Gardner Minshew
No. 15 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Personal information
Born: (1996-05-16) May 16, 1996 (age 23)
Flowood, Mississippi
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Brandon (MS)
College:Washington State
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 6 / Pick: 178
Career history
* Jacksonville Jaguars ( 2019–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
* Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (2018)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Gardner Flint Minshew II (born May 16, 1996) is an American football quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Washington State.

High school career Edit

Minshew attended Brandon High School (Brandon, Mississippi), in Brandon, Mississippi where he played quarterback for the Brandon Bulldogs from 2011–2014. He played sparingly during his freshman year, but he became the starting quarterback his sophomore year, a job he kept through his senior year. During his sophomore year in 2012, he led the Bulldogs to the 6A Mississippi Championship game, where the Bulldogs lost, 23–31. Minshew led the Bulldogs to a South 6A championship his senior year in 2014.[1] He was rated as a three-star prospect and the 70th-best pro-style quarterback in his class coming out of high school by the Composite, which aggregates the ratings of the major recruiting services.[2] Minshew committed to play football at Troy in December 2014.[3] He graduated from high school early and attended school at Troy on an academic scholarship for a semester before deciding to transfer to Northwest Mississippi Community College.[1]


Year GP Cmp Att Yds Cmp % TD INT Rating
2014 13 243 395 3,541 61.5 31 3 113.7
2013 13 186 315 2,690 59.0 24 5 105.7
2012 17 216 388 3,001 55.7 27 12 91.0
2011 9 41 69 473 59.4 6 4 85.0
Totals 52 686 1,167 9,705 58.8 88 24 102.3

College careerEdit

Minshew began his college football career in 2015 at Northwest Mississippi Community College. He led the team to the NJCAA National Football Championship, passing for 3,228 yards with a 60.8% completion percentage.[4]

Minshew transferred to East Carolina University in 2016 where he played in seven games while starting two at QB for the Pirates. In 2017, he split time with Duke University transfer Thomas Sirk as East Carolina's quarterback. Minshew began to show his talents late in the season by passing for over 350 yards in 3 consecutive games (463 yards and 3 touchdowns against Houston, 444 yards and 4 touchdowns against Cincinnati and 351 yards against Memphis). Minshew finished the year with 2140 yards passing and 16 touchdowns for the Pirates. Minshew received his bachelor's degree from East Carolina University in December 2017.[4]

Minshew enrolled as a graduate student at Washington State in the fall of 2018. He became immediately eligible under the NCAA's graduate transfer rules.

Minshew helped lead Washington State to a school-record-breaking 11 wins in 2018. In his third game as the school's starting quarterback, he passed for a career high and school record 470 yards and a 78.9% completion rate in a 59–24 victory over Eastern Washington. On November 17, he again broke school records with 473 passing yards and seven passing touchdowns against Arizona.[5] At the end of the 2018 regular season, Minshew led FBS in pass completions (433), pass attempts (613), passing yards per game (367.6) was second in passing yards (4,477) and finished in the top five with 38 touchdowns.[6] During Washington State's Alamo Bowl win over Iowa State, Minshew claimed the Pac-12 single season record for most passing yards, a record previously held by Jared Goff.[7]

Minshew was awarded the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as the nation's top senior- or fourth-year quarterback.[8] He was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year for 2018, joining Rueben Mayes (1984 and 1985), Steve Broussard (1989), Drew Bledsoe (1992), Ryan Leaf (1997), and Jason Gesser (2002) as the only Washington State offensive players to win the award since the it began in 1975.[9] Minshew finished fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy, becoming the ninth player in Washington State history to place in the top 10 for the award, and the highest WSU finisher since Ryan Leaf, who was third in Heisman voting in 1997.[10]

College statisticsEdit

Year Team GP Passing
Record Cmp Att Pct Yards TDs Int Passer Rating
2016 East Carolina 7 1–6 119 202 58.9 1,347 8 4 124.0
2017 East Carolina 10 2–8 174 304 57.2 2,140 16 7 129.1
2018 Washington State 13 11–2 468 662 70.7 4,776 38 9 147.5
Total 30 14–16 761 1168 65.2 8,263 62 20 138.7

Professional careerEdit

Minshew was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round, 178th overall, of the 2019 NFL Draft.[11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cleveland, Rick (October 16, 2018). "Brandon's Minshew, 2,236 miles away, leads the nation in passing".
  2. "Gardner Minshew, Brandon, Pro-Style Quarterback".
  3. Cronin, Courtney (December 16, 2014). "Brandon QB Gardner Minshew commits to Troy".
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Gardner Minshew II". Washington State University. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  5. Associated Press (November 18, 2018). "Minshew's 7 TDs lead No. 8 Washington St over Arizona 69-28".
  6. "2018 College Football Leaders".
  7. "Minshew breaks Goff's Pac-12 yards record". NBC Sports. December 29, 2018.
  8. "Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew wins Johnny Unitas Award". December 3, 2018.
  9. "Minshew is Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, Leach is Coach of the Year". December 4, 2018.
  10. "Gardner Minshew joins Ryan Leaf atop WSU's Heisman history". December 9, 2018.
  11. "Round 6: Minshew is the selection". April 27, 2019.

External linksEdit

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