We kick this DBD off with a doozy from BWNQ:
This brings up another point, which is the challenge of keeping a fresh edge over your conference opponents. In today's short attention span college football world, everyone - the fans, the coaches and the media - places a tremendous premium on newness: new schemes, new coaches, new recruiting tactics, new facilities, new uniforms, the list goes on. It's at once a recruiting tool, a strategic tool, a marketing tool, and a motivational tool. And the longer a head coach stays at a program, the harder it becomes to generate this edge.
I have long felt that a lesser discussed, but still important, byproduct of national recruiting is that you have the opportunity to build a team that has a more varied, and thus potentially stronger, mental approach. Kind of like genetics. Mixing is usually better.
Now more than ever, this team needs a rice and beans, move-the-sticks offense. They need plays and schemes that can manufacture yardage to hold onto the ball, give the defense a rest, and get the QB into a rhythm. And if the OL isn't good enough to allow the team to do it on the ground, they need a short passing game to complement it. In his defense, Vereen may not be Best, but his steady, versatile abilities arguably make him the perfect player to build that offense around, and he's probably better in that regard than Best was.
Payne - Tedford told me prior to the 2008 season that Payne would be a household name eventually, Mebane part II. He certainly looks the part.
Jordan - The coaches keep talking about getting him into 1-on-1 looks so he can get after the QB. If that happens, with his freakish speed, he has the chance to tear the roof off.
Coleman - An absolute monster RS Freshman at 6-6, 306. Should be a cornerstone of this 3-4 for the next couple years.