2016 Team Previews

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  1. jello1717

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

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  2. Masler

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    2016 Michigan State Spartans Preview
    Offense (95)

    QB: With the newly implemented Spread Option in East Lansing, Damion Terry gets the call due to his superior speed over Senior O'Connor. If Terry can't get the job done, O'Connor will come in handy with his high accuracy rating and he can still move with his feet with 77 Speed and 77 Accel but it would be a huge drop from Terry who has 87 Speed and 87 Accel. Terry also has MUCH better Carrying. Their arms are equal when it comes to Power at 88.

    HB/FB: Nick Thompkins, Gerry Holmes and Delton Williams are all quite impressive. I would like them all to get decent amount of carries with Thompkins leading the way. Thompkins is the faster and more elusive of the bunch but Holmes is the most physical. Williams will probably be brought in when one of these two needs a rest and with the SO, it could be more often than you think. They all have good carrying abilities but Williams leads the pack with 92 Carry while Thompkins and Holmes on have 87 and 85 respectively. Freshman Josh Anderson will be starting FB this season for Sparty but with the SO, the FB won't see a ton of action, he is rated low and can barely block but does have a nice 85 Accel.

    WR/TE: Monty Madaris and MacGarrett Kings will have to lead this young bunch. Madaris will be quick to get off the line with 98 Accel and will likely be the go to guy with 89 Route Running and 89 Catch. Kings is just behind him with 88 Catch and 85 Route Running. Then the Spartans take a sharp drop with their #3 and #4 spots. Higdon originally had the #3 spot but lost out to Cunningham due to Cunningham having better Catching and Route Running while Higdon displays better speed. Josiah Prince returns for his Senior season at TE while Freshman David Barnett takes over for Parker. Prince and Barnett are equally fast but Prince is a wrecking ball with 84 BTK and 84 TRK while Barnett doesn't break 70 in either category. The two TE are also equal in receiving abilities but look for Terry to focus on Prince more than Barnett when tossing to the TE.

    O Line: Higgins, Keiler, Lewis, McGowen, Finley. Four of these five players have 85 or higher blocking skills in both categories. The fifth guy is RS SO Matthew Lewis who has an impressive 87 Pass Block but it drops sharply with 79 Run Block but ups back up with 85 Impact Blocking. He should teach FR Marquardt quite nicely though. The standout guy on this line is RG Benny McGowen with 93 Pass Block, 93 Run Block and 89 Impact Block.

    Defense (90)

    D Line: Losing our starters from the D Line and gaining some talent in the LB, Coach Masler switched to the 3-4 playbook so this line will still feature two DE but only one DT. Cooper and Lyles will be on the ends and quite frankly most of their skills are average with an impressive skill here or there. Luckily Lyles has 85 Hit Power and 86 Finesse Moves so he has something going for him but Cooper only has 87 Finesse that really impresses but FMV are a staple for a DE so hopefully it pans out. Lining up at DT will be JR Brandon Jordan with an impressive set of skills including 86 Tackle, 86 Power Moves and 85 Block Shed. The 87 Play Recognition is pretty good also. He will be the leader in this small group.

    LB: Shane Jones returns as LOLB and improved nicely in the offseason with 88 Tackle, 87 Hit Power, and 90 Pursuit, just what we need on the outside though he isn't a pass rusher at all, fine with me since we have all these running teams. Starting MLB Riley Bullough made a massive improvement in the offseason and now stands out at 96 Overall with a plethora of skills: 94 Accel, 99 Awareness, 87 Tackle, 99 Hit Power, 94 Block Shed, 89 Pursuit and 91 Play Recognition. The guy can cover decently as well but it is clear he is the leader of this defense and we will look towards him to be the major playmaker. Right alongside Bullough will be MLB Jon Reschke and while he can't even come close to Riley, he can hold his own and won't have too much to worry about with his partner backing him up, all he needs to do is slow them down. And finally, ROLB RS FR Grant Clifford makes the starting spot. He improvement well in his RS year, he is quick off the line and can tackle well with 85 Tackle and 84 Hit Power, he'll be a force in years to come.

    DB: Ezra Robinson....this kid is insane with 95 Play Recognition, 97 Man, 96 Zone and is fairly quick. He has known to make big plays and finally gets the #1 spot. On the other side we have Emmanuel Huffman who also has been known to make plays. Our #3 guy Derek McClain may see some decent PT as well in those Nickel/Dime sets. Now come the big decision in the FS spot. Coach Masler had a tough time deciding this one but went with True FR Eric Black over SO Myron Wright. Black has better coverage than Wright and can tackle just as well, though he is slower and less aware than Wright. If Black can't cut it, Wright will have his chance. Lastly, Demetrious Cox returns for his SR season at SS, he is one quick guy with 99 Accel but he is most impressive in the coverage area with 92 Zone, 95 Press and 92 Pursuit, passers beware over the middle. Cox can tackle decently but leans more towards coverage, which I love right nwo.

