Hitting the Links Stops The Run
The defensive backfield looks to be stronger. It will be interesting if Cardale Jones takes advantage of this spring to round out his passing abilities, adding touch and route savvy to his arm strength. I wouldn't put it past them all to make it happen, and coaches have said he's significantly improved so far.
Again, Malzone looked very nice for essentially a high school athlete. He needs some time in the weight room, and obviously assimilating himself more in the game. But the off-season praise of his high school winning record was well-founded.
Bralon Addison looks very nice for Oregon. Meanwhile, two of the ten mentioned are Michigan players.
Reps will help that develop naturally. This has been a heavy off-season workload, learning the playbook, working with new coaches, and honing stamina from long practices. Making tough catches will be the (important) finishing touch to making them game-ready in the fall.
Experienced players helping younger ones was a missing piece from some of Hoke's teams as attrition and poor recruiting decisions really started to hit home. This team is a family, and that is a recipe to seeing younger guys step up.
We're now in a month that's spelled with letters, which means it's a perfectly normal time to talk about head coach firings. Tim Beckman comes in at #2, one of three Big Ten coaches to make the list.
For the record, that's about 1,200 of his 2,036 rushing yards on the season.
This has been talked about here before, but the SEC East is improving around Steve Spurrier and he needs to pull out some more tricks, as this article details.
A few of the spring game's standouts were on the defensive line - Lawrence Marshall and Mo Hurst in particular - which makes it even more likely that Henry Poggi will be spending much of this season on the offensive end.