After an offseason of obsessive reading and discussion about the 2011 edition of the Dawgs, I want to officially register that I "know" less about this team than I did before. All the reading and talk simply added questions to questions. Will Crowell be another Lattimore or another Sanks? Will Samuel be the butter-fingered TB who couldn't break a tackle in 2009, or the supreme 5-star Man of Character he looked like coming out of high school? Will anyone "step up" at WR? Is the obscure Will Friend actually a much better OL coach than the much-lauded Searles turned out to be? Was an old-school S&C program what we needed all along? Is experience and a NG all that's necessary to make the 3-4 work? Can our players learn to fall on fumbles? Can Coach Bob-o call two straight solid games? Can all this massive talent pull together and perform?
I don't know, and neither do you. And like you, I could go on and on with two or three more pages of questions I can't answer.
I do know this, however. There have been just three occasions in the last four years where I have been pleasantly surprised by the outcome of one of our games: Florida 2007, Tech 2009, and Tennessee 2010. I won't go into how many games have not met my expectations.
So I won't have any. What I see is what I will get, and I won't whine about it anymore. We'll see how the season unfolds, and at the end of the year I'll make up my mind, like everyone else, how I feel about it.
This attitude actually makes anticipation of the first game with Boise sweeter for me. I've lost all my anxieties about the 30 or 40 factors that could go right or wrong. I'll watch this team play like it's entirely new to me, which, matter of fact, it actually is. Yes, I recall this fine Murray fellow, and there's a tight end who looks familiar, and my, that LB knicknamed Tree does hit very hard. But it's pretty much a mystery til the final horn sounds, and that's all right.
Go Dawgs! Whoever you are!