Heading into next year, I am very optisitic about our DL. Everyone rags on the defense this year (and rightfully so). I believe they are significantly worse than last year's defense. Statistically, they may not be as bad as 2008, but I believe 2008's defensive statistics were as much the inept offense's fault as their own.
I do think the DL is a bright spot. I see Roh adding some pounds and becoming a great player. RVB and Hulk are also going to be studs. Hopefully Big Will and Lalota will also develop and become consistent contributors.
I feel very confident that the offense is only going to get better as well.
Obvious statement of the day-So basically, Michigan needs to sure up the back 7 on defense as the major off-season point of focus. With all the young guys getting valuable playing time experience, is it unreasonable to presume they will at least become a serviceable/average group? I would also think a lack of depth may help recruiting (the possibility of early playing time may entice some big recruits?).
I have to believe there will be a significant jump in performance with another off-season, another year in GERG's system, and hopefully so more competition at each position.