Discussion in 'After Midnight' started by Jayrah, Jan 26, 2012.
What does your team look like this coming season? Breakthrough or Bust!
My defense wont be as ridiculous as it was last year I dont think. The offense is pretty talented though. I dont know if I can pull off the 3-peat with this team, but the skill position players should be fun to use.
Think its gonna lean more toward Bust this year. Only 2 returning starters on offense and 1 of those is at FB. My line is not very skilled. My skill position guys are pretty good though so i need to get them the ball fast. Defensively the line is all Sophmores but they are young and talented for their year. Linebackers should perform okay. Corner is solid, starting a freshman at FS and my SS is more of a linebacker then a SS. It should be an interesting year. My goal will be maintaining my sixth star in preparation for next season when I think I can make another run at the B1G title.
Think im gonna get curbstomped in some of these user games.
I think im screwed, taking on 6 user games but needed to so Mexi could get 5. We have some talent coming back but a brutal schedule out of the gates. We'll compete for the Pac 12 crown again but nothing on the national scene.
Anyone come up with a more detailed outlook, possible front page article material if done right
Dude we just got done with the offseason...give us some time my man
hey hey hey... i just saw outlooks 2020 and thought well here is an invitation to GLORY!
California Golden Bears 2020
Cal keeps getting better. Long as our qb stays healthy we'll challenge for a Pac 12 Title again. The defense is better since we return 9 starters and the offense is more explosive than last year all the way around. Our Oline is maybe a question mark.... Can we get over the top? Only Stanford and Ucla stand in our way as viable contenders. Unless USC gets on a user game roll, which is entirely possible, but we miss them in the regular season I believe.
We're calling breakthrough! The schedule sets up nicely, even with some early major tests against Nebraska, Michigan St and Texas A&M. Cal could be 4-0 coming out of the gate, but with a couple bad breaks they could also end up 1-3. But of course, we don't predict that. With 1 less Pac 12 game this year (Cal coach Jayrah said he doesn't like this setup when we asked him) the Bears miss USC, which could be a blessing, but Washington St should be better again as well as Ucla and Stanford being difficult wins to get. An undefeated regular season isn't out of the question, but we're predicting 11-1 and a Pac 12 North crown in back to back seasons here.
Ya if you guys can help me put together a somewhat similar format of how they think their teams will be, I can throw it together and put it on the front page.
not now, not now. Tomorrow
Michigan State Offense
Michigan St. had the #1 offense and #1 pass offense by a pretty good margin last year and they had to use 3 young QB's because of multiple injuries. This year the #3 QB come back from being redshirted and nobody knows who will start yet.
Nick Harris (So.) 87 Overall - 6'4" 239 left handed QB with a great arm and great accuracy. He is the slowest of the 3 and tends to fumble a lot. He was the best QB last season with a 25-8 TD-INT ratio. Harris was also 1st Team freshman All-American
Ryan Johnson (Jr.) 88 overall - 6'2" 207. Johnson had a down year after his amazing freshman year, where people said he could be the best MSU QB of all time. He is very fast (87 speed) and still has a pretty good arm. He is the oldest QB of the bunch and the most experienced.
Glenn Dockery (So.) 88 overall - 6'2" 184. Dockery is undersized but has an extremely accurate arm. He had a great offseason this year after he redshirted last season because he was 3rd on the depth chart. He is a good runner, but may be too small to hang in there for a whole season in the MSU system.
Junior HB Kevin Alexander was 2nd in the Heisman voting last season, but that wasn't all because of his running game. Alexander averaged over 18 yards per punt return and had 2 KO and 2 PR TD's last season. He also had 11 rush TD's and ran for over 1,000 yards.
Michigan State has finally built their receiving core to their liking. Although they lost 2 receivers to the draft last season, it'll be tough for teams to cover 5 very speedy receivers all game. Jonathan Brown (95 speed, 99 acc.) and Demetrius Patterson (94,96) will be on the outside, and RS freshman Sam Singleton (95,95) will be the #1 slot guy. SIngleton will be very, very good if he sticks around for more than 2 years. 6'4" Travis Young, Brandon Washington (92,95), Ron Sims (96,93), Kyle Campbell (90,97), and Daniel Thomas (94,94) will compete for the last 2 receiving spots.
Michigan State will start 5 O-Lineman that are all 86+ overall. These guys are going to be very important to the success of the offense this year. MSU seems to lead the nation in sacks allowed, but pass blocking is the main point of interest for this team. The O-Line has 2 young starters who could turn out to be very good. Jared Parker (90 overall, So.) and Jeff Hunter (86, Fr.) are the future for this group.
