Ok boys & girls, the season kicks off in 20 days. What's everybody thinking on the Hog's record this year, and why? If they are going to improve on last year's 7-6, then I think most if not all of the following have to happen/have already happened: - the defense has to improve. I don't care if it's the switch to 3-4 or what, but they have to be more aggressive and create big plays. We kept sitting in a base D last year with minimal blitzing or stunts like we were scared of getting burned for big plays. Well, guess what, we kept getting burned anyway. Might as well take some chances at creating turnovers/sacks/negative yardage plays to offset the ones you give up. We don't have the talent to stay vanilla. - directly related to the point above: Dre Greenlaw has to stay healthy. He's by far our best LB, and our lack of speed/athleticism was exposed when he was lost. - our strength & conditioning coach has put less emphasis on strength and more on conditioning, speed, and agility this offseason. I don't give a crap how much you can bench & squat if you can't catch the guy you're supposed to tackle, reach the guy you're supposed to block, or be able to play 4 quarters instead of just the first half. - the O-line (especially one guy in particular) has to be vastly improved at pass protection - AA has to get rid of the ball quicker -Devwah Whaley has to stay healthy, and a couple of the freshmen RB's better grow up quick. Losing RW3 was brutal. The transfer from South Carolina has the reputation of either running into the back of his blockers on inside runs, or trying to bounce it outside when he doesn't have the speed to get to the edge, so I don't have a lot of faith there. - several of the unproven WR's need to be the real deal. - the team as a whole has to develop more of a killer instinct to stop having 2nd-half collapses. That's a lot of stuff that has to go right. Probably too much stuff. The potential for 9 wins is there, but I don't see it happening. I'm going with 7-6 counting the mid-level bowl game.