What's up, everybody? Let's get started.
Ubben, Looks like Oklahoma State is going to have a pretty good combo at RB next year. Do you think they should warrant as much hype as the Gray-Michael combo last year? And also, how many wacky run game possibilities are available now with Randle, Smith, and Sims (not to mention sweeps to WR's like Stewart or Moore)?
No, not quite. For one, OSU's offense isn't as physical and doesn't blow people off the ball like Texas A&M's did at times. Plus, Gray and Michael were, at least for now, better than Randle was. Randle is a better pass-catcher, but he can't match the physicality of A
Will Jordan Wade or Phillips be able to step up this year and bolster the production on the interior of OU's defensive line?
Those guys couple provide some depth, but it's hard to see them winning starting jobs. We'll see.
OU's new DC said he is going to simplify things on defense. Why do new coaches come in and say we are going to simplify what the defense, so the players can react better and not have to think so much? If complexity of scheme is the cause of the problem, why do coordinators make the same mistakes by making it so complicated? Or is it just coach speak that "simplifying" is the answer to our poor defense?
It depends on the situation. That's not always the case. The more complex the scheme is, the more confusing it is for offenses. The older and more experienced your defense is, the easier it is to make things complex. I think sometimes DCs overestimate what their players are capable of. It's an easy mistake. They see a lot of good things in practice. That's not always the case, but the best defenses are ones that can do complex things like disguise coverages perfectly and make a QB confused about where pressure will be coming from.
If I'm me(which I am), where do I want to go come draft day? To the colts or redskins? Which would be a better fit, help me grow, give me a better chance of winning, etc?
I'd lean the Colts for obvious reasons. The Redskins have been a mess lately. I don't have a lot of faith in their front office. The Colts, on the other hand, are in a bit of upheaval on the field, but they're run by smart people who you have to think have a plan for the future.
Which road game will be tougher, WVU or TCU? Do the recruiting implications in Texas make the Horned Frogs matchup more important regardless of the outome of either game?
Definitely WVU. TCU's going to have a nice stadium, but the WVU folk are known for being loud and providing a crazy atmosphere. Just ask LSU last year.
Mr Ubben, it has come to our attention that you have trouble distinguishing our sons. In your defense, they are virtually interchangeable to us too. However, one is over six feet tall and a quarterback named Clint; the other is under six feet and a former reciever now graduated named Colton. We hope this helps.
Thanks for the sympathy, Mr. Chelf. Working on it.
Ubbs, how many times you think me and my boys J. Gray and M. Brown will find the endzone next season? I'll put the over/under at 30.
I'll take the under on that one. It'll be a good year, though.
Hey Youngster - Thinking about trying my hand at coaching basketball. Been working on my glare. What do you think - would I make a decent replacement for Frank?
Most definitely. I'd pay a lot to see that.
At the University of Texas, how well do you think David Ash will compete as an elite QB or do you even see him as an elite.
For one, I still think it's early to make any true distinction. Ash simply didn't get enough reps in the spring or preseason camp to get used to the game. Then, suddenly, he was playing a ton. That's obviously changed this year. I don't think I see him as an elite guy, but we could see some huge improvement this year. Ultimately, he's the guy who decides Texas' fate this year between 7-8 wins and 10-11.
C'mon now ubbs... when are you gonna ditch those loser aggies and tigers in the sidebar?? They don't deserve such a place of honor. Let's welcome our horny frogs and hill climbers already!
Look for the change in July once it's official.
Love the blog, D.U. keep truckin'.... I sincerely hope Jim Irsay has a change of heart and takes my boy RG3 first overall. This is not just about ego. As a die-hard Bear, I wanna support my boy in the NFL; however, I will have a really hard time cheering for him as a Redskin twice a year against my Cowboys. Any advice for how to navigate this potential psychological conundrum?
Can't help you on that one, Erik. RG3's reiterated he's not a Cowboys fan, so that helps him. For the fans, though, I think that's the tough part about being a college and NFL fan.
Ubben, who do u suspect will get the starting spot at quarterback for the pokes this this year? Will it be Chelf who's been around for a while or will it be one of the hyped up newcomers in Walsh or Lunt?
I'm still leaning Chelf, but the coaches haven't sounded really fired up about him just yet. It's still early. Walsh had a tough spring last year, but we haven't really seen him since the season started. I think it's pretty even right now. Doesn't sound like anybody's got a notable edge.
Do you think Mike Stoops will be able to develop and coach Gabe Lynn into the star everyone thought he'd be when he arrived in Norman?
There's only so much Stoops can do. Individual talent isn't as dependent upon coordinators. It's part position coach and part work ethic on the part of the player, whether it's knowing assignments, being in shape and having talent.
I know you keep saying that you expect Baylor's offense to still be among the tops in the big 12 (although after losing RG3, wright, and ganaway I think that'll be tough), but everyone knows Baylor's real questions lie in their defense. You attended a spring practice. Does their defense look to be significantly improved or is it more of the "well it can't be any worse" variety?
You'll have to trust me on that one, Tom. As for the defense, they were only in shorts and shoulder pads when I visited, so it's hard to get a great feel. My expectations aren't high for the group.
Will Baylor's football uniforms be as blinding as their basketball uniforms?
It doesn't sound like it. It's news to me if BU is getting new uniforms before next season. They just got new ones before 2011.
Hey Dublanski,How are you feeling about the rumors that I have (or will have) supplanted Malcom Brown for the starting RB job (not that the starter matters in our scheme)? And more importantly, what's your ceiling on the number DBs I'm going to truck during the regular season?
I've heard it. You'll see more about Bergeron on the blog in the weeks to come. As for the DBs, I'm sure there will be plenty.
Which do you think is the more likely cause for the pressure the QB's had in the Tech spring game? D-line improvement or O-line in bad shape. I know there is probably some of both, but which is the bigger reason in your opinion?
Tough for me to say. I didn't get to see it. I know Tech has stocked its roster with a ton of really good young pass rushers, and those guys are maturing. Tech could be seeing some of that pay off.
How good do you think Tavon Austin will be this year?
Good to quite good? Talked to Dana Holgorsen earlier this spring and he gushed about how special Austin and Geno Smith were. He's pretty excited. I'll get a chance to see him up close next month.
Dave, I see you have R. Broyles going in the 5th round. You don't think any teams will take a "chance" on the NCAA leader in receptions in rounds 2-4?
I don't have him there, Todd McShay does. I think Broyles will have a good NFL career, but he was already undersized and NFL teams know he's a quick guy coming off a major knee surgery. No guarantees there. Plenty of productive players in college didn't turn out in the NFL. With Broyles, it's hard to see NFL teams wanting to spend a second or third round pick on him. I could see him fitting in the fourth.
There's plenty of game tape to fall in love with if you're an NFL team. We'll see if it happens.
Dave, been hearing a lot about Brandon Moore down at Texas. Is he an early frontrunner for Defensive Newcomer of the year? Could he potentially be an all conference first teamer?
Yes and Yes. I'll be watching him when the season starts and at Texas' spring game.
What are the odds that OU has a better overall defensive ranking at the end of next season, than Texas?
Not impossible, but it's going to be really, really hard for anybody to top Texas' defense next year. OU's got the best shot, with TCU, K-State and OSU behind them.
Anyone else think that Broyles will be a more talented Wes Welker at the next level??
Definitely possible. Broyles' sense for space was unrivaled in the Big 12 last year. We'll see if it carries over to the NFL.
Do people try to strike up football converations with you when you're traveling?
What will be the take on Dana coming back as a head coach for the game in Stillwater?
He'll be fine. There are no hard feelings in Stillwater. He revitalized the offense for its best year ever (until this year) and took a really, really good job at a good program. That's how the game is played. He'll be welcomed back.
How would you rank the Big12 toughest places to play?
For my money, Texas Tech is No. 1. We'll see about No. 2. Maybe OU or WVU.
If Leach has a great season, how much does that affect Tommy's hot seat status in Lubbock should they mediocre season?
Not at all. Tuberville obviously has to get Tech back into the postseason. 8-9 wins would be nice for his security.
With respect to recent remarks you've made on your blog, how do you say so confidently and so matter of factly that Missouri is a program with better tradition than WVU? WHAT IS THAT BASED ON? WVU is 3-0 in BCS games. Our basketball program has been to the NCAA tournament 7 of the last 8 years, with 1 Final 4, 1 Elite 8, and 2 Sweet 16's (not to mention the NIT Championship in that non-NCAA year.) Our fans are as rowdy and passionate as they come, and our mascot fires a live rifle during games. Our award-winning marching band plays the moonshine song (Mountain Dew) right after the school fight song. Our guy is the NBA logo. I ask again, what has Missouri done and what tradition do they have that's apparently (by your remarks) so superior to West Virginia? I say the answer is that WVU's tradition is superior.
I'd suggest you take a chill pill, sir. When I'm talking Mizzou's tradition, I mean Mizzou's tradition in the Big 8 and the Big 12. WVU has exactly zero. Mizzou's got a century-old rivalry with KU and tons of history with teams in this league.
Ubbs, where do you see OSU's defense ranked in the Big 12 next year. Gundy seems really happy with the depth and thinks it's the best squad OSU has ever fielded.
Top half for sure. Maybe top 2-3.
True or False, Trey Metoyer Big 12 FOY?
You never know with freshman. Metoyer will be on the short list to begin the season, though. That's for sure.
DUbbStep: Just fyi, I used that nickname on you (re last weeks mailbag) back during the football season.Do you see any parallels between Mike Gundy and Tommy Tuberville in terms of building a program?
No, not really.
Are you buying or selling OU as preseason Big 12 #1?
Buying, but only by a bit. OU is the most experienced and most consistent team in the league next year, but there's a chunk of 4-5 teams right behind them that could definitely win the league. OU was a huge favorite last year and didn't get it done, aided by injuries a bit. OU is the best team coming into this year, but TCU, WVU, K-State, OSU and Texas are right there behind them, capable of winning.
I've seen in a few places that you think OSU's defense will be one of the best in the conference next season. I want to drink some of that Kool-Aid too, what are the ingredients?
Two of the league's best CBs, a promising group of linebackers and lots of talent at safety.
Apply Bill Young liberally.
With the loss of our pass rushers and seeming inability to play as a team, what are my Sooner's chances of finishing the year ranked above our preseason top 5 ranking?
I'm not betting on it. I think OU could benefit from a lack of preseason hype and pressure. Last year was a "national title or bust" year and they busted pretty big. This year, OU is talented enough to win the title, but lack all the pressure. That could pay off, but this year's team isn't as talented as the 2011 team.
Are TCU and West Virginia in for a rude awakening like Missouri and A&M will be ?
Not quite. It'll be an adjustment period, and I think WVU needs to put a lot of effort into rethinking how it recruits. It'll be more difficult for TCU in the immediate future, but they're both built for great success in this league.
A couple more questions before we wrap...
So what comes out of the "playoff talks"? CC's only?
No, they're not that far just yet. That's going to be a discussion that may continue past the summer.
You are probably tired of this question, but I tend to have more pull that everyone else. Why don't UT and Arkansas renew their rivalry with an annual Thanksgiving game? It wouldn't be a replacement to the UT-A&M game, it would be an upgrade. Plus I bet Texas would love an annual game against a quality SEC opponent.
Well, Arkansas' pretty locked in to its Thanksgiving rivalry with LSU. Not happening for the Horns. Keep it in the Big 12. Not many teams go out of conference that late in the year in this league.
Freebird's or Chipoltle?9 Wins - Over or Under?
Chances of TCU beating UT in Austin?
Thanks for all the questions. See you all again soon.