You spelled Jordan Kovacs# incorrectly.
We're Going to Be Good.
Since when is Kovacs spelled with a #?
# next to a player's name usually signifies they are a walk-on.
Right it was a joke. Kovacs has a scholarship so he's not a walk-on.
Correct spelling: Jordan Kovacs#502....His amazing number of tackles goes right in his name. As it should.
But I still think we shouldn't take it to the bank - attrition and injuries killed our decent looking offseason lineup last year.
Also - that D is still ARGH!-inducingly young.
Thanks for this - it does make me feel better about the on-field product. And these young guys are battle tested too - and never quit. I'm really proud of them.
At least it's a majority upper classmen though.
Even though the tough defeat to OSU is fresh on my mind, it does give me a lot of hope to think about our healthy roster with a full year more experience. Particularly on D, which should be much improved. Whoever coaches this team next year will have 9 wins, hopefully more.
-Mike Jones as MLB? Don't think so. Not nearly sizeable enough and his skill set is more along the lines of Mouton. WLB for sure. Switch Jones and Bell.
-Josh Furman at FS? Thought he was more of a hybrid type.
-I really, really hope someone can displace Vincent Smith from the starting spot. He's a likeable player, but we really could use a more dynamic runner.
-Here's hoping neither Kovacs nor Vinopal starts...because other players beat them out, not because they lose the job.
You're right about Jones.
Not sure what Furman will do when he actually starts playing, but I'm not sure who else would play FS on the third team. Really I just wanted to fill out the 3-deep.
I'd be pretty surprised if anyone displaced Vincent by the begining of next year unless Dee is as awesome as I hope. I kinda agree with you, but this is what I think will be.
Kovacs is starting so don't get your hopes up. Who on the roster is going to displace Vinopal? Maybe Courntey Avery?
Avery is too small to play FS, then again Vinopal is far from ideal in terms of size. Either way, though, I think that Avery has shown he has the ability to play CB and wouldn't be surprised to see him in the starting lineup opposite Woolfolk next season.
I think you are right about Avery. I think we could see Woolfolk and Avery with Floyd at FS.
Id like to see what a healthy toussaint can do personally.. From what i saw in the OSU game, he didn't go down instantly when he was arm tackled at the line like V smith did over and over again.
He had some nice runs, id just like to see healthy toussaint get going to start the season in the non conference. Either way should be a fun year.
Here's hoping that neither Denard Robinson nor Mike Martin starts.... because other players beat them out, not because they lose their job.
Regardless of how good Kovacs and Vinopal are at football, they are both very physically limited. It would benefit the team for players with serious strength and speed upgrades to be good enough at football to displace them.
I think it was a joke, but I can't be sure.
I agree with that, a couple of my own critiques:
Kenny Wilkins is huge, he will be a full DE for sure, maybe even a DT/DE in the future. Craig Roh will also be too big to play a hybrid spot next year, he'll be a full-time DE.
Jake Ryan is a MLB, or the Craig Roh spot if we still have it. I see him playing similarly to how JB Fitz did at the end of this year. Same thing with Kinard, way too big to be a spur.
One of Terrence Talbott and Cullen Christian will move to safety, probably FS. We will have a lot of corners next fall with Floyd and Woolfolk back and so many in the recruiting class. I'm thinking CC because he's bigger, but I heard maybe TT instead.
Furman is for sure not a FS, probably not a safety at all. Him and Cam are likely linebackers, WILLs, probably. Marvin might be a linebacker as well, but might stay at SS.
I'm hoping for a 4-3 next fall, that would be ideal, I think. Maybe run a 3-4 sometimes with all the WLB types we have.
Talbott is not nearly big enough to be a FS
I agree with you, but that's what I had heard. He's the same height as Vinopal, but obviously much lighter.
Plus Talbott is very fast. Crazier things have happened.
Maybe JT Floyd goes to FS when he comes back?
Floyd could happen. But his coverage skills are a major question mark. And Vinopal is BUILT. I just don't think Talbott has the frame to put on the weight that Vinopal has.
Well, if Floyd's coverage skills are a major question mark, then CB's not the place for him either. And I like Vinopal, I'm not suggesting any of these guys take over for Ray Ray, but we're going to have about a dozen CBs next fall and one or two free safeties. If we don't move a CB to FS, who backs up Vinopal? Carvin? He's more of a SS. A true freshman? Maybe if it's Avery Walls, but I don't want to bank on that. We were banking on Cullen coming in and starting at CB, but it doesn't always work that way.
