We knew what Luke was capable of doing. The confidence he plays with, the swagger he plays with, his demeanor. It all lifts us up as a team. —WSU running back Jamal Morrow
Luke Falk, who starred at Logan High just two years ago, turned heads in his first collegiate start when the redshirt freshman and former walk-on led Washington State to a 39-32 victory over Oregon State on Saturday.
Falk was also named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week Monday after throwing for 471 yards and completing 44 of his 61 pass attempts (72 percent) in the win. He also threw five touchdowns with no interceptions.
“He played real controlled and calm ... the biggest thing that’s ahead of schedule is the poise," WSU head coach Mike Leach told The Seattle Times college football reporter Bud Withers after the Cougars' win Saturday. "He makes real good decisions when he selects the time to take off.”
Falk has commanded the air-raid Cougar offense well since taking over for senior Connor Halliday, who broke his leg in a Nov. 1 loss to USC. He threw for 346 yards on 38-of-57 passing in that game after Halliday's injury. He also threw for two touchdowns and an interception.
“We knew what Luke was capable of doing. The confidence he plays with, the swagger he plays with, his demeanor. It all lifts us up as a team," WSU running back Jamal Morrow told The Spokesman-Review WSU beat writer Jacob Thorpe.
Falk has completed 70 percent of his 120 attempts for 903 yards and eight touchdowns in three games this season.
He completed 330 of his 562 attempts for 3,618 yards with 36 touchdowns and 11 picks during his senior season at Logan in 2012. He finished with 5,124 yards, 53 touchdowns and 15 interceptions on 59 percent completions during his time with Grizzlies. Falk also averaged 11.4 points per game on the school's basketball team during his senior season.
CougCenter managing editor Mark Sandritter wrote a column titled "Luke Falk and the next era of hope," where he discussed how Falk's performance gives hope to WSU fans who had concerns about the future of the program with Halliday graduating at the end of this year.
"At the risk of being completely hyperbolic, I'm already sold on Falk being the future at quarterback for WSU and if he's not it's because he's beaten out by a generational-type talent," Sandritter wrote Sunday. "That's an absurd statement to make considering Falk has thrown 120 passes in his career, but I'm sold."
WSU closes out the season with a game at No. 9 Arizona State Nov. 22 and a home rivalry contest with Washington Nov. 29.