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Anthony Gordon and Morgan Weaver were back in the spotlight last week.
Thursday, the Seahawks made a move to put that talk to a stop, agreeing to re-sign Geno Smith, who served as Russell Wilson’s backup last year and will compete to do so again in 2020.
There isn’t much of a consensus among NFL pundits and writers as to where the next stop on Gordon’s tour will be, but the WSU signal-caller – projected to be taken in rounds 5-7 – should have an idea by Saturday night.
Mike Leach spent years advertising Anthony Gordon’s snappy release before finally anointing him as Washington State’s starting quarterback last September.
Should quarterback Jacob Eason have stayed at UW for another season? That remains a debate as the NFL combine kicks off this week.
Anthony Gordon followed in the footsteps of Luke Falk and Gardner Minshew when he became the third straight Washington State quarterback to accept an invitation to the Senior Bowl. Now he’ll also join his Cougar predecessors for another pivotal stage of the lead-up to the 2020 NFL Draft: the Scouting Combine.
Wearing the No. 3 on his back as a tribute to former friend and teammate Tyler Hilinski, Gordon completed 8 of 12 passes for two touchdowns and no interceptions, splitting time with fellow North QBs Jordan Love of Utah State and Shea Patterson of Michigan.
Two college standouts with ties to the Inland Northwest have spent the last week in Mobile, Alabama, at the Reese’s Senior Bowl – considered to be one of the most important job interviews in the lead-up to the NFL draft.
For the second time in three years, a Washington State quarterback will be wearing No. 3 at the Reese’s Senior Bowl as a tribute to former teammate Tyler Hilinski, who donned the number for the Cougars before committing suicide in January of 2018.
Despite boasting the league’s most potent scoring attack at 39.2 points per game, Washington State didn’t place an offensive player on the All-Pac-12 first team, but eight Cougars were named to the all-conference teams released Tuesday afternoon.
For the third time in as many years, a Washington State quarterback will have an opportunity to boost his NFL stock in front of professional scouts, general managers and head coaches.
Gordon has already attempted 585 passes this season, which is 138 more than any other Division I FBS quarterback. He is 906 yards ahead of LSU’s Joe Burrow, who has the next-most passing yards with 4,014.
Anthony Gordon’s ascent to the top of the Pac-12 Conference record books is just about complete.
For the third time this season, Washington State’s redshirt senior quarterback was recognized by the league after ocmpleting 44-of-60 passes for 520 yards, with five touchdowns and one interception in the Cougars’ dominating 49-22 win over Stanford Saturday at Martin Stadium.
Every Saturday night/Sunday morning, Washington State’s sports information directors are tasked with nominating players for weekly Pac-12 Conference Honors, which are then voted on by league media members and then announced to the public sometime around noon on Monday.
Gordon’s predecessors in Pullman previously shared the record with 38 touchdowns – Luke Falk reaching that total as both a sophomore (2015) and junior (2016), and Gardner Minshew hitting last year in his lone season with the Cougars.
Junior outside receiver Tay Martin caught a 15-yard touchdown in the first quarter and finished with four catches for 76 yards, tying a season-high he set in the third game of the year, against Houston.
Anthony Gordon, who’s still the nation’s leading passer at 3,794 yards, made the semifinalist cut for the award given annually to the top quarterback in college football, joining 15 other players from around the country and two others in the Pac-12 Conference.
WSU football: Anthony Gordon post practice (Nov. 12, 2019)
When Anthony Gordon arrived at Washington State in 2016, he was unsure what type of relationship he’d forge with Trey Tinsley, another quarterback who’d taken a similar path to the Palouse and also had exactly four years to win over Mike Leach with his right arm.