Which WSU, Pac-12 records at risk in 2014?

WITH A SENIOR quarterback, all of his top receiving targets back, a favorable schedule and an Air Raid offense, a number of Washington State and Pac-12 records are in danger of falling by the wayside this coming season.

The one that could garner the most attention: single season passing yards. Connor Halliday threw for a WSU-record 4,597 yards last year -- that would have been the all-time Pac-12 mark too had not OSU’s Sean Mannion tossed for 4,662 hashes. With the Beavs expected to air it out this season, it could be a weekly duel in 2014 between the two to set a new Pac-12 best.

Halliday could reach the all-time Pac-12 career record for yards with a big 2014 season – he’d need 4,893 hashes to pass Matt Barkley (12,327). But there’s a problem with that. Mannion is already 3,000 yards ahead of Halliday entering the season and has a much better chance to set the bar.

Halliday is likely to set the career mark at WSU, however. With 7,435 career passing yards, Halliday is firmly within striking distance of Alex Brink (10,913).

Halliday has 622 career completions and should also pass Brink (848) in that category, as well as attempts (Halliday -- 1,049; Brink -- 1,451).

If Halliday throws 25 TD passes, he’ll pass Brink (76) for the top spot at WSU. Halliday threw 34 scoring strikes last season.

If he were to toss 40 TD passes in 2014, he would set the all-time Pac-12 single season mark (Barkley, 39). On the downside, Halliday (23) will tie the WSU record for interceptions with his next pick, (Ty Paine, 24).

But Halliday is also third in career percentage at 59.6 percent, trailing only Jeff Tuel (.614) and Timm Rosenbach (.601).

A number of single-season marks figure to be attainable as well for the fifth-year senior including yards, completions, attempts and touchdowns.

Other WSU career marks on offense look to be safe, although Gabe Marks has a chance at one of them.

Mike Leach’s offense typically spreads the ball around but Marks had 74 catches last year, second best all-time at WSU behind Marquess Wilson in 2011 (82). With 122 combined grabs his first two seasons at Washington State, Marks would need 73 this season to pass Michael Bumpus (195) for the top spot. Marks already holds the WSU single-season record for receptions (13, Oregon).

With Deone Bucannon and Andrew Furney having graduated and moved on to the NFL, the career marks on defense and special teams all look safe for now, with no current Cougar defenders listed among the top ten in categories tracked by the school.

No current Cougar defensemen are listed among WSU's single-season top ten lists either. Among the top single-season defensive marks at WSU:

Total Tackles: 157, Brian Forde (1986)
Solo Tackles: 99, Anthony McLanahan (1992)
Tackles For Loss: 22, DeWayne Patterson (1993)
Sacks: 17, DeWayne Patterson (1993)
Interceptions: 10, Lamont Thompson (2001)

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