What’s it like to live with some of the most important members of the Cougars’ football team? We got a glimpse of the house Luke Falk, Peyton Pelluer, Isaac Dotson, Jamal Morrow and Kyle Sweet share close to the WSU campus
PULLMAN – On a sweltering July evening, the excited hoots and anguished grunts of four fiercely competitive amateur go-kart drivers fills the stuffy air of a two-story modern-style townhome close to the Washington State campus.
Battling for Mario Kart supremacy and household bragging rights, Isaac Dotson, Jamal Morrow, Kyle Sweet and Peyton Pelluer aggressively attack their Nintendo 64 controllers, eyes glued to the TV as their four cartoony go-kart driver characters race frenetically around a track.
In the immaculately clean kitchen just off the living room, a tall, slim figure clad in a black WSU football T-shirt and a ratty pair of cutoff shorts made from old sweatpants, stands by the stove, poking intently at the contents in a pan.
Luke Falk chugs intermittently from a gallon jug of water as he makes another of his signature uber-healthy dinners – tonight it’s chicken breast and veggies – while occasionally turning his head to check out the Mario Kart action.
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It’s a typical evening in the home of five key members of the Cougars’ football team. They’re not the only group of WSU football teammates who live together, but with four key senior starters among them, this household unmistakably wields the most clout of all Cougar football roommate configurations.
“It’s cool having a bunch of seniors living together so we can think of what we can do to make the team better and decide how we want to do offseason workouts or team events,” Dotson says.
Multiple post-game debriefs, meticulous offseason planning and some key team-building ideas have been hatched from conversations that unfolded on the big tan couches and gray recliner the guys are lounging in their living room bedecked with WSU accoutrements.
A big crimson flag dominates the main wall in the living room, with a framed Cougars poster across from it. Crimson and gray tinsel decorates the mantel the TV sits on.
A round of groans spreads through the living room as Pelluer throws…