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Luke Falk and Gabe Marks make Maxwell Award watchlist

Expectations are sky high for the Cougar offense in 2016... And not just in Pullman.

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From Tony Dorsett to Marcus Allen, Barry Sanders and Andrew Luck, a lot of greats have won the Maxwell award. This year, two Cougs are looking to add their name to the list.

The Maxwell Football Club announced yesterday that junior quarterback Luke Falk and senior receiver Gabe Marks have been added to the first preseason Maxwell Award watchlist. The Maxwell Award, named after Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell as been given to the nation's best college football player ever since Yale's Clint Frank won the award in 1937.

This news shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone. People are expecting a lot out of the Cougar offense this season, and those two are the natural leaders for the unit. Falk is coming off a season where he broke nearly every record in the book, while Marks is a player many thought would be a high round draft pick had he decided to go pro last season. Neither player made the Maxwell watchlist last season, although Marks (along with River Cracraft and Dom Williams) was added to the Biletnikoff watchlist for the nation's top receiver.

We can expect to see both Falk and Mark's names one more time when the Davey O'Brien Award watchlist is announced next Thursday and the Biletnikoff Award watchlist is announced next Wednesday.

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Falk, Marks named to Maxwell Award Preseason Watch List | Sports - KXLY.com
Washington State quarterback Luke Falk and wide receiver Gabe Marks were both named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club announced Tuesday. The Maxwell Award is given to America’s College Player of the Year.

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