An Excerpt From Cougar Sports Weekly
Who finishes spring with the edge at QB?
Might as well get the biggest question out of the way first. The battle between Jeff Tuel and Connor Halliday figures to dominate most of the headlines this spring. The quarterback is the most important player for any offense, but that’s true to an extreme in Leach’s pass-happy Air Raid.
Who’s the favorite? I think logic would point in the direction of Tuel, simply because of his experience. We also don’t yet know how healthy Halliday is after suffering that season-ending lacerated liver against Utah, but given the timeline presented shortly after the injury occurred, it’s hard to imagine him being a 100 percent today. We’ll know more about that shortly.
I will say this, though: I think it’s going to be tough for most casual observers of practice to know who’s getting the leg up just by watching. Leach needs his quarterback to be a coach on the field, and it can be tough to know where the ball was supposed to end up. Mere completion percentage isn’t going to tell the whole story. Given how coy Leach likes to be with these sorts of things, don’t expect him to tip his hand too much over the next four weeks. Besides, he doesn’t plan on naming a starter until fall.
Still, that won’t stop us from reading the tea leaves.