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2011 Pre-Season Media Guide

Discussion in 'Thread Archive' started by dakota7, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. dakota7

    dakota7 Former Blue Chip Recruit

    Sep 23, 2009
    2011 Pre-Season Media Guide

    I thought it would be cool if we all did a little write-up on our new teams. Just some of the basics, who we think our offensive and defensive leaders will be, what type of style team we're hoping to be (or maybe what style we're going to develop at our new programs) and what our long-term and short-term goals are.

    We've got time to get this in, I'll probably wait to get the game and actually have a look at my team and get a few scrimmages in before I write something up, but I thought I'd get the thread started in case anyone wanted to start writing theirs.

    Btw, its not mandatory, but it would be cool if all did something.

  2. abolishthefed

    abolishthefed Specializing in mediocrity

    Mar 27, 2010
    Toledo Rockets

    Toledo comes off a 5-7 2009 season optimistic at being able to go to a bowl in 2010 and set the foundations for a strong run in Climb the Ladder. Toledo's 2010 recruiting class was ranked #1 in the MAC by both Rivals and ESPN. However, the Rockets did lose quite a few starters from last year. Below is a position by position rundown of my returning team.

    QB - Starting QB Aaron Opelt graduated, leaving true Soph Austin Dantin to take over the reigns. Dantin started 3 games last year, while Opelt was injured, completing 66% of his passes with 4 TD and 4 INT.

    RB - Last year's 1,000 yard rusher Dejaune Collins graduated. Jr Morgan Williams (456 yards) and Jr scatback Adonis Thomas (151 yards) will split time trying to replace Collins' production.

    WR - Toledo's all-time leading receiver, Stephen Williams, graduated last year. He will be remembered for his 20+ catch performance in the upset-win against Michigan in the Big House. However, the Rockets do return MAC offensive freshman of the year / 1st team NCAA all-freshman and 1,000+ yard receiver Eric Page. He will be joined in the receiving corps by Jr WR Kenny Stafford, rFR WR Ed Williams, and So Julian Bellinger.

    TE - Speedy Jr Danny Noble is back for the Rockets this year.He started 10 games last year.

    OL - Toledo returns 3 linemen from last year's offense that averaged 438 yards per game. The projected starting line includes 2 seniors and 3 juniors.

    DL - The Rockets don't know whether they will run a 3 man or 4 man line this year. They will be undersized at the front for either defense. Seniors Alex Johnson and Doug Westbrook will be in the mix at DE and DT. They will be joined by some combination of Jr DT Malcolm Riley and So DE TJ Fatinikun. There is not much depth at this position.

    LB - The defense will be led by 2-year returning starter Sr Archie Donald. Donald brings toughness to the team, as he has not yet missed a game due to injury. Last year, he led the team with 116 tackles. Donald will be flanked by newcomers So WLB Dan Molls and Jr SLB Isaiah Ballard. Molls registered 43 tackles last year in backup duty.

    DB - Toledo returns two starters in the secondary. So FS Jermaine Robinson is back. As a true FR, Robinson started 10 games and ended with 58 tackles and 6 TFL. So CB Daxton Swanson started 9 games last year before his season was cut short by injury. Swanson had 31 tackles. Jr SS Mark Singer started the last 4 games last year. Rounding out the secondary will be Sr CB Desmond Marrow, who did start 1 game last year. There is some depth at this position.

    Special Teams - Toledo loses its all-time leader for both field goals kicked and field goal accuracy, Alex Steigerwald. Jr K Ryan Casano appears to be in the lead to replace him. At punter, Toledo returns 2-year starter Jr Bill Claus. Claus averaged 38.8 per punt last year with a net of 36.0 yards.

    This season, Toledo will continue with Coach Beckman's spread offense. But, recruiting efforts will try to move the Rockets into more of a pro-style attack in the future. The defense will require more strength and depth in the front 7. UT had a blockbuster recruiting class for '10 by tapping into Cleveland Schools. I look to continue this trend, by showering Coach Ginn of Glenville with lavish gifts.

