Archive for June, 2005

Secondary already in trouble?? Plus depth chart and another shot and video of new WSU uni’s

June 30, 2005

It’s still just June, but the Cougs secondary will probably be without a player who many thought would be the full-time starter at one corner. Senior-to-be Tyrone Brackenridge will more than likely miss the 2005 season, per Seems he has academic issues that are yet to be resolved, and most likely won’t be for 2005. Too bad. A thin position gets thinner. But, there’s always a bright side, maybe a youngster will rise up and grab the position? Brackenridge didn’t exactly win the job outright, he was neck and neck with Wally Dada for the job, so at least they have someone else ready to go. Check out the story below, followed by the FIRST DEPTH CHART OF 2005, and one more screen of the Cougs new uniforms, again courtesy of EA Sports:

THE PADS DON’T go on for another five weeks, but Washington State’s defense looks to have taken a big hit at a position where depth already is a concern. Tyron Brackenridge, who came out of spring ball in a dead heat with Omowale Dada for the starting spot at left corner, doesn’t appear likely to meet NCAA eligibility requirements for 2005, according to WSU Associate Athletic Director Rod Commons.

Brackenridge is in school and can practice with the team, but the chances of him suiting up for games in 2005 are slim, Commons said.Brackenridge (5-11, 185) came to WSU a year ago after two stellar years at Chaffey Junior College. He saw limited action on the Cougar defense in 2004, but excelled on kickoff returns, leading the Cougars with 14 for 311 yards.His absence in 2005 puts Dada (5-11, 198) in the driver’s seat for the starting line up, with Don Turner (6-0, 183), the junior from Spokane, slated at the backup role on the left side.Right corner is expected to held down by senior Alex Teems, a starter in 2004. His backup is slated to be second-year freshman Ian Bell, though his status could be a bit uncertain following an ankle injury during spring workouts.Ryan Kensok, a walk-on from Spokane, is the only other bonafide returning corner on the roster, thus putting a newfound spotlight on incoming cornerback recruits Shelton Danzy of Seattle and James Bradley of Garland, Texas.Danzy (5-10, 182), from Rainier Beach High, was rated one of the nation’s top 40 cornerback prospects in the class of 2005. He starred on both sides of the ball, but made a lasting mark on defense, where he tallied 88 tackles (63 solo) including 8 sacks and 12 tackles-for-loss. Had also had four INTs and four fumble recoveries, one of which he returned 80 yards for a TD.Bradley (5 9 1/2, 170) has great hips and a very quick first step. At South Garland High last season he had 58 tackles, five INTs, eight pass break-ups, two fumble recoveries and remarkable seven blocked field goals/PATs.

IN ADDITION, multi-talented newcomers Lorenzo Bursey (5-9, 170) and Brandon Gibson (6-1, 190), both targeted for receiver, have been mentioned by head coach Bill Doba as having the skills to play corner. Bursey is a junior college transfer and Gibson comes to Pullman from Puyallup’s Rogers High.Another incoming corner is Nehemiah Mundy of Culver City, Calif., though the plan is to grayshirt him in 2005.Bursey is a particularly intriguing part of the equation. With a 4.4 time in the 40 and the ability to make wicked cuts at virtually top speed, he was a star running back at kick returner at West Los Angeles College, but in high school he also excelled at corner. By enrolling in summer classes at Washington State, he has been able to join the team for the summer’s voluntary workouts. Bursey has three years to play three at WSU.

THE 2005 PRESEASON DEPTH CHART is fresh off the press of the WSU Sports Information Department. Among the many items of note, one stands out — and it speaks both to certain pressing needs, especially on defense, and to the caliber of the Cougars’ newest class of recruits. Indeed, seven members of the incoming class are listed on the three-deep roster.
You might have to go back to 1991 and the rookie season of so many who would form the legendary Palouse Posse to find that much youth in an early season depth chart. Alas, few of this year’s vintage appear slated for the starting line up like Singor Mobley, Torey Hunter & Co. were way back when. But there’s little doubt this class will make its presence known sooner rather than later.Ironically, one of the newcomers highest on the list carries the same name as one of the greatest members of the Posse: DeWayne Patterson. Like the original Patterson, the modern-day edition hails from the Bay Area. But he’s 6-2, 195 and plays safety, not defensive end.Patterson comes to Pullman from the JC ranks, where he built a reputation as a big hitter.

In the Cougars’ newest depth chart he’s slotted in at No. 2 strong safety behind returning junior Eric Frampton. Patterson, out of Chaffey College in Oakland, will have three years to play two for the Cougs, having grayshirted at Chaffey. He told CF.C he’s wrapping up his AA degree, with graduation a month from now. He plans to arrive in Pullman on August 1. Until then, Patterson’s been staying in touch with defensive coordinator Robb Akey and future teammates.”I call coach Akey pretty much every week,” said Patterson. “And I talk to a few players up there to see what’s going on, like Tyron Brackenridge, my former junior college teammate.”Six other incoming players are penned in at No. 3 spots on the depth chart.At center is Gig Harbor’s Kenny Alfred (6-3, 285), arguably the state’s top offensive line prospect last season. He’s participating in the East-West All-Star game this weekend in Spokane. Described as “monstrous,” Alfred sports a size 18 shoe.JC transfer Derek Hunter (6-4, 185) out of Fullerton College cracked the three-deep at right tackle. He was a full qualifier out of high school, and has four to play three at WSU.Checking in at slotback is the multi-dimensional Lorenzo Bursey (5-8, 175) out of West LA College, who will have three to play three. Bursey is already in Pullman taking classes and participating in voluntary summer workouts.On defense, Cory Evans (6-2, 215) checks in at weakside linebacker behind Alex Hamill and starter Steve Dildine. Evans prepped at Northwood High in Lena, a tiny town in central Louisiana. He has a reputation as a crushing hitter.

