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Daquawn Brown was rated as one of the most-impressive freshman in the Pac-12 while the look ahead to Oregon continues.

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There's been a lot of discussion about WSU's passing game this week. The WSU side of the discussion has focused on the struggles of Connor Halliday and how WSU will move forward. The Oregon side of things has been more on the challenge the Ducks will face going against a team who throws as much as the Cougars.

Andrew Greif of the Oregonian wrote an article on Wednesday which included quotes about WSU's offense from Mark Helfrich and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. The article also included this:

"Against Oregon State he was fine just chunking along, taking short-yardage gains and maybe taking a shot down the field once in a while and as soon as Oregon State got up, that's when the wheels kind of fell off," said Brian Anderson, a contributor to the WSU blog Cougcenter.com, which has detailed Halliday's season in detail. "They were ‘what are you thinking?' kind of balls."

The good news for all of us is even though he's Internet famous and all now, Brian is still going to continue to write awesome things ... you know in between all of his interviews.

Football:

Tackling adversity high on WSU's to-do list - Spokesman.com - Oct. 16, 2013
Responding to adversity is an issue for the Washington State football team. The losses to Stanford and Oregon State were made worse by the manner in which both games got out of hand so quickly.

Jason says: WSU will be competitive with Ducks, but only in stretches
Sometimes we reporters have to see things to believe them. Rather than jump on the Oregon bandwagon, like giddy fans and Duck-friendly media, I needed to see some things from the 2013 team to anoint them national championship contenders. Who wouldn't wait to make such judgment?

Rising stars: Top 10 true freshmen in the Pac-12 | Lindy's Sports
7. Daquawn Brown, Washington State, CB. The Cougars are improving under second-year coach Mike Leach, and Brown has part of the upgrade on defense, making 35 tackles and intercepting two passes. When WSU upset USC 10-7 early in the season, Brown made 11 stops.

Final Football Operations Building Beam In Place - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The ceremonial "topping out" of the new Football Operations Building took place Tuesday afternoon as the final beam was placed on the structure.

Basketball:

Cougar Basketball To Host Doubleheader in Tri-Cities - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
he Washington State men’s and women’s basketball teams will host a doubleheader Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Wash.