Preseason Hype

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  1. Philstyle3005

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    The Western Michigan Broncos, coming off an All State Sugar Bowl win, 11-2 overall record, and a top 5 final ranking, most would consider last season a very successful season with the talent that was on the roster. It would be very difficult for the Broncos to come up with a better performance than they did last season. The Broncos two losses were a combined 5 points, so they were just 5 points away from an undefeated season, and what could have been a National Championship birth. The Broncos won't live in the past, and wonder what could of been, instead they will focus on the upcoming season and hope to build off the success they had last year. The Broncos lose a lot at the wide receiver position, graduating their top 3 receivers, and they did not sign a game breaking WR, so it could hurt the team this year. Alex Carder had a record breaking season last year, and was on the border about entering the NFL draft. Ultimately, he decided he still had more to accomplish and came back for his Senior season.
    QB- Alex Carder- Alex is the most prolific quarterback in schools history after last seasons performance, but he still made too many mistakes. A lot of the knocks on him, and it's possible that's what kept him from entering the draft, was that he made too many bad decisions in games. In both losses, he had early picks that put his team down 14-0 in both games. Granted, he was the reason they came back, but ultimately he still had his team in bad spots. Alex has talent, and a summer working in an offense that was very new to him last season, did nothing but help him. This season, Alex will have to put the team on his back again and do so with less than stellar receivers. It's not going to be easy, but Alex has really improved over the summer and should put up even better numbers than last season.
    QB- Tyler Vantubbergen- After Alex, the Broncos have 3 redshirt sophomores for QBs which means they'll be set for the next two seasons after Alex graduates. Look for the Broncos to recruit a QB next season and probably pick up a QB at the end of this season, but the QB they pick up this season will be used primarily as a backup. If Alex goes down, Tyler Vantubbergen will be inserted in the lineup instead of last years back up, Mike Perish. Mike played well the few times Alex went down, but Tyler proved to be the better QB over the summer and that's who the coaching staff has put behind Alex. Tyler brings something to the table that Alex doesn't, and that's a much stronger arm, and he's a lot quicker than Alex. The knock on Tyler though is when he does run with the ball, he has to make sure he doesn't get hit because chances are he will fumble. Running the option with Tyler is not something Western Michigan will want to do too often because he is a liability. None the less though, he is a very quality backup for Alex and barring a big signing, or a lot of improvement from Perish, Tyler will be the Broncos starter next season.
    RB- Tevin Drake- Drake, as a Sophomore last season, played great and did exactly what he was asked to do. He didn't have too many carries, but when he did carry the ball, he secured it properly and gained good yards. Tevin, upset last year when the new offense was introduced, really found a way to still help the Broncos and be productive. The pass happy offense opened up a lot of lanes for Drake, and Drake also helped the Broncos run the clock out in the 4th quarter several times when their opponent needed a stop. Look for Alex to get Drake more involved in the pass game this season and he will be lining up as the 5th receiver in 5 wide sets more often than not.
    WR- Ansel Ponder- With a weak receiving core, the SR. wideout will be looked upon to make some big plays. He'll have many opportunities with Carder throwing him the ball. He had a good season last year, but the focus wasn't all on him since he was the 4th wide receiver. This season, he's the #1 so the defense he will see will be a lot different than he has seen in previous seasons. Ansel will have to make some big plays this season in order to keep the Broncos passing attack at the high level it was last year.
    DE- Freddie Bishop- Freddie Bishop had a tremendous season last year, and most were surprised to see him come back for his Sr. year. The Broncos were happy to see him come back but had signed a 3 star DE just incase he decided to skip his Sr. season and head to the draft. Luckily, the Broncos will be able to redshirt the true freshman, and use Freddie. Bishop was a nightmare for QBs last season racking up double digits in sacks on the year. He should have another big year this season, and possibly open up more holes because offenses will more than likely choose to double team him more often than not.
    CB- Lewis Toler- Lewis is a great cornerback with tremendous speed. Only being a Jr., most are expecting him to have a break out season and end up being a 1st-2nd round draft pick in next years NFL draft. The people on Western Michigan's campus though are hoping for a break out season from him, but are really wanting and needing him to stick around one more season. Lewis was good last year, but has really made a huge jump over the summer in his skills and should be one of the best defensive players in the conference, and possibly the best cornerback in the conference. His great speed gives him the ability to man up anyone in the nation, and he also excels in zone coverage which Western Michigan plays a lot of. The one knock on him is his size, but at 5'10, he can really jump, which helps him against the taller receivers.

