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The Badgers bring back the core of their skill positions in QB D.J. Yates, HB Dave Keyes, WR Robert Young, TE Justin Pace. With Yates returning the Badgers retain the ability to spread out a defense and chuck the ball around the yard. Yates will look to lower the amount of turnovers in his senior year and break Russell Wilsons mark for single season QB rating. HB Keyes will look to improve on his 1600 yard 14 TD season and help the Badgers get to a 3rd straight National Title game.
That task will prove to be difficult as the Badger lost a lot to graduation along the offensive line. Two rFR Centers will be moving over to RG to fill a hole and a true Fr. will be holding down the LG position. The Badgers have a abumdance of talent at the HB position and will look to get these guys involved in the offense, SO Casey Russell started the season as Keyes primary back-up and compiled 275 Yds on 38 carries while scoring 6 times, as well as hauling in 7 passes for 132 Yds and 1 score, his season ended abruptly after breaking his collarbone. rSO Johnny Williams took over the primary back-up role after Russell went down and he compiled 433 Yds on 69 attempts with 7 scores and 151 on 12 catches for 1 score. Both will get some looks on offense for the Badgers and give Keyes a break when need be.
The Badger will continue to use a 34 defense. The Badgers lost 3 outstanding defensive ends to the NFL draft that will be difficult to replace but they think they have the guys to do it. rSO Derek Alford is a big guy who utilizes both power and finesse moves to get by offensive linemen. Standing at 6'8" 277 Alford will look to wreak havoc in the middle of the defense. On the opposite side of the line the Badger will be using True Freshman Victor Owens. Owens is another big body coming in at 6'7" 262, Owens does not come in with the finesse repertoire that Alford does but he his very capable of getting after the QB using his power moves. Senior Defensive Leaders Tracy Smith and James Hampton will look to continue a tradition on dominance to finish out their careers in Madison.
My god two 6'7 defensive linemen! Love the emphasis on getting some of those young guys involved, and I think Russel will break out this year. Who is the new return man with Edmonds gone?
Just looking at the rosters I've you and Jbek as the conference favorites right now
Russell is taking over the KR/PR duties
Offense: The Trojans offensive side of the ball this season with be to utilize its senior skill players. Among these are quick QB Mark Woods who has been working on his out routes this off-season. He will be joined in the backfield by a monster in Rakim Warren. While the Trojans aired the ball out last year, they are expected to run the ball a bit more after Rakim got a hang out the blocking schemes. On occasion Cole Hale will join them in the backfield as a lead blocker. The WR's are led by senior Adam Jude. The eyes of Coach Wayne are on Junior Elliot Horne to come through. With a 6'6" frame, he is certain to get targets in traffic. The OL took a huge hit and lost 4 starters, but 2 young freshman will be expected to anchor the middle of the line. Expect alot of different looks to get the defensive alignment the Trojans want
Defense: The Trojans will use an odd defensive set with Lamar Swain leading the TNT's. However the depth up front is lacking experience (and skills for that matter) and that may be a problem against downhill running teams. However the OLB's are large so they can defeat blocks to the outside and force the run back in. The MLB spot is where this D is weakest starting true sophomore, so expect a user controlled MLB to try to shape them up. The safety positions dont look much better as both are trying to replace NFL caliber studs. They wont be asked to play much man coverage, so expect them to clean up what the CB's can handle. But there is some good news because the CB position is stacked with speed. The trojans will rely on stopping teams throwing attack
The Cardinal offense will be in state of transition in 2019. Gone is QB Kevin Reid, who had 53 TD passes in 2018. Replacing him has been a battle in camp which has yet to be decided. Will it be drop-back passer Sr. Mark Johnson (93 ovr) or will it be spread option Jr. QB Will Davis (92 ovr). Both have looked well in camp and it's anyone's guess who will start the season. the running backs are talented, but unproven as the returnees had only 500 career rushing yards combined. Jr. Justin McCauley (93 ovr) leads the backfield but may have to share carries with the likes of Sr. Reggie Smith (88) and talented freshmen Leon Woods (82), Marcus Lawrence (84), and So. Lorenzo Brown (83), who had an outstanding 2018 returning kicks. The receiving corps almost lost Jason Cooper (98) to the NFL, but he will lead very young group of Stanford receivers. Cooper may have a monster season in store for him. The offensive line is young and will look to open holes for the running game, which they seen to be more equipped to do at the dawn of the new season.
