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  1. -Cougars-

    -Cougars- Walk On

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    The Cavaliers are coming after a great 10-3 season finishing #7 in the country last season led by coach Duke. Duke has been known to bitch a lot and is known as Mike Leach. Sure he has had his outbursts from time to time but now he has his Cavaliers right where he wants them to be and is looking to be a threat in the ACC(not this season)but sometime soon. Lets take a look at his team.


    QB- The Quarterback corp is led by David Watford. Watford is a true player to the Cavaliers spread offense as he can run and throw the football pretty well. But with the spread the Cavaliers just didn't have a good offense as they had with the west coast offense. This is Watford's last year and he wants to make this a year to remember. The Cavaliers picked up Tim Lott in the offseason and it looks like he is going to be the shit in a couple of years, he will get the start next season.


    HB- Man the Cavaliers suck at running backs right now. Might as well not use them as none of them have the ability to actually hit the holes. So there is really nothing special for the Cavaliers in this position.

    WR- This corp took a huge hit as the receiving corp last year were all seniors. This corp is young and inexperience and consists of mostly Freshmen and Sophomores. Some of them can run their routes while most of them can just run fast, will that be enough for the Cavaliers though?

    Offensive Line- Ah, man we have one offensive lineman that will get it done for us, and that's Jay Whitmire this senior has started his whole college career and this is his last season. He will be known as a great guard in Cavalier history. The rest of our line is young and doesn't have the ability as most other guards in the ACC or B1G.

    Defensive Line- Again the Cavaliers are a young team. Their d-line isn't the greatest so people won't expect pressure at all from this line. One day we will be a force but I don't see that anytime soon.

    Linebackers- Our All American, Marcus Coley left us due to him being a Senior and now things aren't looking too hot at all for us in this area. Most of them are inexperienced and young so our defense is going to be bad this year.

    Secondary- HAHA I could laugh at this. But I'm not even though the players aren't good all around they can play good coverage surprisingly which makes me happy, hopefully we will get some breaks on this side of the ball.

    My prediction for the Cavaliers are finishing 9-3 and making it to a garbage bowl game as usual.
     
  2. Kasper

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    looking to be a threat in the ACC (not this season though"

    didn't read after that.. like the confidence.
     
  3. Kasper

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    Wake Forest had a solid campaign last year, but it finished on a bit of a sour note. The Deacons were sent packing to the Chik-Fil-A Bowl, even though numerous pundits had them tabbed as a BCS team. Wake dominated a helpless Ole Miss team, and the season seemed like it just kind of ended. A tumultuous offseason saw Coach Kasper unable to address the regular offseason schedule (no eligible underclassmen were expected to go pro, but recruiting really suffered). "We had some good players we were in the top 3 for but thanks to some NCAA investigation baloney we weren't able to pursue them in the offseason. It sucks, but you gotta deal with it," stated Kasper during spring drills earlier this year.

    Wake Forest will have a lot of new faces on the field this year. Gone are the likes of Matt James, Zachary Allen, and Merrill Noel. On the offensive side, former blue chip prospect Terrance Campbell is expected to have a 1000 yard 10 TD season, and Vanderbilt transfer Josh Grady is expected to push for the starting job, and by all accounts will take it from 3 year starter Kevin Sousa. Word out of camp is Wake Forest is looking to run their QB's more, and Grady could be explosive given opportunities. Defensively, there will be a handful of freshman expected to start from the get go. The trio of LB's that Kasper pulled in are all looking like they will secure starting spot (Keenan Austin expected at MLB, with Daryl Little and Brandon Holmes on the outside spots. Defensive end Lawrence Robinson is expected to nail down one of the end spots as well to provide an explosive pass rush. The question this season will be if Wake is reloading, or rebuilding?

    QB - As previously mentioned, Josh Grady is expected to start the first game for Wake Forest. The 6'1 200 lb dual threat transferred from Vanderbilt and had to sit out a season, and now he is looking to make some noise in his last year of eligibility. Senior Kevin Sousa has seen this before, and will be more then ready to lead the team if Grady struggles. RS frosh Dan Parrish is also waiting in the wings, but will likely only see the field if injuries decimate the position.

