Discussion in 'The Trifecta' started by bravejaf, Feb 8, 2011.
Please post info on your squad.
I will update the Buckeyes later on today.
University of Texas Longhorns
We are not sure what to expect out of the Longhorns this season. Coach Slick is reluctant to call this a rebuilding year but after losing 3 of his 4 secondary starters and his 2 star wide receivers that is what it is shaping up to be. Texas was really built to make a run at the National Championship 2 yrs ago when they underachieved to a 9-4 season. Last year The Horns rebounded nicely with a 13-1 season, their 5th Big XII Title in 6yrs, and a Fiesta Bowl victory against Ohio State. Coach Slick this year has a lot of young talent to work with having 16 underclassman starting out of the 22 starters.
Texas starts with a brutal schedule this year with their first two games on the road and 3 of their first 4 games against users. The Horns' will open traveling to Alambama to face the #2 ranked Crimson Tide. In week 2 they travel to Chapel Hill to face UNC for their first matchup of this dynasty. When Texas returns home in weeks 3 and 4 they will be greeted by Big 10 powerhouses Minnesota and defending National Champions Penn State respectively. This is truly a murders row facing 3 top 10 teams to open the season. Coach Slick commented that " We will take it one game at a time with the young kids we have and hope by the time conference play begins we have come together and will be battle tested."
On offense Coach Slick is still tinkering with what scheme they will run to best fit the personnel. Texas has historically ran a pro-style offense but with a failure to recruit a quality full-back the Horns are stuck with two 40-rated walk ons. At this time Coach is looking at one-back or air-raid playbooks. The Horns are strong on the offensive line with all starters being above 90 overall. They are lead by second year starter SR - QB Williams(97 ovr) who threw for over 3,000 yrds last year. In the backfield 1500yrd rusher JR-RS HB Kemp(95 ovr) is back to solidify the runing game. Where the Longhorns hurt on offense is at wide-out which consists of 1-SR, 5-SO, and 2-FR. Three sophomores will start and with that young of talent having consistency over an entire season will be the challenge. Texas on offense will start 2-sr, 4-jr, and 5-so.
The defensive side of the ball took a huge hit last offseason graduating 3 of 4 starters in the secondary to graduation. All 3 where 4yr starters and allowed Texas to take a lot of chances at the line of scrimmage knowing those guys were backing them up. The defense will be lead by SR-MLB Nick Gibson who flirted with going pro last year, but after a heart to heart with Coach Slick decided to come back for his senior season. The D-Line will be anchored by SR-DT David Wilson(96 ovr) with SR-DE Bryant Williams(98 ovr) coming off the edge to apply pressure. SR-MLB Gibson will quarterack the young group of linebackers. The secondary will be the question mark has their will be 3 new starters. All of them saw playing time last year in nickel and dime formations but this year they will have to step up as every down guys. Texas on deffense will start 4-sr, 3-jr, and 4-so.
As with every year in Austin the fans and Alumni expect the Longhorns to be competting for a BCS National Championship, however, this year to be realistic The Horns' hope to get through their 1st four games with only 1 loss and make it through the Big XII South to be able to contend for their 6th Big XII Title.
Florida St Seminoles – 2016 Season Preview
The 2016 season finds the Seminoles looking to answer one major question – how do they replace QB Brenton Newby? Newby started every game since coming on campus 3 seasons ago (42 straight games) and was the key to the offense since the day he got to Tallahassee. While he never won the crystal trophy, it’s hard not to think of the kid as a winner, as he lost only 3 games in his college career, 2 of which were to 3 time defending national champion Penn St.
The team hopes that redshirt senior QB Cory Jones will be ready to step up and take the reins, and that the return of 15 starters from last year’s team (7 on offense, 8 on defense) will be enough to allow them to finally break through to the BCS title game.
What to look for on offense
QB Brenton Newby and HB Andy Frank left early for the pros, but the coaching staff had been anticipating that since the start of the 2015 season. The coaches believe that QB Cory Jones (redshirt senior – 91 OVR) and HB Erik Rogers (redshirt junior – 93 OVR) are ready to take the reins after playing relief roles the past two seasons. Assisting Jones in his transition to the starter is the fact that the top 5 WR’s from last years team return, including Jay Arnold (the #1 player from the 2014 recruiting class) and Maurice Jones. The offensive line replaces two starters at RT and C, but the guys manning those positions are just as talented as their predecessors. The other 3 OL positions are manned by starters returning from last season. The coaching staff has not announced if they will stick with the spread playbook that was so successful last season, or move to something a bit more conventional now that the threat of Newby’s running is no longer present.
