@Steve: I know this is going to sound odd, but ... nine.
@Charlie: I'm interested to see who wins the center job -- can Michael Decker grab the position by the horns? Who emerges at tight end? Tyler Hoppes? And what does Bob Diaco have planned at nose guard? Mick Stoltenberg? I've heard Nebraska is asking Stoltenberg to beef up to 310-plus pounds (from 290 last season).
@Steve: I think you could be right. But I've learned to avoid automatically assuming much about whether a coach is going to be the answer or not.
@Josh: I guess I've forgotten.
@Sam: I think the prevailing sentiment is Miles should be given a chance next year to take the program to the NCAA Tournament. That seems a realistic goal, and realistic outlook. But we'll see what Shawn Eichorst has in mind at the end of this season.
@Cubbiesfan: That is still on my list. I swear.
@Ted: I think such speculation is premature.
@Charlie: I don't think it changes all that much. But the secondary obviously play off the front seven, so there will have to be adjustments in that regard.
@Derek: Mike Riley has said he's open to having a workhorse-type back, a la Steven Jackson, if one proves capable of handling that type of role. Of the running backs on the current depth chart, I think Tre Bryant is the only one who could fit that type of description.
@SlowBow: I think it's possible that Eichorst will shop the market, as you suggest. But I'm on record as thinking it would be unfair to pull the plug on Miles now. He has assembled the young talent, and he's also developed it well, with no hint of NCAA improprieties or anything of the sort.
@Steve: I think his resume' suggests there will be an upgrade. But remember, Bo Pelini was coming off a national championship at LSU in 2007.
@Hootie: I project a depth chart at the position that looks like this to begin next season: 1. Bryant; 2. Ozigbo; 3. Wilbon; 4. Bradley. I know, it's not exactly going out on a limb. As for Bradley, I wonder if a redshirt is feasible considering the lack of depth at the position. I was surprised another RB wasn't in the class of 2017.
@marcus: If you're suggesting that multiple players would leave the program if Miles were fired, yes, that's always a possibility. I think that would be an extremely unfortunate situation considering the talent throughout the roster -- which is partly why I advocate retaining Miles. Bottom line, I don't think Nebraska needs to "blow up" the program. I think it needs to find a way to get over the hump, and Miles should get the chance to show the way.
@Derek: It sort of depends on which receiver position you're talking about. I think Stanley Morgan will be the top target, followed by De'Mornay Pierson-El. Of the three true freshman receivers, I think two will have to play for sure. I think Tyjon Lindsey, if recovered from his knee issue, has the best chance to make an immediate splash.
@Sam: My gut says "yes" because I think fairness will prevail (see previous comments).
@Zadi: Do you really think Mark Few would leave Gonzaga for Nebraska?
@Redrealist: No way I'm going to give the knee-jerk endorsement to the offensive line after its awful bowl performance.
@rickylee41: I give Wisconsin credit for making plays down the stretch.
@Kyle: Tanner Lee has told me that at Tulane, he was directing an offense that often was playing from behind. Consequently, he acknowledges he forced a lot of throws and took a lot of chances. Yes, he says, he must avoid a lot of those high-risk throws in the future. Hopefully, he learned some hard lessons at Tulane. As for O'Brien, he's clearly a better runner than Lee, and a bit more athletic. I'm not suggesting O'Brien is a dual-threat-type QB. But he did rush/scramble for 600-plus yards as a senior at San Juan (California) Hills High School.
@Ted: Buildings don't win anything.