    K- Corey Potts- The True Freshman didn't even have Western Michigan on his mind at the end of the regular season, but the Broncos went on full attack on the Florida native soon as the season was over and ended up signing the 3 star kicker. With both their kicker and punter graduating, signing Corey was huge and a must for the Broncos. Corey doesn't have tremendous power, but has great accuracy. While he won't be attempting in 50 yarders this season, the Broncos are looking at his max to be between 40-45 which is an improvement from last year. Corey will also be the punter this season as well.
    Overall Outlook- Across the board, Western Michigan isn't as good as they were last season, but they still should be competitive as long as Alex Carder is in charge of the offense. Going to be tough to have a repeat performance from last season, but expect the Broncos to be in the talks when it comes Conference Championship time.
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  2. Kasper

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    NIU's will be up tonight- a strong defense and new faces on offense is an early prognosis.
     
  3. sawemoff

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    MIAMI(OH) REDHAWKS
    OFFENSE:
    QB- Zac Dysert: The Senior QB looks to make his last season with the Redhawks a memorable one. The impact player had a great season last year throwing for over 2000 yards, 20+ TDs, and 17 INT. Dysert is working with a veteran WR corp but is unfamiliar with his TEs. Hopefully the loss of Kendrick Bruton will not hurt the offense much.
    FB- Justin Semmes: Last year when Miami(OH) could not fill he need of FB Semmes came in and did a tremendous job. The explosive big man used his strength and quickness to move LBs out the way spring free the running backs. Even though he may not be fast enough to seal off the edge his awareness helps him pick up other trailing defenders. The big power back has officially been switched to FB and looks to pave the way for no other than the Heisman Runner Up RB Erik Finklea.
    RB- Erik Finklea: The Junior has two more years left but it may get cut short after this season. After coming in 2nd Place in the Heisman race Finklea thought he had much more to prove to fans and analyst, and will try to win it this year. With a great FB and much better OL he looks to top and break the school's rushing records for most career TDs and rushing yards. His leadership will help the much younger backs get prepared for the day they step in the #1 role. The Coaching Staff knew that Finklea's days were numbered at Oxford so they were able to get Transfer SO RB Savon Huggins from Rutgers University. He will look to sit out one year and take Finklea's place.
    WR- After a year from sitting out due to a medical red shirt, Nick Harwell is ready to get back on the field and showcase his skills. Harwell suffered a torn hamstring last year the week of the Auburn game and was granted the medical redshirt so he could still play his four years as a Redhawk. The Sophomore will be an impact player and will be a deadly weapon for Dysert to throw to. Other than him last years core will be back so this could be the best corp of WRs in the MAC Conference. Andy Cruse, Willie Culpepper, and Jason Earle look to keep this offense going with the addition of Lucas Swift, David Frazier, and Dawan Scott.
    TE- As mentioned before the departure of Kendrick Bruton will hurt but the four other unknowns hope to make a name for themselves. Last years back Steve Marck will line up next to the OL and will do his best to replicate Bruton's amazing season. Due to Harwell coming back and the other Wrs, Marck maybe the one left out but it could be to his advantage. He prepares to be the guy overlooked by the defense and be open in crucial points of the game. Marck will be accompanied by Brian Slack and if he isn't careful Slack will replace him. They are both at the same level of talent so look for them to be both on the field most of the time. Competition is good and it will definitely improve the offense as a whole.
    LT/RT- Brad Bednar/Josh Harvey: Both are natural LTs but with the lack of talent at RT Harvey will be moved. Bednar comes off a redshirt and has shown the coaching some great things on the field so he will immediately start and Harvey is coming off a season ending broken femur from last year. Harvey had started before fatally being injured in the Orange Bowl last year. These guys are the best Miami has to offer on the line so hopefully they can hold the line together to keep the offense moving.
    LG/RG- John Anevski/Marcus Matthews: Anevski was no question going to be the starter after last years performance but the RG position was a hard fought battle in Spring Ball. That was a good sign to the coaching staff but they fell in love with the Freshman Marcus Matthews. Matthews flies off the ball and definitely gets leverage against the DL before they can. His uncanny ability to hold blocks and strength will help him develop into a pretty good player.
    C- JoJo Williams: The anchor of the OL will put on the Miami(OH) jersey for the last time this year. This Senior will have a lot on his plate trying to get the incoming Freshman up to speed quickly because one of them will be starting next year. Williams is the only Senior starting so it looks like this OL will become even greater next season.
    DEFENSE:
    LE/RE- CJ Marck/Wes Williams: Once again there was a battle for the starting position but Coach Saw made the decision to just start both. With the RE position lingering the move to put Wes on the right side was made. Not to take anything from Jason Semmes but he did not perform like he did last season during the practices and the hungrier guy won the position. Semmes will look to take over his #1 spot but he will really have to work for it. Marck started last year and will only improve his stock in the next year's NFL Draft.