    HB - Senior Orville Reynolds will make his return after missing almost the whole season with a broken shoulder. The 5'8 bowling ball was averaging 6 yards per carry before he went down with an injury, so look for him to be be a big part of the offense. He has the quickness and speed that this offense will need. True sophomore Drew Brown is expected to be the backup, with AJ Goodman and Scott Webb each being worked in through different packages etc.

    WR - As mentioned, Terrance Campbell will be the big name here. Through his first two seasons on campus he has 1054 yards and 8 TD's, and is expected to put up something similar in his junior campaign. Campbell has fantastic hands and ample speed to finish plays. He will also get worked into the option attack through motions etc. Junior Mark Bradley will be the other name to look out for. Mark is great at losing defenders on cuts (99 acceleration and route running) and also possesses great hands. Mark accumulated 1075 yards and 7 TD's through his first 2 years at Wake. Look for Campbell and Bradley to be one of the most underrated tandems in the country.

    TE - Cameron Washington will continue to hold down the position this season. The 6'5 246 lb Georgia transfer will also team time at an H-back position and may even see a carry or two this year. He had 3 TD's and 500 yards last season, and will likely see an increase in those statistics as he gets acquainted with new QB Grady and the offense.

    Offensive Line - Wake returns a handful of starters here out of a group that was up and down last season. At times they were dominant, pancaking opposing defenders like it was nothing. Other times, opposing defenses were on the QB quicker then a hiccup. They will just need to play consistent football and we should be fine, no worries here.

    DE - Freshman Lawrence Robinson should be a diaper dandy- he has great athleticism and will likely start at LE because he also exhibits above average strength at the position, especially for a kid right out of high school. Matt Mason will start at RE and is coming off a 9 sack RS freshman campaign. Mason should be a great mentor for Robinson, even though he is only a Sophomore. Coaches have said Mason is the epitome of a "coach on the field" type player. Look for Mason and Robinson to be in opposing backfields often this year. There is also plenty of depth behind the two, so this position is set for this season.

    DT - Junior Steven Hill and RS frosh Erik Arnold are looking like the starters at this position, as Arnold was barely able to beat out sophomore Kelechi Burley for the spot opposite of Hill. Arnold is a former 4 star recruit and should have the raw talent Wake needs opposite of the run stopping Hill. Look for this D-line unit to really develop some chemistry as the season goes on, as they should all be around next season as well barring a monster year from someone.

    LB - As mentioned in the intro, the three freshman are expected to hold down the 3 spots. Darryl Little, Brandon Holmes, and Keenan Austin all look ready to get on the field from the get go and will be subject to the "trial by fire" method. "We will have some tough OOC games to open the season, so it will be great for all these young guys to face some top flight teams before hitting conference play. I fully expect us to be playing well come the conference opener," said Coach Kasper.

    CB - At this point it is all players recruited by Kasper, so fans are anxious to see how these guys perform. Sophomore Thomas Anderson and junior Eric Peoples are expected to start, with junior George Simmons and freshman Cody Guerrero being the 3rd and 4th CB's respectively. Last year the young guys had Merrill Noel to learn from, lets see if they paid attention to the former impact CB.

    FS - Kyle Williams will slide over from SS where he was needed last year as a true freshman. The 6'2 225 lb safety had 39 tackles (10 TFL) and 2 defensive touchdowns during his first season on the field. He intercepted 2 passes while also recovering 2 fumbles as well. He may be used as more of a center fielder this season, so look for him to be flying around the field all game long.

    SS - Junior Lee Espinosa will fill the void from Williams moving to FS, and the 6'4 224 pounder is looking forward to making his first start for the Deacons. "I'm truly excited to start my first game. The coaches have mostly used me on special teams up to this point, so I can't wait to show everyone what I can do." Look for Lee to provide some energy for the defense and be a spark plug during games.

