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JEFF TUEL: Yeah, it was actuallysurprisingly easy to get a grasp on the offense andlearning the playbook is just the hard part. It'slearning what to do with the football and when inCoach Leach's eyes, and you want to get the balloff as quick as possible and that's been my biggestlearning curve and building my relationship with myreceivers and getting on the same page with them.It's obviously exciting and I know the pasthistory the quarterbacks have had in his systemand I don't want to put too much pressure or thought into it. I'm not going into the seasonsaying I'm going to throw for 5,000 yards becauseI've got to do a lot of stuff in order for that tohappen. I've got work to do and I have to get toknow this offense better and continue to work tomake that happen.I don't put too much thought or pressureon myself with regard to that.
Q. Coach, what coach in theconference would make the best hunt andfishing partner for you to go on a trip with?
COACH LEACH: Good question. Let'sthink about that carefully because we don't want toget this one wrong. Rich Rodriguez has spent a lotof time in West Virginia so potential rub-off there.I'm not as familiar with -- let's see, I have it down toa playoff, Rich, and Kyle Whittingham is definitelya good one, Colorado, I'm not so sure what hishunting skills are.I'm going to give the nod to Kyle. He'ssandwiched between a bunch of mountains,surrounded by them, and he's been there for awhile and he's a tenacious guy. So I think that if you were to go hunting in Utah, Kyle would be thekey guy to have around.
Q. We have a fan question from Twitter and Facebook. Which military leaders or generals would you compare Jeff and Travisto?
COACH LEACH: Jeff and Travis, let methink about this. I'm more of a Civil War guy of thewars, if I were to select wars. Let me think here.You know, I would have to say that Jeff would be alittle more like Stonewall Jackson, gets ahold of theplay, attacks from different angles. The cavalry isover here, no, we're here, he's not afraid to splitthe force and attack from different angles.Travis is more of a Ulysses S. Grant guy.He's in the trenches and if requires bombarding for a month, he's fully prepared to do it, he's going toguard the river, going to bombarded them till theybust providing he keeps his pads low and we'regoing to focus on that, right? And just, accordingthe bombardment will be shorter and just bash,bash, but quieter guy. So, you know, just kind of steady. Quiet, steady persistence, I guess that'show I would split it up.
Q. Travis, what do you expect toimprove the team defensively and what newschemes or influences, or something fromGeneral Grant might help as far as getting abetter defense this year?
TRAVIS LONG: We want to force our turnovers this year. Bring in pressure and justwork hard to force turnovers. That is somethingthat will help our defense.
Q. Jeff, what's the biggest differencebetween you as a quarterback from a year agoto right now, sitting up there?
JEFF TUEL: You know I would just saymy confidence level in myself. After not playing alot last year I learned continuously. I feel like I canlearn something from any given situation andthings happen for a reason.So although last year I wasn't able to play,I still took a lot out of it, I'm a confident, smarter player and I feel like I'm more prepared for thisyear, feel a lot more confident going into this year.
Q. Coach, earlier today Todd Grahamcame in today and he said when he immersedhimself in film he was surprised how under rated the Conference was and I thought thiswas a guy at ground zero that had thesefeelings. Are those inter conference games thebest way to make a case about how goodfootball is out here?
COACH LEACH: I've never really thoughtthe Pac-12 has anything to prove. That wholeargument is ridiculously self-serving. If you're anSEC person, you know, they're going to beat thedrum on the SEC, when I was in the Big 12,everybody thought the Big 12 was the bestconference. Big 10 does the same thing, the ACCwill have a couple of teams on top and then -- well,the Big East would but that argument didn't getquite the credibility until -- then of course theydefected to the ACC.But I think it's a hollow thing, wherever youare at you deal like you're the best conference, yougo out and play, do your job and if you win your