What to look for on defense
The defense will move to a pure 3-4 look this year, and lost only 3 starters from last year’s team, which is a good news/bad news situation. The bad news is that the 3 players who left (MLB Chris Wright, FS Robert Bowser and SS Henry Everson) were the top playmakers from last year’s team. The good news is that the replacements for the players in the secondary are far more athletic than their predecessors which will hopefully help in the pass defense. The DL should be better with another year of development, and the LB corp will consist of 3 returning starters and a redshirt junior replacing Chris Wright. The player to keep an eye on is MLB Eric Moore, who is a freak of nature at 6’3” 273 lbs with 90 speed, 91 strength and 89 acceleration. In the defensive backfield, the top 4 CB’s return from last years team, so hopefully that will see some improvement in the pass defense.
The talent is there to make a run at an undefeated season and national title, but this teams entire season may hinge on the week 1 game vs Ohio State. The Buckeyes are again the most talented team in the nation, and that game will be huge for both squads.
Last year the Tar Heels spent most of the season ranked and once sported a 17-0 lead over UCLA, but a late-season death spiral against Ohio State, Florida State (ACCCG), and Florida in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl has dropped the Heels to a 3* program. Coming off a pretty decent recruiting season, the #1 goal for Coach Vandermint is to get that fourth star back.
Offense: The Heels lose seniors at QB, one WR, RT, and their top two TEs. Still, there is some reason for optimisim as the WR corps is a year older and, while not supremely talented, is fairly deep. The RB tandem of Chad Smith and Howard Jefferson return as well, a year older and better. All the attention however will be on JR QB Mark Craft. Craft has played sparingly his first two years in Chapel Hill, including giving Oklahoma fits his freshman year. He sports 89 speed and 89 accelleration to counter his mere 80 in throwing accuracy. Look for Carolina to try to come up with a playbook that fits his skills. If it doesn't work out, senior Justin Brooks has 81 throw power/89 throw accuracy and could take the starting spot for a more traditional offense.
Defense: After deliberating, the Tar Heels are going to return with a 4-2-5 this season. Seniors Jason Archie (highest rated on the team at OVR 89) and Henry Dawson will anchor the ends, and true freshmen Jon Hoffman (OVR 75) will get snaps at DT along with senior Ryan Hall. Last season the "5th" player in the 4-2-5 alternated between a LB and CB in Vandermint's system, meaning the UNC 4-2-5 was really either a nickel or 4-3. This year it will be a true 4-2-5 as RS FR Terry Rice, a SS, enters the fray on the other side of "lead" SS Aaron Holmes. Holmes, FS Willie Thomas, and lead CBs Lance Martin and Jelani Hayes are all seniors, so the Tar Heel defense is probably as good as it will get, given the weird combination of seniors and freshmen that are starting. (LB Tez Robertson will be the team's #1 LB and is also a RS FR; he'll rotate with a host of other linebackers as the "2" in the 4-2-5.)
Special Teams: True FR punter Shawn Green has 72 power and 44 accuracy, so the Heels need to make their 3rd down conversions. Sophomore kicker Alex Hinds is rated 85 in both kicking categories so he should be on the way to a solid career.
Expectations: Just making the ACCCG again could be a big accomplishment for this group. Grinding a way back into 4* category is almost imperative but won't be easy.
2016 Nebraska CornhuskersWell we had our shot last year, but couldn't beat Texas in two opportunities, and that most likely cost us any shot at a NC for a few years, as this year's team is definitely rebuilding, and our schedule is a murderer's row to open the season. We remain a 6 star prestige team, but yet again won't be able to land any recruits and struggle to get some guys this year. I'm starting to realize I may have reached my plateau with this team, as Texas and Oklahoma are just too big of juggernauts to ever be able to reach talent-wise.On offense we have (RS)FR Justin Ryan, who boasts 90SPD, 91ELU, 92AWR, and 83ACC, but is terrible as a pocket passer with 80THP and 79THA, which means that last year's starter, SO Charles Rhodes, will most likely get some playing time at QB. At halfback, returning starter and Freshman of the Year Roland McKenzie will be carrying the rock for the Huskers, but he doesn't have the speed needed to get outside against Oklahoma or Texas, so JR Brian Smith may get an opportunity against those squads. At receiver, C.J. Dykes returns for his senior year with a 99OVR rating, and he may have the best hands in football. The rest of the receiving corps isn't very talented, but they are deep and able to get the job done. On the line, LT Russell Washington brings his 99OVR back for a senior year, but on the opposite side we will be starting a true freshman at RT. We have 2 seniors in their mid-80s at guard, and another freshman at center.Defensively, we have some great individual talents, but aren't outstanding. Probably a better overall unit than the offense, the defense is led by RE Andrew Carlton, a 99OVR who is just an absolute beast at getting to the QB. The rest of the defensive line is shaky, but not terrible. Our LB squad is deep, though not overly talented, and our secondary is young and inexperienced. Our special teams may be the best part of the team, which is never good. But our kicker is solid, an 85OVR sophomore, and our punter is an 82OVR true freshman.The schedule: Well the year I finally get Penn State, UCLA, and Minnesota all in one year has to be the year I have the least talented team in my tenure. If I can even stay in these games without getting blown out it will be an accomplishment.Outlook: 8-4, this is the year I lose my 6 star prestige and fall even farther behind OU and Texas on the recruiting trail, and if I get one user win this year it will be a miracle.
