Washington State quarterback Luke Falk took a break from Midnight Maneuvers on Wednesday night and hopped a quick flight to Seattle with his girlfriend, WSU track and field athlete Mallori Lindberg, to attend the MTR Western Sports Star Awards at the Paramount Theater.

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Washington State quarterback Luke Falk took a break from Midnight Maneuvers on Wednesday night and hopped a quick flight to Seattle with his girlfriend, WSU track and field athlete Mallori Lindberg, to attend the MTR Western Sports Star Awards at the Paramount Theater.

Our Matt Calkins caught up with Falk to reflect on the 9-4 Sun Bowl-winning season the Cougars put together in 2015, and to get his thoughts on what fans can expect from the Cougars in 2016.

Luke Falk discusses the season and what’s to come as well as the disappointment of not getting to play in this year’s Apple Cup as he attends the Seattle Sports Star of the Year Awards. (Katie G. Cotterill / The Seattle Times)

Former WSU wide receiver Dom Williams, who’s currently based in Bellevue while training for his Pro Day on March 10, also came out to the Paramount Theater to support his quarterback, who was nominated for the Male Sports Star of the Year Award that ultimately went to Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett.

The Cougars started Midnight Maneuvers — a Mike Leach-brainchild strength and conditioning program that takes place at 10 p.m. — about two weeks ago.

“It’s been good,” Falk said. “We’re all adjusting to the new team, and having a good time trying to fine tune everything.”

Falk will be a junior in 2016, and he’s now been through three years worth of Midnight Maneuvers. He said Wednesday night that he’s been awarded a coveted black shirt and intends to keep it.

“Hopefully I hang on to that,” Falk said. “I can’t say the same for my freshman year. I was a grey shirt or pink shirt kinda guy.”

In Leach’s Midnight Maneuvers grading system, players get black shirts for exemplary effort, grey shirts for satisfactory performances, and pink shirts for under-par efforts.

By the look of some video clips from the Cougars’ coaching staff that are circulating on Twitter, some players are still trying to get into the grey/black shirt categories.

Falk was listed as 205 pounds last season, but is hoping to get up to 220 pounds by this fall.

“I’m trying to put on some good weight and develop my skills,” Falk said. “It’s gonna be tough, I’ve got to eat more calories than I am right now.”