I guess I missed a year somewhere: "The defense started to improve at the end of last season under defensive minded second-year head coach Gene Chizik". Since when was last year Chizik's second-year as head coach? I agree, our defense was not bad, and with a little consistancy and the ability to run the ball, or D should be good, if they can fill the empty shoe of last years seniors.
Yes, our defense was at least respectable as far as statistics go.
And our offense was just awful. It is pretty obvious that our offense needs the biggest improvement this year. In nearly every single statistic our offense was either 11th or 12th in the conference. That is not acceptable.
So what can we look forward to? I think our O-line will be a lot better this year with nearly everyone back and a lot more depth to push people. Our RBs are solid and we should be able to run the ball a lot better IMO. So... this puts the entire pressure on our passing game. If we don't have a passing game, teams will put 8 guys in the box and shut us down completely. Our entire season could depend on the arm of Austen Arnaud or Philip Bates. Because if we have a passing game, we will have a running game IMO. And if we have a passing game and a running game, then our offense should be on the field a lot.... which gives our defense time to rest. And if our defense has time to rest... they have proven to be very effective.
I'm very hopeful that guys like Jason Carlson and Sedrick Johnson can come in right away and give us some homerun threats. That would help a lot! W. Franklin can be a potential homerun guy, but he's so darn thin.
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