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#Year3

Year 3 is the beginning of a make-it or break-it period for any coach. Most reasonable programs (read: non-SEC) will give a coach time to get his recruits and system into place, and the 3rd year is when you'd expect to see results as your own guys seep into the 2-deeps. But how many? A discussion with The Loon, someone whose passion I respect, in the predictions thread about the talent Wacker left behind got me digging. Just who all was left behind for the last few coaches? Have we really had any recruiters the past 30 years that didn't cheat? Well, see for yourself:

1999 Wacker-Era Survivers That Started

Alex Hass
Adam Haayer
Pat Hau
Ben Hamilton
Josh Rawlings
Billy Cockerham
Thomas Hamner
Dyron Russ
Sean Hoffman

Tyrone Carter

1999 Wacker-Era Survivers that were backups

Spencer Dettman
Erik Larson
Andy Persby
Byron Evans
Luke Braaten

Jimmy Wyrick

2013 Brewster-Era Survivors that are starters

Marek Lenkiewicz
Zac Epping
Caleb Bak
Donnell Kirkwood
Mike Henry
Cameron Botticelli
Ra'Shede Hageman
Aaron Hill
James Manual

Brock Vereen

2013 Brewster-Era Survivors That are Backups

Ed Olson
Logan Hutton

And, for the sake of being thorough, 2009 Mason-Era Survivors Starting

Adam Weber
Eric Decker
Nick Tow-Arnett
Matt Stommes
Dom Alford
Garrett Brown
Lee Campbell

Nate Triplett

2009 Mason-Era Survivors that were backups

Ryan Ruckdashel
D.J. Burris
Ned Tavale
Barrett Moen

While Mason should get some credit for developing that group, I hope he has the good taste to leave some flowers at Coach Wacker's grave every year. The top-level talent and depth that he inherited when he arrived is far superior to any that a coach has had since.

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