Discussion in 'The Trifecta' started by Twister18, Oct 19, 2012.
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Southern California Trojans preseason ranking: 13thconference projection: 3rdreturning starters: (offense) 8 (defense) 4offensive captain: Cody KesslerDefensive captain: Jeremy Jackson The USC offense will be ran by, returning senior and Pac-12 all american, Cody Kessler. He looks to build on his successful Junior season. If Kessler cuts down on his interceptions this could be an exciting season for him and USC. Kesslers two main weapons this year will be returning starter Victor Blackwell ( 831 yrds, 8 TDs) and Nelson Agholor ( 222 yrds, 3 TDs), the once highly recruited freshman who has failed to live up to his hype. Agholor finally gets the starting job his junior season and has alot to prove to the trojan fans. The good news for them is he looks up for the task. This years ground attack will be via Geoff Thomas. Thomas is a true power back. He is very physical and runs between the tackles with force. Arm tackles will not work against this guy. He was last years backup and saw limited action but this guy is extremely good. Anchor his ability with a very solid O-line and a FB with a mean streak and this USC squad looks to have a very explosive and physical running game. The defense is a young inexperienced group. The coaches claim that this years defense is a much closer knit group of guys. "The communication and togetherness of this squad will make up for the inexperience and take them as far as they will allow it", according to HC Gene Hackman. Defensive captain Jeremy Jackon (ss) and Pac-12 all american Ryan Henderson (cb) will be two of the most experienced players of this USC defense. Both will have to play big because if there is any area of concern with this defense it is within the secondary. The D-line looks to be very powerful agains the run, but should have trouble putting together a solid pass rush. The only true pass rusher on the D-line is Junior Ryan Noel. The Trojans have a lot of depth at LB and should use that to their advantage this season. Look for them to generate a pass rush by blitzing their LBs alot more this season. Key Games: 9/27 @ Ohio St., 10/24 @ oregon, 11/28 vs UCLAProjected finish: 8th in the BCS
2015 Season Preview
2014 Record: 11-2 Off Capt: Sr WR Marcus Leak
Pre-season Rank: 4th Def Capt: Sr DE Keith Bowers
Conf Outlook: 2nd in ACC 4 of 9 conf games are vs. ranked opponents
Heisman Hopeful's: QB Ryan Rodgers and WR T.J. Robbins
Key Match-ups: Conf-9/19 @ #11 Miami, 11/21 @ #1 FSU
Non-conf-9/12 @ #23 Illinois, 10/3 @ #3 Oregon
Major moves with-in team/game plans: Moving of Sr P Nathan Renfro to K.
Implementing a Pro-style offense.
After taking over the Terapins prior to the 2014 Chik-fil-a Bowl as coach I wanted to 1st finish the season with a victory, and 2nd worry
about keeping our players here for the long haul. Transitioning to the pro-style offense will be easier knowing that we have 3 running backs
that are equal in ability and can pound the rock. Convincing our quarterback and wideouts that they will still have their own opportunities to
shine was the main task in the switch. We will continue to strike fear in the secondaries we play, just to keep them from loading up the box.
Our O-line averages 305 among the starters and much is expected in both opening holes and protecting QB Ryan Rodgers. With T.J. Robbins
finishing well in the Heisman voting last year and basically re-writing the Maryland record books, the other receivers have made it known "throw
me the ball".
The most impressive thing as a coach with this team was their ability on the defensive side of the ball. I was amazed at how well these guys
flew around the field like their hair was on fire. Bringing the POP was expected within the ranks and was pleasingly applauded. Defensively we
are very young at the defensive tackle position with a RS sophomore, RS freshman, and 2 true freshmen for back-ups. Our secondary is not
quite as young but are athletes that will get the job done. Our returning starters on defense have issued the challenge and I am confident in
their abilities. Sr WR Stefon Diggs will handle the returning duties on both kick-off and punts.
This season could be the ONE! Our ability to establish the run and compliment it with a plethora of passes to gifted receivers is truly a blessing.
