Luke Falk finally made official today what most had already assumed: That he would pass up a chance to enter the 2017 NFL Draft and return for his senior season at Washington State University.
The announcement came via Twitter with a teleconference with reporters scheduled to follow at 11 a.m. PT:
Even though most took WSU coach Mike Leach at his word when he dismissively announced at the Holiday Bowl that Falk would be back for his final season of eligibility, the length of time it took Falk to make a formal announcement suggests he was seriously mulling over moving on to the professional ranks.
Where he would have been drafted is anyone’s guess; there was a line of thinking that he might benefit from what is considered a weak quarterback class this year. However, Falk’s performance in the final three games of the year — two of them against high quality secondaries in Colorado and Washington — strongly suggested that there was still work to be done.
Falk’s return is obviously a huge boon for WSU, an extremely pass-heavy team which has some pretty serious question marks in the receiving corps with two of the most prolific receivers in program history, Gabe Marks and River Cracraft, graduating. Breaking in a bunch of new receivers with a new quarterback would not have portended well for a program that is thought of as a fringe top 25 team heading into next season.
For his part, Marks approves.