WE'RE STILL MORE than 48 hours away from the Cougs' bowl game vs. Colorado State but there's been no…
WSU Notes: Mason a Lombardi type of guy
Mason was also respectful, but hardly wowed by the Mountain West's Defensive Player of the Year.
Q: As a running back, what was your initial reaction when you learned Leach was bringing his pass-happy offense to WSU after your freshman season?
A: I didn't really care. I just wanted to win, so nothing matters to me stats-wise. Winning is the only thing that matters to me.
Q: What do you think of Rams outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett, who's tied for third in the nation with 12 quarterback sacks?
A: He's pretty good. We're not planning on him having a big day. We're planning to stop everything he does, basically. We're not looking at him like, "Oh, he's going to be a king."
Q: You lead the Cougars in rushing, but you have just 83 carries and 424 rushing yards. Would you like to carry the ball more?
A: (Smiling) Sure! Of course!
Q: After growing up in Southern California, what's it like living in Pullman and attending WSU?
A: Everyone's way friendlier than I'm used to. It's like a close-knit family. It's like the only place you can come away from everything and not have anything but still have everything.
Q: Well, everything but bowl experience, right?
A: We don't want to go down there just to have fun. We want to have fun while winning the game.
Q: What's your general impression of Colorado State?
A: They're good. They're disciplined. They play hard.
USA TODAY IS bullish on the Cougars.
ALL SIX STAFF MEMBERS making the newspaper's bowl picks - Paul Myerberg, George Schroeder, Erick Smith, Eddie Timanus, Dan Uthman, Dan Wolken -- project Washington State to beat Colorado State on Saturday in Albuquerque.
So does Sporting News.
"The price is a little inflated right now, but not high enough to make us look at Colorado State. We're siding with the Cougars and look for a high-scoring game to go well OVER the total (66)," says SN.
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