2016 Season Previews

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  1. Masler

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    Still not feeling well and now it includes a touch of insomnia. Post them up...
     
  2. Masler

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    2016 Kansas State Wildcats
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    QB: Tavarius Bender
    Not an unfamiliar face around here but it sure makes me apprehensive putting him on the field after he struggled through to a 7-6 season the last time he was taking the snaps. Bender has great speed and mobility as a QB (even better than Sams) but doesn't have the best arm. If we can limit his turnovers, it'll be a great step for him as a QB.
    HB: Jarvis Leverett/Kevin Dixon
    Leverett was our main handoff guy last season with his explosive speed and ability to elude defenders. Behind him will be the big man Dixon, who could see several more snaps this year with an impressive skills set compromising of: 90 Speed, 93 Accel, 91 Stamina, 86 Btk, 87 BCV, 99 Carry.
    FB: Brandon Haley
    He had some key handoffs last year and I hope he can also play more of a role in his Senior season. He could be dangerous with 91 acceleration and 85 speed. He rushing skills are also quite well, he could almost be a HB if he wanted.
    WR: Sam Roach, Vernon Vaughn, Mike Hall, Marcus Williams
    This group has steadily gotten better throughout their careers. Roach and Vaughn return for their Senior seasons and will surely help Bender in the passing game. Roach looks to be our possession guy while Vaughn boasts the speed. Hall was persuaded from transferring, he has some good speed and decent possession skills.
    TE/O Line:
    The TEs are rather normal if you want to put it that way. They will make a few big catches throughout the year but aren't really that good at blocking. Now the O Line.....they are all very young and lowly rated except for 91 ovr LG Dennis Adams. I am a little worried this will affect our run game, only time will tell.
    D Line: The front line is lead by RE Jason Miller, he improved quite well over the offseason. He is now 91 overall and boasts 94 acceleration, 92 power moves, 95 finesse and 86 block shed. He will be a force to reckon with. The remainder of the line isn't quite as good but they will be able to hold their own as DT Marque Brown looks good also.
    LB: Mike Moore will lead the OLBs with some important attributes such as 96 acceleration and 90 hit power, opposing ball carriers will have their hands full. Chris Barber is opposite Moore and while not as good skill-wise, he has proven himself valuable last season. MLB Gavin McLaurin looks to be the weakest link of this lineup with so-so skills and little playtime. Moore and Barber better be ready to back him up.
    CB/S: Starting with the CB we have Sophomore Sensation now a Junior, Kevin Medlock. He took the ball away 7 time last season and looks to find his way into the record books this year. He has a nasty set of skills with 94 speed, 92 accel, 95 man and 93 zone. On the other sideline is CB David Eaton who nearly matches Medlock in every way. Over the middle of the field we have FS Lee Smith and SS Laron Holland. Smith is blazingly fast with 97 speed and have some good coverage skills. And then we have the big hitter himself, Laron Holland. I was almost positive this kid would leave but he wants that glory. He is at his best with 90 speed, 99 Accel, 93 Jump, 88 Tackle, 88 Pursuit, 84 Man, 89 Zone and 91 Press.
    Special Teams:
    Leverett and Vaughn will be returning kicks and punts. K Rankin and P Robinson will be doing their respective duties as well.
    Prediction:
    Expectations are high in Manhattan and with a lot of players returning they should have no problem exceeding them. Our only downfall could be our offensive line but again, only time will tell. I see us finally reaching the Big XII Championship game with a BCS Bowl.
     