In Coach Mexi's third full year, he is still looking for a signature win in the B1G. The offense has a ton of new faces to it. Last years's starting QB, HB, 3/4 WR, and RT are all graduated. So in steps QB Brock "The Rock" Sullivan. The senior had the starting job three years ago as a freshman. Then Coach Mexi came in and went with Gray for the past two years. The choice was a good one, as Gray set school records in his tenure. Now we will see if The Rock will play well in his final year, or still hold a grudge against the coach. HB Glover looks to be a viable asset out of the backfield. WR Lee is the only receiver with substantial playing time from last season and true freshman TE Davis brings an inexperienced offense prone to drops.
The key to the defense, and the team, will be the secondary. All the defensive backs in the dime package will be redshirt seniors and seasoned veterans. If the secondary can make plays, it will make up for the inexperience on the front 7.
The schedule doesnt make it easier. The Wildcats do miss out on having to face Ohio St, but they start the season off at the Rose Bowl against #9 UCLA. Following is Washington St, #11 Notre Dame, and #21 Penn St. A split is needed to at least cause some havoc between Nebraska and Michigan St. By then, we should see if this team is a contender or not.
Michigan State Defense
Michigan St. will now be in its 3rd year running the 4-2-5 and the coaching staff is happy with the players they've gotten through recruiting. It's tough to say their is a weakness, but MSU doesn't exactly have the skill at SS they would like. In the 4-2-5, 2 SS's play close to the line and are expected to tackle and cover.
Michigan State was great against the run last season, and this year they could be even better. 6'2" 267 Bruce Brown has speed and will be a great pass rusher and 6'7" Cameron Johnson has good speed also (80,99). Carey Holly home a few trophies last season and at 339 pounds, he will make a huge impact again.
In the 4-2-5, these guys seem to make all the plays. Kyler Johnson is coming off a tremendous true freshman season where he had 90+ tackles, 3 INT's, and 3 FF's. The other LB will be Will Burrell. Burrell does not have great speed, but he is a very hard hitter and seems to always be in the right place.
Charles Grigsby was a 1st-team All-American at CB last year as a freshman. No questions there and on the other side, Bob Brown will start. Brown doesn't have the best speed, but is the best man and zone coverage guy on the whole team. FS Shane Whitlock is arguably the best player on defense and has everything you want in a FS. Whitlock was all over the field last year. At SS, MSU has youth in Pittman and Rucker, but they don't look like they will have a major impact on the games for another year or so.
Fighting Irish Face Brutal Schedule Under New Coach The Irish enter the year ranked #11 in the preseason polls despite losing key players on both sides of the ball from last year's 9-3 team and breaking in a new Head Coach. The #11 ranking is in part a sign of respect for Coach Wyrmreaver based on his success at previous positions (read: non premier leagues) but this year's schedule is a veritable minefield full of top 25 hazards where one misstep can blow up the high hopes the Irish faithful have for this season. Seven of Notre Dame's twelve scheduled games will be against preseason top 25 teams, including matchups with #1, #2, #3, #5, and #6. If the Irish hope to win 10 or more games this year they are going to need many new starters all playing in a new offensive and defensive system to step up and have big years. Offense: Coach Wyrmreaver is known for his quirky, multiple base offense mixing option, pro and spread concepts in ways that are hard to predict. One thing is certain, an athletic QB who makes smart choices is the key to making it go. Looking at the Irish roster on offense, no true stars jump off of the page so it's probably safe to assume that Coach Wyrmreaver will employ a balanced attack where defenses will be unable to key on any one player. QB - Senior signal caller Alvin Marquadt (88 OVR) will be the starter heading into the year. Alvin is not a statue in the pocket (71 spd, 77 acc) but is not as athletic as Coach Wyrmreaver's prototypical QB. Regardless, Alvin has a live arm and as long as he can stay efficient and not turn the ball over, the Irish should be fine under center.HB - Power back Terrance Prater, a junior, will get the bulk of the carries. While Prater is not a true homerun threat (87 spd), he is a versatile back who should excel in the new system.WR - The receiving corps lacks a true deep threat but is a solid group with great size. Look for Junior Jim Matthews to lead the team in receiving this year with his sure hands (95 catch, 92 cit) and crisp route running (97 rr).TE - Thomas White is a 6'7" 244 lb junior who has been primarily a blocker during his career at ND. Given the new coach's track record with tight ends, white could have a breakout year catching the ball.O-Line - This is a solid group, if unspectacular. If this unit can establish the run week in and week out the Irish offense will be able to make some noise this year. If not, the opposing pass rush could be a real problem. Defense: Coach Wyrmreaver runs a multiple base defense. Much like his offensive philosophy, he values a variety of formations on defense so opposing offensive coordinators are kept guessing. Teams can expect to see a 5-2, 3-4, or 4-3 base look on any given play along with 2-4-5 and 3-3-5 nivkel packages, 3-2-5 dime and 3 deep quarters. Safety play has traditionally been the key to the Coach's success on D, so hopefully the athletes in those spots can step up this season. D-Line - A lack of breakout talent here along with minimal depth could be an issue this season. The players inside and out are serviceable but unlikely to make a real impact week in week out.LB - The defenses strongest unit, the LB corps is led by fifth year seniors Calvin Brown (91 OVR) and Jon Lewis (90 OVR) on the outside, with junior Michael Payne (87 OVR) in the middle. In a recurring theme though, the lack of depth in this spot could be troublesome, particularly if the injury bug bites or when facing no huddle offenses.CB - Coach Wyrmreaver prefers to man up on the outside but that may be inadvisable given this group. The CBs have great size (6-4, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 heights of the top 4) but don't have the coverage chops to man up al game long against an elite receiving corps. Look for this group to mix up zone and man while they search for an identity.Safety - 6'4" 212 lb SR(RS) Jeff Watson at SS is like having another LB on the field who can cover. Along with junior Cole Zeigler, this safety tandem is the linchpin to the team's defensive success. Look for Coach Wyrmreaver to use them in a variety of ways including man, short zone, deep zone, blitzing and so forth throughout the year.
