I have a premonition that we win 9 games in the fall. Call me crazy, but here's why:
QBs: Forcier, a twelve game starter, has more experience than many RS Juniors that will start this year for teams, having already started 12 games. Before injury, he was playing on (literally) a Heisman place, in his first four games as a TRUE FROSH.
RB: Minor==awesome, but he was never healthy last year, and Carlos Brown went down when a fly landed on him. Even if our running backs only produce at a Brown/Minor clip (which shouldn't be too hard, considering injuries of the 2), that's still a decent position.
OL: We lose two underperforming seniors, and get back EVERYONE else. Heralded recruits and proven players fill this position.
WR: Stonum is a fast, productive player, who will be backed by either Hemingway who has great hands or Stokes, another burner.
Slot: Could be the strength of the offense. Beastly-ness abounds in Martavius Odoms (who's basically another OL split wide that can also pass catches and run the ball like nobody's business) and Roy Roundtree, who (while obviously not the fastest) has ungodly hands.
DL: This unit will MARK MY WORDS be better than last year's. Though BG was extremely productive even while being doubled, with Campbell coming in everyone can shift to their natural positions, and the line should gain about 30 lbs over last years, which should be better for some pounding B10 play.
LB: No possible way to step back here. Mouton and Ezeh are talented, yet extremely underperforming seniors. Given another year in a system to learn responsibilities, they should decrease the lag time between decision and action, making for at least a little increase in ability. If not, JB Fitzgerald will be in to push for PT.
Box Safety: Jordan Kovacs is by far the most underrated player on the defense. Ask yourself this, when it was 1-on-1 with any defensive player and the RB of the opposing offense, who did you want in front of him? Kovacs. The guy can flat out tackle, and comes in quick in run support. This is what you want your box to do. Other unproven talent abounds here, but Kovacs figures to be a decent contributor, and if not Emilien/others can step up.
Deep Safety: Hopefully Woolfolk can step back into this in the fall; if not we could be in deep doo-doo. This is the only position that should really scare people, as it is arguably most important in the defense. If not, possibly Dorsey/other touted freshman can step in here.
Corner: JT Turner is a stud. Let me repeat that. He's such a stud you could use him to bolt tires onto a car. The only reason he didn't crack the lineup last year was because of enrolling late, but rest assured he will live up to hype. Across from JT you'll probably see Cullen Christian, who is extremely ready for college ball. Though Dorsey is faster, being a corner is more about ability, experience, and talent than blazing speed.
Spinner: Replacing Stevie Brown could be hard, but Mike Williams actually fits this position nicely. If not, a plethora of other tweeners can step right in, Marvin Robinson most hyped among them.
At every position, we are STACKED with talent. Though some of it is young, with such a large class of highly talented recruits coming in, only a small percentage need to step up for an excellent defense and offense this year.
Tl;DR : We lookin' good.