Sorry for the delay in writing, but I've had a bit of a writers block, plus my regular job has been kicking my ass like the Huskers usually do to K-State. Anyway enough of that, I'm here to weigh in on the Huskers for the 2009 season.
First off I really believe that the Blackshirts will be back with a vengeance this season. Remember, Bo red-shirted like 100 players last year, okay it was more like 20, but many were on the defensive side of the ball, with get this for a "novel" concept SPEED!
Yes under Doctor Tom and then Solich we were spoiled to the tune of 33 consecutive nine-win seasons, but then that dumb ass from the Oakland Raiders brought us all crashing back to reality very quickly. Now we are asking for Bo to return us to the promise land. It may not happen this year, but I really do believe that we will be there in 2010 for certain.
Our biggest obstacle this season is replacing Joe Ganz. Zac Lee he of NFL pedigree will be the defacto starter as fellow returning classmate Kody Spano from Texas torn his ACL the first week of fall practice and will be out for the season.
That leaves us with only true freshman Cody Green and this past spring’s converted defensive linebacker Latravis Washington as the backups to Lee. A serious injury to Lee and without question the season will be in critical condition.
One of the biggest strengths this season that will be a great help to the lack of experience at quarterback is the double-headed junior running back tandem of Roy Helu and Quentin Castille. Helu has put on about 15 pounds of muscle this off season while Castille has lost about that same amount of "baby fat."
Both will be counted on heavily in carrying the offensive load, especially in the first three or four games as Zac Lee gets his bearings and offensive coordinator Shawn Watson breaks in two new receivers. The Huskers should also have more speed at the wide out spots with Niles Paul, Antonio Bell and Marcus Mendoza added to the mix.
Barry Turner will be back from injury to team with Pierre Allen and with returning all world defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, this line will wreak havoc with offense lines this season. Look for a lot of sacks out of this unit this season.
Couple the above with the returning defensive backs, plus the emergence of red shirt linebackers and returning players such as Tyler Wortman, Blake Lawrence and Colton Koehler and you will see a dramatic improvement on the 17 takeaways from last season.
Overall, to me this season looks like a 9-3 season with a Big 12 North championship and a return match against Oklahoma for the Big 12 championship in Jerry Jones new playpen. GBR folks.