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Other than his team putting just 16 points on the board against an opponent picked to finish 13th in its league.
"I think our team is optimistic, encouraged and feels like there was progress made," Mendenhall said. "However, [the game] also gave us a clearer idea of what areas we had to work on. So, the brutal facts are we need to get better up front, better at throwing and catching it."
No denying the offensive line drooped in its first outing under position coach Garett Tujague. Of all the Cougars, Tujague was most emphatic about how lousy his group performed, how lousy he performed, and how all that was going to change.
"We’ve got to do a better job of embracing the philosophy of this offense," he said. "You can’t compromise the quality of the plays to the quantity. … Most disappointing is, we need to be physical. If you go back and look at any game, it’s won and lost up front. That’s on me."
Asked if the offensive line play can be fixed, following the day’s theme, Tujague said: "Absolutely, 100 percent. Absolutely, it will be fixed."
It’s going to be OK, after all. No, no, really, it is.
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