Woolfolk, Floyd, Avery, Talbott and CC are not all going to see time at CB next fall, especially if even one of the true frosh CBs end up looking good. Moving any one of them to FS for the year would be a good idea, IMO.
I should have been clearer. I meant covering in space. It's something that's necessary at corner, sure, but can be really taken advantage of at FS. If he's playing a short underneath zone, or even just one deep third, I think he can be efficient, although nowhere near superb. I do agree that SOMEONE's going to need to go to FS this offseason, even if Carvin stays (maybe, maybe not). Cullen could be a possibility, Troy, Avery Walls, maybe even Crawford. I'm assuming the coaches will surprise us all someone we didn't see coming.
CC isn't fast enough to play CB. He may very well end up at SS which is what we cureently call or FS.
With one of the linebackers rushing basically all the time.
Assuming a team has an appropriate NT and DT to play this alignment, four LBs' with one rushing the passer as basically a quick, agile DE puts a ton of pressure on the pocket passing QB's. We may be better suited though for an Indy-style 4-3 where our DE's are pass rushing monsters. Either way, there should be no reason for the team to ever employ a 3-3-5 setup.
"Craig Roh will also be too big to play a hybrid spot next year, he'll be a full-time DE."
Craig Roh at fulltime DE is gunna be a key to our success next year. That will greatly benefit the D-Line and give the future DC a chance to run an explosive 4-3.
Plus Kenny Demens seems to have plenty of potential to be a future star.
I think he'll be moved back to safety next year.
Either CC or TT, either way.
I love the guy's heart and football instincts, but he just isn't there athletically and never will be. I am hoping Marvin Robinson can displace him in the starting role because if that happens, it means an immediate upgrade at that spot.
we're going to be REAL good.
So your saying there's a chance
I personally would rather see Avery playing opposite Woolfolk. I think he has more upside and has already made a lot of strides since being forced into the starting lineup.
I also wouldn't be surprised to see Big Will return to the D after the season.
Lastly, I believe that Schofield has always been listed at RT on the depth charts throughout the season.
I like Avery at CB and Woolfolk at FS.
I doubt BWC moves back to D, because I don't see the quality depth at DT changing.
Schofield is a much better fit at RT.
Schofield will be the back-up at both tackle spots next year, as he's the only non-freshman backup.
Only a RS JR.
I'm assuming Huyge will start. If Lewan and Huyge are the starters, that leaves Schofield as the only other OT on the roster who's not a true frosh. If either OT goes out, I'm hoping they play Schofield over either true frosh, who would then have to burn a redshirt.
My bad, I didn't even think of that.
...he showed me nothing good this year and backed up why his only other offers where from MAC schools. Considering the sheer number of safety's on the roster, surely one of the higher recruited guys distinguishes themselves.
I guess we weren't watching the same games then.
I thought Vinopal made excellent reads and often made first contact. If he had Shazor's size he would be feared by opposing receivers and backs alike ! Unfortunately size matters .... in everything !
Go Blue !
Was vinopal in charge of the coverage of the wide open guys in the middle of the field against Wisc and OSU? Pryor and Tolzien threw it dead center every time and Vinopal was way late on the spot everytime
How dare he not morph into an All-Big Ten player as a freshman, and in the process fail to meet the lofty expectations of Random Message Board Guy.
How dare he!
The biggest problem with Vinopal is his tiny-ness. Did you watch a single game? He made freshman errors, but he's definitely a better free safety than Cam Gordon and could end up being a solid player. I hope someone else beats him out, too, but he definitely showed more than "nothing good."
He was a true freshman. Who vastly improved coverage over Cam Gordon. If you're expectations/hopes were any higher, you need help.
...the worst coverage Free Safety I can recall watching in my time at Michigan is not necessarily that much of an improvement. To me, Vinopal was unremarkable in coverage, was either too tiny to effectively tackle or couldn't (him not being able to tackle would conceivably be correctable, so his size is the worse option here), and his presence on Michigan when he wouldn't even be on the team hurts the team's overall image (which would hurt recruiting, I can hear it now, "You want to be opposite this scrub? What type of defense do you think they're going to field next year with that?").
I don't do this often, but you're a prick.
