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The Cougars finished 8-5 in 2016

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The Washington State 2016 football season started out bad and ended worse with a whole lot of fun and good in the middle. As the realization that college football season is actually over, ESPN staff writer David Lombardi released his end of the year grades for Washington State on Monday.

To start things off in Lombardi's article he gives the Washington State offense a B grade after talking about Luke Falk and his two favorite targets in River Cracraft and Gabe Marks. The two receivers combined for a total of 1,595 yards of the teams 4,713 passing yards. Marks worked his way to the top of the all-time Pac-12 receptions list this season while Falk lead the Pac-12 in passing yards (4,468 yards) and completion percentage (70%) and finished 7th in the nation in passing touchdowns with 38.

The offense did not stop there as the Cougars trio of running backs in James Williams, Jamal Morrow, and Gerard Wicks combined for 1,634 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground.

Next in the grade report was the defense that came in at a B-minus. The Cougars ranked 56th nationally in points per game allowed with 27.2 and also ranked 38th with 23 takeaways. Hercules Mata'afa had five sacks and 13.5 tackles for a loss while linebacker Peyton Pelluer had 93 stops on the year help lead the front 7. Shalom Luani had four interceptions on the season and 67 total tackles in the secondary.

The final grade was the worst of the 3 grades with the special teams receiving a C. Erik Powell went 9 of 15 on the year kicking field goals but also went 63 for 65 kicking PAT's. The Cougars averaged 13.5 yards per punt return which landed them at ninth nationally.

Overall, Lombardi has the Cougars 2016 season graded at a B-minus. With the struggles they had at the beginning and the end of the year, the Cougars season ultimately seems as a down season.

To see Lombardi's full breakdown of his grades, click here.

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