Gazing Beyond Spring: Three Things It Showed

The football team completed its spring practice a couple weeks ago, and there was a lot of progress made, but just what did the spring show everyone and what isn't quite clear about this upcoming 2010 team? SI provides the three things that spring did show everyone in this first of a two-part series.

Three things spring showed everyone:

1. QB Landry Jones will be more efficient in 2010—He completed 261 of his 449 passes in 2009 for just less than 3,200 yards, including a touchdown-interception ratio of 26-14. Jones averaged 246 passing yards per game on his way to a 130.83 passing efficiency. But he was slow with his progressions at times, and he didn't always make it through all of them or the right ones. A game at Nebraska in which Jones tossed five picks illustrated his inconsistency in making the right progressions. But the coaches as well as Jones himself have both said he has been better so far this spring.

2. WR Ryan Broyles will dominate again—Broyles racked up 1,120 yards on 89 receptions, 15 of which were touchdown catches, in 2009. He averaged 93.3 receiving yards per game, and he will do the same thing next season. The area Broyles is also improving in is his leadership, where teammates have said he is becoming more vocal as opposed to only being a leader by example.

3. Despite some huge losses, the defense has the pieces to be just as good—Linebacker Travis Lewis brings a swagger to this group that has transferred throughout. He is the anchor and motivator of this defense that was strong during the Spring Game. All the pieces are there for the defense to be devastating yet again next year, as long as health doesn't get in the way.

Check back for the upcoming second part of this series, which will feature the three things that are still uncertain after this spring.

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