In today's edition of The Daily 12-PAC we bring you some updates from the NFL combine focusing on the Dawgs and Ducks, and a lengthy interview with Washington State AD Bill Moos talking all things Cougars.
UW's Ta'amu has impressive showing at the NFL Combine
The guys over at National Football Post broke down yesterday's combine performances and had some really positive things to say about Washington's Alameda Ta'amu:
As much as Dontari Poe stole the show Monday, don't sleep on Washington DT Alameda Ta'amu. Ta'amu at 348-pounds also posted an impressive time in the 5.3 range and showcased some natural get off burst for his size. He has a tendency to play a bit upright at times and doesn't have the upside of Poe. However, I think he's a much safer prospect if you're looking for a guy to anchor in inside of a 34 front.
If you're a DTP regular, then by now you know I am really high on Ta'amu. I think Alameda has a bright NFL future, he's a rare combination of size, strength, and explosiveness. As good as his 40-yard dash time was, his initial 10-yard split of 1.7 was even more impressive to me - for linemen, that 10-yard time is really what matters most. Another strong showing at his Pro Day, and I think Ta'amu could sneak his way into the first round.
WSU's Moos sits down with local TV
Washington State AD Bill Moos has been on the job for two years now, and he has made great strides since he arrived in Pullman. In this video Moos discusses the hiring of Mike Leach and a new football staff, the seating renovation of Martin Stadium, and a bunch of other Cougar-related things.
@ issue. WSU Athletics: A conversation with Bill Moos (Part I) (via NorthwestPublicTV)
SI.com's Tony Pauline brings us an update on the University of Oregon players who participated at the NFL Combine, specifically RB LaMichael James.
Pauline says James' combine showing may have done enough to vault him into the first round of April's draft, but I don't know if I can drink that kool-aid just yet. James was impressive, there is no doubt about that, but so was Boise State running back Doug Martin - a player who virtually everyone has listed higher than James on value boards and mock drafts. As with Washington's Ta'amu, a strong Pro Day could vault James into the first round, but I don't know if I am on board with Pauline in predicting he'll be the second RB off the taken.
It's a slow morning on the Oregon State front, so in honor of our good friends at SBN's Building the Dam, we bring you Beavers...building dams:
Fooled by Nature - Beaver Dams (via AnimalPlanetTV)
To join in on the discussion and find more great college football commentary and analysis, follow the Huskies at UW Dawg Pound, the Cougars at Coug Center, the Ducks at Addicted to Quack, and the Beavers at Building the Dam.