WSU quarterback Connor Halliday and receiver Vince Mayle work out for NFL scouts on the Rogers practice field in Pullman.

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PULLMAN — Neither Connor Halliday nor Vince Mayle have had an easy journey from Washington State to the NFL, so it was fitting that during a workout in front of NFL scouts and executives on Wednesday, the two former Cougars did it the hard way.

Such workouts are usually conducted indoors but because of poor lighting and worse turf in WSU’s indoor practice bubble, Halliday and Mayle elected to stage the workout outside on the Rogers practice field.

That meant a little rain, plenty of wind and temperatures hovering just under 40 degrees.

“I’ve been doing this ever since I was a little kid,” Halliday said. “I’m from Spokane, played football here. It doesn’t affect me, but it does affect the ball a little bit. It is what it is, and every ball I threw I threw into the wind.”

The two Cougars began on adjacent practice fields. Mayle running through a gauntlet of four sets of cones spaced exactly 10 yards apart while Halliday played catch with a quarterback that was never drafted but managed an 11-year NFL career, Jim Zorn.

Halliday threw with an audience for the first time since his ankle was broken on Nov. 1 against USC. Mayle is still nursing a broken thumb that hampered him at the NFL combine.

“It’s (still) pretty bad,” Mayle said. “It’s something I’ve got to play through.”

After posting an uninspiring 4.67-second 40-yard dash at the combine, Mayle’s biggest priority on Wednesday was showing the 13 scouts – including three receivers coaches – that he has the speed to outrun NFL defensive backs. He did so on his final attempt, clocking in unofficially at around 4.5 seconds.

Halliday threw 70 passes, completing all but six. All six incomplete passes were drops, yet the receivers also saved Halliday on a couple occasions by catching poorly thrown balls.

He threw passes to Mayle; former WSU running backs Marcus Mason and Theron West; former Eastern Washington receiver Cory Mitchell, and former WSU receiver Jeffrey Solomon.

Conducting the workout was Zorn, who coached Halliday’s dad for two years at Boise State prior to his career as an NFL coach.

Halliday acknowledged after the workout that he still doesn’t feel 100 percent. He’s only been throwing for a couple weeks.