After today's disheartening loss, I thought I'd distract us from bball for the moment and look at the strengths and weaknesses of next year's football team and we are solid at almost every position with a few weaknesses mixed in.
OL: Lewan and schofield will be one of the best tackle combos in the big ten. The interior of the line will be young but talented. I think Kalis will make a huge impact next year.
RB: This was thought to be a weakness but after signing Smith and Green and the good reports on Fitz this could turn out to be a strength of the offense.
WR: We're a little thin on depth here. Gallon really came on strong last year and I believe he was 4th in the big ten in receiving yards. He'll be the go to receiver. Dileo showed flashes of briliance but disappeared during some games last year. The other WR spot will ikely go to either Darboh or Chesson.
TE:This should be one of the strengths of the team. After Funchess' freshman year, he should dominate with a year in the weight room to improve his blocking.
QB: Devin was really good in the NW and Iowa games and really played well against SC. I think he'll be our most accurate QB since Henne.
LB: This is definitely our best unit. Jake Ryan, Desmond Morgan, Joe Bolden, and James Ross are all solid.
CB: Hopefully Countess is healthy because he could be one of our key players on defense. Raymon Taylor was good in some games and torched in others.
S: Thomas Gordon played ok in 2012. I think either Jarrod Wilson or Dymonte will start at the other safety spot.
DL: This unit had some terrible games and some great games. I think it will really improve in 2012 with an extra year of coaching and young players like Ojemudia, Pipkins getting time in the weight room. I predict Quinton Washington will be a beast next year.
K: Gibbons has been money since his sophomore year. Wile looked good in the few kicks he had.
P: Even if Hagerup doesn't come back, I think we'll be fine here. Wile can boot the ball just as far.
ND tossup/win (at home and at night we should pull it off)
at Uconn W
at PSU W
at MSU win (they don't have the offense without bell and Sims)
Nebraska W (they don't play well away from home and Mattison will force Martinez to throw)
at NW W (could be a trap game)
at Iowa W