Falk nearly a veteran by ’15 Pac-12 standards

LUKE FALK, assuming he wins the QB job, will be seen this season as a new starter in the Pac-12. But the third-year sophomore at Washington State will bring with him to the opener more college experience than several of his Pac-12 brethren. His season QB rating from last year is also higher than all but three of the returning starters.

In looking over the returning Pac-12 quarterbacks, Falk would seem a pretty good bet to lead the conference in passing in his first full year of starting – and not only because he operates in a pass-first offense.

The lack of returning QB starters this season in the Pac-12 is noteworthy.

Gone are Arizona State’s Taylor Kelly, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, Oregon State’s Sean Mannion, UCLA’s Brett Hundley and Connor Halliday. There are only six returning Pac-12 quarterback starters: USC's Cody Kessler, Cal's Jared Goff, Arizona's Anu Solomon, Colorado's Sefo Liufau, Stanford's Kevin Hogan and Utah's Travis Wilson. (Like Falk, ASU's Mike Bercovici got three starts last year).

Falk played roughly the equivalent of four full games last season, throwing for 1,859 yards.

Projected onto a 12-game season, that’s 5,577 hashes.

The all-time Pac-12 single-season passing mark is 4,662 (Mannion, 2013). Nationally, B.J. Symons, who played for Leach at Texas Tech, holds the record: 5,833 yards in 13 games (2003).

Goff threw for the most yards last season of the returnees, with 3,973 yards.

Falk's QB rating from last year was 140.4. Only Kessler (167.1); Goff (147.3) and Hogan (145.4) posted a better rating among the returning starters.

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