One career FBS start. One career Pac-12 offensive player of the week honor.
Not a bad way to kickoff the 2019 season for Anthony Gordon.
The Pac-12 conference announced on Tuesday that Washington State’s redshirt senior quarterback has earned the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week award. Offensive lineman Liam Ryan also took home the Pac-12 Offensive Lineman of the Week honor, the first time the conference has ever awarded the accolade.
We’ll start with Gordon, who nearly threw a perfect game Saturday against New Mexico State. Gordon completed his first 15 passes in the 58-7 rout, leading the Cougs to points on all nine of the drives he started. In the end, the California native went 29-of-35 for 420 yards and five touchdown passes.
The offensive line was a big part of Gordon’s success, and Liam Ryan was the anchor in his first career start at left tackle. The group allowed just one sack on 49 pass attempts and also blocked for Max Borghi, who put up Washington State’s first 100-yard rushing performance since 2016.
Ryan started 13 games at left guard last season and shifted to the tackle position over the offseason.
It was a dominant performance by both men... And we can certainly hope for something similar against FCS Northern Colorado this weekend.
Gordon, Ryan Earn Pac-12 Weekly Accolades - Washington State University Athletics
Washington State earned a pair of Pac-12 Conference weekly accolades Tuesday as quarterback Anthony Gordon was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and left tackle Liam Ryan was named the Pac-12 Offensive Lineman of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday.
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