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  1. MaxATX34

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    Fresh off of their 14-0 "Dream Season", the Utes are ready to get back out on the field and will no-doubt be looking to do it again. Utah has retained their #1 ranking into the preseason thanks in large part to the return of (RS)Senior QB Morvin Robbins. Robbins will lead a very similar squad into battle this season, but knows that it wont be easy as teams will surely be gunning for the defending Champs.

    Offense

    QB - It starts and ends with Morvin Robbins (6'6 231lb 93OVR). He is your prototypical NFL QB in the mold of Manning and Brady. He may be a statue in the pocket, but he has an accurate of an arm as you will see at the college level (99) and can really spin it when he has to (96THP). The Utes also signed :5stars: QB Maurice Wright and he looks like a game-changer. He has the rare combination of mobility (86SPD, 85AGI, 87ACC) and a good arm (83THP/96THA), all in a 6'1 192lb frame. Wright will attempt to redshirt and take over the reigns next season as a (RS)Freshman. Walk-on Casey Rodgers will play back-up, but the staff has already said publicly that they would not rule out pulling Wright's redshirt if they have to.

    RB - Its always difficult to replace a Heisman winner, but Utah has been churning out top-flight running backs since Coach Max's arrival. Next in line is (RS)Junior Derek Cowan. D.C. is incredibly powerful for his size, and gets upfield with conviction. Cowan will start and be backed up by Reggie Romero. Romero made a splash his Freshman year, but the coaches approached him and asked him to consider a redshirt to help the depth chart. Romero obliged and now he returns as a (RS)Sophomore at 6'2 257lb. He will be the goal line back and see plenty of time in other spots as well. Rounding out a tough trio of backs is transfer Benny Blunt. Blunt is one of the fastest players on the team, and goes 6'2 222lb. Coaches will use the speedburner as a change of pace and perhaps in the return game.

    FB - True Sophomore Kevin Coleman will be the lead-blocker once again this year. He played extremely well last season and there is no reason he shouldnt be able to do it again.

    WR - (RS)Seniors Mickey Hadley and Derrick Green go #1 and #2 respectively. They both hover around 6'0 200lb and can absolutely fly. They may not possess elite ball skills, but both can kill a defense with speed. Sophomore Drew Smith will operate out of the slot this season. At 6'0 175lb he doesnt have the speed of Hadley and Green, but he makes up for it with better hands and by running crisper routes. Beyond the top 3 are a mix of bigger possession types and more 6'1 burners. To compliment Maurice Wright, Utah brought in 2 :5stars: WRs as well. 2 of them will redshirt, while Tre Lane looks to make an immediate impact if he can find the field.

    TE - Its Tillman Time! Manny Tillman has finally emerged as the clear-cut starter and projects to be a force in his Senior year. At 6'6 255lb he is a load for anyone in coverage, and can throw some blocks in the running game as well. Tillman is a team captain and the emotional leader of this offense. Behind him on the DC is Brian Winston. Winston is smaller than Tillman, but a more technically sound blocker. Brian will see plenty of action this year.

    OL - The OL goes (OVR from LT to RT) 90-92-92-84-79

    Obviously you can see where the strength of this unit is. The left side of this line will have to clear the way for runners and keep the pocket clean. RG John Anderson is strong as well, so dont discount Utah's ability to run inside or be prepared to take some shots to the gut. Utah brought in a Junior from the JUCO ranks to step in at RT. He looks like he can hold his own, but the Utes have bodies to spare if he falters.

    Defense

    DL - The DL goes (OVR from LE to RE) 90-91-91-92

    Once again, the Utes field a threatening front-four. The ends are big, strong, and fast while the inside guys are just beasts. All have capable back-ups as well. This unit appears like it can be a strength for the Utes, and will have to play well for the defense to have success.

    OLB - (RS)Junior Ross Concepcion has switched sides of the field and seems to have transitioned well. He will see his first meaningful playing-time this season and coaches are excited to see what he can do at 6'4 226lb. On the other side of the field is (RS)Senior Nick Johnson. Johnson (93OVR) is a monster who projects to have the best season of his career.