At strong safety is Xavier Hicks (6-0, 185), the do-everything player out of Orange County and the nephew of former Cougar running back Kevin Hicks. He’s also a star in the classroom, sporting a 3.83 GPA.Michael Willis is listed as No. 3 at free safety. The phenomenal athlete and fearsome hitter is enrolled in classes at WSU and has been turning heads out on the Palouse during the Cougs’ voluntary workouts.Here’s the complete depth chart:



SE 83 ** [11] JASON HILL (6-2, 208, Jr.)
19 * [0] Greg Prator (6-1, 214, Sr.)
15 [0] Benny Ward (6-4, 184, Fr.)

LT 70 * [9] BOBBY BYRD (6-7, 314, #So.)
71 * [0] Spencer Hollison (6-6, 305, #Jr.)

LG 73 ** [0] SEAN O’CONNOR (6-5, 287, #Jr.)
60 [0] Dan Rowlands (6-5, 283, #Fr.)

C 66 ***[11] NICK MIHLHAUSER (6-3, 292, Sr.)
61 * [0] Josh Duin (6-3, 311, #Jr.)
69 [0] Kenny Alfred (6-3, 285, Fr.)

RG 76 ** [7] NORVELL HOLMES (6-2, 297, #Sr.)
78 ** [0] Riley Fitt-Chappell (6-7, 316, #Sr.)

RT 55 ** [1] CHARLES HARRIS (6-6, 308, #Jr.)
72 [0] Andy Roof (6-3, 316, #Fr.)
72 [0] Derek Hunter (6-4, 285, So.)

TE 81 ***[9] TROY BIENEMANN (6-5, 252, Sr.)
80 ** [0] Cody Boyd (6-8, 257, #Jr.)
47 ** [2] Jesse Taylor (6-3, 240, #Jr.)

SB 5 * [7] MICHAEL BUMPUS (5-11, 186, So.)
6 ***[4] Marty Martin (5-11, 187, #Sr.)
3 [0] Lorenzo Bursey (5-8, 175, So.)

QB 9 ** [6] JOSH SWOGGER (6-5, 254, #Jr.)
10 * [5] ALEX BRINK (6-2, 202, #So.)
17 [0] Gary Rogers (6-5, 241, #Fr.)

RB 1 * [5] JEROME HARRISON (5-10, 200, Sr.)
41 * [0] Jed Collins (6-2, 247, So.)

FL 2 ** [10] CHRIS JORDAN (6-1, 210, #Jr.) INJ
88 *** [1] Trandon Harvey (5-11, 195, #Sr.)
84 [0] Scott Selby (6-5, 229, #Fr.)

PAT 27 * [11] LOREN LANGLEY (5-8, 150, So.)
18 ** [0] Graham Siderius (6-1, 210, #Sr.)


WE 94 ** [11] MKRISTO BRUCE (6-6, 250, #Jr.)
97 [0] Jason Roberts (6-3, 241, #Fr.)

LT 40 * [7] AARON JOHNSON (6-6, 310, #So.)
79 [0] Bryan Olson (6-4, 277, #Sr.)

RT 75 * [4] ROPATI PITOITUA (6-8, 300, So.)
19 ** [2] Odell Howard (6-3, 292, #Jr.)

SE 13 ***[11] ADAM BRAIDWOOD (6-5, 267, Sr.)
82 *** [0] Adam West (6-6, 259, #Sr.)
58 * [0] Matt Mullennix (6-5, 256, #So.)

SLB 42 ** [10] SCOTT DAVIS (5-10, 228, #Jr.)
57 [0] Steffan Blume (6-1, 218, #Fr.)

MLB 51 ***[11] WILL DERTING (6-0, 235, #Sr.)
43 ** [0] Brian Hall (6-2, 242, #Jr.)
8 ** [0] Chris Baltzer (6-2, 228, Jr.)

WLB 49 ** [4] STEVE DILDINE (6-1, 229, #Jr.)
44 [0] Alex Hamill (5-10, 209, #Fr.)
38 [0] Cory Evans (6-2, 215, Fr.)

LCB 4 ** [0] WALLY DADA (5-11, 198, Sr.)
25 ** [0] Don Turner (6-0, 183, #Jr.)

SS 37 ** [0] ERIC FRAMPTON (5-11, 208, #Jr.)
30 [0] DeWayne Patterson (6-2, 195, Jr.)
26 [0] Xavier Hicks Jr. (6-0, 185, Fr.)

FS 23 * [0] HUSAIN ABDULLAH (6-0, 189, #So.)
24 [0] Christian Bass (6-2, 212, #So.)
22 [0] Michael Willis (6-3, 205, Fr.)

RCB 21 ** [10] ALEX TEEMS (5-11, 195, #Sr.)
29 [0] Ian Bell (5-9, 184, #Fr.)

