- Nov 1, 2006
I agree. By and large, you pick your spots intelligently to play for the future. I'd rather have an experienced OL so playing freshman in our situation will reap plenty in the future.Exactly, but you are supporting my point not yours. Miami and FSU chose to start those guys on the OL over prior year recruits who had at least 12 months of weightlifting. Some of whom are also 20-22.
Let me be clear. Playing freshmen on our o-line in 2020 will lead to struggles. Absolutely. But you know what else will lead to struggles in 2020? Playing walk-ons who simply will never have the physical gifts necessary to play winning power5 football.
What I am predicting is that CGC will have the same dilemna that Miami and FSU faced. Lose now with guys with lower ceilings or lose now with guys with high ceilings. And I am predicting he will chose the high ceiling because in addition to repeatedly insisting he has a long term not short term outlook, at every fork he has met so far he has favored a long term strategy over instant gratification.
The other point though, which is what kicked off this sidebar, and it sounds as if we in agreement is - it's reasonable to expect we won't see a noticeable improvement in OL play next year, if we're leaning on a significant amount of freshman out there.