Former WSU receiver River Cracraft chose a good weekend to return to Pullman.
Cracraft was at Martin Stadium for WSU’s 3OT win against Boise State on Saturday night.
Cracraft, who’s No. 2 on the Cougars’ all-time receptions list with 218 catches, says he’s fully healed from the ACL tear he suffered late last year in WSU’s win over Cal and is still hoping to pursue an NFL career.
“I’m ready,” Cracraft said, grinning. “Tell the people.”
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The 6-0, 198 pound receiver has spent the last few months completing his rehab back home in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif and is just now starting to spread the word to NFL teams that he’s fully recovered and ready to work out.
These days, Cracraft stays sharp by catching passes from Mike Fafaul – the former UCLA quarterback who led the Bruins in their loss against the Cougars last season after starter Josh Rosen suffered a season ending injury.
Cracraft says he’s switched agents and is now represented by Ryan Williams of Athletes First.
Cracraft finished his WSU career with 20 career touchdowns and 2,701 receiving yards.
WSU vs. Boise State attracts NFL scouts’ attention
Headlined by quarterback Luke Falk, who is regarded as a first or second day NFL draft selection, WSU has a large class of seniors who are hoping to get a shot at the NFL.
NFL scouts from eight different teams were in the press box at Martin Stadium for the Cougars’ game against Boise State at Martin Stadium.
They were: Joe Hortiz (Director of College Scouting, Baltimore Ravens); Doug Majeski (Coordinator of College Scouting, Buffalo Bills); Larry Cook (Scouting Consultant, New England Patriots); Eli Montague (Area Scout, Carolina Panthers); Bailee Brown (Scouting Assistant, New Orleans Saints); Casey Belongia (Scouting Assistant, Jacksonville Jaguars); Randy Mueller (Senior Executive, Los Angeles Chargers); Nate Trott (College Scout, Houston Texans).
The Chargers’ Mueller is a native of the inland Northwest. He grew up in St. Maries, Idaho and spent 17 years with the Seahawks’ front office from 1983-99, starting out as a pro personnel assistant and rising to vice president of football operations by 1995.
Of the eight teams that sent representatives to the game Saturday night, the Bills, Saints, Jaguars, Chargers and Texans could be in the market for a quarterback in 2018.
Last week against Montana State, the Cougars welcomed scouts from the Saints, Giants and Colts.
Notes and numbers from the Cougs’ 47-44 3OT win
- WSU’s win marked its first triple overtime victory in school history. Previously the Cougs had gone to triple overtime twice, and lost both times: A 29-26 defeat to UW in the 2002 Apple Cup and a 53-47 loss to Arizona in 2000.
- The loss to the Cougs marked Boise State’s first loss against a Pac-12 team in three years. The Broncos went into this weekend having won their last four games against Pac-12 teams. That includes a win over Arizona in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, a win over UW in 2015, and wins over Oregon State and WSU in 2016.
- It was the first time since 1984 that WSU has rallied from a 21-point fourth quarter deficit. In 1984, the Cougars trailed Stanford 42-41 to begin the fourth quarter, then engineered a 49-42 comeback win. Who was the quarterback for WSU that day? That would be Mark Rypien, who was also in the house Saturday night to watch his nephew, Brett Rypien, quarterback the Broncos, and to cheer on his Cougs.
- Jamal Morrow vaulted onto the Cougars top-10 career receptions list with six receptions for 36 yards and two touchdowns. Morrow now has 149 career receptions.
- Gerard Wicks only had one carry on the night, but it made it count, scoring a 1-yard touchdown in the second overtime to keep WSU in the game. Wicks now has 19 career touchdowns, tying for fifth most in WSU history.