    DT- Austin Brown: The All American Kelvin Jackson lost his starting spot but Miami(OH) make look to go into a multiple defensive set to try and get this monster on the field. Miami was a true 43 defense but once Coach Saw took the helm he wanted use that talented LB corp to the fullest. Now things have changed so the defense will too. Brown didn't play last year due to being red shirted but if he is anything like Jackson he will put up some big numbers.
    ROLB/LOLB- Chris Wade/Evan Harris: Wade is one of two starters coming back for the Redhawks. His Sophomore campaign showed that his inexperience was not there and he actually looked like a Senior. He will be accompanied by Evan Harris, who was red shirted the year before. Harris was going to play second fiddle to one of the best OLBs in Miami's history so the coaching staff invoked the red shirt tag on him to get a tad more experience. It worked because he has come out and awwed his fellow players, coaches and fans. He is a high flyer and a big hitter which will help stop outside runs and passing attempts against TEs and Slot WRs. Even when Harris has to take a breather, backup Dante Taylor will do some damage to opposing offenses.
    MLB- Luke Kelly/Austin Moore: Kelly struggled last year and he will be the weakest link in this great LB corp. Moore sat out a year but now is back to help this squad clamp on the inside run games and the quick passing attacks. The Senior and Junior have a lot to prove since everyone knows they are the weakest links in the defense. To help them out the defensive philosophy has changed and will bring different formations to relieve the pressure put on the MLBs.
    CB- Dayonne Nunley/Demetrious Quarles: With the departure of the Thorpe winner DJ Brown the secondary took a huge blow. Dayonne Nunley played lights out his Sophomore year but can he keep it up? Can he replace DJ? The answer is yes, even though is short, standing at 5'8", he has really good technique and reflexes like no other. He had 5 INTs last year and was right behind DJ who had 8. The new guy will have a lot to live up too and after being red shirted Demetrious Quarles is ready. Quarles is definitely going to struggle but his speed and tackling ability will help him out.
    FS/SS: Brison Burris/Justin Bowers: Two new faces in the back secondary this year. With some loaded talent for next years team SS Pat Hinkel got redshirted but the guy replacing him will be solid. Justin Bowers is a tad bit smaller but his tackling abilities are far better than Hinkel's. Bowers also has better block shedding moves and will use his press techniques to his advantage. Burris will have big shoes to fill after the departure of Anthony Kokal. He is not even close to the level of what Kokal was but the youngster will give it his best shot but you got to start somewhere, right?
    SPECIAL TEAMS:
    K/P- Mason Krysinski/Zac Murphy: Both guys will be back and help pin defense's into bad situations or make game winning FGs. Murphy played a key role in last years upset against Auburn pinning the Tigers three times inside the 20 yard line. Krysinski had a great season as well only missing 3 FGs.
    OUTLOOK:
    The Redhawks have their sights on Championship gold and will look to make a run at the MAC Championship game. Expectations are high so lets hope Miami(OH) has another great season!
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    The Ball State Cardinals are going into the 2012 season with a lot to prove after a 5-7 season a year ago. They played several close games, but couldn't close them out down the stretch. Many of the stars from last season return as they try to get to a .500 record and maybe even a bowl game. The going will be tough playing CBS conference teams such as South Carolina, Florida, USF and Indiana along with their tough conference games. If they want to have a chance, they will need to finish games.​
    PLAYERS TO WATCH: OFFENSE
    QB - Keith Wenning
    Keith Wenning, now a year older and more experienced will need to play smarter than he did in conference play if Ball State is to challenge for the MAC crown. In many close games last season, Wenning forced some balls that ended up costing BSU the game. This season he must be a game manager and a leader that plays smart and doesn't hurt his team. His accuracy has improved in the offseason, which hopefully will help him with that.​
    HB - Toney Williams
    Toney Williams, one of the bright spots in last season's 5-7 campaign returns stronger and faster than ever. He has gained more speed and acceleration in the offseason that should give opponents fits. He will be leaned on this season as Coach BP has turned to a more run oriented offense. Williams would like nothing more than to go to a bowl in his career and you know he will fight for it.​
    WR - Jack Tomlinson / Jamill Smith
    Tomlinson and Smith will be Wenning's main targets this fall. With blazing speed and acceleration they have the tools to be able to get behind the secondary and pick up big yards. Juniors, both players have made strides in the offseason and have worked hard in the weight room to get stronger and faster.​
    PLAYERS TO WATCH: DEFENSE
    LBs - Travis Freeman / Tony Martin / Jonathan Newsome
    The LBs are the strongest unit of the Cardinals defense. They all possess good speed and agility that allows them to fill the spaces quick. Travis Freeman, the BSU defensive player of the year and defensive captain, returns for his senior year that he hopes will be his best year yet. If they LBs can shut down the running game, that will allow more opportunities for the secondary to make plays on balls.​
    CB - Jason Pinkston
    Jason Pinkston will look to improve on his great season last year, in which he pulled in 7 interceptions and 2 TDs. He has become faster and more agile in the offseason that could allow him to top last years numbers. If the defense wants to improve over a year ago, Pinkston will need to continue snatching the ball away from WRs.​
     