The Stanford defense has has its share of troubles recently, but look to turn around a defense that's been in the nation bottom half the past 3 years. Senior DT's David Tremblay (98) and Erik Wilson (94) lead a stout defensive line and Jr Randall Johnson (87) will look to get sacks off the end with great speed. One of the nation's youngest linebacker corps will be led by super soph MLB Raymond Lawrence and the secondary had an assimilated mix of younger and upperclassmen led by CB Richard Washington, who led the team with 6 INTs last year.
Strong legged Jr. K J.R. Allen (94) will look to continue his touchback resume, as 97 of his 108 kickoffs were touchbacks. So. P Travis Burton has gotten better and will to have a way more improved 2019. Lorenzo Brown will continue to returning kicks, where he is a Pre-Season All-American selection. This unit may be Stanford's strongest heading into the season.
The Stanford Cardinal have been very formidable during Coach Townsend's run. A 64-15 combined record. The 2015 PAC-12 and BCS National Championship. A 5-0 Bowl record with 3 victories in BCS games. But the team had finished outside the Top 10 the last 3 seasons. 2019 will be about reclaiming that territory and looking to win the most competitive conference in the land, and if the breaks go their way, a foray into ever greener pastures. Stay Tuned....
Great insight Antonio T. -- I wasn't aware you've been out of the top ten for 3 seasons now. Definitely a good deal of motivation for the boys from Palo Alto this year
After a year-long sabbatical away from the college game, Coach Speyer guided his Buckeyes to a 12-2 record in 2018 and an Orange Bowl victory. In a vacuum a great season. But with a group that eventually sent 15 players to the NFL draft, it was an extremely disappointing season. No national title. No conference title. No Rose Bowl. Nothing.
A highly motivated squad is ready to get Ohio State back to where it belongs -- playing for championships. But the questions surrounding the #5 Buckeyes aren't centered around motivation and drive. Instead, Ohio State fields a team of mostly young players, with many freshmen and sophomores playing significant roles. The offense returns just one starter, after losing a record-setting quarterback, award-hoarding receiver, a 90-catch tight end and 4/5 of an offensive line that held it all together. Not to mention two more 90 overall receivers and a pair of 90 overall halfbacks. Nonetheless, the Buckeyes have talent, and if Speyer can transform potential into results, the Buckeyes could one of the strongest teams in college football this season.
With 10 new starters it's an exciting time to be an offensive player in Columbus. Nearly every position is up for grabs on the offensive side of the ball, and many position battles will commence throughout the course of the season. Perhaps the only sure-thing is that TY Suggs will be the signal caller for Speyer's high-powered system in 2019. The five-star freshman from Texas provides athleticism and a strong arm, but accuracy was a problem throughout the spring. In the backfield Suggs is joined by junior Erik Reyes and five-star freshman Bishop Hicks, who has the traditional scat-back speed but is a bit thicker than running backs of the past like Aaron Jenkins. The most potent weapon on the offense is receiver and return man Jaden Bush, who showed flashes of brilliance as Ohio State's #4 receiver a season. Then again, the fact that Bush -- who scored just two touchdowns last season -- is Ohio State's most proven offensive commodity speaks volumes to where this team is coming into the 2019 campaign.
The Silver Bullets took some losses from attrition, but unlike the offense there is proven talent on this end. For one, all six contributors from last year's dominating defensive line return, and redshirt freshman Kawika Woods has also shown promise. Speyer has always rotated defensive linemen more than most, but with an embarrassment of riches in that position group Speyer has a few different looks up his sleeve that will cause nightmares for opposing coaches. The linebackers also return a pair of stars with Aaron Anderson and DeAmonte Lucier patrolling the outside slots. Juju Payne, the reigning B1G DPOTY, is now playing on Sundays, but former 5-star Jonathan Meeks looks like the right man as a MIKE linebacker. The most concerning group is the secondary, which saw three cornerbacks and a safety depart, and has two freshmen slotted to make significant contributions.
The schedule is tough, with games against user Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan, plus an opener in the Texas Kickoff Classic against #9 Alabama. The Wisconsin game comes early, and the outcome of that matchup could very well dictate the trajectory of the Buckeye's season. The bottom line is, Ohio State needs Suggs to be a factor and not a liability. If the freshman plays like one, then there will be growing pains for the entire team. If he can manage games and allow the defensive line to force mistakes out of his counterpart, the Buckeyes could be in for a special season. Remember, in 2014 Ohio State was in a similar predicament. The Buckeyes had to replace Braxton Miller, Carlos Hyde, Philly Brown, Ryan Shazier, Bradley Roby and 4/5 of an offensive line. Redshirt freshmen quarterback JT Barrett assumed play caller duties amidst a group of unproven weapons and a young secondary. All that team did was go undefeated and win a national title.
