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Wulff: Cougars Could Surprise Pac-12

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head coach Paul Wulff said, "as [QB] Jeff Tuel goes this year, so we will go this year." (Photo: FILE / SWX) head coach Paul Wulff said, "as [QB] Jeff Tuel goes this year, so we will go this year." (Photo: FILE / SWX)

If Paul Wulff's hunches are correct, Cougar fans can expect to see a much more explosive defense and a much better offensive on the field this fall.

Speaking at Pac-12 Media Day in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Wulff said this year's offensive line will be better and more experienced, the running backs will be better and quarterback Jeff Tuel is better.

"He needs to take a team on his back and carry it, to truly be in tight situations and carry this football team in the fourth quarter and make plays to win it" said Wulff about what Tuel's next step needs to be. "I think that's the step this year for this football team."

Wulff said as Tuel goes this year, so will the rest of the team. He also expects decent production from running back Ricky Galvin, who broke his arm in his first play from scrimmage last year; and receiver Kristoff Williams, who had to redshirt because of injury.

Defensively, Wulff told reporters in the room he expects Sekope Kafusi to be one of the best linebackers in the conference this season.

"[Stopping the run] has been an issue," said Wulff. "Our defensive has more physical strength than we've had, more speed than we've had. That, combined with more experience, we have players who have played. That combination….will make a big difference for us."

The Cougars were picked to finish in last place in the Pac-12 North, right behind California. Oregon was picked to win both the North division and the Pac-12 title game. USC, ineligible for postseason play, was picked to win the Pac-12 South, followed closely by Arizona State.

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