2014 Season Previews

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  1. hornfaninbama

    hornfaninbama GT: BulgyTexas

    Oct 21, 2009
    Clemson Primed for Title Run

    It's tough for a 10 win season with a bowl title to feel like a disappointment, but that's exactly how the Clemson coaches and player feel. At ACC Media Days Coach Trey was asked about last season, "I feel like we could have accomplished more. Offensively we were the best passing team in college football, defensively we were the second worst in the country. Our defense didn't perform how we thought they should and it let us down." The offense switching to a more run based attack should help the defense from being on the field as much as last season. If the defense improves the Tigers could challenge for the ACC title, and the BCS Championship.

    The Clemson offense looks to be even more explosive than last season. There is speed at every position, and an offensive line that seemed to gel late in the season. Clemson will return 4 starters on the o-line. There are still some position battles going on, but most of the depth chart is set.

    At QB, (RS) Sophomore Chad Kelly will open the season as the starter. Kelly has 6 snaps of college football experience. He is a mobile QB, and will be able to keep the chains moving with his legs. He doesn't have a particularly strong arm, but he is very accurate. His immediate backup is Cole Stoudt. He will play the backup role, but true freshman Eric Owens is redshirting, and if Kelly goes down for a significant amount of time look for him to lose his redshirt.

    The RB will play much more in tandem this season, so the #1 and #2 on the depth chart are largely irrelevant. DJ Howard and Zac Brooks will take the majority of the snaps. Howard is a much better overall back, but Brooks has exceptional speed and acceleration. Both should expect carrying the ball frequently, but the coaches are on record saying they will play the hot hand at RB.

    When Sammy Watkins decided to return for his senior season the cheer from South Carolina could have been heard in Philadelphia. Watkins looks hard pressed to put up the same stats this season, but if he can come close he will assure himself a very high spot in the draft. Charone Peake and Germone Hopper will play the #2 and #3 roles. Hopper will play from the slot in 3, 4, and 5 WR sets, but will be paired with Watkins in 2 WR sets. Hopper and Watkins, are blazing fast, and will stretch the defense all game long.

    The OL returns 4 starters from last season, and the left side looks to be much better than the right with (RS) Sophomore Jay Guillermo and Gifford Timothy at guard and tackle. The middle will be held down by Ryan Norton at center. Shaq Anthony will play the right tackle spot; joining him on the right side is mammoth (RS) Freshman Tyrone Crowder. Crowder goes 6'3" 350 pounds, and shouldn't have any trouble pushing DT out of the way in the run game.

    Defensively Clemson will be defined by their front 7. The DL is fast, athletic and big. The LB are fast enough to play sideline to sideline, and strong enough to hold up in the run game.

    At DE Vic Beasley and Corey Crawford will start and Josh Watson and Tavaris Barnes will back up. Beasley is small at 227 pounds but Crawford makes up for it at 6'5" 272 pounds. Barnes steps in around 270 and Watson tips the scales at 287. The Tigers will be able to rotate all 4 players in and have experimented with a NASCAR package like the New York Giants.

    There is no talent drop off on the interior either. Grady Jarrett and Deshawn Williams can be as dominating as the outside guys. Jarrett recorded 9 sacks last season and is an exceptional rusher as a DT. Williams could equal him this season though. He is an exceptional athlete at DT, and excels getting off blocks. Neither one is huge, but quickness and speed make up for it.

    Tony Steward and Stephone Anthony are back to quarterback the defense. Anthony will play at MLB and Steward will play at the LOLB spot. RS Freshman Dorian O'Daniel will slide in at ROLB and his speed will help him make up for his youth and inexperience. Anthony and O'Daniel are very fast for LB and will help keep the opponents passing game in check as well. Steward and Anthony look to be high picks in next seasons NFL draft.

    At DB Bashaud Breeland, Mackensie Alexander, and Dante Stewart will lock down WR from CB slots and Travis Blanks, and Robert Smith will play safety. It's a seasoned group with 2 Seniors and a Junior, but Alexander is a freshman seeing his first college action. If the front 7 do their job the DB could put up some exceptional stats.

