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Wulff talks about ISU and beyond

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Paul Wulff held his day-after – or, to be more accurate, evening-after – press conference today and we'll share everything we didn't put in our story. Read on.

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• We have a follow for tomorrow's S-R we'll pass along in the morning. And I promise we cover the Jeff Tuel situation in the story. But Wulff went over some stuff I didn't get in. ... I asked if during the game he knew how balanced WSU's offense was and he said no. The coaching staff looks at the stats at halftime to see what they've done, but after that, no. ... The starting defense was solid until a Idaho State drive in the third quarter, which was predicated on a big play – a pass down the middle in which receiver Cam Richmond split safeties Deone Bucannon and Tyree Toomer – but still could have been limited to a field goal if Bucannon hadn't received an unsportsmanlike penalty – he slammed the ball down into the turf. The penalty surprised me because Bucannon doesn't seem all that demonstrative off or on the field, more of a business-like player. Wulff expressed a bit of surprise as well. "It surprise me with Deone," Wulff said. "He's an emotional guy and part of being emotional, it's a key factor in being a really good player. There's that fine line. He made a poor choice. I'm not going to browbeat a kid and tell him not to show emotion, but he's got to understand how to channel it and what not to do." ... Wulff said Tuel's injury came on a play in which the quarterback went "for an extra-effort thing," and it would have been nice for him to just run out of bounds, but he wanted to make something happen. ... Wulff praised the play of backup tackle Dan Spitz who took 32 snaps at right and left tackle. He went back and forth because WSU is trying to redshirt Rico Forbes, a JC transfer with a redshirt year available. ... And that's about it, except the videos. First off is an interview with Wulff ...

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• And then some highlights from Saturday's game. Both are courtesy of the WSU athletic department.

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• That's all for tonight. We'll be back in the morning. Until then ...




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