The Texas A&M Aggies, winners of two straight national titles, come into the season much like they did last season; with lots of questions. With a starting lineup decimated by graduation and 4 key contributors going to the NFL a year early, coach HipHopp has another tough task ahead of him. Coach has been working all off season to prepare his team for the gauntlet of a PAC14 schedule ahead of them.
5 starters return on offense. The top 3 WRs and 2 of the 5 OL starters. Top WR Darren Goodman passed up on the NFL to come back for one more year and get his degree. He pulled in a team high 65 receptions for 1101 yards and 6 TDs. He was also the top return man on the team. His running mates, Juniors Bobby Harris and Kenny Evans have been working hard to make life easy for their new starting QB.
All-American Kerry Carter returns at Tackle along with guard James Shaw. They opened holes for last year Heisman winner, Shelton Arrington, who's now making a paycheck in the NFL. The goal is to continue the A&M legacy of a punishing spread option run game.
Ever since Johnny Football walked onto Kyle Field Texas A&M has thrived with electric dual threat QBs. Corey "Flash" Williams, a Redshirt Junior, definitely has the legs for the job. He doesn't have the strongest arm but he has very good accuracy and should do well with the short passing game to open up the run. The biggest battle in fall practice was over who would accompany Flash in the backfield. Big bodied Junior Nick Peterson has a ton of skill but lacks that extra gear. True Freshman Mike McCarthy is the exact opposite. All the speed and acceleration, but lacking the refinement. They should be a good Thunder and Lightning combination but coach HipHopp really wants one of them to really take over. Whoever starts will be making his first official carry. Peterson was buried behind Arrington and two other power backs last season and spent most of his time working with the scout team. At TE, Vinny Morales takes over as starter after being a solid contributor as a true freshman in the two TE sets. He's joined by this years true freshman stud, Mike McGee. Both are great blockers and solid receivers, though neither are overly speedy.
The defense also lost a ton of playmakers from last year including a DE, DT, both LBers, the top Corner, and both top safeties. Only 4 starters return. Senior Jess Rucker looks to again wreak havok on opposing QBs with 44 career sacks. He is joined by returning Senior DT Brandon McKenzie who made a splash last year in his first significant time at DT. The rest of the D-Line is talented but lacks experience. Senior Corner Derek Gardner received preseason All American honors and leads a CB group that is fast and highly skilled. Strong Safety Jared Dotson started as the second SS in the base 4-2-5 set and will pick up where his mentor Tony Weldon left off after graduating last year. Last years starting Free Safety Derek Wheeler showed a particular talent for making big interceptions, which caught the eye of the NFL. His protege Jimmy Starks will take over nicely though and should hold down the position for a year or two as he is only as Sophomore. Finally, at linebacker, the top 3 contributors all graduated, but Senior Lorenzo Warren and Junior Chris Bates will take over the starting duties in the 4-2-5. Keon Hairston and Mark Gaines will also play significant minutes when more LBers are needed.
Even with many new faces there is still a ton of talent on the field. It will be interesting to see how they develop and build chemistry with one another over the course of the year.
2019 Oregon Ducks
Usually the strength of the Ducks, the offense is the biggest question mark this season. With a quarterback controversy looming, the offense is searching for its identity. Coach Jandy isn't sure if he wants to go with a more traditional, pocket passing QB in RS Junior JR Ross, or go with the dual-threat RS Sophomore Jad Whitfield. Whitfield is definitely the prototypical quarterback for Jandy's offensive system, but his accuracy is in question. With only an 85 accuracy rating, Jad might be a year off from taking the helm. Whitfield's competition is JR Ross, who possesses 97 accuracy along with solid running attributes. However, Coach Jandy is weary to start a pocket passing quarterback after six seasons of dual-threat signal callers.
The immense speed and talent on the outside is what makes the quarterback decision very difficult. The strength of the offense is its receivers with 5 legitimate starters. RS Freshman Antione Barry is arguably the best receiver on the team, and his 99 speed will be deadly. Senior Leon Washington stands 6'6" and weighs 230 lbs; this big guy will be huge in the red zone.
The running game will be carried by JR Marcus Hardin. Hardin possesses size and speed rarely seen in a running back. At 243 lbs and 91 speed, he will get the bulk of carries this year. His spell back will be RS Freshman Ronnie Roach, who will be able to switch it up from Hardin's power running, and be the "lightning" to his "thunder."
