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#21 Hoosier_Husker

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 03:21 PM

times have changed, though.  I don't want to get into the argument about whether the option/power run offense can be successful at an elite level again, but I think the biggest issue today is recruiting. 

 

top recruits have dreams to play in the NFL, and many have been told and believe that they have a shot to do so, and many want to go to a college that will help get them there. 

 

high school kids see better weight training and nutrition and schemes and camps and 7on7 leagues, etc, etc there aren't many diamonds in the rough anymore, and with so many games being available on TV exposure isn't as much of an issue as it was before, so teams like Kentucky and Louisville will pull in their fair share of talent especially if they can offer a kid early playing time. 

 

kids want:

to play close to home

to play early

to play in a system that gets them to the NFL

to play for a winner

 

jmpo but even OL recruits these days want to play in a system that gets them NFL-ready, and they don't view the option offense as something that will help them, quite the opposite.  without a dominate OL that offense isn't going to work.  not to mention top RBs want to play in a passing or pro style offense these days since that's what would prepare them best for the NFL and no way a top WR is going to come to an option or non-pro or non-spread system

 

85 schollies is 42 per side of the ball, that's enough for a 3 deep across the board, the problem comes when you have too many busts at one position or miss on recruiting or whatever over a two year period.  this past year, NU had Knevel, Hannon, Johnson, Whitaker as Jr/Sr original scholarship OL recruits.  your juniors and seniors are supposed to be the backbone of your OL and those guys had barely played before, and barely played this past year. 

 

like it or not, the pro style offense is going to help get top recruits to Lincoln not only at the skill positions but also the OL.  there might be a little more stress on the numbers to go around, but it's better than hearing recruits say they aren't considering Neb because the offense wont get them ready for the NFL...

 

word was that one of the reasons Tyjon Lindsey decommitted from OSU and choose NU is because he felt NU's offense would better prepare him for the NFL...


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 04:05 PM

Boe Wilson

Tanner Farmer

Christian Gaylord

Jerald Foster

Nick Gates

Matt Farniok

Jalin Barnett

Michale Decker

David Knevel

John Raridon

Zach Hannon

Cole Conrad

 

Christ on a crutch -- if Cavanaugh can't get a mean, nasty O-line from that group, he should be out of a job.  Some absolute maulers in that bunch.



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Posted 19 January 2017 - 05:08 PM

I agree, and I think the staff was looking towards the future both for the program and for the kids themselves by redshirting all of the OL even when it was said multiple times that Wilson and Farniok probably could have and would have contributed this past season otherwise. 

 

I wouldn't be surprised to see Farniok become the starter at RT, and Raridon the starter at C

 

regardless NU should have a true two deep across the OL for the first time in a long time. 

 

LT - Gates, Gaylord

LG - Foster, Barnett

C - Raridon, Decker

RG - Farmer, Wilson

RT - Farniok, Conrad/Knevel

 

Hannon and Johnson are washouts who've never seen the field and I don't think Johnson has been a part of the 85 man initial fall camp roster his entire time in Lincoln he's that bad.  hopefully they both graduate and move on or go on medical.  hopefully Decker can get out of Cav's doghouse and hopefully Barnett wont eat his way out of a scholarship

 

maybe they should move Barnett to NT for the new 3-4 defense. 


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