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Published November 25, 2009, 03:32 PM

Further Review: Next year's team

(WDAY Sports) - So the Bison football team finishes three-and-eight. Fans are not happy, but how much better can next year really be? That's tonight on Further Review.

By: Steve Hallstrom, WDAY

(WDAY Sports) - So the Bison football team finishes three-and-eight. Fans are not happy, but how much better can next year really be? That's tonight on Further Review.

Anything really can happen in sports, but how much better than 3-8 can the Bison be next year? No doubt they can be a 6 or 7 win team, but 8 or 9 wins? I don't see it, just too many problems to solve. Kicker, punter, safety, offensive line, and outside linebacker are the obvious hot spots, but there are question marks up and down the depth chart.

There are promising signs in most of those spots. Take QB, Jose Mohler can run and throw. Looks like he can be pretty good, but just don't know yet, and that's the story at a whole lot of spots. Young players who should get better with some experience, but we thought that with a few guys this fall who took major steps backward.

I wasn't impressed with the defensive coaching. I never saw linebackers shooting gaps, guys were caught out of position all the time, db's struggled to make plays on the ball, tackling was shaky. Guys just didn't look like they knew what they were doing

Reasons for optimism: tough to believe the off field issues will flare up that bad again. Remember they lost both starting receivers over the summer. Tough to believe injuries will knock out the entire starting line backing unit again.

Top teams in conference lose a lot of seniors; the league should be pretty wide open next year. How do the Bison take advantage? Well, it all comes down to recruiting. This year's freshmen class appears to be very solid. Craig Bohl needs to follow it up with a couple more.

Just look at the Vikings, a couple years ago just ordinary team, then Zygi wrote some checks, some good draft picks were made, and they make the playoffs. Now Favre shows up and they might win it all. It's all about players, and Bohl needs to find some.

He's said recruiting slipped for a couple years. He probably gets one mulligan from Gene Taylor on that, but probably just one. Any team can have a bad year, but with all the resources NDSU should never be fewer than 500. If the bison end up there again, very possible we're talking about a coaching change.

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