Gard getting a lot of respect in this poll - especially after a really poor conference record in a pretty bad big ten. 5th year seniors (e.g. Wahl), while steady as ever, tend to not improve much. I don’t think Wahl has another step to take beyond what he did his junior year. Essegian’s growth will be the major lane for improvement IMO, otherwise I feel like they played to their ceiling. Time will tell. I’ve been signaling Gard’s demise since 2020, but he keeps pulling rabbits out of hats.