I'll go w/ Boise St. If they go undefeated, which I think is totally plausible, I could see them sneaking in as the #4 seed.
Yes and here are my reasons:
1. 4 out of 5 returning offensive linemen. They started to gel after the VaTech game and became one of the best O-Lines in the country. I expect us to be even better than we were last year.
2. QB play. It doesn't matter who you put in- we are stacked. And if it's Cardale or JT, you have to assume they will be much better after a year under their belt.
3. A healthy Zeke
4. Even more speed at the H/WR positions
5. LB play will be stellar once again. Add Booker and Conner and possibly Hilliard and we'll have two strong units at LB
6. Safety play. Powell and Bell are probably one of the best tandems we have had in a long time. And oh yeah, that Erick Smith kid is kinda good.
8. A new kickoff specialists. Don't have to worry about Clinton kicking it out of bounds.
9. Redshirts step up: Hubbard, Lattimore, McLaurin, Campbell, Slade, etc. If they can chip in and help out, then it's gravy.
10. We got Urban!
Is that a Ryan Hamby related comment? Haha...nice.
“If you look at our success last year, even the inside run game to Zeke was created by the threat of the outside,” he said. “You’re going to have to defend the box and if you defend the box with Jalin and Dontre and some of those cats out there, there’s a nice match.”
lol...good luck to any defense trying to stop our O.
You would think with his size and his experience in GaTech's offense that he would at least be a beast in run blocking. He seems lost when he is out there. Hope he can turn it around.
I'm so glad DJ Barnes released our DJ. Welcome home!!!
Tell DJ Barnes to give us back DJ Byrnes!!!!
Flips under Urban:
H: Dontre Wilson (Oregon) : still have faith in Dontre
WR: Corey Smith (Mississippi St); dangerous blocker, if he can hold on to the ball he could be a top WR this year
WR: Alex Stump (Kentucky); probably a redshirt this year
RB: Mike Weber (Michigan); will get the chance to compete for 2nd or 3rd string behind Zeke
OT: Kevin Feder (Miami,FL); has the potential to be a stud
OT: Kyle Dodson (Wisconsin); injury ended his career
OT: Taylor Decker (Notre Dame); future 1st round pick
OT: Brady Taylor (Va Tech); could see time in the two-deep this year
OT: Brandon Bowen (Utah); probably a redshirt this year
OT: Joey O'Connor (Penn State); transferred to Colorado State
OG: Demetrius Knox (Texas); hurt but hopeful Meechy will see time in the two-deep
OG: Mirko Jurkovic, Jr (Nebraska); probably will redshirt this year
DE: Sam Hubbard (Notre Dame- lacrosse); has all the tools to be a stud, will see a lot of action this year
DE: Se'Von Pittman (Michigan State); transferred
DE: Darius Slade (Michigan State); will see playing time this year
DT: Da'Von Hamilton (Kentucky); probably a redshirt this year
DT: Rob Landers (West Virginia); probably a redshirt this year
DT: Tommy Schutt (Penn State); will probably start alongside Diesel
LB: Jerome Baker (Florida); very excited about him, could be in the two-deep depth chart
DB: Damon Arnette (South Carolina); will probably redshirt this year or will play special teams
DB: Joshua Norwood (Cincy); will probably redshirt this year or will play special teams
CB: Gareon Conley (Michigan); could be a starter opposite of Eli Apple this year
That's a lot of flips. Am I missing anyone?
EDITED: added Norwood, Jurkovic Jr., & Taylor
I think Feder is going to be a STUD. I think he has the potential to be the force that Dan Skipper has been at Arkansas. If he takes to Warriner's coaching, he could be a NFL 1st rounder. I know that is a lot of hype for a kid who hasn't even played a down, but he has all the tools to be a monster at OT.
Sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Outside of the TE position, I am very concerned about the depth we have at the CB spot.
Am I the only one who still believes Dontre is going to see the light and just explode? He has a good ypc and if he can continue to get stronger, it's just a matter of time before the lightbulb goes off...
Barring injury (knock on wood), I expect Zeke to eclipse the 2,000 yard mark this season. The Slobs are gonna be better than ever. I like Noah Brown filling in for Evan Spencer re: blocking and I think by adding Parris Campbell + Terry McLaurin, our speed on the edge is gonna be out of this world, forcing defenders out of the box.
Blacksburg can't come soon enough...Let's do this!!!!
Oh boy do I hope he gets better. Tendinitis in the knees can be the death knell for some athletes. If he can stay healthy, Dixon can be a stud. Really like his game. Kinda reminds me of a Santonio Holmes-type of a receiver.
Despite his Texas residency, I still have to go with Pete's.
49ers fan. Either WR DeVante Parker or Kevin White. Would love the 49ers to draft DT Michael Bennett in the 2nd round. I think Bennett could thrive in a 3-4 defense.
Now I am so hungry for that meatloaf at Cap City.
Little worried about our depth at TE. Really need Baugh to step up and take that #2 position by the horns. Hopefully AJ Alexander and/or Rashad Berry will be available to provide us with a legitimate #3 heading into our game in Blacksburg.
Let's do it! I'm down. I can offer a case of Natty Light for the party. lol.
Great work once again, Birm. Thanks for your response re: WRs.
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