    Special Teams: Robert McMahan will be kicking (we might actually make a FG this year!) and R.J. Weldon will be punting. Madaris and Williams will be returning Kicks with Williams returning Punts.


    Expectations: Well as you can tell by the picture, I am in the Hot Seat. I cannot afford to have another losing season. I am aiming for a winning season, even if it is 7-5. That Bowl Appearance should save my job. I don't know if the commish can get fired but unless you guys want a restart or me to never gain XP, you'll help me ;);)
     
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  3. UofCWildcat

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    2016 Northwestern Team Preview
    Northwestern enters the season with two new schemes on both sides of the ball. On the offensive end, Coach Lambdin has gathered his best offensives minds to create the Hyper Offense playbook. A blend of hurry-up Air Raid looks to shred through defenses like a hot knife to butter. The combination of quick strike and the "spread em out, run it up the butt cheeks" offense will cause many fits for defenses. And the head man to this new offense in it's first year will be Junior RS QB Matt Alviti. Matt, an Illinois native, will have to keep calm under fire as the offensive line is still adjusting to the new scheme. But he will have a HB who can relieve the pressure in Malin Jones. The Senior from Belleville, Illinois has waited patiently for his turn to shine. Sitting behind Venric Mark, Treyvon Boykin, and Jordan Perkins, the Senior playing for his childhood team will be motivated to make a statement. And to spell him, Mike Madsen is going to be a bit of a mismatch when it comes to short yardage or goal line situations. The WR corp is young but now has depth after a Top 10 recruiting class this past season. The head men will be Jake Lloyd and WR returner Matthew Harris. These two have some speed and can make breaks with ease. They will have to show some young bucks the ropes as Tony Harris and Dave Rivera will see significant playing time at the two slots.

    On the defense, Coach Lambdin worked with his old High School buddy who is a
    savant of the 3-3-5 defense. After falling to 4 spread teams last season in Michigan, Illinois, Nebraska, and Purdue (Wisconsin and Stanford being power teams), the Wildcats needed speed on the field at all times. The lack of depth at some of the big boy positions really hurt last season a lead to a significant amount of big plays against the Wildcat defense. The front 6 will need to play in perfect harmony. Jon Barber at LE will be the anchor to the D line. Jon makes his first start since his freshman year after playing behind Dean Lowrey last season. Travis Roberts, a JUCO transfer, will be playing opposite Jon and his speed off the edge is exciting for this new defense. The linebackers look to be about the same with Jaylen Prater, Ifeadikachukwu Odenigbo returning at ROLB and MLB respectively. The new guy is Eric Wilson. The Senior out of Houghton, Michigan is playing ahead of two highly touted Freshmen. His role will be key as the weak LB to the 3-3-5. In the DB spots, the new lot of Safeties are going to have to play big. Cory Taylor at FS will need to play better than this past year. He now has a year under his belt and will be expected to lead these young SSs. This includes Northwestern's pride of the past recruiting class Kelly Hopkins and past recruiting class's star, Sam Byrd. The youth at the SS spot brings hope to the Northwestern faithful. Especially with experienced CBs in Sean Oliver and Kyle Queiro.

    The expectation this season is double digit wins. The talent is there and the offense looks to be able to carry a defense learning a new system.
     
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  4. jello1717

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

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    The 2016 Illinois Fighting Illini Season Preview
    2015 Recap:
    Last season could be seen as a major disappointment for the Illini as they failed to win the B1G title for the first time during coach Jello's tenure. However they still had their best record in school history at 13-1 (previous best was 11-3 under coach Jello and 10-2 before coach Jello). This is a huge accomplishment given the talent disparity between the Illini and other B1G teams.

    Offense (91):

    JR(RS) Aaron Bailey returns as the signal caller for the Illini but, for the first time in his career, he has 2 capable option QBs to back him up. He's still not the most fleet of foot, but he's gotten faster (89 SPD/83 ACC) and has developed a decent arm (89 THP/87 THA). Last season he had less than a 2:1 TD:INT ratio (27:15) and needs to cut down on the turnovers this year.

    Illinois graduated 2 of their most effective runners from last season but they still have 1 legacy HB on the roster in SR Kendrick Foster. With the way coach Jello spreads the carries around SO speed demon Travis Hill and true FR power back Roderick Parker will need to grow up quickly. This shouldn't be an issue though as Hill led the B1G with 8.1 YPC last year they both have ridiculous talent and are expected to be absolute monsters throughout their career.

    The Illini graduated 3 WRs last season so the offense is weakest there this season. They'll be led by JR Fred Jackson who has quietly had a good career thus far in the slot and is expected to really break out now that he's the #1 guy. JUCO transfer Doug Ernst will be in the slot and is expected bring some immediate stability to the WR corps. Illinois will once again use TE Tyler White as they every down TE (he's the team's leading career pancaker) and Brandon Donaldson will once again be the receiving TE. Both of the TEs, while not studs, do an acceptable job for what they're asked to do.

