Gardner Minshew II - Tuesday, September 17, 2019

(On if it's been unusual having fans react to seeing him out in public) "I guess it's always kind of unusual when you're out and somebody recognizes you, comes up to you and talks to you, but it's awesome. It's one of the things that makes a place like this that has such a good fan base so much fun."

(On if the attention he received last year at Washington State has prepared him for the NFL) "Yeah, Pullman's a town of about 30,000. Everybody knows everybody and it was a situation where wherever you go, you're going to get recognized. So, it definitely prepared me for whatever is going to happen here."

(On if he gained a comfort level throughout the Week 2 game at Houston) "Yeah, I'd say both comfort and confidence. As we get going, I think we just have to tap into that earlier. We have to get rolling. We have to go on the attack early. We kind of waited and let our defense play the game, and we have to go out and win games as an offense."

(On the importance of the chemistry he has with the receivers, especially on plays he extends) "It's huge. I have a lot of trust in these guys. They're super smart football guys, so I know they're going to keep working for me and they know I'm going to work for them. So, it's been going pretty good so far."

(On his relationship with his father) "It's awesome. He's my first coach, coached me all the way. I talk to him all the time. He's one of my best friends, so to have him there, he's been there every step of the way. I'm kind of used to it now. I'm kind of spoiled in that way, but it's awesome to be able to share those kinds of moments with family."

(On how his dad travels to his games) "When I was at Wazzou, he flew a lot, but man he's made some dang road trips, a lot of them. So, very, very grateful for that, and I'm super fortunate to have that in my life."

(On the furthest extent his father went to see him play football) "Probably him and – So my best friend Houston Smith, he was on the TV a good bit too [during the Week 2 at Houston broadcast], he goes to a lot of the games with him. And one time, I think we were playing in Tulsa when I was at ECU [East Carolina University], and they go stop at this rest stop. And at the rest stops there's those bathrooms and there's two doors, you look right, and it says women's, so you just go left. But it was one of those where both sides, those were both women. So, my buddy Houston, he doesn't know, and he goes in the wrong one. [He] walks out and there's an old lady – He was just in the toilet doing his business, and he walks out there's an old lady just shocked. And so they were like, 'We have to get the hell out of here.' But yeah, that was probably one of the best road trip stories."

(On if he's ever had four days to prepare for a game like they do this week) "I don't think so. This is a quick turnaround, but we have a lot of guys here that have done it and I'm kind of banking on their experience to get ready."

(On how desperate this team is to get a win) "I think we're hungry every week. If last week there was something, we thought we could do better to win we would have done it. So, we're attacking it just like we have been, but that sense of urgency is definitely there."

(On if he's getting a better feel of what he likes to do in the offense as he plays more) "Yeah. You try different things, figure out what works for you and what doesn't. You gain confidence with different guys and all those kind of come with time."

(On if it's tough to fight the instinct to fight for another yard rather than slide when scrambling) "I think there's a lot of different ways to protect yourself as you go, whether it's kind of diving, just avoiding the head on contact, I try to do the best I can. But there's some situations where you just can't, where you have to – if it's close to a third down or a fourth down, you have to go get that, but obviously you have to try to keep yourself healthy as much as you can."

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