Discussion in 'Thread Archive' started by Twister18, Jan 28, 2010.
2012+ Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Offense: Michigan State
Defense: 4-3 (TBD)
Everything is set up to get his HB outside in space. Does a good job sticking with the run unlike most. Once he finds a pass play/route he feels will work against you he keeps going to the well. His ability to run the ball has been documented but this team is not built to come from behind at the time being, get a lead early. Cover your flat to the HB side every play or the ball will go there.
Plays a pretty basic defense and waits for his opponent to make a mistake. Is above average at making user tackles, especially sideline to sideline. Struggles at time to manually breaking up pass plays so he is susceptible to big plays. Overall calls a solid defensive game to get his players in good position.
**Expect a hard fought game from kickoff to the final whistle, regardless of the score. Twister is a great sport win or loose and is continuing to look to improve.
2012+ Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame preview:
The Domers lost 3 of their main weapons with QB Dayne Crist, RB Cierre Woods, and Shaq Evans, but they do return an NFL caliber OL and a stingy defense. Ought to be a pretty exciting year.
Offense: QB Ronnie Moore will get his chance to start the year and replace Crist as the leader on the field. RB Theo Riddick could have a breakout year and is my early prediction for the heisman leader. Has better stats than Woods but does he have the instincts? WR Carnell Branch will replace Shaq Evans as the deep threat but 2 rookies will be counted on to make huge contributions in the 4 wr set. TE will be solid with Eifert and Morris along with true Fr Chambers getting tons of PT.
Defense: Can Mike Johnson replace KL Moore? Only time will tell. Gone are stalwarts like Manti Teo, Darius Fleming, and Steve Filer, to be replaced by Dan Fox, etc. The secondary will be the led by FS Zeke Motta and EJ Banks and will anchor the defense.
Prediction: The season rests on Moore's shoulder or he will give way to fellow junior Lionel Yates. I believe he is ready for this and ND will finish with a record of 11-1 and surprise the world by being in the BCS NC!
Offense: Probably wanted to run more but he got behind early and was forced to pass. He didn't abandon run completely but did pick up pace, which may have led to the turnovers. When running he prefers to outside, using his back's 95 speed. In pass game he went to backs and tight ends more than his wideouts.
Defense: Doesn't show up on scoreboard but he played good defense in this game. Reed had a very mediocre passing game against the ND defense and a few lucky passes were only big completions. Running game got a few big runs but most of the game was short runs. The long rush TD on the second play was almost 1/2 of Gillislee's yards on the day. Kick return TD was game clincher for Florida and it allowed Florida to play ultra conservative.
2014 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Domers will enter the 2014 season with some questions at their offensive skill positions and will have to rely on their OL and the arm of QB Lionel Yates. Yates, rated overall as a 95, had a very good year in 2013, beating out QB Ron Moore for the starting nod, and led the Irish to a 10-3 record. The defense will be led by the back seven and AA candidate Cory high at LOLB. Here is a breakdown by position:
QB: Lionel Yates (95): Starter. Very accurate, decent arm strength
Ron Moore (90): Backup. Very fast, strong arm, 10 cent noggin.
RB: James Grimes (90): Starter. Very agile but not fast. Durable workhorse.
Rod Waller (83): Backup. Fastest of the HB but not proven. real wildcard.
Trent Hughes (83): Backup. Disappointing offseason for high 5* recruit. Solid overall back but not durable.
FB: Jacob Bennett (94): Starter. could see alot of action. Bulldozer.
WR: Will Brown (83): Starter. Not great speed but great hands. More of a slot receiver.
John Jackson (75): Starter. Good speed and hands. needs work on route.
Sean Lumpkin (75): reserve. see Jackson above
TE: Tom Morris (86): Starter. remember his name. great hands and speed and height makes him a mismatch for safety and LB.
Blake Chambers (86): Starter. may be used in 4 wide formations. Bull in the open field.
OL: LT Casey Leach (97)
LG John Brown (91)
C Jason Stewart (97)
RG Pete Mitchell (88)
RT Lionel Barnes (91)
DE: LE Nate May (83): Great size and quicks for a 6-7 280 lbs DE
RE Mike Johnson (92): AA. Tough run defender and gets in the backfield.
DT: Kyle Ashley (87): Great size and toughness.
Dominic Johnson (80): First year starting. good strength. unknown quantity.
LB: LOLB Cory High (96): AA candidate. great overall backer.
MLB Kasey Day (93): Tough and instinctive mike backer.
ROLB James Hawkins (91): First year starter.
CB: Brian Hale (93): AA candidate: great speed and awareness.
Tom Poland (92): great hands and awareness.
FS: Steve Keller (88): Good size and speed. first year starter
SS: Marcus walker (93): Brutal hitter and run D. Like an xtra backer.
K: Rashad Anderson (85): very accurate and clutch FG kicker.
P: Mark Walker (85): Transfer from Iowa State. Strong leg and KOS spec.
I think this is a rebuilding year for the Domers and they need to add some talent at WR and RB to compete in the NCAA.
Offensive Player to watch: WR Chris Archer: Fr WR is a 6-4 target and could rise to the top with a good spring practice.
Defensive Player to Watch: DE Nate May: Play much better than his 83 rating. QBs watch out.
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