On stage ... Washington State

PASADENA, Calif. -- Some quick hits from media day.

  • Coach Paul Wulff with fifth-year senior DE Kevin Kooyman. The Cougars finished last in 2009 and were picked last in the media poll.

  • Wulff: "We're a very young football team but we have experience.... I think you'll see a dramatic improvement out of our team."

  • Wulff called the Cougars "a surprise team."

  • Wulff noted the Cougars have been to the Rose Bowl twice since 1997, which is more trips than any other Pac-10 team besides USC: "We feel we are on the same path."

  • Wulff said RB James Montgomery has been running around. "We anticipate he will make a recovery and will be able to play." But not in tip-top shape yet.

  • Wulff on QB Jeff Tuel: "He's gotten bigger and stronger."

  • Wulff on hanging with other coaches in New York: "You find out they're pretty good guys when you thought they were not."