Jimbo Fisher does a good job of making sure the quarterback [Deondre Francois, a 6' 1", 205‑pound sophomore] makes the right reads and gets the ball to the right guys. Francois got beat up pretty good last year and still kept going. It’s tough to replace a guy like Dalvin Cook. He was a threat to score every time he touched the ball. The freshman back [5' 11", 213-pound Cam Akers] was a five-star recruit who can give them some of what Cook gave them. The little receiver Nyqwan Murray [a 5' 11", 176-pound junior] can fly.
We have to wait and see what [6' 3", 211-pound sophomore safety] Derwin James looks like coming back from the [torn meniscus in his left knee]. In the past you always had to know where he was on the field. You don’t have to change your game plan, but you have to be sure your quarterback knows where he is. The last couple of years, they’ve recruited some leaner pass rushers. Those ends [Josh Sweat, a 6' 5", 250-pound junior, and Brian Burns, a 6' 5", 218-pound sophomore] are a little bit quicker off the ball. They’ve been down at linebacker the last couple of years. Not bad but not as good compared to their normal standard. But their secondary and defensive line are as good as ever.