    K/P - Junior Bobby Jackson has won the last two Ray Guy awards, as he has downed 50 punts inside the 20 the last two seasons. Look him to continue being a standout punter. Bobby is also 100% on XP's through this point in his career, and is a solid 30-32 so far in his field goal career. Though he only had 6 kickoff touchbacks his freshman year, Bobby made a huge jump last season banging 52 back for touchbacks last season. Jackson is truly one of the best in the country.

    Returner - Sophomore Larry Miller took over return duties about midway through the season and he did not disappoint. Miller returned 1 kick 98 yards to the house, while averaging 27.6 yards per KR.

    Again we are a C+ defense, but if our young guys are playing well I think we are a lot better then that. A ten win season is expected again, without a doubt.
     
  4. Philstyle3005

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    Michigan Wolverines

    The Wolverines finished last season with a 4th straight B1G title and a BCS Orange Bowl Victory over ACC powerhouse and champion, North Carolina. Michigan felt like they were slighted on not getting a National Championship birth, but still happy to get a BCS win and finish with the #2 ranking in the nation. Michigan comes into this season with a brand new offense at two big positions. QB Devin Gardner graduated after having a great career at Michigan and RB Justice Hayes decided it was time to leave early and head to the draft. They also lost Star MLB Lamar Davis, who had two years of eligibility left, to the NFL which surprised the entire staff and team. He did have a stellar season, but most figured he'd return for one more. Michigan will only start 4 seniors this season total, so this could go be a slow start for the Wolverines who will be installing a new offense this season. Hopefully the team can catch on, but it's to be determined.

    QB- Anthony Garcia- RS SO 6'3 241 91 speed 87 THP
    85 THA
    Anthony has not been called the starter just yet, he is still battling with the true freshman in camp, but he is the only QB on the roster that has any playing experience other than Senior Russell Belomy. Anthony is a fast QB that can throw the ball well, just not as far as Devin or Denard could, but is fairly accurate and will only get better with experience. If he wins the job, he will be a tough man to bring down at 241 pounds and great breaking tackle ability.

    QB- Joe Larsen- FR 6'2 203 85 speed 83 THP 96 THA
    Joe was the #1 rated QB in the past class, and for good reason. He might be the most accurate QB Michigan has ever seen, but the coaches aren't sure if they should start him just yet. He's going to be asked to throw a lot in the new offense and the coaches are skeptical on if he has the arm strength to make some of the passes he'll be asked to throw. Regardless, both QBS will get some playing time, it just depends on which one outshines the other.

    HB- David Harrison- RS JR 6'1 204 97 speed 93 acc
    David is a speed back that came to Michigan as the #1 rated HB out of high school. He started as a true freshman, but then was outshines by Fitzgerald Toussaint and Justice Hayes and became the back up. He still got a few carries after his Freshman season, but they decreased dramatically. He's now the feature back, and the only time you'll see him not he sidelines is if he is VERY fatigued and unable to go. He should be a great weapon for the Michigan offense as he is the perfect spread type back. If he goes down though, the Michigan offense will be in trouble.

    WR- Drew Johnson JR 6'4 207 95 speed 96 acc 95 route running
    Drew has had 2 great seasons as a Wolverine and there is no reason why that shouldn't continue. He's a great route runner with tremendous speed to go with his 6'4 frame. The entire Receiving core 1-5 is very talented. So talented that two 5 stars, including the #1 overall prospect are having to redshirt because they wouldn't see any playing time behind those guys. Both understood that though when they signed their letters of intent. Also, this receiving core is made up in total of 4 juniors and 2 sophomores, 0 seniors.

    DE- Brennen Beyer RS SR. 83 speed 95 ACC 85 block shedding
    Brennen is a great player that didn't have as good of a season as he would have liked. He was a pre season All American that really didn't get noticed too much during the season because of what other defensive end Willie Shultz and DT Robert Ash had done. Don't let that fool you though, he's a very talented player and he can and will make things happen.

    DE- Willie Shultz RS JR 92 Power Moves 94 Play Recognition 88 Block Shedding
    Willie is a returning All American who had a huge season with over 10 sacks last year. He played excellent for the Wolverines and is probably one of the best players on the Defensive side of the ball. It will be a tough task to get outside these two guys on the line.

