No doubt that line play is VERY important…it basically all starts there. At that same note, teams all over the country play with youth on their line and can somehow figure it out. Borges was the OC, meaning he was in charge of the OL coach and how that position was managed. That, among other areas, were piss poor under his supervision. All that said, with new blood at OC…10 wins is possible.
Nuss, from all the info we’ve gathered, is a very good QB coach. I feel very strongly that he will hold both Gardner and Morris accountable and allow them to compete, making them both better. He can restore Gardner’s confidence. He sees a kid in Gardner that threw for 3,000 yards and 25 TD’s, at better than a 60% completion clip last year, with an OL that couldn’t block in pop warner. And he’s probably licking his chops right now from just 1 game film of Morris and what he can turn that guy into. I feel the individual skill development of both of those guys will explode…a major upgrade from the baby step Borges took them thru…
I’ve now said this for almost 6 months…but my feeling is that Lewan and Schofield did us no favors last year on the OL. Good to great individual talents, but they never once showed signs of wanting to bring a unit of 5 guys together and stay together thru thick and thin, the good and bad. We have a very rare opportunity here with how young we are on the OL to have a fierce spring competition. We have a bunch of 4 and 5 star large human beings on campus. By the end of spring, Nuss needs to pick 5 guys and roll with them…allow them to build a chemistry as 1 unit. Don’t replace a guy at the 1st sign of trouble. Allow them to fight thru it. Injuries obviously play a large role as they can occur, but pick 5 dudes and just GO. You see it time and time again in college football (and the pros)…the most productive OL’s are the units that have been together for an extended period of time and have ‘X’ amount of starts together. Borges kept looking for the 5 best individuals instead of the best unit of 5 guys…Nuss has seen NFL OL’s and great ones at Bama, I don’t think he’ll make that mistake.
Derrick Green and De’veon Smith can become Nuss’s poor version of Lacy and Yeldon…get both of those guys to be your horses and make room for both of them to be featured backs. Create a healthy competition and similar to the OL, allow them to almost grow into 1 unit. With that stud RB in the 2015 class, we will have a nice opportunity to get some 1,000 yard rushing season out of some guys.
And finally, from what I’ve read so far…this Nuss character brings a healthy amount of energy to the table…a very hands-on guy with personality, developing good relationships with his players. Does anyone ever remember a player talking about how much they enjoyed being around Borges? They probably respected him, but we never heard any inkling of the players having a personal connection with him. In college football, kids need to have fun (and we can probably count on 1 hand how many times under Borges the offense actually looked like it was having fun) and you want these kids to run thru a wall for you…then in return, prove that you’ll do the same for them. Nuss has an opportunity to provide this spark from the second he walks into his 1st meeting, practice, film session etc…
Should I keep going…? haha