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A Game of Expectations

Discussion in '4th Horseman' started by Wyrmreaver, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. Wyrmreaver

    Wyrmreaver Ready for Madden 15 on Xbox One, lets get it on!

    Oct 31, 2011
    What is your outlook for your team this year? Who will your stars be? Where do you expect to struggle? If you are at the same school who will you miss from last year?

    Any and all thoughts about what we'll see from your team this season are welcome! Let the hype machine roll!
  2. Wyrmreaver

    Wyrmreaver Ready for Madden 15 on Xbox One, lets get it on!

    Oct 31, 2011
    Northern Illinois had a successful 2012 campaign although it did not end well. 10-4 (7-1 in the MAC), the MAC Title and heart breaking loss in the GoDaddy.Com Bowl.

    The team seems a little bit weaker in '13. Two Guards on the O-Line graduated and are replaced by a couple of Freshmen. Tyler White has the right side while Scott Taylor anchors the left. QB Jordan Lynch is back and hoping to improve on last years numbers. Akeem Daniels is the primary running bank with not much depth behind him. Da'Ron Brown returns and has been working on his catching. He had many problems last year holding onto the ball, though, he did grab a pair of game winning touchdowns.

    Gone are D-Linemen Baxter and Progar, replaced by Jr. Jason Meehan and Fr. Lionel Gibson. Gibson gives the team a legitimate pass rusher. NIU got decent pressure last year but they hope Gibson gives them more. Jr. OLB Michael Santacantarina and Sr. OLB Jimmy Ward anchor the D from the linebacker position and Fr. MLB Adam Bolden will provide immediate help. SS. Dechane was very upset about not making the All-User Team after last year and has vowed to make a huge impact this year.

    We can't imagine a scenario in which NIU does not win the MAC again in 2013. They have to be considered a favorite, even with all of the freshmen that are asked to contribute right away.

    Pasted this from another thread for Jamie

    just thought we should have a new place for this stuff with the new season and all.
  3. Wyrmreaver

    Wyrmreaver Ready for Madden 15 on Xbox One, lets get it on!

    Oct 31, 2011

    At West Point the campus is still buzzing after last season's 11-2 run in Coach Hennessy's first season and cadets, alumni, and soldiers around the world are hopeful for another exciting season of Army football.

    OFFENSE: Spread
    • Key Losses: Offensive Co-captains Jared Hassin and Trent Steelman are both off serving their country now and leave question marks. Steelman was clearly the triggerman of an offense that was at times highly potent with his dual threat capabilities. Hassin played multiple positions and created mismatches all over the field for this team, so his absence cannot be understated.
    • Key Returning: Senior HB Raymond Maples is back after a blockbuster junior season. He could be asked to do even more this season if this team expects to come close to the level of success they enjoyed a year ago.
    • Key Newcomers: JUCO JR wideout Ashton Merrick is listed as the teams #1 WR. With a first time starter at QB and some new faces on the O-line, Merrick will have to show why he was a JUCO all american. A second key in the passing game is Freshman TE Drew Lester who is a much more dynamic pass catcher than any of last seasons TEs
    • Overall Outlook: The biggest thing for this team on offense is the play at QB. With Steelman last season they had a dynamic athlete who could also hurt teams throwing, though he had some bouts of inconsistency. This year, Sophomore Angel Santiago takes the reigns. The upside is that the team appears to be improved overall at the other skill positions, particularly with Maples carrying the load. The downside is that Santiago is essentially a poor mans Steelman. He is undersized (5-11, 198) and a little less athletic and a little less accurate and strong armed. If he struggles the team doesnt have a great deal of talent behind him, but if he plays better than advertised this team could once again pour on the points.
    DEFENSE: 3-3-5
    • Key Losses: Captain Thomas Holloway was the playcaller and a lightning rod last season. He's gone and so are both OLBs from last season, both of whom registered over 10 sacks.
    • Key Returning: MLB Geoffrey Bacon is the reigning national defensive player of the year and should once again be a force in the middle of this defense. CB Marcus Johnson has quietly developed into a big time cover guy after starting every game last season. Both players are Juniors.
    • Key Newcomers: Highly touted freshman FS John Bennett will be patrolling the deep middle. Bennet appears to be every bit as talented as Holloway last season, but only time will tell. At the strong side SS in the 3-3-5 is JUCO JR Joe Gibson. This kid is like a fourth linebacker who has the skills to cover in space. He's an upgrade over last season and a perfect fit for the hybrid style 3-3-5.
    • Overall Outlook: The secondary looks strong despite the departure of Holloway. While Bacon returns, the LB corps is severely depleted. Like last season, the D-line of this team is a big question mark, so hopefully the coaching staff has some clever playcalling and blitz packages to generate pressure.
  4. Automatik

    Automatik Walk On

    Jun 4, 2012
    The Red Wolves had a fantastic season, ending with an impressive 10-3 mark. They should be right in the thick of things again in the Sun Belt Conference in 2012 under their new head coach, Heisenberg.

    The Red Wolves ten wins were no mistake. They have a strong balance between their offense and their defense. Their running game will be lead by Auburn transfer Michael Dyer. He will be asked to carry the team’s offense this year on the ground and in the return game. They will rely on him to put up points on the board.
    On the defensive side of the ball they boasted a strong run defense and a disruptive one. That is an impressive feat, but they will have to replace several key players, especially on the defensive front. Either way their defense should still be one of the better units in the Sun Belt Conference.

    True Freshman QB Andrew Morrow has struggled with his accuracy during the spring and with no other QB with experience behind him te Red Wolves will have to hope that Morrow matures quickly.
    On the defensive front the Red Wolves need to shore up their passing defense. But, with the loss of several key defensive linemen who were able to generate quite a bit of pressure last season, it will be difficult to improve enough so quarterbacks will be able to be more comfortable. Arkansas State will need their secondary to be improved if they wish to compete for the Sun Belt Conference title again.
    The Bottom Line:
    If Morrow can improve his accuracy and Dyer has another year like the one he had at Aurburn when he broke Bo Jackson freshman rushing record the Red Wolves could catch teams by surprise. With the one two punch of Dyer and Jackson the Redwolves will finish no worse than 9-4.
  5. Selvy9

    Selvy9 Walk On

    Dec 22, 2011
    After leading Minnesota to a conference title last season, coach Selvy has accepted the defensive coordinator position at Oklahoma State. Leaving UM was a tough decision, but it's one that should fit nicely for Selvy. Always considered a better defensive player than offensive, putting him in controls of a Cowboy defense that struggled last season should give OK State a good chance of improving on last season's 6-6 record.

    It's no surprise the OK State's strengths lie on the offensive side. With senior QB Clint Chelf and a pair of senior RBs in Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith, the offense should have no problem generating points. But the defense isn't without its leaders. Anchored by senior safety Daytawion Lowe and senior linebackers Caleb Lavey and Shaun Lewis, the back 7 will be leaned on to lead the way for a relatively inexperienced and underwhelming defensive line.

    The Cowboys schedule is daunting, starting right out of the chute when #1 USC comes calling. Should the 'boys get past game 1, the out of conference play continues with Northern Illinois, TCU, and Kentucky. OK State then ends the season with 5 straight conference games against teams currently ranked in the top 25. How this season goes will depend a lot on how DC Selvy does in his first year at the helm of a big time program. As long as the offense does it's job, a conference title should be within reach.

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