Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield are the clear frontrunners for the Heisman Trophy following Week 4, but college football fans across the country should keep an eye out for Washington State quarterback Luke Falk.
The Cougars senior quarterback is proving himself a dark horse for the coveted award and currently holds the ninth best odds to hoist the trophy at the end of this season, according to the Las Vegas Westgate SuperBook.
It may sound far-fetched to put Falk in the Heisman Trophy discussion after being benched and injured in the team’s overtime win against Boise State, but the 6-foot-4, 223-pound quarterback has played lights-out football the past two weeks.
Falk has thrown the second most touchdowns (14) in the FBS through four games and has thrown just one interception. He is completing a career-high 76.9 percent of his passes and has the fifth most passing yards (1,378) in college football this season.
Falk returned to Washington State for his senior year despite being considered a top ten quarterback prospect for the 2017 NFL Draft and will be on a national stage when the 16th ranked Cougars host No. 5 USC this Friday.
Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold is considered the Pac-12’s favorite for the Heisman Trophy this season, but Saturday’s meeting between the two programs will likely have a significant impact on each quarterback’s odds to win college football’s most prized individual trophy.
Some will question Falk’s numbers due to head coach Mike Leach’s spread offense, but that will likely only derail his chances if the Cougars are unable to remain atop the Pac-12.
While all eyes will surely be on Darnold Friday night, it’s Falk that can take the Heisman conversation by storm with a statement game.