Washington State Football: Top 5 Impact Players in 2014

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Ranking the top five impact football players for the 2014 Washington State Cougars.

Dec 21, 2013; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Washington State Cougars wide receiver Gabe Marks (9) after scoring a first quarter touchdown against the Colorado State Rams during the Gildan New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

5: Gabe Marks

WSU’s leading receiver in 2013, junior to-be Gabe Marks is ready for another solid campaign this upcoming 2014 season. Why? Because the rest of the receiving corps around him will make it impossible to cover the kid with double coverage and his ability to separate from his defender in one-on-one matchups after the initial move is rare indeed.

There are a couple of Cougs who perhaps are better tacticians as route runners, but Gabe has an uncanny knack for setting the defender up and never giving away the route till the break. As a sophomore, Marks put up team high’s in catches (74), touchdowns (tied with 7) and yardage (807). He could easily go for 70 again this season.

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