Well, it’s finally here. Game week. The season will be gone before we know it, so let’s enjoy each day of it.
Some random thoughts we ponder week one of the season…
1) Eddie Lacy’s health concerns me. We would’ve been discussing his toe anyway, but him getting banged up in fall camp definitely wasn’t in the plan. If he’s not fully mended, I guess the questions will be how much can he play and how effective will he be? If he’s not at 100%, is some combination of T.J. Yeldon and Dee Hart ready to shoulder the load? Yeldon and Hart will be great players, but I’m a little nervous about throwing them to the Wolverines to start the season.
2) From Sammy Watkins to Reese Dismuke, coaches across the country have had ample opportunity to hand out discipline this off season. In the Watkins and Dismuke cases, their coaches decided to sit them to start the season. Unfortunately, they’ve set the bar this year for punishment, especially for season-opening suspensions. Brady Hoke is now on the clock regarding Fitz Toussaint. The college football world will be watching to see what kind of message is sent by Hoke.
3) How concerned should we be about Amari Cooper’s health? Should we be excited that a true freshman arrives on campus and becomes one of our top two targets? Or should we be disappointed that a true freshman could leap frog our returning receivers?
4) Defensively, I’m looking forward to seeing Adrian Hubbard (SLB), Xzavier Dickson (Jack) and Ed Stinson (DE) play. These guys are talented, but are filling some big shoes (Dont’a Hightower, Courtney Upshaw and Jesse Williams).
5) But defensively, I’m most concerned about corners. Can Dee Milliner and Deion Belue replace Dre Kirkpatrick and Dequan Menzie? Good question.
6) I’m not, however, concerned about our safeties. I’m looking for big things from Robert Lester and Vinnie Sunseri.
7) I’m also pretty excited about the linebacking crew. It sounds like Nico Johnson is turning into the leader of the unit. C.J. Moseley is a junior with a ton of athleticism and experience. Trey DePriest could be an all-conference contender by season’s end.