    Short term, I expect my players to compete on every play. Toledo has a long history of success, including a 7-3 record in bowl games, a 46 game winning streak in the early '70s, multiple MAC championships in every decade, and wins over big-school opponents in the last 20 years (Colorado, Michigan in the Big House, Navy, Purdue, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Penn State at Beaver Stadium, Kansas, and Iowa State). We will need to channel this past success into a sense of pride for the players, so they understand the lineage they are now a part of.

    Career Yardage Leaders at Toledo

    Passing - Bruce Gradkowski '02-'05 9,225 yards
    Rushing - Chester Taylor '98-'01 4,849 yards
    Receiving - Stephen Williams '06-'09 3,102 yards

    Rivalry games: Battle of I-75 against BGSUcks and Northern Illinois
  3. dakota7

    dakota7 Former Blue Chip Recruit

    Sep 23, 2009
    Setting the bar high bsta, nice job.
  4. MorsDraconis

    MorsDraconis Walk On

    Jun 9, 2009
    2011 Media Guide

    Idaho Vandals

    LAST SEASON: 8-5, 4-4 (4th in WAC); beat Bowling Green in Humanitarian Bowl

    KEEP AN EYE ON: The runningback situation - While Idaho brings back two of their top rushers, Princeton McCarty and Deonte' Jackson, they are missing their key man from last year Woolridge, who graduated last season. Woolridge had 18 of Idaho's 25 rushing TDs and 979 of their 2,139 yards on the ground and, at 244 pounds, Woolridge was their main goalline back. The Vandals will have to make some adjustments to their playcalling at the goalline as they do not appear to have another player on their squad that will be able to pound the ball inside like Woolridge was able to do.

    STRENGTHS: Idaho has one of the best QB prospects in the nation in signal caller Nathan Enderle. Barely getting any national exposure, few know of this talented QB, but he has all the tools to be a solid NFL QB. Passing for 2906 yards and 22 touchdowns in just 11 games (missed two because of injury), Enderle has real talent and will be expected to continue to grow as he has done so far (going from 44.3% completion percentage and 10 TDs to 18 INTs as a freshman to 61.5% and 22 TDs to 9 INTs as a junior). While Idaho lost their star WR Max Komar (graduated), they return a talented deep threat in WR Daniel Hardy and a talented pass catcher in WR Maurice Shaw. Their one real shining point on defense is safety Shiloh Keo. A four year starter, Keo is a true pro prospect with great range, a truly great nose for the ball, and truly excels in zone coverage. Keo lead the team in tackles and interceptions last year and looks to probably do the same again this season.

    WEAKNESSES: As stated above, the only shining star on an absolutely atrocious Idaho defense is Keo. The Idaho defense ranked #111th in scoring defense (allowing 35.5 ppg), #104th in total defense (allowing 424.5 ypg), #112th in total passing defense (allowing 3227 yards), and were only slightly better against the run, ranking #73 (allowing only 1867 yards) but still had an absolutely disgusting 484 yards allowed rushing against Nevada last year in an embarrassing 70-45 loss among several other 150+ yards allowed games by the Idaho defense.

    BUZZ: While Idaho was one of the nation's surprises last year in the college football world, they did so with a friendlier schedule than what they have this season. With games at Nebraska and Western Michigan, as well as traveling to Fresno State, Colorado State, Hawai'i, Utah State, and Louisiana Tech (giving them 7 away games) it certainly is going to be a tough road for Idaho but at least they get UNLV, Boise State, and Nevada at home, giving them a prayer of a chance.

