Which WSU, Pac-12 records at risk in 2015?

HE DIDN’T FINISH the season but quarterback Connor Halliday still set the all-time single-season completion rate at Washington State in 2014, connecting on 67.3 percent of his passes. That record, however, could be short lived. Based on last year, Luke Falk is capable of catching him in 2015.

Luke Falk completed 64.2 percent of his passes after being thrust into the starting role when Halliday was lost for the season with a broken ankle. Timm Rosenbach holds the second-best completion percentage in WSU history behind Halliday, completing 64.5 percent of his throws in 1988.

Falk, in roughly the equivalent of four full games last season, also passed for 13 TDs. If he duplicates that TD pace in ‘15, he’d end the regular season with 39 TD tosses.

That would tie the all-time Pac-12 record (Matt Barkley, 2011). WSU’s top single-season TD mark is 34, held by Halliday (2013) and Ryan Leaf (1997).

The most completions ever by a quarterback at WSU is 449. The most passing yards: 4,597. Both marks were set by Halliday in 2013. And both are at risk with Falk in 2015 based on his 2014 numbers. (The single-season Pac-12 passing record is just beyond the WSU mark, at 4,662 yards (Sean Mannion, OSU, 2013).

Keep an eye on wide receiver Gabe Marks’ tally this season. With 122 receptions in his first two seasons before redshirting last year, Marks (pictured above) needs 73 grabs to tie Michael Bumpus (195) for the top spot.

But don’t forget about River Cracraft. The inside receivers tend to have more receptions in the Air Raid and Cracraft, despite playing in only nine games last year, has 112 receptions through his first two seasons.

The 2015 campaign could see a duel between Marks and Cracraft in the race to 195. And, it could even be a compelling three-way battle.

Outside receiver Dom Williams has 117 career receptions heading into his senior season at WSU. Marks and Cracraft are both juniors and have two seasons to Williams’ one to set the all-time WSU receptions mark. But in the near term, Williams could make it very interesting in 2015.

Williams also has 19 TD receptions heading into 2015, placing him in a tie for fourth on the all-time WSU list with Jared Karstetter (2008-11). He’d need a monumental season to catch Jason Hill in an offense that spreads the ball around. But it’s possible. Williams would need 13 TD grabs this year to tie Hill (32). Williams had nine TD receptions last year.

On defense, there don’t appear to be any career marks at risk. No current Cougar defenders are listed among the top ten in categories tracked by the school.

No current Cougar defensemen are listed among WSU's single-season top ten lists either. Among the top single-season defensive marks at WSU:

Total Tackles: 157, Brian Forde (1986)
Tackles For Loss: 22, DeWayne Patterson (1993)
Sacks: 17, DeWayne Patterson (1993)
Interceptions: 10, Lamont Thompson (2001)

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