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2014 Northwestern Wildcat Football Preview
Ibraheim Campbell at B1G Media Day
The Northwestern Wildcats come into the 2014 season with high hopes as they look to make another run at the B1G title after being embarrassed by Indiana last year in the B1G title game.
Northwestern has some big shoes to fill mainly on offense. The Wildcats lost All-American QB Kain Colter to graduation last year along with All-B1G RB Venric Mark, these two positions will be key positions that will be hard to fill but the Wildcats have two veterans in senior QB Trevor Simien and Junior RB Jordan Perkins who both saw ample time last year and know the offense well. The Wildcats will also have Junior RB Treyvon Green and redshirt Freshman QB Matt Alviti that will also see a lot of minutes this year. Taking over at the FB position will be Juco- Kellen Scott who is coming in as a junior this year and can add to the hot read passing game for the Wildcats. The Wildcat receiving core will be led by 6-3 226 lbs senior WR Christian Jones who will see get the majority of the catches this year for the cats, and also junior TE/FB Dan Vitale will add to the passing game and short route game. The Wildcats are bringing back a very experienced offensive line led by senior C Brandon Vitabile who is a three year letterman.
On defense the wildcats lose a great leader at MLB in Damien Proby who led the cats last year in tackles with 73. The LB’s for the cats will just reload as they will have two seniors and one standout sophomore in Ifeadi Odenigbo who has some real talent and will have a strong impact on the defensive side of the ball. The defensive line is lacking experience but will be featuring a true freshman LE Andre Bratton who was highly touted coming out of high school, Andre will be a starter this year and we should see great thing from him as he grows into this role. The defensive backs are really going to be the backbone of the defense this year as the cats bring back senior SS Ibraheim Campbell who is probably the best player overall on the entire team, Campbell had 70 tackles last year and 5 interceptions. CJ Bryant who will start at FS will really need to step up this year to stop the pass and help with any run that gets by the LB. In addition to the FS’s true freshman Matt Hall who comes in at 6-3 197 lbs will also see a lot of playing time as he will be backing up Brynat when needed. The CB’s will be pretty decent this year as they bring back two veteran starter in senior CB Daniel Jones and junior CB Nick VanHoose, both are great at what they do and will have a big impact on how successful the defense is this year.
Overall the Wildcats look good and have brought in some really good recruits and will look to finish in the top 3 in the B1G. The Wildcats are ready to take the field again and get better every week. The Wildcats come into week one rank #23 and they have a lot to prove this year.
Coach Brown: “Im very excited about this season we grew last year as a whole and we have some veterans coming back that want to be better than last year. I think we have a good team and a great group of student athletes that will make Wildcat Nation proud yet again!”
Ibraheim Campbell: "I came back this year because I know what we have as a team, we made so much progress this off season and I want to get the job done. We came up short last year, and I dont see that happening again this year. I feel honored to be name as this years team captain, I have some big shoes to fill!"
Team Captain for 2014: Ibraheim Campbell
2014 Purdue Boilermakers
Purdue comes into the 2014 season looking to improve off of a 8-5 season finishing 5-3 in the B1G. The Boilermakers topped off the season with a win in the Gator Bowl over the LSU Tigers. Purdue landed a dismal recruiting class finishing 110. The bright spots were DT Rich Peterson and G George Ward.
OFFENSEPurdue will start redshirt FR Danny Etling. Etling has good accuracy and a good arm. Etling looked very good in the spring. SR RB Akeem Hunt rushed for over 900 yards and had over 200 yards receiving last year. SR WR Dolapo McCarthy returns as he led the team in reception. SO TE Carlos Carvajal who could be a special player for Purdue if he is involved enough in the offense. The O-Line is led by JR Robert Kugler.
DEFENSESR DE Ryan Russell returns for his SR year after turning down the NFL. Russell has a high motor and never gives up on the play. SR MLB Joe Gilliam is the only returning LB and he led the team in tackles. The secondary is the most polished group led by SS Landan Feichter who is a big help in run support. Also CB Frankie Williams is the team’s best cover corner.
OUTLOOKPurdue is looking to improve off of an 8-5 year last year. The fans in West Lafayette have high expectations starting with a Leaders division title. If Purdue can step up the defense they should be in the hunt come November. Purdue draws Norhwestern and Michigan St from the Legends division who are both ranked in the preseason polls. Purdue opens up against the Arizona Wildcats in the Cowboys kickoff classic.
