Discussion in 'After Midnight' started by Jayrah, Aug 21, 2011.
Team outlooks and best players for 2013 Season!
Well, glass half full.... we have plenty of time to discuss what happens with our teams in S3.
Coach Cheez on Media Day:
Me venting the dynasty struggles
Cross your fingers guys - I think it's safe to discuss season 3.
Penn St 2013
Silas Redd is back. After failing to rush against key rivals like USC, OSU, and Michigan the lion offense shifted to a Pass heavy style in hopes of being able to shift other teams focus away from the run. Redd had a severe drop off from his Heisman Sophomore season, but he is back, better than ever, and ready to make a run at regaining his crown.
Interception specialist Matt McGloin is gone, replace by the athletic but inaccurate Rob Bolden. Hopefully Penn st can hide Boldens shortcomings while taking advantage of his big arm and quick feet.
The upcoming season will feature a heavy impact from Freshman. With the loss of the top 3 WR from 2012, the #1 WR is now (RS) Freshman Joel Freeman. Freeman was a highly touted recruit and posed to make a big impact. On the offensive line true freshman Carlos Brown takes over at the key left tackle position. Defensively 2 freshman will be starting. True freshman DE CJ Lane will be starting at LE and RS Freshman Evan Dixon will be moving out to ROLB. In total, 7 players from the 2011 will be starting for the lions.
Penn St has relied on getting pressure with just its defensive line. With All 4 member of the D-Line graduating, extra strain will be placed on the coverage team. Coach WhyGod fully expects 2 year players Antonio Livingston and Randall Allen to lock down opposing WRs.
After last seasons meltdown the Nebraska coaching staff realized it needed to make some changes. For 2013 the Cornhuskers will shy away from the spread and focus on a more pro style offensive attack. Defensively the philosophy is the same, but they lost a ton of senior talent last year and it may be a challenge for the younger guys to replace that production.
At Quarterback, Taylor "The Frustration" Martinez is back, his numbers dipped last year and he struggled to make big plays, the coaching staff hopes to alleviate that this year though with its revamp of the offense. To try to make up for the loss of Rex Burkehead who dominated the second half of the season last year there will be a running back by committee, featuring JR Aaron Green, and 3 true freshmen backs who all compliment each other. Coach Ingram has already said he wants to get all of them on the field and often. Two sophmores lead the WR corps, both had outstanding seasons last year as true FR and were up for AM freshmen of the year awards. The O line is solid all the way across and they have some depth as well which will be good.
Defensively, the two big guys in the middle DT Thaddeus Randle and DT Chase Rome will look to dominate the LOS, at the end spots Jason Ankrah is a good run stuffer while Walker Ashburn is not as talented but he makes up for it with atlhleticism. The LB corps is young with no upperclassmen set to see the field at all. All the starters are sophmores and most back ups as well. At Cornerback Ciante Evans hopes to turn into a shutdown corner and has the talent, he has been working with Prince Amukamara over the offseason. Cornerback Dijon Washington holds down the weak side, but the guy to watch out for is Sophmore Charles Jackson in the nickel spot. The Safetys will have to play above expectations because its no secret that they will have plenty of action all year, JR Harvey Jackson is at FS and SO Buck Wallace is at SS.
Senior Ethan Davis will handle all the kicking duties this year.
The scheduling gods were not kind to Nebraska this year, on top of the gruesome B1G schedule they travel to Florida and Missouri to open the season, then host an up and coming UCLA team as well as an always tough West Virginia Squad. This is a young team that will be thrown right into the fire with no "easy wins" until week 14 at Minnesota.
2013 USC Trojans Preview
Coach Dru’s unexpected mid-season vacation had disastrous implications for the program in 2012. 23 game winning streak – gone. Chance to defend BCS title – gone. Pac-12 title – gone. 6th star – gone. In 2013 the Trojans are looking to take back the conference and regain their place in the national picture. It will be tough sledding at times, since the team is again VERY young (only 10 seniors on the roster) and will be relying on some unproven players at many positions.
Offense – The QB position is currently a battle between returning junior Jesse Scoggins and RS freshman David Chandler. Scoggins is a bit more of an option QB, with questionable throwing accuracy. Chandler is in the Matt Barkley mold – a pocket passer with enough mobility to occasionally escape pressure. Right now Scoggins is the favorite to start week 1, but don’t be surprised if Chandler plays often and is starting later in the year. Dillon Baxter returns and should see his carries increase significantly from 2012, when Coach Dru was “taking it easy on him so he’d be rested”. The WR corp should be a strength of the team, pending the performance of the QB’s. George Farmer and Kyle Prater were big time playmakers last season and they will be helped by junior Victor Blackwell and freshmen Adrian Garcia and Andre Barry. The offensive line will likely be what it’s been the past 2 years – sometimes good but mostly offensive.
Defense – The team will be breaking in 2 new DE’s this season, and their play will go a long way to determining the success of the unit, especially given how much everyone in the league runs the ball. The expected starters are senior Kevin Greene and junior Adam Perkins, but sophomore Greg Townsend will likely see significant playing time. DT Antuan “Big Sexy” Woods is back in the middle, and he’s bigger and stronger than ever (nearly 350lbs and 98 STR). When you run the 3-4, you hope the LB’s will be the playmakers on defense, and thankfully that’s the case in 2013 for USC. 3 of 4 starters return, including 2012 1st team All American OLB John Jenkins. Sophomore MLB Matt Nelson steps into the 2nd MLB role this year, and the coaches are expecting some big things from him this year. Surprisingly, CB Nickell Robey stayed for his senior season, and has helped to make the CB position one of the teams strengths this year. He is joined by senior Torin Harris and sophomore Nick Taylor will likely play the nickel, with true freshman Markus Livingston playing the dime-back role. The safety positions could be dicey this year, with 2 juniors and 4 freshmen vying for playing time. The expected starters at this time are junior Patrick Hall at FS and true freshman Paris Miller at SS, but that could change depending on their performance.
