Tis the season for fairly meaningless post-spring rankings and such, but as we all know, it's still pretty cool to see WSU players recognized heading into the much-anticipated 2016 season. After all, it wasn't that long ago that WSU was the most irrelevant program in the Pac-12.
How times have changed. Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News put together his post-spring all-conference teams, and WSU leads the way on his offensive first team with three players: Quarterback Luke Falk, wide receiver Gabe Marks, and right tackle Cole Madison.
Falk and Marks are no surprise -- both were on the Pac-12's 2015 first team as voted on by coaches -- but their inclusion is even higher praise when you consider that Wilner only selects one quarterback and two wide receivers to form an actual "team." It's also awesome to see Madison getting recognized; he was an honorable mention selection by the coaches after 2015, and I think he's primed to have an enormous junior season that will have NFL scouts talking about his potential.
As usual, not everyone is a believer in Falk, despite the coaches putting him next to No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jared Goff on that first team after last season. One fan said, "Falk>Rosen? There's more to being a QB than just putting up bunch of useless stats," but Wilner sees the light:
yes, like winning games. falk did okay in that regard last year https://t.co/VoegWVYdN3— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) May 17, 2016
Wilner also put three Stanford players on the offensive first team, while USC had two.
Defensively, WSU left its mark when Wilner put senior safety Shalom Luani on his second team. Here's to guessing there are at least a couple of more Cougs on first and second teams at the end of the season, particularly Hercules Mata'afa and Riley Sorenson.