College Fantasy Football: Independents' Pre-Spring Questions

Todd at CollegeFootballGeek.comCorrespondent IFebruary 18, 2011

Irish RB Cierre Wood
Irish RB Cierre WoodRonald Martinez/Getty Images

Here are some key college fantasy football questions to ponder as the Independent schools kicks off spring practice.

* Will quarterback Trent Steelman be fully recovered from offseason shoulder surgery by the time August rolls around?

* Is Jake Heaps ready to elevate his game to the next level?  His bowl game performance (264 yards and four TDs) admittedly had us drooling a bit.  If heap is going to break out, he'll need another sophomore-to-be, wide receiver Cody Hoffman, to shoulder much of the heavy lifting. At 6'4" and 205 pounds, Hoffman is a big target perfectly molded for the red zone.

* Will J.J. DiLuigi break free from a potential RBBC situation and become a true feature back?  Last season, Di Luigi carried the rock 178 times, Brian Kariya logged 137 totes, and Joshua Quezada plugged in 99 carries.

* Can Kriss Proctor be able to fill the mighty big shoes of departing quarterback Rocky Dobbs?  In a spot start for the injured Dobbs last fall, Proctor rushed for 201 yards against Central Michigan. He also started two games for the Midshipmen back in 2009.

* Who will line up under center in 2011?  Dayne Crist could be limited this spring as he continues to recover from a ruptured patella tendon.  Tommy Rees looked solid in Crist's absence, leading the Irish to a late season winning streak.  Another name to watch is Everett Golson, a gifted dual threat athlete who brings a different skill set to the table.

* With Armando Allen out of the mix, how many more touches will Cierre Wood see in this offense?  He only accumulated 139 touches last fall (Allen hogged 124).  Is it asking too much of Brian Kelly to give him the rock 200 plus times this fall?

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