Big 10 preview

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  1. Mogriffjr

    Mogriffjr Walk On

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    Big 10 preview

    The Big 10 was controlled by the Michigan Wolverines, who went on to win the national title in dominating fashion.

    They went through a ton of tough tests in their conference, including emerging Purdue and Ohio State who is always near the top as a title contender.

    While Penn State suffered a setback last year, look for them to get back on the saddle as they look to rebound.

    MICHIGAN WOLVERINES
    ---There's nothing better than winning the national title and returning your players as they look for a repeat. At QB, they return Bobby Horn (89), who passed for 4975 yards and 60TD's. The JR-QB had to take on a more prominent role last year because of the injury to star RB Joey Hackett (99). Hackett has all the tools to be great but either he has been a mega-star at RB or he's gotten injured. It's his time this year to shine as Michigan gets back to a more balanced offense. The WR corps features Eddie Jones (91) and Marcus Robinson as likely gamebreakers for Horn. Look for SO-TE Jeff Lawrence (77) to go over 1000 yards this season as he's a nightmare for opposing LB's to cover with his 6'5" frame and 89 speed.

    Defensively they'll be anchored by all-american RE Jacob Henderson (88) who had 11 sacks in his freshman campaign. With his 88 speed, we are more impressed by his 30 tackles behind the LOS, which despite his 210 lb frame, he's showing he's a damn good run-stopper as well. Michigan has great depth at DT but we are wondering if SR-DT Johnny Stallings (91) will live up to the talent because he hasn't done much unlike JR D.J. Johnson (88) and SO John Coley (88). LB's are strong around the outside with SR-ROLB Brandon Culver (93) and SO-ROLB Joe Frazier (92). We love Frazier because he makes an impact despite his 5'10", 210lb frame. The secondary boasts a ton of speed featuring JR-CB Brett Ruud (88), SR-CB Leon Roberts (85), and SO-CB Anthony Ryan (83) which should be nightmare for teams who like to air it out.

    OK ENOUGH BOASTING...
    The National champs have to see if FR-MLB Mike Witherspoon (80) is ready to take on the role in the middle. He is large at 6'4", 248lbs but he is unproven. Their AA-CB Brett Ruud had 78 tackles but had no INT's and this is coming off a year when he had 6. He'll likely start at one of the CB positions but can he become the ball-hawk CB that he was suppose to evolve to? Also, their depth behind RB Hackett is worrisome, leading Michigan to likely become a passing based offense if Hackett misses more time due to injury.

    STRENGTHS- WR depth, CB speed, star RB, star QB
    WEAKNESSES- RB depth, lack of proven ball-hawk at CB, unproven MLB


    PURDUE BOILERMAKERS
    ---Purdue has two of their big stars returning for one more likely run at the national title. SR-WR Brian Williams (92) is back for one more run and he's coming off a year where he had 1783 yards receiving and 19 TD's, his best year yet. He'll have his roommate back with him, star-QB Anthony Robinson (90). Robinson threw only 9 INT's last year making him one of the more efficient QB's in the nation. Purdue brought in some RB help with FR Dallas Potts (84) but he'll likely either be redshirted or buried on the Depth chart as SO Jonathan Campbell (83) and Brian Matthews (81) look to share carries. Purdue doesn't score a ton but they don't beat themselves, making them a viable candidate for a title run this year. The offensive line is solid all-around but they are anchored by SR-RG Adam Boyd (95), a bruising guard who is light on his feet and strong as well.