wow nebraska is gonna suck. Probably fitting.
Where's quick suck trey when you need him?
Ohio State has to replace four-year starter Larry Walters at quarterback. Walters never won the big game but he was a true competitor. He never missed a start in his 4 seasons (52 consecutive starts). This means that his backup Chris Ford only saw the field in mop up duty. Last season OSU decided to redshirt Ford so he would still have 3 years of eligibility remaining. The coaches worked with Ford and he is similar to Walters in a lot of ways. He is a pocket passer with tremendou arm strength (97) and accuracy, but he has limited mobility. He will have easily the best offensive line in the country, with every member being a 99 overall. The line boasts 4 seniors and 1 junior. The running game should continue to improve since the top 4 backs return from last season's team. Chad Gibert will likely get the starting job with Michael Vickers playing a variety of roles on the offense. Gilbert rushed for over 1,000 yards last season. As for the receivers, the only loss was Reggie Robinson but sophomore Wesley Burgess should be ready to assume a bigger role in the offense. Barrow and Herron also return, along with tight ends Johnson and Holland. OSU has 4 tight ends on the roster and may use this to their advantage.
On defense there were some key losses including CB Ross Hand and DT Brady Hill, but the team returns 5 starters from last year's squad. The most important player is Jeff Cox, who returns to man the free safety position. The transfer student from Tennessee considered leaving early for NFL but decided to play one last season at OSU. He should get some help on outside from corners Dave Hadley (returning starter) and Shannon Mitchell. Mitchell had an impressive showing in spring ball and looks to be one of the team's most improved players. Ryan Moore will play the nickle corner position once again and Blake Wesley takes over at strong safety. The linebacker unit lost some key players, with Jordan Norton the lone returning starter. The loss of 4 middle linebackers shifted OLB Tyjuan Wade inside to MLB. On the defensive line Justin Mitchell and Bruce Williams return at the end positions but the group in the middle of the line has changed. The new group is not as strong but has a little more athleticisim than the previous duo. The Buckeyes may use more 4 down sets this year to accomodate the smaller tackles.
Overall this is a very talented Buckeyes team and the coaches will be disappointed with anything less than a national title. Things start off tough for Ohio State as the Buckeyes kick off with Florida State. The Penn State game will also be a difficult test, as coach Brave has a 1-5 record against the Nittany Lions. Minnesota and Oklahoma State also will not be overlooked, Buckeyes need to bring their A game to win those matches.
Offense- Its all about Joe Montana this year rated 99ovr, expect him to excel in the spread offense with record breaking numbbers. Cameron Connor will try to fill the shoes of Fernandez as he leads an average WR corp. Jason Borwn and Sam Larsen should split carries in the backfield. The o-line rates in the low 90's across the board and should provide enough protection in the up tempo offense
Defense- MLB Darryl Kimbrough 99ovr is a 3 year starter and should be a force in the middle. Brock Jones is the reigning Lombardi winner and expects to have an even bigger year this season. Tony Ramsey replaces 4 year starter Kyle Wilson at the #1 CB slot. The safeties are experianced and fast.
Outlook- A lot of questions will be answered early as Penn State faces Nebraska and Texas weeks 2 and 4. If the Nittany Lions can pass that test, look for the Nittany Lions to once again be in the BCS title talks come the end of the year.