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  3. jello1717

    jello1717 "Those who stay will be champions." -- Bo

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    The 2016 Mustang Preview
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    Offense:
    SMU's potent offense from last season only got better this year. They return 82% of their 3800+ rushing yards and 100% of their receiving yards. SR QB Brad Simmons returns for his 4th year as a starter and will look to be injury free this time as he missed half of last year. Should he be injured, RS FR Ryan Smith will fill in. The backfield returns 3 HBs and will now include true FR Jordy Reynolds who'll be the bull back this year for SMU. Expect SR Isaac Richardson to once again lead the team in rushing. The top 5 WRs from last year return and Tommy Freeman will once again be the go to receiver and you can expect some big plays from him and his 99 SPD. While the O-line did lose 3 starters, SMU is actually better this year at all 5 O-line spots. On top of this SMU doesn't start any SRs on the line so you can expect even better things from them next year.
    Defense:
    Like the offense, despite graduating 15 SRs the vast majority of defensive starters are returning as they only lose 2 starters. Last year both DEs Lawrence Hobbs, and Justin Mitchell were pass rushing monsters as they both had at least 10.5 sacks. The DT spot is one of only 2 spots on the entire team that's weaker this year than it was last year. The OLBs are still pretty weak, but they're rapidly improving. True FR Matt Bass will begin his 4 year journey as the Sam LB and will have to grow up fast. He has ridiculous potential though. In the middle the D is anchored by SR Michael Moore and JR Erik Thompson who have 7 combined years of starting MLB experience between them. They were so talented that they both played in the nickle formations last year and this'll remain the same this year as they're both expected to have monster years. CB#2 is the other spot where SMU regressed and true FR Kyle Chandler will have to learn the position quickly. If he struggles early there are 2 more talented, more veteran guys behind him that can fill in. At safeties Dustin Myers and Dwayne Coleman, both JRs, both return as 3 year starters and expect to build on their very solid SO campaigns.
    Prognosis:
    Last season was a disappointment for SMU and they look to improve upon it this year. The team is significantly more talented and more veteran. Anything less than a BigXII championship this time around will be a severe disappointment.
     
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  4. blLL flo

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    High expectations?? Lose 1 game, win a BCS bowl, and it's a disappointment? Damn!
     
  5. jello1717

    jello1717 "Those who stay will be champions." -- Bo

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    A BCS bowl isn't a conference championship.
     
  6. mcyork

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    2016 Miami Hurricanes
    This is not your typical Miami Hurricanes team. Ken Dorsey and Michael Irvin are not walking through that door. This team lacks SR leadership on the Offensive side of the ball. It is very young at many skill positions (7 FR and SO's in the two deep) and will be leaning on its Defense to hold the wolves at bay while the new kids get used to the system and college life in general. Under 2nd year Head Coach Mcyork these Canes will have to grow up fast as they garner a preseason #9 Target on their backs. After leading a very successful SR class to a 10-3 season and a Sun Bowl Victory Coach MC hit the recruiting trail and hauled in a Top 10 Class. Leading this class was :5stars: #2 RB Jeff Whitaker #2 WR Matt Blair and #3 WR Jay Howard.

    OFFENSE:
    QB's-The Canes were hit with a major blow this off season as SO QB Matt Stover tore his ACL during spring ball. He will RS and that leaves the door wide open for SR Preston Dewey to once again take the helm and see if he can right the ship on his career. Hurricane fans remember Dewey being benched 3/4 of the way into the 2015 season for then FR Stover. Dewey has the arm to be a NFL prospect its what comes from the neck up that hasn't developed. Backing up Dewey will be RS FR Ken Hunt who has yet to take a snap in a game.

    RB's-This is the toughest position to judge as none of the players that will wear jerseys this year have worn them in an actual College Football Game. Leading the way will be Whitaker and fellow FR Kyle White who have taken most of the 1st team snaps this fall. Look out for scat back Troy Jones and Short Yardage Specialist Emmanuel Bailey (83 sp 93 acc 89 trk) 6'2" 259 lbs to carry near the goal line.

    WR's-Nine FR and SO's on the roster at this position alone. Best pass catcher on the team is AA candidate TE Brandon Harris. He will be Dewey's go to guy. Look for JR Christian Fields and SR Jontavios Carter both big recievers to start and FR Blair and Howard to fight for playing time. JUCO transfer SO Darrell Barbour is another kid who should see the field early on ST and in the slot.

    OL-This is a very solid group of players. Led by SR Daniel Isidora they return 4 letterman and 3 others that saw Live Action last year. This is the strength of the Offense and that will be needed if this team wants to remain in the ACC title hunt.

    DEFENSE:
    DL-Major strength of the team. Led by Co Captain SR Dwayne Hoilett and JR's Marvin Smith and Scott Sears (both projected 1st rounders) the line will pressure the opponents QB all day. Lots of depth here but a major recruiting weakness that needs to be addressed this offseason.

    LB's-Jawand Blue, Josh Witt and AA Rafael Kirby return to man the middle of the field. This group of LB's is special and they all have NFL talent. Again they have depth this year but will also be looking to land some talent this year.

