Discussion in 'Thread Archive' started by MexiRican35, Oct 25, 2011.
Lots of new faces in different places. Lets get a feel for your team this year.
Coach Mexi has left for an AQ qualifying school, leaving behind a WMU team on the rise. He heads for the worst Big East team last year. Needless to say their is a mountain to climb. But Mexi has high hopes for this team. "There are some playmakers on this team. Holgoreson was unable to utilize them. They are hurting upfront on the lines, but thats where I come in. I'm here to change things around, and bring a Big East title to Morgantown.
Two QB's have made their case for starter status. Millard has an edge over Athey with his athleticism. Mexi has yet to announce a starter. And he has been known to run a dual QB system. The HB's, Johnson and Buei, are both speedsters and will look to get out in space. The receivers are young and inexperienced, but their speed looks to be a factor in Mexi's offense. Mexi still needs to shuffle around the line to get the best fit.
Mexi is still unsure wether to go with a 3-4 or 4-3 base for the D. The line is suspect on the edge and lack depth up the middle. The LB's look to step up their game due to this. 2 true freshman can see some playing time soon this year as they come in highly touted from last years class. The secondary looks to be shut down, which should help against some passing teams in the Big East.
The schedule has its ups and downs. Maryland was a top 10 team last year. Week 3 is a huge game against new coach boda and a highpowered Duck team. Cheez has his Blue Raider team on the rise and will face off week 4. Virgina tech and UCLA wrap up the non conference schedule. Big East play wont start until week 9. Then come week 10 is the game against the defending national champs. Week 12 is against Cincy and new coach Dakota, and the season ends with 3 straight road games with the Backyard Brawl week 14. Mexi wanted a tougher schedule. He definitely gets it the first part of the season.
Christ, I have no idea They look to be as bad as SJSU...I'll know more when I can get a good look at the Owls later tonight.
WSU COUGARS SEASON PREVIEW
The Cougars are coming off their most successful season in years. 5-7 might not sound impressive, but folks this program has been the San Jose State of BCS conferences for the past several seasons. The Cougars will be starting Senior Connor Halliday at QB. Halliday played very well at times last season, things did get tougher last season once Marquess Wilson went down, hopefully with redshirt senior Bobby Ratliff and true freshman Curtis Henderson will be receivers Halliday can count on. In the back field the Cougars will be featuring 5'8, 167 Ibs, RB Ricky Galvin. Galvin is a very quick back. The Cougar offense will look vastly different this season with them running all their plays from either shotgun or pistol formations. The Cougars will be running a hurry up/aggressive clock offense. The goal will be to get the line quickly as possible and tire out the opposition.
On defense the Cougs will continue to employ the 3-4 defense. The man in the middle will DT TJ Poloai, he is the best defensive line player on the Cougar roster. The linebacking corp appears to be solid Logan Mayes, Darryl Monroe, Darryl Paulo, and Marcus Burton. The secondary is always a question mark, but several of the players are rated 70 or better.
What to expect this season, 7-8 wins will be a nice season for the Cougars. Their nonconference games are FAU and Idaho, apparently the scheduling committee (@sreese) did not feel the Cougars need a third conference game.
Their overall ranking is 106, they finished last season rated 114. I guess you should be glad you are out of SJSU. However, if you had stayed, several 3 star recruits had SJSU on their board, sometimes they were ahead of WSU.
Should have stuck in there for that Kentucky job....... Or the Iowa State job....... Either would have been an improvement.
Thats what sucks about CC. its unpredictable as to whats gonna open or come up.
Coach Mboda finds himself at his 4th job in 4 years. After leading FIU, UTEP and UAB all to conference championships, The Oregon Ducks offered him the job as Head Coach after getting rid of Chip Kelly. Coach Kelly led the team to a pretty good 11-3 record last year and leaves coach Boda alot talent, including Senior QB Bryan Bennett who is going to have a huge year coach Boda's offensive scheme and should find himself in most of the Heisman discussions. Senior RB Lache Seastrunk is also poised for big year. Lache put up around 900 yards rushing last year and coach Boda has said that he might get close to double that this year. The defense should be one of the nations best as they have alot of playmakers, including Senior FS Isaac Dixon, who is the captain of the defense. The LB's are one of the best and fastest in the nation with 6'5" Junior LOLB Colt Lyerla(87 spd), 6'0" Junior MLB Nick Wilson(87 spd) and 6'6" Senior ROLB Christian French(93 spd). The Defensive line is led by Junior LE Will Young and should put alot of pressure on opposing Quarterbacks.
Coach Boda has his sights set on an undefeated season but the schedule is not easy. Week 3 and 4 will test The Ducks early as they go on the road and take on West Virginia week 3 and week 4 is a home game against San Diego State. They start out Conference play week 5 against #7 USC. Other tough conference games include Week 10 vs Wash State, Week 11 vs #6 Stanford, Week 13 @ Washington and they finish off the regular season @ rival Oregon State.
Coach Dakota moves north to the University of Cincinnati to take over the floundering Bearcat football program. This is a sleeping giant and has the potential to threaten for BCS championships down the road. Unfortunately, there is a lot of work to be done on both sides of the ball before that can become reality. The hardest work will take place on the recruiting trail. Currently, UC is only a 2 star program but with pipelines into Florida, Michigan and Ohio the foundation has been built already. The first priorities will be strengthening both lines and adding some playmakers on offense.
Offense -- This unit will adapt easily to coach Dakota's pistol offense. Led by senior quarterback Munchie Legaux and junior HB Jameel Poteat, this unit has the potential to be explosive. The success of this unit will be determined by the play of the offensive line.
Defense -- The Bearcat defense lacks any true playmaker and is unspectacular, at best. On the positive, there is no glaring weakness. Two young defensive tackles look to be the foundation Coach Dakota will build on for future years.
Overall -- Let's be realistic, this team isn't ready to challenge for a Big East title. We will be ready and we will play hard, but realistically we are a couple of years away.
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