Word Association: Offense

With the summer publishing schedule set to begin Tuesday, Irish Eyes concludes its spring season with word (phrase) association for every scholarship player.

Tuesday, May 3 begins our summer publishing schedule at Irish Eyes. For an overview of the roughly 120 team-related columns I have planned between tomorro and Brian Kelly's Media Luncheon in August's first week, visit our Football Forum at this link.

But first…Phrase Association 2011. A feature that includes predictions, comparisons to former players and random thoughts for every scholarship player (and a pair of worthy walk-ons) entering the off-season.

Remember, the references are only obscure if you haven't read your Irish history…or this website.

Skill Positions

Incoming freshman George Atkinson, Davaris Daniel, Ben Koyack, and Cam McDaniel will be featured in this column's second edition, to be posted following August camp.

Dayne Crist: In control…easy to follow….mechanically mixed…developing dual-threat…earns first shot…Last chance?

Tommy Rees: Trust him in Ann Arbor…early rapport with Eifert…pinpoint corner route passer…It factor…undefeated…Lovecchio or Lisch?

Everett Golson: More quick than fast...bullets…charisma…redshirt keeps the peace…2012 spring sensation…2012 opener?

Andrew Hendrix: Special packages…enrolled too late...2012 camp battle…future draft pick…howitzer…Kent Graham?

Cierre Wood: Focal point...faster Becton from scrimmage…Watters-lite on the Mic…double digits pay dirt…first to four digits since '06…Fumbles thing of the past?

Jonas Gray: Yet to score…Go North/South, young man…senior focus…fumble-itis fixed…400-plus?

Cameron Roberson: 2011 shot...2012 runner-up...2013 impact...Combo-back?

Michael Floyd: Record book evisceration…unstoppable force…Return = BCS or Bust…talent precludes semester at home…straw that stirs the drink...Big House debut?

Theo Riddick: Triple threat…(stop) dancing Wildcat…open-field ankle breaker…household name…Transformation complete?

Tai-ler Jones: Emerging No. 4…solid and steady…open-field, undersized de-cleater…no fear…future No. 2…Never higher?

John Goodman: Now or never…diminished (on) returns...confidence intact…better than he's shown…Vertical threat?…

Robby Toma: Zone buster…overrated hands/underrated game…chain-mover…Davone Bess…Will pounding prevent progress?

Deion Walker: Auditioning for extra…spring sensation…Fall back?

Luke Massa: Unselfish program-maker…must catch everything…Late-2012 rotation?

Daniel Smith: Prototype target…opportunity lost…November rotation member?

Tyler Eifert: Next in line…No. 2 target…bulging back in the past…best hands among the active...Shockey-lite…Three-and-out?

Mike Ragone: The U (in case he reads this)…loose screws…hammer on the move…hands in question…Vertical threat?

Alex Welch: Ten grabs…one year away…vice grips…Dan O'Leary 2.0…Rough and ready?

Jake Golic: Ready and willing…happy to hit…niche needed…specialty work…Holes leading to home runs?

Offensive Linemen

Three incoming freshmen linemen: Connor Hanratty, Matt Hegarty, and Nick Martin, as well as incoming football player Troy Niklas, will be included in the August sequel.

Zack Martin: Brawler, battler, technician…across the formation road-grader…emerging leader…Simply solid or top tier?

Chris Watt: Bowling ball with feet…2nd half starter…too good to sit…2013 All-America?

Andrew Nuss: Versatility the key…back home at guard…jack-of-all-trades…Master of one?

Braxston Cave: Terror on the move…most improved… 5th-year in his future...Faine 2.0?

Trevor Robinson: Last chance…shape of his life…something to prove…Expectations fulfilled?

Taylor Dever: September surprise…lemonade…better than those before…grappler at the point…underrated feet…Saw his best?

Tate Nichols: No. 9 OL…four years remain…2012 spring battle…2012 No. 3 OT?

Mike Golic: In the right role…not a fan of Lynch…summer-filled with short snaps…Versatility earns 5th?

Christian Lombard: Easily No. 3…late-season threat to T.D. …2012 starter…2014 star…Total package?

Lane Clelland: Fight for two-deep…too many switches…can (backup) four spots…Safe in single-game start?

Brad Carrico: Leg up…September on the Scout…renders potential 5ths expendable…Inside or out?

Phrase Association for the defense will be posted this afternoon.


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