agree on practice. the kids who actually need the practice time are either hurt (backups, frosh, etc like JUCO LB Honas, but also players like CJ Smith, CamRon Jones, WIldeman, Jurgens, Rogers, etc) and there's really no point, imo, to a bunch more practices with the departing seniors. again, it would have been nice to send the seniors off with a bowl game, but this team also didn't have a bye week and is banged up (as are most or all teams this time of year) and probably need some time off. personally I don't see the point in more practice reps for D Young at LB, 3 seniors at safety, etc. we need backups like Raridon, Hixon, little Farniok etc getting reps on the OL. and what about RB? Mo Washington is banged up, Oz and Wilbon are seniors and Bradley is in the doghouse or out of shape due to dealing with some family/personal issues, and Miles Jones is out after surgery. there's going to be 3 or more new faces at RB by the start of fall camp, so three more weeks with the guys on the roster now isn't going to do much for the overall offensive development imo. and with the early enrollees and JUCOs, this team will look different in the spring than it does now.
this staff is still catching up from being behind in recruiting, these next few weeks will be their chance to get caught up and then get ahead a little bit. 2019 class needs to round out as best as possible due to the high numbers of kids they'll take (I've heard as high as 30) and because of how dire the needs are at several positions across the roster for both depth and starting talent. (plus the schedule is very favorable next season and NU should be able to make a nice run if they can plug some holes/gaps this offseason)
we're going to see a few more players leave in the offseason, and I wouldn't be surprised to see a big class again for 2020 and there appears to be a better than usual crop of players in the border states for that year so SF and staff need to get that going as quickly as possible.
even with a loss against Iowa this team would have finished 4-2 after starting 0-6 so theres a lot of progress and excitement to sell for this 2019 recruiting class.
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