Falk, Dahl, Marks first-team All-Pac-12

WASHINGTON STATE quarterback Luke Falk, wide receiver Gabe Marks and offensive lineman Joe Dahl were named to the All-Pac-12 first team on Tuesday. Eleven Cougars in all earned all-conference recognition. The Pac-12 Coach of the Year and Players of the Year honors will be announced Tuesday on the Pac-12 Networks at 6 p.m. PT.

The 11 Cougars signify the most all-conference selections for the Cougars since the 2003 season when WSU had 17 selections. It is also the most first-team picks since '03, when the Cougars placed five on the first team.

In addition to Falk, Dahl and Marks, defensive linemen Darryl Paulo and Destiney Vaeao were named to the second team while safety Shalom Luani, right tackle Cole Madison and center Riley Sorenson, defensive lineman Hercules Mata’afa, linebacker Peyton Pelluer and wide receiver Dom Williams each received honorable mention accolades.

Falk, a third-year sophomore shared first-team quarterback honors with California’s Jared Goff. Falk joins rarefied air in earning first-team honors -- WSU's other all-conference quarterbacks were Butch Meeker, Ed Goddard, Bob Newman, Jack Thompson, Mark Rypien, Drew Bledoe, Ryan Leaf and Jason Gesser.

Falk, despite missing the WSU regular season finale, leads the nation in passing at 387.8 yards per game, while ranking first in the Pac-12 in total offense (377.5) and second in the conference in passing touchdowns (36).  He engineered the Cougars' come-from-behind victories at Oregon, Arizona State and UCLA, and Rutgers.

Marks, a fourth-year junior from Venice, Calif., leads the conference in receptions (99) touchdown receptions (14) and is second in receiving yards per game (93.8).  He became WSU’s all-time career receptions leader earlier in the season and was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, while setting a WSU single-season record with 14 TD grabs.

Dahl, a fifth-year senior from Spokane, Wash., picked up his second all-conference honor after gaining honorable mention honors last season. He anchored the left side of the Cougar offensive line for the first eight games of the 2015 season before getting injured and is thought to have allowed only one sack the past two seasons.

Paulo, a fifth-year senior, received his first all-conference award in his final season by leading the Cougars in tackles-for-loss (12.0) and tied for the team lead in sacks (6.0). He ranks seventh in the Pac-12 in TFLs and had a season-high two sacks in WSU’s win over Oregon State in October.

Vaeao, a senior, also received his first all-conference accolade and tallied 11.0 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks this season. He recorded 6.5 TFLs and 1.5 sacks over the final three regular season games.

Luani, a junior, is in his first season as WSU’s starting safety after coming to WSU from junior college (San Francisco City College). Luani has registered 86 tackles, third-most on the Cougs, and is tied for the team lead with three interceptions.

Madison, a third-year sophomore, is finishing his second season as the starting right tackle. He has played every snap at right tackle this season and helped the WSU offense to a conference-leading 397.0 passing yards per game.

Mata’afa, a second-year freshman is the only one of the group not a starter.  He is tied for the team-lead with six sacks and  has 10 tackles-for-loss. He has a TFL in four of the last five Cougar games and ranks t-6 in sacks and t-11 in TFL in the Pac-12.

Pelluer, a third-year sophomore leads the Cougars and ranks fifth in the Pac-12 in tackles with season with 8.2 per game (98). He is also tied for 11th in TFLs while posting three games of double-digit tackles in 2015. Last month he was named to CoSIDA’s All-Academic First Team for District VIII and was recently named to the Pac-12 Conference All-Academic Second Team.

Sorenson, a fourth-year junior picked up his first all-conference honor as the starting center for the Cougar offensive line.  He earned the WSU “Bone” Award following the Oregon victory.

Williams, a fifth-year senior earned his first all-conference honor after posting 73 receptions for 997 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.  His totals rank fourth, fourth and second, respectively, in the Pac-12 this season.  With WSU’s bowl game remaining, Williams ranks second in receiving yards (2,846) second in touchdown receptions (30) and third on WSU’s career list for receptions (190).

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