JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars released quarterback Cody Kessler on Thursday, clearing the way for rookie Gardner Minshew to become Nick Foles' backup.
While Gardner Minshew prepared for the NFL draft, his former team, Washington State, was auditioning potential replacements.
The Cougars have a spirited quarterback competition involving a...
QB Gage Gubrud will transfer to Washington State next season
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Former Eastern Washington quarterback Gage Gubrud will become a graduate transfer at Washington State next season.
Coach Mike Leach said Saturday that Gubrud will enroll at Washington State this spring and participate in spring practice.
Gubrud, who led Eastern Washington to an upset of Washington State in his first game as a starter in 2016, is a two-time finalist for the Walter Payton Award, which is given to the top offensive player in FCS.
Well-traveled QB Gardner Minshew hoping to find NFL home
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Gardner Minshew carved his own meandering path from walk-on to NFL prospect.
He began as a walk-on at Troy, took a sharp left to junior college, bounced over to East Carolina, made a beeline toward Alabama and finally ended with one terrific final season at Washington State.
"I kind of took the long way around," Minshew said Tuesday.
Minshew leads Washington State past Iowa State, 28-26.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Gardner Minshew II threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score and No. 12 Washington State stopped No. 25 Iowa State on a late two-point conversion in a 28-26 victory in the Alamo Bowl on Friday night.
Minshew passed for 299 yards to help Washington State (11-2) set a school record for wins in a season.
Minshew's biggest play came out of desperation and it set up the winning score.
Iowa State seeks bowl win to cap best season in decades
Alamo Bowl: Washington State (10-2) vs. No. 25 Iowa State (8-4) in San Antonio, Dec. 28, 9 p.m. EST (ESPN)
Line: Washington State by 3.
Series Record: First meeting.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Iowa State is looking to cap one of its best seasons in decades with a bowl win. After a 1-3 start, the Cyclones finished third in the Big 12, their best league finish in 40 years. Washington State is looking to rebound from a tough loss to rival Washington that knocked the Cougars out of the Pac-12 title game.
AP top player Murray adds O’Brien; Tua wins Camp
ATLANTA (AP) — AP player of the year Kyler Murray adds the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback as ESPN's College Football Awards show in Atlanta began. But right before the show started it was announced that Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa won the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.
The last five winners of the Walter Camp have gone on to win the Heisman, but only five Heisman winners have failed to win AP Player of the Year since the award started in 1998.
The Latest: AP top player Murray adds O’Brien; Tua wins Camp
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on college football awards Thursday night (all times local):
AP player of the year Kyler Murray adds the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback as ESPN's College Football Awards show in Atlanta began. But right before the show started it was announced that Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa won the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.
Top Pac-12 quarterback? Easy. Minshew is AP panel’s choice
There's no question at quarterback: Washington State's Gardner Minshew II leads the way in the Pac-12.
Minshew, a graduate transfer who leads the nation with an average of 373.1 passing yards per game, was the unanimous choice for first-team quarterback on The Associated Press All-Pac-12 team, selected by a panel of sports writers who cover the conference.
Unsurprisingly, he also got the nod as the league's Offensive Player of the Year.
Alamo Bowl Matchup
Iowa State (8-4, Big 12) vs Washington State (10-2, Pac-12), Dec. 28, 9 p.m. EST
LOCATION: San Antonio
Iowa State: RB David Montgomery, 1,092 yards rushing, 12 touchdowns
Washington State: QB Gardner Minshew, 4,477 yards passing, 36 touchdowns
Iowa State: The Cyclones won seven out of their last eight games after a 1-3 start and finished with their best-ever record, 6-3, in the Big 12.
Tagovailoa, Murray among 5 finalists for Camp player of year
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray are among the five finalists named Wednesday for the Walter Camp national player of the award.
Joining the two Heisman Trophy contenders as finalists are West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew and Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen.
No. 16 Washington shows again how to ground the “Air Raid”
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — When Washington co-defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake started his week of prep for facing Gardner Minshew and Washington State, he noticed the same foundational plays and concepts he's seen since arriving with the Huskies five years ago.
Even with a new quarterback, an improved run game and some different pass catchers, it was still the same.
Pac-12 North at stake as No. 7 Wazzu hosts No. 16 Washington
No. 16 Washington (8-3, 6-2 Pac-12, No. 16 CFP) at No. 7 Washington State (10-1, 7-1, No. 8 CFP), Friday, 8:30 p.m. EST (FOX)
AP All-America Watch: Tua’s stretch run; Tenacious D-ends
The Associated Press has been honoring college football's best with an All-America team since 1925. The full three-team AP All-America selections will be unveiled in December. The 10th All-America watch of the season features Tua Tagovailoa's stretch run; Michigan State's tenacious defensive end; and an Egg Bowl edge matchup.
Tagovailoa, Murray finalists for 2 college football awards
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams and Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins were each named finalists for two of the nine awards to be presented Dec. 6 at the ESPN college Football Awards Show at the Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
Minshew’s 7 TDs lead No. 8 Washington St over Arizona 69-28
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — This record-setting season just keeps getting better for Gardner Minshew.
