Online Dynasty Orange Crush Season 3 Team Previews
Team previews have been posted for the Online Dynasty Orange Crush by the members for season 3:
HB- Fitzgerald Toussaint RS SR- Fitzgerald was the back up last season to Freshman sensation David Harrison until he broke his collar bone. Harrison, surprisingly, will not be getting the start this season. Fitzgerald has improved a lot this off-season and has shown that he’s mature enough and ready to get the start for the Wolverines this season. Fitzgerald is expected to carry the offense early until everyone can get in sync with the spread offense that Michigan runs.
HB- Vincent Smith RS SR- A very experienced backfield, Vincent Smith was the 3rd string running back last season, but became the starting back for the B1G championship game and the National Title game. Smith responded with over 300 yards rushing in total for the 2 games and 4 touchdowns. Even after the success he had, Vince will still most likely only be getting carries when the game is out of hand or Fitzgerald needs a breather.
WR- Jeremy Jackson SR- Jackson is a home grown Michigan talent that really hasn’t been used in his time as a Wolverine. He’s a solid receiver, with good height, but just a little slow for the spread offense. Jackson will be the leader for the receiver core so the Wolverines will be expecting him to step up this season.
WR- Jeremy Gallon RS SR- Gallon is another Senior receiver that really hasn’t been used as much as he possibly should have. Right now, the SR will line-up as the number 2 receiver but that could change. There are two Freshman on the roster that could take Gallon’s place since the Wolverines brought in some good freshman at WR the last 2 years. The original thought was to let them improve for 2 years before they play, but the more experienced receivers have yet to step up. Hopefully Gallon will.
DT- Quinton Washington SR- Quinton will be the most talented defensive tackle on the field almost every game he’ll play this upcoming season. He has great strength and can really get in the backfield and cause problems for the opposing defense. Playing for a coach that doesn’t like to blitz much, having a strong and aggressive defensive line is a must and Quinton is a guy that doesn’t need blitzes to get to the QB. The scary thought about this Michigan defensive line, Quniton will be the best DT that the Wolverines have had.
FS- Carvin Johnson SR- Carvin is returning for his Senior year when most thought he could have gone to the draft and been picked pretty high. He had 9 interceptions to lead the Michigan secondary last season, and will look to do even better this season. He also forced 2 fumbles, making that 11 turnovers he caused in all. Carvin is going to be the leader in the secondary and hopefully, he’ll lead by example and get the secondary playing up to their potential.
QB- Anthony Garcia- Anthony was the number #1 rated QB in the nation coming out of high school and also happened to be a scrambling QB which made him perfect for the Michigan spread offense. Anthony is 6’3, and can really run the ball, but there are question marks on how accurate he really is. If his accuracy comes around, he’ll be a stud at the University of Michigan. Right now, it looks like Anthony will be the #2 QB for Michigan, but if Gardner struggles early on, the coaches will not hesitate to put Garcia in the game. For the time being, it looks like the only time Garcia will see the field is when the game is already in hand or Gardner gets hurt.
WR- Drew Johnson- Early on, it looked like Drew would be the slot WR for this season but the more practice time he gets under his belt, the more it looks like Jerald Robinson will play the slot and Drew will overtake Jeremy Gallons spot as the number 2 WR. Johnson is just the type of WR built for this spread offense and could really make some big plays for them. For a guy that’s 6’4, he’s very quick and can really outrun opposing CBs. Both Johnson and Garcia will eventually hook up for a lot of touchdowns as Wolverines, but eventually could be sooner than later if Gardner doesn’t produce.
High End Expectations- Another National Title appearance, only this time walking away with the trophy and do a much better job of in season recruiting.
Low End Expectations- Struggling without Denard Robinson and a true number 1 wide receiver to lead the team. Ending up missing out on playing for the conference championship. Also continue to decline on the in season recruiting.
The Wolverines success will fall on the shoulders of QB Devin Gardner. Devin has had a year to figure out what went wrong in the two games he started last season for the Wolverines. He threw 4 interceptions, including 3 in the B1G conference championship game that could have cost his team the game. To compare, Denard Robinson threw less than 4 interceptions in an entire season last year, including the conference championship and a bowl game. Devin has huge shoes to fill. Lucky for him, the running game has improved each of the last two years, and will feature 2 SR backs in the backfield. That will save Devin from having to really throw all game, but he’ll still be asked to take over several games this next season and hopefully he’s ready.
WR – Senior Michael Campanaro will lead this group, and will likely be hanging out in the slot in the majority of formations. The last two seasons have seen Campanaro catch a combined 99 balls for 1,411 yards and 14 touchdowns. With the move to the air raid, a lot more receivers will be used this season. 6’6 junior Matt James and true freshman Terrance Campbell will start on the outside for Wake; both have ample speed and hands to make the big plays. Along with Campanaro, redshirt freshman Mark Bradley will start at the 4th WR spot. Bradley was expected to be the big name young WR coming into this season until Campbell committed to Wake, so expect some good numbers from the 6’2 frosh.
Offensive Line – This should be one of the better offensive lines Kasper has had since he has been at Wake, with all 5 starters between 80 and 84 overall. They won’t be a spectacular group, but should have enough skill to move people and create running lanes for Harris, while also giving Sousa ample time to find receivers downfield. Both tackles are seniors this year, while the three inside are juniors.