    CB- Blake Countess- RS SR 5'10 176 91 speed 95 acc 97 man coverage 96 zone coverage
    Blake is a shutdown corner, only way to explain it. If you throw it him, expect for it to be batted down or picked off. He is a top 5 pick in the draft after this season, possibly higher than that because he a CB that has the potential to be better than Revis.


    No one really knows what to expect from the Wolverines this season. The defense is looked to be built pretty solid, but the offensive side of the ball is going to have question marks until they figure out who will be the QB. The True Freshman has the leg up right now, but no one knows for sure yet. Both QBs are the #1 from their prospective classes so it will be interesting to see who gets the nod, especially since this is Garcia's 3rd year on campus. No newcomers this season for the Wolverines will see any playing time, other than Larsen. It was a great recruiting class, but with the talent already on the field in Michigan, it's tough to get these guys on the field.
     
  5. hornfaninbama

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    2015 Nebraska Cornhuskers Season Preview
    Last season Nebraska surprised almost all of college football to go 10-3 and finish in the top 10 in the country. They scored an upset victory over the Virginia Cavaliers early in the year and rode their early season success to Coach Bulgy's second top 10 finish and 10 win season in Lincoln. They have some very big holes to fill, both on offense and defense, but with the stellar recruiting classes they have brought in they should be able to prove that last season wasn't a fluke. This season will be considered a failure in Lincoln if the Huskers don't exceed last season's win total.
    Offense:
    The offense will have to replace a great RB and sure fire hall of famer in Bret Davis, but there is enough talent for them to do it and do it very well. Adam Gore will take over at RB and Bubba Starling will be the new QB, but the OL should be one of the most talented and seasoned groups in the college ranks this season. Adding in a very good set of WR almost doesn't seem fair. Here's a position by position breakdown.
    QB:
    Brion Carnes is off to the NFL and SR (RS) Bubba Starling (87 OVR, 86 spd, 87 thp, 89 tha) will be stepping into the starting role. He has not played extensively but has put up decent stats when called upon. He is a big mobile QB who should be able to keep the offense moving down the field, and has the talent to win a few games for Nebraska if the team needs him to.
    RB:
    Bret Davis is off to the NFL, but his classmate Adam Gore (90 ovr, 96 spd, 94 acc, 94 elu) has stuck around. Gore is a speed back who will look to take the 4 and 5 yard gains that Davis made and turn them into 10 and 15 yard carries. He has never been the feature back in his career, but he is averaging over 7 yards per carry in his career and has scored more than 30 TD's. He will have to show that he can carry the load for Nebraska to do well this season.
    WR:
    Coach Bulgy has been able to bring in some very talented WR since he has been in Lincoln. This year's group will be led by 2 upperclassmen, SR Jamal Turner (87 ovr) and JR Jerrell McDonald (86 ovr.) Erick Fountain (86 ovr), Brandon Smith (85 ovr) and Fr.(RS) Mark Mack (81 ovr) will round out the group in 5 WR sets.
    TE: The 2 TE in Lincoln have shown remarkable consistency over the years and Willie Ransom (84 ovr, 86 speed, 95 cth) and Jason Robinson (84 ovr, 86 spd, 91 cth) will both still be in Scarlet and Cream. Nebraska used lots of 2 TE sets last season and that isn't expected to change.
    Tackle: Tyler Moore (90 ovr, 90 pass block, 86 run block) will be the key cog on the Nebraska OL. He is joined at the other tackle spot by Mark Keenan (83 ovr, 78 pass block, 82 run block.) Both players have played well over the years, but Keenan started for the first time last season. He was part of a line that paved the way for a record breaking RB and can be dominant when they want to be.
