Ferris product Halliday prepared to lead WSU


by KREM 2 Sports


Posted on November 16, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 16 at 7:30 PM

The Washington State football team is two wins shy of a bowl game with only two games to go.

The Cougars bowl dreams now fall on the shoulders of Ferris High School product Connor Halliday. He's set to become the first Spokane kid to start at quarterback for WSU since Lewis & Clark's Paul Mencke in 1998.

Halliday, who is just a redshirt freshman, says he's up for the challenge.

Halliday didn't just play at Ferris, he starred for the Saxons. As a senior, Halliday threw for a GSL record 2,260 in eight games. He received scholarship offers from Washington State, Idaho, and Hawaii, but he jumped at the opportunity to become a Cougar.

Halliday has already tasted victory at Martin Stadium. He threw touchdown passes as a sub in blowout victories against Idaho State and UNLV, but his true coming out party happened last week. Halliday threw for a WSU freshman record 494 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-27 upset win against Arizona State.

That performance against the Sun Devils was more than enough to earn Halliday his first collegiate start this weekend against Utah. The Utes and Cougars are set to square off at Martin Stadium at 2pm on Saturday.

No one expected Halliday's opportunity to come this quick; not even Connor himself. But, after injuries to Jeff Tuel and inconsistent play by Marshall Lobbestael, the Wazzu coaching staff groomed Halliday to play over the last four or five weeks.

Halliday says it's a dream come true to start right away and he's ready to make the most of his opportunity.

Saturday's game is not scheduled for television, but we'll have full coverage that night on KREM 2 News and KREM.com.