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Cougars WR Gabe Marks added to Biletnikoff Award watch list

Washington State wide receiver Gabe Marks runs during the second half of the Cougars’ overtime victory against Oregon Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in Eugene, Ore.
Washington State wide receiver Gabe Marks runs during the second half of the Cougars’ overtime victory against Oregon Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in Eugene, Ore. AP

Washington State receiver Gabe Marks is ranked 12th nationally with an average of 105.7 receiving yards per game, and the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation has noticed.

The Cougars’ athletic department announced Wednesday morning that Marks, a junior from Venice, Calif. has been added to the Biletnikoff Award watch list.

Marks joins River Cracraft on the watch list, making WSU the only Pac-12 school with multiple players on the list.

Vince Mayle finished as one of the 10 Biletnikoff Award semifinalists last season.

Marks leads the Pac-12 with 43 receptions for 525 yards, and has notched three 100-yard games this season.

I wanted to come to this conference because I knew there were going to be a lot of people watching and we were going to be on TV a lot. And I like making plays on TV a lot. That’s kinda my thing.

Gabe Marks, WSU’s leading receiver

He has emerged as WSU quarterback Luke Falk’s go-to receiver, and he’s repaid Falk’s trust in him by coming up with some spectacular catches, including the two touchdowns he caught in the first half against Oregon last week.

“He’s a gamer,” Falk said. “Gabe’s got a special competitive edge to him, and in big time moments and big time throws, you want to get Gabe the ball because Gabe wants the ball. It showed on Saturday.”

Marks redshirted last season but has showed no signs of rust this year. If anything, the time off has been beneficial for the redshirt junior.

“I enjoyed my year off once I accepted what was happening,” Marks said. “And I was excited to come back and play... The game is starting to slow down a little bit. I’m able to control my surroundings out there on the field a little more.

“It’s always more of a confidence thing than anything.”

Marks’ athletic ability is apparent every time he steps onto a football field, but what really sets him apart from the competitive is the fire that seems to burn within.

Perhaps the reason he’s made so many clutch plays for the Cougars this season is that Marks thrives on the big stage and feed off the excitement that comes from having to rise up to the occasion in front of thousands of people.

Marks doesn’t need a pre-game ritual to get him fired up before games. As soon as he takes the field, a switch flips, and he’s ready to go.

“I like making plays,” Marks said. “There’s a lot of people watching. I wanted to come to this conference because I knew there were going to be a lot of people watching and we were going to be on TV a lot. And I like making plays on TV a lot. That’s kinda my thing.

“And also, helping the team. I feel like if I make plays, I am helping the team.”

FEW TICKETS LEFT

The WSU Athletics Department said that as of Wednesday morning, there are only 700 tickets left for this Saturday’s homecoming game against Oregon State.

WILLIAMS DEALING WITH LOSS

Cougars receiver Dom Williams took time off practice this week to be with his family in Southern California after the death of the grandmother who had raised him, according to CougCenter.com.

Jennie Dodd died on Oct. 4 at age 73

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