P 8 ***[11] KYLE BASLER (6-3, 238, #Sr.)
18 ** [0] Graham Siderius (6-1, 210, #Sr.)


KO: 18 Graham Siderius (6-2, 210, #Sr.)

FIELD GOALS: 27 Loren Langley (5-8, 150, So.)
18 Graham Siderius (6-2, 210, #Sr.)

LONG SNAPS: 81 Troy Bienemann (6-5, 252, Sr.)
82 Adam West (6-6, 259, #Sr.)

HOLDER: 8 Kyle Basler (6-3, 238, #Sr.)
10 Alex Brink (6-2, 202, #So.)

P-RETURNS: 5 Michael Bumpus (5-11, 186, So.)
1 Jerome Harrison (5-10, 200, Sr.)

KO-RETURN: 1 Jerome Harrison (5-10, 200, Sr.)
29 Ian Bell (5-9, 184, #Fr.)

Offense – Troy Bienemann, Jerome Harrison
Defense – Will Derting
Special Teams – Kyle Basler

[ ] = Number of 2004 starts; not always at same position.

* = Varsity letters earned

# = Has redshirted

New uniform in action:

Eric Frampton, senior starting safety, in NCAA Football 2006.

Game video in action, as Jerome Harrison takes on to the house against the Dawgs (right-click, save as… to see the video:):

Late signee Mundy makes it! Plus new Mkristo Diary week 3

June 29, 2005

Great news regarding a late signee, Nehemiah Mundy. He was an under the radar type kid, who verballed to USC in 2003 but then didn’t make it via low SAT scores. He sat out last year, and then instead of trying again to go to USC, he declared himself available to go anywhere. Kelly Skipper quickly got on him, and he gave a commitment in March of this year, a month after signing day. He’s a big, fast DB and the fact USC wanted him says a lot, don’t you think? Anyway, a huge thing was that he’s one of the best friends of Michael Bumpus, his former teammate from Culver City High. Read on:

THE COLLEGE PLANS of incoming Cougar Nehemiah Mundy just got a whole lot clearer. The defensive back had been working with a tutor “and studying like crazy” in anticipation of the SAT.

He got the results back less than 24 hours ago.
Mundy (6-1, 170) signed with Washington State in March of this year, with the thought the cornerback would likely grayshirt. A delayed enrollment still looks to be the plan, but Mundy has passed the SAT and will be donning the crimson and gray, be it in August or in January.The lockdown cornerback got in touch with CF.C moments after he’d talked with coach Kelly Skipper to relay the good news.

“I’m ecstatic, I don’t know what to do with myself,” Mundy said. “(Skipper) said that it was great, but I’ll probably grayshirt because I sat out last year and he just wants me to be ready coming in.”Another reason could be the incoming Cougs who signed with Washington State in February are looking to be on track academically. The delayed enrollment for January would also allow Mundy to partake in the Cougs’ spring sessions, and an early acclimation period with the semester of college coursework.

MUNDY HAILS FROM Culver City, Calif., the same Southern California town where WSU mined gold a year ago with wide receiver Michael Bumpus. Seniors on the 2003 Culver City High team, the pair nearly became Trojans last year with each receiving an offer from USC, but Bumpus chose WSU and academic hurdles prevented Mundy from signing.The day before when Mundy didn’t yet know he’d achieved a qualifying score, he said he was working his tail off, both academically and physically.”I’m working out every day,” he said. “That’s my plan for the next few months, so right now I have a private tutor and I’m studying like crazy.”Mundy, last timed in the 40 at 4.46, had 80 tackles his senior year, with 10 pass breakups and 2 INTs.”Nehemiah is very quick, he has very good speed,” said Culver City head man Tom Salter. “He was being recruited by all the Pac-10 schools.”This March, Bumpus and Skipper were both key in luring Mundy to Washington State.

Notes:Some of the Cougs who have benefited from a grayshirt year include Josh Swogger, Troy Bienemann and Charles Harris.

MKRISTO’s Week 3 Diary:

By MKRISTO BRUCE WSU Defensive EndDate: Jun 28, 2005

PULLMAN — I say it again! The Coug fans ask and they shall receive!

