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2017 football: Five best Washington State QBs of all-time

Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 4 a.m.

1) Jason Gesser

1999-2002

611-1,118 (54.7 pct), 8,830 yds, 70 TD, 39 INT: Gesser was calling the shots the last time the Cougars played in “The Granddaddy of Them All.” In 2002, he split Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year honors with USC quarterback Carson Palmer after guiding the Cougars to a second straight 10-win season. Gesser ranks top-five in most passing categories and has 24 career wins (most all-time).

2) Ryan Leaf

1994-97

473-880 (53.7 pct), 7,433 yds, 59 TD, 24 INT: His post-college exploits are a conversation for another day, but Leaf was a 1997 Heisman Trophy finalist, finishing behind Charles Woodson and Peyton Manning after leading the Cougars to 10-2 – the first double-digit win season since 1929. WSU also won its first Pac-12 title with the righty from Montana under center.

3) Drew Bledsoe

1990-92

532-979 (54.3 pct), 7,373 yds, 46 TD, 34 INT: One of two WSU gunslingers to get a starting nod as a true freshman, Bledsoe shattered a number of school records pre-Air Raid, including single-game passing yards (476), single-season completions (241) and single-season passing yards (3,946). He was the Pac-10 Offensive POY before leaving school early to become the No. 1 pick in the 1993 draft.

4) Jack Thompson

1975-78

601-1,086 (55.3 pct) 7,818 yds, 53 TD, 49 INT: Even in today’s college football climate, Thompson’s aerial numbers would turn heads. By the end of his career, The Throwin’ Samoan had passed for an NCAA-record 7,818 yards and had ownership of Pac-10 records for attempts, completions and touchdown passes.

5) Luke Falk

2014-

1,047-1,521 (68.8 pct), 10,893 yds, 89 TD, 26 INT: The former walk-on is on track to shatter every Cougar record that he doesn’t already have and will become the Pac-12’s leading career passer with 2,712 yards this season. How realistic is that? Falk hit that plateau by week eight in 2016.

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Honorable mention

Mark Rypien (1981, ’83-85), led Cougars to one-point win in 1985 Apple Cup … Timm Rosenbach (1987-88), beat No. 1 UCLA and finished career with impressive completion percentage (.601) … Ed Goddard (1934-36), top-10 Heisman finisher in the 1930s … Alex Brink (2004-07), of the non-Air Raid quarterbacks, has most career completions (848) … Connor Halliday (2011-14). WSU’s career leader in attempts (1,633), passing yards (11,304) and passing touchdowns (90).