Washington State's star quarterback broke a school mark with seven touchdown passes and the No. 8 Cougars routed Arizona 69-28 on Saturday night to boost their longshot bid for a spot in the College Football Playoff.
"In high school I got six one time," Minshew said. "I never done seven. It was pretty crazy tonight."
Want drama? Then perhaps the game of the week is USC-UCLA
Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
Running backs play key role in Washington State’s Air Raid
While quarterback Gardner Minshew is getting most of the attention, running backs James Williams and Max Borghi have also helped fuel the rise of No. 8 Washington State this season.
Williams and Borghi play key roles in the complex Air Raid offense, which is mostly geared to passing.
In Saturday's 31-7 blowout of Colorado, the Cougars rushed a season-high 33 times for 131 yards. The two running backs added eight catches for 77 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.
Minshew leads No. 10 Washington State past Colorado 31-7
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The 10th-ranked Washington State Cougars weren't in any hurry to bury the Buffaloes.
Gardner Minshew II had all day to pick his targets and he overcame a slow start and three fourth-down failures to lead the Cougars past Colorado 31-7 on Saturday.
The Cougars (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12, No. 8 CFP) won their sixth straight, but it wasn't as easy as expected against the Buffaloes (5-5, 2-5), who lost their fifth straight despite the return of star receiver Laviska Shenault Jr.
Washington State-Colorado preview capsule
No. 10 Washington State (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12, No. 8 CFP) at Colorado (5-4, 2-4), 3:30 p.m. EST (ESPN).
Oregon visits Utah with implications for the Pac-12 South
Here are some things to watch in the Pac-12 Conference this week:
No. 10 Washington State beats California 19-13
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — California shut down No. 10 Washington State's vaunted Air Raid offense for most of Saturday's game, but the Bears could not quite close the deal.
Gardner Minshew threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Easop Winston Jr. with 32 seconds left to lift Washington State to a 19-13 win over California, extending WSU's long-shot quest to crash the College Football Playoff.
No. 14 Washington St. rallies past No. 24 Stanford 41-38
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — As soon as Stanford threw a tying touchdown pass, Gardner Minshew's first reaction was that the Cardinal left Washington State too much time with 1:25 to play.
With one deep pass over the middle and a clutch kick that proved to be true and the Cougars are now all alone in first place in the Pac-12 North.
No. 25 Washington State beats No. 12 Oregon 34-20
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — One of the biggest days in program history for Washington State started with a celebration outside the gates of Martin Stadium and ended with fans partying on the field.
Gardner Minshew threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Dezmon Patmon in the back of the end zone with 3:40 left and No. 25 Washington State beat No. 12 Oregon 34-20 on Saturday night.
No. 25 Washington St hosts No. 12 Oregon in key Pac-12 game
No. 25 Washington State hosting No. 12 Oregon has more significance than many may have expected early in the season.
The game will be key in determining which program stays alive in the hunt for the Pac-12 North title, which appeared to be a race between Washington and Stanford when the season began. All four programs now seem to be very much in it at the halfway mark.
No. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington St tops Pac-12 slate
Here are some things to watch in Week 8 of the Pac-12 Conference football season:
STAT WATCH: Alabama hits midway point atop offensive charts
Alabama leads two of the four major offensive categories, Darrell Henderson of Memphis has overtaken Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor in rushing and Washington State's Gardner Minshew is the only quarterback averaging more than 400 yards pass per game as the college football season enters its second half.
The Crimson Tide have scored 50-plus points in five of their seven games and lead the nation with 53.6 per game. They also are averaging a nation-high 567 yards per game.
Minshew II, Washington St. beats Oregon State 56-37
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — When Washington State fell behind on Saturday, the Cougars' offense responded, and that's part of the team's mindset, said quarterback Gardner Minshew II.
"Any time our backs are to the wall, we're going to come out swinging," Minshew added.
Minshew threw for 430 yards and five touchdowns as Washington State scored 28 straight second half points to beat Oregon State 56-37 on Saturday night.
Oregon St expects Cougars to turn to run more
Facing pass-happy Washington State on Saturday means Oregon State's harried run defense might get a break.
But the Beavers will still have to deal with Gardner Minshew.
The Cougars (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) rushed for no net yards — that's zero — last week against Utah. Instead, Mike Leach's team relied on Minshew's arm.
Pac-12 Commissioner seeks to clarify targeting comments
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott is clarifying comments he made about the controversial non-call for targeting late in last Friday's game between Washington State and USC.
USC's Porter Gustin made helmet-to-helmet contact with Cougars quarterback Gardner Minshew at a critical juncture of the game. The Trojans won, 39-36.
Game of the Week? Look no further than Stanford at Oregon
Here are some things to watch in Week 4 of the Pac-12 Conference football season:
Washington State’s Minshew is a QB to watch in the Pac-12
At the beginning of the season, Washington State coach Mike Leach played coy with the media — as he often does — over his choice for starting quarterback.
The Cougars had four candidates and Leach wryly said it would be a "thrill a minute" to discover which one would emerge.
