Sometimes when we lose it's easy to think of all the negatives (i.e. bad calls, bonehead plays, missed tackles, etc.) but with where we're headed we actually have a lot to be excited about. 6 things this season and next and in no particular order:
1. FOUR YEARS of Tate & Denard.
With these guys, especially Tate, we'll be in every game for the next four years. Tate will only get better and once they figure out better ways to use Denard...watch out.
2. Our defense is young (kinda) and in a new system.
If Donovan comes back, we'll have 9 returning starters on a bad defense, but there's nowhere to go but up right? I see them improving as they get more comfortable with Robinson and we start to add some depth.
3. We have a big game next week.
Much like Michigan State was able to get up for the game and forget about their previous disappointments, we won't have time to stay thinking about this as we have a tough road game in a tough environment on national TV.
4. Secondary depth is on it's way.
If we end up signing Cullen, Marvin sticks with his committment, and we can add another secondary prospect, we'll be on our way to some decent depth at secondary. Again, if Donovan stays, we should have all returning starters in a hopefully improved secondary with a season under their belt.
5. Construction is almost done.
Michigan stadium is not 100% complete yet, and neither is our team. We'll be able to compete all year in every game, and we're not even where we want to be. With such a young team, we should only get better as the guys get more comfortable with this level of play, and we add more pieces.
6. Sparty is still sparty.
Give them credit, they beat us twice in a row. But c'mon now. The first two years of a dramatic change in the program, both times with a true freshman QB. This a little like the big brother getting major surgery, coming home to recover, and the little brother sees the tide has turned for moment as challenges a wrestling match; OK you'll probably get him for a while, but once big brother's recovered it'll all be back to normal. The only thing keeping them from an L was an INT by said true freshman, and a converted safety's missed tackle. They played better than us most of the game, but like any big brother/little brother relationship the little bro doesn't stay on top for long. Dantonio, congats on beating a down UM program, we'll be happy to put you in your place when we're back to normal.
Big game this weekend under the lights! We're not there yet guys...but it's only a matter of time! GO BLUE!