The Washington State Coach has a new mission for the reminder of this version of the dynasty. He will not come out publicly and say what it is, but it will be evident once my opponents play me what the goal. He will publicly announce he is changing his offensive philosophy to a more run oriented offense. He has two great backs, John Anderson, and last season's Heisman Trophy possibility Matt Moore. Both expect to see plenty of carries in this new offense. Of course a lot this team's success depends upon the O-Line's performance. There are serious questions surrounding the O-line specifically can they block? Who knows, we will find out in Week 2 against #17 BSU and Week 3 #19 Northwestern.
Defensively, the defensive line is young, but there is a serious load of potential along the front four. The linebackers are surprisingly good with Martin Nash and Stephen Morris being the starting OLBs. The starting MLB will be Carlos Miller. For probably the first time in this dynasty WSU will have 3 CBs rated 80 or better which is a vast improvement over the first several seasons. The starting SS will be Junior Peter Kelley, while a true freshman and the gem of WSU's recruiting class Erik Howe will be starting at FS.
For the first time in a long time WSU will have a powerful kicker. True Freshman, Todd Curry will be the kicker. No longer should we see WSU go for it on fourth down inside their opponent's 30 yard line.
Nebraska looking towards life after White
Nebraska has a new man at the helm after 3 years, QB Steven White owned all the passing records in Nebraska history but he wont be walking through the door anytime soon. There is still talent on the team though and the new starters will be looking to leave their mark .
Schedule: Vs - Florida State, Notre Dame , Illinois, Penn State, Iowa, Minnesota
@ - Cal, Arizona State, Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern, Michigan
Nebraska has some tough road games this season and will need to stay focused if they hope to overcome some of those tough environments. The home schedule isnt either easy as they host some historic powerhousese like FSU, Nore Dame and Penn State. This team can not afford any down weeks.
QB- Joel Olsen finally gets his chance to start as a RS Junior, he came in the same year as White as a recruit and Redshirted his freshman season then served as the backup. Now its his chance to shine, he has the physical ability to excel. He only has 32 attempts in his career but he has 5 TDs and no Ints. Backing him up will be SR Benn Bass, a scrambler who threw 3 TDs last year in the B1G title game after Steven White got pulled.
HB/FB - Dan Kemp will be the main back but expect him to split time with RS Freshman Tom Brown. They are both similar backs and should help out Olsen a ton. They dont have blazing speed but they run hard and will be able to fall forward for those extra yards more oft then not. FB will be Junior Paul Campbell, nothing too special about this guy but he is one of two returning starters to the offense.
WR - The WR corps is deep, RS JR Jake Lloyd will be the primary guy, at 5'11 175 he is tiny but has shown ability in the past to break tackles after the catch and make plays. RS JR Daniel Jones will be the #2 Guy, he has tremendous size at 6'6 181 and blazing speed with 95 Speed and 96 Acceleration, expect him to be a favorite target for Olsen by years end. Luke Ross will see action in the slot, probably the fastest guy on the team he is another small guy at 5'11 166, but he is tough.
TE- RS Senior John Stanley returns for his senior season and his 3rd year as a starter. At 6'4 241 he is a big target and he has the speed to run by linebackers and the size to run through safeties and corners. Junior Ryan Berry backs him up, he is 6'6 274, more of a blocking TE but he made some clutch catches last season.
Offensive Line- This is the weakspot of the offense. They return only one starter in LT Willie Wilson, True freshman Vernon Prince starts at the LG spot. SR Kenny Hartman gets his shot at Center, sophmore Chad Collier starts at RG and RT Leon Cohen gets his first chance to start in his senior season. None of these guys are that skilled but the coaching staff is hoping that all of them weighing over 275 will help out.
DE- Freshman All American and 2nd Team Big 10 Barrett Perry holds down the RE spot, he had 7 sacks as a freshman and hopes to improve upon that number this year. At LE 6'7 234 pound Eric Weddle gets the nod, he is a fast pass rushing end . There are only 3 Defensive Ends on the roster so these guys will need to stay healthy.
