The Good: Willie Tuitama had a breakout season and looks to be the real deal. Kris Heavner returns to the fold, giving the Cats another experienced back-up. Adam Austin has some experience and a good head for the game.
The Bad: Tuitama is just a sophomore and has only four starts under his belt. Austin is inexperienced, while Heavner was less than stellar in his stint as a starter. Richard Kovalcheck is no longer with the program.
The Question: Can Tuitama avoid the sophomore jinx?
The Good: The group is loaded with potential, but little production. Xavier Smith has wowed on lookers with his performance with the scout team, while Chris Henry has all the talent in the world. Derke Robinson and Terry Longbons have folks talking. Brandon Lopez was impressive after a midyear switch from linebacker to FB.
The Bad: Of the group only Henry has a collegiate carry and he has been prone to fumbles. He and incoming freshman Glyndon Bolasky and Brooks Reed may be better suited for defense. Terry Longbons is recovering from shoulder surgery.
The Question: Can Henry hold onto the ball and maximize his potential.
The Good: Mike Thomas and Syndric Steptoe are coming off solid seasons. Anthony Johnson got better as the season went on. The three incoming freshmen are all immensely talented.
The Bad: The unit dropped big passes in close losses to Utah, Purdue and Oregon. There is little experienced depth. Freshman Delashaun Dean is coming off a serious knee injury.
The Question: Can one or more of the freshmen give the unit a much needed infusion of talent?
The Good: The unit was solid. Brad Wood was a favorite target for UA passers and Tuitama seemed to have a rapport with Travis Bell. Several talented freshmen are coming in.
The Bad: Brad Wood and Brandyn McCall are coming off serious injuries. Bell needs to add size, while Ryan Kilpatrick needs to get more comfortable in the passing game.
The Question: Can Wood return 100% from the knee injury?
The Good: The Cats return three starters and a host of young talent. Eben Britton and Daniel Borg were especially impressive with the scout team.
The Bad: Almost every spot on the line is up for grabs, with no returning starter playing well enough last year to cement a spot. Dillon Hansen has some health issues and his status is in doubt. As many as three redshirt freshmen could start.
The Question: Can the group be physical enough to consistently establish the run?