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Cougar Punter gets double recognition

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It’s safe to say that July 24, 2019, will be a day that Oscar Draguicevich III remembers. First, the Washington State Cougars punter was the only player from the team named preseason first team all-conference by the media members who cover the Pac-12. Later, he was named to the watch list for the Ray Guy Award, which is given to the nation’s best punter. The list included 26 names from across the country.

Draguicevich III averaged 45.7 yards per punt last season after transferring in from Temple Junior College. He also placed 15 punts inside the 20 yard line while being named all-Pac-12 honorable mention as a redshirt sophomore. He was given one of the 25 scholarships available for this year’s recruiting class over the off season for his exceptional work on the field.

Last year’s performance by Draguicevich was a revelation after Cougar fans were forced to watch three different punters alternate the previous year, including wide receiver Kyle Sweet. Now the special teams unit is complete as return man Travell Harris was named preseason all-Pac-12 honorable mention. Kicker Blake Mazza is solid as well.

Congrats to Mr. Draguicevich on his well-deserved recognition!

Football Media Day Links

Source: Running back signee Jamir Thomas an ‘extreme long shot’ to join Washington State this fall | The Spokesman-Review
According to a source close to the program, Jamir Thomas, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound running back from Massillon (Ohio) High is “an extreme long shot” to join the Cougars this fall because of academic eligibility concerns.

Washington State’s Jahad Woods savors meeting with former USC RB, fellow Helix alum Reggie Bush | The Spokesman-Review
Jahad Woods unexpectedly met one of his childhood idols, and a fellow Helix (San Diego) High School alum, Tuesday in Los Angeles, one day before the Washington State linebacker, offensive lineman Liam Ryan and coach Mike Leach represented the Cougars at Pac-12 Media Day.

Transcript: Washington State coach Mike Leach’s podium session at Pac-12 Media Day | The Spokesman-Review
Washington State coach Mike Leach held court for nearly 25 minutes Wednesday afternoon at Pac-12 Media Day. Here’s everything Leach said on the podium at the Hollywood & Highland Entertainment Center.

Washington State’s Oscar Draguicevich III earns spot on Ray Guy watch list | The Spokesman-Review
The redshirt junior, who’s heading into his second season as the Cougars’ punter, was named Wednesday to the Ray Guy Award watch list. Draguicevich III was one of 13 punters named to the list and one of just four from the Pac-12 Conference.

Punter Oscar Draguicevich III highlights Washington State crop named to preseason All-Pac-12 teams | The Spokesman-Review
Junior punter Oscar Draguicevich III carried the torch for Washington State players named to the Preseason Pac-12 All-Conference First Team, unveiled Wednesday in conjunction with the league’s annual Media Day held in Hollywood.

Media pegs Washington State for fourth-place finish in Pac-12 North | The Spokesman-Review
It could be another successful season for Mike Leach and Washington State, but the league’s media members don’t think the Cougars have the making of a Pac-12 North contender, picking them fourth in the conference preseason poll that was released Wednesday morning.

Pac-12 football media day notes: Title game to Las Vegas, changes to officiating procedure and more | The Seattle Times
Commissioner Larry Scott provided a barrage of news Wednesday during his state-of-the-conference address at Pac-12 football media day, with the future of the championship game atop the list.

REPORT: RB Jamir Thomas not expected to arrive at WSU after all
Both good and bad news has arrived for Wazzu running backs coach Eric Mele

The view on WSU hoss Liam Ryan's mullet at Pac-12 Media Day
Liam Ryan has outdone himself this Pac-12 Media Day, and then some. He could have said nothing at all, but still would have been the most vocal participant. Just take one

Mike Leach talks Cougars' culture-building at Pac-12 Media Day
THINGS AROUND THE Washington State football program look far different in year-eight of the Mike Leach era opposed to the first three years. A large part of that is due

Cougs land 3 players on Pac-12 preseason all-conference teams
The Pac-12 preseason all-conference teams are lacking crimson in 2019.

Voted on by the media who cover the conference, WSU had only three nominees among the first and second

Pac-12 commish Larry Scott gets some curveball Q's at Media Day
Of course Larry Scott was going to get a question about the Pac-12's revenues compared to other Power 5 conferences Wednesday morning, of course he was going to have to answer