DT- Big 6'2 328 pound Cortez Roberts will play the nose tackle this season, and bigger 6'5 328 Omar Herring will see the field during nickel and 4 lineman situations. This defensive line isnt as skilled as past lines, but they are young and should develop over the next 2 years.
OLB- Jesse Anderson gets the start at LOLB, he is 6'6 231 , he has 99 acceleration and is a coverage type linebacker but is excellent at getting off blocks and pursuing the ball carrier. Expect him to make a ton of plays. 6'4 238 Pat Crooks will play the strong side linebacker, he hopes to live up to his name and get some turnovers this year.
MLB- 6'5 256 Peter Hemphill helps hold down the middle, his size combined with his 91 speed looks like he will continue to be a beast on defense. He had 27 tackles and 8 TFL in limited action last season. Ryan Horn will also play in the middle, he is 5'10 220, and like to make plays in the backfield evidenced by his 11 TFL last season as a back up.
CB- SR Adam Baldwin is the strong side corner, he had 5 Ints last season as the #2 guy and now hopes to get even more this season. Freshman All American Alex James will be the #2 Corner, he had 4 INts and 12 Pass break ups last year and looks to take the next step in his career and continue to be a shutdown type corner. Matt Miller will be the Nickel Corner, he is the fastest guy on the team with 98 speed and will be moved around alot.
FS- True Freshman Roderick Jones steps in as the starter at Free Safety, he is a safety that loves to play close to the line and make tackles, the staff thinks he can step in right away and give them a chance to make plays. The solid Cornerbacks shoul allow him a little more freedom.
SS- Lawrence Anderson is replacing four year starter Chris Clark, he is another hard hitting safety who can help out in run support.
K/P - Matt McCoy will hold both kicking and punting duties this season.
KR/PR- Daniel Jones and Luke Ross will handle pr/kr duties
Regular Season Prediction 9-3, no CCG.
Ohio State 2020: Going for the 3-Peat
Two consecutive Conference and National Championships will be a tough act to follow, so how can OSU do any better? Do it again, and that is exactly what the Buckeyes will be looking to do in 2020. The Staff at Ohio State has done an excellent job managing their roster/developing talent, and they find themselves with another roster stocked with talent staring down a favorable conference schedule.
There are some familiar faces and New Jacks sporting Scarlet this go-round. Here is a positional breakdown of the roster/team.
QB - Senior Kevin Hughes enters his final year as the entrenched starter. At 6'4 208lb, he is your prototypical pocket-passing QB and a real Impact-Player for the Bucks. Last year Hughes started every game and finished with 2681yd and 34TD to only 13INT. If he can maintain his high level of play it will give OSU a shot to win every game. Hughes is backed up by (RS) Junior John Hale. Hale is a scrambler (90 Speed) and has a decent arm too. He is used situationally and runs a package of plays based off option and read-option concepts. He averaged 10ypc last season and had rushing TDs, coaches have used Hale as curveball/change of pace and it has worked well.
RB - It has been a two-horse race throughout the Spring, and heading into the first game of the year it is still unclear who will get the lion's share of touches at RB. Sean Page shocked the country last season when he rushed for 1,181yd and 16TD as a true Freshman. (RS)Junior Nate Willis played his #3 role well, and made plays when he was called upon. Both made major strides in offseason workouts/drills, so it may come down to a gameday or even mid-game decision as to who will be the starter going forward.
FB - (RS)Senior Terrance Jackson will be mowing down college LBs for the last time this season. When this BAMF is rewarded with carries he usually responds well, so perhaps coaches may look to get him a little more involved in the offense.
WR - WR has been a position of strength latetly for the Buckeyes. There are Seniors at the #1 and #2 spot, and they go 6'3 and 6'0 with one being a well-rounded player and the other a real speed-burner. The slot will be manned by 5'11 Brock Murphy, who is a tough-nosed player with great hands. The rest of the depth chart is littered with other freak athletes ranging from a 5'8 waterbug with 99 speed, and 6'5 track star that can stretch the field vertically.
TE - Junior Craig Long has started since he was a true Freshman and has developed nicely. He can block and is an excellent target in the passing game. Fans will be keeping their eye on one TE in particular though... Recruit Kevin Adams is a game changer. At 6'8 273lb he is a physical specimen. This isnt some glorified lineman either, he can go up and get the ball. Coaches have designed a few sets to get him isolated on the outside where he can use his size advantage. Look for him to snag a few TDs this season on fade routes and hopefully develop into a Buckeye legend in the coming years.
OL - The line goes (Overall Rating from LT->RT) 85-95-92-92-85
Obviously, the strength is on the inside and that is where the Bucks will try and continue to make their money. They all explode off the line, are very strong, and all have great size. Both Guards and the Center are Seniors so they will no doubt be looking to go out with a bang and will be given plenty of chances to run-block.
