IIRC, we got creamed at the LOS last year by State. This was caused by at least 3 things:
- Inexperienced Offensive Line.
- Loss of Molk.
- Predictability of snap count.
We obviously have a great OL. In fact, I give our OL a lot of credit for Denard's emergence, and for our team's performance. I think the Smith TD and the Toussaint run vs. BG go to the OL. Even with Denard's great ability, he has had some huge holes to run through. I think our OL will do a much better job keeping State off of Denard.
Also, with Molk snapping, and the rapport built between Molk and Denard, there is a much higher comfort level. Molk is a great center, and has been a huge part of the OL performance.
However, does anyone know what we have done to address the snap count issue? I think that State really prepared extensively for last year's Michigan game, and we got burned with their DL and LB being able to time the snap count. Do the coach's have the ability to change the predictability of the count, and will Molk and Denard be able to execute what the coaches want, so that State can't crash the line the same way this year?