WSU Spring Football 2013: What We Found Out Day 2 (Saturday)


November 3, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Washington State Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday (12) passes during the second half against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The Utes defeated the Cougars 49-6. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Mother nature decided to smile down upon Pullman yesterday and bless us with some decent weather. Instead of the bipolar weather she has been giving us, she actually had some really nice stuff for us, cloudy!

With the better weather, the ball started to fly around a bit more from our two promising Quarterback candidates, Connor Halliday and Austin Apodaca.

Connor recovered quite nicely from his 4 interception disaster on day one of spring ball. He ended the day throwing for two touchdowns and one interception, one of the scores going to fellow junior Ricky Galvin, on a 30 yard seem route.

Austin clearly took advantage of the better weather too, showing that he was a little more comfortable running with the one’s and two’s instead of the scout team, as he did last season. With the strides he is making on the field and showing that he can compete, the next part is the mental game.

"I need to have the mentality of, I can win this job and have the confidence to do that"

Mike Leach still with no word on who is winning the battle thus far.

Ivan McLennan continues to turn heads, with Logan Mayes sidelined with an injury. Tallying two “sacks” (no tackling the QB, only two hand touch), and forcing a fumble, Ivan is showing why he was such a highly touted recruit coming out of junior college, and looks to be in the lead for that starting BUCK job.

The battle at the safety spot, continues to heat up, as both Casey Locker and Taylor Taliulu put in a good show. Taylor intercepted one pass on the day, and Casey excelling in the one on one drills, knocking down a couple of passes.

The thing that jumps out at me the most, is the size of the players. We actually look like a Pac 12 team this year,  especially our O-line, we are bigger across the board, and any die-hard Coug fan would tell you, that is music to our ears. I can hear it now folks, score after score, followed by fight song after fight song, oh sweet music it is!