The biggest issue is up front offensively. If I’m Applewhite, my primary focus this offseason is setting a new mindset in the trenches. Too many times the offense was limited to just passing the ball because they needed to abandon the run game. It didn’t seem like there was any nastiness on the line this year, and too many missed blocks plagued the rushing attack. Players like Duke Catalon, Mulbah Car, and Dillon Birden were forced to be primarily pass catchers because there was nowhere to run. That needs to change in 2018. Houston has plenty of talent returning next year, but the mentality needs to be adjusted. The skill position talent and potential will be wasted if they can’t run the ball, and Applewhite will be without a job if they struggle again next season. Assuming he’s not let go this year.