2. A slightly different take on the o-line The o-line, with all the starters returning and a solid group in reserve, received a lot of praise from Mike Leach this spring. But the performance wasn't all good. Maybe expectations were too high, but there were many times this spring when the OL looked very average against their defensive counterparts.
3. Keith Harrington Sure, there were times he was held in check but the second-year freshman running back was explosive. He's going to be fun to watch this fall. He tripped up a defense in good position to make the tackle on many, many occasions this spring. It's a given he'll be used in rotation and if he can fix some consistency issues, he's likely to challenge for the starting job.
4. The secondary The Cougar defensive backs looked serviceable this spring, which is a ringing endorsement given the expectations for the unit. Marcellus Pippins, despite a quiet spring game, stood out most. As a group, it's clear they're focused more on making picks and getting hands on balls. The secondary will be better than last year, but the question is by how much.
5. Gabe Marks It probably doesn't qualify as a surprise but Gabe Marks was on fire this spring. One might have expected at least some adjustment after the wideout sat out last season but Luke Falk in particular showed an excellent chemistry with Marks this spring.