Cougar quarterback Luke Falk named to O’Brien Award watch list

WASHINGTON STATE Luke Falk was one of 30 quarterbacks named to the Davey O’Brien Award watch list on Thursday. The award is given to the nation's best college football quarterback.

Falk, a fourth-year junior from Logan, Utah, earned All-Pac-12 first team honors this past season after completing 448 of 645 passes for 4,566 yards with 38 touchdown against only eight interceptions.  The Cougar quarterback was one of the O'Brien Award semifinalists in 2015 as a sophomore.

His 38 touchdown passes were a single-season record for WSU, and his 4,566 passing yards were second all-time at Washington State. He led the nation in passing average at 380.5 ypg, was second in the nation in completion percentage (69.4 percent) and was fourth nationally in TD passes.

Falk will enter the 2016 campaign as the FBS active career leader in passing yards per game (356.9)

Falk is one of 11 juniors on the watch list.  Fourteen players on the list are seniors, along with five sophomores. The Big 12 and Big Ten placed five nominees each on the watch list, followed by the Pac-12 and AAC with four apiece. The other Pac-12 QBs on the list were Jake Browning (Washington); Josh Rosen (UCLA) and Anu Solomon (Arizona). Sixteen semifinalists will be named on Nov. 10, followed by three finalists on Nov. 22. The winner will be announced Dec. 8.

Only two Pac-12 quarterbacks have won the quarterback award since its inception in 1981: Troy Aikman (UCLA, 1988) and Marcus Mariota (Oregon, 2014).

NOTABLE NOTE:
Three Cougars have been named to national preseason watch lists: center Riley Sorenson for the Rimington Trophy; Falk and wide receiver Gabe Marks for the Maxwell Award and Marks for the Biletnikoff Award.

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