Gardner Minshew II grabbed the imagination of all Cougar fans as he led WSU to it's first 11 win season. Now the graduate transfer quarterback from East Carolina has won Male Sports Star Of The Year at the MTR Western Sports Star Awards sponsored by the Seattle Sports Commission. He is the first Cougar to win that award.
Minshew swept into Pullman like a new sheriff in a western movie to lead a team rocked by the tragic death of quarterback starter apparent Tyler Hilinski after the previous season. His mustache inspired fans (both men and women) to wear fake mustaches.
Briana Stewart of the WNBA champion Seattle Storm was honored with Best Female Sports Star.