What’s next for Cougars at QB?

WITH TYLER BRUGGMAN moving on, what’s the state of quarterbacking at Washington State – both in the here and now and for the future? And specifically, will WSU go after another QB in this recruiting class?

My take would be no, and it’s a strong no.

Sure, it’s possible a junior college star could burst onto the scene this season, one who looked at Mike Leach and the Air Raid and there developed a mutual interest between the two.

But it’s far more likely WSU stands pat with incoming prep QB Tyler Hilinski as the only signal caller in the class, just as planned. Why?

Luke Falk.

Leach and crew are really high on Falk.

They like his accuracy, mental make-up and his decision-making. They see good things for the redshirt-freshman down the road after Connor Halliday graduates after this season.

He fits quire nicely what Leach wants in a quarterback.

The narrative this spring was that Falk and Tyler Bruggman performed similarly, with Falk maybe even holding a slight edge.

And if Falk were a scholie player, if he would have been a highly sought signee coming out of high school his senior year, if he had been on more equal footing with Bruggman rather than being a walk on, the post-spring analysis probably would have been more clear-cut.

But Falk fell off the recruiting radar his junior year and an offer from Florida State, and any others that may have followed, evaporated.

All this is not to say losing Bruggman isn’t a blow.

It is.

It’s even tougher to swallow after WSU came back and re-won Bruggman on Signing Day a couple years back, when he nearly flipped to ASU. Now, CougFans won’t ever get to see the former 4-star prep product in a WSU uniform take the field on Saturdays.

It’s also not as dire a situation as it may appear on paper because of Falk’s development.

And of what’s to come from Falk.

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