Defensive Line – Wake will return three starters from last years defensive line, including All American Nikita Whitlock. The 6’0 282 pound Lake Jackson, Texas native has recorded 28 sacks from his DT position the last two seasons- largely due to his superior quickness (81 speed) and bastardly power moves (91). Look for Whitlock to have another 10+ sacks this season. Junior Daniel Vogelsang steps into the starting role opposite Nikita, while seniors Zach Thompson and John Gallagher return at the end positions. The two ends combined for 18 sacks last season on top of Whitlock’s 17.5. This could be a damn good group, and I can’t wait to see them in action.
Linebackers – The more I look around, the more I think this could be my best defense yet. Junior LOLB Justin Jackson steps into a starting role at LOLB after waiting patiently, and is a very smart player at the position (81 awareness). He also has great athleticism (87 spd, 82 ag, 88 acc). MLB Mike Olson will finally step into a starting role after waiting behind Scott Betros. the 6’3 senior is a solid overall linebacker with smarts, strength, and speed for the position. I look for him to have a great senior year, even if he has never started a game for us yet. The headliner of the group is junior ROLB Zachary Allen who, like the other linebackers, is a great athlete (85 spd, 85 ag, 92 acc). Measuring out at 6’2 245, and having that kind of quickness, pretty much makes Allen a physical specimen. He is definitely getting smarter on the field as well (86 awr). Allen posted 64 tackles last season (17 TFL, 3 Sacks) while picking off two passes and forcing 5 fumbles. Look for him to have another great year.
Defensive backs – Senior CB AJ Marshall surprised many (and pleased all Wake fans) by coming back for his senior campaign after a 9 interception junior campaign. The 5’11 NC native should have another good year, and will be the leader of this defense along with the previously mentioned Whitlock and Allen. Junior Merrill Noel will step into the starting spot opposite Marshall and could put up some good numbers. Seniors Kevin Johnson and Domonique Tate will be the 3rd and 4th corners. These four should be a very solid group this year, and with such a solid defensive line could really get it done. Senior safeties Daniel Mack and Duran Lowe return and bring stability to the position. Both are smart players who combined for 4 interceptions, but like last year with mostly be used to cover deep over top.
Kicking game – True frosh Bobby Jackson will handle kicking duties for Wake after the departure of our punter to the pro’s. Jackson should be better then our previous kicker and let us kick some field goals from further then 40 yards out. Merrill Noel will continue to handle return duties, and Campanaro will get a shot if Noel can’t for whatever reason.
Best Case scenario- Win the ACC.
Worst Case scenario – Lose the division
I think this team is too talented to win less then 8 or 9 games, but with the new blood in the division I can’t say one way or another as far as the division’s outlook. We expect to compete for a conference title every season, plain and simple.
Season goal: Play in a BCS bowl.
Wide Reciever – The good news is we have three senior recievers back, the bad news is none of them are very good with a high of 82. Two players to keep a eye on are Soph. Lacoose and freshman Oliver. Soph. TE Jon Davis is the best reciever so ball control will be important.
Offensive line – Stinks….even if i had a running back these guys wont be able to open many holes.
Defensive line – The defensive line is good but young with two freshman starters and one soph. Senior DT Spence is the key.
Linebackers – The strength of the defense is here with three senior starters controling the middle of the field. Brown and Vasser are outside while Denmark is in the middle. Brown and Denmark both finished with over 60 tackles last year, while vasser is a first time starter.
Secondary – The strength of this unit is Senior FS Hull while the corners will be young with two soph. and one freshman
After two strong seasons totaling 17 wins and two bowl victories this year will be a struggle. With recruiting picking up the future is bright, but with 6 user games as well as ohio st. and alabama 6 or 7 wins and another bowl game is about a good as we can hope for.
Last season we saw QB Synjyn Days take a few steps back in his maturation. He forced more balls in to coverage and did not always make the best decisions. Senior RB Marcus Wright more than carried the load leading them to their second BCS Championship. Days thought of bolting for the NFL but decided to come back. In camp he lost the starting job to transfer Ashton Glaser who will show NFL scouts what he can do at the helm for one season. The running game should be a shared affair between two speedy Backs Broderick Snoddy & Geoff Booker.
Defensively the Yellow Jackets have 5 new starters in their front 7 but much more experience in the secondary. Georgia Tech returns their entire secondary which did give up a good amount of yardage through the air last year even if they were one of the top teams in forcing turnovers. The defense should be able to leverage their experience in the secondary allowing them to focus on stopping the run.
The accolades Cam Natural has received and most definitely earned in just two seasons as head coach in Atlanta are something special. Having won consecutive outright ACC championships is impressive enough but winning back-to-back BCS Championships convey a fuller sense of this man’s mastery. One wonders what he might do for an encore in 2013. Folks at Tech will tell you one thing: Natural isn’t satisfied.
Everything’s out there for Georgia Tech to take; the Yellow Jackets simply need to prove to themselves that they can handle everyone’s best shot in the toughest conference in the country.
Georgia Tech is currently ranked #11 in the country thought to be low to some due to them winning the national championship and returning nearly all of their key contributers. The 2011 Coach of the Year had this to say, “We don’t care about rankings, last season we started out #19 and look where we ended up.”
Reasons for Concern: The Yellow Jackets will be good enough to outrun, outskill and outscheme their ACC opponents. But here’s the question: Is this program strong enough to compete with the big boys from the Big10? What they lack in skill and speed they more than make up for in size and strength. In last seasons BCS Championship the Yellow Jackets had problems matching up with Michigan in the trenches. They have to get stronger, or a third national title may be out of reach.
2012 Fun Stat: GT Finished #1 in the country in Run Defense