Discussion in 'The Experience' started by Masler, Aug 11, 2013.
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2014 Michigan State Spartans
QB: Connor Cook will once again take the snaps for Sparty. He had a decent improvement over 2013 with 88 Accuracy and Power, his speed remains in the mid to upper 70s and may see a bit more mobility. O'Connors arm also improved while youngster Damion Terry is fresh off his redshirt with 86 Thp, 83 Tha, 85 Spd and 85 Acc. This kill has the potential to be the starter in a year or two.
HB/FB: Nick Hill did not declare for the draft and that overjoyed Coach Masler. Hill improved to 94 speed and 99 accel, meaning he should hit those gaps VERY quickly. Backup HB Langfords speed also improved to 96 with 92 accel. The running game is going to be very good this year with the new forms added to the playbook. Niko Palazeti will be the main FB and has 75 Run Block, not TOO bad.
WR/TE: Losing Fowler and Lippett will hurt some but with Mumphrey and Burbridge as our starters we shouldn't lose too much ground. Andre Sims will be playing slot. Both Mumphrey and Burbridge are known for their explosiveness and playmaking abilities. Lang and Gleichart are going to the be the top two TE's this year and both improved vastly and match each other at 89 overall. Both have 85+ catching and their Catch in Traffic is right around 85 also. Overall this receiving game looks pretty good.
O Line: The right side looks much stronger than the left side so that may be the main direction of the running game. It does help the passing game with Center who is 90 overall and has some good blocking abilities. I don't expect anything less than what I got last season.
D Line: Another surprise for this team was the return of 2013 Nagurski, Lombardi and The E Defensive POTY winner LE Marcus Rush. I was ALMOST sure he would declare early but I was pleasantly surprised when I did not see his name of ineligibles. The 14 sack master looks to come back this season and eclipse that record. He was never honestly that stellar at any one stat but now he is great after Training Results. He may push for the overall NCAA Sack record. Covering the right side of the line will be Shilique Calhoun, who impressed as well but flew under the radar due to Rush. I believe Calhoun will have his breakout season. And finally covering the middle of the line will be SR DT Jame Kittredge with 98 strength and 95 Power Moves and Freshman DT Brandon Jordan. Jordan won out the job over JR Damon Knox due to him being quicker. Know can tackle slightly better but Jordan is the future of this team and needs the experience.
LB: We lost A LOT of talent on this area of the front seven with the departures of Bullough and Allen. Luckily Taiwan Jones is still holding down the LOLB position and looks to be the star of the Linebackers. he boasts a crushing 89 Hit Power and 93 Block Shed. Covering the middle of the field is younger brother of Max Bullough, Riley Bullough. Riley is very good for such a young player, he has 90 accel and can hit even harder than Jones with 97 hit power. And then there is another newcomer in the ROLB position with Ed Jones, he is relatively unknown and really doesn't have a standout skill outside his 85 Tackles and 85 power moves, he really looks more like a DT but is too light.
DB: Trae Waynes and Mylan Hicks will be the starting corners for Michigan State but at the #3 position we have Ezra Robinson who, after his play last year, earned himself the title of All-American. Robinson made some great plays when it came to 3 and 4 WR sets. Kurtis Drummond will be covering the FS position and is quite good with 99 awareness, 96 pursuit, though he isn't the fastest. And when he gets tired. Demetrious Cox will play the SS position with 96 accel but the rest of his abilities are less than what I find average but he can tackle better than any of the others I could put there so he earned the starting job.
Special Teams: Freshman Chris Downing will be Kicking while Mike Sadler punts. RJ Williamson will be the primary KR/PR after a Returner of the Year Campaign. With his blazing 99 speed, if he can get past the initial wave and overcome is 87 accel, he should win it again.
Expectations: I expect 10 wins this season. We may not make the B1G CCG but that would be nice. At the worst I was 9 wins.
