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Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

September 14, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Looks like Tuel out tonight for Cougars . . .

No official word yet from Washington State, but in pre-game warmups before the Nevada-Las Vegas game, Connor Halliday and David Gilbertson are taking the snaps, so it appears that’s the depth chart for the Cougars against the Rebels.

Starter Jeff Tuel injured a knee last week against Eastern Washington, and while it wasn’t believed serious, Tuel didn’t get much work all week while Halliday led the No. 1 unit.

Tuel took part in some warmups here in Las Vegas and threw the ball, but didn’t appear to be trying to move quickly and it was difficult to tell how responsive the (right) knee is. Mike Leach, the new coach, doesn’t comment on injuries, of course.

Halliday isn’t a rookie in these situations, of course. He came off the bench last November and threw for 494 yards to help beat Arizona State, then played most of the way the next week with a lacerated liver against a rugged Utah defense.

It gets more dicey behind Halliday, as the Cougars would apparently turn to Gilbertson, a 6-1, 204-pound junior walk-on from Redmond High. He is the son of Keith Gilbertson, the former Washington coach and Seahawks assistant, who is on hand here tonight.

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