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Improve - WR. We don't graduate any, and everyone returns with an extra year of experience. This obviously relies on the hope that they work on fundamentals over the summer. As the season has gone on, they have gotten better. I look for them to step up and make some plays because our running game will be a question next year.
Regress - RB. Bell has been our entire offense. The staff's complete reliance on Bell basically means that we're going to be starting essentially 3 new RBs. Nick Hill has very limited experience. The rest are unproven: Horne, Tompkins, and probably true freshman Holmes as a powerback. If the OL is not considerably better than this year, our run game is going to stink. The only benefit I can see here is that we have bigger chances of breaking a big run if there holes are there. Bell's no speedster.
This post was edited by CORNER BLITZ 17 months ago
Behold the walls of Sparta: 10000 men and every one a brick.
Improve- WR (so much youth and potential)
Regress- RB (assuming Bell leaves) or TE (if Sims leaves)
Rogue Leader= Obese coward who didn't attend MSU and has no college degree
Improve - The passing game as a whole. Let's hope that Maxwell doesn't get injured again this spring, so he can get as much work in as possible with these receivers. Burbridge showed flashes of brilliance this season, he'll be even better next. Lippett and Mumphery made some great plays as well (Mumphery's TD against OSU was awesome!)
Regress - Depends on who leaves, honestly. We're without the ridiculous TE depth that we've enjoyed for the past few seasons, losing Sims would make that worse. Losing Bell would make the RB situation into a gigantic question mark.
Defense should hold steady and continue to kick ass.
tRCMB - Visit at your own risk of being disgusted.
Regress: Man, maybe RBs in that no one will do all that Bell did, but it's going to be hard to be worse than 140 ypg on the ground. Can't see the OL being worse with Fonoti and Jackson returning, and same with the WR/QB. LBs and DBs should be fine.
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
OL and WR has no where to go but up. RB depends on the OL, QB depends on the OL and WR.
J5 had a rough start, but I think we'll miss him. DL and LBs should improve.
Improve: OL & WR With as many guys as they have returning in both units with experience unless something terrible happens I do not see how they can not improve.
Regress: RB & K This has more to do with uncertainty than anything else. Assuming Bell leaves plus with Conroy graduating there's no way to truly know how good or bad each position will be until the new players see game action.
Rocky you are such a positive guy! Even your Regress category is full o' sunshine!
If the O-Line doesn't make major strides then expect more of the same. I still believe in Dantonio, but the fact remains that the Offensive Line he inherited from JLS was the best one we have seen during his tenure.
Hah, it's based on some logic. The big problem areas have a lot of exp coming back and areas where MSU is losing people are spots where the staff has shown it can replace guys.
Also I think the running back position is perhaps the "easiest" to contribute early at. State has some real potential with Tompkins, Holmes, Shelton and with Hill returning as an all purpose guy.
"losing Caleb Benenoch is a blow that Dantonio will never recover from. Izzo has lost it as well. Hoke and Beilein own the state."
Improve WR, QB
Stay the same OL, DL, LB, Secondary
Regress RB if Bell leaves.
8-4 9-3 type team
If OL stays the same we will go 6-6 again.Just getting Jackson and Fou back will improve it by default.
Even if OL stays the same, you can (reasonably) expect both the QB and WRs to be better. Running game will take a hit though but being able to keep defenses honest through the air will open some lanes. Right now people have no fear of stacking the box.
Roushart and a completely new running game sans Bell...oh god, I just threw up in my mouth!
Running game will take a severe step back. I'm thinking worse than 2009. And I have no faith our o-line can stay healthy. They never do.
WRs should be dramatically improved. In fact, I think they're pretty good right now.
This post was edited by JEK 17 months ago
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WRs have gotten a lot better over the year. Unfortunately the OL hasn't. WRs could be pretty damn good by next year. The talent is there, gotta put it all together in the head.
offensive line will be good next year.( no, seriously, they will be.)
This post was edited by riflefl21918 17 months ago
Regress- o-line. Same shitty coaching and players
Improve - not the offense, I'll say the Safeties??
Regress - Missionary
Improve - Anal
"On 4th and inches I'll take the whiskey drinkers over the milk drinkers any day"
Our running game can't get any worse. Regress will be our CB's by far. Adams leaving is a big deal.
Last week was the 11th game of the season coming off a week and they still couldn't execute when it mattered the most. I didn't see improvement from any group to make me feel they can bounce back.
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