Cougar quarterback Luke Falk named to Walter Camp watchlist

WASHINGTON STATE fourth-year junior quarterback Luke Falk on Friday was one of 40 players named to the watch list for the 2016 Walter Camp Player of the Year award, the nation’s fourth-oldest individual college football award.

Falk, also named to the Maxwell and O’Brien award watch lists this preseason, led Washington State to a 9-4 campaign in 2015 including a Sun Bowl victory over Miami.

In all, 31 schools and 11 conferences (including independents) are represented on the Walter Camp watch list.  There are 30 offensive players (15 quarterbacks, 11 running backs and four receivers) and 10 from the defensive side of the ball (five linebackers, five defensive backs and one defensive end).

A first-team All-Pac-12 selection this past season, Falk completed 448 of 645 passes for 4,566 yards with 38 touchdown against only eight interceptions.  His 38 touchdown passes were a single-season record for WSU while his 4,566 passing yards were second all-time at Washington State.

Falk, who missed 1 1/2 games to injury in 2015, led the nation in passing average at 380.5 ypg, was second in the nation in completion percentage (69.4 percent) and finished fourth nationally in TD passes.

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

The Walter Camp watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in November.  The winner will be announced on Dec. 8. 
Two other Cougars are preseason national honors candidates: center Riley Sorenson has been named to the Rimington Trophy watch list and wide receiver Gabe Marks is on both the Maxwell and Biletnikoff award watch lists.


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