CF.C's 2015 Sportsperson of the Year

THE CHOICE WAS was so clear that a polling of the brain trust yielded not a single word about the case to be made on his behalf. His name, all by itself, spoke volumes in the eyes of our panelists.

So today, in more a coronation than an unveiling, we present Washington State quarterback Luke Falk as our 2015 CF.C Sportsman of the Year.

Falk’s work this year has been so memorable that his battery mate, uber-receiver Gabe Marks, didn’t have a chance. Neither did Josh Hawkinson, the double-double hoops phenom, last year's co-winner, Lia Galdeira, or baseballer Joe Pistorese, an all-conference southpaw who became the Cougars’ all-time leader in innings pitched in 2015.

Indeed, the case for Falk is impenetrable.

There are the monster statistics, of course, which place him between No. 1 and No. 4 in the nation in five key quarterbacking measures. And there’s the fact he is just the ninth Cougar quarterback in the 100-year history of the Pac-12 to earn first-team all-conference honors alongside the likes of Jason Gesser, Ryan Leaf and Drew Bledsoe.

The Apple Cup outcome, with Falk on the sidelines, served as powerful testament to exactly how much he means to Washington State.

But the bottom line on this one-time walk on’s selection as CF.C Sportsman of the Year belongs to the fact Cool Hand Luke lived up to his nickname. Let us count the ways:

at Rutgers, Sept. 12:
Falk passes 8 yards to River Cracraft with 13 seconds left and the Cougs win 37-34.

at Oregon, Oct. 10:
Falk passes 8 yards to Dom Williams with 1 second left and the Cougs go on to win 45-38 in double OT.

at Arizona, Oct. 24:
This wasn't a come-from-behind win, but it was clutch. Falk passes 9 yards to Gabe Marks with 2:03 left and the Cougs win 45-42.

vs. Arizona State, Nov. 7
Down 21-17 entering the fourth quarter, the Cougars put together two long drives for TDs and then iced it, 38-24, with a 75-yard scoring aerial from Falk to Williams.

at UCLA, Nov. 14:
Falk passes 21 yards to Marks with 3 seconds left and the Cougs win 31-27.

But for a few inches to the right, the Stanford game would be on the list as well.

Washington State turned in its best football season in more than a dozen years in 2015 and the third-year sophomore from Utah's Logan High stands as Exhibit A as to why.

Luke Falk is our unanimous choice as 2015 Sportsman of the Year.

Previous CF.C Sportspersons of the Year winners:
2014 Tia Presley and Lia Galdeira
2013 Deone Bucannon
2012 Brock Motum


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