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Washington State redshirt junior T Cole Madison has graded out as Pro Football Focus' top offensive tackle in the country for 2016.

Madison plays right tackle for the Cougars and has done a phenomenal job keeping QB Luke Falk upright. Per PFF, in 648 pass-blocking snaps this season, the 6-foot-5, 265-pound redshirt junior has allowed all of two sacks. ESPN and Scout both tabbed him as a three-star recruit for the 2013 cycle, a reminder of just how difficult it is to project high school players.
Nov 28 - 7:49 PM

Washington State senior WR Gabe Marks caught 11 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 45-17 loss to Washington.

Marks hauled in a nine-yard scoring toss from Luke Falk in the opening minutes of the third quarter, but that merely drew Washington State to within 35-17. They would not score again in the contest. This was the 6-foot, 190-pounder's first game with double-digit receptions since he logged 10 against Boise State in the second week of the season.
Nov 25 - 7:57 PM

Washington State redshirt junior QB Luke Falk completed 33-of-50 passes for 269 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions in Friday's 45-17 loss to Washington in the Apple Cup.

Entering play on Friday, Falk had not been intercepted three times in a game this season. Indeed, he had just one multi-interception contest through the Cougars' first 11 games. Washington toyed with him like a cat toys with a wounded bird in forcing him into his worst game of the season. The 6-foot-4, 208-pound redshirt junior finishes his regular-season campaign having thrown for 4,204 yards while posting a 37/10 TD/INT ratio.
Nov 25 - 7:33 PM

Washington State redshirt junior QB Luke Falk completed 26-of-53 passes for 325 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 38-24 loss to Colorado.

Falk worked the Cougars out to a 14-7 lead with a pair of first-quarter touchdown passes. That lead should have been extended to 21-7, but the normally sure-handed Gabe Marks dropped that opportunity when a perfectly thrown ball in the right corner of the end zone bounced out of his hands. Colorado would somewhat predictably tie the game up after that gaffe, eventually taking the lead (and holding it) in the second half. Falk has thrown for at least three touchdowns in all but two games this season. He holds a 36/7 TD/INT ratio with just the Apple Cup remaining on the schedule.
Nov 19 - 7:53 PM

Washington State redshirt senior DT Robert Barber received a stay of his suspension and will now be able to attend class and play football.

Barber's long, winding legal case continues to be long and winding. He was suspended in September in relation to a fight over the summer -- and that was actually a reduced punishment, as he had initially been expelled. Barber lost his appeal of that suspension issued by the student conduct board and was set to sit until July, 2017, when he would be reinstated in good standing. However, Barber's legal representation has since filed to overturn that suspension in Whitman County Superior Court, leading to this stay while the court reviews his petition. That stay comes with the stipulation that the 6-foot-3, 300-pounder cannot contact the alleged victim, nor use drugs or attend a party where drugs and alcohol are present. It is not yet known whether Barber will play against Colorado on Saturday.
Nov 16 - 2:49 PM

Washington State senior WR River Cracraft will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee.

This ends Cracraft's collegiate career with 701 yards on 53 receptions and five touchdowns on the season. Cracraft missed two games in 2014 with a stress fracture in his foot, then missed three games in 2015 with a stress fracture in his opposite foot.
Source: The Seat
Nov 14 - 10:30 AM

Washington State senior WR Gabe Marks is now the career leader in receptions in Pac-12 history.

Marks has caught 295 passes for 3,268 yards and 36 touchdowns in his career. He is a bit behind in the conference's yardage record (718 yards to go) and the touchdown record (five behind). The NCAA record for receptions is held by Justin Hardy at 387. Washington State has two regular season games remaining.
Nov 14 - 10:01 AM

Washington State senior WR River Cracraft caught nine passes for 87 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 56-21 drubbing of Cal.

Luke Falk showed generosity to his two lead wideouts, helping Gabe Marks to a 7-87-2 receiving line in addition to feeding Cracraft for 9-87-3. This was the 6-foot, 198-pound wideout's first three-touchdown game of the 2016 campaign. Indeed, he entered the contest having caught just two scoring passes. Through 10 games, Cracraft is now up to 53 catches for 701 yards and five touchdowns.
Nov 13 - 11:13 AM

Washington State redshirt junior QB Luke Falk completed 36-of-50 passes for 373 yards, five touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 56-21 win over Cal.