DE - The "Terror on the Edges" will continue for Buckeye opponent's offenses as this is a deep and talented group. The starters go 6'3 269lb and 6'2 250lb. You would think the 269lb beast would be the stronger guy with the slower step, but its exactly the opposite. Kellen Smith is enormous but plays with a lot of quickness, while the 6'2 253lb Jared Warren is one of the strongest players on the team who needs work on his first step. Behind the starters are a number of those "tweener" types that can wreak havoc at End in college, but may be better suited to play OLB in the NFL.
DT - The "weakest" spot on the depth chart. I put "weakest" in quotes because the starter is a 94OVR Senior with 88 strength. Derek Lemon goes 6'1 280lb and is quick like a DE. Behind him is Freshman John Williams. He goes 6'7 285lb and will no doubt have one hell of a college career. The rest of the rotation includes true Soph Sam Whitfield (6'3 305lb) and Freshman P.J. Porter (6'3 286lb). So perhaps it isnt exactly the "weakest" position, just maybe the "youngest".
OLB - OSU has plenty of rangy/athletic LBs to use outside. 6'5 229lb Junior Xavier Irby, who has started since he was a Freshman, will once again be seen roaming around behind the line. He made the highlight reel last season with a pick 6 and should make even more plays this year. On the other side will be 6'2 232lb David Morgan, who has ridiculous closing speed (97 acceleration) and will be a bigger factor on defense in 2020 than he ever has. There are plenty of other options (mostly Juniors) at OLB in casse of injury or under-performance. Some very talented Freshman OLBs are taking a RS this season.
MLB - Ah... MLB. One of Coach Max's two pet-positions on the defensive side of the ball. All-Everything Junior Dan McCoy comes back for his Junior campaign and definitely looks the part. At 6'2 253lb he is a load inside, and rarely goes backward when making a tackle. He has put some vicious hits down on film (94 Hit Power) and his portion of film-day always elicits the most noise from the team. The Bucks were blessed with a crazy-talented Penn State transfer at MLB this season too. Greg Givens will sit out his 4th year of eligibility for 1 season of glory with the Bucks.
CB - Moving on the other pet position of the Head Coach... OSU has been pumping out enough top-flight DBs to make Duane Akina jealous. The #1 and #2 Corners are just sick, and Coach Max has a 6'4 193lb burner who he will use to cover any receiver a team dares put in the slot. With 12 total Corners on the roster (all over 77OVR and all but 2 over 6'0) it allows all of them redshirt and hopefully stay in the program long enough to reach their full potential.
S - The depth chart for both FS and SS for the Bucks goes like this: #1 (RS)Junior, #2 (RS)Soph, #3 (RS)Freshman and most coaches wouldnt have a problem with starting any of them. OSU has reeled in most of the top FS/SS in the country every season which has created this really nice 3-deep for both positions. If anyone of them slacks, or gets injured or graduates, there will be a great player waiting to take over. (RS)Junior SS Cedric Sanders is an Impact Player for the defense, and plays with a real chip on his shoulder. Most scouts project Sanders to go highly in the next NFL draft.
P/K - (RS)Senior Steven Berg will finish this season as one of the greatest college football kickers of all time. He is 100% lifetime on PATs, has a career long of 64 yards, and routinely hits 50 yarders in big spots for Ohio State. Not to mention he also blasts the ball out of the endzone almost every kickoff.
PR/KR - Remember the 5'8 Speed-Demon WR that was mentioned earlier? He is the designated PR/KR for Ohio State, and finished 2nd in the race for Returner of the year last season. Derek Ross averaged 33yd per Kick Return and housed 3 of them last year, including a jaw-dropping 99 yarder. He is just as dangerous returning punts too, he averaged 12.6yd per PR and took one back for a TD. 1984 total PR/KR yards and 4TDs is not a bad single season total considering it was first year on the job. If he even play close to that again this year it should give OSU a big advantage on Special Teams and in the field position battle.
Most pundits highly doubt Ohio State can do it again. This projection is based more on numbers and probability than anything else. If you look at the roster, this team has as good a chance as anyone to win it all but the OOC schedule looks brutal. Goal #1 is always to win the Big10 though, which looks doable at this point as the Bucks dodge all their toughest conference opponents this year. Im penciling the Bucks down for a 11-1/10-2 type regular season with a shot to make the NC if they can win their CCG.
MaxATX34, I almost want to cry after reading about your team's outlook. The preliminary point spread has beeen set at 41 1/2 for our game.
Sun Devils at Crossroads entering 2020
Entering Coach Akai's fourth year in the desert, the pressure is mounting to produce a winner. While talent is slowly trickling in, the wins have been a little slower to come by. Despite a schedule that includes the #1, #3, #5, #8, #16 and #23 teams in the nation, the Sun Devils are hopeful that they can get over .500 once again.
The Arizona State offense hopes to build off the momentum from the second half of last season, keyed by the increased focus on protecting the football and employing a balanced attack.
