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Gage Gubrud confident he can live up to high expectations

He’s the presumed starter in the battle to become the starting signal caller for the Cougs and he spoke to the media for the first time this fall camp.

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As a graduate transfer quarterback into the Washington State Cougars program, there is a high standard to live up to. Record-breaking signal called Gardner Minshew set a new standard in Pullman. And while Gubrud would love to repeat that performance, he’s not trying to emulate Minshew.

“I don’t lead the same way as Gardner, I don’t throw the ball the same way as Gardner. So they’re all different things, and Gardner’s a great quarterback, but we go about things differently,” Gubrud told the media Tuesday after practice in Lewiston, via the Spokesman Review. “We’re all different people. It’s a new team. Nothing we did last year as a team matters for this year.”

It’s easy for people to put that pressure on the EWU transfer, but it’s important to remember that he hasn’t even officially won the job yet. Head coach Mike Leach isn’t ready to name a starter yet and his teammates/competition Anthony Gordon and Trey Tinsley are sure to make it an interesting battle. But there’s no denying that Gubrud brings some unique aspects to the position.

“He brings another element to the game,” Misiona Aiolupotea-Pei told the media, once again via the Spokesman Review. “You’ve got to watch out for the run or the pass as well. He’s a good player.”

Of course, there is a big adjustment to make moving from the FCS to the Power 5. But Gubrud has shown poise so far this falls, even after missing spring football with an injury. He may not be Minshew, but he may be the next big thing for Washington State.


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