Here I am again, with the third entry in the diary of Mkristo Bruce. I logged on and read a few of the postings on and I really appreciate the enthusiasm and support from all of you Coug fans!
The main thing I love about WSU is that there’s no better fan in the world than a Coug Fan. I have been all over the United States, and it’s the funniest thing — I’ve run into rambunctious Coug fans every trip. It’s just so beautiful.As we start to get further into the summer, the workouts become more and more challenging. You can feel the intensity level increasing, and the players becoming more and more focused.TO ANSWER a few questions out there on the CF.C message boards, I would like to say “Yes!” to nearly all of them. Yes, each player buys into the program. Yes, each player holds himself accountable for being bigger, faster, and stronger. Yes, we have outstanding leadership from the seniors, and finally, Yes, we can’t wait to get back on the field.There was also a question about the Cougs’ confidence level after a losing season. For a long time after the season, I was upset, hurt and disappointed. But after talking with a few of the players, I took the positives from the season and ran with them.Just think about this — we had young players out there doing some amazing things on the field. We were all learning together as a team. We took a lot of young guys who had never started a Pac-10 game, nor played beside many of their teammates. We took these guys and we won games — not enough games, but we won. But the main thing was we were all gaining experience.For me, to come out and say I wasn’t nervous at the beginning wouldn’t be true. My first start at New Mexico, I was a complete and utter mess of nerves and apprehension. But now, with that year under our belts, we’re all really coming together as a team. We work harder, run harder, and play harder.WHICH PLAYERS ARE the strongest in the weight room? All I can say is that its pretty hard to beat (Scott) Davis, (Steve) Dildine and (Adam) Braidwood.Picture three bodybuilder types, men who idolized Arnold Schwarzenegger and have as their motto, “Increase the weights”. I know, I know. It sounds a little crazy but these guys really INCREASE THE WEIGHTS! Sometimes I think these three live in a little apartment in the back of the weight room.Players consistently stop for a moment to gather ‘round and watch what crazy amounts of weight they’ll push around.If you have questions, post them on the CF.C message boards and I’ll do my best to answer as many as I can but before I go, I’ll leave you with an update on one other player. Husain Abdullah is following in the footsteps of his brother, Hamza Abdullah, also a safety and a guy who was most definitely heard ’round the weight room and practice field during his time at WSU.Husain’s been an outstanding leader during these workouts. He leads the lines and encourages all of the players to be the best they can be. I’ve had the opportunity to be in the huddle with Husain and I know he will be a HUGE part of our defense next year.Because, Coug fans, we all know that DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!Mkristo, No. 94

Summer camp update, plus NW/West 100 prospects

June 28, 2005

Good stuff starting to filter out from WSU’s high school summer camp.

1) The QB MVP was a kid named Cody Kempt. He looks to have nice size and good speed and athleticism at the QB position. Some things I’ve read about him in the last 2 days:
“I watched his vid clips, and he looks pretty good . I noticed in the clips that he plays almost exclusively out of the shotgun and is always throwing the ball on a roll-out.His release is extremely efficient and quick and his throwing motion is effortless. Great touch on his ball. “

Chris Fetters, editor-in-chief for

“I honestly think Cody is the second-coming of Mark Brunell, have for a while. He got good size, speed and a nice release. People sure are enamored with Kevin Riley, the top QB prospect in the NW from Oregon…and they should be. But Cody is bigger and faster and is more of a threat on the run. Kevin has a much bigger arm and is more accurate as a rule. He’s also a coach’s son, which helps. I really don’t know why Cody only has two offers at this point. Probably because of the system he plays in. He doens’t really throw from the pocket and is always in the shotgun, so maybe coaches are finding it hard to really evaluate him.He’s going to Colorado and Colorado State this week, so we’ll see if they jump on the Kempt bandwagon. “

More on camp:

WASHINGTON STATE’S FOUR-DAY youth football summer camp concluded Saturday with a pair of in-state standouts — Spokane’s Andy Mattingly and Tacoma’s Grady Maxwell — earning themselves scholarship offers. That was the highlight of a week of sterling performances and top-notch instruction.

Andy Mattingly took home the defensive backs MVP award, but Washington State sees him at tight end and outside linebacker. The 6-3.5, 220-pound Mattingly said he had a great time, in part because of what happened after the camp ended.”They offered me,” said Mattingly, who hails from Spokane’s Mead High.He remains open to all schools, but says “WSU is definitely my leader.” He added, “I’ve always wanted to play Pac-10 and I’ve always wanted to play there.”Mattingly shined in a number of drills and was able to spend some quality time with all of the Washington State staff.”I talked to every single coach and I liked them all — there’s not one there that I don’t like,” he said.Mattingly came to the camp on the heels of a one-day turn at Oregon. In addition to the Cougs, he holds offers from Boise State and Idaho. Last season he posted 90 tackles (66 solo), grabbed two INTs, caught 30 passes for 401 yards and scored 4 TDs.

WSU AND GRADY MAXWELL took a step toward adding another link to the Curtis Connection, the legendary pipeline of football talent (Levenseller, Mobley, Hunter, Pointer and more) flowing to Pullman from Tacoma’s Curtis High.Maxwell (6-2, 315) was in Pullman for just one day, but two stellar practice sessions provided all the impetus for the coaching staff to offer him.Per NCAA rules, a prospect has to leave campus before a school can offer. After Maxwell had done that, coach Bill Doba gave him the good news.”He talked about camp for awhile and then he said ‘Young man, you’ve got yourself a scholarship,'” said Maxwell.Maxwell wasn’t there long enough to have an opportunity to take home any camp awards, but the offensive lineman’s first scholarship offer was a bit more important to him.”I only came for one day but I think I walked out of there with something way better than an award,” Maxwell said with a laugh.Maxwell commented the WSU camp was highly instructional, covered a lot of different game type situations and afforded him the opportunity to spend time with OL coach George Yarno and the Cougar coaching staff.”I got a chance to meet coach Yarno and talk to him,” said Maxwell. “He’s a real nice guy, I like him a lot. I got to talk to basically the whole coaching staff.”Maxwell said he isn’t in a rush to make a decision.”I don’t have any kind of timetable,” he said. “If that’s where I feel I want to be at, and that’s the right place for me to be, then I’ll commit whenever that is.”