    The O-line is still not nearly where coach Jello wants them, but they are definitely moving in the right direction. I'm pretty sure this is their 1st year not having to start someone rated < 80 and there's only 1 SR and 1 JR starter so, just like last year, one eye is on the present, but the other is looking towards the future of this ever improving line.

    Defense (90):
    The D-line will be anchored by Illinois' only 1st team All American DT Vontrell Williams. He's been very solid in the run game and last season his 9.5 sacks was only 1 away from leading the team.

    The LBing corps took a severe hit as they graduated both starting MLBs including 4 year starter and team captain Mason Monheim. Illinois still has 2 monsters on the outside in JR Williams and SO Ingraham (who led the team in tackles last year as a true FR). These two will usually chase down anyone on their half of the field so it's just a question of how well the 2 new MLBs handle things in between the tackles.

    Omarr Stewart will step up as the #1 CB this year and looks to build on a very solid SO campaign that saw him lead the team in both INTs (5) and deflections (8). 1 question mark with the secondary is "are the CBs too slow?" The 2 starters only have 89 and 87 SPD but they get the start because they're the 2 best cover guys. Both starting safeties return this season and are expected to be just as solid as they were last year.

    Special Teams:
    Returner Travis Hill won the Best Returner award last season (which is coach Jello's only award) and he'll be back to return kicks once again. P Scott Black led the entire B1G in net AVG last year as a FR and has only gotten better. The Illini will break in a new kicker this year, but Vinson is very solid as a FR and will be an automatic kicker later on in his career. In short, the Illini are very set when it comes to special teams

    Prognosis:
    The Illini will be extremely tested very early on with a positively brutal schedule. In their 1st 4 games they will face the preseason #1, #2, and #3 teams in the country (including 2 of the 3 99 rated teams). By week 6 they should have a very good idea of where they stand. They still have a very mediocre team but at least they've reached the middle ground as now 7 teams in the B1G are rated worse than them. Despite the talent disparity the goal is once again to win the B1G title.
     
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  5. dakota7

    dakota7 Former Blue Chip Recruit

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    Wisconsin 2016 Preview

    Offense -- Gone is Tanner McEvoy, the starter at quarterback the last 3 seasons. In is rFreshman Cornelius Deluca, who is a true dual threat. Deluca won't be asked to do much, but that doesn't mean he won't. Junior Corey Clement takes over the featured back role this season. Clement is well balanced and a threat to score everytime he touches the ball. The backfield is deep, as it features 2 :5stars: bruisers and a number speedy scat backs. The offensive line should be much improved, as it returns 4 starters from last year. The wide receivers continue to be solid, led by rsFreshman Chris Brown.

    Defense -- This unit is on the verge of becoming a dominating force. The entire front seven return, as well as 2 of the 4 starters in the secondary. The defensive line is a powerful, run stopping group. The linebackers are fast and expected to make plays. OLB Dee Allen and Leon Jacobs are superstars in the making. There is a lot of talent, as well as a lot of depth on the Badger defense.

    Outlook -- Its put up or shut time in Madison. A number of the problems that faced the coaching staff have been fixed, primarily on the defensive side of the ball. Its time for the young talent to start to produce some results.


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  6. Masler

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    4/11 Previews. Pathetic.
     
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    2016 Team Preview

    Offense (A): 4th year starter Hackenburg returns for his senior year. He has grown as a formidable QB from a dreadful freshman but has an arm that should make PSU very competitive. He has weapons all around him but we are not sure if this offense is as good as it was last year. I believe there is a little drop off from the previous WR depth but the #1 WR this year is an all purpose weapon in Eugene Lewis. He returned a NCAA league leading 3 KR for TD last year but lost out on the KR award to some other worthless bum. RB Lynch returns for his senior year and he is an absolute beast. At 92 OVR with tremendous speed/acc he is also a load to bring down with high rated and balanced run abilities. The line is equal to year's past with the average rating of 87.

    Defense (A-): A disaster when coach Fmode took over 3 years ago but this squad is poised to make an impact this year. Although we have already played our first game, the defense has a fumble recovery for a TD and a pick 6. Two speed pass rushers flanking 90/91 OVR DT will put pressure on opposing passing attacks. A young but capable LB group with a couple of solid upperclassman are no let down from year's past. The backfield will challenge any passing attack, and come up to make big plays in run defense. PSU starting safeties are 93/92 OVR and have 90/87 OVR CBs on either side.

    Special Teams (A+): Probably the best kicking tandem in NCAA this year. So Kicker James Hall (91 OVR) has a 95 leg power leg and Jr Punter Jason Jansen (92 OVR) has a 99 power leg. We will kick field goals once we cross midfield and pin opposing offenses with a long ways to go to score against an improved defense. KR/PR mastermind WR Lewis returns to return kicks again this year looking to out-preform his 3 KR TD from last year.

    Outlook: Fuck it, B1G Champions. Kiss my white ass jello1717
     
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    Dude... Not smart... You better be glad you aren't in his division. You'd be in the same position I was with my Wildcats in NCAA 12
     
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