Halliday is among Sporting News' Top 25 college quarterbacks, checking in at No. 17.
"Washington State's biggest challenge in 2014 might be having enough ice for Halliday's right shoulder," writes Ken Bradley. "Coach Mike Leach will keep throwing it this season and the Cougars will continue being a thorn in several teams' sides."
Six other Pac-12 quarterbacks made the list besides Halliday: Oregon's Marcus Mariota (2); UCLA's Brett Hundley (4); ASU's Taylor Kelly (8); Stanford's Kevin Hogan (11); OSU's Sean Mannion (14); and USC's Cody Kessler (18).
None of WSU's wideouts made SN's Top 25 receivers list.
YOU WON'T SEE Mike Leach's name on any 'coaches on the hot seat' articles popping up from now until the end of summer. But a pair of coaches with connections to Leach or WSU made one list.
Kyle Flood, head man of Rutgers and the Cougs' opponent in the season opener, is on the hot seat, says Sports On Earth, after a season where Rutgers was held under 20 points in five of eight league games in the AAC. Rutgers moves to the Big Ten this season.
Sports on Earth also says Dana Holgorsen is feeling the heat headed into 2014. Before taking over the head job at West Virginia, Holgorsen was with Leach at Texas Tech from 2000–07, both were assistant coaches at Valdosta State in the '90s and Holgorsen played under Leach at Iowa Wesleyan. Holgorsen went 10-3 his first season in Morgantown but has followed it up with 7-6 and 4-8 records the past two seasons.
The other four coaches Sports on Earth listed as facing make or break seasons:
Will Muschamp, Florida; Mike London, Virginia; Charlie Weis, Kansas; and Tim Beckman, Illinois.
HOW MUCH DO Washingtonians love their FBS football? Bleacher Report ranks the state of Washington as the No. 15 college football state in the nation (FBS teams only).
The Evergreen State ranked above Mississippi (17), Pennsylvania (21), Georgia (22) and Tennessee (23).
THE PAC-12 will hold their media days - yes, days - on July 23-24 this year. The conference for the first time is moving to a two-day format for 2014. Leach has been the most quotable coach at the event and by a wide margin since his arrival at Washington State.
The SEC and other leagues have been running multi-day events for years, increasing and holding the preseason spotlight longer on their schools.
SPEAKING OF THE SEC, Alabama's Nick Saban said he would be willing to recruit a gay player. According to Mark Long of The Associated Press, Saban said he would be comfortable bringing a gay player into the Crimson Tide program because he has previously been on teams that had "folks like that."
IF YOU'RE LOOKING to increase your football knowledge, and/or looking for a way to get through that annoying little chore called "summer" before football season finally gets underway, you might want to break out the Kindle or a Kindle app. There's a good read available on Amazon for $2.99: The Essential Smart Football by Chris B. Brown.
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