2014 Michigan Wolverines
QB: Devin Gardner is back for his 5th and final season in Ann Arbor. Gardner made steps to improve his quickness and throw power in the offseason, both of which will be greatly needed as the expectations are high this year for the Michigan offense. Plenty of pressure will be put on Gardners shoulders as the coaching staff has already stated they're going to be leaning on Devin to lead an offensive squad that returns many of its skill players from last year. Incoming freshman Eric Brown has been redshirted and looks to be the heir apparent of the future.
HB/FB: Both Thomas Rawls (SR) and Justic Hayes (JR) are back in 2014. The dynamic duo that lead the Wolverines to over 2,000 yards rushing in 2013 is primed and ready to literally carry this team to another, hopefully, B1G Championship appearance. The Michigan staff did say they loved the balance they achieved last year between the two backs, but they're looking to lean more on Rawls this year as the team moves towards a more fast paced offense. The fact that Hayes will be playing a bigger role on special teams this year as well also played a part in this, as the coaches look to try to keep him as fresh as possible for all aspects of his role. Incoming freshman A.J Green (power back) and Jeremy Huffman (speed back) have been redshirted and are expected to replace both Rawls and Hayes once they depart.
WR/TE: The Wolverines took a big hit at WR last year, loosing 5 WRs (4 to graduation and one to transfers) during the offseason. Amara Darboh is currently slated as the #1 WR and the coaches are confident in his ability to fill that role well. Redshirt freshman Da'Mario Jones will be filling the role as the #2 WR with Dennis Norfleet moving to the slot. Coach Truth actually had to move Khalid Hill from TE to WR to fill out the roster, Hill is currently written in as the #4 WR. True freshman Loren Higdon is currently the #5 WR as the coaches need to see more improvement out of him before putting him into a bigger role. The biggest note here is that returning All American Devin Funchess is back for his Junior year. QB Devin Gardner leaned heavily on Funchess last year and with the mass exodus at WR last year and the lack of veteran leadership there, Funchess will surely be playing an even bigger role in the offense this year.
O Line: The offensive line continues to the strong focal point for the Wolverines in 2014. Obviously losing Taylor Lewan is going to make a huge impact, but sophomore Eric Magnuson looks primed and ready to step in seamlessly. The biggest point of focus here will be at RT, where RS sophomore Ben Braden is going to have to step up and prove that hes worthy of his current starting role.
D Line: Any time you lose your two best pass rushers, things cant be looking up. Defensive Line is looking like it will be the biggest weakness for the Wolverines in 2014, but with the return of Keith Heitzman at RE, Coach Truth is hoping his veteranship can anchor the D-Line. Senior Frank Clark will finally get his chance to shine at RE and should fill the role adequately. The defensive tackle position is the big hole here along the defensive line. Losing Black to the draft was a huge loss for the Wolverines, the upside here is that the replacements are young and look to be ready to fill in nicely. Freshman DT Johnny O'Neill is being redshirted this year but is expected to make a huge impact along the defensive line in 2015.
LB: The linebacking corps is clearly the anchor for the Wolverine defense. MLB Desmond Morgan is back for his senior season and looks to build upon a great 2013 season. ROLB James Ross is also back for his Junior year and his improvements to his coverage skills in the offseason has the Wolverines staff buzzing about his potential. LOLB Jake Ryan is also going to be leaned on heavily to make an impact. His 2013 season was a bit of a disappointment but the RS Senior improved to a 93 overall and looks to be a potential pass rushing monster. Coach Truth has stated wants to put more of a focus on making sure Ross and Ryan get platooned more heavily out of the nickel.
DB: Loosing Raymond and Gordon to graduation is going to hurt the Wolverines secondary a bit, but RS junior Blake Countess should fill in nicely. Countess's coverage skills have progressed tremendously and he should be a force on the outside. Junior free safety Jarrod Wilson will continued to be looked upon to build on his monster 2013 season, especially in the absence of Gordon. Senior Josh Furman is currently being pushed into the departed Gordons role as heir apparent Curtis Rogers is being redshirted his freshman year and should be ready to take the reins in 2014.
