Top 10 Cougs: Nos. 1 and 2

THE NUMBERS already put up by the top two players on’s list of top 10 Cougars leap off the page. But those stats figure to soar to unprecedented heights in 2016.

No. 2 Gabe Marks
The 6-0, 188-pounder needs 68 catches to become the all-time receptions leader in the history of the 100-plus year history of the Pac-12. With 104 receptions in ’15 and first-team All-Pac-12 honors, Marks is already the record-holder at Washington State with 227 catches.  What has made the fifth-year senior special on the field during his college career: precise route running and great hands. What’s not so easily quantified is his immense drive, be it practice or in the games. Marks this season will set records, gain awards and climb up a number of all-time lists, but he returned to Washington State for one thing above all: getting the Cougs back to the Rose Bowl.

GABE MARKS (Sapio/USA Today Sports)

No. 1 Luke Falk
The  6-4, 214-pound fourth-year junior shares the same team-oriented attitude as his prolific receiver – if the numbers are right in the box, he’ll check to the run and without hesitation. But the Air Raid will always be most reliant on the QB and Falk, in just a little over a season’s worth of starts, has been spectacular. He’s completed 603 of 883 career passes (68 percent) for 6,420 yards and 51 TDs. Last season, he tossed a program record 38 touchdowns against just eight interceptions. By the end of his junior season, he could either hold or threaten virtually all of the WSU career passing records. Falk’s primary focus this season, however, has nothing to do with the numbers. He just wants to put opponents away earlier than in 2015.


Honorable mention: RB Gerard Wicks, RG Eduardo Middleton, NT Robert Barber

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