PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s star quarterback Gardner Minshew is not a finalist for the Heisman trophy, the most prestigious award in college football.
Ohio State University's Dwayne Haskins, University of Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and University of Oklahoma's Kyler Murray were the Heisman finalists for 2018.
Minshew still led the WSU Cougars in one of the team’s best seasons in recent memory and his accomplishments are significant. Minshew is second in the nation in passing yards, and first in average yards per game.
Minshew’s nomination was not a shoo-in. Last week, he was in fifth place to win the Heisman at +5000 odds according to Bovada. ESPN also ranked him fifth, as did Bleacher Report.
The Mississippi native did take home another honor on Monday: the 2018 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, as the nation's top senior quarterback with exemplary character who excelled in scholastic and athletic achievements.
WSU had a memorable year. The team saw College GameDay come to campus for the first time ever. The team was picked to beat the Oregon Ducks and the Cougs followed through, winning 43-20.