Okay, so I'm going to make some time for this. Matt at Crimson and Cream Machine put up a spring roundtable, so here are my answers....
1. Who are some of the new faces that emerged in the spring who could be serious playmakers for your team this fall?
What, you mean Bo Williams? I don't know if we saw any real standout performances that came out of nowhere during the Spring. I did see some nice play out of Chris Singleton, and there is hope that he could team up with Allen Bell to form a talented cornerback duo. Both guys ooze with potential, but both need to figure out a way to get some big plays going.
2. What is your biggest concern following the spring?
The offense looked bad during the spring game, but apparently had been doing well during the previous practices. The inside defensive line and the outside linebackers till worry me because I don't know what we have there. That and special teams. Always special teams.
3. Any major changes (philosophy, coaching or personnel) that you are concerned about?
Not a whole lot of turnover. I'm interested to see how integrating the no-huddle into our offense will work, especially in loud road environments. The integration of the option into the offense will also probably provide for some early mishaps.
4. Looking over the 2008 schedule which home and away game are you most concerned about?
As far as home games go, the one that concerns me the most is Kent State, if for no other reason than it will set the early tone for the season. We really should handle SDSU, but a close game or loss to Kent State would likely spell bad news, while a big win could build momentum.
On the road, the UNLV game has the same effect. We could legitimately be 3-0 or 1-2 heading into Las Vegas. Gene Chizik may not even have a road win yet. The Rebs are still pissed about something, I think. The nonconference slate is very important this year if we're legitimately thinking postseason.
5. Time for your way too early predictions (Yes, you can change them in August). Rank how you see your division finishing up this coming season.
- Iowa State
- Kansas State
Mizzou is clearly the class of the North. Colorado could as easily finish in second or fifth. They were a weird team last year. Kansas State certainly didn't look impressive last year...