    SEASON PROJECTIONS: 7-5 (5-3 in WAC) - QB Nathan Enderle is offensive player of the year; Safety Shiloh Keo is defensive player of the year; RB Princeton McCarty is the surprise of the year, carrying the load at RB on his way to a 1,000 yard season, the first by an Idaho RB since Deonte Jackson did it his freshman season in 2007.
  5. abolishthefed

    abolishthefed Specializing in mediocrity

    Mar 27, 2010
    I enjoyed the Idaho writeup.
  6. ociu

    ociu Hoosier for Life.

    Mar 4, 2010
    Leaned on the CFN write-up like a crutch, but here it is.

    [FONT=&quot]2011 Media Guide[/FONT][FONT=&quot]

    Northern Illinois Huskies



    CFN is quoted as saying: “Northern Illinois has earned the honor of being, arguably, the most successful non-BCS team that hasn’t won a thing.” If things go the way coach OC thinks they will, that dubious “honor” changes this year.

    The team is a perfect vehicle for what Coach OC was trying to build at Indiana last year. According to CFN, the defense led the MAC in yards allowed and the offense led the league in rushing. OCIU’s throwback Smashmouth offense looks like a good fit for the DeKalb Crew, with the top returner at RB, Chad Spann, possibly being the best returning RB in the MAC this year.

    What to watch for on offense:
    The quarterback situation. Chandler Harnish is the team’s best quarterback. DeMarcus Grady was a great recruit for the program a few years ago, and he’s a dual-threat playmaker with the skill to be one of the league’s most explosive players. Will Coach OC decide to stick with the Smashmouth Running Game at the expense of his great QBs? Time will tell.

    What to watch for on defense:
    The linebacker situation. “With a good line taking care of most of the problems, the linebacking corps will be able to dominate.“ (CFN)

    The team will be far better if …
    Chad Spann and the solid RB corps carry the team on their shoulderpads. “The Huskies are 12-0 in their last 26 games when rushing for over 175 yards or more, and 1-13 when they don’t. They have to establish the ground game and can’t let the passing game try to carry the offense.” (CFN)

    The schedule:
    The MAC schedule shapes up nicely for the Huskies. While Western and Central Michigan could give the Dogs a hard time, Northern Illinois is more talented than any team in the MAC, and the schedule certainly gives NIU the last two weeks off with games against Ball State and Eastern Michigan, ranked the worst team in the NCAA. The non-conference schedule (subject to change) will be the true test to whether the Huskies make some noise in the NCAA or are a MAC also-ran, with big money games against Illinois and Minnesota, along with a trip to Nowhereland, Iowa to take on the Cyclones.
    Best offensive player:
    Junior RB Chad Spann. Spann was a star in the MAC, rushing for 1,038 yards and 19 touchdowns. He was the finisher for the Huskies, scoring at least twice in eight games. While the Huskies have backups more than capable of carrying the load, this team’s at a whole different level when the ball is in Spann’s hands.

    Best defensive player:
    Senior DE Jake Coffman. "The Marine was one of the MAC’s best defenders making 8.5 sacks as one of the team’s tireless workers up front. 25 years old, he decided he was done with football and left the team this offseason only to choose to come back to try to be a part of a potentially special defense." (CFN)

    The season will be a success if …
    NIU wins the MAC title. “With Central Michigan and Toledo at home, and the toughest conference game on the slate, Temple, also a home date, NIU has to take advantage and win the West and finally get over the hump. Anything less than a title will be a major disappointment. “ (CFN)

    (Credit for much of the article goes to CFN.)

  7. Twister18

    Twister18 I aint got time to bleed!

    Oct 26, 2009
    2011 media guide​

    Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles​

    QB: Have a QB battle with Austin Davis and Martevious Young. Davis is the field general and Young is the Mike Vick type. Gonna be a close one.

    RB: Will be young RB Kendrick Hardy and speedster Tracy Lampley leeding the way. FB Bruce Johnson is a good blocker.

    WR: DeAndre Brown is a beast. One of the best Wrs in the nation, his 6-6, 245 pound body makes it tough forCBs. Watch out for #5. JC Tranfer Kelvin Bolden starts on the other side.

