It seems as if some comments here have rankled the undergarments of some of the people over at MGoBlog.
I've been increasingly irritated at Black Shoe Diaries (the guy who posts as BSD, not the whole blog) for his insistence that having a redshirt freshman who couldn't hit Charlie Weis—miss you, big guy xoxo—in three tries neck-and-neck with a walk-on is a JUST FINE quarterback situation THANK YOU, but this has gone from standard-issue fan denial to plain old insanity
It's sweet that our Michigan friends
our are concerned about what they perceive as our dire situation under center, but I'm not convinced things are going to be all that bad.
In don't think any Penn State fan is expecting Newsome to pick up where Clark left off, and I'm fairly certain the coaches aren't either. I'm also confident that they're not going be asking Newsome win many games.
At crux of the idea is what Newsome did last year and in the spring game, which at this point, is ridiculous. If we're going to use that argument, then Michigan has concerns of its own. (Anyone remember Denard Robinson's performance against Penn State last year?) If we're going to use the spring game as a measuring stick, then Forcier and Robinson were going up against Michigan's defense (without Brandon Graham). Nuff said.
Look, I'm not delusional (OK, maybe a little bit) but I'm not expecting any more than eight wins this season. And I expect to attribute at least some of the blame for the losses on quarterback play, whether it be Newsome or McGloin (or perhaps, eventually, Bolden or Jones). Newsome is only a sophomore, and his game experience, is rather limited. The talent amassed around the quarterback, and on the defensive side of the ball, dictates that this will be a solid, if unspectacular team. We'll see flashes of brilliance, and we'll undoubtedly see some "I want to kick the dog" moments.
But I'm still optimistic, and am not ready to write off any of our quarterbacks without seeing them get a least a little meaningful playing time. Like I said, for me, eight wins is the goal. Nine would be great, but I'm not counting on it. Anything more than that, as big of a homer as I am, I would be flat-out stunned.