More explosive plays. We practically didn't have any in 2012, and just not very many plays of 20+ yards. Now we're seeing them fairly regularly (and I don't think it's as simple as "PRich is healthy"), and are on track for more than we've had in a long time. Reduction of "gashers" on defense. There have been some, mostly against very good competition, but our D is hanging in there and forcing good teams to drive the field. We're giving up alot of total yards, but fewer yards per play. Dramatically more turnovers forced. We had 12 all of last season. We already have 14, the direct result of a change in mentality and forcing teams to run more plays. Fewer penalties, and almost completely erased are the soul-crushing false starts, delay of game after a timeout, having to call timeout to avoid a penalty, personal foul after personal foul, etc. The team is much more disciplined (tied for 23rd in penalties). Improved special teams play. Our returns are better (how could they get worse), and our return coverage, after being an issue in early wins, has improved weekly against very good competition. No highlight returns against us, let alone weekly. Kicking and punting have been very good, where both areas literally cost us games under HawkEmbree. General demeanor of players. The level of engagement of players on the sideline, the emotion and support from player to player, the encouragement of coaches - all improved. We're post-honeymoon and guys are still bought in, no division in the locker room (when we have the potential for at least three factions), and guys are supporting one another. It actually feels like we have some true leaders on the team. More play makers getting a chance to play, and players who are not getting it done are being replaced. No more Jordan Webb week after low grade week. Guys are getting a chance, and if they perform well, they continue to see the field; if they don't, a young guy gets a shot. Sounds easy, but it's been a while. Nobody is giving up. There are some potential/likely blowouts to come, but by now a HawkEmbree team would have given up in half of our games by now. Competent coaching. We're seeing in-game adjustments in all three phases, trick plays, aggressive play calling, not clearly being outcoached every single game, and an overall flexible mentality (as opposed to Round Peg, Square Hole Embree or Know It All Hawkins). I see a staff that looks around the college landscape to see what is working right now and isn't afraid to use it just because it's someone else's idea. Fewer injuries. We've been due in a big way to have a healthy season, but you have to think that S&C is helping in this area. Academics/APR. Embree started an upward trend, but MikeMac has already had a hand in rescuing a few players that were dangerously close to being gone due to grades. Relatively incident-free. Webb and Crowder, yes, but we're shooting under par in this category. There are plenty of areas to improve (3rd down %, red zone efficiency), but we're whittling down the list. I'm in a wait-and-see mode on recruiting, but we've learned the hard way how easy it is to squander decent talent with horrific coaching, and just as important is what you do with the kids when they get here. I'm confident that we have that part figured out - we just need to get more talented with each LOI.