K: True freshman Jamal James has some big shoes to fill here as the departed Brendan Gibbons was clutch in 2013, but with 75 overall freshman should do just fine.
P: Preseason All B1G Team punter Matt Wile is back for his senior season and should continue to boom as his kick power increased to a 98 during the offseason.
KR/PR: Justic Hayes will start the year as the slated KR / PR for the Wolverines. Hayes filled in here to end the season last year and shined, prompting the coaching staff to permanently slate him in here.
At this point, its hard to tell how things will turn out for the Wolverines this season. The Wolverines got a break in that they dont have to play Wisconsin or Illinois this year in conference play, but their out of conference schedule looks rather stout. If Michigan can make it to conference play unscathed, one would expect nothing less than atleast a 10 win season. Although after squeaking into the B1G Championship last season, ultimately the expectations cant be any less then a return for Coach Truth.
Not looking forward to that Oline and HB duo again
2014 Indiana Hoosiers
QBs- This years Pistol attack will be led by (88 OVR) Tre Roberson. Roberson looks to have his first healthy year under Hova with a 99 injury rating. He can really be a difference maker on offense and his chemistry last year was completely wrecked after going down last year week 1, for 12 weeks. He looks to get a full season in and bring out the max potential in this 2nd year Pistol offense. Our backup SR Coffman is actually a better passer but lacks the dual threat of Roberson.
HBs- Carries this year will be split by JR HB Coleman and SR HB Roberts, both are 84 OVR. Coleman is more of a speed scat back, while Roberts has decent power. They should bring a solid attack to the Hoosier backfield.
WRs- This is the strongest part of our team with all 5 starters above 80, four being Seniors. We may use alot of 4 and 5 wide sets when passing this year to exploit mismatches. Look for true freshman Butler (81 OVR) to be used all over the field as a strong after the catch weapon. We are a run first team but we will try to take advantage of the talent depth here as much as we can this season.
TEs- We only have 2 TEs on the roster. The lower rated freshman will pry see more time as he is a better receiving TE. We want to utilize the TE more in the future but our talent all lies in the WR group as of now.
OL- Our strengths are at C and LG but this is a pretty weak spot on the team. This is where we fail vs the B1G in most areas. We just do not have the talent yet in the trenches to compete on the same level as the B1G boys.
DEs- Our Dline will be ended by the Senior Combo of Phillis and Richardson. They both look to have solid seasons in the 3-4 and may see a little action in the 4-3 this year as we continue to transition to a complete 3-4 defense.
DTs- We have ALOT of depth at DT which is not really needed in the 3-4. We have 3 DTs rated over 80. We may run a little 4-3 this year to get these guys some more action and give them a chance to be disruptive.
OLBs- This is the sorriest part of the team. We are a 3-4 and we have about 2 players that fit the scheme. The transition is now going fast and will take time on the recruiting trail. We do not have much depth at all after losing a LB to the pros.
MLBs- Same story here. The only bright spot is 90 OVR Cooper who will be the leader of the defense. We will mix in some 4-3 to try and make up for the terrible depth we have for the 3-4.
CBs- We have a solid Trio of Seniors starting for us at CB. The bad thing here is we will have NO depth the following season and need to sign atleast 3 CBs. Things could get ugly next year.
FS/SS- Our SS is a senior who is 79 OVR, has solid skills but not really a playmaker. We have a RS Freshman starting at FS who is a much better athlete but is still raw. We hope he can make some big plays for us this season and not get burned too much.
K/P - Our Punter is average and is a JR. Our Kicker is a freshman and totally sucks balls. We will not be able to make many FGs past 40 yards
We need to win 7 games for our coach contract goal. I think we can do that. This season could be different for us, as we got a LOT of close wins last year. We are in a really tough division with alot of better teams than us. We also have alot of road games this year. 9 Wins will be our goal. The more challenging part of this season is the near impossible task of signing 23 recruits.
