WSU’s Minshew on facing Huskies in Apple Cup: “I kind of hate everybody we play”
PULLMAN, Wash — In a news conference that featured his now well-known humor and sarcasm, Washington State University quarterback Gardner Minshew told reporters how he’s feeling about the Washington Huskies, heading into Friday’s Apple Cup game in Pullman.
“I kind of hate everybody we play,” Minshew said, “So I guess I hate them equally – as much as I hate everybody else,” Minshew said.
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He followed up later, saying that “hate” comes from watching film, preparing and finding his motivation to win.
Minshew is leading the Cougars through an incredible 10-1 season. Despite only being on campus a few months before the season started, the graduate transfer quickly emerged as a leader – and, is now leading the nation in several passing categories. He’s also considered by many to be a strong candidate for the Heisman trophy.
A Mississippi native, he carries none of the baggage that comes with the long history of the Apple Cup. He clearly has respect for the Huskies, especially the defense he’ll be throwing against on Friday.
“To throw against a team that one of the best secondaries in the country, I think it’s a challenge we’re ready for,” Minshew said. “I’ll take my guys against anybody. We’ve got a bunch of guys that can catch balls, I’d take them over any DBs we’re going to face.”
Minshew, who threw a WSU record seven touchdown passes in Saturday’s rout of Arizona, calls the Husky secondary “super talented” and “super disciplined.” He also talked about meeting Husky quarterback Jake Browning at a camp this summer, saying he had a lot of respect for Browning.
Minshew said the key, especially in a short week, is to focus a little less on what the opponent will do and more on what the Cougs need to do to win the game and the PAC-12 North title.
A year ago at this time, most in the Cougar nation had never heard the name Gardner Minshew. Now, he’ll go down as one of the best to play the position in a Cougar uniform. He’s also clearly enjoying himself, making a name for himself with his camp-grown mustache and in-game swagger. He’s clearly enjoying his last chance to play college football.
“We have a lot of new faces on this offense and this defense, a lot of new coaches on this staff. We’re playing with a different spirit than a lot of teams in the country right now,” Minshew said.
While talking about game preparation during Apple Cup week, Minshew also lightened up the room with a crack at his teammate and roommate, Cougar linebacker Peyton Pelluer.
“I’m sorry I don’t know who that is,” he said, when a reporter asked a question about Pelluer. “I feel bad taking attention from him. God knows he needs it.”
Minshew hopes to lead the Cougs to victory Friday in Pullman. The game is at 5:30 and televised on Fox.
An earlier version of this story said the game was going to be televised on ESPN. That has now been corrected, as the game is on Fox.
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