Originally Posted by ZONA
Cracks me up that so many here seem to forget that when Walton went out was after the tuff part of the schedule and through those early growing pains with all the new players and coaches. But, please, discount that and conintue on with your opinion, even though it's full of flaws. Koppen started playing just in time to play the weaker opponents and when everybody at least had some games under them to somewhat gel.
Cracks me up that so many here seem to forget that Koppen came in and had less than a month to learn a new team and a new offense and still outplayed JD Walton. Talk all you want about having time to gel. Fact is, Beadles had played with the 2 guards around him the season prior, and through camp and preseason. Koppen came in and instantly upgraded the level of play on this Oline despite barely having time to adjust to his new team and his new system.