Gabe Marks’ 5 reasons for a better tomorrow

GABE MARKS is the Pac-12’s headliner at wide receiver this upcoming season -- but he’s just as happy talking about some other wideouts at Washington State. We asked Marks about three young Cougar wideouts, and two others whom he thought were flying under the radar.

Marks last season both led the Pac-12 and was No. 4 nationally in receptions (104) and TD grabs (15). He made a quick decision before the Sun Bowl to return to WSU rather than jump early to the NFL.

We’ll have more on that tomorrow but first, Marks says the Cougs are in good shape at wide receiver both for his senior season and after he’s gone. Here’s what he had to say on three young members in the WR group taking part in the Cougs' spring drills next month.

Tavares Martin (6-1, 165, sophomore)
“Everyone saw last season when Tavares got the ball he’s going to be an explosive guy,” said Marks. “Hopefully, he can be a little like Dom, and a career 17-yards per catch guy… we work out together actually, and I can tell he’s excited for the season.”

Kyle Sweet (6-0, 186, sophomore)
“Sweet is just doing his thing,” said Marks. “He’s just being consistent in what he does. He’s going to be where you need him to be by the time to play ball. I don’t worry about Sweet.”

Isaiah Johnson (6-3, 211, freshman)
“He’s a tall guy… being as big as he is when we’re doing 7-on-7 he’s really explosive out there… he’s already got the offense down pretty much and he’s a smart kid. You can tell he’s only going to get stronger,” said Marks.

CAN A WIDE RECEIVER entering his senior campaign with 165 career receptions still be flying under the radar?  If it’s River Cracraft, yes, says Marks.

Cracraft (6-0, 200) hasn’t played a full season since his true freshman campaign, Marks noted, missing three games each of the past two seasons. Fans haven’t seen Cracraft's true potential yet, says Marks.

“If we get a full season out of him, fans are really going to be (pleased) and that’s saying a lot because he’s already on the (watch lists). He is is a special kind of receiver, and he really cares about what he does… He’s more explosive than people think he is. And he’s a very good athlete,” said Marks.

Marks also says John Thompson, a senior walk on, shouldn’t be overlooked heading into spring or the 2016 season. The 5-8, 194-pounder caught 24 passes last season, including his first career TD reception.

“John Thompson played a lot for us last year,” said Marks. “I’ve watched him grind from a scout team guy who worked hard to get to where he is. He makes a lot of tough catches people overlook. He’s a great route runner and a really strong guy. He’s one of those guys who keeps the offense rolling.”

We'll have more with Marks tomorrow on CF.C...

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