    Purdue is anchored on defense by strong safety play and it's tough to pick a tandem better than JR-FS Chad Dean (87) and JR-SS Fred Green (86). Green had 110 tackles, 2 sacks and 3INT's last year. Bottom line this kid was all over the field making plays for the Boilermakers. Chad Dean was no slouch neither, as he had 95 tackles and 4INT's. SR-ROLB Lonnie Coles (96) is a future NFL pro with his size (6'2", 244lbs) and speed (86). With 78 tackles last year, he'll be asked to lead this defense as the star and impact player. We wonder if SO-ROLB Adam Coley (84) will step in and be the starter at the other OLB position with his range and speed (89). JR-DT John Clayton (88) is asked to be man in the middle. He's not big as other DT's at only 295 lbs nor does he possess a ton of strength (82). Yet he's one of the quickest DT's in the nation off the snap (82) and that makes him a good pass rusher (8 sacks last season).

    OK ENOUGH BOASTING....
    Purdue has come a long way as they are now a national powerhouse but there are some questions on this team. The Left end position is wide open with SR-LE Paul Bean the default starter but he has 2 sacks in his career. They may go to freshman Jermaine Perry (78) who is fast and pretty big (264lbs). Their CB's aren't very fast and covering the teams like OSU, PSU and Michigan man to man will be difficult. Also, outside of Brian Williams, no one on the offense really scares you. It would be led to believe that if you contain Brian Williams and let the others beat you, the chances of beating Purdue increase significantly.

    STRENGTHS- Star QB, Star WR, Safeties
    WEAKNESSES- Center, CB speed, LE


    OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
    ---Coach Juggs has been seemingly been looking for years for the next great OSU RB. Current starter SO Andre Johnson (84) isn't the gamebreaker that Coach has hoped though he's a damn good RB. Backups Cody (81) and Hayden (80) simply won't cut it right now. Will coach go to freshman RB Joey Hayes (72) as his gamebreaker at RB? He was recruited heavily by OSU and he figures to play a big part off the bat in OSU. OSU will start Ben Smith at QB....well the pocket passer it seems. SO Ben Smith (86) had 41 TD's last year and 3892 yards passing and he has all the tools to become an elite QB. He'll have a ton of weapons in the passing game, including JR-WR Nick Green (87), FR-WR Tommy Kendrick (78), and SO-WR Brett Alfred (78). JR-TE Justin Wheeler (87) figures to be a huge part of the passing game as well. OSU's offense should be near the top of the league with a strong offensive line that features it's starters rated 90 or above.

    Most of OSU's defense is unproven but the talent oozes from their pores. We'll start at SS where JR Matt Cohen (91) is one of the fastest SS in the nation (97). He's small for a SS but he's so quick to the ball that it makes up for what he lacks. Last year he compiled 89 tackles, 10 for loss, 3INT's and 2 defensive TD's. The CB's have good speed all-around but SR-CB Nick Copeland (92) leads the charge and hopes to improve on his 7INT effort last season. The LB's are fast and are all game changers. SR-ROLB and impact player, Darrin Hairston (99) is the captain of the defense and has his henchmen, SR-MLB Marcus Wade (97) and SO-LOLB Daniel Thomas (91) alongside him. Watch out for FR-LOLB Eric Denman (77) to make an appearance sometime this year with his 6'0", 247lb frame and 92 speed. JR-RE Trent Ryan (94) leads the charge up front and the coaches hope he improves on his 6 sack effort last year. Look out for SO-DT Pat Hooper (87) who is an amazing talent. A 6'3", 301lb DT with 81 speed and 87 strength is amazing. I think he'll be one of the outstanding players for the OSU defense.

    OK ENOUGH BOASTING...
    OSU has a ton of talent but most of guys on defense haven't figured much into the discussion in previous years. Guys like SR-LE Keith Bell (88), SR-DT Chris Stone (91) need to play their best ball in their final seasons. Darrin Hairston is a likely top 10 pick in the draft but his stats have shown maybe he's not a gamechanger like he should be. On offense, QB Ben Smith threw 23 INT's last year, a cause for concern for the OSU offense. They need to be more careful with the ball. RB by committee might be the best option, unless FR Joey Hayes is ready to assume full-time duties off the bat.

    STRENGTHS- WR, Offensive Line, LB's, SS
    WEAKNESSES- Gamechangers, LE, RB
     
  2. Mogriffjr

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    PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS
    ---How much with PSU miss their BMOC RB Mark Williams? His departure leaves a ton of good RB's ready to take on the starting role. It looks like true freshman Alphonso Crews (80) will get the first crack at the starting spot. We think JR-RB Julian Mack (82) and FR-RB Chris McFarland (79) will get some time as well as PSU figures out who will be the man this year. Their QB situation seems scrambled too with the two QB's figuring for playing time in SR Nicholas Robinson (87) and SO Joe Landry (85) threw for a combined 27 INT's. Joe Landry will get the nod at first but Robinson received a ton of time last year. At WR, they do have a ton of weapons, led by SO-WR Jordan Carlson (86). SR-WR Bryan James (90) has been a big dissappointment in terms of production but this year he'll get to redeem himself. Watch out for SR Kyle Selmon (86), now the #4 WR. He simply will blow past opposing dime CB's with his 97 speed. PSU also has two solid tackles to hopefully contain the speed rushers in the nation from getting to the elusive Joe Landry.

    FR-RE Corey Johnson (83) should instantly become a star with his 88 speed off the edge as he blows past opposing tackles. Watch for JR-ROLB Josh Deluca (93) to be a beast again this year as he had 91 tackles, 20 for loss. He'll be an impact as far as containing opposing teams running game. JR-MLB Curtis Gray (93) had a relatively down year compared to his 1st year starting but he still had 75 tackles, 10 for loss and 2INT's. He's the impact player on the defense and with Deluca, LB University is still in effect. PSU doesn't have a ton of speed at the CB position, leading us to believe they'll employ a more zone style approach, more than man to man but watch out for FR-CB Brent Burke (81), a 5'9" CB with 98 speed. PSU has a pair of 93 speed safeties in JR-FS Jason Campbell (89) and SO-SS Marshall Blanchard (79) which could make up for the lack of speed at CB. Campbell was the team's leading tackler last year with 113 tackles, making him a lethal weapon in stopping the run.

    OK ENOUGH BOASTING....
    PSU's QB situation maybe a bit unnerving with Landry and Robinson fighting for the spot. They need to be more careful throwing the rock around or it'll be the same ole story for PSU this year. At RB, is Crews the answer? I'm not sure the true freshman is and I figure McFarland will have the final say in that. Also, their WR's haven't been gamebreakers, except for Jordan Carlson. This offense needs to take the pressure off the defense and judging by the 3 leading tacklers for PSU, they simply were on the field too often as they try to bail out the offense. Speaking of defense, their #1 CB, JR-CB Jon Doolin (87) is smart but lacks speed going up against these speed demons in the Big-10.

    STRENGTHS- LB's, Safeties
    WEAKNESSES- QB, Gamebreaking RB, CB speed
     
  3. Hellisan

    Hellisan Schemin 'em up

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    Awesome work Griff. Great lunchtime reading for me.
     
  4. jms493

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    Droool........that is awesome Stuff.......Will have to post on the website ASAP.

    Robinson and Crews are starting. Landry lost the job in practice as he was spraying the ball all over the place.....too much power and lack of control.

    Crews appears to be the real deal.........he reminds me of Derrick Ward..small but can bust tackles and break ankles. He was main source of offense against Colorado last night scoring 5 rushing tds and 1 rec. He broke a 67 yarder.

    Lord when I brought then 2nd team defense in.......yikes......Colorado was unstoppable!
     
  5. NYJuggalo45

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    great job man, you churn out awesome stuff year after year. it's amazing how you hit the nail on the head too with a guy like hairston...insane attributes/shitty stats, not living up to the hype.
     
  6. Mogriffjr

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    Yeah you get guys like that sometimes...this maybe a different year. I kinda equal him to Stuckey...LB I had...he wasn't fast but he was very aware and judging by his attributes, u'd expect better results but he really didn't make the impact I expected from him.
     

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