I think he was also hurt by despite being very good throughout the season, he wasn't doing the kinds of things that ultimately get you noticed as a defensive player. Young blew up big time after he wreaked havoc vs. Wisconsin with strip sacks, etc. Parsons just didn't have that crazy dominant performance until the bowl game, despite doing just about everything else at a very high level.
Trautwein has a solid recruiting reputation as well.
It's been laid out in a few of the articles about the hire that we've seen. He's just generally viewed more as a technician, than the dynamic recruiting type.
Moorhead is the obvious answer.
Shoop was a dick, but the man coached the hell out of those 2014-15 defenses.
The further we get from him, the better Gattis looks too. His work with DaeSean and Godwin especially should stand out even more given how that position has struggled since he left.
Technically yes, but he's visiting Florida this weekend, so I would imagine something formal will happen in the not too distance future.
Perhaps, but it was pretty clear he was getting passed on the depth chart by the younger guys as the season went on. It's his last chance to play, so I'm sure he's looking for a more advantageous depth chart.
This is also the perfect time to mention Joseph's high school highlights are still the most ridiculously dominant video I've ever seen.
Very very slim.
I'd be curious to hear your concerns. My general feeling on most position coach hires is we really have no idea what to expect. It's a totally different animal than coordinators, or obviously head coaches.
Agree on Lynn. I think there's an inherent recency bias in these sorts of things, especially when you don't necessarily have a clear cut #1, or elite players over a time. I loved Lynn as a player, but probably am guilty of not giving him enough credit on this list personally.
Jordan Lucas only played one season at safety (2015), hence our inclusion of him at No. 4 on our cornerback list.
I'd be shocked, just given how these junior days typically go.
Both Bates and Mahon were "victims", in a sense, of a line that had a lot of imperfect parts. I agree that Bates was better as a guard, but Mahon really struggled inside. It was his move to tackle that really allowed him to blossom into a better player.
Nelson was as talented as most of these guys, but those two serious knee injuries really impacted his ability. Watching him vs. Iowa in 2017 was depressing, seeing he just didn't have it anymore after the injuries.
This is from the PSU release, but it makes me very happy:
Trautwein guided all five of his starting offensive linemen to 2019 All-ACC honors in John Phillips (first), Zion Johnson (second), Ben Petrula (second), Alex Lindstrom (third) and Tyler Vrabel (honorable mention). The Eagles allowed just 11 sacks in 2019, which was the third-fewest in FBS, and 57 tackles for loss, which was 13th in FBS. In addition, BC averaged 267.8 rushing yards per game to rank fifth in FBS in rushing offense.
According to ESPN’s Bill Connelly, Boston College was first in FBS in blitz down sack rate and third in power success rate (percentage of runs on third or fourth down with 2 yards or less to go that achieved a first down or touchdown) in 2019. SportSource Analytics also rated the Eagles sixth in offensive line efficiency this season.
I don't think he was really that healthy all year either. He missed a ton of time at the Cotton Bowl too. But like you said, when your depth chart is almost exclusively underclassmen, his experience is going to be important.
Mostly because having the same "Trace McSorley is good/actually he was bad" argument a year after he played his last game at PSU is exhausting. Like I said, we have a forum that is set up for folks to discuss, well, just about anything they want.