"I think there are a couple very simple takeaways," Mendenhall said. "First of all, as we continue to play better and better teams, which is our intent, and the difficulty of schedule, there are some fantastic learning challenges at the same time. What we know is we will be playing the majority of those teams on the road.
I strongly believe our program moved forward last year from the year before, and in relation to where we need to go. I am very confident in the direction we are headed.
We were two, three, four plays short of winning games at Notre Dame, Wisconsin, our bowl game against Washington, and probably any of the losses we had, even earlier in the season, versus Virginia and Utah.
The takeaways are that points are ultimately what matters. And so when we get in the red zone, we have to be able to get touchdowns rather than field goals.
More explosive plays, through the air, has to be part of what happens. More balance, and effectiveness in our offense.
I would say those things in particular are the main takeaways to being able to beat the best teams we play in the settings we are going to play them in.
With the style and tempo now that we are playing, we also need to add more depth to sustain playing those teams week in and week out so our special teams can be strong enough, with good enough players, to allow our best offensive and defensive players to not have even more plays than they are playing simply because we have added volume."
Mendenhall addressed a lot of personnel matters, perhaps the most newsworthy stuff of the day. A sampling;
* Michael Davis, who was recruited as a receiver before being moved to cornerback last season due to injuries at that spot, will move back to receiver "for this spring and going forward," Mendenhall said.