The Cubs definitely look like the team to beat right now. From their offense, to the starting pitching, to the bullpen, solid all around. The Rangers get Darvish back in the next month, so that should help them with another quality arm. Holland returning to form after a few injured/down years will hep, Griffin is pitching well for the first time in years, and a solid Hamels will help round out a decent rotation. A lot of question marks around all of them though.
Damn.. Sorry to hear. Get well, Stephen!
Haskins went from hoping to come in and compete for the backup QB position, to being one JT/Burrow injury away from being the backup by default. Weird, how this time last year we were talking about going into the season with 7 scholarship QB (before Braxton and Gibson changed positions) to going into this season starting with just 3 healthy ones.
That's weird, I thought Andrew did an article today (and another on Sunday) with just this topic. Was there no comment section on that article?
They definitely recruited him as a corner, and that's his preferred position to play. I'm only thinking this year, he might have a better shot at seeing playing time at Safety (if Smith and Burrows aren't healthy) or Nickel.
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That's what I remember as well. I also believe that Jordan Fuller will see the field this year, and he has been interviewed recently and said that he would do whatever that took, and knew that might mean some safety.
Depth, health, and experience at Safety were a concern going into Spring practice. With the emergence of Hooker, and the addition of Webb and EGW to the room, hopefully the depth is in a good spot. Experience will come, and now that both Burrows and Smith are about six months removed from their injuries (and getting healthy), hopefully the health will be in a good spot come fall camp and the start of the season.
I also wouldn't be surprised to see at least one (maybe two) of the incoming freshman work with safeties to provide some additional depth.
This was on BTN website yesterday. Sounds like there is a good chance that at the very least, the ban on camps could be 'tabled' for another year while they decide if they actually want to ban them. In the mean time, they wouldn't be against any rules to do them this summer.
Saw this just now..
As far as replacing talent, the only schools that can do it right now like we can are Bama, LSU, and FSU. Us, along with those three, have a 4-year average recruiting rank in the top-5. I think we'll be fine.
As for Michigan State, Dino's success has much more been in the development of their players with recruiting classes ranked in the 20s and 30s. I don't think they have the 'instant impact' type of recruits like the top classes get year in and year out. Therefore, I think we might see more development this year, and perhaps a 9 or 10 win season is more likely than an 11+ and BIG title run. Time will tell.
Sparty has a 4-year run in recruiting of 35, 25, 22, and 22 in the past four years, for an average class rank of 26.
With three spots locked up on the O-line (Elflein, Price, and Jones), who do you think will end up at the other two come September 3rd? Not necessarily who the favorites are, but who you (either Birm and/or Eric) thinks will actually be starting.
On the topic of the line starting spots.. on the defensive side, it's safe to assume that the 4 favorites (and perhaps most likely) to start on September 3rd are Hubbard, Hill, Sprinkle, and Lewis. What are the odds that somebody cracks into the starting line up that isn't one of those 4? If so, who?
There are a lot of things in recruiting that I wish weren't they way they are currently: committing/decommitting/flipping, non committable offers, grayshirting, super early commitments and super late commitments. All make for an interesting and sometimes dramatic ride should you choose to follow recruiting too closely or with too much emotion. I enjoy following it, since there is so much readily available information (thanks to Birm and the Hurry Up), but I don't invest too much into it all until they are signed and we get a BKAB/Inked piece about the guy.
If he doesn't end up in this class, that would be 3 for 3 on the National Championship commitments NOT ending up actually going to Ohio State.. All from outside the state of Ohio. Shocker.
All that being said, as long as Urban is in charge of this program, we'll do alright in recruiting no matter what happens.
Well the obvious one for me is Texas. Grew up here, older brother went there, and my wife's (and her family) favorite team. Besides them, I ended up getting my degree from Texas State, but I graduated almost 10 years ago and have only been down there for maybe 3 football games since (and I live less than an hour away).
I, like many, can't stand the SEC. But I find myself not rooting against LSU often. Over the past decade or so, I have met tons of folks who I now call friends that are from Louisiana and/or went to LSU. All are great people.
Coaching at the level that he and Urban are coaching at wears on a man. I think about it, and it will be 14 more years before Urban is that age and I wonder if he can do what he does at that level for that long? It's a lot different these days on coaches, as opposed to back in the day when you could go 20+ years at the highest level.
When Saban was Urban Meyer's age he had 0 national championships and a 69-36 record as a head coach. Urban is currently 153-27 with three national titles as head coach.
His first National Championship was the 2003 season at LSU, when he was 52. Urban is currently 51. Whenever I see Urban's head coaching record I smile and laugh at the same time. Simply amazing.
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Already have the DVR set. Looking forward to it.
Solid read. Thanks for the share, Navy. I'll be rooting for them to knock of the Tar Heels tonight.
Tulsa will have a little bit more of a stable foundation – but the Golden Hurricane really weren't that good to begin with. Very suspect defensively.
And they lost their OC, as he came to Texas to hopefully save Charlie Strong's job.
Solid write-up, Phi. I am guessing you have been reading through articles, spring practice reports, and perhaps an OU message board for some of the intel? Wonder if we will get a Sooner fan like Hokie Pro to join us and banter back-and-forth a bit this year. I know a few OU fans down here, so it should be a fun couple of years with this series. We've already started planning our weekend trip up there for the game this year!
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But I'm wondering if we might not be trying to convert a couple of DEs to tackles
And Dre'Mont and Jashon were the two that were typically mentioned. They have the frame to add the needed weight to move inside, and I like the idea especially if they can keep the speed/quickness from the DE position.
With Hooker looking so good - at least, it looks like one safety spot may be solidifying
Agreed. And if Smith and Burrows come back healthy, and Webb gets the feel for the position, we are already looking better at that position than we did coming into spring practice.
Over 10 months till Signing Day..
It's going to be Dallas at No. 4, isn't it? I think I'm going to be sick.
Unlikely. they just signed Alfred Morris. If either Zeke or Bosa go to the Cowboys, I'm gonna be pissed. We hate the Cowboys in our family.