Unremarkable in coverage? His coverage was borderline good. Which is way more than you could ask of a Fr FS. The bottom line is, he should have been able to redshirt this year. If this year's taught me one thing, it's that he's got a much higher upside than I had anticipated. Honestly, the whole D had problems tackling. He'll get it worked on, and he'll improve in coverage (not that he really has a problem there). As far as recruiting goes, your assertion has little to no impact on recruits. Honestly. Of all things recruits look at, criticizing freshmen free safeties is not one of them.
He definitely did not take on Mikel Leshoure on a crucial 3rd &1 against Illinois. Nope. Never happened. Illinois got that first down because Vinopal got cruuuuuuushed and Illinois milked the clock and won that ballgame.
Man, that still hurts.
I was thinking the exact same thing. That may have been the single best defensive play of the year. He gave up 40 pounds or so and still stopped Leshoure cold. I am not predicting Vinopal will ever be All Big 10 but I do love the guys grit.
Go fuck yourself with a spork for calling players on Michigan scrubs. Especially freshman, who we have no idea how good they will be, that should have red-shirted but due to necessity went out every game/practice and gave it their all.
I know Dark Blue's bag of diseased cocks is hiding around here somewhere........
less than an hour.
I think I just got a forum taste of my own medicine (in this case I'm the girl in the clip, except I damned well deserved it).
Just making stuff up as you go or did you watch any games this year? Vinopal was solid for a true freshman no matter how you cut it. If you did see any games live you premusably would have noticed that. His angles were good. He didn't get burned in pass coverage often. He missed a couple tackles but was cery solid coming up on the run from the backfield and making tackles. He was in my opinion the best tackler on the team. He was also playing WAY out of position against Wisconsin whenthey brought him up basically as a 4th linebacker. Clearly cam gordon would be better suited in that role but Gordon also ayes himself right out of the free safety position early in the year let's try to remember that he was a true freshman playing one of the mst obvious positions for mistakes on the field. Considering TNT I'll call him a pleasant surprise.
He's been arguably our most fundamentally sound tackler playing in a high schooler's body, and has impressed me with his (relative) speed and solid instincts. He has unlocked the mystery of tackling that so many Michigan DBs have struggled with this year: use your arms. If nothing else, he has certainly justified his scholarship. No reason why he can't be a Wisconsin/Iowa-type overachiever at safety as an upperclassman.
I don't know about Vinopal's tackling. He's the guy who got trucked during the (almost 98 yard) long run against OSU. I recall him missing a tackle against Wisconsin as well.
OTOH I think he clearly has the speed to play the spot, though, I recall a player mentioning he's usually in the top finishers during running drills.
he uses his arms instead of just trying to truck stick everyone he's got better form. He'll be better once he beefs up that 5-10 frame of his
Yeah, probably. A fully year in the S&C program and maybe he won't have that problem.
I recall also he was on his way to chasing down an Illinois player before the turf monster got him. Point being he was putting on a good display of speed. With some added muscle he might turn into quite a good safety.
who remembers him being part of the cavaclade of missed tackles in those games. Granted my other comments deserved the abuse/criticism they'vw gotten so it doesn't matter for me, I deserved heat.
I would neg you if I could. Not for your opinions - it's great that you are willing to question things about the team instead of expressing blind optimism. Unfortunately few posters here see things that way.
I would, however, neg you for being a nancy and and backtracking on your opinions.
questioning, I just went about saying so in a really inept manner. My only issue with the Vinopal comments is that I was really a jerk on the issue in the last critical post.
the guy stuffing an Illinois running back in the hole on 3rd and 1 at the end of regulation, ending any chance the Illini had at getting into field goal range. Some good, some bad, typical of a freshman, but one of the few bright spots of this year's defense.
that JT Floyd keeps his starting job next year. I think that the young CBs make a good enough jump to make the starting lineup
...I'm not sure that there's one ready. I don't think Avery will be ready next year, Christian got housed this year (albeit, the coaches pretty much threw him to the wolves and he got eaten right up), and Crawford (while awesome) will be a freshman.
Avery in the last couple of games has been just about as good as JT Floyd, and he really came up big in the Illinois game.
...end up going with the slightly more experienced hand. Especially if the 5'9" listing for Avery is correct rather than the 5'10" (to me, 5'10" is pretty much the minimum for high level starter unless you are *really* good at scheming to make up for that...which we haven't been good at scheming around anything else so far so why should I assume).
Now, if Avery takes a larger step forward than Floyd rather than an equal step of progress? Sure, start him if he's better. I just don't know that he will be, especially since Avery has, what, 2 years of playing Defense under his belt (I think he switched his senior year of high school, but he might not have until college, so its hard to judge his high side).
and he played QB in high school, mostly. He was recruited to play corner and switched in college. His performance this year indicates a pretty high ceiling, IMO.
