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Washington State tops ESPN Pac-12 offensive triplets rankings

THE COUGAR TRIO of offensive skill players -- quarterback Luke Falk, running back Gerard Wicks and wideout Gabe Marks -- was named No. 1 in the Pac-12 conference by ESPN.

"The Cougars clearly have the most proven group of skill guys in the Pac-12," writes ESPN's Kyle Bonagura. "There is high-end talent along with impressive depth and while that, of course, doesn’t guarantee anything, it has raised expectations considerably in Pullman. Not since the early Bill Doba years has there been as much optimism going into a season.

"Whatever stigma exists in regards to Mike Leach quarterbacks being products of a pass-happy system shouldn’t apply here: Falk is the real deal. The one-time walk-on is a legitimate candidate for every major honor headed into a season in which the Cougars’ offense will be expected to be among the highest scoring in the country."

Wicks (pictured above) is shifty, can break tackles, pass protect and caught 38 passes as a safety valve in his sophomore year, notes ESPN.

"Jamal Morrow and Keith Harrington compliment him well and many believe the most talented running back on the roster might be James Williams, who redshirted as a true freshman last season," writes Bonagura.

And then there's Marks, an All-America and Biletnikoff Award candidate.

"Like Falk, it’s easy to get bogged down with the numbers, but Marks is one of the more complete receivers in the country and is surrounded by several other talented pass-catchers," says Bonagura.

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ESPN rated WSU's defensive trio of DL Hercules Mata'afa, LB Peyton Pelluer and safety Shalom Luani at No. 5. In the Pac-12.

Here's how ESPN rated the rest of the Pac-12 offensive triplets:


2. Washington: Jake Browning, Myles Gaskin, John Ross (article by Ted Miller)
3. Stanford: Ryan Burns/Keller Chryst, Christian McCaffrey, Michael Rector (David Lombardi)
4. USC: Max Browne, Justin Davis, JuJu Smith-Schuster  (Ted Miller)
5. UCLA: Josh Rosen, Soso Jamabo, Darren Andrews  (Ted Miller)
6. Oregon: Dakota Prukop/Travis Jonsen, Royce Freeman, Darren Carrington  (Chantel Jennings)
7. Arizona: Anu Solomon, Nick Wilson, Nate Phillips (Kevin Gemmell)
8. Cal: Davis Webb, Vic Enwere, Melquise Stovall (Ted Miller)
9. Oregon State:  Darell Garretson, Ryan Nall, Jordan Villamin (Chantel Jennings)
10. Arizona State  Manny Wilkins/Brady White/Bryce Perkins, Demario Richard, Tim White (Ted Miller)
11. Colorado: Sefo Liufau, Phillip Lindsay, Shay Fields (Chantel Jennings)
12. Utah: Tyler Huntley/Troy Williams/Brandon Cox, Joe Williams, Tyrone Smith (David Lombardi)

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