Nothing but ?'s this week on Tuel/Halliday

GET READY FOR A week of uncertainty at quarterback at Washington State regarding Jeff Tuel and Connor Halliday. Indeed, for Cougar fans, from now until probably Friday night at 6 p.m., it figures to be a question-filled week with opinions, no official answers and loads of projection. So what's the early word from Monday's practice?

Will he or won't he? What exactly is the injury to Tuel and what's the severity? What happens to an offense that has this far underachieved if Halliday gets the start? Will Tuel not practice much this week, but still be ready to play in the game? If it's to be Halliday, will he be sharp like was he was against ASU last year, or try to force some throws like he did against Eastern?

Get ready for all of that this week and more. The early stages of the Cougs' Monday practice (going on as this article was published) saw Jeff Tuel with his right leg in a brace and the senior quarterback riding a bike.


ONLY MIKE LEACH KNOWS IF JEFF TUEL, AFTER LEAVING THE GAME AGAINST EASTERN AND NOT RETURNING, WILL PLAY AGAINST UNLV ON FRIDAY OR IF CONNOR HALLIDAY WILL GET HIS FIRST START OF 2012 – AND LEACH AIN'T TALKIN'.
Tuel was injured on Saturday. Except he wasn't injured, says Mike Leach. "We don't have injuries around here so he's 100 percent and I would think if anything, he can run a 4.5 now instead of a 4.7," quipped the WSU head man during his post-game presser.

The only problem with all that is Tuel went down, grabbed his knee, the trainers came in and he left the field never to return. He spent the rest of the game icing it down on the bench.

And so unless Leach breaks his own protocol (about as likely to happen as Craig James being invited over for tea) we likely won't know for sure if Tuel will play until game time.

Even if Tuel doesn't scrimmage or practice much today, tomorrow or Wednesday, he could still end up starting on Friday. He's a veteran and while missing some practice time during the week certainly isn't ideal, it's also not a guarantee against him lining up under center on Friday.

CF.C will have a full report from today's practice a little later tonight.

ONE THING THAT ALSO figures to hold a lot of intrigue on the practice field Monday – what goes on with the o-line.

Leach said post game he planned on giving them a session on Sunday they'd never forget. Leach gave the team Sunday's on-field practice session off but it sounds as if there was some kind of behind-closed-doors conditioning session based on this series of tweets from OL Jake Rodgers, who called it the worst thing he's ever gone through. Monday's session figures to be a spirited one up front.

THE OFFICIAL DEPTH CHART was released on Monday. A depth chart isn't always the best measure of who will play where, who will start and who will come off the bench if a starter goes down. That said, there are some changes from last week amde by WSU.

True freshman Brett Bartolone is now the No. 1 at the inside Y-receiver spot. Andrei Lintz has been listed on the depth chart as the starter the first two weeks (although the official game stats from Saturday show Bartolone got the start.)

Second-year sophomore Cyrus Coen, who made his first start on Saturday at the SAM linebacker position, is now listed atop the depth chart there with Eric Oertel the No. 2. Coen had three tackles, an interception (27 yard return) a pass break-up and a quarterback hurry in his first start. Coen, who walked on at WSU last year, was placed on scholie this summer.

Senior Wade Jacobson is listed as the starting right tackle, senior Dan Spitz at right guard and third-year sophomore Jake Rodgers is the No. 1 left guard.

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