    Guard: SR (RS) Ryan Klachko (87 ovr, 84 pass block, 92 run block) and SO (RS) Akim Morris (86 ovr, 86 run block, 86 pass block) will hold down the 2 guard spots. Both players are great run blockers and will hope to spring Adam Gore for some big runs.
    Center: SR (RS) Ryne Reeves (85 ovr, 80 pass block, 87 run block) is the QB of the OL. He will be making the protection calls and adjustments on the line and he is the smartest of the lineman.
    Defense:
    The defense is strongest in the front four. All 4 defensive lineman can get after the QB led by DT Darryl Ruffin. He may be the most talented player on the defense and may conjure images of Jason Peter and Ndamukong Suh when he reaches the QB. Throwing in Austin Harrison and Todd Peat and this portion of the defense should be dominant all season long. It is a shallow group so any injury will certainly make it tough for them.
    DE: JR Austin Harrison (88 ovr, 87 spd, 99 acc, 82 shed) is becoming the player Nebraska coaches thought he could be coming out of high school. He is an athletic freak at the DE spot, and should spend lots of time in the offensive backfield. He is joined by Jr. Austin Timmons (82 ovr, 81 shed, 89 tackle) at the other DE spot. Timmons is a converted linebacker but has the skills to get after it on the d line. Timmons could see some time at LB if injuries occur there which would being in JUCO transfer Brigham Harris (79 ovr) into the starting lineup.
    DT: SR (RS) Todd Peat (91 ovr, 85 shed, 89 tackle) and Jr. (RS) Darryl Ruffin (92 ovr, 88 shed, 93 power moves, 94 finesse moves) will be causing all sorts of havoc in the backfield for the opposition. Ruffin is a converted DE so he has decent speed (78) to go along with his pass rushing skills.
    LB: Nebraska's 4-2-5 will return again this year with David Santos (85 ovr, 87 spd, 94 tackle) and Anthony Utley (84 ovr, 83 spd, 75 tackle) being the 2. This is not the most talented group, but Santos has speed that enables him to make tackles all over the field, and cover TE and WR in the pass game. Both will graduate next season so look for Mike Lamb to get plenty of time spelling both of them.
    CB: SR David White (90 ovr, 95 speed, 98 man, 94 zone) is back and will be a lock down corner for Nebraska. He is joined by fellow SR Charles Jackson (86 ovr, 90 speed, 90 man, 93 zone). There will be 1 true freshman who will see playing time but Coach Bulgy is keeping their names under wraps for now. The early guess is that AJ Sims is the mystery man.
    FS: JR George Peterson (84 ovr, 90 speed, 81 man, 85 zone) will move to the FS spot this year after 2 years on the field as a SS. Peterson is very tall (6'5) and will let the Huskers mix and match all over the field.
    SS: JR Corey Burns (82 ovr, 97 speed, 95 tackle, 81 shed) and JR Kevin Arnold (85 ovr, 84 spd, 86 man, 91 zone, 86 shed) will start at SS this year. Burns reminds his coaches of former Iowa SS Bob Sanders for his small size and great speed, he was a designated pass rusher at the beginning of the year for Nebraska but the coaches added more responsibility as his cover skills improved, Arnold started as a true freshman but was passed on the depth chart last season because the coaches felt he wasn't fast enough to be successful. He worked on his speed and will get another chance this year. He has the knowledge to be in the right spot to make stops, sometimes his speed just keeps him from getting there on time.
    Special Teams:
    K/P: Mauro Bondi (96 ovr, 99 kpw, 96 acc) has returned for his final season in Lincoln. He has the strongest leg in college football this season, and will handle both kicking and punting duties for Nebraska this season.
    KR: This battle is still being worked out, but SO Tony Franklin (98 spd) and JR Aaron McConnell (97 speed) are the early favorites. Coach Bulgy doesn't like to use his stars at the position, so he usually ends up recruiting a speedy corner, running back or wide reciever to handle it. Franklin and McConnell certainly fit the bill.
     
