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Connor Halliday | Quarterback

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

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Washington State QB Connor Halliday "was efficient and did a terrific job commanding the passing offense at Washington State but lacks the physical skills to be anything other than a third quarterback at the next level," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
"Patient, intelligent quarterback with marginal physical skills for the next level," reads his scouting report. "Buys time for receivers, remains poised under the rush and displays a great sense of knowing where receivers. Effectively sets up screen passes and throws the ball with great timing. Very accurate in the short and intermediate field, placing passes where only his target can make receptions." Sounds like the perfect Mike Leach quarterback, right? The weaknesses will sounds familiar to NFL types who have tried without success to develop Leach's QBs in the pros. "Does not possess a big arm," Pauline wrote. "Cannot zip the passes through tight spots and deep throws hang in the air. Puts the ball up for grabs at times or tosses passes into covered targets. Not a nimble quarterback who can escape the rush or pick up yardage with his legs." Apr 17 - 10:56 PM

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Washington State QB Connor Halliday will visit the Washington Redskins this week.

Halliday will visit the Washington Redskins this week. The 6-foot-3, 204-pound Halliday threw for 11,308 yards and 90 touchdowns during his pass-happy career in Mike Leach's offense at Washington State. That career ended a little early when Halliday broke his fibula and tibia against USC last season. He's a Day 3 developmental possibility.
Apr 14 - 10:37 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein writes that Washington State QB Connor Halliday "[lacks] a strong arm and an ability to create plays outside of the pocket."

"Halliday shows an adequate level of football intelligence and has enough accuracy to warrant a draft pick," Zierlein wrote. "One positive is that he has clearly improved over the last two seasons and might continue on the same track once he works into an NFL system. A role as a backup might be his ceiling." Halliday checks in as Zierlein's No. 8 QB, which essentially means he's right on the borderline of getting drafted. The analyst compares him to Ryan Griffin.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 17 - 9:18 PM

Washington State QB Connor Halliday (leg) is attending the NFL Draft combine, but won't work out, and might not be ready to participate in his school's Pro Day on March 12.

Halliday is in the unfortunate position of being asked to transition from Mike Leach's spread concepts to a pro-style offense while being unable to do much on the field. Back in November, you'll recall, Halliday broke his tibia and fibula when Trojans defensive end Leonard Williams fell on his leg. 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," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote after the injury.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 20 - 10:30 PM

Washington State redshirt senior Connor Halliday will attend the NFL Draft combine, but he will not work out.

Back in November, Halliday snapped his tibia and fibula when Trojans defensive end Leonard Williams fell on his leg. The 6-foot-4, 201-pound Halliday threw for 11,308 yards, and 90 touchdowns, in his career at Washington State. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler noted back in November, that 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."
Jan 29 - 4:05 PM

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."
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 08:24:00 PM

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
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 04:10:00 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.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 05:23:00 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
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 05:57:00 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.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 12:51:00 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.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 12:27:00 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.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 02:12:00 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
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 03:27:00 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.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 07:04:00 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.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 07:12:00 PM