Tuel healthy, but Halliday coming off big passing day vs. UNLV

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SPOKANE — Washington State coach Mike Leach declined to say who would be his starting quarterback on Saturday when the Cougars host Colorado.

Jeff Tuel started the first two games of the season, but had an injured knee and did not play against UNLV last week. Connor Halliday started and led the Cougars (2-1) to a 35-27 victory.

“You’ll have to stay tuned and watch very closely,” Leach said. “The anticipation is killing everyone, including me. We’re going to have a good week of practice and see how that ends up.”

Added Leach of Halliday’s progress: “He’s way ahead of schedule for guy who played only a handful of games.”

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Leach is reluctant to talk about injuries and starting lineups before games. He declined to publicly name Tuel as the starter for the season opener at BYU until nearly game time.

Tuel, ranked in the top 10 in WSU’s career records in yards passing and touchdowns, suffered a knee injury late in a win over Eastern Washington. He’s recovered now.

As for Tuel’s health, Leach said: “Tony the Tiger would be proud to have him be in a commercial and have him eat cereal.”

Halliday, a sophomore, threw for 378 yards and four touchdowns against UNLV, but was intercepted twice.

WSU is favored by 18 points over Colorado (0-3), which was blown out 69-14 last weekend at Fresno State.

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