  5. Kasper

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    Saw that ^
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  6. sawemoff

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    LOL Kasper, that was just for you man
     
  7. Kasper

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    Sorry I didn't do this, but here is mine in a less detailed and in a less awesome graphics stuff sort of way.

    QB - Jordan Lynch. The junior will be tasked with filling some big shoes left by Chandler Harnish. He is a good athlete and we plan on running him a handful of times per game. We are definitely going to be a run first team.

    HB - Jamal Womble. The 245 lb running back is a bruiser but lacks the finishing speed- however, he should keep the offense going steady by getting 3-4 yards per carry. Akeem Daniels will spell him to bring in a little faster look at the position. True freshman Luke Swan could see time if we really start running the hell out of a team and both of those guys need a breather.

    FB/TE - True freshman and prized recruit Eddie Bonner will play the key H-back role in the offense. At 6'5 235 he has great athleticism and should make an impact once we find more ways to use him. I'm not big on tight ends like some of you around here, so I will need to look at some different things to get him involved. However we do, he is a great talent that can't go unitilized.

    WR - 6'2 senior Martel Moore is the headliner here, and he has the potential to be a big time playmaker- although we don't throw the ball much. However, he could really see some great opportunities in the play action game. 6'3 junior Anthony Johnson will be opposite of Moore on the outside to give us some more height, and true freshman speedster Kris Ford will work the slot and be an all-purpose style player.

    OL - We definitely take a step back in this department after a great group last season. Hopefully we get leaders from some upper classmen- but I need to find some solid three stars this recruiting season or this could be a problem spot in the near future (so far so good though recruiting wise as I am leading 3 or 4 3 star OL with no competition).

    DL - A great group that returns all 4 starters from last season. Defensive ends Pronger and Baxter are capable of putting some pressure on, but I think the true star of this group is DT Nabal Jefferson. He has a great motor and is always putting pressure on the quarterback- he could have a big year.

    LB - IMO, we are the best in the conference at this position. ROLB Tyrell Clark and MLB Devon Butler are both right around 85+ in the speed and acceleration areas, and we're big contributors last season. In steps Jordan Delegal at LOLB- Jordan is arguably an even better athlete then Butler and Clark, and has the smarts (81 awareness) to really standout; even while playing with two well known linebackers. All three are also great pursuers and tacklers.

    DB - We return one starting CB and both safeties, so this group will be expected to hold up and play well. The big name here is definitely SS Tommy Davis who earned All MAC honors last year after a solid season. He is a do it all type player and will play the pass just as well as the run. Coaches are hoping he can generate a few more turnovers then he did last year- but either way he should have a solid senior campaign and likely end up being selected in April.

    Overall - if we can generate 21+ points I like our chances in games, the big question will be if the offense can get enough points on the board because the defense should play well most of the time. Definitely excited for this year and I think we have as good a chance at the division as anyone else.
     

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