QB - Redshirt Senior Cody Vickers was directly responsible for the offensive turnaround in 2019, and has been given the reigns to the Sun Devil offense in 2020. Vickers has a good arm and good accuracy which are important in Coach Akai's ball control scheme. Backing up Vickers is last year's starter Cory Malone who struggled on the field, but is capable.
HB - Gone are Tony Brown and Lee Archer who combined for over 1300 yards and 16 TD last year. While there are no returning halfbacks with playing experience, the coaching staff is excited for redshirt Sophomore Ross Rust. Rust boasts great speed and above average agility and acceleration. More importantly, Rust is an excellent ball carrier (99 car)which should eliminate the costly fumbles that plagued Brown and the Sun Devils last season. Backing up Rust are redshirt Freshman Mark Pierce and fellow redshirt Sophomore Jerrell Battle. Look for Pierce to establish himself as the clear #2 and to compliment the speedster Rust. Senior Rory Sutton will take over the fullback duties and should provide good blocking at the point of attack.
WR - While not spectacular, Arizona State has a solid group of experienced receivers. Leading the pack are Seniors Tramon Lewis and Drew Nolen and Juniors Marvin Garcia and Trevor Powers. Expect all four receivers to receive their fair share of balls, preventing the defense from focusing on any one. Look for Nolen and Garcia to be the deep threats for the offense, while Lewis should be the reliable target across the middle. However, in order for the receiver group to reach their potential, the number of dropped passes must be reduced.
TE - James Gorman returns after an outstanding Sophomore season in which he tied for the team lead in receptions. Moreover, he should continue to provide good blocking on the edge. Senior James Hall backs up Gorman and is more of a threat in the passing game.
OL - This is the biggest concern for the Sun Devil offense. While the o-line is solid and should hold its own against most opponents, they will likely struggle against top competition. More importantly, the lack of depth can cause problems should a starter go out with injury or need to be replaced for poor play.
The Sun Devil defense should continue to improve under Coach Akai, but losses at all three levels raise the potential of early season growing pains.
D-Line - The defensive line is the relative strength of the Sun Devils defense as there is good depth behind each starter.At the end position, the loss of All-American DE Ashton Joseph will be impossible to replace individually, but Juniors Dustin Reed and Adam Jackson look forward to the task at hand. Jackson will be looked upon to provide more of a consistent threat off the edge, while Reed will be in charge of setting the edge to prevent big plays in the run game. Inside, Antwan Rodgers returns after a breakout season and should command double teams as he hopes to improve on his 10 sack Junior season. Joining Rodgers inside will be either Sean McCoy or Eric Holt who will be tasked with concentration on run stoppage.
LB - The linebacking corps for the Sun Devils will be without its leader Mark Brown following his graduation, but there is good depth in place to maintain last year's performance. In Brown's place will be Junior Brian Seymour who has shown promised in limited duty. Seymour is a solid all-around linebacker and utilizes his good acceleration well to make plays sideline to sideline. Brown will be joined by Jahmal Poole and Nicholas Walker. Poole was overshadowed by Brown in 2019, but led the team in total tackles and will look to do so again.
DB - Coach Akai has slowly been stocking up on talented cornerbacks, to keep pace with Pac-12 and Big Ten offenses. The depth in the corners is noticeable, and although both starters from last year are gone, the coaching staff is comfortable going to the Nickle/Dime coverages when called for. Senior Wendell Roberts returns and will be the shut-down corner for the Sun Devils. Opposite Roberts will be Brad Hawkins who is not as fast, but is still a well-rounded athlete. The corners will benefit from the return of free safety Ryan Ross who has good range and recognition. Ross' return will also help easy Jamaal Hollis as the new Strong Safety. While Hollis has little playing experience, he has the ability necessary to succeed. Look for Hollis to make a number of plays both close to the line of scrimmage and in coverage.
The kicking and punting will continue to be mediocre for Arizona State as their kickers do not have the range necessary to consistently make field goals outside of 40 yards. Kick and Punt return duties are yet to be determined for the Sun Devils.
Bruins look to defend Pac 12 Crown in 2020
UCLA has a tough road to hoe if they plan on being a top 10 team this season with OOC games vs #19 Northwestern, at #6 Michigan State and at #1 Ohio State. In state rival and giant killer Fresno also visits the Rose Bowl to round out the Bruins OOC schedule. In Pac 12 play the Bruins will travel to WSU, #9 Cal, ASU and Utah. Home games for the 2020 conference season include #22 Oregon, Colorado, Arizona and #16 USC.
Same coordinator as last season. UCLA hopes to be balanced and more ball control this season. The Bruins turned the ball over far too much last season. We hope to improve upon that in the upcoming season.
Senior (RS) Gerren Wilson is back for his 4th year of significant playing time. Never the full time starter, this will be Gerren's team to lead. Throughout his 3 plus years on campus, Wilson has thrown for 6180 Yards with 56 TD's and 55 INT's. The goal for Wilson this season, cut down on turnovers and have better TD to INT ratio.