Notes:Mattingly becomes the second player from Mead to receive an offer, along with RB Skylar Jessen.Maxwell’s cousin is Marcus Trufant. Part of a very close extended family, Trufant spends much of his free time with Maxwell. The lineman says Trufant’s helped him immeasurably both on and off the field, regularly calling to check on how he’s doing in the classroom and on the field and attending as many of Curtis’ games as his schedule allows.Maxwell’s prep coach is the legendary Bob Lucey, who says Maxwell ranks up there with the best offensive linemen he’s coached in his nearly three decades at Curtis. “He is a load,” Lucey told earlier this year. “And he is just a great human being. He has great presence, leadership and he is a great competitor.”Some of the notable Curtis alumni who have suited up for the crimson and gray include: Torey Hunter, C.J. Davis, Virgil Williams, Singor Mobley, Deron Pointer and Mike Levenseller. Research is ongoing but Levenseller appears to still hold the SPSL season record with 16 interceptions. Levy’s brother, Steve Levenseller, is an assistant coach at Curtis. Carlton Coard (5-11, 185), senior-to-be wide receiver for Washington State, also did his prep turn at Curtis.

THE NW 100:

Steve Schilling
Bellevue (Wash.) Bellevue

Jake Locker
Ferndale (Wash.) Ferndale

Taylor Mays
Seattle (Wash.) O’Dea

Cameron Elisara
Spokane (Wash.) Ferris

Micah Kia
Mililani (Hawaii) Mililani

Kevin Riley
Beaverton (Ore.) Beaverton

Gabe Miller
Lake Oswego (Ore.) Lake Oswego

Brandon Jones
Seattle (Wash.) O’Dea

Cody Hawkins
Boise (Idaho) Bishop Kelly

Skylar Jessen
Spokane (Wash.) Mead

(WSU is a favorite here)

