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A transformation for Cougs' Taliulu

ONE OF THE position battle royales to unfold this spring will be at free safety, where second-year sophomore Taylor Taliulu will square off against fifth-year senior Casey Locker. Taliulu is considerably bigger this spring but the physical change isn't the greatest transformation for him this offseason.

Last season, Taliulu started the first two games as a true freshman and racked up 16 tackles. But then he all but disappeared, not starting another game and posting only another six takedowns the rest of the way. What happened? The Hawaii native got homesick. And that colored everything else. "I felt like I didn't play to the best of my ability during the Eastern game…and then I was just...