Minshew leads Washington St. over E. Washington 59-24
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Graduate transfer quarterback Gardner Minshew didn't start playing with his Washington State teammates until fall drills, but you wouldn't know it from his production.
Minshew threw for 470 yards and two touchdowns as Washington State beat Eastern Washington 59-24 on Saturday night to avenge a 2016 loss to its FCS neighbor.
"We have a bunch of new receivers and a new quarterback," Washington State coach Mike Leach said. "All of it is tuning into one another."
Minshew leads Washington State over San Jose State 31-0
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State beat San Jose State 31-0 on Saturday night, but that doesn't mean Cougars' coach Mike Leach was happy with his team.
"I was not impressed with our second half," Leach said, after the Cougars managed just one touchdown after halftime.
"We were too soft," Leach said, especially at running back. "We could get a fast seventh grader and hit the hole as hard as we did."
Washington State gains opening-season 41-19 win at Wyoming
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Washington State's starting quarterback wasn't publicly known until the offense took the field Saturday against Wyoming.
But graduate transfer Gardner Minshew knew he was the starter and responded by throwing for 319 yards and three touchdowns as the Cougars gained a 41-19 season-opening win over the Cowboys.
Minshew, who transferred from East Carolina, completed 38 of 57 attempts.
Washington State QB depth chart does not reveal starter
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State's depth chart for Saturday's season opener at Wyoming provides little clarity about who will start at quarterback.
The depth chart lists four quarterbacks, and indicates any of the four could start.
Coach Mike Leach said last week that he would name a starter whenever he felt like it, and perhaps not before game time.
The Cougars are seeking to replace four-year starter Luke Falk.
Washington St adds graduate transfer quarterback
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State has added a graduate transfer out of East Carolina who will compete for the job to replace departed recording-setting QB Luke Falk.
Gardner Minshew threw for 2,140 yards and 16 touchdowns last season at East Carolina. He appeared in 10 games for the Pirates last season, starting five.
ECU: QB Minshew withdraws from school due to family matter
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — East Carolina starting quarterback Gardner Minshew has withdrawn from school to deal with a family matter in his home state of Mississippi.
The school announced Minshew's decision in a news release Tuesday. Minshew earned a communication degree after the fall semester and coach Scottie Montgomery had designated him as the No. 1 QB entering the upcoming spring practices.
Montgomery said "the door will certainly remain open" for Minshew to possibly return.
E. Carolina dumps Cincinnati 48-20 behind Minshew and Brown
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Gardner Minshew threw for a career-high 444 yards and four touchdowns, Trevon Brown accounted for a school record 270 yards receiving and two touchdowns and East Carolina handled Cincinnati 48-20 on Saturday.
Banks with winning TD, Tulane beats E. Carolina 31-24 in OT
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Dontrell Hilliard ran for a career-high 189 yards and Jonathan Banks scored the winning touchdown in overtime as Tulane beat East Carolina 31-24 on Saturday night.
Banks ran it in from 16 yards out to give the Green Wave (4-6, 2-4 American Athletic Conference) the edge in overtime. He finished with 110 yards passing and 96 yards and two scores rushing.
Minshew, Verity help East Carolina beat BYU 33-17, snap skid
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Backup quarterback Gardner Minshew threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes and Jake Verity nailed four field goals as East Carolina pulled away for a 33-17 victory over BYU on Saturday night to snap a three-game skid.
No. 18 South Florida looks for 10th straight win at ECU
No. 18 South Florida (4-0, 1-0 American) at East Carolina (1-3, 1-0), Saturday, Noon ET (CBS Sports Network)
ECU QB in concussion protocol, not ruled out against Hokies
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — East Carolina coach Scottie Montgomery says quarterback Thomas Sirk is in the concussion protocol but if healthy is likely to start this week against No. 16 Virginia Tech.
Montgomery said Monday that Sirk hasn't been ruled out after testing, but "we have to stay on that" daily to determine if the graduate transfer from Duke can play for the Pirates (0-2).
ECU to start Sirk at QB at No. 22 West Virginia
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — East Carolina will start Thomas Sirk at quarterback this week at No. 22 West Virginia.
Coach Scottie Montgomery on Monday said Sirk would replace Gardner Minshew in the starting lineup for the Pirates (0-1), saying the graduate transfer from Duke "gave our team a big boost when he got off the ground, he could have laid down" in a loss to James Madison.
Minshew, not Sirk, will start at QB for East Carolina
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Gardner Minshew will begin the season as East Carolina's starting quarterback after beating out Duke transfer Thomas Sirk.
Coach Scottie Montgomery announced the decision following practice Tuesday.
Minshew threw for 1,347 yards and eight touchdowns with four interceptions while playing in seven games and making two starts last season.
Montgomery-Sirk reunion could give East Carolina a lift
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Coach Scottie Montgomery helped make Thomas Sirk a starting quarterback at Duke. He could do it again at East Carolina.
The surroundings may have changed, but Montgomery and Sirk are together once more. Montgomery enters his second season as the Pirates' coach while Sirk followed him from Durham to Greenville a few months ago after he lost his starting job with the Blue Devils following a pair of serious injuries.