BURBANK, Calif. -- Washington State head coach Mike Leach knows he has two good QBs on his hands in Luke Falk and Peyton Bender. He also knows they will be filling big shoes as they try to replicate the success of Connor Halliday.
When asked by reporters about how he feels about his QB situation, Leach said:
"Feel good. Two really good players. Both of them had good springs. Of course, Luke averaged 460 yards a game passing as a freshman. So I don't know. There might be some kind of a record. I don't know. But I tell you, that's a pretty good starting point. Biggest thing is he has a lot of composure and stability, and had the ability to go out there suddenly and play like he belonged there"
When asked about Luke Falk's growth as a QB, Leach said he's doing a good job
"He does a great job leading the unit. Just really, even though he's a youngish guy, he does as good a job at managing the offensive unit as anybody I've dealt with. He'll continue to get better."
When asked if Peyton Bender could compete with Falk, Leach had this to say:
"Well, I think the hardest thing's going to be because he's a quality player. Luke's a quality player. But I think that the one thing is both of them have that I think is very strong is they stay out of their own way.
He finished his session with reporters by saying the two QBs just need to focus on steadily improving.
"They're not one of those people that dwell on something to the point where they don't continue to improve, and also, they're very focused workers and learn quickly. So the biggest battle is just going to be the quality of play of the other guy. So then we'll tee it up and let them both compete for it."
(h/t Pac-12 Media Days)