2012 Team Previews

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  1. Hova

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    We will be doing something new this year. You will be writing the preview of another member. This year you will be doing your division mate.

    Ideas to have in your preview:

    Position BreakDown
    Big Games on Schedule
    Recruiting Needs
    Season Outlook
    Offense and Defense Scheme (Check playbook thread)


    Your name will be next to your team assignment. Please post Previews in this thread.



    Georgia Tech - HovaTheGodMC
    Maryland - RyanC

    Virginia - gwill
    North Carolina - Will Atkinson

    Michigan St - RadarRider
    Northwestern - PIG BOMB

    Iowa - Bl0ndeRedHead
    Illinois - tmac6412

    Washington - abolishthefed
    Arizona St - Wick36

    UCLA - uncleho
    Colorado - MoonBBad

    Try to get these done before week 1, so the next 2-3 days.
     
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    Overview
    Northwestern has some questions to answer, but the answers may be found in recent recruiting classes.​
    If the young guns can step it up and deliver, the Wildcats will be headed to their 5th bowl game in a row this year.​
    Overall the team has good size, speed, and depth at receiver.​
    Offense
    Kain Colter not only has the coolest name around he's an amazing athlete.​
    He can run, throw, and do it all. Look for Colter to utilize WR Tony Jones as his main go to guy.​
    The running back position will see several guys battling for playing time. Treyvon Green missed ost of last year​
    with an injury but should be the main ball carrier provided he can stay healthy.​
    Three returning starters on the O-line will help add some experience to the offense.​
    Defense
    The is probably the best D-line the Wildcats have had in several years.​
    Linebackers have solid speed with several up in the mid 80's in rating.​
    A young secondary only returns one starter and is the biggest weakness on the team.​
    Recruiting
    With such a young squad the team needs might be changing as the seaosn goes along based​
    on which players get it done and which don't. Overall the recruiting theme is probably going to be ​
    "best talent available".​
     
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    Offense: The Terps have some huge question marks on offense with the departure of starting QB Danny O'Brien to Wisconsin. The projected starter is C.J. Brown, who has great mobility but can be a bit of a liability when he puts the ball in the air. HB is an unknown as neither of the two deep have starter experience, but both have the ability to be good players. The receiving corps will be led by Senior Kerry Boykins, but look for Freshman Stefon Diggs to be a key player in the near future. Look for TE Matt Furstenburg to be a part of the passing game as well as he provides a solid target with his 6'4" frame. The O-line could be an issue for the Terps, as they have nobody rated above an 80, however the line is very young and should improve in the upcoming seasons.

    Defense: The defensive side of the ball is where the Terps will shine, four of their top 5 players are on the defensive unit. Safety Eric Franklin will be a key in anchoring the defensive backfield as he helps mentor his fellow safety Matt Robinson(Soph). The linebacking core has two talented veterans and two up and coming young players, which should make a smooth transition into the 3-4 for the Terps. On the line, end Joe Vellano will be a run stuffing anchor on the left side and Keith Bowers will look to prove himself on the right. The big question for the line is how will A.J. Francis hold up in the middle, with average strength and a lack of ability to shed blockers he will have to make huge strides in fall practice to help hold down the middle for Coach Savage. At the corner slot the Terps look average, they won't shut down everybody, but they have enough talent to hold up against most offensive units.

    Outlook: The Terps will have to see some improvement by their offensive players to have a completely successful season. If everything comes together they coould see themselves with a 10 win year, but if the offense doesn't get off the ground they could see another disaster year, though they should easily get past the two win mark set by Edsall's squad in 2011
     
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  4. Hova

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    Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets


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    Overview: The Jackets come into this season with new first year coach RyanC. For the first time in awhile they will not be running the triple option, but the Oregon spread offense instead. It will be interesting to see if Coach Ryan can use this roster effectively in that system. The GTECH coach will face all 3 other Legacy coaches this year in conference play so his test will come early. Luckily all 3 of these games are at home but that means next season will be alot of road user games. The 1st matchup vs Maryland will be Week 10. This should be the beginning of a huge rivarly with both teams taking on new coaches and systems.

