In true don't know what you've got 'til it's gone fashion. I thought now at the end of the 2012 regular season was a good time to take a look back and appreciate what this team lost from 2011 to 2012.
Just a couple of my own sentiments:
- We can never say too much about David Molk, exhibit A:
- We didn't appreciate Mark Hugye, like at all
- While Koger got credit for his catches, his blocking was pretty much ignored by your average fan (but not your average mgofan) and we missed it in 2012
- Despite consistent improvement, I still missed trash cans full of dirt this year
What to do until bowl season? Take a trip down memory lane with some solid mgocontent of yore:
Ace's "2011 Preview" Reviews:
Brian's "2012 First Look":
"WR Junior Hemingway. Fairly ponderous leaper with inexplicable YAC knack; decent hands; should be replaceable if Darryl Stonum makes it back. Given the lack of swift action to boot after Stonum got pulled over, I assume that is the case."
^Countess obviously, but still, ZERO mention of Ray Taylor here
Seth's 2011 Senior Sendoff, "What We Asked of Them":
And my predictions for some 2012 seniors:
- In our optimism we will try to convice ourselves that we will not miss Jordan Kovacs THAT much, frequently pointing to the development of Tom Gordon. This will unfortunately not be the case, and we will give up at least one devasting big play for a touchdown in a key situation next season. PLEASE stay healthy Tom. Like Molk, we can never say too much about Kovacs.
- Similarly but to a lesser extent, our optimism about the future at linebacker will criminally neglect Kenny Demens' career contribution and legacy.
- Again similarly due to the development of youth (Heitzman/Strobel/Wormley, etc.) and the Heininger Certainty Principle, we will try to convince ourselves that Craig Roh will not be a big loss in 2013. The Nebraska UFR disagrees with you:
- Terrible fans will beat the Denard v Devin horse all year long, because they apparently get themselves off by trolling this board and grasping at straws for reasons to bring up Rich Rodriguez three years later. Others will point out that Devin is a Rich Rod recruit. The rest of us will point out: SHUT UP ALL OF YOU!!!
- There will be mid level competitive games where we say "those two 50 yd QB rush TDs would've been really nice right about now", but at other times we will giggle with glee at Gardner to Funchess/Gallon.
- There will be screen passes to Hayes/Rawls/Other??? in 2013 that work for decent gains and make you say "that's a touchdown if Vincent Smith is getting the ball".
- Despite his season and a half of struggles, Jeremy Jackson and Jerald Robinson will make no one forget Roy Roundtree, (although hopefully some youth will give it a shot).