    TE: Jon Massey is the starter, Not much expoected out of him excepot blocking and a safety valve for the QBs.

    OL: C Cameron Zipp leads a veteran crew that will be counted on to the success of the Eagles offense.

    DL: NT Anthony Gray leads a tough DL which also includes DE Rashad Byrd.

    LB: LB corp is solid, with no superstars but solid tacklers including MLB Korey Williams.

    DB: Question mark for the D as they lose their top 2 DBs. The younf guys will have to step up this spring to make an impact.

    Specialists: K Justin Estes and P Peter Boehme are solid performers and Lampley can be a factor in RS duties.

    UCF is a key game on the schedule as well as a very tough Houston squad.
  8. uncleho

    uncleho Walk On

    Jan 20, 2010
    Wyoming 2010 Media Guide

    2010 Media Guide

    Wyoming Football


    Last Season (2009):

    Record: 7-6, 4-4 MWC (5th)
    Recruiting: #8 class in the MWC (Rivals)

    Key Returning Players for 2010:

    QB Austyn Carta-Samules (So.), 2009 MWC Freshman of the Year
    LB Brian Hendricks (Jr.), 2009 All-MWC 2nd Team
    DB Chris Prosinski (Sr.), 2009 All-MWC 2nd Team
    WR David Leonard (Sr.), 2009 Honorable Mention All-MWC
    P Austin McCoy (Jr.), 2009 Honorable Mention All-MWC

    2010 Schedule:
    09/04/10 vs Southern Utah (REPLACE)
    09/11/10 at Texas
    09/18/10 vs Boise State
    09/25/10 vs Air Force*
    10/02/10 at Toledo (bsta)
    10/09/10 at TCU*
    10/16/10 vs Utah*
    10/23/10 at BYU*
    10/30/10 vs San Diego State*
    11/06/10 at New Mexico*
    11/13/10 at UNLV* (dakota7)
    11/20/10 vs Colorado State* (nolenblue)

    * Conference game

    Offensive Player to watch:

    QB Austyn Carta-Samuels had a very good year as a freshman (1,953 passing yards, 10 passing TD’s, 5 INT’s, 366 rushing yards, 3 rushing TD’s) and should be improved after spending a year in the spread system. He is firmly entrenched as the starting QB and won’t be sharing time with anyone this year. He will need to develop a rapport with someone other than David Leonard if he wants to see more development as a player.

    Defensive Player to watch:

    DB Chris Prosinski led the team in tackles last year with 140, he also added 6 pass break ups and 6 deflections, and forced 2 fumbles. Teamed with LB Brian Hendricks (116 tackles, 5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1FR) the back 7 on defense will look to be the strength of that unit.

    Offensive Question Marks:

    The entire wide receiver corps, with David Leonard catching 34% of the team’s receptions and racking up 31% of the teams receiving yards, others will need to step up in big ways for this offense to see success. This will include a lot of young receivers and some juco transfers coming from spread systems, hopefully they can make a quick transition. RB Alvester Alexander needs to be more of a presence on offense.

    Defensive Question Marks:

    The entire defensive line will need to come together quickly in order to greatly improve on the entire defensive units rankings from last year. Losing their top two defensive linemen from last year will really hurt this group. Weeks 2-4 will really show what this group has with games at Texas, home against Boise State, and home against Air Force. Throw in Utah, Colorado State, TCU all having good running backs and we will see through out the year if the defensive line can stop the run.

    Special Teams:

    Both P Austin McCoy and K Ian Watts return so the specialists should be solid. The return game needs a major boost however with the team averaging 22.3 yards per kick returns. The team did average a decent 13.4 yards per return.


    Wyoming has goals to win the MWC and make it back to a bowl game. Both will be very difficult to do with games against Boise State, at Texas, Utah, at BYU, and at TCU. They will have to win the games they are supposed to win if they are going to have a shot at another bowl game.

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