Washington State QB Luke Falk will return for his senior year

22 October 2016: Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk (4) warms up before a NCAA football game between Washington State Cougars and Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devils Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin French/Icon Sportswire)
(Photo by Kevin French/Icon Sportswire)

Washington State redshirt junior quarterback Luke Falk will remain in Pullman for his senior year.

From former walk-on to one of the top players at his position in the country, Falk ranks second in the FBS over the last two seasons with 8,770 yards passing while also amassing 75 touchdowns to just 18 interceptions.

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. had Falk ranked as the No. 4 draft-eligible quarterback for the 2017 draft class.

Falk led the Cougars to back-to-back winning seasons in 2015 (9-4) and 2016 (8-5), which were the first for Washington State since the 2003 season when they went (10-3).

In 2016, Falk had some impressive showings with three games of over 400-plus-yards passing while also having four games with four touchdown passes.

His best game of the year may have come against Oregon State when Falk threw for 415 yards and 5 touchdowns without throwing a pick.

Falk didn’t thrive in every game for the Cougars this season with poor outings against Washington, UCLA and Minnesota in the National Funding Holiday Bowl.

With Washington being the class of the Pac-12 this past year, Falk struggled with only 269 yards passing, one touchdown and three interceptions.

Things didn’t get much better for Falk and WSU in their bowl game versus the Gophers where he had a sub-par game of 264 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Heading into the 2017 season, Falk has the opportunity to add to his legacy at Wazzu by already holding records for single-season touchdown passes with 38, most 300-yard games with 23, and he is just one pass TD shy of the all-time WSU record (90) held by Connor Halliday.

With one season remaining for Falk, he has 18 career wins and only needs seven victories to surpass the all-time wins leader at WSU in Jason Gesser who had 24.

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