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The main questions about next year's offense will probably be
Will the offensive line be as good ? Zack Martin ( I assume that he is back, I haven't heard anything about him leaving early) , Watt, and Lombard return. Golic's position will go to one of the young guys, probably Nick Martin. The concern is a new center. I read on another post that Hegarty is injured. If so, please inform me because I did not know that he was hurt, if he is injured. The offensive line should have enough bodies to be good, but we may be weaker at center and if we are, it is a big deal in terms of the line being as good.
Will anybody give us the quality runs as Riddick did and will we have a i-2 punch as good as Riddick and Wood ? ( I think that Wood goes, leaving only GA and Carlisle with experience
and McDaniel )
How good will the receiving corp be without a playmaker like Eifert ? ( Many fans will think Daniels, but it remains to be seen ) Also, don't underestimate Toma's importance.
On the plus side, the return of an experienced QB should make a huge difference.
So how do you compare next year's offense with this years ? What is your opinion ?
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We will be much better!
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Better. Assuming Zack is back, O-line will be better with a year's experience with Hiestand. Center, of course, is always a critical position, so, with Hegarty's injury, that's the one question mark. WR's should be better with experience. Someone will surprise. Maybe Neal. RB's and tight end will drop off, unless there's a surprise development. However, that's to be expected when you have the best TE graduating (sorry Coaches' All-American team - you were wrong) and one of the best 1-2 punches at RB moving on. Plenty of potential behind them, so while it's a drop off, it should not be a concern. The biggest upgrade, however, should be QB. Golson is still figuring it out. He's only going to get better, and with his natural gifts, that's a scary thought for the opposition.
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Much much better. ND reloads at TE and RB every year. Only ? is C.
We may not be able to run the ball with as much consistency next year, but they'll still be liable to break the big ones and put up good numbers.
However, the passing game should be much improved as Golson starts to understand this offense. He appeared to be a bit of a slow learner but once he gets it, I think his production will increase.
Oline worries me a bit, but hey, that's why they bring in these big time recruits and pay these coaches, right? Restock, reload.
It all starts with the QB. Golson and BK are coming together, and we all know how dangerous BK's offense can be with the right QB. Golson has to stay healthy, learn to slide.
The line is analyzed pretty good above.
RB -- I think we will be good.
Need to replace Theo's threat catching the ball from the backfield. Great twist to the offense, and great way to get the ball in his hands. I can't say who would be able to step up in that role.
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Why don't we wait til we know who is coming before we try and figure this out. Running back is definitely a spot that a great frosh can contribute right away. We have never seen Mahone at a college level. I think if the line is good we will be fine and I have confidence that we will have a solid center whoever that maybe by the start of the season and one who will grow as the season moves on. I do think we could be better next year and not go undefeated because going undefeated is a rare thing.
I believe there are many possible answers at Center, and once it plays out, we will actually be quite deep there. Heggarty was being groomed to follow Cave, I believe, so we will watch his recovery. Mark Harrell is coming in behind him. I think both Nick Martin and Conor Hanratty could play Center; we will see if either gets snaps during the Spring. And I believe one of those stud recruits is being projected as a possible Center, perhaps Montelus or Elmer?
Nicklas and Koyack and Welch and Huermann, oh my! That sounds pretty solid at TE. The many young receivers from Daniels to Brown to Ferguson to Neal to the recruits look to be upgrades on the receivers graduating like Goodman and Toma.
I love the way Theo stepped up to be a man running the ball this year, but he clearly stepped up from his prior year's performance. Much like Jonas Gray did last year (until his injury). Carlisle and GA and even McDaniel and Mahone have a lot of talent, and one or more will seize the opportunity. And the latest recruiting prospects sound like the type that could play early.
I thought this offense was a year away this year, and the early progress only leads me to believe that they will be that much better next year.
Anything is possible, but counting on not experiencing some drop off from the best tight end in the country, a 5th year senior at the anchor position of the OL, and two senior RB's who were primarily responsible for the team racking up over two hundred yards on the ground, per game, most of the season, is a bit more optimism than I can muster, even in the midst of the phenomenal season. At the least, those are questions that need to be answered, but clearly there is plenty of talent in the wings, and even an unknown or two from a strong recruiting class, which hasn't even been finalized, that suggests this is nothing to lose sleep over. After all, there was quite a bit of hyperventilation around here in pre-season about the cornerback situation, and that turned out just fine. Bottom line is that we don't know what we will have until they blow the whistle, but we do know who we won't have.
It's college. Teams replace starters every year. ND has replaced TE after TE year after year with no drop off. Same goes for RB. RB is a position that young players across the country step in and don't miss a beat. It's probably one of the easiest positions to make an impact as a freshman or first year starter. Keep in mind ND has plenty of talent at these respective positions. TE- Niklas, Koyak, Welch, Huerman. RB- GA3, Carlisle, Mahone, McDaniel and a possible late addition of Bryant or Folston. I also think we see even more spread next season with a little less 2 TE sets, especially with all the WR's we have and a QB with more experience.
ah, excuse me, but it all starts with BK. we will be better next year because kelly finally "got it" this year. as soon as i saw the OL coming out of the 3-point instead of the stand-up 2, i knew kelly knew the changes he had to make. i have no worries over the OL or the RB's, it's either the next man in or all (including us) of the recruiters got it wrong. along with a very tough and agressive defense, the power running attack and a staple ID of ND football is back.
as my sig sez, Run the ball, stop the run. You win, or lose, up front........
Run the ball.
Stop the run.
You win, or lose, up front.
I think your kind of dreaming if you think BK is going to maintain a "ground and pound" strategy. His offense does not call for it, his offenses have all been explosive and faster paced. It all comes down to Golson and the receiving core becoming more experienced and we will be back to it. To go along with the stingy defense! That part won't change
Offense will be better... Defense will be worse... I expect ND to win 11 games and get to a BCS game
I think CBK realized his high powered GAS offense doesnt work as well against real competition.
I see no way that our defense is worse next year. Our secondary will be lightyears better with all the experience they gained this year. Our D-Line will be dominant again and better, and we return 3 out of 4 LB's, all of which will be better. How does that equal worse?
Much better due to the continued maturation of Everett Golson. Especially if guys that are expected to return like Z-Mart and Watt return. As of now I will base this on the fact I believe Cierre Wood is headed to the NFL draft(right or wrong)
Here would be the early projected depth chart:
QB - Golson
RB - Amir Carlisle
WR - Davaris Daniels
WR - TJ Jones
WR - Davonte Neal
TE - Troy Niklas
LT - Zack Martin
LG - Chris Watt
C - Hegarty(for now until official confirmation on his health)
RG - Nick Martin
RT - Christian Lombard
If Hegarty is out I would project the OL as the following:
LT - Zack Martin
LG - Chris Watt
C - Nick Martin
RG - Christian Lombard
RT - Ronnie Stanley
If Zack Martin were to leave for the NFL and Hegarty were out I would project that Ronnie Stanley is at LT a year earlier than expected and we may see Steve Elmer at RT a year earlier than anticipated. I wouldn't feel as strongly about this OL obviously but it's still a talented unit but very inexperienced.
No he is just playing to our strengths this year..he's said it more than once. When the talent and experience is in place on offense to mirror our salty defense, his offensive game plan will return full force.
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