PRACTICE: Halliday sees more time with 1s

PULLMAN -- QB Connor Halliday saw more action running with the first team offense than usual and looked sharp in his work. Halliday effortlessly was throwing the ball around, but will the redshirt freshman play Saturday against Arizona State in front of a Dad's Weekend crowd at Martin Stadium?

As previously reported by CF.C, coach Paul Wulff said during his Sunday teleconference that senior Marshall Lobbestael would start, but Halliday could play this weekend. Following practice Monday night, Wulff said it's a natural progression for Halliday to prepare as though he will play, but he isn't ready to commit to him seeing action.

"I think just consistency," Wulff said on what he needs to see from Halliday this week in practice. "He needs to have a good week and we'll try to plan somewhere in there a series or two to get him in, but there's no guarantees. Marshall could come out and things are flowing, so we have to play it by ear."

Halliday was impressive in his action running with the 1s Monday night and was throwing the ball with both accuracy and zip. He had two touchdown passes against the scout team, with one coming on a beautifully thrown ball that hit WR Marquess Wilson perfectly in stride for a 30-yard score.

"I felt very comfortable," Halliday said. "I've gotten reps here and there over the last couple weeks. I think (offensive coordinator Todd) Sturdy has done a good job of mixing me and Marshall in during practice and getting both of us ready to play."

Halliday added another impressive play toward the end of practice when he rolled out of the pocket and fired a 18-yard pass to WR Henry Eaddy on the run.

"I'd love to play," Halliday said. "I'm honored that Coach Wulff thinks I'm ready to play in a Pac-12 football game. Bottom line though is that I don't know if I'm going to play, I don't know when I'm going to play. You just have to be ready when your number's called."

Halliday wasn't perfect on the night, though. There were a couple of incompletions where the wide receiver was open and he missed. Halliday told CF.C he feels one of his biggest strengths is his quick release, but he also recognizes he still has some weaknesses he needs to work on as well.

"I'm young," Halliday said. "I'm going to make mistakes and I'm going to maybe force a ball that shouldn't be thrown. That comes with getting college football reps and I haven't had many."

As for Lobbestael, he also had a solid practice. The starting QB didn't have any turnovers and had some TD tosses against the scouts as well.

FOR THE DEFENSE, for the first time in what feels like months, there were no injuries to contributing players and no one was in a yellow no-contact jersey.

Starting safety Deone Bucannon told CF.C that although it sounds repetitive, the team is trying to forget about the loss over the weekend and that the mindset is on one thing and one thing only -- the Sun Devils.

"We came out here ready to play," Bucannon said. "We're a team that's never down and it was a tough loss, but we have to forget about that. We're looking forward to Arizona State and giving it everything we've got."

Bucannon did admit that the team still is upset at their performance in a 30-7 loss Saturday at Cal. He said the team also remembers its 42-0 defeat last October at ASU.

"We definitely are (still mad)," Bucannon said. "We also realize what they did to us last year and we're going to go out there (Martin Stadium) with a chip on our shoulders and go out and get after them a little harder. We feel like we can beat this team and that's what we're going to go out there and do."

  • Junior QB Jeff Tuel was seen throwing the ball around to wide receivers, but he still is not practicing with the team. He is recovering from aggravating an injury to his left clavicle and a calf injury suffered Oct. 22 against Oregon State in Seattle.

  • The team practiced in the indoor practice facility "the bubble" for the first time this season.

    QB: Marshall Lobbestael (Connor Halliday also seeing reps)
    X receiver: Marquess Wilson
    Flanker: Isiah Barton (Note: Bobby Ratliff also seeing action running with the 1s)
    Z receiver: Jared Karstetter
    TE: Andrei Lintz
    LT: David Gonzales
    LG: John Fullington
    C: Matt Goetz (Andrew Roxas also getting reps)
    RG: B.J. Guerra
    RT: Dan Spitz
    RB: Rickey Galvin (Carl Winston and Logwone Mitz also seeing action)
    LE: Lenard Williams
    LT: Brandon Rankin (Justin Clayton also getting reps)
    RT: Anthony Laurenzi
    RE: Travis Long
    SAM: Sekope Kaufusi
    MIKE: C.J. Mizell
    WILL: Alex Hoffman-Ellis
    CB: Nolan Washington
    SS: Deone Bucannon
    FS: Tyree Toomer (Casey Locker also seeing action running with the 1s)
    CB: Damante Horton (Daniel Simmons also seeing reps)

  • Cougfan Top Stories