2016 OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS
The Cowboys season played out exactly as predicted last season ending 9-4 with a bowl victory but 0-4 in user games while acclimating still to the loss of the raw speed form the season before. By the end of the year though the Pokes hit a stride and the future started to come into focus a bit. The Cowboys managed to stay in the top 25 every single week and ended with a #19 ranking which is huge for the pumpkins form Stillwater.
Offensively the Cowboys return 8 of 11 starters from a team that but the end of the year had found a significant groove. Of the 8 returners, all 5 of the offensive linemen come back with 4 juniors and a lone senior, though they are in no way shape or form the same caliber as Ohio State's monsters, they are going into their third year with the same starting 5, chemistry means something in this offense. More importantly though, even though the Cowboys hauled in 3 ESPN TOP-150 QB's in their recruiting class, the reigns will still belong to (RS)JR Jayson Whitaker who as an 84OVR threw for 2,935 yards last season with a 19/12 ratio as a sophomore. Whitaker has had a very good spring and with a familiarity of the offense now looks to drastically improve those marks. The key to the Pokes O though is the run. Luckily for Stillwater (RS)SR J.B. King with an 89OVRcame back this year after a 229 carry 1320 yards and 16 touchdown season, with him in the run game is now SO FB Sean Murphy at an 82OVR who himself managed a surprising 438 yards on the ground last seasosn with 10 scores of his own. All in all the Cowbos look to keep balance on O this year and have to tools to be a bit of a surprise on that side of the ball with incoming freshmen like FB David Powell and TE Sean Moore adding to the pound and pass strategy.
Defensively the Cowboys have put a premium in becoming more athletic and they are doing so without any choice and ahead of schedule now as they lost 3 of their front 4 along with both safeties and mike linebackers. All of this is leading to metamorphosis for the Cowboy D, youth will reign. The defensive ends were readily replaced with juniors that are just as good and way more athletic then the previous regime, they also only have one true defensive tackle so the 3-4 is a necessity now. Luckily though, there are linebackers aplenty with speed all over in the OLB's and the freshman Oklahoma native John Johnson from Jenks HS making the stand as the man in the middle bringing Coach Jman his first 100% true athlete who is a jack of many trades at that spot. In the secondary the Pokes feature more speed at the corners than previous years (92, 91, 92) and will be led, surprisingly, in that spot by 4* FR Vinny Gatewood who gets the nod as the #1 based only on potential, a scary ass move indeed. The secondary is capped by a pair of hard hitting seniors in Harris (86) and Patrick (86) who will be the leaders of the D as they are the only starting seniors.
Oklahoma State hauled in the #7 class last season with 24 signings of their allotted 25, shocking many. This year after retaining their 5* rating they look to fill 20 scholarships with emphasis being on runningbacks and true depth for a first time.
The Pokes are really in a "who knows" position with user games against Ohio State and North Carolina out-of-conference and Oklahoma and Texas in conference. All in all it really feels like it should be a 10-11 win season and a bowl win for the Cowboys with 1-2 user wins after last years o'fer. This year will go along way as far as just how hight they can climb in the BigXII rungs.
2016 Oklahoma Sooners The Sooners will make another attempt at a Big 12 title with a high powered offense and hard hitting defense. The Sooner have 19 seniors and 20 juniors so this may be their best shot to unseat Texas at the top of the heap.Offense: The QB position is well stocked with 3 seniors, namely Jabari Ryan and Brandon Gutierrez. Both are rated 99 and have very similar numbers with Ryan having the rocket arm and Gutierrez having the 99 accuracy. HB will be filled by seniors Tommy Fergusen and Corey Hall. FB will be a battle between Tom Bratton and Jason Easley. TE Chaz Stephens will feel the heat of Freshman Herbert Harris and the 2 TE set will be solid this year. My biggest concern this season has become a strength: The OL.LT: Alex White: Sr 95 OVRLG: Dom Davis: So 87 OVRC: Bruce Bowers: Sr 89 OVRRG: Ron Everett: So 88 OVRRT: Barret Robbins: Sr 88 OVRThe ST will be solid with Rob Griffin and Brad Whitehead.The WR corp is stacked with experience as 4 SR receivers are 93 OVR and above.Defense: The DL will be led by RE Mike Smith and LE Joe Jones, along with big contributions from true FR Craig Washington. The DTs will be led by Troy Crowder.The LB corp will be led by MLB Johnny OConnor 99 OVR and ROLB Greg Freeman 92 OVR.The secondary will lose a big starter in SS Kareem Simon but still have AA Matt Ricks and FS Ryan Johnson as well.Looking forward to this season and good luck to all of you!
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