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Gardner Minshew headed to the Senior Bowl, named Walter Camp finalist

The postseason platitudes are starting to roll in for WSU’s exceptional quarterback.

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Gardner Minshew II’s superlative season for the Washington State Cougars has gotten a lot of attention, and now it’s starting to translate into postseason recognition for the quarterback.

First, Minshew was named a finalist for the Walter Camp player of the year award, joining Will Grier (West Virginia Mountaineers), Kyler Murray (Oklahoma Sooners), Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama Crimson Tide) and linebacker Josh Allen (Kentucky Wildcats).

The winner will be announced on the 3 p.m. PT edition of SportsCenter on ESPN, and will then receive his trophy at the Foundation’s 52nd annual national awards banquet on January 12 at Yale University’s Lanman Center.

Then, it was officially announced that Minshew would be attending the Senior Bowl.

This is pretty huge for Minshew’s professional prospects. The Senior Bowl is more than an all-star game; it’s a chance for NFL scouts to get a good, up-close look at draftable prospects. Last year, quarterback Luke Falk and offensive lineman Cole Madison attended the Senior Bowl from WSU; both were drafted.

Like Falk, Minshew will have his most reliable protector there with him.

Coaches love to say that with team success comes individual honors, and that’s obviously being proven true. Sometime next week, Minshew probably will be named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, and hopefully an invitation to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony will arrive shortly thereafter.

In addition to all those stats, Minshew once did this.

Looks like a Heisman finalist to me. Minshew is also a finalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, given to the best college quarterback.


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