Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the Eye on College Football examines what current hot topic the fans of one BCS team are obsessing over -- rationally or not. Today's team: the Washington State Cougars.
What they're talking about ... first round NFL Draft pick Deone Bucannon. As you'd expect in mid-May, when spring practices have come to an end, and graduations have commenced, there really isn't a ton of chatter about football on message boards across the country right now. There's some recruiting chatter, but the biggest news on most boards these days is the NFL Draft. Washington State is no different right now, as safety Deone Bucannon became the highest-drafted Cougar since Marcus Trufant in 2003 when the Cardinals took him in the first round last week.
What they're saying is ... they're pretty damn happy for him. Bucannon was actually the only Washington State player drafted this year, though plenty signed as free agents afterward (and going undrafted didn't keep Cougar QB Jeff Tuel from starting for Buffalo last season). Making the Bucannon pick even more exciting, though, is that last year Marquess Wilson was Washington State's only player drafted, and he left the program in less than desirable fashion.
So fans were ready to celebrate Bucannon's success. Here's an example of what they're saying over at Coug Center.
-- Congrats to a great young man and an historic Coug!!
-- I may or may not have had tears of pride in my eyes when I saw him crying in his Coug sweatshirt.
-- As a Coug great for him, as a Seahawk [fan] I kind of cringe. Last time we played the Cardinals, we were served at home.
-- I was in the car listening to it and I may have screamed a very loud....manly...scream of joy.
So happy for him that he goes first round, and to a team I don't despise. Gonna be a great 1-2 punch with Deone and Mathieu in the cards secondary.
-- One of three Pac-12 1st-round picks…and even sweeter that he was taken before ASJ and Sankey.
What we think is ... it's only natural to be excited, but Washington State fans will see even more players drafted in the future. In the first two years under Mike Leach there have now been two players drafted, that number is likely to increase as long as Leach sticks around.
Leach is the man who helped make Tim Couch the first overall pick in 1999, after all.
When he arrived at Texas Tech there weren't exactly a lot of Red Raiders' names being called during the NFL Draft, but the longer Leach was there, the more draft success they had. Now, Washington State isn't going to become a professional football factory, as the scheme Mike Leach runs doesn't completely gel with what NFL teams do -- at least, not yet -- but with better recruiting classes (Washington State's 2015 class is currently ranked fifth in the Pac-12 and No. 36 in the country) will come better draft results.
So odds are Washington State fans won't have to wait another 11 years before the find themselves celebrating another first round pick.