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1981 Washington State Cougars Roster

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Record: 8-3-1, .708 W-L% (28th of 137)
Conference: Pac-10  ▪ Conference Record: 5-2-1 (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Jim Walden (8-3-1)

PS/G: 24.8 (30th of 137) ▪ PA/G: 16.4 (45th of 137)
SRS: 9.87 (30th of 137) ▪ SOS: 2.62 (66th of 137)

Bowl Game: Lost Holiday Bowl 38-36 versus Brigham Young


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  • Roster includes most starters and key reserves.
  • Starters are marked with an asterisk (*).
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Partial Roster

Player Class Pos Summary
Clete Casper* QB 78 Cmp, 140 Att, 939 Yds, 1 TD
Mark Rypien QB 5 Cmp, 13 Att, 88 Yds, 0 TD
Ricky Turner QB 49 Cmp, 98 Att, 735 Yds, 0 TD
Tim Harris* RB 157 Att, 915 Yds, 5.8 Avg
Robert Williams* RB 71 Att, 397 Yds, 5.6 Avg
Roger Bolden RB
Al Bowens RB 23 Att, 77 Yds, 3.3 Avg
Don Denman RB 4 Att, 5 Yds, 1.3 Avg
Don LaBomme RB 31 Att, 136 Yds, 4.4 Avg
Mike Martin RB 60 Att, 276 Yds, 4.6 Avg
James Matthews RB 46 Att, 217 Yds, 4.7 Avg
Dickie Walsh RB 5 Att, 41 Yds, 8.2 Avg
Paul Escalera* WR 20 Rec, 259 Yds, 13.0 Avg
Jeff Keller* WR 35 Rec, 495 Yds, 14.1 Avg
Nate Davis WR 1 Rec, 14 Yds, 14.0 Avg
T.J. Jones WR 9 Rec, 238 Yds, 26.4 Avg
Cameron Mitchell WR 13 Rec, 157 Yds, 12.1 Avg
Jeff Poppe WR 12 Rec, 221 Yds, 18.4 Avg
Darren Talley WR 2 Rec, 62 Yds, 31.0 Avg
Pat Beach* TE 15 Rec, 173 Yds, 11.5 Avg
Jamie White TE 2 Rec, 34 Yds, 17.0 Avg
Charlie Flager* OL
Mark McKay* OL
Gary Patrick* OL
Steve Sabahar* OL
Kevin Sloan* OL
Dan Lynch OL
Steve Sebahar OL
John Winslow OL
Ken Collins* DL
Matt Elisara* DL
Mike Walker* DL
Pat Lynch DL
Keith Millard DL
Lee Blakeney* LB
Sonny Elkinton* LB
Ken Emmil* LB
Brent White* LB
Mark Pleis LB
Rico Tipton LB
Junior Tupuola LB
Nate Bradley* DB
Jeff Files* DB
Paul Sorensen* DB
John S. West* DB
Rod Retherford DB
Peter Shaw DB
Joe Taylor DB