Discussion in 'The Tradition' started by Hellisan, Aug 18, 2011.
Tradition - Season 2
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2012 Season Preview
OLE MISS REBELS
Our offense looks strong on paper. Senior Randall Mackey (90 OVR) is a year better, but he's still short and will likely be a sporadic passer. He has competition this year in the form of Junior Barry Brunetti, who was held out as a transfer last season. Brunetti is a much better runner than Mackey and is in the same neighborhood as a passer. Mackey may have the inside track on the starting role, but we will not hesitate to pull him, unlike last year when we had nobody we trusted backing him up.
We have two effective running backs in Jeff Scott (89) and Enrique Davis (89). Davis is a 222 lb. inside back, while Scott has 96 speed and good hands out of the backfield. Blocking for them will be FB H.R. Greer (84) who is solid. We also recruited a freshman named Nate Rosario (69) who can really block, but is redshirting. If Greer goes down we would pull that.
WR Melvin Harris (6'7", 90 OVR)will once again be the focus of the offense, but maybe not to the same extent. Other receivers have improved, and Harris dropped 12 passes last season. He won't have the chance to do that again, we will stop throwing to him if he sucks. We have moved Korvic Neat (81 OVR, 96 spd) to the outside because he was battered inside last season and couldn't do much for us. James Logan (87) will go to the slot where we feel he will be a tough inside presence. The last WR spot will be manned by the explosive freshman Donte Moncrief (75). TE Ferbia Allen (86) was very effective for us last season and returns in the starting role once again.
The offensive line is a clear step down from last season. The left side of the line has talent but is very young. Our strength will be focused up the middle and on the right side where C A.J. Hawkins (6'4" 307, 88), G Jared Duke (6'6" 326, 86) and T Bobby Massie (6'6" 310, 91) provide a big, strong presence.
Once again it is our defense that really needs work. We were awful in the trenches last season and I don't think that will be much improved. DE's Gerald Rivers (86) and Jason Jones (83) offer senior leadership, but we have a couple fatties in the middle that have crappy ratings. Junior DT Corey Gaines (6'1" 307, 75) and Senior Gilbert Pena (6'2" 338, 72) will try to control the interior.
Despite having a great year, Mike Marry (82) has been moved to outside linebacker due to the emergence of freshman C.J. Johnson (82) who we expect will be great. Marry gives us some nice size on the outside, and Joel Kight (5'9" 227, 88) is the odd man out. Kight might play in some nickle packages or something. Arguably the most talented man on the second level is impact OLB D.T. Shackelford (90). We will try and find ways to get him more involved than he was last season.
Our secondary is once again a question mark. We are redshirting some talented players that we expect to help us in the future in FS Ricky Burley (76, converted athlete) and SS Brian Collins (6'7" 203, 76). In the meantime we make due with older players that are maxed out and not all that effective. CB Charles Sawyer (87) is an adequate CB and Wesley Pendleton (85, 97 spd) will line up on the other side. After that it is interchangeably bad parts.
Junior Frank Crawford (78) takes the reigns for a season at free safety before Burley takes over next year. Junior Brishen Matthews (80) may be able to stave off Collins for at least his senior season, as he is more athletic than Collins.
K Bryson Rose (90) improved a ton in the offseason, especially in terms of kick power so we should be able to hit the occasional 45-yarder now. We landed 3-star P, Freshman Shaun Johnson (86, 93 KPW) to boot it back to the other team. Eventually he will be drilling 50-60 yarders with regularity.
Korvic Neat and Tobias Singleton will return kicks, and both are very speedy.
HB Jeff Scott will be returning punts, unless he has trouble holding on.
Ole Miss had a great season last year technically (3 losses), but of course lost all three user games. In our four this year I'm hoping for a split. If we can again run the table against the cpu (not a given) then we might go to 5-star status.
We could possibly susprise some people if Mackey feels like a completely different player and doesn't miss so many throws, but when I compare him to other QBs that are also struggling he has nowhere near the ratings, so I don't have my hopes up for that.