  6. sawemoff

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    Clemson Tigers
    Clemson comes off a tremendous year finishing the season off 11-2. The season was not a perfect one but finishing as the 2014 Rose Bowl Champion is nothing to be ashamed about. There will definitely be high hopes for the Tigers but no one knows what will happen after losing 22 seniors and 1 junior to the NFL Draft. This year will start the rebuilding process because another 15 seniors will be lost after this season, which will leave them with a very young team. Coach Burgdorff was quoted, "There will be a lot of growing up this year and boys will need to turn into men very quickly. Preparing for the future is out number one goal this year and the amount of reps the younger guys will get will dictate our ambitions."
    OFFENSE:
    QBs: Starter Tony McNeal will be back for one more year. Over the offseason he worked hard on being a lot more accurate and looks to keep the interceptions to a minimum. He worked on his footwork and quickness to improve his big threat capability on the ground. E.J. Suggs is the backup and is inline to take over the starting position after McNeal graduate. The Junior will look to take advantage of the reps he will get and show without a doubt he can run this high flying offense.
    RBs: With losing Heisman Winner Mike Bellamy and his backup Demont Buice there are big holes to fill at this position. Junior Brandon Charles thought he was going to get his shot to shine until he was slapped with a Red Shirt. This leaves the reigns to Sophomore Shane Jackson and Freshman Brian Anderson. They are both powerful RBs with a lot of talent but the inexperience on the field will hurt them. The two will split carries and whoever has the "hot hand" will get the most carries. Now this could change from game to game but Coach Burgdorff looks to get the better runner in, in every game.
    FBs: Fullbacks will be important this season as the Tigers add more formations to give more looks at opposing defense's and to bring a little power running to Spread attack. TE Aaron Wright was moved to fullback over the offseason because of his blocking, catching and running abilities. His backup, FR Tim Matthews, will get his reps once Clemson gets near the goaline and may even see some chances to score.
    WRs: The WRs lost a bunch of veterans last season, but SR Charone Peake and JR Garrett Jackson will look to take the young guys under their wings and help them prosper as athletes and students. Their will be two veterans and two Freshman stating this season. The squad are not really barn burners but they are quick and run very good routes. Those two abilities will help get away from opposing safeties and corners.
    TEs: The move of Aaron Wright has left the TE position slim but Coach Burgdorff has faith in his SR and FR to get the job done. Jimmy Curry comes back to build upon his illustrious career here at Clemson and will try to get the NFL Scouts to salivate over his skills. He will also but a mentor to new comer Mark Montgemery. Both play the same type of physical, hard nose style so getting along should not be the problem.
    OL: There were a ton of moves on the line this past offseason and rightfully so. The line will be anchored by SR Spencer Region and SR Edward Jones. These two hefty players will help McNeal buy time and the RBs bounce outside. The Center and Guards will be played by Sophomores Javon Harmon, Korey Hackett, and Brad Walker. They may not be the biggest but they are quick, strong and are great run blockers. The Oline looks to put the Tiger offense in the endzone a lot and often.
    DEFENSE:
    DL: The theme at every position seems to be a ton of veterans with a ton of young players, and the Dline is no change. SR Corey Crawford and Joe Gore looks to give opposing QBs trouble by hitting giving them no time to throw. They are both big weighing in over 270lbs and standing over 6'5." It appears the QB will have not only dodge these guys but he has to get the ball over them as well. The biggest person on the team, weight wise, is SR DT DeShawn Williams. Him and FR Jonathan Miller will be the guys plugging up and occupying the opposing Oline. These hungry hippos are strong and fast, and will leave some RBs scratching their wonder how they got caught from behind.
    LBs: There were changes to the Line Backing core to get their best players on the field. BJ Goodson got moved from ROLB to MLB and hopes to bring the same intensity as what Tony Steward did last year. His coverage skills are already tuned up but the question is, will he be able to shed blocks and get to the RB? He got plenty of playing time last year as a backup but another question is his stamina. The other guy that will play next to him is SR Lateek Townsend and his also brings great coverage skills. The Backers will need to be strong to defend the middle from the run and the pass.
    DBs: There is only ONE SR anchoring the Defensive Backs this seasonsince Cortez Davis wanted to take his talents to the NFL. Transfer Corey Dennis will play his final year at SS and will help keep the quickness and speed on this feisty Tiger defense. SO SS Jeremy Hutchinson was inline to be Red Shirted but with Davis leaving early he will be thrown into the action. He his a strong tackler and will pursue anyone on offense until they are on the ground. JR FS Freddie Hackett comes back to protect the middle, help out in run support and help double team key WRs. He did a phenomenal job last year as a Sophomore and wants to prove that he his an All American. After losing two SRs the CBs will look to two Sophomores, Lawrence Anderson and Lamar Fuller. Their coverage skills have been untested but as the season opens up the verdict will soon be out.
    SPECIAL TEAM:
    SO Tyler Graves will continue to be the kicker for Clemson and welcomes the challenge in kicking a FG longer than 52 yards. He also welcomes new comer P T.J. Scott. Scott was the #1 P in the land and has the leg to pin opposing teams inside the 20. The main thing he will be working hard at is to be more accurate. As for a returner, it is hard to replace Mike Bellamy so no one knows who it will be.
     