Expectations – I’m not going on vacation/travelling anytime soon, so nothing less than a Pac-12 title and competing for the BCS crown will be tolerated.
Coach Cheez and Stanford are coming off one of the best seasons in school history. However, many key components from the 12-2, Pac 12 and Rose Bowl Champions have graduated leaving Stanford looking for answers to many questions.
Heisman winner Stepfan Taylor is gone. Andrew Luck, a QB who once had aspirations of being the number one overall pick in the NFL but faltered under Coach Cheez's system, is gone. Much of the offensive line is gone. It looks like the Cardinal have replacements for each of the positions on offense though. Junior HB Anthony Wilkerson has made great strides in camp this spring, and should fill the gap left by Stepfan Taylor nicely. Taking snaps will be senior QB Brett Nottingham, a 6'4" QB who has waited patiently for his turn in the starting lineup. Under Coach Cheez's system, he wont be asked to throw the ball a whole lot, but when he does there needs to be precision. Lastly, on the offensive line, junior Cameron Fleming and senior Kevin Danser will be stepping into the starting lineup for the first time in their careers. Fleming will be taking over in the LT slot, and Danser at RG.
The front four for the Cardinal will be the same as last year. The line is a group of mostly seniors, led by all american DT Jacob Gowan. The linebacking corps is going to be a big question mark for Stanford this year, as there are two new pieces out of the three. Junior Patrick Skov will take over on the left side, and senior Jarek Lancaster will be in the middle. Expect a lot of blitzes in the 4-3, because this group is quick. The secondary is another senior heavy group with All Americans on each side of the line. Big things are expected this year out of Barry Browning and Terrance Brown, both of whom are all american corners. Despite the large number of seniors, 2 sophomores will be the last line of defense: Joey Stewart at FS and All American Wayne Lyons at SS.
Stanford's AD didnt do the Cardinal any favors in regards to out of conference scheduling. In week 2, Stanford will host Penn State in a rematch of a close battle between the schools two seasons ago. Also, in week 6 the Cardinal will be travelling to the Big House to take on Michigan. Despite this, the Cardinal were given a much easier conference schedule than they have had in years past. Coach Cheez will not have to gameplan for UCLA or USC until the conference championship game, should the Cardinal make it that far.
2013 Stanford Cardinal Schedule
at Washington State
at Oregon State
Coach Cheez expects his team this year to continue trending upward, and have no less than 11 wins this year. It is paramount to defend the Pac 12 Championship and earn another BCS berth - ideally in the BCS Championship game as well.
Everyone is whining about schedules already? What did you guys expect? A cookie and an engraved invitation to the BCS title game?
Would have settled for an embossed inviation.
... is it so wrong to want a cookie?
The Golden Bears are starting to really rise in their talent level at all positions around the field. With a bevy of Sophomore standouts, including renewed starter Kyle Boehm at qb (rated 80, which is what Sr starter Maynard was last season), this Cal team is maybe more well rounded than either of their first 2 seasons under Coach Jayrah.
On offense, the Wr's are back and they had a terrific offseason, led by Sr playmaker Keenan Allen, and flanked by Hagan and Soph Davis. The Rb's are good once again, even though there's a whole new set in there. 3 rbs will tote the rock this season. The offensive line does not have the standouts on the left side that they did last year but the line as a whole is better and this will allow Cal to run the ball with less prediction on either side.
On defense the same holds true. But the difference here is that Coach Jay and his staff have really done their homework and have a few more "specialized" players than last season. They will move guys in and out of the lineup frequently to give a fresh look and really get the guys that are good at particular tasks in the game. In particular SS, DT, MLB and FS should be positively affected by the rotating players.
Special teams is better this year as well. Both Kickers are now Sophs and will bring a little more stability to the kicking game. As well, Soph speedster Bigelow will return punts and kickoffs alongside Allen.
In a repeat from last season, somehow Cal draws Ohio State back into Berkeley for a rematch in week 3, and then brings the Trojans into town the following week. Cal is looking for it's first win in the California series under Jayrah. The crucial stretch will be the 4 out of 5 at home in weeks 3-8. If they can win 3 of those games they will go bowling in back to back years. If they could somehow pull 4 out, they could be looking at a top 4 Pac 12 finish.
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Prediction: 8-4 (6-3)
2013 Michigan State Spartans Preview
MSU loses half of their defensive players to graduation, and their only starting defensive lineman who was eligible to return, declared for the draft. The defense that served MSU so well these past two seasons will most definitely struggle, and they will be hard pressed to match the success they had the last two years.
On offense most of the starters return, although they lose starting HB LeVeon Bell, who elected to go to the pros. With interchangeable quarterbacks Peter Badovinic and Andrew Maxwell both returning for their senior years, Mark Dantonio elects to redshirt freshman QB Jeremiah Lane, who will most definitely take over the offense next year. Once again the QBs will have to exceed expectations, as they have average receivers, although All American TE, senior Derek Hoebing, and freshman sensation wide reciever Joseph Clark should help. Sophomore fullback Josh Tyler is something special out of the backfield as well.
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