    Watkins will return kickoffs again, but Hopper will return punts. Watkins was electric on his way to the best return man award. He hopes to channel his inner Desmond Howard and use his return stats to boost his Heisman candidacy. Hopper has the potential to be explosive on punt returns, his acceleration should help him tremendously.

    The Tigers have as much talent as any team in the country, the offense will be one of the country's op units again. If the defense makes the improvements they should the Tigers should be in the running for the BCS Championship. Clemson will have to shake off the critics who say they'll "Clemson it up." If they do Clemson will be very tough to beat.
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  2. Philstyle3005

    Philstyle3005 Walk On

    Oct 19, 2011
    QB Trevone Boykin will look to lead the Horned Frogs to a 2nd consecutive Big 12 Title

    In only it's 2nd season in the Big 12, TCU captured a championship and a Fiesta Bowl victory over NC State to finish the season with only 1 loss. TCU graduates it's 1-2 punch at QB and RB, but Brandon Carter returns at WR and Trevone Boykin will look to take the starting role at QB (a role he once filled as a freshman when the starter Pachal was kicked off the team). Boykin has a lot of talent around him this season, and even though TCU is coming off such a successful season, it seems a lot of the coaches are still doubting them.

    QB- RS Jr. Trevone Boykin- Boykin will get the start this season and the coaching staff is expecting big things from him. He had a great offseason and showed a lot of promise when he played last season. When you watch him play, the first thing you notice is how much speed and natural athletic ability he has. The kid is a playmaker. But not only with his feet, he can do it through the air as well. He has a real shot at winning the Big 12 player of the year award and possibly be in the Heisman race by the end of the season. Most people in Ft. Worth think he's poised for a great season and are scared that he will be going to the NFL after this year.

    QB- FR Jeremy Battle- Jeremy was a 5 star athlete and currently is being redshirted. He has a cannon for an arm and some speed to get away from defenses on a few runs. He's not as fast as Boykin, but his arm is much stronger. Even though he's currently redshirting, the coaching staff has made it very clear though that if Boykin were to go down with a serious injury, the redshirt would be lifted and Battle would play right away. The question is what would they do if Boykin were only going to be out 2 to 3 weeks. It should be interesting but hopefully Boykin stays healthy and we don't have to find out.

    HB- JR BJ Catalon- With the unexpected transfer of Aaron Green (even though he was set to be the starter) BJ Catalon will be the #1 back for the Horned Frogs. Catalon played sparingly as a Sophomore last year making solid contributions when he was called upon. Being the feature back is going to be a whole knew world though. Catalon has good speed, and is in great shape so he won't have to leave the game too often because he's tired. He is also very good at breaking tackles, but will need to improve on his carry during the season.

    WR- Sr. Brandon Carter- Carter broke the TCU Touchdown reception record last season and decided to come back for his Senior season and finish up his degree. Carter didn't have a huge season last year and would have most likely gone between the 2nd-4th round in the draft depending on his combine so he decided to come back and improve his stock. Carter probably has some of the best hands in the nation and also has very good break away speed. His height is about the only thing that hurts him.

    Offensive line- Offensive line is decent all the way around, with not really any great players that are going to make a difference. Hopefully they can hold up long enough for Boykin to get rid of the ball and create a few holes for Catalon to run through.

    DE- Jr. Devonte Fields- Fields is back after a successful season last year. Fields has only improved this offseason adding a few power moves to his already stacked set of finesse moves. His pursuit of the ball carrier is amazing and his speed getting off the ball is unreal. The Horned Frogs will be very lucky if Fields stays another season

    LOLB- RS Sr. Marcus Mallett- Marcus wasn't on anyones radar last year but maybe he should of been. He came out of no where to become a First team All American and was a big reason the TCU defense was one of the best defenses in all of college football last season. Most everyone was surprised when Marcus wanted to come back for one more season but the coaching staff and fans are ecstatic to have him back. Marcus has solid hit power but what he does best is get off blocks which is a big reason he was so successful this past season.

