Last year Luke Falk put up a season that elevated him to the pantheon of WSU passers of years past. After losing to Eastern Washington and Boise State to start the year, it seemed that while Falk was performing at a high level, his play was a let down to the previous year. In fact when projecting the All-Conference teams a couple weeks ago, I had him moving down to the second team. This was after I lobbied for him as the Pac-12 player of the year last season. Well I just took a look at the advanced numbers and he is far surpassing his fantastic play last season to my surprise.
My favorite stat to look at when evaluating quarterbacks is adjusted yards per attempt. Adjusted yards per attempt measures the average yards gained on each passing attempt while taking into account touchdown passes, sacks and interceptions as well. That way quarterbacks who throw a lot of receiver screens for example aren’t punished like they would be in normal average yards per attempt. Falk is putting up a stellar 8.4 yards per attempt, which is up from last year’s 7.7. This is boosted by a fantastic 17 to 1 touchdown to interception ratio in the past month. That number would be tied for third best in WSU history with Jason Gesser and behind only Timm Rosenbach and Ryan Leaf’s junior seasons at WSU.
Falk is also completing 74% of his passes with 33 TD’s and only 6 interceptions with at least 3 more games to go. Last year he completed 69% with 38 touchdowns for the entire season. If the Cougars continue to win, Falk has to move into top 5 heisman consideration. Just like the rest of the team, it is unbelievable where Falk has come from after those first two games.
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