The new video inspired me to get this out today.
Let's talk Offense!
I'll start at what most people are questioning about our O. The WRs. Shun Brown plays the slot, but is a reciever either way. He is Mr Excitement when he has the ball. Zach Benjamin is a guy that should have played last year but did not. We have him for one year and he has excellent hands and some nice size on the outside. His routes are clean as well. Shawn Poindexter is another tall reciever on the outside and shoul provide us with some nice jump ball receptions this year. Cam Denson has never lived up to the hype and his hands are not always a sure thing, but being his senior year maybe he will find his niche in the O. He certainly has the speed to do big things if he gets the ball. Cedric Peterson looks to be a promising young receiver and should see the rotation often as well as Tony Ellison who has been hurt more than healthy the last two years.
Now for the new comers I like DeVaughn Cooper to work his way into a heavier roll and maybe even get the starting nod at some point. He has the ability to make some noise this year. The second best receiver in the spring game was not even a receiver, but punter Matt Aragon. He has size and looked pretty good out there. Maybe he will see some time as well. The real new guys: Drew Dixon, and Brian Casteel are both capable of breaking into the line up. Drew with his size and ability could be a nice mismatch for most DBs. Brian is just a solid get period and will be better than many expect.
I will include the TEs now because the two newest ones can also line up on the outside some as well. Both Bryce's can contribute immediately in more ways than one. If they get the chance. Trevkr Wood is the senior and Jamie Nunley will surprise as soon as he sees the field. i do not see the receivers as a weakness or even a question. The big question is if the QB can get them the ball. That did not happen very often last year and has to change right away this year.
Talking about getting the ball to the recievers. Dawkins has been in the lead all along here, but Tate is looking much more comfortable in the scheme now and shoukd challenge for sone time. The QBs should have more time and more weapons this year so the pressure should be off their shoulders a little. Dawkins has the athletic ability to be a star, but has not been able to make good decisions based on his failures to read the D. Tate has about the same storyline except he has had less time to prove himself. Why can they not read? Partly because of the understanding of our own scheme, partly because they were under distress on nearly every play last season and had no time to read or anything else, and then there were not enough other weapons to keep the opponents honest on D. Look for a slimmed down playbook this year to help simplify the system. I would think more of the style we used with Denker under C. Denker understood the D and could read the plays, but did not have the big arm to make plays down field. The paly book adjusted for him to use his legs to buy time and use the quicker out routes and wheel routes with the run option to spread the field. I personally think by tayloring the O to the strengths of these two QBs we can have a successful season this year.
RBs: We kniw what we have in Wilson and as long as he can stay healthy he will play. However he may not start either way. With Brown as Mr Excitement, Taylor is closer to a mix of the flash and superman. Just a pure pleasure to watch play. Any given play could be the next play on sportscenter POD. Lots of people are playing the injury up, hut he has never been injury prone and is definitely the best player on our team. I will mention Green here because with all the critical talk of this young man he showed something last year. He has the ability to power run and get off the tackles for extra yardage. He found the endzone several times after going through 3 or more defenders. We also have anothe would be stud in freshman Nathan Tilford. I know he wants to play but I hope he can be patient enough stick around a few years beyond his first. He has too much talent to not see the field, but look at who is in front of him this year. The run game should be spectacular this year giving us the extra weapons to take the pressure off the QBs. The O should be close to your typical RR O, scoring in the 40's regularly.
To what may be the actual strongest unit on the team. The OL is loaded. Not deep, but loaded. The 2 deep is outstanding but nithing beyond that. That could be scary if injuries start to build up, but if we can some how avoid that bug the run game should be top 10 in the nation. The pass protection should be much improved as well having quality OL and backs in the back field to pick up blitz's should give us plenty of time to try to make a read before getting hit.
The kicking game: having a guy that can hit from 60 yards is a huge plus if we happen to stagger along the way.
The return game: staying healthy so we can keep our regular ST players playing ST should help with our field position.