2016 Washington State Cougars Preview


I had a chance to preview the Washington State Cougars over at The Student Section. Check it out here.

Here’s an excerpt from the preview…..

4 Key Players

Luke Falk, QB – The exit of Connor Halliday made a lot of people nervous in Pullman. Luke Falk showed them they had nothing to worry about. He finished 2015 with a 69.4% completion percentage and a fantastic 38 TD/8 TD-to-INT ratio. Unfortunately, Falk missed the Apple Cup last season. You can bet he wants to be a part of this year’s game in a big way.

Gabe Marks, WR – Every great quarterback needs a go-to receiver. That’s where Marks comes in. In 2015, he led the Pac-12 with 104 receptions and 15 TDs. He was the leading receiver on a pass heavy team (738 pass attempts vs 294 rush attempts) and will be relied on heavily again in 2016.

Shalom Luani, FS – Luani led the Cougars last season in both interceptions (4) and solo tackles (67). The best defensive back on the team, Luani is a gifted athlete, and also plays soccer for American Samoa. He came to Wazzu last year via the JUCO ranks and had an immediate impact on the defense, starting all 13 games. He was a difference maker last season, and will have an active role in the secondary this fall.

Hercules Mata’afa, DE – We simply can’t keep a player named Hercules off our players to watch section. As a freshman, he saw action in every game in 2015, and like Luani, he made a significant impact. Hercules led the Cougars with 7 sacks and also had 11 tackles for loss. Expect big things from him again this season.

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