--------------- so last year did not end with a CWS Trophy but it was still a great ending to a good year for Hog Athletics. Now on to getting the football program up a notch or two.
There is a very reassuring sense that the Hog program is settling in and taking steps to becoming a solid program. Our starting QB played well last year at Mizzou and he is much better fitted to this offense than Franks was. So, I am feeling no loss in quality at QB with Jefferson’s inexperience being offset by greater running skills, with a better running game overall, and an improved offensive line. Woods left for OU, but Crawford, the OU transfer, can now play so I consider that a wash and the receivers, overall, could be better than last year. Henry appears ready to become a force at tight end. The kicking game should be better with better recruits and intense coaching due to bear fruit.
The transfer portal and continued player development may address the problems in the defensive line replacing Marshall. There is potential on the inside and outside for better line play this year which is sorely needed. Meanwhile, at linebacker and secondary everyone is back, the backups are playing well, and Odom could have a much improved defense. The greatest improvement for the defense could come from an improved Hog running game on offense. You combine that with improving depth and this defense could avoid being worn out and stop losing the fourth quarter battles.
So, I am cautiously optimistic that we will win six this year and go to a good bowl. We will still be a year or two away from winning a majority of our SECWest games but I predict we will not be a push over in any of them. Go Hogs.