Senior (RS) Arthur Lawson leads the way in a crowded back field at UCLA. Lawson was last seasons leading rusher with 890 Yards and 8 TD's. Also seeing time this season will be Junior (RS) Josh Battle (343 Yards, 4 TD's in 2019), Junior (RS) Pat Holley (208 Yards, 3 TD's in 2019) and Junior (RS) Eddie Clark (139 Yards, 0 TD in 2019). The coaching staff will go with the hot hand but Lawson is the man to start the season.
Wide Reciever / Tight End
Sophomore Keith Swan leads a talented group and tall group of wide outs this season at UCLA. Swan (6' 4" 205 lbs) had a great Freshman year, grabbing 32 receptions for 768 yards and 10 TD's. Moving from the slot to the #2 WR position is Junior Greg Rodgers (6' 2" 177 lbs). Rodgers saw a lot of playing time last season due to injuries and lead the team with 36 catches for 605 Yards and 5 TD's. The slot man this season is the shortest of the receivers, Junior Jevon Johnson (5' 11" 182 lbs). Jevon caught 26 balls last season, 3 for TD's. In 4 wide sets, the offense will use Senior WR Allen Kelly (6' 4" 233 lbs) or Junior (RS) TE Kevin Anderson (6' 6" 228 lbs). Both had little playing time a year ago but should see some action this season.
Lead by Senior (RS) Brian Stephens (6' 6", 299 lbs, 92 OVR), this is a solid but young offensive line, which might spell doom for Bruins offense. To the left of Stephens, Freshman (RS) Greg Evans (6' 2", 287 lbs, 80 OVR) gets the starting nod at Left Guard and Junior (RS) Darrius McCullough (6' 1", 317 lbs, 82 OVR) will start at Left Tackle. To the right, Sophomore (RS) Shane Hinds (6' 2", 310 lbs, 82 OVR) will start at Right Guard and Junior (RS) Kevin Hamby (6' 5", 304 lbs, 88 OVR) starts at Left Tackle
The Bruins will continue to run the 3-4 but lose some key players, including DT Kyle Freeman and CB Terry Dixon. However, several starters return and it looks to be a strong unit once again this season.
The big question mark is the Nose Guard and UCLA has decided to go with true Freshman Bryant Hall (6' 1", 324 lbs, 78 OVR). He has the size and strength to play the Nose Guard position better than a more experienced player sitting behind him on the depth chart, Junior Aaron Romero (6' 7", 280 lbs, 81 OVR). The the end positions, UCLA returns All American Senior (RS) Roger Jackson (6' 4", 248 lbs, 90 OVR) who had 8.5 Sacks and 11 TFL's a year ago. On the other end, Junior Chaz Morris (6' 5", 244 lbs, 83 OVR) will get the starting nod over Sophomore (RS) Clayton Barber (6' 0", 257 lbs, 80 OVR) for now.
The strength of the team is up the middle with the 2 middle linebackers returning for their Senior years. Last season All American Wade Cooker (5' 10", 239 lbs, 91 OVR) and Victor Muhammad (6' 1", 227 lbs, 92 OVR) will anchor the Bruins defense. Last season, Cooker lead the nation in solo tackles with 59, 34 TFL, 6 Sacks, 1 INT and forced 3 fumbles. Both outside linebackers are first year starters. On the Left will be Junior (RS) Marcus Nichols (6' 1", 224 lbs, 80 OVR). On the Right, the starting job goes to Junior (RS) James Underwood (6' 3", 220 lbs, 86 OVR).
Two Seniors will start at Cornerback for UCLA, which is always a good thing. Tyler Parham (6' 2", 195 lbs, 90 OVR) and All American Pat Clarke (6' 2", 200 lbs, 88 OVR) will be the 2 corners in the base defense. The nickle back will be Sophomore David Woods (5' 11", 182 lbs, 84 OVR) who saw very little playing time as a freshman last season. At Free Safety, Sophomore (RS) Joe Briggs (6' 2", 218 lbs, 82 OVR) returns from an All American first year. On the strong side, Junior Brent Newell (6' 2", 201 lbs, 84) is also a returning starter.
Kicking and Special Teams
Again this season, Junior (RS) Harrison Hampton will handle both the place kicking and punting duties for the Bruins. Last season Hampton averaged 46.6 yards per punt and was 25/26 on field goal attempts.
In the return game, Junior Greg Rodgers will handle both kick off and punt return duties to start the season.
With a brutal opening 3 out of conference games, I see the Bruins finishing 8-4 on the season and hopefully winning the Pac 12 South with another chance to go to the Rose Bowl. We have higher hopes but Im trying to be realistic.
