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NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah says Washington State WR Gabe Marks was his favorite receiver in Shrine Game practices.

Marks is coming off a prolific career in Wazzu's pass-happy offense. The 6-foot, 190-pounder is the Pac-12's all-time leading receiver with 316 catches. "He lacks ideal size and top speed but he's very quick and savvy as a route runner," Jeremiah wrote. "He tracks the ball naturally and he has soft hands. Every year there is a receiver at this game that ends up contributing right away at the next level; Marks would be my choice from this year's group."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 20 - 1:44 PM

Washington State HC Mike Leach ripped into the vitality of SEC offenses.

"This is a great time to be in the SEC; everybody’s got the same offense: run right, run left, play action. And they tease themselves and say we threw it four more times a game this year than we did last year," Leach said. He wasn't done with his disdain for the conference. "How is [the SEC] better? Somebody coaches better athletes, somehow they morph into something smarter? That’s crazy," Leach forwarded. "I mean, you still have problems, you still have 11 parts you can wiggle around to counter the other 11 parts." Some of this consternation stems from the fact that Leach's high-flying ways were looked upon with a few raised eyebrows when he served as offensive coordinator at Kentucky in the late 90's.
Jan 19 - 8:30 PM

Washington State redshirt junior QB Luke Falk will return for his senior year.

First reported last month, Falk and Wazzu made the news official with a tweet today. CBS Sports ranks Falk the No. 5 quarterback prospect for 2018. Falk finished No. 5 in the FBS with 4,204 passing yards this past year. He added 37 touchdowns. Falk enters his final season with 10,624 passing yards despite only being starter for the past two years.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 11 - 3:47 PM

Washington State redshirt junior G Cody O'Connell will return to school for the 2017 season.

O'Connell stands at a monstrous 6-foot-8 and 348-pounds. He was a unanimous vote for All-American at left guard. Crazy enough, this was O'Connell's first season as a starter.
Source: Scout
Jan 2 - 11:01 AM

Washington State senior WR Gabe Marks caught four passes for 27 yards in Tuesday's 17-12 loss to Minnesota in the National Funding Bowl.

Marks has played a sparkling brand of football during his four years with the Cougars, but Tuesday's showing won't be one to tell the grandchildren about. Both the four receptions and 27 yards receiving represented his second lowest totals of the season. The 6-foot, 190-pounder finished his Cougars career as the Pac-12's all-time leading receiver, having notched 316 catches. He has accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 03:14:00 PM

Washington State redshirt junior QB Luke Falk was limited to 30 completions on 51 attempts for 264 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the school's 17-12 loss to Minnesota.

Falk and the Cougars were absolutely shut down by a Minnesota team that dealt with plenty of adversity heading into this contest. Falk already announced his return for the 2017 season, and it might be for the best as to not leave a sour taste in evaluators' mouths following this performance.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 10:16:00 AM

Washington State HC Mike Leach indicated that he does not think that redshirt junior QB Luke Falk will enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Leach left enough wiggle room with his comments that Falk's return probably shouldn't be considered a slam dunk, but at least for now, it looks like his quarterback's return is a likely one. Said the Cougars' head coach, "[The Holiday Bowl] won't be his last game." He added that "[a]ny conversations we've had are between us, but I don't believe he's leaving." The 6-foot-4, 208-pound redshirt junior has taken to Leach's pass-happy offensive system like a bear takes to sleeping through the winter. This past season, Falk threw for 4,024 yards and a 37/10 TD/INT ratio over the course of 12 games.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 03:47:00 PM

Washington State senior WR Gabe Marks accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Marks could have jumped to the draft last season, but decided instead to return to the Cougars for one final season of collegiate fun in Pullman. In 12 regular-season games, the prolific wideout (he is the all-time Pac-12 receptions leader) logged an 85-867-13 receiving line. Those 2016 numbers are respectable enough, but represent a step down from the career-best 104-1192-15 line he posted a year ago. A vacuum out of the slot, Marks figures to hear his name called some time on Day 2 or Day 3 of the spring draft. He will wrap up his season with a Holiday Bowl appearance against Minnesota before he begins the draft process proper.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 02:52:00 PM

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.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 07:49:00 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.
Fri, Nov 25, 2016 07:57:00 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.
Fri, Nov 25, 2016 07:33:00 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.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 07:53:00 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.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 02:49:00 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
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 10:30:00 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.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 10:01:00 AM


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