Washington State Quarterbacks by year are Cameron Ward (2023), John Mateer (2022), Jayden de Laura (2021), Cammon Cooper (2020), and Gage Gubrud (2019).
The football program at Washington State University was founded in 1894, it is one of the oldest in the Western US. The team's first games were against one of the local teams and other Pacific Northwest schools.
Under head coach William Dietz, the Cougars had their major success in the 1910s. In 1916, they won their first Rose Bowl, defeating Brown University. Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington, is where the Cougars play their home games. It can accommodate more than 30,000 spectators.
Similarly, they have a long history of producing talented quarterbacks who went on to play in college and, in some cases, the NFL. One of the most well-known quarterbacks to come out of Washington State is Drew Bledsoe. He is one of few Washington State QBs in the NFL.
The New England Patriots selected him with the first overall choice in the 1993 NFL Draft after he played college football for Washington State University (WSU). While playing in the NFL, Bledsoe spent time with the Patriots, Buffalo Bills, and Dallas Cowboys.
QBs By Year
|Jayden de Laura||2021|
Cameron Ward - 2023
Cameron Ward is an American football player who is a Washington State Quarterbacks 2023. He had previously played for the Incarnate Word.
He was able to win the Jerry Rice Award as the most excellent freshman in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision after entering Incarnate Word in 2020 for college.
Prior to the start of his rookie season, which was delayed by COVID, he was selected as the Cardinals' starting quarterback. In his second year, he led the Southland Conference in passing with an amazing 4,648 yards, 47 touchdowns, and making 10 interceptions.
Ward however decided to leave the college when the season ended.
After just a couple of years at Incarnate Word, he transferred to Washington State in 2022. During the Cougars' practice session in the spring, he was selected as the starting quarterback for the 2022 season, which was his first season with the team.
He began attending the institution in the second semester of his sophomore year. He ran for 5 touchdowns in addition to completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 3231 yards making 23 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.
John Mateer - 2022
John Mateer is one of the Washington State football quarterbacks, he made his one and only appearance as a redshirt in his first season in 2022.
Having originally joined the Central Arkansas Bears for college in 2021, he decided to transfer to the Washington State Cougars in 2022 January, he wears jersey number 10.
He had multiple offers from Houston Baptist Huskies, Central Arkansas Bears, Columbia Lions, Incarnate Word Cardinals, and New Mexico State Aggies too but accepted an offer from the Arkansas Bears initially before opting to shift to Washington State.
He made his Cougars college debut in a win against Stanford. Where he went 2-for-2 with a passing touchdown of 27-yard to wide receiver Orion Peters, he also rushed the ball 4 times for 58 yards including a 37-yard run.
Jayden de Laura - 2021
He joined the Washinton State in 2020 after offers from various team including Ohio State, newly appointed head coach Rolovich played a key role in his arrival.
He was named straight into the starting quarterback for the first game of the season, which as against Oregon State, making him the only freshman to play as a starter in a quarterback position till date in the team's history.
In that game he threw for 227 yards and made two touchdowns, he rushed for 43 yards and had 5-yard touchdown. He was named freshman of the week after the win against Oregon.
However, after getting exposed to COVID and testing positive, he missed the game against Stanford that year.
In 2022, he was the starting QB. He made 12 appearances out of which in only one game he came off the bench. He went 227 for 359 for 2798 yards and 23 touchdowns, making 9 interceptions and rushed for 3 touchdowns in the process.
He left Washington State after 2021 season and transferred to University of Arizona in January 2022.
Cammon Cooper - 2020
Cooper who plays as a QB enrolled at Washington State football in 2018. His father Cole was also a quarterback, who played for Ricks and Weber State.
In his Red Shirt Sophomore season in 2020, he managed to have two appearances coming off the bench. He went 11 out of 16 for 99 yards and rushed 4 times for 10 yards.
However, in the 2021 season, he made four appearances in his name. In the 2022 season, he played just one game, which was against Western Kentucky where he came off the bench. Unfortunately, he couldn't get to manage a single pass in that game, but had just 1 carry for 2 yards.
Gage Gubrud - 2019
Gage Gubrud initially started playing quarterback for Eastern Washington University, he later switched to Washington State University.
He played at Eastern Washington University from 2015 through 2018 to start his college football career. He had an amazing career and started as quarterback for the EWU Eagles. Throughout his career, he set numerous school and FCS records for passing yards and touchdowns.