The defense is incredibly talented this year, except for its cornerbacks. After losing its top 3 corners, the Ducks will rely on a young group that hasn't seen much of the field; time will tell how they perform. However, the defensive line is mean and nasty, with 4-year starter DT Johnny Hart captaining one of the most talented defenses in the country. RS Senior SS Tyrus Payne, a 3-year starter, will look to ballhawk in the secondary and force opposing quarterbacks to always have him in the back of their mind.
The defense is one of the most talented units Coach Jandy has had during his tenure, but the offense will dictate how successful the Ducks will be this season. With four users on the schedule, including the back-to-back Champs TAMU, it'll be a tough road for Jandy and the Oregoons. A division title is the goal this year.
Junior Qb Eric Williams will lead the charge on Offense beating out Senior backup Griffin this past fall. Stephens will be the main contributor as he gets comfortable in coach Witness system.
DefenseDefensive captain MLB Grant will continue to be a starter after having a successful campaign last year. His sidekick OLB Williams will also give him som assistant
After taking over midseason Coach Witness see a team that can be very successful. Bringing a different style of offense Michigan is used to playing is the key. All eyes will be on Junior quarterback Williams to see if he can quickly get a handle on the offense and lead his team to the B1G championship.
2019 Penn State Football
With the departure of superstar wide-out Paw Jones and do-it-all tailback Bo Garand, there exists some questions as to who will carry the Nittany Lion offense. Returning is starting tailback Jericho Miller, who has produced consistently as a two year starter. His role has evolved over his career, and during his final year in Happy Valley, his number might not be called on in the same fashion as it was in the past. "I've talked to Jericho, he's ready to take on a more complex role offensively," said Coach Jbek. "He's a guy who could lineup any where on the field and contribute, whether as a tailback, in the slot, or out wide. We want to use him to divert some attention from some other guys who are more than capable. Randall Walker is someone we are very high on. He's a traditional strong-nosed, downhill runner who can wear down defenders." Miller and Walker will be running behind a terrifyingly strong offensive line, one which boasts four multi-year starting seniors.
Even with a mediocre statline during his career, Senior QB Jon Alexander has been named the starter for 2019. By far the most veteran Quarterback on the team, Alexander will look to redeem his past poor performances by focusing on his decision making abilities instead of playmaking. He has a big frame and an accurate arm, so perhaps his football IQ is the only thing holding him back from leading the team to the best of his abilities. Luckily, he has some great talent all over the field. Among Miller and Walker, he has several promising athletes to dispense the pigskin to. Senior Max Bozeman is a monster wide reciever at 6'3 244 lbs., and will lineup at TE and HB to keep the defense honest. Junior Marion Freeman will be manning the slot, and his yards after catch ability has the coaching staff excited. Senior Tightend PJ Davis could be the best in the nation, as he has the receiving ability of a wideout and the blocking ability of a Offensive tackle. With so many weapons, it will be up to J Alexander to mitigate mistakes and spread the ball effectively.
Perhaps the "weakness" on the team is the secondary. Gone is All American Safety Edmond Larkin, and three year starter at Corner Travis Howard. However, studs Dante Williams and Mike Evans should be able to anchor the secondary and help the new starters along, particularly young safeties Kewani Moore and Justin Davis.
The New #31 at LB is five star recruit and true freshman Mike Collins. He is a sound tackler with great athletic ability for a linebacker. He will be a four year starter by the time his career is ended. He will be winged by Senior stud Jevante Howell and sophomore Shannon Carpenter. Last years Mike LB John Carter has been moved to defensive end to replace Bobby "Smash" Davis' pass rushing ability. the Coaching staff has high hopes for the switch.
The strength of this team is the Defensive Line. Sam Perez and Jason Adams are two of the best DT's in the nation, and opposing olines will have their hands full when trying to slow down this duo of behemoths.
A Conference Title is the goal for the year. Anything less will be considered an utter failure and waste of talent. Without Wisconsin on the schedule, a team Penn State hasn't beat in seven years, their chances are certainly much better.
Tough loss in your opener, but that's par for the course so far in the B1G. The division is really yours for the taking this year, although you'll still have to deal with the Badgers in the B1G title more than likely.
As long as I keep my turnovers down, I'll be fine. The 'Noles couldn't really slow down my offense. I gave that game away.
You'll get a chance to return the favor a season from now in happy valley
Good deal. I'd like to make an early request.. can you make sure my first game of the year next season is at home against a mid-tier team? Especially if the sliders are changed. That threw me off big time.
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