All the pieces are there for Utah's offense to be even better than they were last year. The Utes return almost everybody on offense. They retain most of their offensive line, bring back their starting QB, RB, and all top pass-catchers including their TE. Junior RB Thretton Palamo has spawned a Heisman campaign in Salt Lake after a 2,000 yard rushing performance last season. The Utah Coaches have expressed their desires to have Senior QB Jordan Wynn become even more of a factor in the offense than he was last year when he flirted with a 3,000yd/30TD season. Utah has an incredible corps of wide receivers (led by Devonte Christopher) and an NFL-caliber talent at TE (Kendrick Moeai) so there are no excuses for Wynn or the coaching staff. The passing game must be more prominent.
When Utah hired Coach Max, they knew they were getting an offensively-minded Head Coach, but they may not have expected the talent gap between the two units to show so quickly. The Utes Defense will be in a state of transition, and could be put in some awkward positions this season. They lost a lot of Senior talent and will have fresh faces starting at MLB, OLB, FS, CB, DE, and DT. The defensive starters are a pretty talented bunch, but there is no real depth. Hopefully having a good offense will alleviate some of the pressure put on this side of the ball, but the Defense will be expected to make plays and force timely turnovers like last year's team. The
Coaches are high on a few players in particular though:
Senior SS Keith McGill led the team in interceptions last year (6'3 200lb)
(RS)Senior MLB Boo Anderson is perhaps the least-experienced 5th year player in NCAA history.
Junior DT Star Lotulelei (6'4 332lb) He is a load on the interior. Disrupts the run and pass.
True Freshman FS Erik Riley (5'11 199lb) Coaches are looking for ways to get him involved on defense, and he will see some return duties. Has elite first-step (98 Accel) and looks like he will develop into a great player.
Sean Sellwood will handle all kicking/punting duties, and (RS)So. RB Lucky Radley will handle the Punt/Kick returns. Radley housed a couple of returns last season, and looks to do even better this time around.
The Offense looks ready to repeat and even make the push for an undefeated season. The Defense, at this point though, is still suspect at best. The Utes have a tougher OOC schedule to contend with as well. An undefeated season may be out of reach, but priority #1 is and always will be winning the Conference.
---JR-QB Taylor Martinez (92) returns for his JR season and he's improved his accuracy a bit more over the summer. This is his team now more than ever with the departure of star RB Rex Burkhead. Speaking of the RB spot with him leaving, it leaves a bit of cloud over us in that spot. We didn't want to force FR-RB Trey Smith (77) into the fold early but he combining with Burkhead's departure and his spring workouts, he will get the start. Be very watchup of backup SO-RB Aaron Green (77) who will get some carries as well. Both are scat and speedy type backs so we plan to spread the field more and get these guys into open space. With our stellar offensive line led by tackles JR Jeremiah Sirles (91) and SR Jamarcus Hardrick (91), we think we have the beef up front to have the advantage every week against our opponents. Our WR corps returns our key guys besides Brandon Kinnie. We have SO-WR Kenny Bell (87) who has the speed to go deep and the hands to go over the middle. We feel he's key as he can stretch the field...something we didn't have much of last season. FR-WR Steve McCauley, one of our prized recruits gets the nod in the slot with his impressive hands and good size (6'2", 209lbs). Also we'd love to get SR-TE Ben Cotton more into the game as he's just as impressive receiver as he is blocker but he's been behind all-world and stud TE Kyler Reed (89) who led our team in receptions, yards and TD passes caught.
We return most of our starters from the previous year aside from our star DT Jared Crick and LOLB David but everyone else comes in fired up and ready to dominate. Our DE's, namely SR Cameron Meredith (92) and SR Josh Williams (85) look ready to step their games up and give us the pass rush we lacked from the outside. SR-DT Baker Steinkuhler (92) returns and looks to improve on his 7.5 sacks he registered last season. We really want to see a major improvement in our secondary. Last year Alonso Dennard was nicknamed torch by scouts because he was burned a lot...and worse, he only registered 1 interception. This year, JR Ciante Evans (86) will be the man responsible going up against top WR's. We have SR-CB Antonio Bell (81), who's more of a zone type CB as the 2nd CB but he displays amazing acceleration, though he lacks top end speed. Then at the nickel we have FR Josh Stuckey (77), a stud in the making. He's been impressive and has really battled Bell for the 2nd CB spot but we wanted to ease him into this secondary. Our safety play should improve with more speed as PJ Smith (88) and Damion Stafford (80) enter the fray. Both are very versatile safeties so we plan to switch them from FS to SS and vice versa.
