Thursday, April 06, 2006

Spring Ball Festering

It's hard, waiting around for the start of the college football season. So much hype about who looks good in practice, and who looks like they're kind of new at the fooseball thing. Me running my mouth off about how we are going to contend for a national championship. Totally discounting everyone on the schedule outside of Louisville. Then that sinking feeling that the offense has mostly been offensive in the first couple of weeks of spring ball. Lack of faith? Not really. I just can't wait to get this thing going. There are plenty of new faces that I can't wait to see.

Quinton Andrews and John Holmes at Safety, Johnny Dingle at Defensive End, and Brandon Barrett at Wide Receiver. Especially Barrett.

Barrett was one of the more highly recruited players in state history two years ago coming out of Martinsburg High School. The 6-foot-1-inch, 205-pound sophomore had one of the most productive careers catching 253 passes for 4,717 yards and 74 touchdowns. His 74 TD catches were second-most in national history and he earned a spot on the prestigious Parade Magazine All-American team.

WV produces so few Division 1 players each year, that you really have to pull a little extra for them when they come along.

One major area of concern is the offensive line. I believe they will come together and produce, but last years line made a lot of people look bad, and it will be hard to reproduce that without a strong passing game. I don't have any doubts about the individuals, I'm just waiting for them to gel.

This just in, we are playing Eastern Washington this year, because Buffalo backed out of the deal to play Auburn for more money. Damn you SEC schools and all your money. Even though I think Eastern Washington could beat the daylights out of Buffalo, they are a Div 1-AA team as opposed to Buffalo being 1-A. This is only important because it will show up if we are lucky enough to be one of say 3 undefeated teams in the country at the end of the year. The Big East needs another team. Without looking, I would guess there are some other Big East schools having to play much lesser competition with the 12 game schedule.

Oh hell, just get the damn thing started already. All you would really be missing is baseball!

I can't wait to hear that gun go off!

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