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Post up here a preview of your 2012 roster and an outlook on your season
LSU comes off of the 2011 season a bit disappointed. After a flurry of mistakes by the NCAA, the Tigers ended the season with a 11-3 record instead of the 13-1 record they deserved. However, the energy in the program seems to be at an all time high after LSU managed to reel in the #1 ranked recruiting class in the nation.
OffenseThe Tigers brought in a new offensive coordinator for this season. They felt that they had a decent amount of success on offense last year, but had some issues closing out games and sometimes poor quarterback play made too much of an impact on the game. This season, they will be employing a slightly more balanced attack, similar to what Oklahoma runs. They will be able to run some plays out of Ace, I, Pistol, and Shotgun. Sometimes they will spread the defense out, and sometimes they'll come straight at them. Solid offensive personnel at just about every position allows them to do this.
StrengthsQB - Zach Mettenberger gained valuable experience last year and is one of the best passing talents in the entire country.RB - The three headed attack of Ware, Ford, and Blue should be tough for offenses to stop.OL - With 3 players on the line rated above 90, the Tigers will look to dominate in the trenches.
WeaknessesG - The guards are the weakest link on the offensive line, which could make it tough to run inside.WR - After Randle, there is no definitive #2 receiver with the loss of Shepard to the pro draft. Someone will need to step up.
DefenseThe Tigers had one of the better defenses in the country last year. They had some close, low scoring games that their defense essentially won. The Tigers will certainly look to build on last year's success and dominate games. Last year's defense was built around pressure from the defensive line and good play by the defensive backs. Look for this year to be much of the same.
StrengthsDL - Despite the loss of Brockers, the defensive line has improved. They return 3/4 starters, including Sam Montgomery, one of the best pass rushers in the entire country. Redshirt Freshman Anthony Johnson should be able to fill in well for Brockers.DB - The Tigers have two lock down corners in Claiborne and Mathieu. Simon is formidable in the slot. These talented players are able to try and make plays knowing that they have two talented safeties behind them.
WeaknessesLB - The tigers lost all 3 linebackers last season to graduation. Minter received some playing time last year, but is the only player with any real experience. Those filling the linebacker spots will need to perform well, despite their lack of talent/experience. The line and defensive backs may be able to mitigate this, but it will be tough.
Prediction: The Tigers play a tough, but manageable schedule this season. Look for them to enter the conference championship game with either one or no losses.LSU expects to make a run for the title this year, and they very well might make it to the big game.
Katz is back but I am still having issues with his accuracy. 1st and 2nd String HB's are slow as sin but they will have to do until some of the lower rated speedsters get up to speed. WR's are mid 80's hands are still like stone despite they are possession receivers. Alot will need to change this week if we expect to have a chance against Oklahoma
Strong Front 6 in the 3-3-5. The defensive backfield needs some help
One of our recruiting goals is to pick up a small speedster to help with Return duties to take some work off of the starting wideouts
Record Prediction 8-4
QB James Vandenberg returns for his senior season and will need to reverse his terrible numbers from last year in order for the Hawkeyes to compete for the Big 10 title. A 47% completion rate, 17 interceptions, and 42 sacks taken will not cut it this year with the defense losing some talent from last year. The left side of the offensive line is the strong point in the running attack anchored by one of the best offensive linemen in the country, LT Riley Rieff, to go along with the LG and C both rated 90 and 92 respectively. HB Marcus Coker is entering his Junior season rated at a 94 and looking to better his season from last year where he finished 2nd in the nation in rushing yards. Losing playmaker WR Marvin McNutt is a big blow to the receiving corps and others will have to step up, especially Freshmen E.J. Turner who won the #2 slot.
The defense is lead by junior MLB James Morris and senior CB Micah Hyde and has freshmen starting at both defensive end positions and strong safety with the depth also freshmen. Two other returning juniors are at OLB and a JUCO JR and SR (RS) at defensive tackle with a junior free safety and two other senior cornerbacks who will play. A relatively inexperienced defense even with the upper classmen, this defense will have to gel quickly and play at a high level with Oregon, USC, and Oregon State on the schedule in the first five weeks of the season.
Junior K Mike Meyer returns and could be one of the better kickers in the nation this year. Freshmen P Jim Vaughn will have to step up and get the job done right away.
Iowa has a chance at a 10-2 record at best but with questions about being able to close out games both offensively and defensively, they are more likely looking at an 8-4 record this year.
2011 - 10-4 (lost conference championship to LSU* and won Sugar Bowl against West Virginia)
Final Ranking 2011 - #6
Preseason Ranking 2012 - #7
On offense Georgia brings back its QB, top 3 HB, top 4 WR and the starting TE. Most of the offensive line returns as well so the Bulldogs should have no trouble moving the ball. Murray (RS-JR) will again lead the offense. He is looking to improve on his mediocre performance last year. A key will be cutting down on the turnovers. He also needs more help from his receivers, who droped a lot of passes last season. King, Brown and Wooten all possess talent but need to improve their focus on the field. The strength of this unit however, will be the run game. Thomas returns after running for more than 1,000 yards last season. Rising sophomore Crowell is expected to get more carries this year as well. He is a future star and displayed some of his talent last season.
The defensive line was the strong point for this defense last season, and that unit returns 3 of the top 4 players. The only player to leave is standout defensive end Tyson, but new starter Jones is ready to step up to the starting team. This unit is still massive in the middle with Geathers (350) and Jenkins (335) and even the ends Jones and Lott are near 300 lbs. each. Typically the team employs a 3 man front but occasionally uses 4 in some passing situations. The LB core also returns most of its key players include OLB washington and ILB Brown. This is a very important unit for the 3-4 defense and the added experience should help improve the performance. S Rambo will lead the back half of the D. He considered going pro before opting to return for his senior year. The secondary got lit up by LSU in the conference championship but was strong for many other key games, including a decent performance against WVU in bowl game.
Walsh won Kicker of the Year last season but he has graduated. The team also lost its Punter Butler so the Bulldogs will play with true freshmen at both positions. This is easily the weakest unit on the roster due to the lack of experience.
Player to Watch
HB Crowell - Already ran for 100+ yards in the first game against Army. He is going to see a lot more carries this season.
User Games: Ohio State, Ole Miss, Florida and Notre Dame
12-2 (including conf. champ and bowl game) - Florida is the only big test in the SEC East so beating the Gators will be key for Georgia to return to conference championship game. Matchups with Big 10 teams Notre Dame (reigning national champions) and Ohio State also pose a formidable challenge.
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