1. The Run Offense, especially Denard in the first half. Fitz and Smith both showed some good moves as well. It wasn't all good though...we stunk in the 3rd quarter and Hopkins, really, shouldn't be considered a serious option at this point.
2. The Run Defense. We stuffed a great running attack today, and the D-Line was fantastic...this is a huge improvement over last year.
3. The Freshmen. Morgan, Ryan and Countess all impressed me, Countess more than anyone. These are real players who are going to be major stars for years to come.
1. The Pass Offense. Tacopants is still the 12th Man. While blame for that falls largely on Denard--who is consistently overthrowing our receivers--I also have a problem with the playcalling. If your QB isn't throwing accurately, why not add more high percentage pass plays? More screens (including bubble screens), hitches, curls, waggles, checkdowns and drags would be good. Sure, these aren't plays aren't big yard getters, but what we need right now is more completions for positive yardage. If we rely on our running game to get us out of every mess, we'll end up with the same problems we had last year against Big 10 defenses. This is what I hoped to get from Borges, and still hope to get. But I'm starting to lose confidence that it will happen...
2. The Pass Defense. While still better than last year, we're just not good covering the middle of the field. About a dozen times, Lindley had guys open, and either threw a bad pass or had his receivers botch an easy catch. Unnerving.
1. Consistency on Offense. We still can't play 4 consistent quarters on offense. This is a problem that goes back to 2009, and has not--apparently--been solved by the new coaching staff. If we don't find a way to move the ball for an entire game, we're going to have problems in conference play.