    Offense: The GTech offense should have no problems with a leader as Senior QB Tevin Washington has all the tools to run the system. He has VERY good running skills at the QB position along with a decent arm but could struggle making some of the deeper throws. The HB core is led by 2 solid runners with similiar styles. HB Smith and Zenon will most likely split carries until one takes over the main duty at HB. The FB David Sims could also see work in the running game as well with an 87 OVR rating. The WR Core is typical for a Yellow Jackets team, not alot of supreme talent but a tall athletic deep threat in WR Jeff Greene who is 6'4 and the best WR on the team; also only a sophomore. The O-Line is a very solid group with an average rating in the mid 80s. Most should be returning for another season so the line will be solid for atleast the first 2 seasons.

    Defense: The Defensive Line lacks youth and elite talent. The interior is very solid for starters but they have 0 depth. The Dline could be an issue for the Yellow Jacket defense as they should struggle to generate pressure on opposing QBs. The LB core will be lead by impact player LOLB Jeremiah Attachou. With an 87 OVR rating and great speed he should be a force on defense. The MLB Nealy is very solid as well at 84 OVR (SO) with the right side lacking at a bit with 77 OVR starter Brandon Watts. The secondary will be led by Senior CB Rod Sweeting (82 OVR). He is the best CB with the rest falling slightly under his rating. Both safeties are solid but could defiantly use improvement.


    Recruiting Outlook: I would say number 1 priority is defense. The D-line and Secondary need to be restocked with better talent. The core of the offense is set for now with the only true lacking area being WR. They will need 2-3 good WR in the future to help the spread. Looking for a future QB would also not be a bad idea.


    Season Outlook: GTech has what it takes to compete in it's division. If they can stay healthy and make a solid transition to the spread offense they could make it to the ACC Champ game as early as this season. They have the talent and the prestige to compete in the near future as well. A 10 win season is not out of the question and a BCS bowl would be the peak for this team. I see them at-least winning 7 and making a bowl this year at the very worse.
     
  5. RadarRider

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    Overview
    The 2012 Michigan State Spartans are looking forward to starting this season and could be smelling roses when it is all said and done. At the helm of this Spartan team is new head coach PIG Bomb, who, with a lot of young and old talent, has the potential to make a name for himself. The looming concern for these Spartans is the loss of talent, both offensively and defensively: Kirk Cousins, Jerel Worthy, Trent Robinson, Keshawn Martin and BJ Cunningham are just a few of the notable loses from last years 11-3 team. Will this Spartan team come home with its shield, or on it? ​
    Offense
    Though the Spartans lost Offensive spark plug, Kirk Cousins to the NFL, the Spartans have much talent waiting to be unleashed. Junior(RS) Andrew Maxwell will be manning the offensive and has a young and deep support system. The receiver core is young, but very talented, and the MSU offensive line is one of the strongest and deepest in the B1G. The concern that MSU should have offensively is whether or not they have the speed (not talent) in the backfield, to successfully utilize Pig's pistol offense.​
    Defense
    You cannot win consistently without a good defense...Michigan State should win consistently. Up the middle, sideline, short, deep, it does not matter, MSU's defense has a way to beat you. Denicos Allen and Max Bullough will be making a mess this year of offensive scheme's, I expect BIG things from these two linebackers. I can assure you that no QB is safe with talented edge men: William Gholston and Marcus Rush (the irony of that last name) breathing down their necks. Where does MSU need to improve? The defensive tackles for MSU are skilled but old, and the secondary, though young, has hole that can be exploited.​
    Outlook
    B1G Championship. I know: new coach, new system, young offensive, but it is very possible and these Spartans should expect nothing less from themselves. In prep for next years, expect MSU to beef up its OL, DL, LB and secondary.​
     
