Washington State Football: Top 5 Impact Players in 2014

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Ranking the top five impact football players for the 2014 Washington State Cougars.

Dec 21, 2013; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Washington State Cougars wide receiver Gabe Marks (9) after scoring a first quarter touchdown against the Colorado State Rams during the Gildan New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

5: Gabe Marks

WSU’s leading receiver in 2013, junior to-be Gabe Marks is ready for another solid campaign this upcoming 2014 season. Why? Because the rest of the receiving corps around him will make it impossible to cover the kid with double coverage and his ability to separate from his defender in one-on-one matchups after the initial move is rare indeed.

There are a couple of Cougs who perhaps are better tacticians as route runners, but Gabe has an uncanny knack for setting the defender up and never giving away the route till the break. As a sophomore, Marks put up team high’s in catches (74), touchdowns (tied with 7) and yardage (807). He could easily go for 70 again this season.

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  • coopaswag23

    Stats don’t lie.. Can’t expect a 300 pounder to be fresh on every snap with a weak rotation

  • Chris Cougar

    Mr Davis I read your article and I am curious as to your comments about X Cooper. Last year you were the one that commented in one of your articles that if Cooper played 30% less snaps he could be a monster, yet he averaged 65-75 snaps a game and you said he made “some plays”? Lets look at the numbers , I humbly seek clarification tat a 300 lber palys 65-75-snaps and he only made “some plays” I know you are a writer and I respect that but lets be fair to the entire DLine.

    Now with some depth they could be the best in the Pac 12 with all the experience they have and cooper leading the way. You failed to comment on the Dline physical conditioning. Not many teams if any had their line playing 65-75 snaps and no relief agreed?

    Now as far as comparisons stats do not lie:

    Here you go! So I think that if you look closer I think Cooper could and should be one of the best if not the best since Ryan Long. His progression and development has showed that and again, Stats do not lie.
    Go Cougs
    Chris

    RIEN
    LONGS STATS HIS FIRST TWO YEARS….

    RS-FRESHMAN (2000-01): V-letter… Games -
    10…Starts – 4…moved into a starting role after seven games…an ankle sprain kept
    him out of the Idaho contest…made 15 tackles, five of them for losses…one sack
    against USC and recovered one fumble against Boise State…best game at USC when
    he had four tackles, three of them for losses…earned the following weekly team
    award: USC/Defensive Lineman.

    RS-SOPHOMORE (2001-02): V-letter…Games
    - 12…Starts – 12…earned the following weekly team awards: BSU/Defensive
    Lineman; California/Defensive Lineman; Arizona/Defensive Lineman;
    UCLA/Defensive Lineman/Cougar Tackler/Most Disciplined Defense. ? All-Pac-10
    second team pick ? Credited with 10 TFL (-44) and three sacks (-29) ? Best game
    eight tackles against UCLA, including two TFL…against Purdue in the Sun Bowl
    made seven tackles, including one TFL and one pass deflection…six tackles at
    ASU with a sack and three TFL… three tackles against California and Oregon

    XAVIER COOPER FIRST TWO
    YEARS…..

    RS-SOPHOMORE (2013): Earned
    a varsity letter after starting all 13 games…made 50 tackles and a team-best
    5.0 sacks…led team with 13.5 tackles for loss, tied for ninth in the
    Pac-12…recovered two fumbles and forced two…scored one touchdown on a fumble
    return…voted a team captain prior to the Arizona State game…made one
    tackle-for-loss and recorded three quarterback hurries in season opener at
    Auburn…made one tackle in win at No. 25 USC…had five tackles including 3.5 for
    loss and 1.5 sacks in win over Idaho…made five tackles against No. 5 Stanford
    in Seattle…had three tackles in win at California…made four tackles including
    two for loss against Oregon State…against No. 2 Oregon, made a career-high
    eight tackles including 1.5 sacks, forced a fumble and also recovered one and
    returned it 29 yards for a touchdown…made seven tackles, two for loss including
    one sack against No. 25 Arizona State…recovered a fumble in win at Arizona…made
    six tackles including two for loss in win over Utah…had four tackles including
    half a sack and forced a fumble at Washington…made three tackles and assisted
    on a sack against Colorado State in the New Mexico Bowl…presented WSU’s Tim
    Petek Award for strongest man.

    RS-FRESHMAN
    (2012): Earned a varsity letter after appearing in 11 games,
    starting nine…named All-Pac-12 honorable mention…made 34 tackles, including 8.5
    for loss, tied for third-most on team…recorded 3.0 sacks and forced one
    fumble…made one tackle-for-loss in collegiate debut against Eastern
    Washington…in first career start, made career-high seven tackles, five solo,
    including 3.0 tackles-for-loss and first career sack against Colorado…recorded
    two tackles, both for loss, against No. 2 Oregon in Seattle…made four tackles
    at No. 14 Oregon State…made six tackles including one sack and forced a fumble
    at Utah…made two tackles, assisted on a tackle-for-loss against No. 17
    UCLA…made six tackles including one sack at Arizona State…presented WSU’s Tim
    Petek Award for strongest man.

  • rylo

    Mayle, in my opinion, is the the second most important guy. I think he’s going to be better than Marks. A.) Cause he extends plays B.) He’s a monster and C.) He’s faster and stronger. The dude is a freak and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns