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    Athlon Sports 2021 Preseason All-Americans

    Not that this is strong indicator, but it's not nothing either. So I do see this season looking a little like 2013 .. slow uneven start, and then we s4ttle down as season progresses. IMO the question will be how soon do we turn corner and start competing more consistently on both sides of ball...
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    5 Burning Questions for Fall

    I think our offense will be in good shape. But for first time in a while (i.e. 2013), I am worried about our defense. We lost way too much quality and depth from our DL and DB groups since 2019. We also lost a lot of depth from LB group but I think there is enough quality still here. I have no...
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    The Relentless Pursuit of Recruiting

    Ive heard they have wrestled with this for years. But the idea that a perennial FCS football power like EWU would do this is mind blowing. In the end, it is about budgets and sustainability ... would be a shame if it ever happens.
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    The Relentless Pursuit of Recruiting

    The recruiting pitch for an up and comer OC is easy ... I promise you a strong defense and run game, you need to bring me a pass game. That and I (Spack) will let you run this offense and develop our QBs. Lose him after 2 or 3 years, rinse repeat .. guaranteed defense and run game .. what OC...
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    The Relentless Pursuit of Recruiting

    agree with your primary point .. it hasn't always hurt us on the field, But I would argue it hurt us on the field in 2015 after Tre injury), and then every year since 2017. But even in years it didn't hurt us .. when have ever had a #2 we could have put into the game with most of the playbook...
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    The Relentless Pursuit of Recruiting

    Good offseason post topic. Couple observations: 1. our players do just as well at next level as NDSU, and I believe better than any other Dakota. Given how many titles Bison have won versus Redbirds, our shortcoming as far as next level is not in area of recruiting and developing good players...
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    Redbirds to Transfer Portal

    Agree with your point .. Romeo McNight transferred because he wanted/needed to play the 2020 season to help his NFL chances - that was a pandemic transfer. John Ridgeway transferred, presumably, because he will have a starting spot and face better competition to again improve his NFL chances...
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    Hancock opens up for the fall!

    This is great news for Redbird football !!
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    Teams opting out

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    Teams opting out

    This is definitely true in terms of FCS studs transferring before 5th year as grad. I guess my lesser point is that ultimately it will somewhat even out since there are same # of starting spots and reps. But stlrb is correct .. immediate PT will hurt FCS moreso ... my even-ing out theory wont be...
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    Teams opting out

    Better not be metric based, or im in trouble.
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    Teams opting out

    I think this is a legit concern ... a top level program seeing a lower level program player up close competing against their own guys in a live game. This is an ideal poaching environment. But I still like the 1 free transfer rule for any reason. And then full restrictions after that. Much...
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    Redbirds to Transfer Portal

    FCS will never move to spring ... just plain dumb if anyone actually put that in print. Fan interest in football has always been associated with fall. And unless everyone gets an indoor practice facility, FCS spring football is a really really dumb idea. And no, the transfer portal will not be...
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    Gopher in the Portal

    Not bad ...or maybe, Row the Nest ?
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    Jags throw us a curve

    I think Meyer just wants to compliment JR, not replace him. JR is great at moving chains. There's no way Meyer wants to replace that. If he does and just for the sake if speed, well than agreed ... and that would be stupid. Just means a few less reps in exchange for more Ws !!
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