  6. uncleho

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    Offense:

    The Bruins will be employing the spread offense under coach MoonBBad in his first season and it will be interesting to watch unfold as they don't have the skill or depth at WR that you would want in a spread. They do have some athletic QB's and maybe a bit of a question mark on who to start. Redshirt Senior Kevin Prince is the highest rated at 83 and boasts good speed and quickness, while only having an average arm and a little bit below average accuracy. He is the most experienced QB on the roster though. Redshirt Freshmen Brett Hundley follows closely at 81 overall and boasts even a bit more speed and a little stronger arm while having better accuracy than Prince. HB Johnathan Franklin, (RS) SR, is clearly the best running back on the roster and has great speed, quickness, and elusiveness which will all make him a great threat in this offense. Not a lot of depth behind him though with a couple of younger guys who still need a couple of years to develop. At WR the Bruins have 4 guys in their top 5 who all have 92-93 speed, but, are average at about everything else. A couple of these guys are going to have to step up this year if this offense is going to be really effective. Fortunately UCLA has one of the best TE's in the nation in Joseph Fauria who is a 92 overall with good hands and isn't afraid to go over the middle. He is also a pretty decent blocker and has some decent speed for a 6'7" 258lb kid. He will pair with one of the best T in the nation in sophomore RT Xavier Su'a Filo who is a 93 overall and an all around great blocker to give the Bruins a formidable blocking tandem on the edge. The rest of the offensive line is average and will have to pull their weight.

    Defense:

    UCLA's defense will be lead by (RS) SO free safety Tevin McDonald (86ovr) who plays fast but hasn't shown any ball hawking skills yet, and (RS) SR cornerback Andrew Abbott (86ovr) who has good speed and the coverage skills to make him a solid defender. The rest of the defense is rated lower than these two kids which shows that they will need playmakers to step up on the defensive line and in the linebacking corps to be an effective unit. Fortunately most of the guys have a couple of years left to develop.

    Recruiting Outlook:

    The most glaring need in recruiting this season is at cornerback for UCLA. They lose their top three guys to graduation and there isn't any talent behind them. There may also be a hole to fill at LT next year so that will probably be a priority as well position wise. Also picking up a talented young RB would only help after they lose Franklin this year. There are a lot of juniors and sophomores in starting positions and on the depth chart that should return next year, so adding talent everywhere else may be the focus after filling the holes at CB and T.

    Season Outlook:

    UCLA has enough talent to be competitive in the Pac-12 this year and probably even come out on top in the division. Is there enough to knock off the likes of USC, Oregon, and Washington to claim a conference title? I'm not so sure if they are ready for that step this year. My prediction is an 8-10 win season and a mid tier bowl game.
     
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    Colorado Buffalos 2012 Team Preview

    Overview:

    The Colorado Buffalos head into their first season in the Legacy with not much in the expectation department. They are frankly a mediocre team top to bottom. Led by a couple of talented defensive players in MLB Jon Major and Free Safety Ray Polk the Buffalos look to grind out some wins and finish with a respectable record.

    Offense:

    Quarterback Nick Hirschan looks to be the starter this season. The junior is a prototypical pocket passer with good accuracy and throw power. He does have decent spend so when in doubt he has the ability to get some yards on the ground if necessary. Hirschan’s top target will be the 6’1” wideout Paul Richardson. Richardson is probably the best playmaker on the offense blending speed with size and should be the recipient of the majority of Hirchan’s throws. Redshirt sophomore HB Tony Jones looks promising as well. He has some time to mature and already seems to be a little speedster out of the backfield.

    Senior Ryan Dannewitz anchors a pretty weak offensive line that will struggle against some of the mightier defensive pass rushes in the Pac 12. In terms of depth the drop off is pretty significant from the starters to the backups and this will probably be an area of focus for recruiting this season.

    Defense:

    Defensively the talent lies in the linebacking crew for Colorado. Led by redshirt senior Jon Major, this linebacking crew has some talent. Douglas Rippy will be on one side and Sophomore Woodson Greer, who looks like a promising talent, will be on the other side.

    Sophomore Greg Henderson, another good looking talent leads the cornerbacks alongside hard hitter Parker Orms and another Sophomore Josh Moten. Free Safety Ray Polk, a talented Senior will look to have his best year this season, as it will be his last. Junior strong safety Terrel Smith who has great tackling ability, but is undersized at 5’8” completes the secondary who seems to be one of the strengths of this team.

    Recruiting:

    Looking over Colorado’s lineup, they’re going to need to focus on offensive line, a tight end, middle linebacker, and probably quarterback.

    Season Outlook:

    Colorado has some talented players, but I do not believe they have enough talent to compete for a Pac 12 title. Depending on their out of conference matchups, I can see this team winning 7-8 games this season and possibly making a lower tier bowl game. They definitely have some talent in the secondary, running game, and linebackers that they can build off of, but it’s going to take some work to get them to a championship level.
     
  8. tmac6412

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    Illinois 2012 Team Preview​
    Overview: Illinois will head into 2012 with an extremely young roster. Just three of its top 10 players will be seniors this season. The Illini will run K-State's multi offense that will help show off QB Nathan Scheelhaase strengths. Illinois' will run a 4-3 base defense in the grind it out Big10.​
    Offense: Scheelhaase is the real deal at QB, with 80+ speed and a good arm he will be able to keep opposing defenses on their toes all game. When Scheelhaase hands the ball off he will be giving it to two reliable backs in Donovonn Young and Josh Ferfuson. Illinois' wideouts lack a true No. 1 go-to guy. Spencer Harris and Darius Millinies figure to start, but watch out for junior Ryan Lankford, he's the fastest WR on the team and could step up and be a game changer. The Illini offensive line will not dominate, but they don't figure to be a weakness either. Scheelhaase's mobility will make up for any shortcomings in this area anyway.​
    Defense: The undoubted leaders of this defense is stud middle linebacker Jonathan Brown and defensive end Michael Buchanan. Weighing in at over 300 pounds, Akeem Spence will clog up the middle at defensive tackle. Illinois' outside linebackers Ashante Williams and Houston Bates both have good speed and will be tough to beat on the edges. Like its offensive line, Illinois' secondary is average, with its best player being senior corner Justin Green and strong safety Steve Hull.​
    Special Teams: Redshirt freshman Taylor Zalewski (20120 will making his debut in 2012 while punter Justin Duvernois (81) is a true sophomore.​
    Overview: Illinois should be a tough game this year. While there are few areas of strength, there are no real glaring weaknesses. As young as they are, the future is bright.​
    Recruiting: Illinois loses its top three cornerbacks and top two free safety's. Adding quality depth at linebacker also may be an area of emphasis, but natural progression of what is currently on the roster may take care of that issue. If Illinois is able to land an elite WR prospect, the passing game would greatly benefit.​
     
