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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 is no longer with the Redskins.
Halliday has decided not to attend rookie minicamp. The expectation is that he will retire from the sport, because, as a source told ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim, Halliday "had lost his love for football." While he posted video game stats at Washington State, Mike Leach's staff never seemed completely warm to him. An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last month that "nobody" at Washington State "was sorry to see" Halliday leave. May 15 - 10:22 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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Redskins signed Washington State QB Connor Halliday.

Halliday (6'3/196) made 28 starts at Wazzu, completing 62.0 percent of his career throws with a 90:50 TD-to-INT ratio. He finished his four-year career as the school's all-time leader in passing yards (11,304) and touchdown passes. Although Halliday was an accurate college passer, he is undersized by NFL standards with small hands (8 3/8") and sub-par arm strength. Playing almost strictly in the shotgun at Washington State, Halliday did not appear comfortable making throws when pressured. He isn't more than a practice squad candidate in Washington behind Robert Griffin, Kirk Cousins, and Colt McCoy.
May 3 - 10:54 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that "nobody" at Washington State "was sorry to see" QB Connor Halliday leave and he "can't find anybody there that liked this guy."

Tell us how they really feel. If the Wazzu coaching staff is indeed trashing Halliday out the door (which wouldn't be terribly surprising, as they did so rather publicly with DT Xavier Cooper), it could hurt the signal-caller's tenuous draft stock. Since we can't confirm or deny this report, lets stick to his on-field evaluation. "He finds the open guy well at times but then he throws into coverage too often," the scout said. Another concluded: "He's got a talented arm. Plays in a wide-open system. He's smart enough (Wonderlic of 22). He'll need a little bit of work on his footwork, but he's got enough to take a shot on." The 6-foot-3, 204-pound Halliday threw for 11,308 yards and 90 touchdowns in college.
Apr 28 - 9:39 PM

Washington State QB Connor Halliday (leg) "is recovered from injury and drawing a buzz," according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

Halliday broke his tibia and fibula when Trojans defensive end Leonard Williams fell on his leg in November. "He was on pace to smash records before breaking his leg and impressed at his pro day," La Canfora wrote. "I would not be surprised at all if he is one of the first four or five quarterbacks taken (Miami, Pittsburgh, Washington and San Diego are among those looking at him)." The 6-foot-3, 204-pound Halliday threw for 11,308 yards and 90 touchdowns during his career in Mike Leach's offense at Washington State.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 4:59 PM

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

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