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The season needs to start already so people will stop writing the same article over and over again.
I just can't get past how many mismatched pieces we were forced to play last year.
We have actual position and skill set appropriate bodies across the OL this year barring injury, at least 3 legit TE sized bodies in McFarland, Bluiett, and Daniels who have athleticism to go with their size, a RB core that isn't dependent on two true freshmen in the starting two deep, 3 speed edge specialists in Goodwin, Monroe and Daje, several options in the wildcat/package QB who aren't the starting QB, and several more receivers to fill out our two deep well beyond Shipley and Davis.
Harsin has so many more tools at his disposal and won't be asked to build a house with duct tape, a butter knife, and cinder blocks. We just need Ash to take another step forward.
This post was edited by Bobby_Batronic 21 months ago
I got brains. I got big ol' brains. I got dinosaur brains.
Ash and the O-line.
If those areas work out, we may run the regular season table.
We may be a couple years away from a dominate OL. Last year our best OL was a 270 pound true freshman.
We're a lot closer than you think. Cochran is going to be a beast. While Espy may be beat over the middle by NT's, he's got a helluva mean streak, something that no one has had since we had 05 OL. Walters has that same fire and Hawkins is going to be a force at LT. Toss in Hopkins and Flowers, who is looking like a guy who has to play as much as possible, and this OL looks to be getting back to blowing the defense off the line. Searels has taken what has been the weak link on our team (IMO what destroyed us in 2010, that and the DT's were nonexistent at times) for almost 6 years and will have rebuilt it to national caliber within two years. That man deserves a raise!
I agree with your thoughts, btown1110. Not enough has been said about Hawkins coming in to seriously upgrade the LT position allowing Cochran to move to right.
My belief is that the two JUCO guys have already filled some major holes, thereby building experience, mass and depth. Without that we were dependent on more young guys having to step in, ready or not.
Now the OL has some interchangeable parts, which helps a shallow bench in the OL department. This line by subtraction last year is already better. I think 2010 was the low point with improvement last year mainly because of coaching. The 2012 OL will be much better than 2011, barring injury.
I just hope Searls gets rid of Walters' and Hopkins' "Matador" blocking technique.
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