This was posted by McCutchenIsTheTruth in reply to another post I wrote, and I thought maybe more people would see it if reposted it separately. He makes an interesting point.
"...Oh, and for optimism, if you look at the 5 talented wide receivers that remain interested in WV. (Coxson, Wright, McCartney, Ambles, and Boone) plus the chance to land some other guys Sims, Grimes etc. I’m looking forward to two years from now.
Don’t get me wrong, I think we can be very successful next year.. but two years from now I’ll list who we may have around, and with experience. The following list isn’t comprehensive, and obviously injuries, suspensions, drop offs in play, early departures are possible BUT
(Remember the 2011 season)
Sands – Sr.
Tandy – Sr. (I think he can be a solid corner by then)
Starks – Sr. (Is that right? according to ESPN rosters)
Josh Jenkins – Sr.
Mark Rodgers – Sr.
Urban – Sr.
Julian Miller – Sr.
Heastie – Jr. (So. if he was redshirted)
Tavon Austin – Jr.
Ryan Clarke – Jr.
Geno Smith – Jr.
Bailey – Jr. (So. if he was redshirted)
Latwan Anderson – So.
Brunetti – So.
Long – So.
Picket – So.
Milines – So.
Spain – So.
Jeremy Johnson – So.
Throw in… say Ambles and McCartney as Sophomores along with Irvin and Finau (if both come), and you’ve got, by my count
A very good QB (whoever it is) with a capable backup with at least one year of exp.
A talented and deep receiving core, the best we’ve seen in years
A solid running game with a 1-2 punch (Clarke and Austin)
A very talented defensive line (at least the starters)
A promising offensive line with a stud or two
A (potentially) very good looking secondary
IF guys develop in the offensive line, we get an impact LB or two, and depth develops in the DL and Secondary, and I see no reason why we aren’t a legit national title contender again in 2011.
Plus, I couldn’t and therefore didn’t account for any impact freshman that sign in the next class and may have an impact in 2011."