Tevis up for the challenge

Jared Tevis is excited to face Washington State on Saturday. Read on to see what he says about the Cougars' offense and more.

When Jared Tevis looks at Washington State's offense, the first thing he sees is an opportunity.

"I love filling the run, but any time we face a passing school it is exciting to have those opportunities to get picks," Tevis said. "I look at everything as an opportunity, so with a team that throws that much it is an opportunity for us to make plays and get interceptions."

Washington State's record is a bit deceiving and Tevis and his teammates will not be taking the Cougars lightly on Saturday.

"They are a good squad," he said. "I think the quarterback has improved a lot and that is saying a lot because he had a great season last year.

"You can just tell with some of his reads and his throws. He is a lot more spot on this year. He’s a great quarterback, but at the same time it is an opportunity for us to show what we can do.

"They are a good team and we can’t come up there and not give it our all. We need to come back with better energy than last year, especially in their home state. We’re going to have to come out firing on all cylinders."

Tackling will be as important as any game and Tevis says that turnovers will likely play a large factor in Saturday's result.

"Tackling is big time," he said. "That’s always a big part of the game, making sure we are tackling, but at the same time we are going to come out with great physicality and going to try to knock the ball loose and maybe if he completes a pass and a run downfield, try to get the ball out.'

Road teams have had success in the Pac-12 this season and much of that has to do with each team's mentality.

"It’s all about coming in with the right mindset," Tevis said. "It is tough to win on the road, but it is definitely doable. You can tell this year that if you come in with the right mindset, it is doable."

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