Updated Feb 25, 2012 - 5:05 pm
Jeff Tuel, Connor Halliday will compete for starting job
Mike Leach's first spring camp as Washington State's head coach will include a quarterback competition.
Leach told "The Kevin Calabro Show" that incumbent starter Jeff Tuel and redshirt sophomore Connor Halliday will be given equal opportunity to win the starting job.
"We'll even their reps up and let them go head-to-head every day during the spring. It's about as simple as that," Leach said. "So we're looking forward to spring, and those guys can go duel it out and we'll have them kinda flip back and fourth."
Tuel missed four games after breaking his clavicle during his only series in the season opener. Two games after returning, he suffered an acute-compartment-syndrome injury in his calf, which needed to be drained of blood. Tuel played in three games, only finishing one of them.
Halliday was hospitalized with a lacerated liver he suffered in a Nov. 19 loss to Utah. A week earlier, Halliday broke Washington State and Pac-12 records for a freshman quarterback when he threw for 494 yards in a win over Arizona State. He had four touchdowns and no interceptions in that game, which marked the first significant playing time of his collegiate career.
Leach offered no update on either player's health.
The Cougars' 2012 recruiting class included one quarterback, Austin Apodaca of Longmont, Colo.
"Real accurate," Leach said of Apodaca. "[His father is] a football coach, and [he's] already experienced checking at the line of scrimmage. So excited about the opportunity to have him on board."
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