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NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah reports that Washington State redshirt junior QB Luke Falk "is one of the most polarizing players in the personnel community."

"There are scouts that love his size and arm talent while others believe he is simply a product of the Mike Leach system," Jeremiah wrote. "I've yet to hear from anyone that is lukewarm (sorry for the pun) on his evaluation." The 6-foot-4, 208-pound redshirt junior has thrown for 1,124 yards with an 11/2 TD/INT ratio in three games.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 26 - 6:29 PM

Washington State senior WR Gabe Marks caught seven passes for 59 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 56-6 win over Idaho.

Marks had notched exactly 10 catches against both Eastern Washington and Boise State. No such luck on Saturday, though he did lead the team with his seven grabs. The 6-foot, 176-pounder has now caught 27 passes for 242 yards and four touchdowns through the first three games of the 2016 season. A home showdown with Oregon awaits on October 1. The Cougars are off on bye next weekend.
Sep 17 - 5:45 PM

Washington State redshirt junior QB Luke Falk completed 21-of-36 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 56-6 win over Idaho.

Falk had thrown for at least 400 yards and four touchdowns in each of his first two games. While he didn't hit either of those markers on Saturday, Washington State at least came away from this one with a win. They entered action holding an 0-2 record. For the season, the 6-foot-4, 208-pound redshirt junior has thrown for 1,124 yards with an 11/2 TD/INT ratio.
Sep 17 - 5:39 PM

Washington State redshirt senior DT Robert Barber and redshirt freshman DE T.J. Fehoko were arrested on Friday for their alleged roles in a July fight.

Barber has already been expelled following a student conduct board investigation, though he is appealing that decision. The pair was released following their arrests on Friday. The Pullman Police Department is recommending charges of 2nd degree assault for both Barber and Fehoko, though no charges have yet been officially filed against the pair. It will be up to the Whitman County Prosecutor to determine whether the case will move forward with those charges. Wazzu AD Bill Moos said that the pairs' playing statuses for Saturday's game against Idaho will be determined by HC Mike Leach, rather than the university.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 16 - 6:46 PM

Washington State redshirt senior DT Robert Barber was expelled in relation to a fight over the summer.

Barber was expelled based on the findings of a student conduct board investigation, findings which he is appealing. It is being alleged that the 6-foot-3, 300-pounder knocked a student unconscious and landed another in the hospital with a fractured jaw during an offseason fight. Barber will be able to practice and play until the appeal is heard.
Sep 15 - 9:02 PM

Washington State AD Bill Moos and school president Kirk Schulz met with the chief of the Pullman Police Department in regards to recent off-field troubles in the football program.

Moos referred to the meeting as a "very pleasant conversation." After several off-field incidents in Pullman, HC Mike Leach insinuated earlier this week that authorities might be placing undue attention on football players. This came up during Moos and Schultz's meeting on Thursday. "Some of [the conversation] was based on Mike Leach's comments, but not in a contentious way. It was something that generated some talking points in regards to our football guys and some of the problems we've had," Moos said, "how they've been involved and if they were the only ones involved, which they are not."
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 15 - 5:46 PM

Washington State AD Bill Moos released a statement regarding recent off-field troubles by football players, saying, "We take such allegations [of legal misconduct] very seriously and, as always, we will fully cooperate with local authorities."

"We are well aware of recent incidents involving Washington State football, including many details associated with each incident that have not been reported," Moos said in the statement. He went on to add that "[u]ntil the full legal process has reached completion, WSU Athletics will have no further comment on these matters." Of late, linebacker Logan Tago was arrested on second-degree assault and robbery charges in relation to an alleged mugging. Over the summer, multiple Wazzu players were investigated for their potential role in a fight at an off-campus party.
Sep 15 - 12:23 PM

Washington State sophomore LB Logan Tago was arrested Monday on second-degree assault and second-degree felony robbery charges.

Pullman Radio News first reported Tago's arrest. The alleged incident that precipitated this occurred on June 23, when a man was mugged while carrying a case of beer at 1:30 a.m. As of this posting, Washington State has not yet taken disciplinary action against the 6-foot-3, 228-pounder, but given that he is facing a pair of felony charges, outright dismissal is in play here.
Sep 13 - 2:20 PM

Washington State HC Mike Leach went on a diatribe accusing his team of being soft while also denigrating the state of sports in America.

