Gardner Minshew showing up to the Alamo Bowl
Its Football Sunday!!! I hope you guys are excited as I am, especially with the London game at 09:30 AM that means there is football literally all day.
But, that’s not why we’re here today. I’m here to talk about Gardner Minshew and and the sort of movement he’s started with the Jaguars.
I remember the week 1 game he came in. I was actually watching the Kansas City and Jacksonville game (I didn’t have an option at the time). Nick Foles threw a BEAUTIFUL pass to DJ Chark in the endzone for a touchdown which made the game 10-7 in the first quarter. And I’m sitting there thinking, hey maybe the Jaguars can keep up with the Chiefs and keep this game close. Well, the Magic Man got drilled as he threw the ball and one of the Chiefs D-Lineman landed on him. He leaves the game, and doesn’t return because of a broken collarbone. Enter Gardner Minshew.
All Minshew does is complete his first 13 passing attempts and throw for 2 touchdowns. He finished that game 22 of 25 for 275 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Passer rating of 122.5. Impressive for a rookie’s first game, especially one he wasn’t expected to play in. To come in suddenly and keep up with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense is pretty good.
For some reason they absolutely love him down there but I guess after Blake Bortles for so many years and the Magic Man Nick Foles going down in the first game of the season I could see why they are so excited. I decided to do some digging to see what I could learn as I had never heard of him before until that Kansas City game.
Gardner Minshew II (more on his name later) was drafted in the 6th round (178th overall) by the Jaguars. He played in Washington State after it was looking like he was going to be the 3rd stringer at Alabama (Roll Tide!).
Gardner Minshew went from school to school during his college years. Originally committed to Troy in December of 2014, Minshew lasted a semester there before transferring to Northwest Mississippi Community College for the 2015 season and then landing at East Carolina in 2016. Minshew spent the next two seasons with the Pirates, throwing for 3,487 yards with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 17 games.
Under the NCAA’s graduate transfer rules, Minshew enrolled at Washington State in 2018, where he finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting, completing 70.7 percent of his passes for 4,779 yards, 38 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.
I found a lot of interesting facts about Gardner Minshew, so here they are:
- Apparently, he’s fantasy football guru.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 9, 2019
- Flint Minshew wanted to name his son Gardner II — without the existence of a Gardner I.His father, Billy, wanted his grandson to be named Beowulf.There are T-shirts with Minshew’s face on them
- Beer cans with Minshew’s face on them
- There are awards and endorsements. The Jags are selling Minshew-branded ticket plans, and there are stories about Minshew’s facial hair and his headband and his jean shorts and his (occasional) preference for stretching while wearing nothing but a jockstrap. He became the starter at Brandon during his sophomore year, when Polk, who had been playing in front of him, broke his arm and Minshew entered, earned the starting job and promptly led the team to the state title game twice in three years. There’s also this:
— dee eph (@dstub48) October 1, 2019
“He’s even got the look. Look at him: He’s basically the guy that like 95% of Jacksonville wants to go drink a beer with”
Jacksonville sports pundit Dan Hicken told ESPN
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