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Connor Halliday | Quarterback

Team: Washington State Cougars
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 201

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Washington State redshirt senior Connor Halliday broke his lower left leg against USC, not his ankle, which was previously reported.
Halliday snapped his tibia and fibula when Trojans defensive end Leonard Williams fell on his leg during Nov. 1's game. The senior's collegiate career is over, and he understands his legacy will be those gorgeous video game numbers. "It shows I was an explosive quarterback," Halliday said. "When we got rolling there was not too much other people could do to stop it." Nov 20 - 8:24 PM

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Washington State redshirt senior Connor Halliday "was viewed as a possible late round draft pick, but the injury could change that if he is unable to work out for teams prior to the 2015 NFL Draft," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He was viewed as a possible late round draft pick, but the injury could change that if he is unable to work out for teams prior to the 2015 NFL Draft - an unfortunate turn of events for the senior," Brugler writes. The 6-foot-4, 201-pound Halliday broke his left fibula in Saturday's game against USC and will be forced to miss the rest of the season. The Washington State prospect leads the country in passing yards (3,873), pass completions (354) and passing scores (32). It's an unfortunate end to his stellar career, in which Halliday threw for 11,308 yards and 90 touchdowns.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 4 - 4:10 PM

Washington State redshirt senior Connor Halliday broke his left fibula in Saturday's game against USC and will miss the remainder of the season.

In the first quarter, Halliday connected with Vince Mayle for a 14-yard gain. On his follow-through, he was hit low by Trojans defensive end Leonard Williams, spinning awkwardly to the turf as his right ankle got pinned at an ugly angle. Halliday underwent surgery on Saturday night, according to HC Mike Leach. It's an unfortunate end to Halliday's prolific career, which saw him throw for 11,308 yards and 90 touchdowns.
Nov 2 - 5:23 PM

Washington State redshirt senior Connor Halliday may be forcing scouts to rethink their preseason priority free agent grades, believes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Halliday broke David Klingler's (Houston) NCAA passing yardage record (716, 1990) by throwing for 734 yards in Saturday's loss to Cal. He added six touchdown passes and no interceptions. "Entering the year, Halliday received priority free agent grades from scouting services, but he's making scouts dig a little deeper with his productive 2014 season," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 7 - 5:57 PM

Washington State redshirt senior Connor Halliday broke the NCAA passing yardage record by throwing for 734 yards in Saturday's loss to Cal.

Washington State and Cal, which feature the No. 1 and 8 passing offenses, respectively, combined for 1,400 yards of offense in the thriller. Though the 6-foot-4, 198-pound Halliday was on the losing side, he had a night to remember, shattering the NCAA record for all levels. He broke David Klingler's (Houston) 716-yard record set in 1990. In addition, Halliday threw for six touchdowns.
Oct 6 - 12:51 AM

Washington State redshirt senior Connor Halliday completed 41-of-62 attempts for 544 passing yards, six touchdown and two interceptions in Saturday's 59-21 blowout win over Portland State.

Frustrated by an 0-2 start, the Cougars rolled up 706 yards of offense while restricting Portland State to 362 yards. The 6-foot-4, 198-pound Halliday, the nation's leading passer, has 1,465 passing yards and a 12/5 TD/INT ratio through three games.
Sep 15 - 12:27 AM

Washington State redshirt senior Connor Halliday completed 35-of-54 attempts for 349 passing yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Friday's 24-13 setback against Rutgers.

Washington State isn't talented enough to be inefficient on offense, so Halliday is going to have to take big steps forward for Mike Leach's squad to turn things around. Wazzu will win next week against Portland State, but Pac 12 play begins after that, and the Cougars don't figure to be favored in more than two or three of those games. The 6-foot-4, 198-pound Halliday is 75-for-110 for 881 passing yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions through three games.
Sep 6 - 2:12 AM

Washington State redshirt senior Connor Halliday "is not the typical [Mike] Leach quarterback," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Leach's aggressive passing attack "prioritizes poise and accuracy over arm strength, [making] stars out of passers most NFL teams would never consider prospects," Rang wrote. Halliday completed 40-for-56 attempts for 532 passing yards, five touchdowns and one interception in Thursday's 41-38 loss to Rutgers. "The lanky 6-foot-4, 198-pounder has a live arm and loves to show it off," Rang wrote. "He attacked the Scarlet Knights with the typical in-breaking routes Leach has made famous. Halliday also showed very good accuracy on both intermediate and deep out-breaking routes, consistently throwing before his receivers turned. Halliday also showed deft touch on verticals down the sideline and when dropping passes over the defenders with their backs turned to him."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 1 - 3:27 PM

Washington State redshirt senior Connor Halliday completed 40-for-56 attempts for 532 passing yards, five touchdowns and one interception in Thursday's 41-38 loss to Rutgers.