    Secondary-Frank Anderson, Vernon Davis and Trumaine Parsons started at CB and FS respectively last year in all 13 games. Look for FR Joe Avery to be the loan FR to start on D this year as he will be in the mix at the strong safety position.

    ST-Another Strength as both starters return. K Chauncey Jackson scored 88 PT's last year and connected on 80% of his FG opportunities. P Bobby Robinson avg 40.5 yards a kick and had 13 kicks inside the 20. WR Barbour will handle the KO and PR duties.

    OVERALL:
    This team will compete for the ACC Coastal division but to think that they have MNC aspirations is a little far fetched. They are just too young. This is a team that Coach Mcyork thinks will be better as the year rolls on than in its 1st few games. Going into fall camp they are 50 to 1 odds to win the ACC and 100-1 odds to win the MNC.
     
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  7. blLL flo

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    2016 Baylor Bears
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    Can it get any more special than last year? Unranked to start the season with a freshman QB named starter as soon as he committed the 2015 Bears shocked the world and won the Big XII and BCS National Championship. Nick Skinner accepted the Heisman trophy with tears in his mother's eyes as he took home multiple awards. Well, if this year is going to be as special, REPEAT will be the motto.

    Offense: Heisman winner Nick Skinner leads this bunch who are much improved over last year. The line has stepped up their game with a years experience as they hope to protect Skinner better who took 30+ sacks. At WR Skinner will have all of his targets back including the likes of Coleman, Richard, and Haas. The passing game should be great again after putting up 3500+ yards and 45 TDs. The new face for the offense will be in the backfield with Skinner. At HB the Bears have a lot of depth, but have lost one year wonder BJ Allen. Front runners for the starting job are JR George Roberson and SO Nick Carroll. Look for the Bears to ride the coat tails of Skinner to a lot of wins in 2016.

    Defense: Last season this group gave up a lot of points and yards at the beginning of the year, before settling down and becoming a well rounded group. However, they have starters at DT, DT, OLB, MLB, CB, and FS. Good news is, there are some youngsters that have been waiting in the wings to get their chance on the field. On the defensive line both DE spots are improved, and as of now SR Dominique Banks has passed incumbant starter Jeff Banks to grab the LE spot. At DT the Bears will be a little softer after losing both starters. SOs Brandon Glover and Shaun Young were named starters out of training camp. The LB corps loses an impact starter but the other guys are back and much improved. OLB Kendall Ehrlich leads this group and SO Ben Butler will be opposite him starting for the first time. In the secondary the Bears have lost 2 experienced players, but the depth this year is even better, especially at CB. Senior Terell Burt will be the star, but Seth Crooks is in his 2nd season looking to become a lock down DB. The coaches still haven't decided on the nickel back as two JRs and two FR are vying for playing time.

    Outlook: The Bears shocked everyone including themselves at times last year, but now the target will be on their backs. Another National Championship will be hard to obtain, so they will concentrate on winning the North and playing for a Big XII championship.
     
  8. dakota7

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    2016 Virginia Cavaliers

    The two time defending ACC champs have a chip on their shoulders. Despite all their success, this team still has a lot to prove after losing the last two BCS championship games. This team lost its leader, QB David Watford, but expect great things as 16 starters return.

    Offense -- Not too much will change, even after the graduation of Watford. Junior Jeff Henderson takes the reigns. Henderson has tons of talent and has learned to live with all the comparisons to Heisman winner Tim Tebow. Henderson is a beast of a man, standing 6'2 225 and delivers a blow to oncoming tacklers. (80 strength, 85 break tackle and 88 truck). Unlike Tebow, Henderson can hurt you through the air with 85 thp and 94 tha. Sharing the backfield with Henderson is HB Deon Taylor and HB Pete Walters, or as some people like to call them "Thunder and Lightning". Both possess great speed, but Taylor can bring the hammer with 90 break tackle and 94 truck. Outside, the Cavs have great wide receivers. Top to bottom, that unit is fast and big. The only question mark is the offensive line, which brings in 3 new starters.

    Defense -- The clear strength of the team. This unit will be dominant. The defensive line is experienced and highly talented (94,91,90,89 overalls) and the linebackers are fast. The secondary features two seniors at safety, rated 92 and 90. The corners are young, but fast and talented. Expect this unit to be solid all season, with the constant ability to create big plays.

