A few more thoughts about Saturday’s game:
–Good starting debut by fullback Brian Holley. There is a lot of talk about the departure of Will Ta’ufo’ou, and for good reason. But one thing Holley demonstrated Saturday is the ability to bully his way for a few extra yards, something Ta’ufo’ou couldn’t do as well. It remains to be seen if Holley will be as good a blocker as Ta’ufo’ou. He did well Saturday. But Holley definitely showed something as a short-yardage back.
–I had forgotten just how good Shane Vereen is. After watching Dasarte Yarnway in training camp, I thought Vereen may have some trouble keeping his spot on the depth chart once Jahvid Best leaves the program. But Saturday reminded me just how explosive a runner he is and how adept he is catching balls out of the backfield. I can’t imagine many other teams across the country he wouldn’t be starting for.
–Cornerback Darian Hagan was in and out of the lineup with cramps, and that allowed the Bears to demonstrate what we already knew — just how deep they are in the secondary. Josh Hill and Bryant Nnabufie each played well in Hagan’s place, with Hill making a couple of nice tackles.