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2014 Media Guides/Team Previews

Discussion in 'Thread Archive' started by Boom29, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. Boom29

    Boom29 Walk On

    Jul 7, 2011

    Youth Movement in East Lansing

    Expectations are high in East Lansing as Michigan State comes off consecutive 9-4 seasons. The Spartans will look to content for a Big Ten Championship after barely missing out on a chance to play in the Conference Championship game the previous year. Yet, to do so, the Spartans will need to count on major contributions from a number of underclassman , both on offense and defense as 12 Sophomore or Freshmen are penciled in as starters.

    The biggest question mark on the offensive side of the ball is the quarterback position, where three Sophomores are competing for the starting position. Look for all three to get playing time in the early going and for one to establish himself as the season progresses. Moreover, with new wide receivers taking the starting positions, look for the passing game to get off to a slow start. Luckily for the Spartans, a proven group of halfbacks are coming back to East Lansing, beginning with All-Big Ten Sophomore Jeremy Brown. Brown provides explosiveness out of the backfield, though injury concerns are an issue. Senior HB Jeremy Langford will share the backfield with Brown after an exceptional Spring. The offensive line is blessed with both experience and youth and should be a relative strength.

    The Spartan defense is solid across the board, and should get better as the year progresses. The defensive line is anchored by Big Ten All-Americans DT Andrew Simmons and DE Jonathan Rogers, both Sophomores. In the line-backing corps, Senior Lawrence Thomas looks poised to make a run at post-season honors after a Junior year in which he finished second on the team in tackles. With two experienced corners returning for Michigan State, the secondary will once again be stingy and will look to prevent big plays. Though both safety positions feature new starters, there is no drop-off in talent.

    Special Teams
    Michigan State is set to have a great year on special teams. Returning punter Jeremy Dean is exceptionally accurate as he is strong, while JUCO transfer Timmy Smith boasts a big leg, the likes of which Michigan State has not seen in some time. Returning kicks with be halfbacks Jeremy Brown and Jeremy Langford both of which can take it the distance.

    A 10 win season is not out of the question for these Spartans. However, the success will be measured on whether they win a Big Ten title and subsequent bowl game.
  2. Philstyle3005

    Philstyle3005 Walk On

    Oct 19, 2011

    After a very successful season, the Oregon Ducks come into this season with a lot of new faces, but a few of the same. This Ducks team lost almost every important receiver on it's team, and then a few that weren't used, so it will mostly be made up of freshmen since the previous coach obviously didn't recruit well enough to be prepared for the future. Oregon also loses Heisman runner up Lache Seastrunk to the NFL which is a pretty big loss to this offense. Oregon is still considered by most as the favorite to win the Pac 12 but it will not be easy. The key component to this Oregon squad will be that they still have their QB in Bryan Bennett and after a mediocre season last year, he'll look to do huge things with this offense.

    Oregon will do much of the same as last year. A spread attack that will lead to a lot of holes for the running backs to attack. The key here is will the WR's be able to step up and make big plays with not much experience.

    QB: Bryan Bennett- RS Sr- He will be the leader of the team for this season. He's had 2 years under his belt to start, and going into his 3rd, he seems to have grasped the offense pretty well and is ready to start making larger contributions. He started out red hot last season, but Lache Seastrunk emerging as the All American he was, Bennett was kind of an afterthought on offense and his play began to suffer because of his confidence. He was pulled out of the game on a few occasions, but still remained the starter throughout the season. Oregon will depend on him a lot more than they did last year and look for him to step up to the challenge.

    RB- Kenny Bassett- RS Sr.- Kenny has the biggest shoes to fill, but should do just fine. He had a lot of carries last season when Seastrunk went down with injury, or was tired, and made the most out of those carries by tallying almost 700 yards and several touchdowns. Many people believed that Bassett would end up splitting time with Seastrunk last season but no one expected Seastrunk to have the season he had.

    WR- Keanon Lowe- Sr. Keanon is the lone returning starter for the Oregon WR core. He had an outstanding season last year and most are surprised to see him return for his Senior season. He comes back and most consider him to not only be a threat, but say he's the fastest kid playing football right now. With an experienced QB throwing him the ball, look for Keanon to get involved in the offense in several ways this season and make a huge impact on the game in many different ways.

    Defensively, the Ducks lose a lot. Playmakers in the secondary are gone and Oregon didn't sign any freshman that will be able to play right away to take their spots. Oregon will have to use players from last years team to fill in the blanks.

    DT- Ricky Heimull RS Sr.- Ricky is a 6'4 326 pounder from Utah who will hold down the Oregon defensive line. Very strong and can get off blocks with ease. He should have a few coverage sacks this year and several Tackles for losses in his future.

    MLB- Ryan Weaver JR- Ryan was a huge playmaker last year and will be the captain of this defense. As a Sophmore, he played very well and made play after play. He'll be asked to do the same thing this season.


    Oregon has a fairly difficult schedule in Pac 12 play, and a few out of conference games that could be tough, but Oregon has the talent to win another Pac 12 championship. Another undefeated season is not out of reach, but you won't be seeing any Oregon fans talk about that and risk jinxing the team.
  3. Connor

    Connor Walk On

    Jun 27, 2011
    Nebraska Cornhuskers

    The Cornhuskers start their 4th season under Coach Connor after another disappointing season. It was expected to be bad because it was definitely a rebuilding year. Many of the players who started last year have returned and many are still juniors. Here is a quick look a some key players.

    QB- Brion Carnes RS SR
    Carnes comes back as a second year starter in his last season. Carnes has improved accuracy, which was his biggest problem last year. He threw too many interceptions. He will continue to be a threat on the ground, but don't look for him to run as much as he did last year. His focus will be passing the ball.

    HB- Aaron Green RS JR
    Green is one of the fastest players on the team. He has great agility and acceleration. If he can break through a hole or turn the corner there is little chance of him being caught. However, his inability to break a tackle may keep him from getting too many big plays.

    HB- Jeff Smith RS SO
    Smith is a short, but very powerful running back. Smith is the most well rounded player on the team; he may not be as fast as the starter Green, but he will be able to get more yds per carry due to his balance and ability to fight for extra yards.

    WR- Antonio Hollis JR
    From Coach Connor's amazing recruiting class his first year comes one of the two 5 star wrs. Hollis is the second faster player on the team and after catching the ball, if not tackled early he will nearly always go for a touchdown.

    WR- George Harrell JR
    The second WR that will be targeted often is Harrell. Harrell is not quite as fast as Hollis but will catch the ball nearly every time it is thrown to him. Look for both to be targeted often.

    TE- Theo Newby RS SO
    As a sophomore Newby may not be the favorite target, but Nebraska has been known to target the TE often, due to the spread offense and the ability to get the TE in open spaces. Newby should be a key player at times in games.

    Defense- The defense is going to be questionable. There are no huge stars on the team however the FS Maxwell and the entire Defensive line are some of the best players on the team so he will see how they hold up against offenses this year. In the first two games they had numerous interceptions already at 6. However, they have had trouble stopping the run, only due to the two SEC teams they have played that focus on running over and over.

    Expected record: 8-5
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2011

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