Note- we know the quality isn't great. We'll get better at this as we go.
Losing 44-24 to a 5-7 Indiana team keeps me from being able to say many nice things about that 2013 team.
But the Wisconsin game was damn fun.
I'm touched that my Narduzzi Coaches Poll meant this much to you
These are from the early 1700s, it was a different time.
Off the top of my head, without digging deeply into what positions they played, I'd go...
Offense: Frost is the obvious choice at QB. I like the combo of Fleck/Franklin/Day/Allen at the skill positions, those guys will outhustle most other coaches. I like Ferentz's chances to be a wily tight end who mostly stays in to block but knows how to pick his spots. Tucker is the easy pick for LT, and I like the thought of Schiano and Locksley being a dominant run blocking tandem on the right.
Defense: I'm thinking of Schiano as more of my 4-tech DE, focused on run-stopping, with Frost as my LEO to take advantage of his youth and athleticism. Tucker is an easy choice as my 3-tech, and then I have Locks as my 1-tech. Tucker is a godsend for the conference for this exercise, by the way. Fitz is the easy choice for MLB, and Franklin showed good enough form on his tackle after the Cotton Bowl that I'll throw him out there. Allen I have no doubt would have a Micah-like impact. I know Lovie was a DB back in the day, so he's obviously there, and I think Fleck would do well with harassing receivers. I have Harbaugh and Brohm at the back end because of their knowledge of quarterback play/offense. They may not be the most athletic, but they will probably be able to read the play quickly enough to be in the right position.
I should probably just make this a post.
For my own selfish reasons, I want them to play in Spokane!
Yes, the only thing that changed in the two years from 2014 to 2016 was that those offensive linemen got a new scheme. They didn't also improve their technique, or learn more about playing their positions, or get bigger and stronger over that time, either. Got it.