Discussion in 'Zeros to Heroes' started by maij17, Aug 11, 2013.
2014 SPRING PROSPECTUS
2013 record: 8-5 (3-5).
Returning starters: 13 (4 offense, 6 defense).
Players to watch: QB Blake Jurich/ Joe Gray, WR Jabari Carr, HB Erich Wilson, LB Derek Muavaa, SS Tyler Ervin.
1. Can Jurich replace QB David Fales, and not miss a beat? Losing the starting job in 2012 when Fales arrived on campus Blake Jurich is the incumbent with Fales graduation. 2011 was a hit and miss year for the then R-Fr, look and see if Jurich has improved where needed and is ready to lead the team. Keep a watch for Soph. Joe Gray who is a more mobile than Jurich and wowed coaches on the scout team last fall.
2. How much tweaking will the offense and defense get? New OC Kevin Brown comes over from UTSA, Coach Maij has said " we hired him for a need, and we are going to let him bring over what he needs to get the job done" Brown's offense is a little more balance then what Spartans fans saw last year, so expect more double TE sets from your Spartan offense. New DC Ken Delgado is back home after improving the Eastern Michigan defense, the Spartan Graduate ('85) and former DE will be the head man on defense , installing the 4-2-5, and taking over one of the worst defenses in the NCAA last year, can the Spartans improve the defense with another scheme change?
1. Quarterback. All signs point to Senior Blake Jurich, but will new OC Kevin Brown's preference for running the QB leave an opening for Soph. Joe Gray. The Spartans were the worst running team in the nation last year, and HC Maij has said the offense is Brown's to do what he needs to score. Fall Camp will tell, Coach Maij has said he is not against a two QB system but Brown has said he will play the best man.
2. Wide Reciever/Tight End. Gone are the dynamic Noel Grigsby, and Fifth year Senior Chandler Jones, who served as a superb option over the middle of the field last season. With no experienced WR on the roster returning except WR Jabari Carr, whoever the QB is will need to lean more heavily on Carr as the WR corps gets adjusted to playing and the Spartans break-in a new TE.
3. Ena/Dio/Leonidas. Running a Safety dependent defense with 3 new starters at each position should raise some eyebrows. Coach Maij (Secondary Coach) has said it should be a easy transition, "All the reads are the same, biggest adjustments for the men will be where everything will flow compared to last year, we wanted them flying up disrupting due to the 3-man front, with a 4 man front now, we want them playing more like safeties, finding certain alleys and filling them." HB Tyler Ervin was asked to make the switch to the "Leonidas" position, the 6'0 HB says he was approached shortly after the season, " I was not playing much on that side more of the third down back, Coach Maij ask if I could do it [playing defense], I told him whatever he needed me to do", Ervin says he has been hitting the weight room hard and the film room watching former spartan Rob Fiscalani at the position last season, recruited originally as a CB, former coach McIntyre had Ervin switch to HB. Playing opposite of Ervin at the Dio, will be true freshman Josh Gray, responsible for the strong side look for him to lead the team in tackles, Sr. Ryan Harper will be responsible for center-field moving back from Dio look for him to bring the wood when teams decide to load up and run.
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HB Erich Wilson has provided balance to the Spartan offense with his speed and quickness currently with 420yds rushing, Erich keeps opposing defenses honest with his 4.9 avg and 7 td's.
Spartans CB Jack Cook one of two seeing significant time from the 2014 class, he has been asked to take on the nickel and has showed much promise, is penciled in to move to the outside next fall with All-MWC corner Jimmy Pruitt.
Spartans dominate in early season recruiting battles boasting the 9th ranked class early on:
FS, Robert Brady, prototype centerfield playing safety that should see a redshirt.
CB, Adam Hill, big body cover corner that will battle for playing time in the fall.
SS, Reggie Rowe, will redshirt, should see plenty of time after learning the defense.
QB, Tommy Thorne, the jewel of the class and first 5* recruit signed by Coach Maij, look for Tommy to redshirt behind QB Jason Habash, strong arm and decent accuracy, will be leading the Mountain West in passing very soon.
Two more look to contribute quickly for Coach Maij:
CB, David May, cements a young talent rich but inexperience defensive backfield, will redshirt and compete.
WR, Jeff Owen, transfer from Fullerton College in California; Owen reports in the Spring and looks to make an immediate impact on the outside for the Spartans.
FS Thomas will battle in Fall Camp for a place on the depth chart.
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