    MLB - Losing Desmond Johnson hurts. There is no other way to put it. The staff has either slacked in recruiting Mikes in the past, or put them outside. These trends are biting them in the ass this year as MLB looks to be the weakest position on the entire team. After the Spring game coaches will know who will be their starter. At this point, it is between (RS)Sophomore Cody Lewis and true Freshman Kyle Martinez. Martinez is the taller, rangier, quicker LB while Lewis pushes 250lb and has been in the program longer.

    CB - A pet position for Coach Max, Utah corners continue to play well. The #1 and #2 guys are Senior Eric Nash and (RS)Junior Lucas Johnson. As a unit, these players all have a lot in common. They are all either 6'0 or 6'1, all have track speed (~95), and excel near the line of scrimmage. Good luck finding weaknesses here. Keep your eye on Terrell McNeil, the converted Safety. He is a physical CB who took his only INT last season 90+ yards to the house.

    FS - All-American FS Marcus Pearson is back for another tour of duty at FS. He has elite closing speed and snatched 4 picks last season. With his speed at 6'1 208lb he is almost like an oversized corner playing center-field. Pearson is backed up by Freshman All-American, Barry Miller.

    SS - If not for John Curtis' immense size, Coach Max would have a "Four Corners" Secondary. Instead, the Utes have 3 Corners and a Mack truck. At 6'3 217lb, Curtis has a penchant for devastating hits. He isnt some lumbering hulk either, the (RS)Senior from Georgia has top-notch speed as well. He is backed-up by Ben Lott, an under-sized SS who plays with a chip on his shoulder.

    P/K - David Davis will assume full-time punting and kicking duties. He was a stud at all the national kicking camps and has been drilling the pigskin in practice.

    PR/KR - WR Derrick Green handled these duties last season, but he is needed at wide-out this year. Look for youngsters and new faces in the return game. Benny Blunt will get a shot. RB Chris Johnson may also get a chance. PR duties might be a shot for Freshman WR Tre Lane to get some experience as well.

    Overview

    The Depth Chart has shaped up nicely this year with the exception of MLB. The offense once again looks potent and the defense looks fast enough to make another run. Utah kind of crept under the radar until their win @ Stanford last year, and I dont think the Utes will have that luxury again. Coaches and players alike know that when you have that #1 next to your name, you will get everyone's best shot and they must be ready to play every week. I see a 10-2 or 11-1 type regular season for the Utes this time around.
     
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    Nice preview max... guys, please have patience with me on the schedules, I'm getting them done asap... I should have overruled your dumb asses ;) and protected the in-conference games, I'm sick of this shit, I have ONE locked user game in conference and so do a couple others, whereas others have 3 and can only take 1 game, and it always tends to be the same teams that need a lot of games so that causes other problems making sure everybody plays each other during the dynasty. This is fucking stupid, I'm making the call for next year to protect at least 1 in-conference user game for each team.....

    I haven't played Tennessee in the regular season in like 6 years... and Georgia I've only played like 4 times in 8 seasons.
     
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  4. jms493

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    Nice previews guise. I am embarrassed to preview my team....:oops:
     
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    Here you go, I took the liberty of doing your team preview.
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    gracias....saves me about 30-40 mins of work.
     
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    QB - Unsettled at this point. We have 2-3 solid players but no superstar. Mike Singletary [91] has a very good (92/91) arm as well as good (84) speed and can hold on to the ball while being hit, but he's a lefty and 6'1" which leads to some inherent problems, for instance he had 2 passes batted down last week by outstretched fingertips. Terrence Robbins [88] will probably get the start in our next game. He stands 6'5" with 90 speed, and a decent (86/86) arm.



    HB - #12 Soph Matt Hall [88] is our starter, he is simply our best all-around running back. He has incredible strength (81) for his size and the speed (93) to occasionally take it the distance. Also has very good all-around moves. However, running back will be a 3-headed monster this year for us, as both Jr. Josh Turner [90], 96 spd and Fr. Dan Bailey [84], 96 spd, 98 acc will see plenty of action.



    FB - #11 Sr. Jason Lambert [94] is one of the best in the nation, with a good combination of running and blocking skills, as well as the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.



    WR - Sr. Tony Cain [93] is the show here, as his excellent speed (95), accel (99) and size 6'6" presents a serious problem for defenses. Behind him we have a plethora of wide receivers of various styles, and we want to use them all in different ways.



