Oct 19, 2019; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars helmet sits during football game against the Colorado Buffaloes in the first at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Freshman QB de Laura will start for Washington State

When the Washington State Cougars open their season Saturday at Oregon State, they will have a true freshman at quarterback for the first time in school history.

Jayden de Laura, one of three candidates, won the job, first-year coach Nick Rolovich announced Monday.

The other contenders were redshirt sophomore Cammon Cooper and redshirt freshman Gunner Cruz. The (Spokane, Wash.) Spokesman-Review cited multiple sources over the weekend in reporting that de Laura would get the nod.

de Laura takes over for Anthony Gordon, who completed 71.6 percent of his passes for 5,579 yards with 48 touchdowns vs. 16 interceptions as a senior for the Cougars last season.

Washington State went 6-7 overall and 3-6 in the Pac-12 a season ago.

Rolovich, who spent four seasons as head coach at Hawaii before taking over when Mike Leach left Washington State for Mississippi State, had been trying to lure de Laura to that school.

de Laura guided St. Louis School in Honolulu to consecutive state titles, including a senior season that saw him rack up 3,452 yards passing and 29 touchdowns.

–Field Level Media