Gang-tackling with ability to drive our opponents in the dirt is also a very good thing. We have 5 preseason All-Americans and expect this
number grow by the end of the year. From a coaching stand-point I stepped into a good situation with a great team.
Let's go TERPS!
THE MIAMI HURRICANES
CONFERENCE OUTLOOK #3
I took over team last year with two games to play in season we won last two games and aslo bowl game. But we lost a few key players that were seniors.But playing in the very tough ACC will test the hurricanes all season long hope to pull off a few upsets of higher ranked teams this year.
the hurricanes have a very tough schedule we have eight opponents in top 25 but with other ACC teams on schedule could have a couple of more to play. Will play the only way THE U knows how and that is with the swagger that we cant lose.
i'm available any time so will let everyone know when something comes up to where i cant be on.
To everyone here good luck this season
- The Buckeyes must replace 4-year starter Braxton Miller at QB so sophomore Rashad Rogers will get his first crack at starter minutes. Rogers has a tremendous arm but lacks some of Miller's speed. Running back Rod Smith and receivers Devin Smith and Evan Spencer also need to be replaced. At HB the starting job will go to Bri'onte Dunn, who is a similar runner as Smith. Sophomore David Jones will be the speed back and return specialist. At WR the Buckeyes will turn Verlon Reed, Doug Johnson and Riquan Southward. OSU has lots of depth at receiver so this position will only get stronger. Look for freshman Nate Stewart to see some early playing time. Tight ends Nick Vannett and Oliver Wallace also provide targets for the quarterbacks. As for the offensive line, the strength is up the middle. Center Jacoby Boren is one of the best linemen in the country.
- The defense loses several key starters but remains strong in most areas. The defensive line is the strength of the defense with all four starters returning. Chase Farris is a big player in both size and ability. He creates matchup problems with his size and strength on the outside. Noah Spencer will be a key reserve and pass rush specialist for OSU. The linebacker group must replace a couple three-year starters in Curtis Grant and Ryan Shazier. Junior Maurice Fuller is the only returning starter so he will need to perform this season. R-SR Conner Crowell will also be an important piece in this group. The Buckeyes also need to replace cornerbacks Bradley Roby and Doran Grant. Micah Jones was dime back last year and he is ready to play this year. The bigger question mark is sophomore Josh Mason, coaches expect him to be tested in early games. Freshmen Antone Hart and Ryan Brown will be the nickle and dime backs this season. Safeties T.J. Hudson and Rory Henderson return from last year's squad and bring experience to the secondary.
- This is a very young football team with only 10 seniors and OSU plays one of the toughest schedules in the country, but Buckeyes still expect to win every game. The Florida State and USC games will be early tests for OSU. Michigan State, Illinois and Michigan are the tough in conference games for Ohio State. OSU is looking to get some revenge on Michigan State for the loss last season.
UCLA Bruins 2015 Team Preview Returning Starters: Offense (6) Defense (5)
Offensive Projected MVP: QB Brett Hundley
Defensive Projected MVP: DE Steven Bray
Key Games: Michigan St., Florida St., @USC, @Stanford
2014 Record: 9-4
Offensive Playbook: Arkansas Pro Base Custom
Defensive Playbook: 4-3
By the time you get into year four of a coaches tenure you start to see the job he has done. Coach Henderson took the UCLA job with the Bruins having a few years of struggle. They were a 2 star prestige team that had a solid roster. It has been a hard road to try and get UCLA among the elite but 9,10,and 9 wins in his first 3 years is not bad. This year he wants to make the next step. The Bruins are now a 5 star prestige team and recruiting is finally starting to pick up. They have a very freshman and sophomore heavy team and they look to get things going to the next level with all those young guys.
On offense they expect big things from Brett Hundley. The RS Senior has been in the system 3 years and looks to make a big jump this year. He needs to cut down on his turnovers and play more efficient. At running back Derek Coe is ready to be the next big thing in college football. Coe has the size (6’0 207) and the speed (98 spd) to be one of the best this year. At WR Jordan Payton looks to build on his strong JR year were he had 10 TD catches.