    CB- RS Sr. Kevin White- Kevin is one of the best players on the TCU defense. He has great speed, great stamina, great agility, and great jumping ability. Really he's just a great all around athlete. He's probably one of the best man corners in the NCAA and his zone coverage isn't too bad either. He has the ability to shut down any WR and at any given time.

    TCU has a lot of first time starters in the lineup this season but the coaching staff seems to have a very positive feeling about these guys.
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  3. Bucs

    Bucs GT: ThruTheSmoke47

    Jun 30, 2010

    Offense: Wisconsin Pro
    Defense: 3-3-5

    QB: Senior Ryan Williams is a pocket passing type quarterback who has been an understudy for 3 years since transferring in from Memphis. He looks ready to take the reins. RS FR Kevin Olsen looks to be his back up over Sophmore Preston Dewey.

    HB: Duke Johnson returns for his junior campaign even faster and 98 speed 99 acceleration and will be the key to the offense, behind him is RS JR Dallas Crawford who is a very balanced back and Sophmore Danny Dillard who is a bruiser at 6'2 229

    WR: Arguably the deepest postion on the team , expect to see 7 wide receivers see significant playing time through formation subs. The group is lead by Senior Rashawn Scott who lead the nation in YPR last season and Senior Phillip Dorsett who was leading in YPR before an injury.

    TE: Seniors Clive Walford and Beau Sandland are the two main Tight Ends, both are pass catching targets but hold their own on the block.

    OL: 6'4 304 RS JR Hunter Wells is the LT, 6'5 315 Jon Feliciano is the LG , Shane McDermott returns at the Center spot, 6'8 321 RS FR Sunny Odogwu takes over the RG spot, and 6'7 323 RS Senior Malcolm Bunche returns at the RT spot.

    DE: Through formation subs we have a couple different looks we give, but expect to see SR Anthony Chikillo, FR Al - Quadin Muhammad , RS SO Jelani Hamilton , and RS SO Tyriq McCord, and JuCo JR Clark Brooks all see the field rotating in and out keeping each other fresh.

    DT: SR Olsen Pierre and RS SO Earl Moore will be the defensive tackles.

    OLB: JR Rapahel Kirby is the weakside OLB and SR Thurston Armbrister remains the strong side OLB.

    MLB: JR Denzel Perryman moves from the outside to the inside this season once again. Perryman has shown the ability to play anywhere in the LB corps. Sophmore Jawand Blue is the back up.

    CB: JR Tracy Howard and SR Ladarius Gunter continue as the #1 and #2 CB respectively, while Sophmore Artie Burns returns as the best nickel corner back in the nation and the only underclassmen on the 1st team preseason all american defensive team.

    FS: Deon Bush returns as the starting FS.

    SS: JR Antonio Crawford moves from CB to Safety in hopes of seeing the field more and will start for now , JR Rayshawn Jenkins will see back up duty at both safety spots.

    K/P: RS JR Matt Goudis returns after only missing one FG last year, and true freshman punter Tim Smith hopes to give The Canes opponents fits all season.

    KR/PR : Duke and WR Garrett Kidd will handle most all return duties.

    Expectations: We should be right in the hunt for the ACC Coastal Crown
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  4. Mike E

    Mike E Earth Rocker

    Dec 30, 2009

    yeah....damn shame about Aaron Green goin to Tech....
  5. Philstyle3005

    Philstyle3005 Walk On

    Oct 19, 2011
    Is that where he went? I missed offseason so I wasn't sure. Surprised he left. He was going to be the full time starter this year, and still started in all 2 back formations last year. Him and Catalon would have been a nice 1-2 punch but with Catalon having 98 stamina, hopefully he doesn't need a breather as often.
  6. DirtycashDylan

    DirtycashDylan I came here to scheme and chew bubblegum...

    Jul 10, 2009
    Damn that sucks, I started Green when I had TCU and used the other guy for short yardage.

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