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Will be if we can finally put a defense on the field worth a dang. If we look like we know how to cover, blitz, tackle and play with an attitude like the AU defenses of yesteryear, for the first time in 4 years, then I think NSD 2013 will end a bit better (especially on D) than NSD 2012.
However, if teams continue to run it down our throats, our DBs keep playing 5-8 yards off the LOS, thus allowing WRs to catch easy passes and convert 75% of 3rd and longs, and our LBs continue to look lost in coverage, we realistically cannot be surprised when the "Big Dogs" walk elsewhere on NSD yet again.
I agree. This year we were hurt with negative recruiting, coaching changes, and the product we had on the field this past season. From the looks of it we are only going to sign about 20 kids which I like cause I think we have some quality guys and we can save those spots for more quality kids next year.
IMHO, we will put a much better product on the field next year, have a more stable coaching staff, and once we do that the negative recruiting won't have as much of an impact.
FWIW, next year, if we don't have a top 5 class, especially with the extra schollies we'll be able to give out, then something is wrong with our efforts. Just so we are clear I fully expect a top 5 class next year.
I wouldn't expect anything in terms of team rankings until we get about halfway into our schedule next season.That way we'll have an idea of whether we're showing any kind of progress and whether these new coordinators are getting the job done at AU. If we are, that alone will take care of the negative recruiting bs we've had to deal with. Other programs can't hide on-field success and statistics to back that up.
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