QB: A Mettenberger threw for 251 yards, with about another 120 yards in dropped passes. His 50 % completion rate should be totally ignored. He looks much improved and playing like he knows it. He knows what he wants to do with the ball now, much more than last season. He is even mastering the Joe Flacco back shoulder pass. Surprising? RB: B+ The fumble at the 7 yard line brought down what would have been an A grade. Otherwise a stellar night. Two running backs going for nearly 100 yards each and 2 scores. WR: B Just too many drops. Great plays as well and 248 total yards is significant, so the grade is mixed but upgraded. TE: C We need to get them involved, obviously, in the passing game. OL: B+ I thought the pass protection was much improved over last year. Mettenberger was kept clean a good part of the night, allowing him to get off several intermediate to deep throws. The run blocking needs some work, although their were many shining moments as well. Seemed to be feast or famine. DL: C Very inconsistent pass rush. Not getting a ton of pressure from this group. We need to get better in this area, as it has been our bread and butter the past couple of seasons. Run defense was adequate for the most part. Huge late hit penalty kept a drive alive and kept TCU in the game for way longer than necessary. LB: B I thought they played well, even with the injury forcing us to play a lot of nickel. DB: A- Save for a disappointing 3rd and 17 conversion by TCU, this unit performed extremely well. Loston lays the lumber the likes we have not seen since Laron Landry. He will strike fear in any receiver trying to go over the middle this season. Special Teams: C When you give up a touchdown, it's hard to give the unit anything better than a mediocre grade. Also a big penalty that backed us up deep as well as a poor punt. It was later redeemed to some degree with the late kick return that helped put the game away midway in the 4th. This unit has excelled so much the past 2 seasons that we are spoiled. So I see us correcting the problem and becoming a dominant unit once again. Mr. Delahoussaye came up big in his opening game as a Tiger placekicker. Coaching: B A good overall game plan was affected by some sloppy play. Too many penalties as well. But overall the team was prepared to take on a pretty formidable opponent in it's opening game of the season.