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2020 Stanford Cardinal Season Preview
After failing for the first time in 5 years to win the conference Championship, it can only be assumed that the Cardinal will be back with vengeance in the 2020 season. Returning 10 offensive starters, including last year's Heisman Trophy winner Ben Reese, it's no secret that the Cardinal are going to rely heavily on their power run offense to win games this year.
QB: This will be the third year that Timothy Singletary will take snaps for the Cardinal. He hasn't been the most accurate passer over the last two years, completing around 50% of his passes over the last two years; however his 3:1 touchdown to interception ratio is something to be heralded. Last year, we also saw the versatility of this quarterback as he has shown his ability to keep the ball on the option. Last year's 51 yard TD run in East Lansing showed that even though Singletary is not the fastest, they need to respect his ability to run.
HB: The bread and butter of the Stanford offense will see some familiar faces this year. Both Mark Howell and Ben Reese will be in the backfield splitting carries once again for the Cardinal. Howell's production was lower last year than 2018 in large part due to a torn abdominal muscle that kept him out for four games, including the loss to Michigan State. All reports say that he is 100% healthy and ready to start racing down the field. Without a doubt, he is the fastest guy on the Cardinal roster, and it doesn't take him long to get up to that top speed. If Howell gets to the outside, he very well could be going for six. His partner in crime, Ben Reese, will also be looking to improve on last year's 1616 yards and 22 touchdowns which won him the Heisman, Walter Camp, and Doak Walker awards. Last season, Reese would find ways to break tackles up the middle to gain a couple extra yards on each play. He can wear out a defense in the middle, making him a great 4th quarter back. The country has recognized the talent that Stanford has in the backfield with these two stars, naming both of them to the All-American team.
WR: Though they dont get much of a chance to shine in the Stanford offense, the young corps of wide receivers in Palo Alto is pretty impressive. With a predominantly young group, there needs to be a senior leader. Brandon Maxwell will fill that role this year. Last year's 22 receptions led the team, and nearly half of them were touchdowns. Junior John Williams and sophomore Anthony Austin are both pure speed guys. Expect Austin to take the slot role the majority of the time, while Williams is out wide. Williams will also be returning kicks for the Cardinal. With Stanford's numerous two tight end sets, it would be impossible to forget about junior Buck Carter and senior David Griffin who are both great receiving options as well.
O-Line: Time and time again it has been shown that a team can have all the skill players in the world, but if there is nobody to block then the offense will fail. Stanford's offensive line matches up with the best in the country. 3 seniors dominate the line, including All-American left guard Mike Marshall. All five guys along the offensive line are among the strongest on the team, so most teams will have trouble breaking blocks and stopping Howell or Reese in the backfield.
D-Line: Stanford's defensive line has two All-Americans of its own: senior LE Andre Perkins and junior DT Alex Fowlkes. This is in spite of the fact that the Cardinal pass rush was down from the peak it had been just a couple short years ago. However, they were so dominant in stopping the run that it is hard to ignore them.
LB: In Coach Cheez's coaching career, the linebacking corps has been the strength of the defense. With two seniors manning the 4-3, it's safe to conclude that this may be the case once again. Aaron Johnson (junior LOLB), Kyle Taylor (senior MLB), and Marcus Graves (senior ROLB) are incredibly fast and talented at swooping to the ball. They are good at taking the right angle to the ball carrier, and it is very tough to break their tackles. Not to mention that all three are solid in coverage as well.
DB: Stanford brings back an experienced group of defensive backs. The Stanford DBs have been notorious for taking chances, often times putting themselves in position where the play will be a pick or a touchdown. Junior All-American corner Jesse Terrell leads a group of speedsters on the outside that can keep up with the fastest of receivers. Senior safety Matt Franklin will be the toughest guy to watch out for this year forever. He has the ability to be the breakout star on the defense.
K/P: As we all know, football is a three phase game: offense, defense, and special teams. Stanford has one of the best kickers / punters in the country, senior All-American Donnell Minor. This is evidenced by his Groza award two years ago, and his near perfect kick percentage. The only miss Minor had last season was a blocked kick against Cal - which was recovered by Stanford for a first down. Minor's career long came in the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma State last season, a 61 yard blast that went right in between the pipes. He also saves his kick coverage team some work, as 80 of his kickoffs were downed for a touchback. Minor does the punting for the Cardinal as well, and averaged 51 yards per kick last season in that role.
Season Expectations: Stanford opens up the year with arguably the toughest 2-game slate in the country: a trip to #1 Ohio State and a visit from #3 Alabama. After that, the schedule will ease up towards the middle before the Cardinal finish against 5 ranked opponents in their last six. This Cardinal squad has a lot of talent and could be really special when all is said and done.
Prediction: 13-1 (10-0) - Pac 12 Champions - National Champions
2020 Stanford Schedule
at Ohio State
vs. Northern Illinois
vs. Arizona State
vs. Washington State
vs. Oregon State
at Notre Dame
Lol nice 13-1 prediction hahahaha
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