With the shocking departure of punter Matt Beher, SO-K Mauro Bondi will take over kicking and punting duties. He has a strong arm and we feel our special teams should improve a lot based upon his leg. RB Aaron Green will return as the kick and punt returner, as last year he was the nation's top returner.
The loss of bruising RB Rex Burkhead may hurt initially but we figure to get this offense more high octane and to the perimeter more with our increased speed over the offseason. Defense we feel we are better than last year. We really feel confident that we can make a serious run at the national title with the guys currently here on this team.
The Tennessee offense is going to be won and loss onthe arm of Tyler Bray.Now in his third season as the starting qb Bray looks to take thisteam to the next level. With Bray being the main catalyst of the offensehe wont be alone. After backing up senior Tauren Poole last year Rajon Neal looks to make some noise and prove why he was so highly rated coming out of high school. The receiving core may be the most underrated group in the whole conference. With the likes of JustinHunter, Da'Rick Rogers, Zach Rogers, and Deanthony Arnett the Vols willbe set for years to come. The OL may be the mostexperienced group of the bunch lead by OT Dallas Thomas and Juwan James. Look for the vols offense to make some noise and be one of the better offenses in the country.
The Volunteer defense comes into the 2012 football season with lots to prove following the down 2011 season. This group is lead by senior LB Herman Lathers. He is one of the top LB's in the country and should earn all-sec honors come season end. The defensive line is lead by Jr's Jacques Smith and Maurice Couch. Both guys look to wreck havoc on opposing d-lines this season. The secondary for the volunteers is by far the best group on the whole team led by 4 year starter Janzen Jackson. Jackson is the key playmaker on defense and do not be surprised if he ends up on some all-american teams come seasons end. At CB we have senior starters Prentiss Waggner and Marsalis Teague locking down opposing wide receivers. At SS Brent Brewer who is fresh into his third season with the vols following his stint in minor league baseball.
The special teams for the vols are lead by Junior Michael Palardy. Palardy hails from the sunshine state and the dominant program of St. Thomas Aquanis. At punter we have Matt Darr. He is a solid punter who we hope not to have to use much for obvious reasons. The return game will be lead by Zach Rogers and Knoxville native Devrin Young. Look for the speedy Young to surprise some people and take a few to the house.
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The typical daunting SEC schedule is out and the Vols are going to have a tough time with this schedule. Look for this team to beat some teams they shouldn't and possible get beat by someone they should beat. Look for this team to go 7-5 or 8-4 at best.
Tennessee's needs are TE, OLB, and MLB
We have the best 1-2 punch at RB in the nation. I should probably stop here as that is the end of the good news.
Our QB is a 86 over with 86thp/85tha...and plays MUCH worse than that. And he is easily the best on the team. Our O-line can run block with the best of them, but we gave up 5 sacks in 15 pass attempts vs Temple, that should tell you all you need to know about our pass blocking. Our WRs...to put it mildly....should be taken out and shot.
I like my defense on paper. Vs Temple they didn't play as good as I hoped, but hoping that was more a me thing than the team since haven't played a meaningful game in like 2 weeks. Our front 4 is pretty solid and generates plenty of pressure. Our LB corp is very good, and stuffed the best rush team in the nation last year (PSU), and we only lost 1 from our top 5 LBs. Our secondary is new. Only our SS returns, the other 4 of our nickle group graduated. But I like the guys who replaced them.
All in all...if we can win games 14-10 / 17-14 in defensive/field position style, we can be ok. Anytime we get in a shootout situation, we will be in trouble since we simply cannot pass. In all my user games, will need to win the time of poss battle otherwise, we will lose.
Andrew Luck decided to stick around for his senior year after a rough 2011 campaign lowered his draft stock. His season was a mixed bag, at times he was brilliant (3700+ yds, 32 TD) and then there were times he struggled (29 INT, sacked 57 times). Luck spent the offseason reviewing tape and refining his game. He looks to bounce back with a strong 2012 season. Also back is 2nd-team All-American Stepfan Taylor who is one of the nation's top returning rushers. The receiving corps took a bit of a hit losing starters Chris Owusu and Griff Whalen. Senior's Jamal Patterson and Drew Terrell step in and hope to provide the same production. All five starters from the offensive line return and should be a the key to the offense's success. They struggled in pass protection at time but with another year together things should be better. Their strength is run blocking as they paved the way for Taylor allowing him to run for almost 1700 yds. Look for the run game to be even better this year.