On Defense UCLA is looking for big things from all the young guys that have gain lots of experience in the last couple of years. At DE 6’5 285lb SO Steven Bray looks to build on his 11 sack freshman year. The Bruins like speed and they have plenty of it on defense. They may be young but, they are skilled.
Predicted Record: 11-2
2015 Florida State Seminoles The FSU Seminoles are coming off their NCAA BCS Championship year by beating a very tough Louisville team. "The men really wanted to get the taste of the SMU defeat 2 years ago out of their mouth and they did it in spades!", Coach Twist exclaimed!This season will be much tougherr, having out of conference battles with Oregon, UCLA and theOSU as well as rugged in-conference foes Maryland and Miami but the Seminoles will be ready. The offense will be missing some key players this year. Gone are QB Clint Trickett, RB Dontae Freeman and James Wilder, the Green duo at WR, and the best TE in the country in George O'Leory but I would not say the cupboard is quite bare. Quarterbacks: The obvious choice of course would be Coker and he may fit in eventually but coming out of spring practices, the job belongs to Malik Smith: Running Backs:
Losing Freeman and Wilder will hurt but Pender and Branch will help with the transition. Coley will also see time as the 3rd down back and on ST. Payne will handle the FB and short yardage duties.
Wide Recievers: Benjamin and Bracy will start but watch out for Hicks in the slot. He shows an uncanny knack of getting open and making big plays. Tight Ends: Gone is O'Leary but Kourt and Hawkins have the ability to replace him a little bit, with Hawkins being the better blocker. Offensive Line:
Lost alot of senior leadership in losing Barron and Erving, but the talent is there. The question is if Hart can provide the leadership to bring it all together?
This unit will be the backbone of the team. To be honest, I don't believe I have ever had a more talented defense except maybe in 2011 and my Oklahoma teams.
DE Mario Edwards is the catalyst for the front seven:
The other DE spot will be a rotation of Greg Newberry and Chris Casher. The DTs will be a solid rotation of Caldwell, O'Donnell and Wheeler.
Very solid group with outstanding speed. They remind me of Hokie's Penn State LBs in 2011.
Great blend of youth and experience. Roberson is the key player here.
Clark handles both duties.
WR Bracy and RB Coley are the RS.
The offense will once again be led by heisman candidate SR-QB Connor Cook (94). He's improved to the point where his accuracy is rated tops in the nation, and the coaching staff fully intends on taking full advantage of his arm. He threw for over 4000 yards last year and this spread air raid offense will be led by one of the elite QB's in the nation. While he won't have the RB's that he had last year in Langford and Hill, two talented seniors, he will have some very young FR, led by Adam Love (79). Love is the fastest guy in the backfield and we like our RB's to have some speed to the edge. He's slated to split time with JR-RB Nick Thompkins (80). We're not sure how these two will hold up but we feel they will do an admirable job. SR-FB Trevon Pendleton (87) is a tough lead blocker and a guy we can utilize for short yardage with his short burst and power.
The receiving corps lost a lot in Tony Lippett and Keith Mumphrey, but that doesn't mean there's a lack of talent at this position. SR-WR DeAnthony Arnett (90) is a speedy WR who's expected to take the lion's share of duties not only on offense but on special teams. He's an elite athlete who possesses the game breaking speed we crave in this offense. Opposite of him is SR-WR Juwan Caesar (88) a 6'4" monster who runs excellent routes and will be counted on to move the chains. JR-WR Aaron Burnbridge (84) finally gets his chance in this offense after threatening to transfer two years ago but he's an admirable slot guy who has good speed and good hands. Watch out for true FR-WR Ahmad Cox (79) who maybe this team's most talented WR with great speed, runs excellent routes and very good size at 6'1", 215lbs. Another kid to look out for is another true freshman, TE Luther Bush (77). He's 6'2", 237lbs but has one of the better hands on the team, not to mention an amazing playmaker.
The line displays some question marks as of right now. At LT, SR Jack Allen (84) anchors the line with his excellent pass blocking skills (a need for us). At LG, FR Roderick Lacey (79) gets the spot and he's a huge big bodied kid who we feel has loads of potential, especially since he's pretty athletic for a 330+ lb guy. True freshman C Mark Dennis (80) showed he can pass block at a very good rate and fits right into our scheme. JR-RG Zach Higgins (84) is our best o-linemen right now with the best combination of power, agility and blocking skills. JR-RT Scott Lambert (78) was a guy we moved from guard to tackle to get him on the field.
