I was re-watching the UMass game on DVR and I was pleasantly surprised by the hustle shown by Denard in BLOCKING on run plays. He is the epitome of a team player. If you get a chance - revisit these two plays:
1. On Shaw's 50+ yard run - in the end Denard is ahead of Shaw and looking for someone to block on the right side of field. Imagine - on a 50 yard run - our QB is clearing the way for your RB!
2. On the Shaw run where he hesitates before the O-Line and then explodes for the TD, Denard is taking on an unblocked LB coming in from the left side. The LB could have had a TFL - but Denard slows him down and Shaw has time to let the gap develop and shoot through.
On the offense at least, the team is showing amazingly strong fundamentals, effort and teamwork. This will trickle into the defense as well. Football is a game of probabilities - and this kind of effort raises the probability of you winning. Combine this with a few lucky rolls of dice and we can beat anyone - yes even OSU. I am not saying it will happen - but it can - and these little things improve the odds that it might happen.