Washington State lands East Carolina grad transfer QB Gardner Minshew

Luke Falk’s graduation and the sudden death of Ryan Hilinski left Washington State without any quarterbacks who had thrown a college pass entering the offseason. But now it appears the Cougars have filled their biggest need for 2018.

Gardner Minshew, a graduate transfer from East Carolina, announced on Twitter on Tuesday he was joining Washington State for the upcoming season.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Minshew threw for 2,140 yards and 16 touchdowns in 10 games last season for East Carolina, splitting time with Thomas Sirk. He threw for 1,347 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2016 after playing for Northwest Mississippi Community College.

“This is an opportunity to compete for a (starting) job on a very good team with a staff that I’ve always looked up to and respected,” Minshew told Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman. “I’ve got goals as an (aspiring) coach but also as a player, and my goal right now is to get a shot in the NFL. And I think this will give me a good opportunity at that.”

In February had announced he was transferring to Alabama, where he would have served as insurance for Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa. Instead he figures to be WSU’s starter, thus allowing incoming freshman Cammon Cooper to redshirt.

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