This was a tight game throughout -- with the Cougars biggest deficit being 11 points -- and Mike Leach, as is his wont, was completely indifferent to a ground attack. Washington State had just nine rushing attempts that weren't credited to Halliday, and had 14 carries for six yards overall. Halliday was a little shaky in the first quarter, but was superb in the next two, going 13-for-15 to start the second half. Halliday set a Cougars' record with 4,597 passing yards last season and tied Ryan Leaf's single-season record of 34 touchdown passes. He very well could exceed both numbers in 2014, while also slashing his 22 interceptions.
Aug 31 - 7:04 PM

The Sporting News' Matt Hayes predicts Washington State will be playing for the Pac-12 North Division title in November.

"Years ago when Leach was at Texas Tech, his third team won nine games and developed into a significant factor in the then-Big 12 South Division," Hayes wrote. "Kliff Kingsbury, in his third year as the starting quarterback for Leach, threw for more than 5,000 yards and 45 TDs. Fast forward to 2014, and that’s Connor Holliday entering his third season as quarterback for Leach at Wazzu, after last year leading the Cougars to their first bowl game since 2003 and throwing for 4,597 yards and 34 TDs." Added Kingsbury himself: "You get that long in his system, and everything you do is second nature. That’s when it starts to really get fun." The Cougars would need to beat out Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford and Washington to win the North. They're a longshot at best.
Aug 27 - 7:12 PM

Washington State redshirt senior Connor Halliday "could rise up charts with a big senior campaign," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Halliday set a Cougars' record with 4,597 passing yards last season and tied Ryan Leaf's single-season record of 34 touchdown passes. "Halliday has plenty of arm strength and is willing (too willing, in fact) to take chances, which resulted in 22 interceptions a year ago -- his first season as the Cougars' full-time starter," wrote Rang. "He typically throws in-breaking routes like slants and posts well, showing zip and good placement but can get scatter-shot, especially when he doesn't set his feet. Halliday will occasionally drop it in the bucket on touch throws but too often throws long. He possesses a spindly frame and isn't particularly elusive though he has decent speed for the position." Halliday is an outstanding fantasy quarterback as Mike Leach's trigger man.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 1 - 9:28 PM

Quarterback Connor Halliday practiced in full pads Tuesday for the first this spring as he continues to progress in his recovery from a lacerated liver.

Halliday suffered his injury late last season in a sparkling effort against Arizona State. It’s been a lengthy healing process and coach Mike Leach and his staff see no need to risk aggravating the injury. As such, Halliday did not participate in all team drills, but he was very active in working with the quarterbacks.
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 12:15:00 PM

According to an email released by the Washington State Sports Information Department on Tuesday night, quarterback Connor Halliday was released from a local hospital where he was being treated for a lacerated liver.

The redshirt freshman played the whole game and took several hard hits in an overtime home loss against Utah. He was admitted to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with a lacerated liver. Halliday was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on Nov. 12 when, after taking over for Marshall Lobbestael in the first quarter, he threw for 494 yards and 4 TDs in a 37-27 win over Arizona State.
Wed, Nov 23, 2011 11:43:00 AM

Washington State freshman quarterback Connor Halliday remained in intensive care Sunday night after suffering a lacerated liver in Saturday’s overtime loss to Utah.

Halliday’s first start was certainly memorable. He played through the injury and finished the game completing 21-of-48 for 290 yards and 2/4. He was then taken to the hospital. Halliday came on in relief of Marshall Loebestaal against Arizona State on Nov. 12 and threw for 494 and 4 touchdowns in a 37-27 win. The effort earned him the start against the Utes, but now Loebestaal will lead the Cougars on Saturday in the Apple Cup against Washington.
Source: Tacoma News
Mon, Nov 21, 2011 11:17:00 AM

Connor Halliday will follow-up his record performance against Arizona State by going against a tough Utah defense.

Halliday will be the third starting QB for the Cougars this season. Halliday threw for 494 yards in relief of Marshall Lobbestael to lead the Cougars in last week's win over the Sun Devils. His yardage was the most by a freshman in conference history.
Thu, Nov 17, 2011 04:50:00 PM