Sit back and buckle up, because Leach went off on his 0-2 Cougars. Said the eccentric head coach, "Right now we have the atmosphere of a JC softball team. That's what we are, a JC softball team." He then went on to take down the rest of the sporting universe. "It's not whether you win or lose," Leach mused, "it's the team that wins is the one that has the most fun. Crap like that that's contaminated America where they give every kid a trophy and they don't keep score in Little League anymore." Leach added that this attitude has "retarded the competitive spirit of America." The Cougs host Idaho on Saturday.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 13 - 12:24 PM

Despite 418 passing yards and four touchdowns from redshirt junior QB Luke Falk, Washington State was beaten by Eastern Washington to the tune of 45-42 on Saturday.

Trouble on the Palouse. The game started out well enough for the Cougars, who held a 14-7 lead after one quarter and a 28-24 lead at the half. They just couldn't shake Eastern Washington, though, and the game would turn after the Eagles posted 14 unanswered points in the third quarter. Washington State's late comeback attempts would not be enough to come away with the victory. Last season, HC Mike Leach's squad lost to Portland State in the opener, so this is something of a strange repetition of unexpected failure. Regardless of the outcome, Luke Falk and WR Gabe Marks (10-108-2 on Saturday) remain fantasy studs. Next Saturday's game will feature all of the points, as the Cougars will travel down the river to Boise to face off with a Broncos team that stomped Louisiana Lafayette earlier on Saturday.
Sep 4 - 1:40 AM

Pro Football Focus ranks Washington State redshirt junior QB Luke Falk as the No. 3 draft-eligible quarterback.

PFF's Steve Palazzolo sees in Falk a prospect who blends a quick release with superb touch. "Falk does a nice job of finding open receivers in zones and hitting them with good ball location," Palazzolo wrote. "He doesn’t have great zip on the ball, but he makes up for it with his release." The 6-foot-4, 208-pound redshirt junior threw for 4,561 yards and a 38/8 TD/INT ratio last season. "Falk must become a better decision-maker, particularly over the middle of the field," Palazzolo wrote. "The same skills that allow him to find receivers in between zones also get him into trouble as he floats far too many passes that give linebackers and safeties a chance for interceptions."
Aug 24 - 4:37 PM

Washington State senior S Shalom Luani was arrested and charged with second-degree felony assault early Wednesday morning.

Per the Pullman Police Department, Luani allegedly broke the nose of a patron at Dominos during an altercation on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder was a key piece in Washington State's defense last season. He started all 13 games and recorded 90 tackles (3.0 for loss) while intercepting four passes. Potential punishment from HC Mike Leach and the Cougars has yet to be publicly announced.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 1:40 PM

Washington State senior WR Gabe Marks (leg) was a full-participant in practice on Thursday.

Marks suffered a leg injury of some variety about 10 days ago, with the Seattle Times' Stefanie Loh relaying that he got tangled up with a corner in a drill and lay on the field for several minutes while being attended to by the training staff. HC Mike Leach wouldn't divulge the nature of the 6-foot, 176-pounder's ailment at the time, but regardless, Marks is back participating in camp at full tilt, now. "It’s good to be practicing," he said. "It’s good to be practicing and getting back out there." He is an elite fantasy option when healthy.
Aug 19 - 1:56 PM

Washington State senior WR Gabe Marks left Monday's practice due to an apparent leg injury.

Marks was injured during a passing drill while squaring off with one of Wazzu's corners. Per the Seattle Times' Stefanie Loh, the 6-foot, 176-pounder "lay on the field for a few minutes, then was helped up by the trainers. With a trainer on each side of him, he hobbled off the field and up to the medical tent." HC Mike Leach has a policy not to comment on injuries and played to his part of coaching jester when asked, saying, "He’s doing perfect, 100 percent healthy and he couldn’t be happier. He’s happy as a kid with a new bike." The clarity is always appreciated, Coach.
Aug 9 - 2:02 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein perceives Washington State redshirt junior QB Luke Falk "as a future NFL starter."

Like many Mike Leach quarterbacks before him, Falk has been sorted into the "system quarterback" category, perhaps a bit prematurely. Zierlein specifically praised Falk's "combination of size, compact release and pocket poise." The 6-foot-4, 208-pound redshirt junior threw for 4,561 yards and a 38/8 TD/INT ratio last season. "Falk will stand in and take the hit to deliver a strike, and he has mobility outside the pocket as well," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 4 - 8:34 PM


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