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Will WSU surprise people?


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Paul Wulff and Kenny Alfred have left the dais, giving it up to Steve Sarkisian and UW. For my thoughts on what Wulff and Alfred said, read on.
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• The key elements of what Wulff mentioned probably had to do with injuries. The bad news: Louis Bland suffered a undisclosed setback during the summer from his knee surgery and is "very" limited. It looks like Bland won't be ready for Stanford on Sept. 5. As for quarterback Marshall Lobbestael, that's the other side of the coin. He's expected to be 100 percent by Stanford. ... Wulff said he feels the team will be more competitive, which was expected, but he also added if the team stays healthy the Cougars will get better and better and could surprise people. ... Wulff also explained why the no-huddle disappeared – injuries and a sharp learning curve – and why it will return – it's what they believe in and the staff feels the players are better suited to it after a year. ... The Apple Cup win helped over the off-season, mostly with the younger players who really needed the confidence boost. Speaking of the Apple Cup, Wulff is pleased to be playing it last this year and feels it should be that way every year. ... Kenny Alfred talked about the offensive line, saying it didn't produce at the level expected last year and the group expects to make up for that this season.

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• That's it for now. We'll be back later. Until then …




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