2014 Penn State Ninety Lions
QB: FR Christian Hackenburg returns for his sophomore year campaign. After having a less than stellar freshman campaign he has put his coach on the hot seat coming into this season. Last year he put up great numbers in yardage and TD but was hampered and cost his team often early in games with interceptions. He was often particularly bad on the road succumbing to the pressures of being on the road. His lone bright spot on the resume last year was picking up the HUGE upset win in Lincoln against #10 ranked Nebraska. Hackenburg has shown significant development in his arm in the off-season and could post Heisman worthy numbers with the return of his most talented WR.
RB: No losses here in the off-season. Last year Zwinak was the starter when Penn State opened week 1. He was unable to gain any momentum and by week 3 had fully lost his starting roll to the faster Bill Belton. Belton his a smaller back with great ACC. He posted many 150+ yard games last year and looks to attack opposing defensive lines again with his shiftiness. Zwinak has added speed in the off-season and will get carries as an alternate option and short yardage plays.
WR: A Senior trio leads the WR group this year. The star of the group in returning Senior Allen Robinson (91 OVR). He has some success last year but was hampered by his size and drops last year. He was never able to quite build the relationship with QB Hackenburg and was often the 2nd or 3rd option in the passing game. With WR Zanellto and the speedster Kenney in the slot, the shot-gun heavy PSU offense should be an elite passing offense this year.
TE: 6'3" Kyle Carter is the stud at TE for Penn State. He played often last year and was very successful with his elite catching ability. He will again be relied on to catch balls in traffic, over the middle. He also has decent blocking skills which will allow the PSU RB to hit the holes on the outside more often than last year. Backing him up is Sophomore TE Breneman. Another receiving TE will above average blocking skills that can be used in a variety of formations.
OL: The average rating of the hog-mollies up front this year is 84. The line holds no weaknesses and was strong last year as well. RS FR Derwin Gray will start for Penn State with 91 strength and 85 run blocking. This line should be able to move people and I only see one one or two defensive lines being able to compete in the trenches. Look for Penn State to have success on offense with a superb, upgraded line from last year.
DE: Two upperclassman flank the ends of a defense that it looking to move into a 4-3 with a few weaknesses in the depth chart at LB. Balanced Sr DE Olaniyan and Junior pass rusher Barnes will be the two causing havoc because they will be single blocked this year with the strength at DT for Penn State. Neither end had a huge impact last year but did have success.
DT: We have one Senior and 3 sophomores sitting at DT this year. DT Baublitz, who by his namesake has blitz right in it, will be the leader at 84 OVR. A balanced DT he will be mentoring the three sophomores rated 82, 81, and 78 behind him who are all pass rushers. The line play was ok last year and was often out-blocked playing the the 3-4. This year coach is moving to a 4-3 base looking to get into the backfield with a more developed set of defensive linemen.
LB: Probably the weakness currently, especially in the middle, for the Ninety Lions. While there is talent on the outsides with Ben Kline (Jr) and Mike Hull (Sr), everyone's favorite middle LB is gone from last year. Carson was the anchor of the defense last year and we will need to see who steps up to replace him. He made a living of clogging and filling holes last year and forced many scared HB to the outside.
DB: Penn State recruited two top 5 CB from last year's recruiting class. Adrian Leslie (Fr) will look to start in the Nickel slot this year with 91 man coverage and Brian Smith (Fr) filling the dime slot with 93 sp and 91 acc. This two will play inside De'Quan Jones (Jr) and Jordan Lucas (Jr). With such young talent coming in the future of passing the ball looks to be scary against Penn State. With another additional two safeties who are both speed burners there will no longer be passes being dropped into zones this year or over the top. The motto in the backfield this year is, "Speed Kills".
P/K: Sam Ficken (Sr) comes back as the power punter for his season campaign and incoming Jason Jansen (Fr) bring his 94 kick power to take over the FG role. If the ball is over midfield, he will give it a try.
KR/PR: Last year nothing came about form these positions. We will look to update this as the season goes and the coach has had an opportunity to look at his team in action.
After last year's dismal 3-9 campaign losing all 3 OOC games the Ninety Lions are looking to bounce back with a very young team a year older and pissed off. Last year we lost each of our B1G games by one possession except for one. With so many early 1st quarter interception thrown by QB Hackenburg we are hopeful we can turn things around and go 8-4 or 7-5 at least. Anything less with all but mean the firing of coach Fmode11.
The 2014 Illinois Fighting Illini Season Preview
Illinois lost their all-everything QB as well as their top 3 WRs so there's a lot of new faces this year. FR QB Aaron Bailey takes control of the offense and big things are expected from him this year. He's a FR so he'll have his growing pains, but he's expected to shine. Illinois returned all 4 HBs from last year and Donovonn Young should have another monster year like he did last season.
The WR corps was decimated and is the weak spot of the offense. Last year's starting TE Jon Davis has been demoted to passing formations only and FR Tyler White (whose OVR is 11 points lower than Davis') will be the new starter as he's the only TE on the squad that knows how to block. The O-line is no where near where coach Jello needs them, but it's improving.
The DEs still suck ass (the best one is a 77 JR) but SR DT Austin Teitsma is solid in the middle at 87 OVR. The team is still built like a 4-3 with 5 DTs so Illinois is very deep there, but they only play 1 at a time so it's wasted talent. The LB corps lost their star last year in SR OLB Jonathan Brown, but they return pretty much everyone else. JR MLB Mason Monheim is the anchor and heart and soul of the D and this year he's joined by true FR OLB Dominique Williams who is an absolute stud.
The secondary returns 3 of 4 starters, but this isn't necessarily a good thing as the Illini D sucked donkey dick last year. They'll be led by JR CB Eaton Spencer who led the B1G in INTs last season
PROGNOSIS (84 OVR):
Illinois is yet again the worst team in the B1G (outside of Minnesota) so they'll have to overcome this talent disparity. They have an absolutely brutal conference schedule as they have to play MSU, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Nebraska all on the road. If the D can't find a way to play above their abilities this could be a very long season for the Illini.
That's THE Ohio State.
I wonder why that is. My target is 8 games per year despite the fact that in the previous 5 years Illinois' BEST record was 7-6.
I can't fathom how a team can go:
and then have a target of 8 wins per year.
Iowa Hawkeyes 2014 Season Preview
After a disappointing season in 2013 finishing a miserable 4-8 the Hawkeyes return in 2014 with high hopes of at least flopping those numbers around. The 'Oopsman' Award winner, Cody Sokol with 27 interceptions, somehow makes the cut again this year as the starting quarterback and coach IBO has faith in him this season.
Offense : B+
The offense returns this year with starting QB Cody Sokol staying for his senior season. He has alot to prove to not lose his starting spot to Junior Jake Rudock, who will take over this offense in 2015. All three runningbacks return this season, Junior, Mark Weisman who is believed to be the starter, but will be battling it out with JR Jordan Canzeri and Senior Damon Bullock for the starting spot. The WR group lost Jordan Cotton in the offseason but will return Kevonte Martin Manley for his senior season. The mediocre offensive line will have to win some battles this season to help this group succeed in winning games.
Defense : B+
The 3-4 defense has been implemented in Iowa this season, hoping to help out the defensive woes that Iowa suffered with all of 2013. Senior DT Carl Davis will have to lead the defensive line this season if they want to stop the run. A weak linebacker group is the only downfall to the 3-4 defense, but coach IBO is hoping these guys step up and make this year happen to keep him off the hot seat at the end of the year.
Overall : It looks like the Iowa Hawkeyes will shoot for an 8-4 season, but 6-6 will sound more reasonable unless the offense steps up in big ways
Coming into 2014 expectations for The Scarlet Knights are a BCS bid. The team had a very successful season last year and looks to build off it. 6 starters have moved on but their replacements are more than capable of stepping in. The conference is tough as the team straps it up for the new season.
