Washington State University quarterback Connor Halliday is still in the Pullman Regional Hospital following admittance on Saturday night (Nov. 19). Halliday was seriously injured in a game against Utah, where he suffered several hard hits.
Halliday suffered a lacerated liver, an injury that turned up when he approached WSU medical staff after the game. The pain was serious enough to call for tests, and now Halliday will have to stay in the intensive care unit indefinitely. Halliday will get monitored very closely while he tries to recover in the hospital, and the prognosis is already not good for him to appear in the game against the Washington Huskies next Saturday (Nov. 26).
The Cougars were taking on the Utah Utes Saturday night when the injury took place, and could have occurred during one of the many brutal hits that he took from the defense. The Cougars would lose the game 30-27 in overtime, and now it looks like the team may have lost its second quarterback of the season. Halliday wasn't charged with any sacks in the game, but he was hit quite a few times right after he had released the ball.
Earlier in the year, the Cougars also lost starting quarterback Jeff Tuel , who had looked to lead the team to a bowl game this year. He suffered a fractured collarbone that kept him out for most of the season, allowing senior Marshall Lobbestael to step in and try to help the team. Lobbestael got the Cougars a few wins, but when Halliday stepped in and had a great game against Arizona State on Nov. 12, head coach Paul Wulff decided it was time to give the freshman quarterback a shot. Now that start against Utah may turn into his only start of the year, and he may have to enjoy the 2011 Apple Cup on the sidelines with Tuel .
This has been such an unfortunate season when it comes to quarterback injuries for the Cougars, and it's not hard for fans to imagine how it could have gone so differently if Tuel had been taking the snaps all year. Now the hope that Halliday had put into the hands of fans is also heading out the window. Fans will simply have to hope that he gets a clean bill of health soon and that he doesn't have to spend the Apple Cup stuck in a hospital bed.