Ryan Tolar
Pasco (Wash.) Pasco

Cody Habben
Issaquah (Wash.) Skyline

Keith Rosenberg
Bellevue (Wash.) Bellevue

Washington State

Whitley Fehoko
Aiea (Hawaii) Farrington

Andy Mattingly
Spokane (Wash.) Mead

Joe Halahuni
Orting (Wash.) Orting

Alex Linnenkohl
Olympia (Wash.) Capital

Jason Brace
Spanaway (Wash.) Spanaway Lake

Anthony McQueen
Bellevue (Wash.) Bellevue

Cody Kempt
Portland (Ore.) Westview

Drew Savage
Great Falls (Mont.) CM Russell

Mau Nomani
Tigard (Ore.) Tigard

Papapa Nicholas-Silvira
Kenai (Alaska) Kenai Central

Dylan Rush
Kealakekua (Hawaii) Konawaena

Marcus Rance
Yakima (Wash.) A.C. Davis

Mana Lolotai
Kahuku (Hawaii) Kamehameha

Kapono Rawlings-Crivello
Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha

Bo Thran
Gresham (Ore.) Barlow

Johnny Vaigafa
Medford (Ore.) North Medford

Mondala Green
Seattle (Wash.) Ingraham

Will Kanongata’a
Bellevue (Wash.) Bellevue

Ramsey Feagai
Honolulu (Hawaii) Radford

Chris Bush
Puyallup (Wash.) Rogers

Jake Fetzer
Beaverton (Ore.) Beaverton

Grady Maxwell
Tacoma (Wash.) Curtis

Jake Merrill
Gig Harbor (Wash.) Gig Harbor

Myron Beck
Seattle (Wash.) Ingraham

Jeffrey Solomon
Seattle (Wash.) Ingraham

Cody Clark
Central Point (Ore.) Crater

Jeff Jack
Royal City (Wash.) Royal

Vuni Funaki
Honolulu (Hawaii) McKinley

Siufaga Taufi
Anchorage (Alaska) West

Ethen Robinson
Spokane (Wash.) Lewis and Clark

Sione Liufau
Honolulu (Hawaii) McKinley

Kawika Shook
Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha

Brad Kidd
Salem (Ore.) Sprague

Suaesi Tuimaunei
Kahuku (Hawaii) Kahuku

Daniel Barkley
Lakewood (Wash.) Clover Park

Jacob Kahawaii
Laie (Hawaii) Kahuku

Mark Desin
Billings (Mont.) Senior

Russell Wantowski
Honolulu (Hawaii) Radford

Donald Phipps
Pocatello (Idaho) Highland

Kamuela Alisa
Laie (Hawaii) Kahuku

Ryan Burciaga
Honolulu (Hawaii) Radford

Patrick Stoudamire, Jr.
Gresham (Ore.) Centennial

Quinton Tang
Honolulu (Hawaii) Moanalua

Peni Fiu’angaihetau
Lahaina (Hawaii) Lahainaluna

Kamalu Umu
Kapaa (Hawaii) Saint Louis

Brendon Waiters
Tacoma (Wash.) Curtis

Brandon Carrier
Meridian (Idaho) Meridian

Adam Kravitz
Olympia (Wash.) Olympia

Paul Salunga
Anchorage (Alaska) West

Eddie Williams
Honolulu (Hawaii) Damien

Jared Silva
Honolulu (Hawaii) Saint Louis

Andrew Gonzales
Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic

Kiran Kepo’o
Honolulu (Hawaii) Iolani

Michael Andrews
Kailua (Hawaii) Kalaheo

Jeff Kintner
Wenatchee (Wash.) Wenatchee

George Huntzicker
Beaverton (Ore.) Southridge

Kyley McCrae
Keizer (Ore.) McNary

Jordan Rasmussen
Tacoma (Wash.) Curtis

Rebel Hall
Mukilteo (Wash.) Kamiak

Mikel Camus
Olympia (Wash.) Capital

Caleb Schlauderaff
Shelton (Wash.) Shelton

Paul Senescall
Spokane (Wash.) Mead

Gary Cole
Gig Harbor (Wash.) Gig Harbor

Bennie Dixon
Milwaukie (Ore.) Milwaukie

Keo Camat
Portland (Ore.) Jesuit

Brody Miller
Twin Falls (Idaho) Twin Falls

Brennan Sim
Portland (Ore.) Sunset

Vaovasa Kuresa
Honolulu (Hawaii) Radford

Kyle Efaw
Boise (Idaho) Capital

John Vincent
Sherwood (Ore.) Sherwood

Sam Timothy
Milwaukie (Ore.) Clackamas

Jason Harris
Issaquah (Wash.) Skyline

Niko Wacker
Bothell (Wash.) Bothell

Mekonnen Anebo
Lacey (Wash.) Timberline

Adryan Allen
Salem (Ore.) North Salem

Ian McCreary
Portland (Ore.) Grant

Justin Leonard
Woodland (Wash.) Woodland

Joe Iosefa
Wahiawa (Hawaii) Leilehua

Morgan Heard
Roseburg (Ore.) Roseburg

Caleb Barsh
Puyallup (Wash.) Puyallup

Tim Palmer
Marsh Valley (Idaho) Marsh Valley

Chris Freeburg
Bothell (Wash.) Bothell

Scott Lang
Tigard (Ore.) Tigard

Lauton Atisanoe
Kailua (Hawaii) Kailua

Sam Doman
Canby (Ore.) Canby

Anthony Le
Lacey (Wash.) Timberline

Spencer Towne
Kennewick (Wash.) Southridge

Lots of updates 6/24 – plus Arnold wants to blow up the moon?

June 24, 2005

I figure since the season is approaching, might as well start updating again. Lots of stuff to get to, so this will be one long post!

Some interesting stuff about some real future stars, from Mkristo Bruce and his Cougfan diary. Mrkisto, by the way, has had some recent news:

Mkristo Bruce has been named to the watch list for the 2005 Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, Washington State announced on Thursday.Named for Ted Hendricks, three-time All-American and NFL Hall Of Famer, the award is based on several criteria including on-field performance, leadership abilities, and contributions to school and community. Bruce, a redshirt junior, is one of 24 players on the preseason watch list.Last year, Bruce (6-6, 255) was selected to attend an NCAA development conference for student-athletes with strong leadership abilities.

“One young player I simply cannot wait to see take the field is Michael Willis. He’s a big guy with great speed — he can really move. I don’t know that some of the Pac-10 veterans I’ve seen can do the things he does. Already in skelly, he’s doing stuff that’s far from ordinary.So I say — Where there’s a Willis, there’s a way!”

“The next guy is Jason Roberts, whom Adam Braidwood and me have taken under our wings. Jason is an extremely aggressive player who will be a future star at WSU and I can’t wait to see him get on the field.Another kid I really see maturing is the “Catching Samoan”, Anthony Thompson. At first Tony was shy and rough around the edges, and I whipped him around the field for a little while. Then one day Tony blocked me, and he blocked me really good. Ever since that day, I noticed a complete change. He’s lifting, running, and working ten times harder to be the best.These are some of the new guys to look out for in Cougar football.”

premium stuff:

Washington State announced on Tuesday senior linebacker Will Derting has been named to yet another prestigious preseason watch list, this time for the 2005 Chuck Bednarik Award.The WSU wrecking ball was named earlier this year to the 2005 Lombardi Award and Lott Trophy watch lists.Named for Chuck “Concrete Charley” Bednarik, a Philadelphia Eagles great and college and pro football hall of famer, the award is presented to the college defensive player of the year. The award is voted on by NCAA head college football coaches, members of the Maxwell Football Club and sportswriters and sportscasters from across the country. Derting (6-0, 228-pounds) is one of 50 players on the 2005 Bednarik Award watch list, joining fellow Pac-10 standouts Spencer Havner of UCLA and Darnell Bing of USC.

2005 summer camp is under way:

IF PAST IS PROLOGUE, WSU will come out of its annual summer camp that begins today with a verbal commitment or three — if not at the conclusion of the sessions, then shortly thereafter. The camp for kids and high schoolers has been a boon to Cougar recruiting over the years. Brandon Gibson wasn’t expected to garner an offer a year ago, but his camp work — like unheralded Will Derting and Pat Bennett before him — was so explosive that he was offered and accepted, a scholarship at camp’s end.

BACK IN 2000, Okanogan coach Denny Neely was trying to get the Huskies to take a look at Derting. Hitting a brick wall, he asked coach Bill Doba at a football clinic near Sea-Tac to take a look at Derting’s tape. Doba almost made the same mistake as his cross state rival, instead telling Neely to send the tape on the linebacker to the WSU coach who handled eastern Washington.”We didn’t know about him either,” Doba said of Derting during a season press conference last season.Fortunately for the Cougs, the tape didn’t lay on a shelf gathering dust and Derting was invited to camp. WSU coaches got a chance to see the talent live and in person, and that was all it took. Derting immediately accepted the full ride when it was offered after the camp had come to a close.Per NCAA rules, during summer camps, a recruit has to leave campus before a school can offer.

