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HCA: Gardner Minshew named Maxwell Award player of the week

WSU’s quarterback took advantage of the national stage, and he’s getting recognized for it.

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Gardner Minshew delivered on Saturday for the Cougs. And I’m not just talking about his mustache.

The grad transfer quarterback threw for 323 yards and 4 touchdowns in Saturday’s win over the Ducks, bringing his streak of 300-yard passing games to seven in a row. The win capped off a perfect day in the national spotlight for the man affectionately known as the Mississippi Moustache, and people around the country took notice.

On Monday, Minshew picked up a variety of honors, including player of the week awards from the Rose Bowl Game committee and the Manning Award committee. And on Tuesday, Minshew added another trophy to his case.

The WSU quarterback was named the Maxwell Award National Player of the Week on Tuesday. The Maxwell Award is given to the best player in college football each year, and the player of the week honor is also awarded by the Maxwell Football Club.

Minshew was added to the Maxwell Award watchlist after Washington State’s win over Oregon State two weeks ago. Semifinalists for the Maxwell Player of the Year award will be announced on Monday, with three finalists selected on November 19.

But it’s not only weekly awards that Minshew is getting buzz for. National writers are also dropping his name in the running for a trip to New York.

Minshew also got votes in ESPN’s Heisman Watch, while also earning shout outs from USA Today and Yahoo among others.


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