Luke Falk had a tremendous 2015 season for Washington State and was one of the main reasons why the Cougars finished the season with a 9-4 record, their best finish in years. In 12 games, Falk threw for 4,561 yards and 38 touchdowns while just throwing eight interceptions. Eight of his 644 pass attempts were intercepted, or 1.2 percent of his total attempts.
Those eye-popping stats makes it no surprise that Falk has been named to the Davey O’Brien Award Watch List with 29 other talented quarterbacks in division one football. Last season Falk was a semifinalist on the list but lost to Clemson’s Deshaun Watson who was named to the watch list for 2016 as well.
There are quite a few quarterbacks on the list that should be familiar to Cougar fans. Along with Falk, Josh Rosen (UCLA), Jake Browning (Washington), and Anu Solomon (Arizona) make up four Pac-12 QBs selected to the list. Boise State’s Brett Rypien, the nephew of Cougar great Mark Rypien, is on the list. Falk and Rypien will go head-to-head on Sept. 10 at Albertsons Stadium in a marquee non-conference battle for both BSU and WSU. Miami’s Brad Kaaya is also on the list. Kaaya started the 2015 Sun Bowl for the Hurricanes in a 19-16 defeat to the Cougars in El Paso.
Similar to other postseason awards, a selection committee will vote on the chosen semifinalists to determine a winner. An online fan vote will be available that will be worth five percent of the balloting will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 6 and the 16 semifinalists will be chosen on Thursday, Nov. 6.