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Big day for Cougars professional dreams

Today is Pro Day in the Palouse

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Today is the biggest opportunity for the most recent WSU senior class to show their skills before the upcoming NFL draft. That’s because WSU is hosting their Pro Day in Pullman today.  NFL scouts will descend on the campus to take a look at the best the Cougars have to offer. Recent combine invitees Shalom Luani and Gabe Marks will be participating along with other seniors such as Riley Sorenson, Eduardo Middleton and Robert Barber. Standout reciever River Cracraft is unfortunately not able to participate in running drills due to his knee injury. He will however do the bench press and meet with pro scouts.

Speaking of Barber he was able gain to some national recognition in the most recent issue of Sports Illustrated with the cutting edge pro preparation he is involved with. You can read the article here. He’ll finally be able to put that training to the test today.

Sorenson and Middleton are both accomplished Pac-12 lineman so a good showing here could really be a boost to their chances of getting drafted. Sorenson in particular, as he was recently ranked as draft expert Mel Kiper’s 10th best center.

Marks and Luani will try to continue their momentum from the combine. Marks ran a 4.56 40 and showed off his quickness and hands in receivers drills. Luani ran the fastest 60 yard shuttle time of all safeties in the draft.

The Pro day consists of the same type of workouts you see at the combine such as the 40 yard dash, three cone drill and bench press to name a few. The draft will be held April 27th-29th.

Football

Catching up with WSU’s River Cracraft, Riley Sorenson and Gabe Marks before the Cougars’ Pro Day | The Seattle Times
River Cracraft's comeback begins this Thursday, when he'll bench press for scouts at Pro Day. Meanwhile, Riley Sorenson has prepped for Pro Day while juggling his final classes, while Gabe Marks has opted to stand by his NFL Combine scores

Basketball

WSU’s Josh Hawkinson named Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year | | The Spokesman-Review
Washington State forward Josh Hawkinson was named the Pac-12’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men’s basketball, the conference announced Wednesday before the start of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament.