from Colonel Mustard
Special teams were improved as well. Jackson had a big game returning kicks, and Ross's style makes him a natural punt returner. I still think Dyches is the answer on the place-kicking side — that was an ugly 20 yarder.
I know we need better athletes overall, but Baylor doesn't have better athletes than we do. Our secondary was rated the best in the nation preseason and they gave up 300 yards to Baylor. This were not at garbage time — they moved though us easily in the 3rd quarter. Our defensive scheme is too passive. We need better players in the front 7, speed at linebacker and pass-rushing linemen. But with the same players our defense and even our secondary is not playing as well as last year. Wisconsin's defense beat the Heisman front runner, so they are better than last year. At times their receivers were open by a 3rd of the field. Something is missing from last year. I believe our players miss Bo and Sanders a great deal.
The bottom line is all of this offensive improvement won't mean much if the defense doesn't improve. I think Bill's late hire put him behind on hiring his staff. Hopefully he will be able to improve his staff this off-season. As for K-State, they do have athletes that are at least our equal. They have a hot QB in Meier; if he plays, this will be a tight game. If not, I believe that we can pull out a nice road win. Bill, make Kriewald your friend and remember how well things worked this week.
GBR. Keep the faith.
-- The Colonel