For Cougs, three out of four ain’t bad

IT WAS UNCLEAR less than two weeks ago if four injured Cougar offensive starters – QB Luke Falk, WR Gabe Marks, LT Joe Dahl, WR River Cracraft – would be ready to play in the Sun Bowl (Dec. 26, 11 am, CBS). But with game week now here, three of the four appear ready to go.

“His conditioning has always been good. I have no problem with that. He’ll be ready to step in and play 70, 80, 90 plays, whatever it may be he should be OK with that,” o-line coach Clay McGuire said in the Spokesman-Review of Dahl

Dahl was first eased into the swing of things in the Cougs' fourth bowl practice on Dec. 12, getting in some non-contact skelly and 11-on-11 work.

Marks, meanwhile, returned to full participation in practice Friday. 

And Falk has been back running the offense since the first bowl practice on Dec. 8.

That leaves only one of the four whose status remains unknown, Y receiver Cracraft.

Cracraft missed the final three games after being injured against ASU, with Kyle Sweet starting in his place.

On Senior Night before the game against Colorado, WSU radio sideline reporter Jessamyn McIntyre reported Cracraft was on crutches and wearing a boot on his left foot. Cracraft hasn't been seen practicing since so the odds would seem to be against his playing in the bowl game. Optimists, however, can point to two things: 1) Dahl was also wearing a boot on Senior Night and 2) In a normal game week, the Cougs hold their first practice on Tuesdays, so there's still time.

Falk needs 332 passing yards to break the WSU single-season record of 4,597 passing yards (Connor Halliday, 2013) and 397 yards to set the all-time single-season Pac-12 mark (Sean Mannion, OSU, 2013). Falk has thrown for 4,266 yards in 11 games this season.

If Dahl starts, it would be his 34th in a Cougar uniform. Dahl had started 33 straight before the injury and is believed to have played on a broken foot for the fourth quarter against Stanford.

Marks, meanwhile, leads the Pac-12 with 99 catches and 14 touchdowns.

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