Since we run a base 3-4, it's important to have some run stuffers down in our 3 down linemen...enter mr. Shilique Calhoun (88). He's a pure run stuffer and a relentless worker. Starting at the other end is SO-RE Eddie Alexander (77), a 6'4", 285lb behemoth who should become one of our better guys on the line. Add in SO-NT Bobby Slaughter (82) (what a name) who's a big bodied kid who just eats up space in the middle and we should have a good run stuffing line.
At Linebacker, we have our captain, SR-OLB Taiwan Jones (92), a kid who's fast and hits hARD. We want to utilize him everywhere...he'll likely be used a lot as a pass rusher because he has a great ability and athleticism to make plays in the backfield but he maybe our best cover LB. Starting at the other OLB spot is SR-OLB Darien Harris (85) who is just as fast as Jones but we want him more in the coverage game. He's excellent in pursuit and we want him knocking the heads off on anyone who comes in the middle of the field. The two MLB's are SR-MLB Brad Bennett (81) and JR-MLB Brad Bolden (87). Bennett will come out on our nickel and dime packages while Bolden is the swiss army knife of the LB's. He can do everything well but isn't super great at one thing. These are a talented bunch and we are excited to use these guys in different roles to maximize their potential. Clearly our strength of the defense.
The secondary specifically has some depth issues, when we get to the nickel and dime packages and we hope and pray that we don't suffer an injury to our key CB's here. The #1 CB is SR-CB Trae Waynes (85), a kid who excels both in man and zone. He's the type that would rather play off his man and utilize his speed than play bump and run, but nonetheless, he's someone we can leave one on one and he'll be able to hold his own. The other starting CB is SR Arjen Colqohoun (82). He's similar in style and stature to Waynes, which can give us some opportunities to mask the nickel and dime CB's on the inside. Those two slots belong to JR Roman Lawson (77) and SO Jay Payne (76). Both these kids have talent but they will be thrusted into the spotlight to handle big time roles especially to these offenses that like to go 4-5 wide on occassion. SR-FS RJ Williamson (87) is the fastest guy in the nation when he gets going and he loves to roam the field and make plays and he'll get the chance to line up against WR's and as well as to play that deep middle while JR-SS Demetrius Cox (87) is the physical safety. He loves to play in the box and get aggressive and get into the face of his man. We feel Cox is the more complete safety if we need to drop him back in coverage and have Williamson play some corner. We will mix and match it up.
The Fightin Illini 20forever
Actually, we are on a 5 year plan. This being Year 4. All Illinois needs is for Ohio State to stop sucking up all the 5 Stars pipelines and cutting them in Preseason. Coach Syd Burnz has placed only his position rated players in the lineup. A bold move you say ? best team not on the field you argue ? "Work smarter not harder" is his reply. "Player training improvements are based in part by experience" continues Coach Syd Burnz "and we really owe it to these guys to use them, not lose them".... So far it seems to be working.
I only cut my two JUCO players from my last recruiting class, the other 23 made the final roser. I cut some higher rated sophomores and juniors to make room for the incoming freshmen. My team may be lower rated this year with the new players, but in 2 years I will have 90+ overall players at every position. This year I will not sign more than 15 players, unless we have some unexpected transfers. I do not have any remaining players I want to cut, except maybe my kicker.
If you are cutting old 5's for young 5's I can't really complain
We all know cut players never get a chance to play. "Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered" my momma always said. But we should maybe discuss recruiting limits to needed positions to let my b team catch up. Because I'm special no matter what twister sayz
Nah my first class in the league had some high 60's and low 70's players that were cut this past offseason. I also cut a couple real life bums from the post-Tressel/pre-Meyer class.
Ugh!!! had a nice edit going and lost it. Anway just know that QB Mariota is a beast and the Ducks again will be in BCS talks by years end.
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