Minshew Mania took the country by storm in 2018, when an under-the-radar quarterback transfer named Gardner Minshew II, who could’ve spent his last year of college at Alabama but instead chose Washington State, dominated college football on the field and in the media. The mustachioed quarterback was the perfect fit in former Washington State coach Mike Leach’s air raid system and Minshew played his way to the top of several statistical categories in 2018.

Today, Gardner Minshew is the starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL. But before that, he was a legendary college quarterback who put up massive numbers. Here’s everything you need to know about Minshew’s college career.

The vitals on Gardner Minshew II

Schools: East Carolina, Washington State
Position: Quarterback
Height: 6-2
Weight: 216 pounds
Years active: 2015-19

Here are Gardner Minshew II’s career stats in college. Scroll to the right to view the complete stats.

Season Games completions attempts completion % Yards y/a TD int rating
2016 7 119 202 58.9 1,347 6.7 8 4 124.0
2017 10 174 304 57.2 2,140 7.0 16 7 129.1
2018 13 468 662 70.7 4,779 7.2 38 9 147.6
CAREER 30 761 1,168 65.2 8,266 7.1 62 20 138.7

Where did Gardner Minshew II go to college?

Gardner Minshew started his college career at Troy before transferring to Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he won the NJCAA National Championship, before then enrolling at East Carolina, where he played the following two seasons. For his final year of college, he transferred to the opposite coast to Washington State, where he led the Cougars to an 11-2 record, as Wazzu entered the College Football Playoff discussion and Minshew threw his name in the ring of the Heisman Trophy conversation.

CFP: History of teams, records of the College Football Playoff

What kind of prospect was Gardner Minshew II in high school?

Minshew attended Brandon (Miss.) High School, where he threw for 9,705 yards and 88 touchdowns in four seasons. Brandon High School played for the 6A state championship in 2012 and he was the No. 70 pro-style quarterback in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite ratings.

What was Gardner Minshew II’s record in college?

Minshew’s teams went 14-16 in college, including Washington State’s 11-2 season with him at quarterback in 2018.

Records set by Gardner Minshew II

  • 2018 FBS leader in passing yards per game
  • 2018 FBS leader in total offense
  • 1st in Washington State history in total offense in a season: 4,898 yards (2018)
  • 1st in Washington State history in passing yards in a season: 4,779 yards (2018)
  • 1st in Washington State history in 300-yard passing games in a season: 11 games
  • T-1st in Washington State history in passing touchdowns in a season: 38 touchdowns (2018)
  • 2nd in Washington State history in career completion percentage (minimum 150 attempts): .707
  • 9th in Washington State history in career passing touchdowns: 38 touchdowns
  • 9th in Washington State history in average yards per play in a season (minimum 100 plays): 6.80 yards per play
  • T-9th in FBS history single-game completions: 52 completions (vs. Houston on Nov. 4, 2017)
  • 10th in Washington State history in career passing yards: 4,779 yards
  • 10th in Washington State history in career completions: 468 completions
  • 23rd in FBS history in average passing yards per game in a season: 367.6 yards (2018)
  • 23rd in FBS history in career passing efficiency among quarterbacks with 400-499 completions: 147.6

CHAMPS: Complete national championship history for the FBS

What were some of Gardner Minshew II’s best games in college?

Minshew led the country in total offense in his one season with Washington State, so almost every game from Minshew’s senior season has a case to be one of his best games. But here are the best of the best.

Washington State vs. Arizona, Nov. 17, 2018