Through his first three games at WSU, linebacker Daiyan Henley is proving to be one of the most important transfer portal additions in the country.

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Much like his team as a whole, Henley gets another big stage to show both he and the Cougars are worthy of even more attention hosting No. 15 Oregon on Saturday.

WSU (3-0) already stole the show once this season with its surprising upset victory at Wisconsin. Knocking off the Ducks would certainly vault the Cougars into the AP Top 25 and into the discussion about Pac-12 contenders.

“I think we’re in a great place,” WSU coach Jake Dickert said. “They have worked their tails off to get here and they’ve earned it. We’re confident in what we need to do.”

Henley, a transfer from Nevada, has been the anchor on a defense that’s performed beyond expectations while the Cougars’ offense has been slow to get going. Henley had a huge day in Washington State’s 38-7 victory over Colorado State last week, registering 13 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles, and was named Pac-12 defensive player of the week.

Henley ranks fourth in the Pac-12 with 30 tackles and leads the conference in both tackles for loss (7.5) and sacks (four). The 6-foot-2, 232-pounder from Los Angeles has been especially sharp on blitzes.

“He gained 25 pounds since he’s been here, and his speed and athleticism is matching what we all thought it could be,” Dickert said. “His blitzing ability is off the charts.”

Henley will be challenged Saturday by Oregon’s veteran offensive line and standout quarterback Bo Nix.

Oregon coach Dan Lanning said the Ducks are aware of Henley.

“Athletic ability, motor, versatility,” Lanning said. “They use him in a lot of unique ways.”

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