Whether or not Bill Callahan's second team is successful will depend in large part on veteran players, among them seniors like Cory Ross, Brandon Koch, Seppo Evwaraye, Daniel Bullocks, Le Kevin Smith, Titus Adams and others. Players who have been through the dramatic changes, the emotional ups and downs of the past couple of years, are the heart and soul of the team. But the attention lavished on the 2005 recruiting class makes a significant storyline out of which true freshmen will see action against Maine on Saturday. The consensus among beat reporters seems to be that as many as nine probably won't redshirt: Harrison Beck, Chris Brooks, Jordan Congdon (No. 1 on the depth chart), Phillip Dillard, Cody Glenn, Leon Jackson, Marlon Lucky, Ndamukong Suh and Barry Turner. Even if all of them don't play against Maine, they'll probably play at some point. Brooks, for instance, is still not 100 percent following arthroscopic knee surgery. Matt Slauson, a late addition to the recruiting class, also figures to play as a true freshman. At one point, it appeared that other true freshmen, such as Nick Covey and Jeff Souder, might be used almost exclusively on special teams. That seems less likely now, although it's still a possibility.
Posted by Mike Babcock
@ Friday, September 02, 2005 ||