Gardner Minshew II has had a very good month, and the NFL formally recognized that today, handing the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback its rookie of the month award for September.
Minshew has played in four games and started three, being pressed into action when original starter Nick Foles went down with a broken clavicle. All Minshew has done is go 2-1 in games he’s started while completing 84 of 121 passes (69.4%) for 905 yards, seven touchdowns and an interception; only a botched two-point conversion kept the Jags from going 3-0 in his starts.
It’s resulted in the kind of attention that I don’t think any of us could have imagined for the former Washington State Cougars quarterback. His teammates insist it’s not changing him. Here’s receiver DJ Chark:
“I’m impressed; he never seems to let all the hype get to him. He comes in and works every day. That’s one reason why wearing a mustache and things like that are OK, because he doesn’t let it get to him. He just likes to play football. You can’t ask much more of him than that.”
It’s led the Jaguars to try and capitalize with the “Minshew Mini Pack”:
Join the mania with the Minshew Mini Pack.— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) October 2, 2019
Purchase tickets for our games against the Saints and Jets and get:
◾ On-field with your gear
It’s all been an incredible ride, but it hit just a tiny speed bump this week — Minshew landed on the Jags’ injury report as a “limited” participant with a sore knee suffered against the Denver Broncos. It’s not believed to be serious enough to keep him out of action this weekend.
AND BY THE WAY, have you bought your Minshew t-shirt yet?
Here’s a closer look at the print:
Gardner Minshew: From college nomad to mustachioed cult hero to NFL’s top rookie - The Washington Post
Those who know the Jaguars quarterback say that beneath the mustache and the legend lies a football junkie.
Minshew: NFL Rookie of the Month - Jaguars.com
Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for September
Beyond Minshew Mania: “No change whatsoever…”
While Minshew Mania has gone viral in the Twitter and NFL universes, teammates say Jaguars rookie QB Gardner Minshew II has remained unchanged: “He just likes to play football; you can’t ask much more of him than that…”
Minshew Mania is Out of Control in the Best Way | FOX Sports Radio
Jason Smith and Mike Harmon love how fans are over the top with their embrace of the cult figure but they're also quick to point out that without a mustache, the Jags QB is in fact "Just a Guy."
VIDEO: Jaguars OC John DeFilippo speaks on Gardner Minshew's field vision and scrambling touchdown pass vs. Denver
Jaguars OC John DeFilippo speaks on Gardner Minshew's field vision and scrambling touchdown pass vs. Denver.
VIDEO: Gardner Minshew film breakdown on first 4 games - Big Cat Country
View the FanShot on SB Nation.
Backup QB’s Kyle Allen, Gardner Minshew thrive as opposites | Charlotte Observer
Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen and Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew have completely different personalities, but both are succeeding immediately as young backups for the same reasons.
Jaguars looking to cash in on Gardner Minshew mania
The Jaguars are offering a bandana and fake mustache to fans who buy a Minshew mania package.
Kyle Allen and Gardner Minshew share more than just the spotlight
Mustache and bandana aside, there are quite a few parallels between the new stars.
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Soccer Earns Team Academic Award - Washington State University Athletics
The Cougars earned the team academic award for the 2018-19 year.