I'll start with my concerns
1. the secondary - Michigan's best CB Troy Woofolk is a converted SS. JT Floyd is Michigan's second best CB and he backed up Cissoko last season. Losing Warren will definitely hurt us in games vs top WR's. I think the CB situation is shaky at best. Cam Gordon has made some noise in practice, but is a bit of an unknown until he gets some legit PT. Kovacs is a very good run support safety but struggles in coverage.
How will they respond in big games? Do you confidence in them vs ND, and teams that will test them deep?
2. special teams - specifically the kicking game. ive barely heard anything positive about the kickers from spring ball until now. im worried that the kicking game could be the difference in a couple games this season. how bad would it be for RR if Michigan put themselves in a position to win 8 games+, but blew a couple games with missed kicks.
3. running backs - you may be surprised that i singled these guys out. im not saying Michigan doesnt have talented RB's, they do, but Michigan is missing an impact RB. no, teams dont necessarily need an impact RB to win games, but in this offense its crucial to have a consistent playmaker back there.
think about the difference on the field last year when Minor played or didn't play. Minor provided a similar spark that really propelled this offense when we needed it to. i just dont see a guy that can step up and play that role yet. i know we have talented back ups, but theyre still young, and relatively inexperienced as anything other than situational players.
you cant act like losing Brandon Minor, Carlos Brown, and Kevin Grady won't have an impact.
my hopes are that the staff adds more to the passing game, because i dont think the staff can rely on any particular back like they did BMinor. an improved OL and 2nd year QB's should help as well.
What is your take and what are you concerns going into the season? What excites you about the team this season?