2012 - What to expect in the SEC West

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  1. jfosh

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    2012 - What to expect in the SEC West

    SEC WEST:

    Best of the West

    QB – (Sr.) Star Jackson - Alabama

    With Auburn benching Jr. Tyrik Rollison the race is wide open. Alabama’s (Sr.) Star Jackson gets the nod ahead of Auburn true freshman William Hamilton and LSU’s super talented first year starter (Jr.) Russell Shepard. Jackson is back after a full season under his belt and is by far the most experienced of the bunch. He threw for 2800 yards last season and 24 TD’s against 13 picks.

    HB- (Jr.) Trent Richardson – Alabama

    Changes to Auburn’s offense and the early departure of sophomore Michael Ford from LSU make this an easy choice. Despite (Jr.) Xavier Barnes rushing for a 1000+ in his first 2 seasons he may struggle for attempts as he is now part of the Auburn experiment. Alabama’s Richardson is poised to better the records Mark Ingram set for the Tide. Richardson waited patiently through the Ingram era and might only be around 1 year he is that good.

    WR (Sr.) Chris Tolliver – LSU

    Tolliver will be LSU’s go to guy and a solid target for Shepard. Alabama’s (Jr.) Kendall Kelly is just as talented as Tolliver and has done more in his career and should be neck and neck with Tolliver.

    DL (Jr.) Terrance Coleman – Auburn

    This will be interesting to watch with all three teams possessing a trouble maker in the middle of the line. Auburn’s Coleman seems undersized compared to his competition but the Tigers blitzing schemes give him the opportunity to blow up runs and wreak havoc in the passing game. LSU’s (JR.) Chris Davenport (6’ 4†331) another trouble maker that demands a double team. Davenport sheds blocks with the best of them but an offseason injury kept him out of the weight room. Finally Alabama’s (Jr.) Kerry Murphy, a true monster. 6’ 5†332 pounds. Murphy is fast and strong a regular man among boys this might be his final year for the Tide.

    DE (So.) John Calhoun – Auburn

    No contest here Calhoun won the Lombardi award last season with 21 sacks. A true sophomore with great speed ability to shed blocks makes him a handful for TE’s and Tackles.

    LB (Sr.) Courtney Upshaw – Alabama

    This is a two man race if you don’t include the rest of the Line Backing crew at Alabama, LSU’s LB’s will have to do something special to be considered here. OLB Upshaw is a complete player speed, great play recognition, and big hits, you name he’s got it. The wild card here is SR. MLB Jonathan Evans from Auburn. Evans is like a heat seeking missile with a one track mind. His aggressiveness is also his Achilles heel. He will need to read the play better in his Sr. campaign and stay out of the training room.

    Secondary CB (SR.) BJ Scott - Alabama

    The only way Scott doesn’t walk away on top is if opposing teams just totally ignore the side of the field he is on. Considered undersized at 5’ 11†Scott is not afraid to go toe to toe and possesses great man and zone coverage with outstanding awareness.

    Most Outstanding HB (JR.) Trent Richardson

    When the dust settles Alabama’s 5’ 11†226 pound Richardson will be left standing. Richardson will break Ingram’s Alabama single season records. We only hope he’s around for 2013.

    LSU

    LSU was left scrambling after the NFL pro draft scooped up its brightest stars. The bayou Bengals were left with (So) Eric Ferwerda at starting tail back and further down the depth chart you’ll find a WR in the #3 spot. QB Shepard will have to have a strong back because he needs to carry this team. He does have a seasoned offensive line that should give him time to find a nice set of speedy targets. Defensively the Tigers should expect solid play from its line and OLB’s. But are razor thin at MLB and SS. SS (Sr.) Karnell Hatcher (naturally a FS) will have to prove himself or end up being targeted all season.

    Bottom line…..This team needs more time to mature and will test Coach Rynoaid all season. The Tigers could fall into the trap of being one dimensional on offense and run the risk with injuries of being a very average defensive team.

    Auburn

    Auburn has done more with less. But Coach Ramirez has put a lot on his plate this season. Starting a true freshman at QB and installing a new offense. Auburn’s fortunes rise or die with the play of their mobile QB. Kodi Burns then Rollison and now Hamilton. But neither Burns nor Rollison had to do it with the spot light so clearly on them. HB Barnes surely will see his carries drop and be expected to catch more passes underneath in the new offense as Hamilton works on his accuracy issues. Unlike LSU’s Shepard the line at Auburn is not top notch. Late last season it gave way giving up 10+ sacks in its final two regular season games. Overall it’s improved but still counts as a negative. Starting RT Freshman Chad Crews will be tested all season. Let’s hope Crews and Hamilton aren’t roommates! Gone is WR Harry Adams insert a stable of untested wide outs. CB Sam Perry was the team’s active reception leader at the WR spot to start the season with 7. Redshirt Freshman Jeremy McBride and Kyle Ratliff will have to produce immediately. Defensively this is the best Auburn has been with its front seven. The front seven will have to get more pressure on opposing QB’s than ever to protect an average secondary that doesn’t start a player with 90 speed.

    Bottom line….. We always expect a lot from Auburn because of the coach. But this is truly a rebuilding year for Auburn. The Tigers only start 3 seniors total on offensive and defense. The Tigers will take their knocks early and often hoping to put something together for the stretch run. A fourth division title seems like a pipe dream let alone a National title.

    Alabama

    The 2012 edition of the Tide is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. The offense has a top notch mobile QB in Jackson, and bruising runner Richardson at HB, a threat at FB (Sr.) Mike Marrow, a mobile strong offensive line , and a stand out WR and TE ( Kendall Kelly and Brad Smelly) . The only question could be at WR were the Tide break in some new comers behind Kelly. Defensively Alabama is dotted with 99’s like DT Murphy and OLB Upshaw and a 98 ovr CB Scott. Not to mention 96 overall Sr OLB Jerrell Harris and Sr. MLB Chris Jordan. 97 overall FS Mark Baron anchors the safety spot as he mentors SS (So) Jared King (Freshman All-American).

    Bottom line….. I know some around here would call the Tide paper Tigers. That’s all they are at this point but dam they look good on paper. In what is usually a wide open division, Alabama is the clear favorite in the SEC west. There are no excuses for the Tide this year as both LSU and Auburn look to be in rebuilding mode.
     
  2. Mogriffjr

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    I honestly expect Alabama to run away with the west this year...auburn's new offense withstanding and LSU's issues with their personnel...Bama has the most firepower. LSU has the most savvy and Auburn has the most moxy...shall be interesting!
     
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    UPDATE ON LSU... PRIOR TO WEEK 3 GAME

    The Tiger faithful were lighting up the phone lines this week on the sports talk station, all of them wanting more of a look at FR(RS) QB Nate Henley after his stunning week 2 second half performance against the Bulldogs of Miss St.

    Henley came in at halftime after a ineffective Shepard went down to a abdominal strain just before halftime with score tied at 21. The Frosh lit up the scoreboard through the air, connecting with Senior WR Tolliver and SR TE TC McCartney for 10 catches a piece.

    The kid wound up with 340 yards passing with 4 TD's.. all in the 2nd half. He also ran for 36 yards. Henley snuck into the program under the hoopla that surrounded the recruitment and eventual signing of HS phenom Michael Clark. Clark backed up Jordan Jefferson last season... as Shepard and Henley redshirted, Nate continued to work quietly on the scout teams, learning the speed of the college game.

    This season, Clark got the redshirt as Shepard took the reigns of the offense and coaches were so impressed with Henley's progress, they felt comfortable going into the season with the kid at #2 QB spot.

    Now, with a stunning performance, Henley is pushing for a starting job with Shepard struggling so far this season to find any kind of chemistry with his receivers. I don't think you will see a QB change yet, but if the Tigers are slow to get going on offense against South Carolina... im not sure what will happen.
     
  4. Mogriffjr

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    Ooh QB controversies are the name of the game this season in tradition!

    Btw foshie do the other conferences! Lol
     

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