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WSU quarterback Luke Falk is even more impressive than you thought

JORDAN PLOCHER, an analyst with the most interesting sports website you probably haven’t bookmarked but need to (Pro Football Focus) tweeted a doozy of an advanced stat on Tuesday about Washington State quarterback Luke Falk.

Falk’s completion rate when under pressure was an eye-popping 69.1 percent last season. That goes a long way toward explaining his glossy 69.45 overall percentage, which was second-highest in the nation.

Now for the real news on that. Falk told the Pac-12 Networks last month after the spring game that one of his biggest priorities for 2016 is improving his accuracy. A guy who hits nearly 70 percent of his passes when under pressure thinks he can do better?

That's like a Labrador retriever proclaiming he needs to work on his appetite.

You can see the bumper stickers around Pullman now: 80 percent or bust!

Without the benefit of mind reading, the guess here is that when Luke is talking about accuracy, he isn't talking just about completion percentage, but also where he’s placing the ball – i.e. in the best spot with the right touch so the receiver can maximize yards-after-catch.

And in case you’re wondering what the Quarterback U record is for highest completion percentage in a single season, Falk is your man. For players with a minimum of 300 pass attempts, here’s how WSU’s all-time single-season list stacks up:

  1. LUKE FALK (2015) .694
  2. Timm Rosenbach (1988) .645
  3. Jeff Tuel (2012) .637
  4. Connor Halliday (2013) .629
  5. Marshall Lobbestael (2011) .610
  6. Alex Brink (2006) .609
  7. Alex Brink (2007) .606
  8. Jeff Tuel (2010) .598
  9. Jason Gesser (2002) .587
  10. Jack Thompson (1976) .586

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