Washington State has added Gardner Minshew, a graduate transfer out of East Carolina, to compete for the starting QB job..

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PULLMAN — Washington State has added a graduate transfer out of East Carolina who will compete for the job to replace departed recording-setting quarterback Luke Falk.

Gardner Minshew threw for 2,140 yards and 16 touchdowns last season at East Carolina. He appeared in 10 games for the Pirates last season, starting five.

At Washington State, Minshew joins a group that includes juniors Trey Tinsley and Anthony Gordon that is vying to replace Falk, who was a sixth-round pick by the Tennessee Titans in last month’s NFL draft.

The Cougars also signed defensive lineman Lamonte McDougle, who played extensively as a freshman at West Virginia last season. McDougle appeared in all 13 games and recorded 23 tackles, including four for loss, with two sacks. McDougle must sit out the 2018 season.


Willie MacIver was 2 for 4 with two RBI as Washington (26-22, 16-9 Pac-12) opened a series at Utah with a 6-4 win. Joe Wainhouse hit a solo home run, and Lucas Knowles picked up the win after giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits over 62/3 innings.

• Grand Canyon tripled on the second pitch of the game and scored four runs in the first inning in a 12-3 series-opening win against Seattle U (32-19, 13-9 WAC) in Bellevue.


• Seven Huskies were named to the NFCA All-Region softball team. Taran Alvelo, Sis Bates, Kelly Burdick and Julia DePonte were named to the first team. Gabbie Plain, Kirstyn Thomas and Taylor Van Zee were on the second team.