What does this week hold for Cougs at QB?

THE OLD COACHING adage is that a starting quarterback (generally) doesn't lose his job due to injury. So the question begs: If Jeff Tuel continues to progress from the leg injury he suffered against EWU and is ready to go come Saturday at 1 p.m., is he the main man behind center even though Connor Halliday is coming off a 4 touchdown, 378-yard effort at UNLV?

Mike Leach made clear after the UNLV game that he'll remain both coy and mum on the matter all this week, and that you better be in the stands Saturday or watching on FX television to learn the answer.

Halliday's start against UNLV was predictable because he took virtually every practice snap throughout the week with the first-string offense -- and Tuel took not a one. This week doesn't appear to be so easy to forecast. With Tuel taking some snaps with the starting unit in Sunday night's practice, as the Spokesman-Review noted last night, it's a fair bet to say this could be the most-watched week involving the starting WSU quarterback this side of Brink-Swogger.

Or maybe Leach is just messin' with Colorado and trotted Tuel out for a little smoke screening, and will continue to do so this week. And therein lies one of the great conundrums of the Leach era at WSU. Since he doesn't discuss injuries or even acknowledge that they may exist for his players, it's impossible to know what exactly the situation is.

Tuel went down 12 days ago and we still don't know exactly what the malady is. It seems to have all the earmarks of a (mild) knee sprain but that's simply a guess. And regardless, even if Tuel were mostly ready to play this Saturday, would Leach and staff err on the side of caution and give him an extra week of recovery time?

Given Halliday's work at UNLV and the opponent this week, hapless Colorado, the idea ain't beyond the pale.

Colorado's struggles are so profound they look to have a good chance of becoming the second team in Pac-12 history to go 0-12 (see Washington, 2008).

The 0-3 Buffaloes have lost to Colorado State of the Mountain West; FCS team Sacramento State; and were most recently clown stomped 69-14 by Fresno State. In other words, WSU shouldn't need a Bledsoenian performance by its quarterback in order to win.

Here's another fact to put into the speculative mix: Injuries decide for themselves for the outcome wil be. The Cougs are off today but if Tuel feels in Tuesday's practice the effect of Sunday night's effort, that could limit his participation for the week and all but guarantee a Halliday start (or would it?)

ELSEWHERE IN COUGAR FOOTBALL news, something is going on in the life of slot receiver Rickey Galvin. Defensive back Damante Horton tweeted about keeping the receiver in your prayers and there was also a tweet from Galvin thanking another Cougar DB, Tracy Clark, for checking on him. Moreover, he was absent at Sunday night's practice, according to the S-R.

Galvin started but played sparingly this past Saturday in Las Vegas. In addition to lining up at the H-receiver on the first nap, he was seen on at least one kickoff return. There was an incomplete pass thrown in his direction early and he was seen on the field late into the first quarter.

There has been no official word from WSU, as likely won't be, leading to fan speculation ranging from an injury to bereavement, based on the tone of the tweets.

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