ORIGINAL: Pete M.
Fleck is moving the 400 pounder from the IMG Academy into the starting lineup. Yet another freshman forced to start. Kill and Claeys must of done a pretty poor job recruiting those last couple of years if there are no juniors and seniors ready to step in.
This is one of the reasons why I'm not even close to off the Fleck bandwagon yet. He lost the two most indispensable players on the team -- Smith and Winfield -- right at the beginning of the year. Smith was necessary to stabilize a true freshman QB, Winfield to stabilize a questionable back-end of the secondary. And his recruits -- Annexstad, Bateman, Faalele, Terrell Smith, Autman-Bell, etc. -- are showing significant potential already. I do hope they make a bowl game this year, but my sights are set on 2019 and 2020 for a jump into the B1G upper crust.
I agree with all of that Pete. They started the season as the youngest team in the country and got even younger with the injuries to Smith and Winfield. As you said, they were probably the 2 most indispensable players on the team.
Don't forget Brooks too...Brooks/Smith tandem both hurt.
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