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    Re: Monday Musings: Position-by-position spring recap

    While I'm just as high on Jeremiah George as you are, I think he has a better chance of being 1st team All-BigXII if the D-Line greatly exceeds expectations. If not, he's another Ace Bowen, racking up tackles for a horrible defense, and a 2nd team linebacker.

    IMO, if the D-Line can be competent, then we may have a league average defense and he will be a candidate for the 1st team.



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    Re: Monday Musings: Position-by-position spring recap

    I think if our dline can just hold their own, we have a pretty darn good defense. George will be good. Our secondary should be really good with three senior starters.



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    Re: Monday Musings: Position-by-position spring recap

    The d-line needs to get to the level they were at last year. If they can do that and the number one defense stays injury free, specifically the linebackers, (knock on wood) I see this as the best defense yet under Rhoads. I also think the defense might struggle some early, but I wouldn't be surprised to see them as a top 3 defense in the league by the end of the year.



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    Re: Monday Musings: Position-by-position spring recap

    I like your point about the WR. We might not need 5 stellar WR with all of the talent at RB and TE. Bibbs and Brun are bad matchups for most defenses and we seem talented and DEEP at RB. If Bundrage can be the go to, West be the speedy/shifty slot guy and one from Gary/Ecby/Daley/Coleman can be the other outside guy the offense should be able to move the ball.

    CW pointed out the biggest questions are up front on both sides of the ball. We HAVE to get better production from the Oline to take a step on offense, I really think the other pieces are there. We just need lanes in the running game and time in the passing game.

    I'm not counting out the Dline. I dont think they will be quite a good as previous years but I didnt think that last year and they were a pleasant suprise.

    Either way to make the progress that we all want to see the offense has to produce at a higher level.


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    Re: Monday Musings: Position-by-position spring recap

    Robert Standard had a terrific run to the goal line. He may be in the mix.


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    Re: Monday Musings: Position-by-position spring recap

    Is it out of the realm of possibility to see something like Woody and White in the backfield and Johnson/Wimberly/Nealy in the slot with Bundrage and another WR?

    EDIT: Holy crap, I totally left out the TE's... Mondays, I tell ya.


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    Re: Monday Musings: Position-by-position spring recap

    Our offensive skill positions are looking up in the future, though QB play still worries me. Your point about the defensive knowing what could be coming definitely has some effect on that though. That's what I got from the Spring Game. Deep stuff, I know.



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    Re: Monday Musings: Position-by-position spring recap

    Nice article, Chris. Still, kind of surprised you thought Netten had the stronger leg of the two kickers--he's the one who couldn't get the ball there on the 50-yarder.




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    Re: Monday Musings: Position-by-position spring recap

    Quote Originally Posted by Luth4Cy View Post
    The d-line needs to get to the level they were at last year. If they can do that and the number one defense stays injury free, specifically the linebackers, (knock on wood) I see this as the best defense yet under Rhoads. I also think the defense might struggle some early, but I wouldn't be surprised to see them as a top 3 defense in the league by the end of the year.
    I love your optimism, but I don't see how this defense is going to be better than it has been in recent years and our best under Rhoads, given our inexperience and youth in the Front 7, especially in comparison to who we have graduated there. I'll just be happy if we don't have a significant dropoff from what we are used to. Our D has been very salty and has carried our team since Rhoads and Wally have been here.



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    Re: Monday Musings: Position-by-position spring recap

    Quote Originally Posted by westlbcyclone View Post
    Is it out of the realm of possibility to see something like Woody and White in the backfield and Johnson/Wimberly/Nealy in the slot with Bundrage and another WR?

    EDIT: Holy crap, I totally left out the TE's... Mondays, I tell ya.
    There may be some sort of combination used in the backfield and in the slot. You could add in the fact that Nealy and Wimberly are capable and dangerous anywhere on the field including split out wide to Chris' thought about only needing one or 2 more guys to step up on the outside.

    Weapons need to see the ball in their hands regardless of where they stand on the field.



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    Re: Monday Musings: Position-by-position spring recap

    Real Nice Job Chris of breaking down the Spring Game.


    I think we can have another winning season and keep our momentum going toward the top half of the big 12 conference.

    Thanks and keep up the good work Chris.



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    Re: Monday Musings: Position-by-position spring recap

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneIce View Post
    I love your optimism, but I don't see how this defense is going to be better than it has been in recent years and our best under Rhoads, given our inexperience and youth in the Front 7, especially in comparison to who we have graduated there. I'll just be happy if we don't have a significant dropoff from what we are used to. Our D has been very salty and has carried our team since Rhoads and Wally have been here.
    I think that it can be better than it was late in the season after Jake Knott and Jansen Watson were hurt...




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    Re: Monday Musings: Position-by-position spring recap

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneIce View Post
    I love your optimism, but I don't see how this defense is going to be better than it has been in recent years and our best under Rhoads, given our inexperience and youth in the Front 7, especially in comparison to who we have graduated there. I'll just be happy if we don't have a significant dropoff from what we are used to. Our D has been very salty and has carried our team since Rhoads and Wally have been here.
    For me it's all about the talent on the team. It certainly is a defense without a lot of experience, but up it is by far the most talented one he's had so far and I think they will mature quickly once the season starts.

    To borrow a quote from John Wooden, "I'd rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent."




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    Re: Monday Musings: Position-by-position spring recap

    The offense has the potential to be VERY good, I hope it happens this year... But at worst in two years this same core will be near the top in the Big12. Rohach(or Richardson) Q, Daley, Nealy among others... There's some real good talent.



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