Cougar helmet logo: We have a winner!

DEPTH IS A CONCERN at several positions for WSU as head man Paul Wulff preps for the launch of spring football workouts this week, but running back appears to be a position of plenty. In an online chat with WSU fans today, Wulff said he's expecting a four-man fight this spring that will expand to six in the fall. But the big news was the decision on a logo for the Cougars' helmets.

"With the new uniforms coming this fall, the Cougar (head) logo will probably be the primary one used," Wulff said. "We are leaning that way, although the script on both helmets may have their time and place."

WSU is changing suppliers -- from Russell to Nike -- this season and with it will come a redesign of the uniforms. The age-old question -- Cougar-head logo or scripted Cougars? -– has generated heated debate over the years among Cougfan.com message boarders.

Last season Wulff split the difference, putting the Cougar head on the crimson away helmets and the scripted Cougars on the silver home helmets.

Wulff offered no other threads of insight about what the new uniforms will look like this season.

As for the team itself …

Between senior Dwight Tardy, junior Marcus Richmond, junior James Montgomery and sophomore Logwone Mitz, "it should be a highly competitive spring football at the running back position," Wulff said in his lunch-hour discussion at the official WSU website, wsucougars.com. "We will see who has the edge heading into fall camp. Chris Ivory (hamstring) and Chantz Staden (knee) will not be participating due to injuries."

Asked what the forecast is with the no-huddle offense, which the Cougars shelved for much of last year, Wulff said the plan is to do much more this season. "I believe our execution should be much improved, and we expect to do much better offensively than we did a year ago," he said.

Wulff touched on a variety of other topics as well. Among them:

• THE NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE IN 2009: "I like our non-conference schedule. I think Hawaii and SMU are good games for us early in the season. It will allow us to grow and improve as a football team. The Notre Dame game will be an exciting and fun game. To be at a neutral site and to be a nationally televised game on NBC is always good for the Cougar program."

• RECRUITING IN THE STATE OF HAWAII: "It is a very important state for us. Over the years we have had some successful WSU student-athletes come to Pullman and have very successful careers. A couple of examples would be Jason Gesser in football and Derrick Low in basketball. We're very excited to have our new addition in Jordan Pu Robinson."

• OUTLOOK AT DEFENSIVE TACKLE: "This has been a major overhaul of a position, but we do believe that we have some young kids who have some talent. As they mature over the next two to three years, we have a chance to be very solid at the defensive line position this year with Toby Turpin, Bernard Wolfgramm, Josh Luapo, Anthony Laurenzi and Dan Spitz ... The defensive line is a top priority for our program in order to rebuild and reshape. We definitely want to become more and more athletic and I believe we are headed in that direction."

• MAIN FOCUS FOR 2009: "To play more physical as a team and to execute at a much higher level."

For a complete rundown on Wulff's chat, head to wsucougars.com.

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