AT THE SAME camp, Bennett emerged. Coming from a 2A school, the Forks, Wash., native had yet to have his breakout senior campaign, and running back was where he garnered most of his acclaim but the Cougs saw him as a linebacker from Day One.WSU put him on defense on the same side as Derting and the pair tore it up. It was Bennett’s second WSU camp and feeling a special connection with Doba, he knew Pullman was the place for him. After camp, Doba and the WSU coaches knew it too, and the offer was made.Shortly thereafter, in the second week of July, Bennett became a Coug.

AT LAST YEAR’S camp, Gibson caught everything near him on his way to taking home co-MVP honors. Already in the Cougar fold, Shelton Danzy and Arkelon Hall watched appreciatively during the sessions, until they started to urgently look around for a Cougar coach they could talk to about getting the wide receiver in the crimson and gray.The Cougar coaches had already taken notice, and Gibson was offered at the conclusion of the camp and accepted. With the early verbal, and because at Puyallup’s Rogers High, they run it more than they throw it, rival schools didn’t have much of an incentive to go after him. They might regret that.Gibson has an excellent chance to be one of those players the Cougar Nation marvels at in the years to come, wondering how in the heck this guy slipped through the cracks of other schools besides WSU.He’s put on about 20 pounds since last season, with 190-pounds spread out over his 6-foot-1 frame, which should serve him well in all areas of his game including blocking, a key component in the WSU offense. Gibson is a perfectionist and a precise route runner, with an already keen understanding of all the things a wide receiver does besides catch the ball to make an offense successful.He’s also a talented defensive back, and Doba has mentioned he could certainly play in the defensive backfield if necessary, but all things being equal, look for him on offense at WSU.

OTHER PLAYERS in recent years who have verballed at the conclusion of the WSU summer camp include Andy Roof and Eddie Vickers, two offensive linemen who along with fellow redshirt freshman Dan Rowlands, look to be the future of the Cougar offensive line.Over 600 prospects are expected to descend upon WSU during the 2005 Cougars summer camp. The four day event runs Wednesday through Saturday. The WSU camp has always been a key component but with recruiting trending more and more towards early verbals, its taken on added significance in order to keep up with Joneses. As such, the newest members of the Cougar family could be just days away from joining the crimson fold.

Big receiver from San Diego so impressive on video, Cougs offer immediately:

ANTHONY HOUSTON, a 6-4, 200-pound wide receiver out of San Diego’s Mission Bay High, comes across pretty darned well on film. So much so that shortly after Washington State looked at his video, there was a scholarship offer from the Cougs waiting for him in his mailbox.
Houston was surprised at the WSU offer, saying they’ve had conversations with his prep coach at Mission Bay, Dennis Pugh, but he himself hasn’t yet spoken with the Cougar coaches.”I haven’t talked to a coach up there yet,” said Houston. “What happened was one of my coaches sent my film up there and then I got the (offer) from them in the mail about two weeks ago.”NCAA rules limit the time periods and number of contacts a school is allowed to initiate with a recruit. Houston said its early in the process and he wasn’t very familiar with Washington State yet.”I do not know much about them at all,” said Houston. “I’ve seen some highlights on them but that’s pretty much it.”

A LACK OF familiarity isn’t the case with Nebraska and hometown San Diego State. Houston talks to the NU coaches on a regular basis.”I try to talk to them once a month to let them know I’m interested,” he said. “They have the new West Coast Offense…I think that could work for me being a wide receiver. That could suit me very well.”One player Houston patterns himself after is SDSU’s star wide receiver, Jeff Webb.”There was an article in the newspaper I read about him and it was just, ‘Wow, he was just like me, going through the same things I was'”, said Houston. “Just basically coming out and being a leader, stepping up your game that much more and doing that much more to become a better player.”

IN ADDITION TO WSU, San Diego State and Nebraska, the first school to offer and with whom he has an official visit set for the weekend of September 3, Houston holds offers from Miami, Kansas State, Colorado, Arizona and SDSU. He said he has no favorites at this time.”No, there’s not,” said Houston. “I’m pretty much open to all schools.”Also a standout defensive back with a 4.46 time in the 40, Houston said schools are primarily recruiting him at receiver. Saying he’ll line up wherever his school needs him, he prefers receiver, all things being equal.”Basically, they leave it up to me when I’ve talked to them,” he said.

MISSION BAY employed a run dominated offense last season — 333 carries to 133 passing attempts, making Houston’s early offer list all the more impressive. He also said his junior season stats have been recently been corrected.”Actually, I talked to my coach not too long ago — it was 17 receptions for 410 yards and 5 TDs, said Houston. “And I had three interceptions and 54 tackles.”

A SCHOOL’S ACADEMICS will be a primary consideration for Houston. A good Business Management program could also be a plus. On the football side of things, he wants to play for a coach who can help him reach his full potential.”How I can become a good academic leader as well as an athletic leader will be important,” said Houston. “And constant constructive criticism. Let me know what I can do to constantly become a better player.”

