one of their most balanced offensive performances of the Mike Leach era on Saturday. The Cougar rushed for 228 yards and passed for 281. Running back James Williams paced the attack with 126 yards. A national website has taken notice of the performance and has decided to give credit to those who normally don’t see a lot of publicity.

Of course, we are talking about the offensive line, always the most underrated unit of any football team. Pro Football Focus singled two Cougar lineman in particular this week for their efforts on their college football team of the week.

Sophomore offensive tackle Andre Dillard graded out second highest at offensive tackle in the country. He only allowed one pressure the entire game and graded out well in run blocking as well. He certainly is proving to be a worthy replacement for All-Conference left tackle Joe Dahl who is now with the Detroit Lions. Offensive guard Cody O’Connell also graded out extremely well in PFF’s system. This is the second week in a row he has graded out as one of the top performing guards in the Pac-12. The 6-foot-8 344 pound behemoth is proving to be an absolute steal as a recruit out of Wenatchee. These two lightly recruited sophomores should make WSU’s offensive line formidable for years to come. Great job by the coaching staff to see the developmental potential in both of them.

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