Yeah I like Avery a great deal actually. Just went with the redshirt Junior over the true Sophmore.
He played both ways in high school. Just like Crawford.
Avery (as time went on) was a major upgrade in coverage over Floyd
Wow, you seem to be wrong about everything
...though I like Avery a great deal, just to be clear.
Before today I actually received points more than negbanged.
You ever realize that there are some posts you just shouldn't make? That was me in this entire thread. Though the Avery post was just doubt and not dismissal (and I didn't dislike Floyd as much as others here). The Vinopal comments are the ones that got me in hot water.
not sure why you're getting negged for this specific post, but I think the point with Vinopal is that ALL freshman are poor at tackling, especially guys in the secondary. They've spent their high school careers just knocking guys to the ground for fun and then they get thrown into Div. I football less than a year later. That's a huge step to ask a guy to make. If anything, Vinopal was a better tackler than most freshman because he's small. He's probably had to wrap guys up his whole life.
But these guys will all improve exponentially over the next couple of years, both physically and on the mental side of the game, which is the exciting part. Even the 5* recruits make freshman mistakes, and in most elite programs, even 5* star recruits don't have to play as freshman.
That being said, Avery Walls is welcome to compete for a spot if he wants.
Just saw your avatar and had to say that that was a great album. Totally different from anything else they've ever done and it was very well written. It wasnt my cup of tea perse (meaning I wouldn't normally buy that type of music if I had known) but it was indeed a good album. You dont see that too often from "emo" bands, where they totally leave their sterotype and make a solid album with totally different music. Anyway that being said I think Avery and Vinopal were both solid as freshmen.
That's one of my favorite albums and Brand New's one of my favorite bands in general. TDAGARIM is probably my favorite by them, overall. It and Deja Entendu are certainly their most accessible albums.
Yeah I have it and it is also my fav by them by far. Every song is well written.
of course as other commits announce you will need to revise .... Dee Hart #3 ???
Thanks for not going 3 deep on the coaching staff !!!!!!!!!!! +1 for that !
Go Blue !
But I think it's pretty unlikely Hart gets the starting role.
I see the positions more like this:
M. Jones at WLB (probably starting), Bell at MLB, Kinnard at WLB, Furman at Spur, Carvin ahead of Vinopal at FS (hopefully Avery #2), J. Robinson second team WR (certainly before Conway and probably ahead of Jackson), Odoms at 1 or 2 WR (that is where he played this year and we still are loaded at slot) Gallon at 2 or 3 slot (or T-Rob), Schofield starting at RT with Huyge as #2 in both tackle slots, Jack Miller as a #3 guard.
Avery, like Talbott, is way too small to be a FS
Demens was pretty solid as the year went on, he certainly deserved the chance to start next season. I would not feel comfortable with three brand new LBs...
You are definitely forgetting about Kenny Demens.
Mike Cox and Fitzgerald Toussaint also return, and then there is Justice Hayes to consider.
Either way, Michigan is going to be loaded at running back. I think we should see some more 2 back sets next fall.
On defense Michigan looks more experienced, but weak on the talent side. I think it's a little much to assume Woolfolk will win the starting job after an injury like that. I hope he does, but that was a nasty injury.
Hayes is at least going to start at SR. And he'll probably redshirt
I think it's a little much to assume Woolfolk will win the starting job after an injury like that.
Really? He dislocated an ankle. Doubt that'd have any influence on his play once he's fully recovered.
Well he did have surgery on it .... also hopefully Odoms will not be adversely affected by his surgery/ injury too.
That is the key. I recall reading a few personal accounts of people sustaining a similar injury, and the sentiment across the board was that this could be a tricky recovery. However, with Woolfolk actually being half wolf (wink), I think we can give him the benefit of the doubt.
You never know with that type of injury. Some guys are never quite the same.
You can still run a 4 man front without Q starting, although I wouldn't say he has no experience, and he'll have all off-season.
WDE: Roh-Paskorz or Zettel or Beyer
Some of the back-ups get a little sketchy, but these are the things they'll figure out over the next 8 months.
I'd be curious to know which of these three will be offered a fifth year.
I think that with depth still something of an issue at the DE position, Heininger will get a 5th year.
Wasn't Van Slyke our holder until he got hurt? For some reason I want to remember that as truth. I don't know if that will hold much weight, plus we could become overrun with safeties if a few CB's make the switch, however, a warm body is a warm body.
