Nebraska Preview 2014

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  1. Muttcope

    Muttcope 2 Own Goals and Counting

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    Nebraska Preview 2014

    Heading into the 2014 the Nebraska Cornhuskers are the Preason #1. For some reason the voter across the country have spoken and said the Huskers are the team to beat in the 2014 season. Here at the local level the Huskers have a few holes, and have no business being the #1 team in the land going into 2014.

    QB---Maurice Turner is the face of the Nebraska football program. He is entering his 4th year as a starter, and looks to build off of an average 2013. Turner looked more comfortable under center this last year, compared to the spread offense that was used during the first two years of his career. He could be the smartest QB in all of college football, and he will have to be as he needs to keep the Nebraska defense off the field.

    RB---After losing Paris Pierce, and his dominating performance last year. The Huskers will turn to the two headed monster of Preseason All-American Adam Joesph and Ray Rowe. The voters have deemed Joesph to be All-American worthy after being 3rd string last year, craziness. Ray Rowe split carries with Pierce early in the year last year, but as the year progressed he fell farther and farther down the depth chart. There are only 3 HB's available to the Huskers this year, as Coach Mutt has taken a gamble and redshirted the two incoming Freshman in hopes that they will progress on the sidelines. Ron Marshall (FB#1 2012) takes over the starting FB duties after redshirting his first year on campus. Look for Marshall to get involved in the offense more than previous FB's as this kid looks to be a great ball carrier and pass catcher.

    WR----Upperclassmen dominate the landscape at the WR position for the Huskers. Jerry Wright will look to make it through one season without getting injuried. If he can do that he could break all of the Husker records in a season and career. He has been a rock for Turner in the three years they have been together. He has the speed to beat the CB's on the outside, and hands to go over the middle. He just has to stay healthy. TJ Dorsey looks to get back on track this year, after being a bust last year. He had a breakout Freshman year, but fell off the map in his Sophmore year. He will be the #2 WR on this team. Filling the slot will be "The Beast" Steve Brewer. Standing at 6'6" and weighing 232 Brewer took his redshirt year last year to improve his catching skills, and it looks like it worked. He has improved his ratings into the 80's and he got even stronger.

    TE---This will be the weak spot of the offense. David Dorsey is back for his Senior campaign, and will be a featured receiver for Turner this year. After Dorsey on the depth chart is a couple of TRUE Freshman, as both TE's that were on the roster behind Dorsey last year have either been cut from the Husker program or were switched to LB. Scott Swain just didn't devolop as well as the coaches anticiapted, so they released him from his scholly over the summer. Johnny Sanders was the #2 TE the last two year, but the complete lack of depth at LB forced his move to the defense for the upcoming year. This makes two true Freshman take on an important role for the Huskers. They are both 6'7" or taller, so they should be tough for LB's or CB's to cover in the red zone. It will just be a matter of them learning the scheme to become weapons down there.

    OL----The offensive live will be a stregth for the Huskers yet again. JR's and SR's dominate the starting 5, and they have been starting together for two seasons. They should be able to handle the rigors of the Big XII conference.



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  2. Basis4aDay56

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    Good stuff Mutt, looking forward to the defense. Ham is still with you, right?
     
  3. BRUCE80

    BRUCE80 Let the dirt just shower over you..

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    Mutt,

    Are you guys done with all the "real" players? If so I am curious how many players you have seen that you recruited that turned out better then you thought and busts like five star guys who dont see the field.

    Do you have any two or three star players starting for you?
     
  4. Muttcope

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    DEFENSE----

    DLINE----The Dline will be a strong on the ends, and weak up the middle, a problem that plagues the whole Husker defense. The line will be lead by Steve McQueen, the Huskers leading sack artist last year at 12. He will be joined by a comination of 6'8" Stephen Harris RSSO and the most intriguing recruit from last years class Ryan Britt. In the interior of the line it will be a patchwork of RSFR and RSSO led by Andrew Cobb and Nick Wilson. We may rotate in the bigger DE's to see how they perform compared to unproven DT's that are currently on the roster, as we have 4 DE's that could start.