  9. Wick36

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    Arizona State 2012 Football Preview
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    Can the Sun Devils pull off a shocker like their mascot?
    Overview
    After losing Brock "The Beanstalk" Osweiler and Vontaze Burfict, the Sun Devils are likely going to see decreases in the passing and penalties categories. Overall, the roster for ASU is not comparable to the top of the Pac-12, and they are not in the top half of their division talent wise, but if they catch some breaks this season they might be able to sneak into the Pac-12 title game.​
    Offense
    This year, the starting quarterback position is up for grabs. There will be 3 young quarterbacks vying for this role. All of them have VERY similar skill sets, so it is unknown who will come out on top. Freshman Michael Eubank is the most athletic and has the most size, but sophomores Kelly and Bercovici have a head start in the system and are slightly better in the passing game as it stands currently. Whoever wins the job, they will have a decent, though not necessarily exciting host of receivers to throw to. Leading the way is senior receiver Jamal Miles. He's not all that fast, but is a good possession receiver, which should be a big help for a young quarterback. One freshman who might be able to come in and make an early impact here is freshman xxxx Smith (his parents were terrible people). He isn't the tallest guy at 5'8", but the guy is fast and should be able to make some plays in space. The offensive line is another unit that is just solid. Nobody really stands out, but there aren't any gaping weaknesses. Max Smith, a good blocking tight end, should be able to help make up for any of the shortcomings. By far the most explosive player on the offense is senior tailback Cameron Marshall. He lacks breakaway speed, but he has good quickness, hits the holes hard, gets out of a lot of tackles, and almost always falls forward.​
    Defense
    It would certainly be fair to say that the front seven for the Sun Devils is bad (or 6, I suppose, since they will be running the 3-3-5). There may be a lot of things they don't do well, like tackle or get off blocks, but the d-line and linebackers for ASU are pretty quick. With people swarming to the ball, missed tackles or people not quite playing the correct gap might not hurt them to badly. The bright spot for ASU is their talent from their DBs. They have 3 guys who are rated 83 or higher at the cornerback position. Their best defensive player is FS Keelan Johnson. Kevin Ayers at the other safety spot is not bad either. ASU will likely need to rely on these guys' good coverage skills so they can play aggressively with the guys up front.​
    Recruiting
    The Sun Devils will need to add depth at safety immediately. They've got a lot of upperclassmen there and will need to add some bodies to run the 3-3-5 effectively in the long run. I would expect Abolishthefed to focus on his offensive and defensive line units, even though there are a couple good players there.​
    Season Outlook
    I can't see the schedule, so that makes it tough... but I would expect a 7-5 or 8-4 record. There are some tough opponents in the Pac-12 and it may take some time for the coach to get used to his new team. If they get some great QB play and Marshall lives up to his potential, they could certainly do better and pull a few upsets.​
     
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    Overview
    Washington has a ridiculous amount of talent on its team. There are 3 players ranked over 90 and another 18 that are ranked above 80. Anything short of an undefeated season in user games will have to be looked at as a failure.
    Offense
    The Husky offense is led by 94 overall RS Jr QB Keith Price. He is a pocket passer with excellent throw power and accuracy. True So Jesse Callier takes over a Washington running game that was led by Polk last year, who was drafted. Callier is an 88 overall with 91 speed and 94 acceleration. He is backed up by true So Bishop Sankey, who has decent speed and acc. UW's top 4 receivers all have above 90 speed. True So Kasen Williams leads the group, with an 88 overall rating, 92 spd, 93 agi, and 95 acc. 83 overall Sr James Johnson will man the split end position with his 94 spd. Price has another great target in true So TE Austin Jenkins. Jenkins is a 90 overall with 78 str, 85 acc, and 83 btk. His 6'6" 258 lb frame will make him a matchup problem for every defense UW faces. Every offensive lineman is ranked over 80 and there is only 1 senior in the lineup.
    Defense
    Washington's defense is weaker than their offensive unit, which isn't saying much. Their defensive line features 3 players ranked over 80. RS So RE Josh Shirley is the class of the bunch, sporting an 87 overall rating. However, the two headed DT monster with matching 88 str ratings will also cause problems for opposing offensive lines. The linebacking corps is a bit young, but they have speed to burn. All three linebackers have speed above 80. Jr Princeton Fuimaono leads the grop, with 85 spd, 87 acc, and 78 awr ratings. Washington's secondary is ridiculous, with the top 6 CBs and both starting safeties with spd ratings over 90. Sr CB Desmond Trufant adds 97 acc and 93 mcv ratings. Jr SS Sean Parker is a playmaking safety, with a 93 overall ranking and 91 spd.
    Outlook
    It's Rose Bowl or bust for this year's Washington squad.
     