For the 2019 season, he transferred to Washington State University. He transferred as a graduate student to the WSU Cougars. where he was only able to play in two games.
He made his debut in the first game of the season against New Mexico State as he went for 9 out of 11 for 76 yards and 1 touchdown pass. He also appeared in a win against Northern Colorado.
His tenure at Washington State was ruined by injuries, and as a result of those injuries, he had trouble getting starts.
Gardner Minshew - 2018
Gardner Minshew transferred from East Carolina to Washington State University (WSU) following the 2017 season and played college football there in 2018.
During his short tenure with the Cougars, he was a starting quarterback, had an amazing season, and broke numerous records.
In 2018, he set a record for most passing yards in the nation with 4,779 yards, passed for 38 touchdowns, and completed 70.7% of his throws, displaying exceptional precision as a passer.
His passer rating for the season was stunning 147.5, which is regarded as outstanding at the college level. He only threw 9 interceptions during the season. With him at quarterback, Washington State enjoyed a strong season, going 10-2 during the regular season.
Gardner Minshew was recognized as one of the finest quarterbacks in college football for the 2018 season because of his remarkable performance at Washington State. His accomplishments at WSU were crucial to his eventual move to the NFL when he started as quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Luke Falk - 2017
Luke Falk played quarterback for the Washington State Cougars from 2014 to 2017. He is undoubtedly one of the best QBs to play for the WSC.
He is renowned for his excellent passing numbers and on-field leadership. As a walk-on in college football in 2013, he rapidly made his name up to the starting quarterback position for the Cougars.
During his stint at Washington State, Falk broke multiple passing records. He broke the previous marks held by former Cougar greats like Connor Halliday and Ryan Leaf to become the school's all-time leading passer.
Throughout his time in college, he won a number of awards, including the All-Pac-12 title in 2017. During his senior year, he made 12 starts and finished 357 of 534 attempts for 3593 throwing yards, 30 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He also completed 30 touchdown throws.
He then joined the 2018 NFL draft after having a beautiful collegiate career, and the Tennessee Titans selected him in the sixth round. He also played for a couple of other NFL teams.
Tyler Hilinski - 2016
Tyler Hilinski was a quarterback for Washington State University in January 2018 he sadly committed suicide. He had a brief but notable career with the Cougars.
From 2015 through 2017, Hilinski competed for Washington State. He was Luke Falk's backup during his first two years at WSU as the starting quarterback.
In the 2016 season, he played in 4 matches and completed 24 out of 30 attempted passes for 245 yards scoring 2 touchdowns and making 1 interception. His debut came against in a win over Idaho.
His most important playing time came in the 2017 campaign when he took over as Washington State's starting QB when Luke Falk was out injured. He completed 61.9% of his passes for 2,937 yards and had 26 touchdowns during the 2017 campaign.
He tragically committed suicide in January 2018, shocking the football community and the world.
Peyton Bender - 2015
Peyton Bender was a quarterback for Washington State Football. He spent two seasons, i.e. 2014 and 2015 seasons with the Cougars.
Bender spent most of his time at Washington as a deputy to starter Cyler Miles.
In the 2015 season, he made 5 appearances in total and played as a starter in the Apple Cup in place of Luke Falk, who was injured.
In that year he made 53 complete passes out of 91 passing attempts for 498 yards. He had 3 passing touchdowns with 58.2 completion percent and 4 interceptions. During his two seasons at Washington, he saw little action and had little influence on the team's performance.
Bender continued playing collegiate football after the 2015 season by transferring to Itawamba Community College, a junior college in Mississippi.
He then again transferred to the University of Kansas after his tenure at Itawamba Community College. During the 2017 and 2018 seasons, he was a member of the Kansas Jayhawks, where he played a more significant role as the starting quarterback.
Connor Halliday - 2014
Connor Halliday was one of the outstanding quarterbacks at Washington State with a remarkable college football career. He played for the Cougars from 2011 to 2014.
For most of his college career, Halliday started at quarterback for the Cougars made him a reputation as a creative passer.
During his career at WSU, he broke numerous passing records, including the NCAA record for most attempts and completions in a single game established in 2013 when he threw the ball 89 times in the game against Oregon.
Halliday's 2013 season stats of 4,597 passing yards and 34 touchdowns showed just how effective he could be in the passing game. He passed for 3,873 yards and 32 touchdowns during his senior season in 2014, despite missing the final three games due to injury.
Sadly, a season-ending injury in 2014 forced him to give up his college career, but he had a huge impact on WSU football.