Tyler Hilinski completed 26 of 31 passes for 223 yards and 1 TD (Bob Johnson/Cougfan.com)

The File on Cougar QB Tyler Hilinski

WASHINGTON STATE’S late signing of JC quarterback Anthony Gordon a week ago is now fully explained with news that Cougar backup signal caller Peyton Bender is an academic casualty for 2016. But based on the results of spring ball, there is no doubt Gordon will have a hill to climb challenging second-year freshman Tyler Hilinski as the top understudy to Heisman-contender Luke Falk.

While entering the spring season Bender was the clear No. 2 to Falk, Hilinski turned up the heat in a major way by the time spring ball ended and had closed the gap considerably. Bender, in our view, held but the slightest of edges at spring’s end.

In the Crimson and Gray Game Hilinski completed 26 of 31 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown, and engineered another two TD drives.  The game put an exclamation point on a solid spring for Hilinski. In the team’s three scrimmages combined, he completed 54 of 72 passes (75 percent) for 407 yards, 3 TDs and no interceptions.

Hilinski also has been in the program longer than his class year would suggest. He graduated from high school early so enrolled at WSU in January 2015, allowing him to participate in spring workouts that year.

Here's the file on Hilinksi ...

Height/Weight: 6-3, 191

Hometown: Upland, Calif.

High School: Upland

Chose WSU over: Cal, Utah State, Penn

Strengths: Instinctive and with good anticipation on throws that require timing. His throwing mechanics have improved since arriving to WSU and he has some mobility to extend

Weaknesses: Takes too many chances, which at times this spring led to drive-killing interceptions.

Prep Rankings: No. 9 QB prospect in California, No. 13 in West and No. 41 in the nation by Scout.com in the 2015 recruiting cycle.

Prep Stats: 56 TDs and nearly 6,000 yards while completing a record 68 percent of his passes over junior and senior seasons at Upland High.

Personal: Older brother Kelly plays QB at Weber State and younger brother Ryan is drawing recruiting attention for the 2019 recruiting cycle.

NOTABLE NOTE: As mentioned in last night's article on Peyton Bender, Fullerton College QB Trey Tinsley (6-3, 205) is walking on at Washington State. Tinsley, who has 4-to-play-3, played with Cougar WR Kaleb Fossum in high school at El Toro in Lake Forest, Calif.

Kaleb Fossum and Trey Tinsley (Fossum photo)

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