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    2012 Season Preview

    Schedule
    The Hawkeyes lucked out with one of the easiest non-conference schedules in recent memory, playing the likes of an FCS school, Northern Illinois, Central Michigan, and Iowa State (who hasn't exactly been an easy out for the Hawkeyes recently). The Big 10 schedule has road games against Michigan and Michigan State, but all the other tough conference foes get to come to Iowa this season.

    Coaching
    Coach Tmac will be sticking to the old reliable Iowa playbook, deciding not to change it up too much and use what has worked in the past. If it isn't broken, don't fix it, right? Defensively Iowa will continue to run the 4-3, an almost necessary defense in the Big 10 these days.


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    Offense: B+
    Quarterbacks: B
    James Vandenberg returns for one last crack at leading Iowa to a conference title. The redshirt senior has developed into a nice quarterback, one who uses his decision making abilities instead of his arm, which isn't at that elite level. Redshirt freshman Jake Rudock has a chance to develop into something that Vandenberg never could. He already has a stronger arm, and a bigger frame on him. With 4 years left, Iowa could have a bright future at QB if he progresses the way the coaching staff would like.​
    Running Backs: B
    Sophomore Jordan Canzeri will get the nod at starting HB, thanks to his great speed and acceleration. And even though he seems undersized, he is the best back on the team at fighting for extra yards and breaking tackles. His backup is another sophomore, Damon Bullock. At 6'0, he will probably see some goal line opportunities, as he doesn't quite have the athleticism Canzeri has.​
    Receivers/Tight Ends: B
    Keenan Davis and Kevonte Martin Manley are studs, and should have great seasons if Vandenberg can reliably get them the ball. But the depth at receiver leaves something to be desired, although true freshman receiver Jacob Hillyer is 6'4 and has a lot of room to grow in his receiving abilities. Luckily at tight end they have several catch-first tight ends in Fiedorowicz and Derby, which should help alleviate the lack of a solid #3 receiver for the Hawkeyes.​
    Offensive Line: B-
    There is no one outstanding lineman on this team, but there is also no real weaknesses at any one spot either, with the entire group having roughly the same talent and capabilities. There are several underclassmen that could end up starting, and within a few years this could be one of the better lines in the Big 10.​
    Defense: B+
    Defensive Line: B-
    DT Steve Bigach is not only the only senior starting on the defensive line, he's the only non-freshman starter. Even though the line is young, they do have talent. Expect some mistakes along the way, but by the time these guys graduate, they could all turn into a formidable front four for Big 10 offenses.​
    Linebackers: A-
    Christian Kirksey and James Morris (at OLB and MLB, respectively) are both studs, and are expected to lead this team in tackles and in the locker room. Anthony Hitchens is the other starter, and even though he isn't nearly as talented as his comrades at LB, he is no slouch either and should do just fine shoring up that ROLB position. The depth is also outstanding at linebacker, as each position has an underclassman fully capable of turning into a good starting LB by next season.​
    Defensive Backs: B
    CB Micah Hyde is the closest thing to a star in the defensive backfield for Iowa, and with his speed and talent on a 6'1 corner, he should do a great job shutting down opposing receivers. The depth at corner is four deep, but outside of Hyde there are no real stars in the making. But you don't need stars to have an efficient nickel back. At safety the Hawkeyes have a nice future with Nico Law (SO) and Tanner Miller (JR) but both won't come into their own until next year one would think.​
    Special Teams: B
    Kicker Mike Meyer is one of the better kickers in the conference, and maybe the most accurate even if his leg strength isn't upper echelon. Punter Johnny Mullings does have that strong leg, however his consistency with his accuracy leaves something to be desired.​
    Overall: B+
    The Hawkeyes once again have a very solid team. Albeit they don't have that superstar that can put them on their back and win a game, but no glaring weaknesses and lots of depth should help this team overachieve in 2012. The Hawkeyes should win at least one or two games they are predicted to lose. Hopefully they don't lose a couple they should have won.​
    Season Outlook:
    Expectations from the Hawkeye fanbase aren't exactly high, but the Iowa football faithful are getting antsy, as it has been some time since the Hawkeyes really put out a dominating football squad. While that won't happen this year with their current talent level, they can still surprise a few teams and make some noise in the Big 10 if things go right for them. A record that bests their 2011 campaign of 7-6 would be a step in the right direction, although getting to 10 wins would be quite an achievement.​
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    Virginia Cavaliers 2012

