WSU Vs. Cal: 5 Things To Watch

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Aug 31, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Washington State Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday (12) is brought down during the first half against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

1: Halliday’s Poise

There’s something about being knocked to the turf and being forced to leave a football game that sticks with you for a while. Is Connor Halliday 100% after taking the full brunt of Stanford defensive end Trent Murphy’s power to the chest and not being able to do anything but fall and get crushed at the same time? We may never know. Or we may find out when Connor winces in self-preservation while throwing the football from the pocket.

It’s one thing to practice all week as a quarterback after an injury, nobody is allowed to touch you. It’s a whole other ordeal to stand in and deliver the ball in the face of pressure. Connor has issues with happy feet anyway, but the first couple hits will tell us if our quarterback is truly back on the horse, so to speak. If he’s not, we could see a couple of those chuck-n-duck interceptions that we’ve unfortunately come a little accustomed to seeing from him.

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