There is not a hotter team in the country (OK, Alabama is hotter, but yeah) than Washington State right now. The Cougars are currently romping about on an eight-game winning streak. Neither of their last two games has even been close. They routed Arizona by a 69-7 final a weekend ago, then followed that up with Saturday's trouncing of Cal. For his part, the 6-foot-4, 208-pound Falk has gone for five touchdown passes in two of his last three games and has fired off 17 scores in his last four games alone. If only the Cougars could have gotten started on this hot streak two games earlier. As is, they opened the season with back-to-back losses to Eastern Washington and Boise State.
Nov 13 - 10:59 AM

Washington State redshirt junior RB Gerard Wicks rushed for 44 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries in Saturday's 69-7 drubbing of Arizona.

After scoring a combined seven touchdowns over his first two playing seasons in Pullman, the 6-foot, 224-pound Wicks has now scored 10 touchdowns in 2016. His yardage totals leave a bit more to be desired -- he has just two games of more than 50 yards on the ground.
Nov 5 - 8:09 PM

Washington State redshirt junior QB Luke Falk completed 32-of-36 passes for 311 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 69-7 throttling of Arizona.

Falk threw for 415 yards and five touchdowns against Oregon State last weekend and while he wasn't quite able to hit those statistical heights on Saturday, his passing was beyond surgical against the Wildcats. He tossed three of his four touchdown passes in the first half as Washington State built up an insurmountable 38-7 advantage before hitting the locker room, one which would only grow in the second half. After dropping their first two games of the season, the Cougars are now rolling on a seven-game winning streak. Falk is up to 3,237 passing yards with a 28/5 TD/INT ratio. If Washington State and Washington can just keep on their current courses, the Apple Cup looms as a potentially Mt. Everest-sized contest on November 25.
Nov 5 - 7:53 PM

Washington State HC Mike Leach sniped at the Pac-12's decision to reprimand and fine him last week.

As far as weird coaching diversions go, Leach's ongoing dance with the Pac-12 has been one of the more entertaining. It all started in the week leading up to Wazzu's showdown with Arizona State on October 22, when Leach spoke out about his suspicion that Sparky steals signs (he called it a "very unsavory practice"). The Pac-12 acted swiftly, fining Leach $10,000 and issuing a public reprimand. After Washington State's 37-32 win, ASU HC Todd Graham referred to Leach as a "chicken****." That seemed to be the end of the matter, but Mike Leach does not forget. When asked on Tuesday about the difference between Arizona quarterbacks Anu Solomon and Brandon Dawkins, Leach responded, "I don’t talk much about other teams at the risk of getting fined or a public reprimand" and said, "In order for me to start, our conference is gonna have to rethink their position on some things." Your move in this passive-aggressive chess match, Pac-12.
Nov 1 - 2:40 PM

Washington State redshirt junior QB Luke Falk dismissed a report stating he would be declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft.

"If I had to make a decision now, I would definitely be staying," Falk told reporters. The report in question comes from Bleacher Report's Matt Miller. Obviously the statement can change, and Falk even admitted he has not made a decision. We have seen player change their mind once their season comes to an end, just look at Andrew Billings last year. "It's frustrating that someone said something I didn't say. I don't like dishonest people," Falk added. The quarterback has thrown for 24 touchdowns and five interceptions this year.
Nov 1 - 11:36 AM

Washington State redshirt senior DT Robert Barber's appeal for reinstatement was denied and he will miss the remainder of the season.

Barber was initially suspended in September for his involvement in a fight in July. He will not be eligible to return to school until July of 2017, a full year since the initial incident. He might test NFL waters instead.
Source: Scout.com
Oct 28 - 9:09 AM

An AFC personnel man expressed skepticism about Air Raid quarterbacks.

"Of course it’s great if a guy has big production, and you’re more likely to find that if they’re in an Air Raid system," he said. "My concerns with a guy from the Air Raid are the same as any guy who ran a spread offense. Only a fraction of the snaps they take are transferrable to the NFL." Evaluators often discuss commanding a huddle and taking snaps under center as two areas of the game that Air Raiders struggle with early on. The list of Air Raid quarterbacks who went bust is long, headlined by Tim Couch, Nick Foles, Kevin Kolb, Johnny Manziel, Geno Smith and Brandon Weeden. Folks tend to forget the successes, though. A current example of that is Case Keenum. Evaluators are currently discussing prolific Washington State redshirt junior QB Luke Falk, who's completing 71.5 percent of his passes for 352.2 yards per game this season.
Source: MMQB
Oct 26 - 2:18 PM


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