Star QB Luke Falk returns to Washington State in lieu of declaring for NFL Draft

Update: Washington State quarterback Luke Falk announced on Wednesday that he is indeed returning for the 2017 season. Falk's statement was released through the Cougars' Twitter account.

Original story from Dec. 26, 2016

The Holiday Bowl against Minnesota will not be the last collegiate game for Washington State quarterback Luke Falk -- at least according to his coach, Mike Leach.

"It won't be his last game," Leach said via the Seattle Times while speaking with reporters. Leach then added, "Any conversations we've had are between us, but I don't believe he's leaving."

While Falk did not comment for the story, That sentiment would at the very least corroborate Falk's midseason statement in which he denied a report that he was leaving early to declare for the NFL Draft.

Falk is not listed on the top 10 of CBS Sports' quarterback draft list for 2017 and is considered the No. 5 quarterback prospect for 2018.

He finished fifth nationally with 4,204 passing yards and 37 touchdowns. Falk has more than 8,700 passing yards in two years as a starter and 10,624 yards in his career. With another strong season in 2017, he'll have an opportunity to shoot up the all-time passing yards list and finish his career as a top-five passer.

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Ben Kercheval joined CBS Sports in 2016 and has been covering college football since 2010. Before CBS, Ben worked at Bleacher Report, UPROXX Sports and NBC Sports. As a long-suffering North Texas graduate,... Full Bio

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