UAAP 82: Captain Ken Tuffin calls for 'collective leadership' in FEU
Mark Escarlote on Aug 31, 2019 03:44 PM
Ken Tuffin is well aware he can't be the lone leader for FEU if they are to continue contending in UAAP Season 82
Ken Tuffin has embraced a new role for Far Eastern University - leading the Tamaraws in UAAP Season 82.
The Fil-Kiwi will carry a bigger responsibility on his shoulder being the captain of the Olsen Racela-mentored squad which looks to surpass its Final Four finish a year ago.
“Pretty proud [to be named team captain],” said Tuffin, who is one of the six key holdovers from last season. “Obviously it comes with a big responsibility, but I’m not trying to think too much of it. I'm just trying to play my role to help the team whenever I can.”
Tuffin now carries the torch as skipper of FEU which saw the departure of battle-tested veterans in Richard Escoto, Alex Inigo, Arvin Tolentino, Jasper Parker, and reliable big man Prince Orizu.
With the Tamaraws losing a bulk of their experienced core, Tuffin stresses the importance of their remaining seniors like Hubert Cani, Wendell Comboy, and Barkley Ebona to be on the same page.
“I think with the graduating players that left last year, everyone has to take it upon themselves to step up,” he said. “So this is very much going to be a collective leadership.”
“I may have the title or the term captain but it’s definitely gonna take the senior guys setting the example and leading the way,” added Tuffin.
The Tamaraws are coming into the season in high spirits after a successful preseason preparation which includes a title conquest in the 2019 DLive Summer Tournament in Taiwan.
But Tuffin and the rest of the FEU boys know that the real challenge lies ahead.
“It was good for the morale and confidence, but again we can’t look too far ahead because it’s not a championship in the UAAP,” he said. “It was definitely good for our confidence and for the team as well but we talked about it saying it’s just another step towards where we need to be.”
“We’re going into the season confident and hopefully we can surprise a lot of people,” said Tuffin.
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