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The transfer from Eastern looks to make it a repeat for quarterbacks from the Palouse

NCAA Football: Eastern Washington at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

A day after Mike Leach came out and said that if they were to play today Anthony Gordon would be the starting quarterback, graduate transfer Gage Gubrud was named to the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list. He aims to be the second consecutive graduate transfer from Washington State to win the award after Gardner Minshew took home the hardware last season.

While there has been no official announcement from Mike Leach that Gordon has won the job, Theo Lawson of the Spokesman Review came out and said that he would be getting most of the reps during practice this week. One thing to take into consideration is that these watch lists were compiled in the middle of the summer.

Before joining the Cougars, Gubrud tallied 9,984 passing yards and 87 touchdowns with Eastern Washington in his 32 games. He was twice a finalist for the Walter Payton Award that is presented to the top offensive player in the FCS. He was also named player of the year and Big Sky MVP following his 2016 season. He holds the FCS record for passing yards in a season with 5,160 as well as two other FCS records, seven Big Sky records, and 19 school records at Eastern Washington.

Gubrud joins Jacob Eason (Washington), Justin Herbert (Oregon), Tyler Huntley (Utah), Jake Luton (Oregon State), Steven Montez (Colorado), Dillon Sterling-Cole (Arizona State), and Khalil Tate (Arizona) as the quarterbacks from the conference to be named to the watch list. Michigan’s Shea Patterson is the only name on the watch list that was a finalist in 2018.

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