Not sure on Leach. He may get a chance given that Mouton is leaving, but I really think that spot will be manned by Mike Jones.
Your youngest projected started... Sophmore... makes me want to rip my clothes off an streak down University Avenue!
East University, North University, or South University? If I were you I'd avoid running by the psych classes at East Hall...
Here is to rushing only 3 lineman on every passing down...hope the new DC is a little more aggressive
What our new DC does on the field echoes in eternity.
we will have a lot of corners coming in BUT who wants more true freshman playing again..we saw the result of that the past few years.. not good.
...I sincerely and truly do apologize and regret my comments on Vinopal earlier in the thread as I didn't mean to make my statements on him be that..mean. By all means neg away, I deserve it.
Neg this posts if you are tired of the others. I pretty much nuked my posting history in one thread, so why not go for the gold.
You repeatedly bashed our players (true freshmen no less) and called them scrubs. There's no coming back from that. You can shove those apologies right up your ass.
...I'm done so have at it. Drop the F bomb on me a million times if you want, I'd decline doing that as I think over use of a word lowers its power, but if you feel like it, go for it. The words I said were wrong, I've admitted that, and if there's no coming back from that then there's no coming back from that.
I heard he was moving to DE? Anyone confirm?
Thankyou. This is very informative. I am ready to see what Furman, M. Robinson, Wilkens, will bring to the D. I'm also curious to see what big Will Campbell can do on the OL.
I'm sure he'll play. The RB depth chart is kind of ridiculous next year.
There will be depth but can you see this defense, even with new/better coaching climbing the ranks to be good next year? The best case scenario is that it finishes about average in the national rankings and a bit below average in the Big Ten rankings. It's just too big a leap to take from their current depths.
The starting cornerback tandem will be very weak. Remember Woolfolk was never a lockdown corner, merely a very fast guy with poor coverage technique. At the other corner, Floyd was abused repeatedly all year by opposing QBs, good and bad.
The safeties you're projecting as starters are, to use the standard euphemism, gritty rather than fast. They're good decision makers and sure tacklers who will nevertheless be constantly taken advantage of by better passing attacks.
The linebackers are a total mystery. Demens has shown flashes of competency. But will they miss Mouton? Will Michigan ever position their linebackers in a sensible way and get them to fill gaps rapidly?
The line has some experienced, talented guys in Martin and Van Bergen. But the rest of the line is inexperienced and full of 3 star guys who fans hope are the diamonds in the rough Rodriguez is known for unearthing. Will any of them develop? Will the scheme allow them to get any pressure? Or stop the run?
I wish I could agree that Michigan will be good next year but I see this defenses allowing the better Big Ten defenses to move the ball at will against them. And it will cost them games, probably 3 or 4.
You do realize Vinopal is one of the fastest players on the team right? Also I expect this defense to be average, and I expect an average defense to have us contending for a Big Ten title.
Vinopal is one of the fastest guys on the d, but I remember him coming up to tackle Herron on the 89 yd run and Herron ran through Vinopal like Vinopal wasn't even there.
Yeah and in an ideal world we would not be starting a true freshman safety who is tasked with tackling a Senior RB.
A year of conditioning and lifting Vinopal will be ok. He has played admirably thus far and will only get better.
I hope and pray Ash is the real deal and gives us a presence in the middle beside MM.
Good News!!....damn this feels good.
It isn't the "Michigan way".
Therefore, it sucks.
Admitedly, this was probably the most disappointing 7-5 we could be, but we're still 7-5, which is exactly as most expected. And yet, all of a sudden, we're ready to run coach out of town.
Yeah, we've got our shit together.
I would be surprised if Big Will does not start and play well.
That who we play is important, too. Are the teams we'll be playing be better or worse next year?
