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Alfred expects renewed vitality

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Kenny Alfred (No. 69) / (Photo: WSU Athletics) Kenny Alfred (No. 69) / (Photo: WSU Athletics)

WSU Center invents mantra for offensive line

Vince Grippi; (509) 459-5436

LOS ANGELES - Kenny Alfred had some time on his hands.

Washington State University's center wasn't able to practice last spring, a victim of a sore right hip that demanded surgery. So the senior-to-be and three-year starter stood off to the side, watching his fellow offensive linemates sweat through workouts.

And one day it hit him.

"Something frustrated me - I honestly couldn't tell you what - and I was really inspired by seeing how guys were playing through the spring," Alfred said Thursday. "Obviously, I couldn't be on the field and it was burning in my gut and I needed something to rope myself back in and also to try to unify guys going into the summer."

So Alfred came up with an acronym for the offensive line: VITL.

He pronounces it vital, and the mantra, as Alfred terms it, stands for....

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