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11 Cougars Named All-Pac-12: Falk, Marks, Dahl Make First-Team

© Three Cougars made First-Team Pac-12 after no Cougars made the First-Team last season.(WSU Athletics) © Three Cougars made First-Team Pac-12 after no Cougars made the First-Team last season.(WSU Athletics)

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SAN FRANCISCO – Washington State quarterback Luke Falk, wide receiver Gabe Marks and offensive lineman Joe Dahl were named to the All-Pac-12 Conference First Team, highlighting 11 Cougars to earn all-conference recognition, it was announced Tuesday by the conference. The Pac-12 Player of the Year honors and Coach of the Year will be unveiled Tuesday night by the Pac-12 Networks on Inside Pac-12 Football that airs at 6 p.m. PT.

In addition to the three first-team members, defensive linemen Darryl Paulo and Destiney Vaeao were named to the second team while safety Shalom Luani, offensive linemen Cole Madison and Riley Sorenson, defensive lineman Hercules Mata’afa, linebacker Peyton Pelluer and wide receiver Dom Williams each received honorable mention accolades.

The 2015 season marks the most all-conference selections for the Cougars since the 2003 season when WSU had 17 selections. It is also the most first-team picks since 2003, when the Cougars placed five on the first team.

Falk, a redshirt sophomore from Logan, Utah, shared first-team quarterback honors with California’s Jared Goff. Falk leads the nation in passing at 387.8 yards per game, while ranking first in the Pac-12 in total offense (377.5) and second in the conference in passing touchdowns (36). This season Falk has earned three Pac-12 Player of the Week honors, owns four of the top five single-game passing marks in the conference and guided the Cougars to come-from-behind victories at Rutgers and Oregon, against Arizona State and at No. 18 UCLA. Falk named one of 15 “Players to Watch” for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2015 Player of the Year award last month, one of two Pac-12 players on the list.

Marks, a redshirt-junior from Venice, Calif., leads the conference in receptions (99), touchdown receptions (14), and is second in receiving yards per game (93.8). He tied a Pac-12 record with four receiving touchdowns in a win at Arizona, had four games of 10-plus receptions, four games with 100-plus yards, and became WSU’s all-time career receptions leader earlier in the season. He was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, one of only two from the Pac-12, while setting a WSU single-season record with 14 receiving touchdowns.

Dahl, a redshirt senior from Spokane, Wash., picked up his second all-conference honor after garnering honorable mention honors last season. He anchored the left side of the Cougar offensive line for the first eight games of the 2015 season, helping protect the nation’s top-ranked passing team for the second-straight season.

Paulo received his first all-conference award in his final season by leading the Cougars in tackles-for-loss (12.0) and tied for the team lead in sacks (6.0). A native of Sacramento, Calif., the redshirt senior ranks seventh in the Pac-12 in TFLs and had a season-high two sacks in WSU’s win over Oregon State in October.

Vaeao, a senior, also received his first all-conference accolade, having totaled 11.0 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks this season. The Pago Pago, American Samoa native, he saved his best for late in the season, having recorded 6.5 TFLs and 1.5 sacks in the past three games, including a career-best three TFLs in WSU’s win over Colorado.

Luani, a junior from Masausi, American Samoa, is in his first season as WSU’s starting safety after transferring from San Francisco City College. Luani has registered 86 tackles, third on the team, with grabbing three interceptions, one he took for a touchdown against Oregon State.

Madison is finishing his second season as the starting right tackle on the Cougar offensive line. The redshirt sophomore from Burien Wash., has played every snap at right tackle this season and helped the WSU offense to a conference-leading 397.0 passing yards per game. He earned the WSU “Bone” Award (given to the team’s best offensive lineman following each game) following WSU’s win at Arizona.

Mata’afa, a redshirt freshman from Lahaina, Hawaii, has posted 10 tackles-for-loss while tying for the team lead with six sacks. He posted 3.5 TFLs and two sacks at Cal and has a TFL in four of the last five Cougar games. He ranks tied for sixth in sacks and tied for 11th in TFL’s in the Pac-12.

Pelluer, a redshirt sophomore rom Sammamish, Wash., leads the Cougars and ranks fifth in the Pac-12 in tackles with season with 8.2 per game. He is also tied for 11th in TFLs while posting three games of double-digit tackles in 2015. Last month he was named to CoSIDA’s All-Academic First Team for District VIII and was recently named to the Pac-12 Conference All-Academic Second Team.

Sorenson, a redshirt junior from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., picked up his first all-conference honor as the starting center for the Cougar offensive line.  He earned the WSU “Bone” Award following the Oregon victory.

Williams, a redshirt senior from Pomona, Calif., earns his first all-conference honor after posting 73 receptions for 997 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. His totals rank fourth, fourth and second, respectively, in the Pac-12 this season. With WSU’s bowl game remaining, Williams ranks third on WSU’s career list for receptions (190), second in receiving yards (2,846) and second in touchdown receptions (30).

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