Min­shew an easy pick for Pac-12’s top QB

The Idaho Statesman - - Sports - BY ANNE M. PETER­SON

There’s no ques­tion at quar­ter­back: Wash­ing­ton State’s Gard­ner Min­shew II leads the way in the Pac-12.

Min­shew, a grad­u­ate trans­fer who leads the na­tion with an av­er­age of 373.1 pass­ing yards per game, was the unan­i­mous choice for first-team quar­ter­back on The As­so­ci­ated Press’ All-Pac-12 team, se­lected by a panel of sports writ­ers who cover the con­fer­ence.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, he also got the nod as the con­fer­ence’s of­fen­sive player of the year.

Min­shew has thrown for 4,477 yards and 36 touch­downs for the Cougars, who are 10-2 and headed to the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 28 against Iowa State.

Stan­ford’s K.J. Costello earned the sec­ond-team quar­ter­back honors.

Min­shew joins Ari­zona State run­ning back Eno Ben­jamin as the only unan­i­mous first-team se­lec­tions on of­fense. There were sev­eral on the first-team de­fense: Wash­ing­ton’s Greg Gaines at de­fen­sive tackle, team­mate Ben Burr-Kir­ven at line­backer and Utah’s Bradlee Anae at de­fen­sive end.

As for Pac-12 Coach of the Year, Wash­ing­ton State’s Mike Leach also topped all the bal­lots. Burr-Kir­ven was de­fen­sive player of the year and Min­shew got the nod as new­comer of the year.

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