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CBS Sports writer Rob Rang says Connor Halliday could be the next Cougars QB drafted

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Washington State Cougars redshirt senior quarterback Connor Halliday could have a big year.

According to CBS Sports writer Rob Rang, “[Halliday] could rise up the charts with a big senior campaign.” Last season, he set a school record with 4,597 passing yards.

He also tied Ryan Leaf’s school record with 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.”

In head coach Mike Leach’s offensive system, Halliday could put up similar numbers. Alex Brink was the last Cougars quarterback drafted in the 2008 NFL Draft.

The Houston Texans drafted Brink in the 7th round of that draft. He never made the Texans and now plays in the Canadian Football League.

Leaf, who was mentioned earlier, was the second overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. He retired from the NFL before the start of the 2002 season after going 4-17 as a start with 13 touchdowns and 33 interceptions.

Drew Bledsoe is the only other Cougars quarterback to be drafted in the past 21 years. Bledsoe went first overall to the New England Patriots in the 1993 NFL draft.

He would play his first nine seasons with the Patriots, before New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis knocked him out and Tom Brady has been the quarterback ever since.

Following the Patriots, Bledsoe played three seasons with the Buffalo Bills and two more with the Dallas Cowboys.


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