Exactly four months after a broken ankle against USC ended his college career prematurely, former Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday was back on a football field in somewhat of an official capacity Wednesday.
Halliday, joined by former teammate Vince Mayle, held what amounted to a scaled-down pro day on a cold, windy day in Pullman. The event drew 13 NFL scouts, including Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan, according to Jacob Thorpe of the Spokesman-Review.
After throwing for a school-record 11,304 yards and 90 touchdown passes in 35 games, Halliday undoubtedly established himself as an NFL prospect. But he needed Wednesday's event to ease any lingering concerns teams might have had about his health. With the school's indoor practice facility unavailable, the Spokane, Washington, native, dealt with less-than-ideal conditions -- he threw mainly into the wind -- but didn't seem phased when addressing reporters at the end.
"I've been doing this ever since I was a little kid," Halliday told local media. "I'm from Spokane, played football here. It doesn't affect me, but it does affect the ball a little bit. It is what it is, and every ball I threw I threw into the wind."
It was also an important day for Mayle, who clocked the third-slowest time in the 40-yard dash among receivers at the NFL combine (4.67). The time was a blow to his draft stock after leading the Pac-12 with 106 catches for 1,483 yards, but he seemingly rebounded with an unofficial time in the 4.5-second range Wednesday.