Washington State’s newest graduate transfer quarterback, Gage Gubrud, officially joined the Cougars on Saturday.
Gubrud, formerly the quarterback at Eastern Washington, was granted an extra year of eligibility on appeal. He played five games at Eastern Washington in 2018 before a toe injury ended his season.
The NCAA ruled, though, that because Eastern Washington advanced to the FBS championship game, Gubrud played in just one-third of his team’s games, making him eligible to play one more season as a medical redshirt.
He twice was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, given to the best FCS offensive player.
Gubrud becomes a top candidate to take over at quarterback for Washington State, which must replace Gardner Minshew. A graduate transfer from Eastern Carolina, Minshew led the Cougars to a school-record 11-win season last year. He finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy Award voting.
Gubrud passed for just shy of 10,000 yards in 32 games at Eastern Washington, with 87 touchdown passes. In the 2016 season, his first as a starter, he threw for 5,160 yards and 48 touchdowns.
Washington State found out firsthand that season the kind of offense Gubrud was capable of producing. In his first career start, the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder threw for 474 yards against the Cougars with five touchdowns in a 45-42 victory.
–Field Level Media