Sun., Sept. 11, 2011
Sunday nights from WSU
We spent some time talking with and listening to Paul Wulff on his Sunday night conference call with the media, which allows us to put together a follow story and pass along even more nuggets to you. Read on.
• Wulff was adamant that, despite the lopsided score, Washington State had a lot to clean up before traveling to San Diego this week. There is work to do with the offense, the defense and the special teams, most notably the kickoff group. Wulff mentioned that the Cougars don't have a kicker capable of consistently putting the ball into or beyond the end zone, so it is crucial they can be consistent in their placement and trajectory. Andrew Furney had trouble with the former and backup Alex Gauper the latter. The kickoff coverage was pretty good, Wulff said, even on the touchdown return. But it's important the kickers put the ball in the right place with the right hang time. That being said, he doesn't expect any changes this week. ... There were no new injuries coming out of Saturday's game, so Wulff was pleased about that. And he hopes backup tight end Aaron Dunn can heal up even more from his leg problem and be closer to 100 percent. Dunn has practiced and suited up for games, but still is dealing with a sore quad. ... I asked Wulff if there were anyone down the depth chart that, thanks to the lopsided scores, had been able to assert themselves and show him more than was expected. He said no, not really, but he thought Saturday Kristoff Williams and Connor Halliday took advantage of their time and made good use of it. ... I also asked about the corners and their play – Nolan Washington and Daniel Simmons started. Wulff said it was solid. ... You can watch the video of a different Wulff interview below, thanks to Jared Prenguber of WSU's athletic video department, and we'll link our story when we get a chance. ... One more thing. In case you're interested, the Pac-12 released another clarification of what happened at the end of the USC/Utah game. Now it was a lack of communication. Here is the release: Statement from Tony Corrente, Pac-12 Coordinator of Football Officiating, regarding the final play in Saturday night's game at the Los Angeles Coliseum between USC and Utah, in which USC won 23-14. "The final play of the game between USC and Utah was ruled properly and the touchdown did stand. There was a miscommunication between the officials and the press box that led to the confusion about the final score. We will make the appropriate adjustments to improve communication between on field officials and press box personnel so that we avoid any scoring issues in the future."
• That's it for tonight. There may not be an early post tomorrow as I have an early meeting to attend. We'll get the links up when we can. Until later ...