The kids would call this a late post…
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I attended my first Apple Cup – Washington State vs Washington – in Pullman Washington.
It was cold, snowy and being at a rivalry game like that is exactly why we love college football – a packed, loud small on campus stadium…
I was there for two reasons – my wife and her family are all WSU types and I wanted to see some former UIW Cardinals perform at that level.
When Eric Morris left UIW for the OC job at WSU my wife started planning a Thanksgiving weekend trip with the family knowing it might be her only chance of getting me to go sit in none degree weather for a game.
She was right. Sure, I wanted to see my friend Coach Morris but I was more excited about seeing former UIW quarterback Cam Ward and wide receiver Robert Ferrel play at that level.
Watching those two play this season in the Pac 12 is what is right with the transfer portal. I am not a fan of a kid hitting the portal when they don’t win a starting job and make a lateral move like going from one Big 12 school to another…but the step up in play, it’s awesome to see and what is right about the portal.
The Cam Ward story is incredible – if you don’t know it, google it – when he makes it to the NFL, it will be a great movie. He is also a great young man from a great family that has been on an unexpected journey to Pullman.
After putting up big numbers at UIW, he did the same in the Pac 12. Ward threw for over 3,000 yards and 23 touchdowns this season for Washington State. Ferrell, a 5-8, 170 or so pound receiver had 46 catches for 517 yards and 4 TDs for the Cougars.
I know some UIW fans were not happy when they left for WSU and I get that, but seeing them have success at a Power 5 school says they made the right decision.
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