Alabama football's quarterback depth chart took a hit Tuesday as graduate transfer Gardner Minshew announced on his personal Twitter account he was decommitting from the Crimson Tide to join Washington State.
Minshew was East Carolina's starting quarterback for parts of the past two seasons. After graduating in December, he transferred to Alabama before moving on to Mike Leach's Cougars.
Proud to announce that I’ll be playing my last year of college ball at Washington State! Thank you to God for His many blessings, Coach Leach for this opportunity, and my family for their unwavering support. Go Cougs! pic.twitter.com/il77UHco0T— Gardner Minshew (@GardnerMinshew5) March 20, 2018
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Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reported Minshew chose Washington State so he could continue his pursuit of an NFL career.
Former ECU starting QB Gardner Minshew now going to #WAZZU to chase his goal of making it in the NFL. Told me he’s spending some time with Leach’s mentor Jackson State OC Hal Mumme who lives 20 minutes away, to learn the Air Raid. https://t.co/lUFepFrD2o— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) March 20, 2018
Minshew was supposed to give Alabama quality depth behind national championship game star Tua Tagovailoa and last season's starter, Jalen Hurts. The remaining quarterbacks on the roster are junior Kyle Edwards and redshirt freshman Mac Jones. Minshew's transfer could have a greater impact on the quarterback situation if Tagovailoa misses significant time after suffering a thumb injury in practice Tuesday.
At Washington State, Minshew will compete with six other quarterbacks seeking to replace three-year starter Luke Falk.
In his two years at ECU (he was junior college transfer prior to the 2016 season), Minshew threw for 3,487 yards and 24 touchdowns with 11 interceptions.