    TE - So. John Davis [90] is an uberbeast, with the size of a TE, the speed of a WR, and the moves of an elite running back. Decent, not spectacular, blocker.

    BASE

    Speed 86 Strength 75

    Agility 79 Acceleration 84

    Jumping 85 Awareness 93

    Stamina 85 injury 86

    RECEIVING

    Catching 95 Spectacular Catch 90

    Catch In Traffic 83 Route Running 89

    Release 82

    BLOCKING

    Pass Block 66 Run Block 68

    Pass Block Strength 72 Pass Block Footwork 72

    Run Block Footwork 74 Run Block Strength 70

    Impact Blocking 70

    RUSHING

    Break Tackle 86 Trucking 83

    Elusiveness 91 Stiff Arm 90

    Spin Move 89 Juke Move 89

    Carrying 69 Ball Carrier Vision 84





    O-LINE -

    Very solid but probably will have ups and downs. We have an 84 OVR freshman at left tackle, and our weakest position is RT with an 86 OVR sophomore. The interior line is quite studly going 91 OVR Junior, 98 OVR Senior, and 94 OVR Junior from left to right.



    D-LINE



    We start two Freshman DT's in 85 OVR Justin Horn and 84 OVR Jonathan Robinson. They are simply faster, and quicker, than the older guys, and almost as strong. We plan to have them play alongside each other their entire career. The ends are manned by 95 OVR Trevor GAines and 92 OVR Junior Patrick Newell, who had 2 sacks in the first game.



    OLB

    Jr. Kevin Webb... Beast. 6'6" 237, 93 OVR

    BASE

    Speed 87 Strength 80

    Agility 74 Acceleration 97

    Jumping 71 Awareness 69

    Stamina 90 injury 92

    TACKLING

    Tackle 84 Hit Power 87

    Pursuit 95 Play Recognition 90

    BLOCKING SHEDDING

    Power Moves 78 Finesse Moves 87

    Block Shedding 84

    COVERAGE

    Man Coverage 89 Zone Coverage 91

    Press 81



    Opposite him is junior Cole Young, 89 OVR, who has been waiting to start for awhile and we expect big things from him.



    MLB

    Brad Daugherty - 6'7" 240 lb Senior... 94 OVR (applause from the league as he's almost gone)

    BASE

    Speed 87 Strength 77

    Agility 80 Acceleration 99

    Jumping 79 Awareness 56

    Stamina 93 injury 92

    TACKLING

    Tackle 80 Hit Power 92

    Pursuit 99 Play Recognition 94

    BLOCKING SHEDDING

    Power Moves 84 Finesse Moves 79

    Block Shedding 99

    COVERAGE

    Man Coverage 82 Zone Coverage 89

    Press 83



    CB - Dale Jefferson 94 OVR Jr. is one of the finest corners around, but then we have a couple of less talented guys including some young guys that just need to grow up. Cedric Allen 88 OVR Jr. is a hard hitter with athleticism and good coverage ratings, plus the ability to pick it.





    FS

    Brandon Harris... 6'4" 208 Junior - 95 OVR

    BASE

    Speed 99 Strength 83

    Agility 85 Acceleration 98

    Jumping 83 Awareness 72

    Stamina 94 injury 87

    TACKLING

    Tackle 90 Hit Power 85

    Pursuit 94 Play Recognition 91

    COVERAGE

    Man Coverage 90 Zone Coverage 90

    Press 93

    RECEIVING

    Catching 74 Spectacular Catch 87

    Catch In Traffic 74 Route Running 80

    Release 83

    BLOCKING SHEDDING

    Power Moves 69 Finesse Moves 69

    Block Shedding 69



    SS - 95 OVR Nate Osborn (Senior) has been waiting to start for quite awhile behind a superstar that was here previously. He doesn't have the size of the previous starter but he has better speed and athleticism, and he will HIT YOU.





    Sorry for the crappy post, but hey I'm crunched for time.
     
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    you know just for that post u just did Hellisan, I'ma CENTER MY WHOLE PREVIEW!
     
