Washington State football: 5 things to watch in 2016

The Washington State Cougars won six more games in 2015 than they did in 2014 and went to their second bowl game in three seasons. They finished with a winning record for the first time since going 10-3 in 2003 and they look to do much of the same in 2016.

Mike Leach has done a wondrous job implementing the air raid offense and Luke Falk should be just as good in 2016 as he was a season ago. Wide receiver Gabe Marks is one of the best players in the PAC-12 and could be a top pick in the draft next April.

Defensively, young coordinator Alex Grinch looks to continue what he started in 2015 as he helped cut their points allowed per game down by 11 and triple their turnovers. Defensive lineman Hercules Mata’afa looks to build off of what he did last year as a freshman.

Could the Cougars take a step towards competing in the PAC-12 this year? Let’s take a look at five things to watch for Washington State in the 2016 college football season.

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