Logan's Luke Falk putting up big passing numbers
Who knows what might've been if Luke Falk had stayed in Logan last year. Might his stock have kept rising? Might he have dozens of recruiting letters every day? Might he have a state championship ring?
There are plenty of questions of what might have been for the senior Grizzlies quarterback, but it's telling that Falk himself isn't worried about any of them. For his first year as the unquestioned starter at either of the schools he's been to, he's having a phenomenal season - and he's letting himself enjoy it.
"It's been awesome: I'm in a system I love and understand, surrounded a bunch of guys who are my best friends," Falk says. "I had to rebuild some trust and earn some of that respect back. But it's going well."
Some background for those just tuning in: Falk was looking like a surefire Division I recruit as a sophomore, but was splitting time with DJ Nelson at quarterback.
Falk's family elected to enroll him at California power Oaks Christian, but he lost the starting job early in the year. Meanwhile, Nelson had one of the most prolific seasons any Utah high school quarterback has ever had, leading Logan to a 4A title.
It wasn't long before Falk moved back, without the buzz he had as a sophomore, and more than a little humbled.
"It was tough, because things went quiet for a while," Falk said of his recruiting. "Moving out there and moving back was probably one of the best things that ever happened to me. I learned some life lessons, like how to handle adversity."
Now Logan's starter, the Grizzlies have ridden that arm to a 6-1 record, and folks around the state are remembering why Falk was so highly regarded as an underclassman. He leads the state with more than 350 yards per game and has thrown a state-high 26 touchdowns against only six picks. His top receiving option is Jesse Braddy, one of his best friends, who has caught 71 passes for 844 yards this year.
With both of Logan's running backs injured, it's not unusual for the Grizzlies to throw 50 to 60 times per game. With those opportunities to show how he can throw, colleges have slowly started to come back into the recruiting discussion.
Falk has only one offer - from Idaho - but is keeping up relationships with Oregon State, Wyoming and a few Ivy Leagues. It's still not the kind of attention he got two years ago, but he's OK with it.
"I've gotten a lot of support from my parents, my teammates and coaches," Falk says. "I'm just trying to enjoy my senior year. We're focused on getting wins. If we win, I'm confident I'm going to be able to play Division I football."
Kyle Goonkgoon@sltrib.comTwitter: @kylegoon
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