10 Burning Questions for the Preseason:
1. How different will the offense look different under Offensive Coordinator Mike Canales? New OC Mike Canales biggest challenges is to improve the Bulls offense, and his focus has been to get more consistent play from the quarterbacks, improve the red zone efficiency and score points.
2. How much influence has DC Joe Tresey had on the Bulls defensive scheme? Coach Tresey had some very big shoes to fill replacing Wally Burnham, but he arrived with his own impressive resume. Tresey main goals are to return the Bulls to the ball hawking defense they were in 2007 and to improve in all areas including scoring defense.
3. What players will step up and emerge as starters on the offensive line? There were many position battles to watch this spring, but none as important as the offensive line. The Bulls graduated four senior linemen last year, and with several spots open, all eyes are on what players will step up and emerge as starters on the offensive line.
4. Which of last year's redshirts will have a breakout season? The Bulls had a big class of redshirt freshmen last year with 18 players getting the designation. Now is the time for us to see who has developed, and is ready to make an impact for the upcoming season.
5. What members of the incoming class will make an impact in 2009? The Bulls 2009 recruiting class was the best ever with a top-25 ranking, but what members will truly make an impact this season?
6. After losing many senior defensive backs how will the young secondary fare? The Bulls lost a lot of experience when Carlton Williams, Louis Gachette, Danny Verpaele, and Tyler Roberts graduated and this spring was the audition for who will step up as replacements, and now is the time to see how they do.
7. How will the special teams be impacted with the loss of Maikon Bonani to injury? Bonani was a freshman sensation last year, but after being injured in a bizarre accident, the job goes to senior Delbert Alvarado. Delbert handled punting last year, but how will he do handling both punting and kicking duties.
8. Will Mike Ford, Jessie Hester, and A.J. Love return from injuries and to their old form? Ford had an injury marred 2008 season, and Love injured his knee in the bowl game, while Hester inured his foot during the spring game. All are supposedly healthy, and now will be the time to see.
9. With all the competition who will win the starting jobs at outside linebacker? With the graduation of Tyrone McKenzie & Brouce Mompremiere, the Bulls lost two team leaders and both outside linebackers, which is never easy to replace. The two players who had the inside track were Sabbath Joseph & Chris Robinson who opened the spring as starters, but Donte Spires and Jaquian Williams will give them a run.
10. What impact will all the new coaches Phil McGeoghan (WR) David Blackwell (LB) Joe Tresey (DB) and assistants Steve Bird (TE), J.R. Reed (DB), and Marquel Blackwell (QB) have on the team? The Bulls open camp with two new coordinators, and a whole new set of assistant coaches and graduate assistants. How they will impact the team is yet to be fully known.