Two weeks from today, the football season will begin with the circus of media and fan day. The eyes of the fans will be on Mark Stoops’ 2014 recruiting class, the highest ranked class the BBN has ever seen. Most of them will not be able to contribute immediately (after all, they are FRESHmen), but they’re doing everything they can to find the field.
– Ryan Flannigan isn’t on campus, but he’s still doing work. The biggest concern for the defense is filling the gap left by Avery Williamson at linebacker, which DJ Eliot reiterated today to the media today in Louisville. The job will be left to either TreVaughn Paschal (returning from injury), Josh Forrest (only part-time experience), or JUCO transfer Ryan Flannigan.
Flannigan won’t be on campus until next week, but Eliot doesn’t believe Flannigan will be stuck behind the 8-ball.
“He’s doing the workout that he needs to do. I’ve been on the phone with him on a regular basis explaining the defense to him, so he’s gonna be ahead of the game before he gets here,” Eliot said.
– Bulking up the Big Boys. There aren’t any pictures posing with chains in the weight room (cough Iowa State), but the big boys have been getting after it this offseason. Trimming the high school baby fat with new workouts and diets isn’t the easiest transition. Neal Brown would like to give them a year to ease into their new lifestyle.
“We’d like to red-shirt all those O-linemen if we could. I think that’s important. We were able to do that last year and you were able to see Ramsey Meyers is a much better football player after red-shirting, sitting out and learning. Nick Haynes and a couple of those other guys also. So I think the freshmen really need that.”
– It’s never to early to watch film. Neal Brown said today that he needs one of the big wide receivers, Dorian Baker and Blake Bone, to “step up and play.” Both guys seem to be taking all of the right steps to finding the field.