5 Future Cougs prepare for All-Star game:

BRANDON GIBSON made the weight room his second home this off season — the incoming Cougar wide receiver out of Puyallup’s Rogers High adding considerable size and strength. He’ll be showcasing his new look and talents at the 4A/3A East-West all-star game two weeks from today. Also taking part in the annual event, incoming Cougars Kenny Alfred and Shelton Danzy, plus a future Cougar who’ll make his mark on the WSU baseball diamond and a Spokane product who’ll walk on at Washington State.

Puyallup’s Brandon Gibson, Gig Harbor’s Kenny Alfred and Seattle’s Shelton Danzy all head to the eastern side of the state next week to take part in the 4A/3A East-West all-star game. All three incoming Cougars said they’ve achieved qualifying SAT scores and are all set academically.Jared Prince, who signed a LOI to play baseball at WSU, buckles up the chinstrap for the last time as a high school senior. His future, though, appears set on the pill rather than pigskin. NCAA rules preclude Prince from walking on to the Cougar football team while holding a baseball scholarship.Andy Largent (6-0, 180) is a wide receiver/kicker out of Spokane’s Shadle Park High who will walk on at WSU in August. Largent did everything for Shadle Park last season, playing wide receiver and seeing time at running back. He started at free safety and was on nearly every special team, as the Highlanders’ punter, place kicker, kickoff man and punt returner. An outstanding student, he carries a 3.9 grade point average. A top soccer player and all-around athlete, his best chance to excel at the next level looks to be at place-kicker or punter.

DECIDING TO FOREGO track this year, Gibson, a wide receiver with 4.4 speed who played around 170 pounds last season, instead spent his time hitting the iron. He now checks in at a sturdy 190 pounds.”I figured this year I would just lift and stuff,” said Gibson, who stands 6-foot-1. “I’ve put on almost 20 pounds.”Gibson is finalizing plans on when he’ll head over to WSU, saying he might end up going with Danzy on July 15. Gibson projects at wide receiver but coach Bill Doba has also said he has the tools necessary to play cornerback at Washington State. All things being equal, however, his future looks to be on offense.

SHELTON DANZY heads over to Pullman for the WSU summer camp June 22-25. Then its off to Spokane for the all-star practices and game before heading back to Seattle to say all his goodbyes. Danzy arrives in Pullman for good on July 15. He hopes to immediately join the defensive backs for voluntary workouts after he gets to Washington State.”I’m trying to get with Teems and the other DBs — Teems I consider the captain of the DBs since he’s had the most experience and is the one returning starter,” said Danzy. “Depending on what group I get put in, I’m just trying to learn as much as I can, work out as much as I can, so they might have to tell me to slow down a little bit.”Upon his arrival, Danzy (5-10, 182, 4.51) will room with quarterback Arkelon Hall.”I’m bringing a lot of stuff,” said Danzy. “I know Hall is planning on taking over the whole room, so we’ll just throw his stuff over to the side. We’re probably going to have stuff on top of stuff.”Hall (6-2, 204) and Lorenzo Bursey are enrolled in summer school classes and will participate in the team’s voluntary summer workouts. Bursey has been in town since Wednesday evening, Hall arrives on Sunday, after playing in his all-star game tonight down in Fresno. The pair begin college coursework this Monday.Later today, Danzy is attending the Seattle PI All-Star Awards event, honoring the top Washington State high school athletes. It will be held at Safeco Field, with Danzy and the other all-stars taking in the Mariners-Mets game following the ceremonies.Danzy earned a perfect 4.0 his last trimester at Rainier Beach High.

KENNY ALFRED (OL, 6-3, 295) spent his spring excelling in track and field for Gig Harbor High, helping the Tides capture the 4A title by 3 points over Ballard High.Alfred took second in the state finals in the shot put, finishing one inch out of the lead. He took first place in all but two regular season meets in the shot, with a personal best throw on the year of 60-10 1/2 coming in the districts. His top discus throw on the year was 160-5.Alfred plans on heading over to Pullman around the end of July, first of August.”I want to get over, get settled in and get ready to play ball,” said Alfred, who’s regularly touched base with coaches George Yarno, Mike Levenseller and Doba this winter and spring.He’s also eager to get to Spokane and put on the pads this next week for the West squad practices.”I’m just excited,” said Alfred. “I want to get to know the guys a bit better and I just want to play football again. I spent a couple days watching my team play spring ball and I just wanted to go out there and hit with them.”The 4A/3A East West all-star gameJuly 1, 7pm at Central Valley High school. Players report on Sunday, June 26. Monday through Thursday, June 27-30, the West team will practice at East Valley High, while the East Team practices at Central Valley High. Practice times are at 9am and 3pm. Friday is game day, with both teams holding a final practice at Central Valley at 9am, with the contest being played that evening.

Arnold wants to blow up the moon???

Howard Stern has a theory.

It goes like this: Tidal waves, tsunamis, PMS. Who needs ‘em? Solution: BLOW UP THE MOON.
So Howard presented this theory a few weeks ago and the next day a show regular who does a fairly believable impression of Arnold Schwarzenegger called up and announced he was proposing a bill to take the lead and blow up the moon. If the California legislature refused to take action he promised he’d go up their himself and take care of it.

A few internet “news” sites wrote this up as fact (though anyone who heard it couldn’t have taken it seriously) and before you know it Joe Scarborough was ripping Arnold to shreds over it.

Here’s the call. You can either download it, or just click and your media player should open up and play it:

Here’s the “actor” who is building a career impersonating Arnold in a very believable manner: