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Originally published Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 9:24 PM

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WSU’s backup QB has taken ‘strange path’

Luke Falk walked on at WSU, the fourth man on the depth chart if he was on it at all. Just one year later he’s the next man up if starter Connor Halliday can’t play.


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LEWISTON, Idaho — Redshirt freshman quarterback Luke Falk has more varied college football experiences than a Heisman Trophy winner.

He has been a prep star with a scholarship offer to Florida State and an overlooked senior whose only choices were to pay his own way to college or take the excellent education and athletic anonymity of an Ivy League school.

He walked on at WSU, the fourth man on the depth chart if he was on it at all. Just one year later he’s the next man up if starter Connor Halliday can’t play. Falk’s “strange path,” in the words of WSU coach Mike Leach, stems from his lost junior season of high school. After receiving the scholarship offer from FSU, Falk transferred from his high school in Logan, Utah, to powerhouse Oaks Christian High in California.

“I kind of thought offers would just roll in after that,” Falk said.

They didn’t. The move was hard on Falk and his family, and after just three games the Falks returned to Logan, without the college recruiters in tow. Falk missed the rest of his junior season because of Utah’s transfer rule.

Falk eventually committed to play at Cornell, but when coach Kent Austin left for the Canadian Football League the door opened for Leach to bring the quarterback to WSU, as long as he paid his own way.



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