1. We'll get the defensive roundtable out eventually, and while I don't necessarily disagree the answer is Lamont Wade, I don't think he's a shoe-in to start at safety by any stretch of the imagination. They have a lot of good football players back there, it's more about finding who fits and who are the two best options. Wade certainly can be one of the two, but asking him to get used to a new position and make an impact in his first year is a bit ambitious for my liking. Again, we'll get into this soon.
2. I think answering the question about the most missed player is dependent on how big the gap is between who they're losing and who is there now. The gap between Saquon and Boobie is almost certainly sizable (at least now before we see Sanders take on the full-time RB role), but I also think it's much smaller than the gap between Gesicki and his myriad of replacements. This could be very, very different by the time, say, Ohio State comes to town, but I don't think it's a stretch to say that's the case right now.
I would, admittedly, have respect for any opponent that walked into a White Out game in all black uniforms. Partly because then PSU could wear all-white unis for the game, partly because it'd be cool as hell.
2016 was a really weird class. It had seven offensive players in it: By rankings, Miles Sanders was easily the best, then three offensive linemen (Michal Menet, Connor McGovern, Will Fries), then Jake Zembiec, then Danny Dalton, then Alex Gellerstedt. I suppose Dae'lun Darien counts, too, but he's a linebacker now. But yeah, the very clear-cut offensive recruiting plan in 2016 was "please god fix our OL," and seeing as how Menet, McGovern, and Fries might all start this year, I think it was a good idea.
Chris is being facetious, but I love this breakdown a lot.
He went 22-for-31 for 384 yards, four touchdowns, and an MVP award in the 2016 Big Ten Championship Game against one of the best passing defenses in America. If that is not good enough, nothing is.
Gotta give Pat a 6-year extension now.
If it makes you feel better I am rooting for the Vikings tomorrow.
The funniest thing to me is that for the rest of time, whenever anyone talks about this season, they will have to mention that Alabama won the national title, but they'll have to end that sentence with “...and UCF, which claimed a national title.”
I am going to continue banging the Garrett Taylor drum because I think he's a potential star and just had to get his feet under him this year because of his knee injury and position change.
I'm admittedly a little worried about the spine of the defense — namely DT and safety — and am intrigued by basically every linebacker spot other than the one Farmer occupies. But the talent at DE and cornerback is no joke, and even with the positions that I'm unsure about, there's talent there and they're being coached by guys who have done a lot with lesser-regarded players. A lot is going to happen between now and next season but I'm already feeling pretty good.