SAN DIEGO – For the first time since it became an issue, Washington State quarterback Luke Falk himself was asked whether or not he will be returning next season or entering the upcoming NFL draft.
His answer? Inconclusive.
“I’m not focused on that at all,” Falk said. “All my effort has been toward the team.”
When pressed on whether or not there remains a chance he will go pro, he replied, “next question.”
There was some intrigue surrounding whether or not Falk would declare included in the buildup to Tuesday’s Holiday Bowl game against Minnesota. WSU coach Mike Leach seemed to declare with certainty that Falk would play his senior season, saying, “It won’t be his last game.”
However, Falk’s sister Analee tweeted shortly after that Falk has not made up his mind, and other sources close to Falk have indicated that he remains undecided.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound junior threw for 4,468 yards this season along with 38 passing touchdowns. NFL.com analysts Lance Zierlein and Bucky Brooks believe Falk will succeed in the NFL, noting that Leach has given him freedom to change plays at the line of scrimmage. Zierlein compares Falk to former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
However, Falk did not do much to impress NFL scouts on Tuesday. While he completed 30-of-51 pass attempts for 264 yards and a touchdown, he was sacked three times while holding onto the ball too long, and misfred on a number of throws.