    Outlook -- This team has all the tools to compete for the BCS title this year. Anything less will leave the fan base wanting more.
     
  9. aarondramp

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    Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

    Last year, this team had a solid season but continued to come up short when it mattered. Tough losses to Virginia, Maryland, and BYU were the blemishes, but the program gained a 6th star of prestige and brings back a good, young team. This team only has 12 seniors with only 5 of those players starting.

    Offense: For this team to compete, they must reduce their turnovers. They are changing their offensive gameplan with a singleback approach and will look to simplify their reads. Rogers has the ability to have a great season if his interception total is lower.

    Tech has a great pair of HB's that will replace Heisman runner-up Snoddy in Lewis (the power back with 83 TRK/92 BTK) and Richard (the speed back with 97 SPD/99 ACC/98 ELU). Those guys should make Rogers' job easier.

    This team also has solid receivers and tight ends, but it is a balanced crew - the balls get spread around to everyone. Expect WR Travis Williams (92 CIT) and TE Ross Morales (88 CIT) play major roles in this more conservative offense.

    The offensive line with the starters coming at 88, 92, 89, 89, and 87.

    Defense: This is by far the best defense this coach has had. It has taken some time, but there are some really good players here.

    The defensive line finally has some depth and will look to rotate players in and out based on the situation. The big playmaker is DT John Battle and his 95 BSH. This will definitely be a committee of players with 8 players grading out above 80 OVR when two years ago the starters were 80, 80, 80, and 74.

    Linebacker Ryan Dean decided to come back this year but could still leave early after this year. He is a major force for the defense and his partner will be a rotating group of Raishaun Pace, Brent Henry, and Blake Parham depending on the situation.

    The secondary is a little weaker this year, but still has FS Lamar Brunner. Due to a lack of depth at SS, he may see more time there in the 4-2-5 this year. CB Larry Hope is one of the best and fastest CB's in the country (99 SPD, 95 MCV, 98 ZCV), and he can stay with anyone.

    Outlook: It's tough to know what to expect from this team. Overall, there is a lot of talent, but it will probably the worst team that I have for the remainder of this OD due to the inexperience. The biggest game for this team will be against Virginia. They have split the past four seasons, and I expect the winner to make it to the ACC Championship game. If Georgia Tech wins that game, then they could compete for a BCS Championship.
     
  10. jello1717

    jello1717 "Those who stay will be champions." -- Bo

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    This has to be the first time anyone has ever referred to a guy with 85 SPD/ACC as a scat back.
     
  11. mcyork

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    lol I didn't know what to call him so I over exaggerated and called him a scat back thats funny that you noticed
     
  12. Darkwing

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    He notices everything :eek:
     
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    2016 TCU Horned Frogs
    The Frogs are entering the year searching for improvement. Last season was a flat out embarrassment; with a 4 game losing streak, laying an egg against the rivals, and needing a QB change midseason. A bowl victory somehow kept a Top 25 final ranking but a loss against lowly Houston sealed the theme of 2015.
    Offense --
    At QB, last year's opening day starter has officially made the move over to wideout. Taking control will be SR Tyler Matthews in running the Wisconsin offense. The backfield will see a stable (Chase, Catalon, Phillips) getting touches. However it will be Catalon that will be the workhorse here. In the passing game look out for whoever has the most green around them. WRs Anderson, Terrell, Williams and TEs Gilbert, Sims are all viable targets. On paper the strength of this team is the oline, we'll see if that plays out in the new offensive direction.
    Defense --
    First year starters protect the outside in SR Carraway and JUCO SO Johnson.The wide bodies in the middle lack talent so they'll look to just plug up the middle. The backers will need to star for this D to turn around the horrible performance of a season ago. Sieghard and Malone will man the outside while Mason captains and controls the squad from the middle. At corner is inexperience galore outside of SR Prater, he will need to lead and match his team high 9 INTs from last season. Spurlock and Troy are the safeties that have to stop the big plays and create turnovers.
    Outlook --
    Growing pains. At the very least I hope the growing is part of the equation. This is a very average group but the offseason changes may help them focus and build chemistry. Season goals are double digit wins and being a factor in the Big 12 race. Success in this new direction will be the key to moving forward for turning the program's future around.
     
  14. jello1717

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