    LB's---Replacing Josh Ham will be the central question surrounding Husker camp this offseason. Will it be Micheal Montgomery the Junior who is smart, but not fleet of foot, or will it be Drew Patrick the starting ROLB who can run like a gazelle? If Montgomery wins the job Patrick stays on the outside with SR Kenny Williams, but if Patrick wins the job Rian Scott or Clay White would earn the starting ROLB position. What we do know is that Patrick and Williams will occupy two of the three starting spots. The Husker defense relies on their LB's to make plays, and if they don't we could see a repeat of 2012 where the Huskers finished 6-6.

    DB's---This will be the strength of the Husker defense. Preseason All-American CB Darius Hill leads the talented Husker defensive backfield. Joining Hill as a starter on the outside will be the equally talented 6'1 Junior Jamie Howard. Howard and Hill have earned their starting spots, and look to Josh Wilson to cover the slot receivers. Matt Vincent, after sitting on the bench for two years, looks to take over for the departed Ashley Graham. Vincent the #1 FS recruit from three years ago has watched from the bench and looks to make the most out of the last two years of eligiblity he has left. At SS Preseson All-American Alex Thomas will continue to make his mark on the Big XII offenses. After forcing three fumbles against the UCLA offense last year Thomas went on to be the 3rd leading tackler for the Huskers last year.

    Overall----The Huskers do have some weaknesses, and are not worthy of their high preseason ranking. They should be able to contend for a Big XII title, but they will fall short. They are just too weak up the middle on defense, and may have a problem stopping the option attacks that are prevelant in the Big XII.

    OVERALL 10-2 (Big XII 6-2)
     
  5. Basis4aDay56

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    Kind of off-topic for Mutt's thread, but I think we have all seen 3 star guys that have performed way better than some 5 star guys. Hell, JR even has a 2 star corner or safety that had 25 pass deflections last season. My middle linebacker Holloway had 100+ tackles his sophomore year, and almost 150 his junior year -- a 3 star recruit. Mutt had Josh Ham, a 3 star linebacker that was also a beast.
     
  6. Muttcope

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    We are done with the real players, and I've had a couple of those scenarios. Here is my first recruiting class. Ashley Graham was a 4 year starter who forced 15 fumbles over his career, and kept the #1 FS recruit (Matt Vincent from the next year's class) on the bench. (I've included his stats in the table below also.

    Josh Ham turned out to be the face of the Nebraska Defense, while Junior Rawls never played beside when the 2nd team was playing.

    L. Dodd is starting on my OLine, and his an absolute beast. He is the starting center and his 86?87? overall now.

    Raymond Stephens will be a stud, and he came in at an 81 overall when he was a 3 star.


    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6 Column 7 Column 8 Column 9 Column 10 Column 11 Column 12 Column 13 Column 14
    Name Hometown PS Rank HT WT 40 Bench Squat Awr Committed Ovr Rank Stars
    Josh Ham Lexington, NE MLB #25 6'3" 229 4.60 408 645 C+ Week 10 301 :3stars:
    Junior Rawls Palm Harbor, FL MLB #7 5'10" 227 4.58 438 645 D+ Week 11 60 :4stars:
    Ashley Graham Crete, NE ATH #42 6'0" 199 4.46 360 360 C+ Week 14 738 :3stars:
    Lionel Dodd Spring, TX ATH #60 6'6" 287 5.04 420 630 D OF Week 1 1022 :2stars:
    Paul Matthews Port Lavaca, TX DT #1 6'6" 291 4.68 468 645 D OF Week 5 1 :5stars:
    Matt Vincent Manteca, CA FS #1 6'0" 199 4.48 354 330 C- Week 13 #48 :4stars:
    Raymond Stephens Timberline, LA WR #49 5'10" 183 4.42 223 315 D- OF Week 1 #462 :3stars:
     

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