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Is Luke Falk the next Tom Brady?

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Good morning Coug fans. I’m sure that headline raised a few eyebrows, but it’s a thing people are talking about.

As you know, Luke Falk is a big Tom Brady fan. I know Brady is kind of a lightning rod in various places around the country, but you can’t deny his excellence. Five Super Bowl wins, eight Super Bowl appearances. That’s nuts.

Falk studies like Brady, eats like Brady and might be the next Brady, according to Phil Savage, the executive director of the Senior Bowl.

Here’s what Savage told Sports Illustrated:

You know how people are always trying to find the next Tom Brady? This is sort of out there, but Luke Falk is kinda skinny, a bit of a gawky athlete. He has a very smooth [throwing] motion, doesn’t have a huge arm. Threw for a lot of yards at Washington State. He really has a sense for timing. He’s a passer of the football. He’s not a thrower, he’s a passer. If his workout numbers can be at least decent, I’m eager to see what the quarterback coaches think of him.

The MMQB: So you’re saying Luke Falk is the next Brady?

Phil Savage: I’m not saying that! But there are some things that are somewhat reminiscent.

Earlier this week we shared a Sports Illustrated story saying Falk could replace Drew Brees. Either way, he could be the guy that replaces The Guy.

The Air Raid isn’t as popular in the NFL as it is in college (yet), though the most recent Super Bowl champs have been called the first Air Raid team to win it all. If the Patriots aren’t an Air Raid team, they’re pretty close. Brady lines up in the shotgun quite often, throws the ball a lot, and if New England is looking for their next quarterback (they should), Falk has to be intriguing.

Besides the football skills, Falk puts off a more private public persona, which sits well with “The Patriot Way” and as Savage noted, his physical attributes are similar to Brady’s (translation: these guy’s are terrible athletes but amazing quarterbacks).

Now, calling someone “The Next Tom Brady” is unfair. Let Tom Brady be Tom Brady, and let Luke Falk be Luke Falk. It’s like being the guy to replace Derek Jeter at shortstop: you’ll always be compared to the guy who was there before you, fair or not.

So while Luke Falk seems like a good fit for the New England Patriots, let’s refrain from comparing him to the greatest quarterback to play the game. Let’s refrain from comparing him to Drew Brees, or any other quarterback.

Pundits like to compare players to other players, which is futile. Wherever Falk ends up, let’s just hope he gets a good opportunity to play his own game.

Links

Football

Phil Savage on mock drafts and the 2018 QB class | SI.com
The Senior Bowl boss studies prospects all year—here’s his take on the 2018 QBs, Saquon Barkley and all those mocks

Baseball

Things did not go well the the Cougar baseball team. They dropped both games of a double header at Alabama and are now 2-5 on the young season.

Cougars Drop Doubleheader at Alabama - WSUCougars.com | Washington State University Athletics
Washington State dropped both games of a doubleheader 12-4 and 8-2 to Alabama at Sewell-Thomas Stadium Friday. The Cougars jumped out to early leads in both games but the Crimson Tide (5-0) came back in the middle innings to take the first two games of the series.

Basketball

Washington State searching for rare road sweep vs. Stanford at Maples Pavilion | The Spokesman-Review
In a down-to-the-wire win at Haas Pavilion Thursday night, the Cougars accomplished something that hadn’t been done in more than a calendar year: beat somebody on its home court.

Swedlund's 19 Not Enough As Cal Takes The Win Over WSU - WSUCougars.com | Washington State University Athletics
Cougar women fall to 10-19 overall, 3-14 in Pac-12 play.