PULLMAN — This year the only controversy behind center at Washington State might be a lack of quarterbacks.

The offseason transfers of backups Austin Apodaca and Tyler Bruggman have made the pecking order among WSU quarterbacks glaringly clear. Fifth-year senior Connor Halliday is the man of the hour, freshman and temporary walk-on Luke Falk will spell him at the end of blowouts or in case of an injury and first-year player Peyton Bender will run the scout team and likely take a redshirt year.

As long as Halliday stays healthy the Cougars should have all they need to accomplish coach Mike Leach’s objectives in the passing game. Halliday finished No. 3 in the country with 4,597 passing yards in 2013 and didn’t play to the height of his ability until the season’s final four games, in which he tossed 14 TD passes.

“The most important role that he has is to make the players around him better,” Leach said. “The more he knows the players around him and they know him, the easier that is. So I think that will be the biggest improvement.”

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Halliday has proved to be surprisingly durable for a not particularly mobile quarterback.