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Langley: Confidence is Key

LOREN LANGLEY

PULLMAN -- It was a fitting end to practice Thursday, with kicker Loren Langley sailing the ball through the uprights to the overwhelming cheers of his teammates. The junior from Puyallup, 3-for-3 in last week's game against USC, said he's never lacked for confidence. But not everyone has felt the same certainty since a rough stretch that began with last year's Apple Cup win over Washington.

After missing three-of-five FG attempts (50, 43, 28, good from 22 and 48) and being benched in last year's 26-22 Apple Cup win, one would expect a kicker's confidence to deteriorate. But Langley said Thursday that definitely didn't happen. The Cougar kicker started the season 7-of-11, but ultimately made 14 of 22 kicks, struggled outside the 40-yard line (4-of-10), and missed 7 of his last 1...

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