Quarterback says he played it "too cool" against BYU

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PULLMAN — After Washington State football players were called out publicly by coach Mike Leach for showing too much frustration during the season-opening loss Thursday at Brigham Young, at least one Cougar actually wishes he’d shown more emotion.

In a positive way, of course.

“I haven’t played a game like that in a while, and I maybe tried to play it a little too cool and just be too relaxed,” quarterback Jeff Tuel said Monday. “And I need to let myself out more and let some of my passion for the game out, and do a better job leading and being vocal for my guys on the sideline to make sure that guys don’t hang their heads and get down.”

The unnecessary relaxation resulted in too much hesitation, something Tuel and Leach have readily admitted in the days since. And it manifested into late throws, scrambles and incompletions.