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LEWISTON, Idaho – Connor Halliday didn’t dare allow himself to get excited about the short football practice Washington State had scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

The junior quarterback from Spokane knows too well that under coach Mike Leach, there are no guarantees when it comes to “short.”

“Any time you have a short practice scheduled,” Halliday said, “if one little thing goes wrong, all hell will break loose.

“I said to the team before practice, ‘Since I’ve been here, every short practice we’ve had scheduled has been at least three hours, so get your mental reps in, be positive and don’t mess this up.’ ”

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They didn’t. The Cougars were off the field almost exactly one hour after practice began, by far their shortest of nine practices so far.

That means they should be ready to go at 3 p.m. Sunday for their first real scrimmage of the season.

Leach said he was impressed that his players haven’t yet hit the wall, so to speak, saying that teams usually start to wear down after three or four practices.

That’s why he wanted to give them some rest after eight consecutive days of fairly rigorous work in mid-90s temperatures.

Leach estimated the Cougars might run about 70 snaps in the scrimmage.

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