In case you have not paid one ounce of attention to college football this season, Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew has become the gridiron hero nobody knew we needed. The senior graduate transfer has filled up the box scores, tallied up some impressive wins, and has the Cougars in the hunt for a College Football Playoff berth.
It would have been hard to predict the 6-foot-2, 220-pound signal caller as a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate before the season, but here we are. He has completed over 70 percent of his passes for 4,325 yards with 36 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in leading No. 8 WSU to a 10-1 mark before facing the No. 16 Washington Huskies in their season finale.
Oh, and Minshew has a phenomenal mustache and he now has a tribute song ahead of the Apple Cup. Seriously, the “Mississippi Mustache” song is a real thing thanks to Seattle Mariners public address announcer Tom Hutlyer.
As if the hype and hysteria of College GameDay going to Pullman wasn’t crazy enough, or if listening to Washington State head coach Mike Leach share incredible and hilarious insights on a weekly basis wasn’t wild enough, the college football world now has an official song dubbing Minshew as the “crimson’s Superman” who can lead the Cougars to victory over the in-state rival Huskies.
There’s gems like this in the first verse:
“His right arm is a cannon, he’s nimble on his feet.
When he gets a-rollin’ there’s no way he can be beat.”
And more gems in the second verse:
“He beat the Buffaloes and Cowboys in the high thin mountain air.
The Ducks and Beavs and Cardinal, the Wildcats and the Bears.
This isn’t just a passing phase, this isn’t just a flash.
He even got ol’ coach Mike Leach to wear that famous ‘stache.”
Really, the whole song is worth listening to just once because there are some hilarious lyrics throughout the folk song dedicated to the Flowood, Mississippi native and former quarterback of Northwest Mississippi Community College and East Carolina.
So if you didn’t know who Gardner Minshew was before, just know he has officially arrived and has this song to prove it.