Coach and Player Quotes from 2009 Pac-10 Football Media Day

July 30, 2009

Washington State Head Coach Paul Wulff:

Opening Statement:
'I am thankful for this opportunity to be here. We've come a long ways in the last 18 months. I am very happy to bring someone like Kenny Alfred here to represent our school. I think he is what we are striving to be as a team. I think we have made strides in the offseason that needed to be made. We will be a much more competitive football team. I think a lot will depend on how well we do this fall, but we have an opportunity to do things well this season as long as we don't get hit by the injury bug. I think if we can stay relatively healthy, this will be a team that will get better and better and surprise some people.'

On the Pac-10 Conference schedule:
'I don't know if there is a better league in the nation. The coaching is outstanding. Week in and week out, to prepare yourself in this conference is a challenge. It is mentally draining. It is physically draining. You have to be mentally tough to sustain that level of competition. To go through a nine week schedule in this conference, it is very challenging, but at the same time I think it hardens all of us and makes us who we are.'

On linebacker Louis Bland's condition this season:
'He played for us last year as a freshman. He has re-aggravated his injury, but it is one of those situations where we have to see how he reacts to fall camp. Right now he is very limited on his abilities. Hopefully by our first game he will be able to play.'

On using the no huddle offense this season:
'It is something that we want to do. Because we played four different quarterbacks last year, we just didn't have the experience or enough time in the system to evolve the players. Hopefully we will be able to do that this season.'

On using a balanced attack on offense this year:
'I think we have a lot of good running backs. We are going to do what our strengths allow us to do. For the most part, our goal is to be balanced and to help each other out. We will see how that unfolds for us. We may be really strong on one side and if that's the way it is then we are going to do what is best for us.'

On playing their rivalry game with Washington as the last game of the season this year:
'I am a traditionalist and I think that is a tradition that college football needs to stay with. I think you always want to finish your season against your rival.'

Washington State Center Kenny Alfred

On how having a veteran offensive line will help the team's running game this season:
'We have to be the leaders of the offense. We have been working together in the offseason. We will hopefully have a little more strength on our line to create some holes for them.'

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