    Schedule/Overview

    On paper the schedule could make or break the Cavs season. Early tests against Florida State, @Georgia Tech, and @TCU could set the stage for a special season or a precursor for the rest of the season. Weeks 5-9 should provide some relief with very winnable games. Weeks 10-13 could mean the difference between going bowling or getting an early start on winter conditioning. Road Contests against Miami and bitter rivals Virginia Tech won't be easy, and North Carolina and NC State won't be pushovers as well. Finding ways to win will be crucial if the Cavs want to make this a good year.

    Offense

    On offense the Cavaliers only have 5 seniors, but none is more important than Left Tackle Oday Aboushi. Which QB Aboushi will be protecting the blindside of is unknown at this point. Alabama transfer Philip Sims is expected to to be QB1, but backup Michael Rocco can go if needed to. The running game is led by senior HB Perry Jones and complemented by redshirt sophomore Kevin Parks. The receiving core is young and led by redshirt Junior Tim Smith and speedster sophomore Darius Jennings. The Cavs also have a big target/safety valve in senior TE Colton Phillips. The offensive line is led by LT Oday Aboushi, but also anchored on the other end by RT Morgan Moses. Inside at the guards is RG Luke Bowanko and LG Sean Cascarano with redshirt senior Matt Mihalik at center.

    Defense

    Defensively the Cavaliers have 5 seniors as well, but leading the way is MLB Steve Greer. Greer is expected to lead linebacking core of senior LOLB LaRoy Reynolds and ROLB Daquan Romero. Up front the defensive line is anchored by senior DT Will Hill and redshirt senior RE Bill Schautz. Opposite of them is LE Jake Synder and redshirt freshman DT Marco Jones. In the secondary, trying to replace the impact of Chase Minnefield are sophomore Demetrious Nicholson and junior Rijo Walker. At the nickel corner is redshirt sophomore Drequan Hoskey. The last line of defense for the Cavaliers is sophomore FS Kameron Mack and sophomore SS Anthony Smith.
     
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  13. Will Atkinson

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    North Carolina Tar Heels Preview
    Offensive Outlook: The Tar Heels have one of the best backs in the nation, Giovani Bernard is known for great vision and being very tough to bring down. The scary thing is, he is only a Sophomore (RS). When UNC is not running the ball they have a go-to receiver in Eric Highsmith as well. At 6'3 190 lbs he will be a big enough target to take a hit across the middle and he has the speed to test your safety deep. The only concern I see with UNC's offensive approach this year will be with the offensive line. The whole line seems to be experienced as a whole, just lacks the talents that you would expect at UNC. How they hold up through-out the year will have a lot to do with their offensive success in my opinion.​
    Defensive Outlook: The defensive line is lead by Senior DT Sylvester Williams a true run-stopper at 320 lbs. A combination of him and Senior MLB Kevin Reddick(UNC's best defensive player) should make it tough for any opponent to run the football on them this year. The secondary is slightly thin but with the leadership of Junior FS Tre Boston I think this group will find more success as the season goes along.​
    Schedule Outlook: The first thing that sticks out to me is the amount of tough road-games that the Tar Heels will have: KSU, FSU, GT, UVA, and Iowa.. They do have Clemson,VT, Michigan St, and Miami at home. There are really only 2 cupcakes on there schedule this year. My prediction would be 9-3 or 8-4 for the Tar Heels this year..However if they rattle off 10 wins it would not surprise me in the least..​
     
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