Oct 12, 2013; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars wide receiver Vince Mayle (1) makes a catch against Oregon State Beavers cornerback Malcolm Marable (22) during the second half at Martin Stadium. The Beavers beat the Cougars 52-24. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports
We heard about him rolling into the season. The buzz of excitement seemed to disappear with a successful first two battles without #1 making an impact. Vince Mayle burst into Coug fans’ radar against Idaho with 4 catches for 51 yards and a TD. If interest was piqued against the Vandals, his legend began to grow with an explosive 128 yards and two TDs against Cal. Against Oregon Mayle brought down 7 passes from Connor Halliday in a passing frenzy that saw him become a top auxiliary target for his Junior QB. y
We love good guys in Pullman, and frankly, the fact that this NFL sized WR put his family first sitting out a year of eligibility taking care of an ill relative should give all Cougs a warm feeling in their hearts. Luckily the NCAA agreed with all rational reason (an amazing feat, so let’s take a moment to reflect on that . . . done, good), and granted an additional year of eligibility to Vince.
Mayle played terrifically for most of the season, wandering into an unfamiliar offense, and making a name for himself. Next season will give him a shot to become one of the top WR in the Pac-12, undoubtedly putting him on the wish list for NFL QBs. We loved what we saw from him in 2013, on and off the field, so we happily hand him an A-, keeping in mind he has some room for improvement.