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  9. jms493

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    Penn State Quick Preview



    OFFENSE - Colorado

    QB - SR Jared Hale (94) - Has not played much at all. He has one season to prove he can play some
    football. Jared is equipped with an arm rated 93 THP and 99 THA. I think he will be just fine.

    HB - SR Richard Clay (99) - Speedy RB who will get about 60% of the snaps. 99 SPD, 99 ACC, 99, ELU
    HB - SR Jeremiah Jone (99) - Bigger back who can run over the defense but is pretty fast as well.
    Look for him in goaline and short yardage situations. 92 SPD, 99 BTK, 99 ELU.

    WR - JR Stephen SWHite (93) - I dont know much about him but he is more of a possession
    receiver. He will be stepping into the #1 WR from #4. 88 SPD, 94 CTH, 99 RR

    WR - SR Ricky Brown (92) - at 6'7 214 he will be imposing his size at WR. He skills are a little raw so
    he may move to slot guy if he cant hold onto the ball. 94 SPD, 99 ACC, 90 RR

    TE - Tyler Wright (93) - Receiveing TE who came in as a JUCO last year. He has 2 years to show his stuff here at PSU.
    82 SPD, 89 CTH

    OLINE - Average Overall rating of (91.4) The line is solid as usual.

    DEFENSE - 4-3

    DLINE - Average Overall rating of (92.75). Very solid line. THe DEF TACKS could wreck havoc this year

    OLB - SR Terrance Holland (99) - Best Linebacker and captain of the defense. Fear him! 91 SPD, 97 TAK, 99 HPW, 96, PUR
    OLB - SR Joe Foster (95) - Solid OLB who will hold the right side down. 99 ACC, 99 HPW

    MLB - JR Glen Jackson (95) - Solid MLB who hasnt played much. 96 TAK, 94 BLSH, 94 ACC
    MLB - JR Will Taylor(95) - Pretty much a clone of Jackson

    CB - Sr Frank Green - (98) - He is by far the best CB who is a total ball hawk....broke the Penn State record for INTs last season (13) He is pretty much 99 everything important for a CB
    CB - Fr Ian Hunter - (86) - Converted FS at 6'4 we are expecting good coverage here. He is a bit raw but here is the best way to learn.
    97 SPD, 93 MCV, 92 PRS

    FS - SR Eric Reed (97) - First time starting at FS as Penn State stocks up on FS and SS. He is pretty much excellent at everything.We expect big things

    SS - JR Steve robinson (90) - After the reign of Monster Rocky Carson is over, Steve Robinson gets to play. His coverage skills are a bit lacking but he is very athletic. I am a bit suspect of this guy this year. I think Jason Phillps the freshman is better.

    SPECIAL TEAMS

    K - SO Scott Robinson (88) - 94 KP, 86 KA

    P - SO Ian McCormick (91) - 96 KP, 87 KA

    COACH's OUTLOOK

    We expect the offense to be about the same but our Halfbacks have improved. Expect more runs from different players all over the field. If only we can reduce the ints vs users we will be in better position to win games. If we keep up this pace of 3 ints a game vs users we will lose more games. Our defense is not as strong as last year. I don't expect to be bailed out by interceptions as much as we did. Even though in week 1 vs Oregon State that is why we won.

    Penn State just needs to improve their passing efficiency and teams will fear them a bit more. I think everyone in the league believes Penn State is very beatable. That needs to change.
     
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    I used to bug you about that all the way back dating to MM hahahahahahahha
     