2014 Arizona Wildcats Season Preview
Tucson, AZ- Arizona looks to build on the success of last season's 9-3 campaign. It was the first 9 win season in Tucson since Dick Tomey and Tedy Bruschi led the Wildcats at the top of the polls with the desert swarm defense in the 90's. This iteration of the Arizona Wildcats is as far removed from those days as possible. The Wildcats of this decade are all offense and no defense. The Wildcats return nearly their entire offense including Ka'Deem Carey.
At QB the Wildcats will look like they did last season with Javelle Allen locked in as the starter. He has gotten better at passing (87 power, 85 accuracy) and has increased his speed a little bit (84.) He threw for 3500 yards last season, but don't look for a repeat. The Wildcats are shifting to a Rich Rod style spread attack with shorter passes and plenty of running. 2000 yards passing and 1000 yards rushing aren't out of the question.
RB will look the same for Arizona again this season as Ka'Deem Carey turned his nose up at the NFL and returned to Arizona and an attack that could showcase his abilities a little better. Carey has exceptional acceleration (99) and has the ability to make defeders miss (92 juke and break tackle) or run them over (85 truck) and still take it to the house. He could be in line for 1500 yards and 10 TD's this season. He may be the best back in college football this year and he will make the Wildcats must see tv.
WR will also see many players returning. Austin Hill and Garic Wharton will be the #1 and #2 guys on the depth chart, but the coaches are more excited about the younger players who have garnered tons of PT. Davonte Neal will see his first action this season after sitting out last year following a transfer from Notre Dame. The 5'9" mighty mite will see most of his action in the slot, and He'll be paired with 6'4" David Richards, who is the speed burner of the WR corp when the Wildcats go 4 wide. Trey Griffey gets bumped to the #5 slot this season following his severe case of the drops last season.
TE will feature Michael Cooper. Cooper is a big target with some speed, but will be mainly used as a blocker. The rest of the OL looks to be much improved from last years group. Mickey Baucus (90) and Fabbian Ebbele (85) will be SR bookends for the Wildcats. Backing them up at the tackle spots are JR Lene Maiava (80) and SO Jacob Alsadek (77.) The guard spots will be held down by SR Eric Bender-Ramsay (84) and Fr (R) Logan Stott (81). Behind them are 2 sophomores Cayman Bundage (76) and Zach Hemmilia (75.) Faitele Faafoi (84) will be the center. None of them are road graders, but there is a good mix of youth and experience.
On defense the reigning Butkus award winner Jake Fischer graduated leaving a huge hole in the middle of the defense. The Wildcats will try to fill his shoes with 2 players, FR(R) DeAndre Miller (79) and SR Hank Hobson (77) will be the MLB in the new 3-4. Miller is young and will certainly improve as the season goes, but Hobson should be able to make up for his mistakes thanks to his speed (85.) At the OLB spots Sir Thomas Jackson (81) returns for his junior year and Devin "The Dude" Gordon will be his mirror on the opposite side. Gordon is another athletic LB (86 speed) and could be a terror coming off the edge.
Kirifi Taula (86) will get the nod at DT. Taula is a converted DE, but the projected starter was so bad (Dwight Melvin, 74) that he was moved prior to spring practice and has excelled playing 2 gap defense. Dan Pettinato (84) and Keoni Bush Loo (83) are entrenched as the DE. They won't have to generate as much pressure as last season's star DE, but they should be more than serviceable.
The defensive backfield is similar to the OL, there is a good mix of youth and experience. SR Jonathan McKnight (92) and FR(R) Derek Babiash (84) will be the starters, USC transfer Devian Shelton is sitting out this season so FR(R) Devin Holiday (78) will be the nickel back and SR(R) Jourdon Grandon will be the dime back. Jared Tevis (84) is back to play the FS spot, and SR(R) Tra'Mayne Bondurant (91)is returning to play the SS spot. Bondurant and Tevis will both have different responsibilities this season with the switch from a 335 to a 3-4, but both should be up to the challenge.
The Wildcats have the raw talent to challenge for the Pac 12 title, but they have a tough matchup with Cal in week 4 that will tell us all we need to know about where they stand. The Wildcats figure to make an improvement on last season, but we will see...
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