Two years after he was controversially fired from Texas Tech, Mike Leach will begin spring practice again as the head coach of Washington State today.
The coach told reporters during a conference call Wednesday that he expects it will take four days to install his high-powered spread offense. During that time, Leach will be closely evaluating the most important position for that offense — the quarterback position.
Leach may not have Graham Harrell in Pullman this time, but he does have returning starter Jeff Tuel — although Tuel was knocked out of the 2011 season early with injuries and never recovered — and sophomore-to-be Connor Halliday.
Of the two, one would think Tuel would have the upper hand in the battle, but Leach says he’ll split reps evenly between the pair.
“The most basic is, `Does the guy make good decisions?”‘ Leach said. “The second is, `Is he accurate?”‘
“Those two you can’t compromise.”
The “every position is open” routine is sometimes nothing more than coachspeak, but when a new coach comes in to a program, there can be a degree of truth to it. Given Leach’s history with quarterbacks and offense, Wazzu’s QB battle will be one to watch in the Pac-12 this year.