NEW YORK - Former Washington State quarterback Luke Falk will make his first NFL start on Sunday for the New York Jets.
Falk, the Pac-12’s all-time leading passer, made his NFL debut Monday night after Jets starter Trevor Siemian was injured midway through the second quarter.
Falk had signed to the Jets’ practice squad but was moved up to the 53-man roster when Sam Darnold was diagnosed with mononucleosis, keeping the quarterback out of action for at least a month.
Falk completed 20-of-25 passes for 198 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in a 23-3 loss to Cleveland Monday night.
“There are plays out there that I’d like back that I should be able to make without having those practice reps,” Falk said. “I think definitely having a week of preparation and a week of practice, I’ll be ready to roll.”
With Siemian out for the year, Falk will get the start Sunday against the New England Patriots.
Falk was drafted in the sixth-round last year by the Tennessee Titans. He was later cut by the Titans and claimed by Miami where he was waived in May before signing with the Jets.
For the Cougars, Falk threw for a Pac-12 record 14,481 yards over his career and racked up 119 passing touchdowns. Falk was named the winner of the Burlsworth Trophy his senior year, awarded to the nation’s most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on.