adumbrate \a-DUHM-breyt\ , verb;
1. To foreshadow; prefigure.
2. To produce a faint image or resemblance of; to outline or sketch.
3. To darken or conceal partially; overshadow.
In hindsight, the early defensive dominance and will to finish in the 2007 Independence Bowl adumbrated the strong 2008 campaign and eventual national title in 2009.