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Taylor Taliulu talks about his progress and competition in fall camp

Taylor Taliulu enters the 2014 season with some experience under his belt, but also some competition behind him. We had a chance to speak with him Wednesday after practice.

Taylor Taliulu
Taylor Taliulu
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From Lewiston -- Taylor Taliulu looks much improved up to this point in camp from last year. Still, he finds himself in competition for the No. 1 free safety spot with Darius Lemora. We had a chance to talk with Taliulu about that competition and going head-to-head with the Cougars' strong receiving corps.

CougCenter: Taylor, you really had your feet held to the fire early. You came out and started your first two games as a freshman and then went back on special teams. Talk about the process of your first season?

Taliulu: Just learning. Getting my reps when the coaches tell me too. And pretty much getting better each game and each week.

CougCenter: You're in some competition with Darius Lemora for the free safety spot. How much does competition push you?

Taliulu: Competition pushes us all. That's the thing that Leach stresses. If you're not competing against each other during a practice, then we're not getting better as a team.

CougCenter: What are some of the things you have worked on in the offseason building towards this season?

Taliulu: Just being physically ready for the season, for a game and knowing what I have to do mentally also.

CougCenter: Obviously, this team is really loaded with receivers. How important are they to developing you? They look really good out there and you guys have to keep up with them.

Taliulu: I think these are the best receivers in the Pac-12. Actually, in the country I think, the best corps of receivers in the country. So I think for us young DBs, a lot of the young guys and me especially, going against those types of receivers is going to help us every day.

CougCenter: How is the camp going for you? Who are you rooming with?

Taliulu: I'm rooming with Marcellus Pippins. It's just a good time out here bonding with our brothers and coming out here and getting away from Pullman and all the distractions.

CougCenter: Does it help rooming with another defensive back? Are you guys talking about some of the coverages?

Taliulu: It helps. Me and Marcellus always are talking about coverages and stuff like that. All the other DBs too. We always get together and talk about what we are doing.

CougCenter: Pretty tight unit?

Taliulu: Yeah.