Going into this season many of us loved what Harsin was preaching about toughness, attention to detail, winning mentality. There were obviously questions about whether Harsin could deliver on those things as a coach and more importantly whether those things would garner tangible results.
I wanted to post this for perspective on our team and coaches. Where we started and what we know now.
1) Can Harsin develop players- most importantly QBs and OL?
The answer here is yes. Auburns OL improved throughout the season and in fact Harsin was able to build the future their with a rotation. Bo Nix also improved- his mechanics, mentality, every aspect of his game seemingly improved. Were there regressions at both of these positions at times yes thats completely fair but overall both groups improved as the season went on.
2) Can Harsin handle an SEC schedule, a full year of big games against the best talent and some of the best coaches?
Yes and No. Tonight Harsin and co went toe to toe with Saban with a severely undertalented team. Even with Bo, Anders, and Pappoe this is one of the largest talent gaps auburn has had against alabama in a long time. And Harsin held them scoreless for 3 quarters and 10 through four. Can Harsin sustain this success- is he ready for SEC- not with this roster. We need more players to consistently compete. ANY coach- Gus, Freeze, Kiffin, Cristobal wouldve run into some of the same issue that faced Harsin in that regard. Talent has to step up.
3) Can Harsin recruit at an elite level?
this is TBD, but my prediction is yes. Harsin will continue to build relationships and this roster and continue to improve upon his record and building this program the right way.