Discussion in 'Chompion's League' started by Spayer419, Aug 13, 2013.
Who's vying for a starting spot for your programs? Post your camp battles in here!
QB: Ohio State has the unenviable position of replacing Braxton Miller. Even worse, the heir apparent hasn't emerged yet. JT Barrett and Cardale Jones will both receive play in the neutral field opener vs. Navy, though it seems like it will be the RS Freshman Barrett's job to lose.
HB: Even after the graduation of Carlos Hyde and Jordan Hall, and the transfer of Warren Ball, Ohio State still has a logjam at running back. Dontre Wilson is listed as a starter, but he will still be playing a hybrid type of role. Rod Smith, Bri'onte Dunn and Ezekiel Elliot will all compete to be the back who receives carries when OSU needs tough yards.
Slot: With Corey Brown in the NFL, Ohio State has to replace one of its most important positions, the slot receiver. The position is so vital to OSU's success, as the slot catches screen, swings and bubbles and is also expected to run the ball off of jet sweeps. Wilson will get reps here, but Jalin Marshall seems to be the leading candidate as full time slot. Corey Smith and James Clark are hot on his heels, though.
LOLB: With Ryan Shazier playing for pay, Ohio State has to replace its best defender from a year ago. #1 OLB Taylor West could play a lot as a freshman, but as of now Mike Mitchell has slid over from MLB to start in the role.
RB: The Huskers have a 3 man race for the Starting RB position.
1. Ameer Abdullah- Ran for 1100 and 10 tds last season
2. Imani Cross- Ran for 600 and 10 tds last season
3. Tyler Brink- #2 player in the country in last years recruiting class and looks good early in camp.
Also look for rbs Adam Taylor and Terrell Newby to get carries as well.
WR: The Huskers have 2 guys vying for the # 3 wr spot. both guys are unproven but have talent.
1. Jake Westerkemp- 1 catch 10 yards last season
2. Taariq Allen- no stats last season but has shown some mettle early this season.
LOLB: The Huskers have 2 players vying for the OLB Spot
1. Jared Afalava
2. Marcus Newby
Both guys are size/speed prospects that are still learning how to play the game.
With Jared Abbrederis gone to the NFL the Badgers will be looking for someone to step up and fill his shoes. Jordan Fredrick is the most talented WR on the roster and will be the SE, the flanker and slot positions still need to be filled here are the candidates.
- AJ Jordan 6' 180 rJR - no stats last season
- Reggie Love 6'3 208 JR 3 catches 18 Yds last season
- Rob Wheelwright 6'3 189 rFR - no stats
- Jake Lewis 6' 192 FR
Wheelwright and Lewis are the early candidates due to their athleticism, the question is can they hang on to the ball?
Sam Ameson 6'4 258 Sr - 5 rec 76 Yds last year
Austin Maly 6'5 241 rJR - no stats
TJ Watt 6'4 222 rFR - no stats
Maly and Watt are better athleticlly but Ameson is an experienced vet (99 AWR) which could help him get into the correct positioning. With a weak run blocking offensive line Maly and Watt could see a lot of time split out
Matt Harper JUCO Jr. 6'3 176 - no stats
Sojourn Shelton So. 5'10 160 - 19 Tkl 2 TFL 3 INT 4 Pass Def
Harper has the better cover skills but a low AWR rating (54), Shelton has proven himself worthy of the spot when he pick off Penn States Hackenberg twice in last seasons matchup, he will most likely start the year off with the job but Harper will be close behind waiting for an opportunity to take the spot from him.
With the departure of workhorse Zach Zwinak, Penn State will look to two talented backs to carry the rock this season
Bill Belton saw limited playing time last season. He was the teams primary kick returner, and all together compiled over 600 yards and two touchdowns.
Akeel Lynch is also looking to have a breakout year. He is bigger and faster than Belton, but needs to refine his rushing and carrying skills.
Another position hurt from early draft goers, The wideout position is open game outside of Senior speedster Alex Kenney.
Sophomore Eugene Lewis is a quick option as well, and is an early favorite for the go-to slot reciever.
True Freshman Jason Lewis, last years #3 ranked WR, has earned a permanent spot outside, thanks to a good training camp and early enroll.
True Freshman Paul Jones, last years #1 ranked WR, will redshirt.
Should be an interesting battle between Lynch and Belton. Both were productive today
Stanford Players Trying To Make Waves In Camp BattlesRunning Back
Lead: Barry Sanders Jr. - RS So. - 83 Ovr.
Contenders: Ricky Seale - RS Sr. - 87 Ovr.; Remound Wright - RS Jr. - 85 Ovr.
Sanders Jr. looked like the prohibitive favorite after a strong showing to end the season, but impressive off-seasons and spring games from Seale and Wright have actually given the Sophmore a run for his money. Look for early in the season for all three to get some carries as Coach Townsend will look for the one that will carry the torch in 2014.
Lead: Devin Cajuste - RS Jr. 85 Ovr.
Contenders: Kodi Whitfield - Jr. 85 Ovr.; Troy Thomas - Fr. 73 Ovr.
Cajuste held this position for almost all of 2013 and had a productive year to show for it. Whitfield has looked very good in practice and is now getting better jumps off the ball more than Cajuste. Looks for both to share the spot early. Thomas entered this conversation due to his blazing speed (96) and has shown ability to make tough catches.
Lead: Luke Kaumatule - RS Jr. 86 Ovr.
Contenders: Adam Jones - Fr. 80 Ovr.; Davis Dudchock - RS Sr. 80 Ovr.; Chris Harrell - Jr. 79 Ovr.
Kaumatule had a great 2013 and looks to improve with even greater numbers in 14. Diaper-dandy Adam Jones had played like the #2 TE recruit in the nation, and will start the year as the 2nd TE. Dudchock and Harrell have not disappointed at all, it just that Kaumatule and Jones have played exceptional all summer. They both may get snaps at the FB position to help out Charlie Hopkins, who does not have a reliable backup.
Lead: Alex Carter - Jr. 89 Ovr.; Wayne Lyons - RS Jr. 86 Ovr.
Contenders: Ronnie Harris - RS Jr. 82 Ovr.
Harris' ability to pick off passes has really made this an interesting battle. All three expect to see the field plenty this season as Stanford plays many spread teams, and any slip-ups by Carter or Lyons would give him an opportunity to show what he can do as a starter.
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