It’s rare for Mike Leach to tip his hand when it comes to who is starting at any spot with a competition in training camp. So it was a surprise late Sunday when he at least showed you one card and told reporters Anthony Gordon would be behind center if the season started today.
But with just one more week of practice without a game at the end of it, Leach appears to be ready to turn over another card in his hand according to Theo Lawson of The Spokesman Review:
I’ve learned through a source Anthony Gordon will be getting two-thirds of the quarterback reps at #WSU practice this week. Another strong hint the redshirt senior will be starting for the Cougars on Aug. 31 against #NMSU.— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) August 20, 2019
Gordon and graduate transfer Gage Gubrud quickly became the front runners in fall camp but, by all accounts, Gordon has really separated himself as of late. He has an excellent second scrimmage at Martin Stadium over the weekend and hasn’t thrown a pick in practice for more than a week. Yes, it’s just training camp, but given the volume of throwing Washington State does, it’s impressive.
If it does end up being Gordon, it would be quite a story. The redshirt senior has patiently waited after transferring from City College of San Francisco prior to the 2016 season, first sitting behind Luke Falk and then phenom Gardner Minshew in 2018. He then saw Gubrud transfer into Washington State last winter and has clearly leaned into the competition at the quarterback spot.
How much additional info Leach chooses to reveal this week is obviously strictly up to him but he’ll have a decision by the end of the week. It seems at this point, though, that it will be Gordon on top of the depth chart the first time it’s released next Monday.