Sept. 8, 2012; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars quarterback Jeff Tuel (10) drops back for a pass against the Eastern Washington Eagles during the first half at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-US PRESSWIRE
FROM PULLMAN - Nobody gets injured at Washington State. It's a policy of Mike Leach to not discuss injuries, and he'll take any chance he can get to remind everyone that everyone is happy and healthy. But we know Jeff Tuel suffered some sort of an injury to his knee, forcing him from the game.
Tuel's knee got twisted in the third quarter, and after trying to walk it off he went to the turf as trainers attended to him. He spent the rest of the game on the sideline, getting examined, having his knee wrapped in ice and limping around. Everyone wondered how significant the injury is.
We weren't going to get an answer from Leach, which was to be expected.
"We don't have injuries around here, so he's 100 percent. I would think, if anything, he could run a 4.5 now instead of a 4.7," Leach said when asked about Tuel. As you know by now, he's not going to be talking about injuries, or potential injuries, or anything of the sort.
Tuel added a similar sentiment and was coy as usual.
"Yeah, I dropped back and threw it to the underneath route," he said. Tuel added, "He took me out because I was actually feeling too good. Feeling too fast."
"That's up to Coach Leach," he said when asked whether he'd be feeling too fast to play next week. "I'm gonna get some work out of the blocks this week, so we'll see."
If Tuel is "feeling too good" and "too fast" to go next week, Connor Halliday will take over and lead the offense. Tuel heaped praise on Halliday, and feels as though the offense is in good hands with the redshirt sophomore.
"Tremendous amount [of confidence]." "You guys saw what he did last year against Arizona State. The kid can be as good as he wants to be and he's come along in this offense just like I have, and we're both learning. I have all the confidence in the world in him."
For now, we're in wait and see mode. Tuel was limping after the game, though hiding things well. He wore long pants into the interview room, so it was impossible to tell whether he was wrapped in ice or wearing a brace. It wasn't a bad limp, but he'll be pretty sore in the morning.