Washington State quarterback Luke Falk throws a lot of footballs. We also know that of the footballs Falk throws, most of them are caught, several of them are caught for touchdowns and very few are caught by the other team.
This clearly isn't uncharted territory for a Mike Leach quarterback, but Leach's new toy under center is on pace to do a lot of things many of his previous signal callers never accomplished — as a redshirt sophomore.
Let's first take a look at Leach's quarterbacks through the years, dating back to his time as offensive coordinator at Kentucky.
|Mike Leach Quarterbacks|
|2000||Texas Tech||RSo.||Kliff Kingsbury||13||362/585||61.9||3,418||5.8||21||17||117|
|2001||Texas Tech||RJr.||Kliff Kingsbury||12||365/529||69||3,502||6.6||25||9||136.8|
|2002||Texas Tech||RSr.||Kliff Kingsbury||14||479/712||67.3||5,017||7||45||13||143.7|
|2003||Texas Tech||RSr.||B.J. Symons||13||470/719||65.4||5,833||8.1||52||22||151.3|
|2004||Texas Tech||RSr.||Sonny Cumbie||12||421/642||65.6||4,742||7.4||32||18||138.5|
|2005||Texas Tech||RSr.||Cody Hodges||12||353/531||66.5||4,197||7.9||31||12||147.6|
|2006||Texas Tech||RSo.||Graham Harrell||13||412/617||66.8||4,555||7.4||38||11||145.5|
|2007||Texas Tech||RJr.||Graham Harrell||13||512/713||71.8||5,705||8||48||14||153.3|
|2008||Texas Tech||RSr.||Graham Harrell||13||442/626||70.6||5,111||8.2||45||9||160|
|* Ommitted 2009, 2012 and 2014 due to multiple quarterbacks; injuries|
(He's not listed on the table because he didn't play a full season, but prior to his leg injury in 2014, Connor Halliday was on pace to throw for 5,809 yards and 48 touchdowns on 538-of-789 passing over a 12-game schedule, which would have been the second-best passing season in NCAA history. Damn.)
Symons put up stupid number in 13 games during his senior year, setting an NCAA record with 5,833 passing yards to go along with 52 touchdown passes, the third best mark in single season history. Four years later, Harrell would throw for 5,705 yards, the second-highest single season total in NCAA history, and 48 touchdowns.
As seniors, each in their fifth season in Leach's system, Harrell and Symons finished 4th and 10th, respectively, in Heisman voting. Kingsbury finished 9th in Heisman voting his senior year, which was his third year in Leach's system.
Those are all fun numbers, but enter Falk, an under-recruited, unranked quarterback previously planning to go to Cornell, who in his third season under Leach and first as a starter is on pace to find himself in the same company as Kingsbury, Symons and Harrell.
He's just going to do it a lot quicker.
|Luke Falk Stats|
Falk is on pace to set an NCAA record for completions in a season with 523, breaking Harrell's record of 512 set in 2007, and record the highest completion percentage for a Leach quarterback at 72.8%. Currently, Falk's 155.6 quarterback rating would be the second-highest for a Leach quarterback and he's on pace to throw for the third-most yards, second-most touchdowns and fewest interceptions in a single season under Leach.
|Luke Falk in Pac-12 Play|
If you were to extrapolate Falk's numbers in conference play over a 13-game schedule, he'd be on pace to break every major NCAA passing record. That's how well the dude is chucking the rock right now. Obviously it's an unsustainable pace, but it shows how insanely hot this Washington State offense has been over the last four games with their former walk-on quarterback at the helm.
A big test on national television looms against No. 8 Stanford this weekend, but Falk has already proven, in just 10 starts, that no moment is too big.