Reasons To Be Cheerful, Pt. 3

Yes, the title of this article is taken from the 1979 song of the same name by Ian Dury and the Blockheads.  It popped into my head as I considered an article about good things going on with the Huskie football program, of which there are many.  Hopefully you can get the song out of your head.  Here is my list in no particular order:

  • The new turf at Huskie Stadium looks awesome.  And the Yordon Center is still one of the finest football facilities in the country.
  • Head football coach Jerry Kill is still a dashing, handsome man.
  • So are offensive and defensive coordinators Matt Limegrover and Tracy Claeys.  OK that's just piling on. 
  • We have a BCS school (Kansas) coming to Huskie Stadium for the first time since 2003 with hopefully more to follow.
  • The 2009 Huskies are projected by most prognosticators to have a winning record and contend for a bowl.  You can argue the Huskies have a chance to win any given game this year and that's all you can ask for.
  • The large majority of 2009 Huskie contributors will be back in 2010, which is shaping up to be a banner year in Huskie football.
  • The Huskies are into their second year with the current coaching staff and should be much more comfortable with the offense than they were heading into last year.  There was no coaching turnover in the offseason.
  • Our quarterback Chandler Harnish is an emerging star who should show great improvement in 2009 based on his starting experience last year.
  • Offensive linemen Eddie Adamski and Jason Onyebuagu are being touted for all- MAC status and left tackle Trevor Olson is an emerging star.  Hopefully the offensive line as a whole can get back to the status it enjoyed earlier in this decade as the best in the MAC.
  • Kicker Mike Salerno is money.  And he can make sure his brother does his homework. 
  • The defense led by NFL-prospect safety David Bryant should be stout again as so many players saw playing time with last year's terrific defensive unit.  No truth to the rumor that Bryant will play every position on the field this year although he probably could if he wanted to. 
  • The schedule worked out pretty well this year considering the realities of an ESPN world.  The home opener is a night game which always makes for a great atmosphere.  Fireworks anyone?
  • Speaking of ESPN, most 2009 Huskie games will be televised, which would have been a ridiculous prospect just a few short years ago. 
  • The Huskies have cracked the Rivals 5.5 rating barrier with several 2009 and 2010 recruits and are in the running for several of the top players in Illinois.
  • The Huskie Marching Band rocks!
  • I almost forgot the best one of all: fall camp starts in less than two weeks.  Go Huskies!!

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