I like the offense a lot but I still have two unresolved issues and unfortunately they may not get resolved in August camp. #1 — Can Garrett Hirsch get out and block a middle linebacker? We may not find out until a scout team simulates an opponent. Right now we've got a big nose tackle over the center and that's a totally different assignment. I'm feeling very good about the rest of the O-Line. I really like what we have coming back and Megginson is a good addition. I'd say run blocking is his strength with good forward movement. We should be able to do what most coaches want to do which is to use the run to set up the pass which leads us to issue #2
Do we have an outstanding receiver other than Schnell? I don't think so.
Randy Reinhardt has said that some true freshman WR's will play, but he didn't provide any names just yet so I'll throw one out there. I expect Austin Nagel to play.
I post this every year about the WR position. Yes speed and size are nice but since our running game will create opportunities all we really need is for the WR's to run good routes and then catch the damn ball when it comes close. Someone posted last season that with all the advances in gloves for receivers not many catchable balls are dropped. Well our receivers must not have the latest gloves because they drop balls that hit them in hands. Freshmen that can catch will have a chance to play.
On a related note I'm losing faith in IU transfer receiver Jordan Fuchs showing up. We had reports that he was coming this summer. I assumed that he had some summer course work to complete for eligibility and I suppose that could still happen but preparations for '18 are already well under way.
Right now we have a preseason all-conference guy that should raise his sights and aim for All-American in Spencer Schnell and then a noticeable drop off. Someone needs to step up and it shouldn't be left to the freshmen class.
And lastly and just so you know I'm friends with a guy who is friends with a guy that kinda sorta knows one of the assistants to the associate equipment manager and he's telling us that QB Brady Davis is looking really good in early workouts. He's not just a pocket passer as I had thought. He has good mobility. He can extend the play. He doesn't scramble to run as much as he looks to pass as he keeps his head up. He can throw on the run as the coverage is breaking down. NICE.
So does this Chief of Staff in charge of Water Bottles think that Davis can displace Kolbe?
Much too early to tell he says. Kolbe is looking fine. Let's just not rule anything in and let's not rule anything out.