Chuck Lidell: I paint my toenails with pink and black polish. Problem is, I get more paint on my toes and on the carpet than on my nails. Any advice? Maria Sharapova: Don't you beat up other guys for a living? I don't know how to answer this.
The first half of this season was used learning the new system, players learning the coach's expectations and coaches learning player's abilities and limitations.
Next fall we aught to be able to hit the ground running, integrate some new guys, toss in some new wrinkles and party on.
I loved Wayne and Garth, but I can't remember how Irene Ryan ended up on this list. Does anyone remember? I know who she is (which is a totally seperate story) but I mean really, what is she doing on the list???
"Politics: “Poli” a Latin word meaning “many”; and "tics" meaning “bloodsucking creatures”." ~Robin Williams
Agree that DL is a question mark. Regardless of potential talent (redshirts and incoming recruits) the fact is that none of them have seen the field yet and for that reason alone, it should be a concern. If we can find an interior d-lineman who can pressure the QB, our LB's and secondary look a whole lot better in a hurry.
Something that is often overlooked is the fact that our ENTIRE OL is returning next year. If they can stay healthy and continue to gel through the spring and summer, the skill players for the Cyclones could be in for a treat next fall.
And finally - we need players to step up and be leaders, especially with some of the seniors we're losing. I'm not sure who was the vocal leader on offense this year, but here's hoping someone steps up in spring ball.
Dline was without a doubt our worst position this year. Tuba started to come on towards the end of the year. Braaksma gave it all he could, but the guy simply wasn't a Big 12 dlineman. Hopfully Bailey Johnson and Chris Weir solidify that spot next year. NG is a huge wildcard for us. Can Frere come back and live up to the Nick Leaders comparisons, and is Jerrod Black going to be able to conribute? Is the answers there are yes, we could be in decent shape there next year. I would love to see us sign a big JUCO kid in the middle though, regardless.
Two problems that need to be addressed before success will come:
1) Team speed.
2) The ability to pressure the QB without blitzing. Continuing to allow the opponent to complete passes at a 70% clip just ain't gonna work...
I would add:
3) The ability to not only hit, but make a tackle. No one on our defense was able to lay the smack down this year. A lot of running and tugging but not much for wrapping up...unfortunately I don't see this changing next year with the inexperienced players that will be stepping on the field.
dont forget about Michael Tate who hurt his ankle before season start.. ive talked to him a few times and he is really excited to see the field, but he was also the one that told me Chizik just needs to chill sometimes
The schedule will be much more conducive to getting on a roll. Football is lot about confidence. Frankly, we will be able to score more than 17 points a game next year. We have to score to play in the Big 12.
CFH HMagic bball season.
Let my fred's Four Horsemen ride.
I think the key for 2008 is ball control and red zone scoring. I believe ISU was near the top of the big 12 in keeping the ball on offense and chewing clock. If we can repeat that and get into the end zone a little more often once we hit the red zone that will really help our defense.
I think our safety play needs improved greatly. It seemed like James Smith would get burned a lot. Chuck Reid on the call-in show after the Mizzou game that the safety play is one of our weakest positions. (Kicker as well)
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