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    Nebraska is coming off a uncharacteristic 9-5 season where things just spiraled down after a tough loss to PSU in the conference title game.​
    QB- Coach Moreecemos was pretty frustrated with the offense last season as they went to a more pro set and will be going back to his regular offense that has given Nebraska one of the more dangerous offenses in the past few years. They feel FR-QB Chris Warren (85), is that guy. Now the only thing is, fellow FR-QB Charlie Barnes is a highly touted dual threat QB but his accuracy leaves a lot to be desired. Chris Warren easily has one of the best arms on the team and he has spectacular in spring practice outplaying the other 3 talented QB's on the roster.​
    RB- Nebraska has been recruiting the exact RB's they love...ones who can get out in open space and make guys miss. JR-RB Sterling Vincent (90) and SO-RB Terrence Charles (86) lead a stable of speedy backs that can do exactly that. This is really a RB by committee so it will be interesting to see who emerges from the pack.​
    FB- SR-FB Tariq Neal (86) is a good blocker and equally good runner who will be the big back for the tough yards.​
    WR- This WR corps isn't nearly as talented as the fearless 3 of Herron, Morris and Young. SR-WR Ricky Goff (94) finally gets the nod on the outside as the speed WR who can get deep while the #2 will be JR-WR Desmond High (88) steps in as the #2...he's an intriguing WR who runs great routes and has a nice 6'2" frame. SO-WR Erik Smith (83) is the slot guy and he has one of the better hands on the team. This group there's no clear cut #1 guy. Look out for true FR Matt Pierce to get some time as a lanky kid who was the top WR recruit last year.​
    TE- JR-TE J.B. Bishop was a nice option in the middle of the field and he has a big frame at 6'6", 276lbs but he runs like a slot WR. SR-TE Charlie Estes is a similar type talent with similar size as well giving us two big options at those positions and makes us well versed in going to two TE sets.​
    OL- The line is led by all-american C Kurt Richardson (99), highly regarded as one of the top offensive linemen in the nation. SR-LT Tony Armstrong (96) is a brute force covering Warren's blindside and is one of the top LT's. Nebraska will have JR-RG Darren Grisgby (91) and SO-LG Steven Richardson (90) along the inside. They chose to start also a guard at RT in Brian Sutherland (90) an absolute man child who's excellent in pass blocking.​
    DL- The defensive line's strength lies on the inside where they have a ridiculous 4 kids who are expected to be 1st rounders. The staff will try hard to incorperate all 3 of the top dogs on the line sometimes preferring to bring the big boys down the middle of the line. SR-DT Bryan Olson (97), JR-DT B.J. Parks (96) and JR-DT Maurice Clark (96) are the fearless 3 who we expect big time things from. The ends are anchored by SR-RE Sam Joseph, highly regarded as a 3-4 end who can play 4-3 as well...a very good run stuffer and an improving pass rusher. The other end will be occupied by SO-RE Paul Edwards (87) who is really the team's best defensive pass rusher.​
    LB- SR-MLB Patrick McCauley had big shoes to fill when he took over for David Givens, a smallish type MLB and he's done his job shutting down the middle but hasn't been the playmaker we felt he would be. He's still one of the best MLB's in the nation with his size and speed combination. His versatility allows him to play outside on occassion and in our nickel/dime packages. He does have some fast LB's playing with him like SR-LOLB Eric Washington (96) and JR-ROLB Jonathan Crowder (91) who's our top coverage LB. All 3 possess good size for the position and a great feel for what's going on.​
    CB- Yeah Stanford really loves their CB's but we'll take ours anyday as well. Led by SR-CB Thomas Ford (96), it's time for him to step up and become the #1 shut down guy. He has good height at 6'0" and can cover anyone on the field. His starting mate is maybe our most talented CB in JR-CB Chris Cross (94), who's 6'3" and hits like a FS...he's ready to become and show he's the best in the nation. At nickel we have JR-CB Greg Clark (93) who's an uber talented and future 1st round shut down type CB. And even in our dime packages, we will throw out our 4th and 5th CB's in JR-CB Cameron Terrell (90) and SO-CB Bryce Arnold (89). All 5 of these guys figure to see major time and wreck havoc on opposing team's passing games.​
    S- Last year was almost the breaking point for S Yusef Smith (94). Smith was getting frustrated at his play and almost left for the NFL when the coaches changed their mind and have now put him in the best position to suceed and that's down in the box as almost another LB. Smith hits hard but lacks speed so he will play more down on the line. FS Terrence Sapp (95) can do it all. Despite his smallish frame, he's a rangy FS that we love back there covering the deep middle. With our efforts to maximize the team's potential to succeed, we feel we can make some noise for the title picture, unlike last year where many felt we slacked off.​
     
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    Offense- we suck

    Defense- we suck again
     
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    The sheer depth of research and detail in this report is what makes it great in addition to how concise it is!
     
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    That's how I roll. Just putting something up. Will get more later.
     

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