Eh, average review. Likely giving us more credit than most, but certainly not considering all of the factors from just injury to actually losing a player at a key position (C) to death. The emotional stability of the team was always in flux before the big injuries started. Arizona had a snowball effect from there. While they struggled against BYU and Grambling, they held it close to Washington. Then the injuries took a huge toll on the entire team. Top that with terrible ST play and the field possession seemed to always be at the worst place and time.
I have more thoughts on the team, but will just point out a few reasons for my optimistic views.
1. OL strength given in article does not include the fact that potentially the best OL player we have did RS last year, as well as a couple others also RS. While the overall depth is thin, we have potentially 11 starter quality players up front.
2. When descussing the run game the QBs are a definite factor.
3. Receivers are as bare as we look. The issue last year was sparse protection and injuries to all of our QBs. There was nobody healthy and no time to find the receivers down field.
4. Most of the ST starters are the 2nd team players. Due to injury, our 2nd team players were starting and we were playing 3rd, 4th, and walk on players on ST. Not a good situation.
5. Perhaps our best potential CBs are RS from last year. The S is full of young talented players. DBs should be improved but young. Also the retrun of Yates to the DBs coach.
6. We have not had a real healthy LB corps for several years now and even though they have a nearly total turnover, the new LB coach and young talent should be an improvement by conference play.
7. DL was also thin and small. Adding size and being healthy will be a nice change. Having the 4th guy down and committed to the up front push will pay dividends.
Just a few thoughts but we will need to avoid the injuries to achieve the most from this team.