- WMU = better or worse, it should be a win
- ND = better, so this game is a toss-up
- EMU = better but still terrible, win
- SDSU = don't know, but should be a win
- MINN = a lot of returning starters, but lose QB and new coach coming in, plus we're more talented, win
- at northwestern = almost everyone back, game is on the road, we can win this one but I don't feel good about it, toss-up
- at MSU = big-time grad. losses on D, including 3/4 of DBs and Jones/Gordon combo at ILB, their O should be pretty good, and it's on the road, expect a shoot-out, toss-up
- PURDUE = better, almost everyone back, but it's at home and we're more talented, I expect a win
- at iowa = worse, they lose a lot on D, their QB and one good WR, we've been close the last two years and they've had a serious talent/experience edge on us, not this time, should be a win
- at illinois = better, almost everyone back, given us fits for the last three years, good talent, good coaching staff, on the road, i expect a loss but we're certainly capable of winning this game, so it's a toss-up (hopefully we'll know who has the wheel route by then)
- NEBRASKA = better on D, worse on O, lose 6 O starters incl. 3 OL, 8 starters back on D, plus they have Denard Light at QB, game is at home, but it's still a toss-up
- O-STATE = worse, lose a lot on D (Heyward, both ILBs, couple DBs) and they're not special on O, game is at home, toss-up
So, that's 6 wins, 0 losses, and 6 toss-ups. Of the 6 toss-ups, 3 are at home and 3 are on the road, so we can reasonably guess 9-3. On the other hand, I believe the toughest teams in the conference will be O-state, Nebraska, Illinois, and Penn State, most of whom are in the other division. I expect to be battling with the Huskers and (gulp) Northwestern for the division title and a spot in the Big Ten title game. It would probably be better for us to lose to ND than have all three toss-up losses come in Big Ten play (assuming we lose some of them).
The Huskers have an absolutely brutal conference schedule:
- at Wiscy
- at Minny
- at Penn St.
- at Michigan
They have one gimme win there (at Minny), maybe two if you agree that Iowa will be slightly down and the game is in Lincoln. And this ain't your Daddy's Tom Osborne Nebraska, who used to load up on tasty Austin Peay-like treats in the non-conference schedule. In 2011 it's Fresno State, Washington and at Wyoming. (At Wyoming?! How the hell did the Cowboys swing that one?)
Northwestern's schedule is somewhat favorable in that they don't play Wiscy or O-state. However, their league road games inclue Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska, so even though they always play Iowa well and it appears at first glance that Iowa will regress from this year, that's still a tough road to hoe. Remember, overall Conference record determines the division champ.
Regardless of the (hopeful) improvement of the D and special teams, what I'd most like to see is the offense drastically reduce their TOs to around 15 and for the D to get at least 20 takeaways.
We can't start 10-0 with a schedule like that. With Nebraska and Ohio State at home, I like our chances of doing something special.
Honestly, if our offense stops stalling in the first half and picks it up, combined with an average defense that returns 8 starters and much needed depth in the secondary, hey, who knows.
I think anywhere between 9-3 and 12-0. Yeah, I can't believe I just said that either. Perhaps my expectations are high, but it's time we set the bar up there and reach it.
i feel like after game 6, the thought of a team getting weaker due to graduation should not be a factor. whether osu loses twenty guys or two matters very little in november as the fill-ins have had ample time to play. also, there might be 22 starters on a team, but we know that during the course of the year there are about 30 who make up the starting 22. obviously the starters are the best, but when it comes to big programs, there shouldn't be that much dropoff.
What about the Kicker?
Alright, I share some of the enthusiasm, but do you really think that Washington, Herron, Gordon, Kovacs, Vinopal, Floyd, or Woolfolk would be starting next year for any team in the top half of the B10?
I admire the work these guys are putting in, and I especially like Gordon, Kovacs, and Vinopal because they seem to be playing enthusiastically despite some major disadvantages in stature and/or experience.
I expect the offense to correct a lot of the mistakes and be in the top three in the conference in things other than turnovers and yards per game, but when it comes to the defense, I see the DLine being a moderate strength (Van Bergen is a quality starter, Martin is a beast, and Roh will be probably be an above average starter if his season doesn't get wasted as badly as this one), Linebacker will be a weakness (Demens will be good, but Herron will not likely be better than average, and I don't think either of the Gordons or Kovacs can make up for the lack of another quality LB in the lineup), and the secondary will definitely be a weakness (Kovacs is smart but very limited, Vinopal seems to try hard, but I don't think he will ever have the ability to be above average, and Floyd and Woolfolk as starting CBs only inspires confidence when compared to Rogers and Avery).
I think that the offense will have to actually progress to the juggernaut we thought it would be after the first few games to actually compete with the top of the B10. I think we should realistically be expecting a .500 year next year in conference following a 4-0 start (unless ND turns a corner and we don't). Without dramatic improvement in offensive and defensive efficiency and some good luck on the injury front, I would not be surprised if next year ends at 7-5 again.
You mean, you are actually going to have a chance against MSU, OSU, Wiscy and Iowa?