Gabe Marks returned to the practice field for the first time on Thursday night. The receiver will play in Washington State's bowl game against Miami

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Washington State returned to the practice field on Thursday night for the first time this week after the coaches gave the team some time off to study for finals.

The highlight of the Cougars’ practice, according to reporters at the scene last night, was the return of receiver Gabe Marks, who injured his ankle in WSU’s defeat to UW and had not practiced since.

Reports out of Pullman Thursday indicated that Marks is back on the field and will play in the Sun Bowl against Miami on Dec. 26.

“It’s always nice to get him out there, he’s a competitor,” WSU quarterback Luke Falk told reporters, referring to Marks.

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Marks led WSU this year with 1,125 receiving yards, and his 14 touchdowns were the best in the Pac-12.

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— The Associated Press released its All-Pac-12 team Friday and named WSU coach Mike Leach coach of the year. Leach led WSU to an 8-4 season — a five-game improvement from the 3-9 mark the Cougars posted in 2014. Marks, Falk (4,266 yards, 36 TD) and right guard Eduardo Middleton were named to the AP’s All-Pac-12 first team. Left tackle Joe Dahl, defensive end Darryl Paulo (12 TFL, six sacks) and safety Shalom Luani (86 tackles, three interceptions) were named to the All-Pac-12 second team.

— Miami will be without its starting right tackle Sunny Odogwu in the Sun Bowl. Odogwu had surgery on his right knee.

— New Miami coach Mark Richt will not be at the Sun Bowl