So, I came into 2013 very optimistic.
Then, the first play at Clemson. Ugh.
Then, Tennesee. Double Ugh.
So many guys went down, our sideline became a trauma center the likes of which haven’t been seen since the Superdome after Katrina.
But, we had some guys stand up and play some pretty good football. We also got some guys back who were our leaders coming into the season. Arthur Lynch returned from being banged up and finished the season strong, earning All-SEC honors. That’s the guy we thought he’d be when we signed him.
Still, if you’d told me we’d lose Mitchell and Scott-Wesley for the season, as well as Conley, Bennet, Lynch and Rome for multiple games each - and yet we’d still finish as the Nation’s 16th ranked passing offense (and tied for 10th in yards per attempt), I’d have called you nuts. In fact, I definitely wouldn’t have thought our passing game would drop by only 226 yards over the course of the year - and given our schedule strength, that’s pretty amazing.
So how’d we do it?