Washington State landed one of the top players in the transfer portal Monday night when quarterback Cameron Ward committed to the Cougars.
Like Bailey Zappe choosing Western Kentucky last year when he left Houston Baptist, Ward is electing to follow his offensive coordinator at Incarnate Word, Eric Morris, who was recenty hired as Washington St.’s new OC.
The Cougars hope this turns out as good as it did for Zappe and the Hilltoppers, who went from 5-7 in 2020 to 9-5 this past season. They won Conference USA’s East Division and blasted Appalachian St. 59-38 in the Boca Raton Bowl.
Zappe led the nation in passing yards with 5,967 and had a 62/11 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He had been at Houston Baptist with OC Zach Kittley for three years before Western Ky. HC Tyson Helton hired Kittley to run his offense.
Now Ward is hoping his move to the FBS level produces similar results. He was an FCS All-American as a sophomore and was ranked as the 11th-best overall player in the portal by 247Sports. The Athletic had Ward ranked as its No. 2 overall player in the portal.
Ward chose Washington St. just a few days after its 2021 starting QB, Jayden de Laura, elected to enter the portal.
“I was in between Washington St. and Ole Miss, but [de Laura] entering the portal gave Washington St. a little bit of an edge,” Ward told 247Sports.
For Incarnate Word this past season, Ward threw for 4,648 yards with a 47/10 TD-INT ratio. He has a 71/14 TD-INT ratio in two years at the FCS level.
DraftKings has the Cougars with 200/1 odds to win next year’s College Football Playoff.