(S1) The Cradle: Season Previews

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  1. MaxATX34

    MaxATX34 Texas Football

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    (S1) The Cradle: Season Previews

    The Cradle Redux: Pre-Season Summaries


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    Post your "preseason pressers"/"season outlooks"/"players to watch" in here.​
     
  2. MaxATX34

    MaxATX34 Texas Football

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    UTEP Miners Football

    The University of Texas @ El Paso looks ahead to a new season of football, and has to tools in place to make one of the best runs in school history.

    On offense, the Miners return one of the most dynamic backfields in the CUSA with (RS)Senior RB Donald Buckram, and (RS)Senior QB Trevor Vittatoe. Last year the two combined for over 5300yds and 38TD and look to do much of the same this season under first-year Offensive Coordinator "Coach Max".
    Dont forget about UTEP's 2 Senior WRs either. Kris Adams and Evan Davis, 6'3 and 6'1 respectively, look to help Vittatoe improve upon his numbers from last year. The O-Line is solid with Seniors across the board. If there were ever a time for UTEP to make a run, this would be it.

    The defense is lackluster to say the least. Highlighted by (RS)Junior OLB Royzell Smith and Senior SS Braxton Amy, the Miners defensive unit is going to have to gel and play a special brand of team ball to get the job done.

    UTEP kicks their season off by hosting Navy in El Paso at the beautiful Sun Bowl. This week 1 matchup will be a good barometer for the Miners as Navy is a solid middle-tier program with an offense that is tough to stop.

    W-L Prediction:
    7-5

    There are some winnable games, and some not so winnable games. Opening C-USA play @Houston is going to be extremely tough and could set the Miners off on the wrong foot. If they pull out a win there though, look out.
     
  3. bawvu97

    bawvu97 Let's Goooooo Mountaineers

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    The Herd opens up the season with homegames against the Ohio State Buckeyes, In-State Rivals the WVU Mountaineers, with a third game against University of Ohio a user controlled team. With a potential 0-3 start Marshall needs to start working on its game plan.

    The Herd's Stars on Offense are a pair of Sophomore Running Backs - Travon Van and Martin Ward. At the QB Position, the Herd has RS-Senior Brian Anderson. The receiving core is meteocre at best.

    With the tought OOC schedule and user heavy focus in the first part of the season, The Herd will be pleased to finish 6-6 and be bowl eligible.
     
  4. DreSmithJr

    DreSmithJr It Be So EMPTY, WITHOUT ME...

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    Temple Owls


    Temple heads into the 2010 season off a disappointing finish to the 2009 season. The Owls were one win away from taking home their first Mid-American Conference title, but were unable to beat Ohio in the regular season finale.
    The Owls were invited to play in their first bowl game since 1979, as they took on UCLA in the EagleBank Bowl. Temple was unable to come away with a win against the Bruins and finished up the 2009 season at 9-4.
    This year, they have 16 returning starters and many are calling for them to be the best team in the MAC this season.

    Offense:
    Temple’s offense started and finished with running back Bernard Pierce (y). He led the Owls with 1,361 yards and 16 touchdowns, despite missing the final regular season game against Ohio. He was also limited in the bowl game against UCLA. look out for Pierce to put up even better numbers in 2010, and he should once again lead the conference in rushing.
    The Owls were pretty much one dimensional last season. The passing game really didn’t do much of anything(n), as 2009 starter Vaughn Charlton completed just 50 percent of his passes for 1,390 yards with 10 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. With Charlton making the switch to tight end this season, junior Chester Stewart is expected to take over the starting quarterback job. I think we can expect better numbers out of this position in 2010.
    While the Owls really didn’t do much in the passing game, they do return their top two threats in the passing game in senior Michael Campbell and junior Joe Jones. There does figure to be some competition at this position, as junior college transfer Rod Streater and junior Evan Rodriguez both figure to be more involved this season. Also keep an eye out for Charlton, as he steps right in to the starting tight end spot this season.
    The Owls should have a pretty solid offensive line in 2010. The only change that needs to be made up front is at left tackle, where former right guard Derek Dennis is expected to step in and take over. The right side of the line is pretty well stacked with senior right guard Colin Madison and senior right tackle Darius Morris, both of which are two of the top players at their position in the MAC.

    Defense:
    The Owls have continued to get better on the defensive side of the ball in each of the last five seasons. In 2009, the Owls allowed just 22 points a game. With seven starters back from last year, I think we could see even more improvements on this side of the ball.(y)
    The Owls figure to feature one of the best defensive lines in the MAC this season, as they return two extremely talented football players in junior defensive end Adrian Robinson and junior defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson.
    In 2009, Robinson easily finished with a conference best 13 sacks,(y) while Wilkerson finished tied for fifth with seven. These two will welcome two new starters to the line, as sophomore Kadeem Custis will step in at the other end spot, and senior Elisha Joseph will team up with Wilkerson at defensive tackle.
    The Owls also bring back a pretty talented group at linebacker this season, as they return senior middle linebacker Elijah Joseph and senior outside linebacker Amara Kamara.
    Joseph figures to be one of the top backers in the MAC this season, after finishing fourth with 63 tackles as a junior. At the other outside linebacker spot, look for junior Tahir Whitehead to get the first crack at the starting job, as Whitehead played pretty well in limited action a year ago.
    In the secondary, the Owls have one of the top safeties in the country in senior free safety Jaiquawn Jarrett(y), who finished second on the team with 736 tackles and tied for first in interceptions with three. Also back in the defensive backfield for the Owls is junior strong safety Kevin Kroboth and senior corner Marquise Liverpool.​
     
  5. Patster7

    Patster7 CARDSTRONG

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    TULSA FOOTBALL 2010

    The Golden Hurricanes are hyped for the start of the 2010 season. The Tulsa offense returns with some of the best athletes you will find in the Conference Usa with Quarterback G.J Kinne and Wide Receiver Damaris Johnson. The offense line could slow it down though. Inexperience at running back is another problem. No running back has proved to be consistent but the game day starter is Jaterian Douglas, a true freshman. The running back core is inexperienced and will need to grow up fast to meet the expectations of the fans this season.

    The defense is another lagging issue for the Hurricanes. It is middle of the pack for C-USA standards. It is anchored by Sophomore defensive end Cory Dorris and cornerback Charles Davis, who is coming off of an ACL injury. If they are true leaders for the defense it will thrive but it is a question mark coming into the first game against Conference USA foe East Carolina.

    If all goes well for the Golden Hurricanes they could finish 9-3 but there are alot of question marks on both sides of the ball. But after a disappointing 5-7 season last year anything is better![​IMG]
     
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    Western Michigan University, little more than a half an hour from where Coach Masler grew up, is expecting its best season yet. The ratings of the team may not reflect the players talent but Masler has faith in the Broncos. He had this to say:

    "I'll admit that the depth of talent here is much less than what I am typically used to and the national coverage of this team is mostly non-existent. But I took this job because I have faith in this team and believe I can turn this program around and bring them some glory. I have already evaluated our schedule and predict a 10-2 record with losses at Michigan State and Notre Dame. This may or may not come true but I have told my players to play each and every game like it was the National Championship. Better ready for The Stampede!"
     

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