PULLMAN - Some players just want the ball in their hands a little more than others. Gabe Marks is that type of wide receiver.
"Of all the guys on our team I'm not sure he doesn't want the ball more than all of them," Washington State head coach Mike Leach said.
It's not everyday do you meet someone with a drive like the WSU wide receiver. Not every football player possesses the same fire on the field as No. 84, who enters his sophomore season as the team's top returning receiver with 560 yards last season.
"Gabe is a guy that demands the ball," WSU quarterback Connor Halliday said. "As a quarterback that can kind of get annoying, but it's great to have somebody to fall back on."
"He might get mad at the quarterback if you don't throw it to him," Cougar signal caller Austin Apodaca said. "That's how bad he wants it."
"I feel like I have to have high intensity out there," Marks said. "I'm not the biggest guy or the fastest guy. I feel like I have to have an edge on everybody."
Before he started playing football Marks learned that edge from his mom.
"She wanted me to become something. If we didn't find something that I was good at she probably wouldn't be able to pay for college since she was a single mom."
Not only has that drive rubbed off on Gabe, but also on his high school teammate and college roommate Teondray Caldwell, who lines up as a running back for the Cougs.
"Everyday we're talking about plays that we should make on the field," Caldwell said. "We both give each other advice. We both have a lot of confidence we just go out there and play and feed off one another."
"If one of us has a bad day or whatever, it's easier because you know you're not by yourself out here," Marks added. "It's always good having him around. He's one of my best friends."
Gabe also wants to make friends with success. And as Leach continues to overhaul the football program, he hopes his players hold themselves on the field like Marks.
"If we had more of them as hungry to have the ball in their hands as Gabe we'd be better off."