The Cardinal defense lost their top cornerback both starting safeties and have to hope the guys stepping in can produce. Returning to lead the defensive backs is Barry Browning who had a solid 2011 season. Look out for FS Devon Carrington who has amazing athleticism and should make some plays in pass coverage. At linebacker, Shane Skov returns to captain the defense. Skov was LB of the year last year and decided to comeback for his senior year for another shot at a title. Also returning is OLB Blake Leuders who had a very productive season rushing the passer with his 8.5 sacks. He looks to once again wreak havoc on opposing QBs. Stanford is excited about freshman OLB Garrett Wade, who is more of a natural pass rusher than Leuders and should be a great fit in 3-4 sets. The defensive line returns 3 starters, led by DT Terrence Stephens who has a very quick rush and causes problems in the backfield.
Groza Award winner, Eric Whitaker is back and will also be taking over punter duties as Stanford was unable to sign a punter. Whitaker has a great leg and is very accurate.
After their controversal National Championship, the Cardinal look to prove their worth this season. These guys are playing with a chip on their shoulder and want to make sure they silence all of the doubters. Time will tell as they have a fairly tough out of conference schedule featuring Georgia, Mississippi St and Wisconsin as well as Pac-12 foes Oregon St, USC, and Oregon.
Offense: The Wolverines attack will be led by QB Denard Robinson, who had a disappointing year throwing the ball, allowing 20 ints against 11 TDs. The bulk of the load will fall on the running game, as RB Stephen Hopkins and RS Fr Thomas Rawls will share the HB duties. Hopkins ran for 1600+ yards last year.
The WR corp will be led by WR Roy Roundtree and a trio of freshman WRs led by Anthony Chapman. The TE will be Brandon Moore and new Fr TE Justin Bates, 6'8" of badness. The OL will be led by LG Rick Barnum and C Rocko Khoury.
Defense: The defense will again run a 4-3 defense, led by Srs SS Jordan Kovacs and MLB Ken Demens. The DL is very solid, led by DT Bill Campbell and DE Craig Roh. With the additions of CBs Thomas High and Jeff Cooper, the secondary will be the strength of the defense.
P/K Will Hagerup will lend a strong leg to the kicking game and Touissant will anchor the return teams.
Stanford dominates Georgia in Tradition's Season Opener
Fresh off their contoversial National Title win, Stanford is fully motivated to prove they are worthy of their championship. They were provided with an early test in the 2012 season as they welcomed the #24 ranked Georgia Bulldogs into Palo Alto. Senior HB Stepfan Taylor set the tone early breaking off a few good runs on the first drive. Later on a few yards outside of the redzone, Andrew Luck found Jamal Patterson on a post for a 21 yard TD. After stopping Georgia on the subsequent drive, the Cardinal drove down the field again with Taylor capping off the drive with a 1 yd TD run. Georgia got on the board shortly thereafter as Aaron Murray connected with Rantavious Wooten on a 68 yd deep ball which was misplayed by Stanford's SS. On Stanford's next drive Taylor broke off a 41 TD run on a simple dive play to put them up 21-7. After trading interceptions, Stanford put another 7 points on the board as Luck found Patterson again for a 10 yd TD. Towards the end of the 2nd quarter, Luck threw his 3rd TD of the game as he found Drew Terrell in the back of the endzone on a perfectly executed PA pass for a 51 yd TD. By the end of the 1st half, Stanford had the game in hand 38-7.
On the first drive of the 2nd half, Taylor broke off another big TD run, this time for 72 yds to put the Cardinal up 45-7. The rest of the game saw both teams running out the clock. The Bulldogs did put together a couple scoring drives late.
Stanford starts the 2012 season with an impressive 48-21 win. They have a bye next week before taking on Colorado.
Andrew Luck: 12-17, 246 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Stepfan Taylor: 24 carries, 233 yds, 3 TD
Drew Terrell: 4 rec, 103 yds, TD
Jamal Patterson: 4 rec, 86 yds, 2 TD
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