ESPN: WSU a winner in early entry fallout

YESTERDAY WAS THE deadline for early entrants to the 2016 NFL draft and 15 Pac-12 players put their names in the hat. Chantel Jennings of ESPN.com subsequently put together her list of the biggest winners and losers from the fallout and Washington State is one of her big winners.

Foremost, of course, is the fact star Cougar receiver Gabe Marks is opting to return to Pullman for his final year of eligibility.

“Unfortunately for Pac-12 North secondaries, Washington State’s Gabe Marks will be back next year to wreak havoc among defensive backs. But that’s a very, very good thing for Wazzu,” Jennings writes.

“Marks and quarterback Luke Falk will have another year together to grow in the offense. Mike Leach said that much of the offensive growth this past season was just due to that -- time together," she adds. "With another offseason to gain chemistry and mature the Cougars are setting themselves up for a big 2016. So, Pac-12 defensive backs, don’t rest too much -- Marks is coming for you.”

But there’s another element to the upbeat crimson outlook. Five notable playmakers from the Pac-12 North are leaving early: Oregon receivers Byron Marshall and Bralon Addison, Stanford tight end Austin Hooper and Cal’s passing-receiving combo of Jared Goff and Kenny Lawler.

In addition, the south division’s UCLA, whom the Cougs play on Oct. 15, loses five players to early entry.

CLICK HERE for Jennings' complete run down of the winners and losers coming out of the Pac-12's early entrants to the draft.


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