Gone are three starters highlighted by TE Paul Carrezola who was the go to for QB Gary Nova. The good news is the main players that made the offense click are all back. QB Gary Nova, HB Paul James, and WR Brandon Coleman are all back for Coach Edge. Paul James finished in the top 10 for rushing last year and comes back stronger and faster. Coleman will be the main target for Nova and has some of best skill sets in the country. WR Miles Shuler complements the 6’6 Coleman with blazing speed and excellent route running. The line is young but solid lead by AA LT Kaleb Johnson. The offense should be both explosive and efficient all the coach has to do is not screw it up.
Rutgers graduated all three starters on the D line. The good news is that this is an area that has been recruited well. All three starters are highly rated and have very good skill sets, but it will have to show on the field. LB’s are the strength of the defense and all four are back for another tour. MLB’s Kevin Snyder and Quanzell Lambert anchor the crew who look to build off last year’s strong performance. Last year’s secondary was a problem for the Rutgers defense as they gave up to many big plays. Only one the back four have moved on so another year should help. The key will be FS Jevon Tyree who started last year as a freshman and was a AA. As he goes the secondary goes and as the secondary goes the defense goes.
The Scarlet Knights are better across the board than last year’s 10-4 team. Whether that translates to more wins this year is the big question. A lot of key players have returned and are looking for a big season. The B1G is a tough road with very good teams and great coaches. If the breaks go our way it could be a great season so let the games begin.
The Cornhuskers come into 2014 off a 10-3 record and a bowl win against SEC foe LSU. The team improved in the rankings across the board, however, there are some big talent losses to fill. Last season, the Huskers finished as the #1 scoring offense in the B1G at 33.2 points per game. The main loss is 4 year starting QB Taylor Martinez, who scored 33 combined TDs. WR Quincy Enunwa's 664 receiving yards are gone, as he was taken in the NFL draft. The defense lost linemen Randle and Ankrah. Also gone are 3 senior CBs, two of which were drafted.
The Huskers will be led by redshirt sophomore Tommy Armstrong. Armstrong played sparingly last season, mainly in run situations late in games against the CPU. He needs to have a big season for the Huskers to make some noise.
The entire backfield returns a year after putting up 2,059 yards and 25 TD. Ameer Abdullah led the team with 1,246 yards and 15 TD. Backup Imani Cross chipped in 366 yards. Abdullah is an all purpose back and Cross is a bruiser. Both should see significant carries this year. There is some depth coming through the ranks, so the Huskers should be strong here for the next few years. Lead blocker Andy Janovich is also back for his junior campaign.
WR / TE
The wide receiver corps is led by redshirt senior Kenny Bell. Bell put up a Nebraska record 991 yards and 10 TD last season. He possesses plus speed, awareness, and acceleration. Senior Jamal turner will hold down the split end position. He played quite a bit last season in 3 receiver sets. The slot positions will be Westerkamp and Allen. Both are future stars. Nebraska also signed 2 top 150 recruits at this position in the offseason. The TE position will be manned by RS Soph Sam Cotton. Cotton played extensively last season in the pistol offense, which featured 2 TE sets. With the switch in playbooks, he will probably be the only TE seeing time.
The Huskers lost 3 starting linemen to graduation. They were all upper 80s and lower 90s guys, so the hit in the trenches will be big.
Randy Gregory and Kevin Williams return to anchor the defensive front. The line fluctuated between bouts of playing like Tarzan and Jane last season. Unfortunately, there were more bouts of Jane than Tarzan.
All three starting LBs return from last season. RS So Michael Rose was a freshman All American last season and he was also The Experience Freshman of the Year. He will be flanked by capable OLBs David Santos and Zaire Anderson. This should be the strength of the team.
Both starting CBs departed for the NFL last season, but the Huskers had some quality past recruiting classes. The dropoff should not be too severe. Both safeties return off a strong 2013 season. FS Corey Cooper and SS Harvey Jackson were both All Americans last season.
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