The ____ award has announced that Luke Falk is a (semi-)finalist for the ____ award given to the best ____ in the nation.
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Luke Falk is having a good season. He's second in the nation in completion percentage and ranks in the top ten in the nation in passing yards, total offense and passing touchdowns. He's also led Washington State to a 6 game win streak. Cougar fans have noticed (especially the part about the win streak)... And so have award committees around the sport.
On Monday, Luke Falk was announced as a semi-finalist for the Maxwell award, given to the nation's top college football player. He's on the list with some of football's best, including Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook and Stanford running back Christian McCaffery. Five finalists will be announced on November 22, with the final award being announced on at the ESPN college football award show on December 8.
Just one day later, another committee announced that Falk made the cut. On Tuesday, Falk was one of just five players to be named a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given to the country's best junior or senior quarterback. He appears on the finalist list with Watson, Baker Mayfield from Oklahoma, Patrick Mahomes from Texas Tech and Mitch Trubisky from North Carolina. The award will be given out at a ceremony on December 9.
But that's not even close to the end. Falk is also in the running for 3 more awards:
- The Manning Award (given to the top quarterback -- including bowl performances!) - 10 finalists will be announced on November 30, winner will be announced January 11.
- The Davey O'Brien Award (the "oldest and most prestigious" award given to the top quarterback) - 16 finalists will be announced on November 10, that will be narrowed down the three on November 22, with the award being handed out on the ESPN award show December 9. The committee also gives out a "Great 8" award each week to the top 8 quarterback, which Falk has won three times this season.
- The Walter Camp Award (player of the year award) - This one will be narrowed down to 10 semi-finalists in "mid-November", with the winner announced on December 8.
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