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  7. Oshiomogho

    Oshiomogho Donnie Darko

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    WISCONSIN BADGERS PREVIEW

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    QBs: With Joe Brennon graduated, Robert Gandy should have the easiest time of his career winning the starting role. Entering his junior season he already has 2 years of starting experience leading this team. However the team has put together two of its worst seasons of the decade when he was leading them. Insert RS freshman Brian Mayo. Mayo has a better arm then Gandy but lacks the athletic ability to improvise and make plays when things break down. Gandy should enter the season as the starter while Mayo may only get his opportunity when Gandy gets injured or if he struggles badly.

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    HBs: The three headed monster returns, this time with a little more pep in it's step. With Jeff Lewis graduated, there will be more attempts to go around for the dynamic trio. Melvin Gordon is still undoubtedly the feature back in the rotation and has been one of the nations best ball carriers the past two seasons but with the rotation Wisconsin has in place, his upside has been limited. This year he could be ready for a career high in yards and TDs. Behind him is the #1 HB recruit of 2 years ago, now Junior Charles Rogers. Rogers has had limited work in the crowded backfield but made the most of it last year with 12 scores on 76 carries and nearly 500 yards. With Lewis gone, he should be the biggest beneficiary this year and he will put up career numbers. The lighting in the bottle of the offense is return specialist Kenzel Doe. While buried on the depth chart for the past 3 seasons, Doe has thrived anytime he gets the ball and that's why he was put in the return game. In his career carrying the ball on offense, he has averaged 7.6 yards per attempt. He should definitely get more looks this season.

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    WRs: Even though the top 2 seniors graduated last year, this may be the best core group of WRs Wisconsin has seen in a long time. After Derek Whitlock sat out last year with a nagging foot injury, he returns for his Junior season and is still one of the active Big 10 career receiving leaders. He will be Gandy's best friend thsi year. Behind him is possibly the best of the bunch in Junior Chris Gray. Even though he only has 2 grabs in his two years on the active roster, he still did manage to take one to the house. He possesses tremendous hands and along with Whitlock, he is a tremendous route runner. In three and four WR packages, in come Donald Johnson and Jon Buckley. Both are more vertical deep threat WRs while Johnson is amazing after the grab at making big plays. What he lacks in polished route running, he makes up in his athleticism. Buckley filled in for Whitlock last year as a freshman and showed a lot of promise for a big future.

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    TEs: Wisconsin is known for pumping out great TEs all the time. And this class is no exception. Senior Captain Austin Traylor is considered one of the nations top 5 TEs. At 6-4, 229, he is still one of the most athletic receiving TEs in the country. Backup Sam Arneson is a more physical blocking TE but can also contribute a lot in the passing game. With Ryan Holley redshirting, True freshman Chris Coleman will take over the third FB role as well as handling a lot of FB duties this season

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    OL: Seniors LT Ray Ball and C Charles Thomas anchor the big beastly offensive line of the Badgers this year while the the lrest of the line is still young. Junior Jeremy Hines will start at LG this year while RG is RS Sophomore Antonio Jackson. Jackson is a great run blocker. The biggest question mark is at RT where RS freshman Jason Jones held off the true Freshman Andy Bryant for the starting job. Jones is a better run blocker while Bryant is a better pass blocker. Bryant may switch over to LT when Ball heads to the NFL next year.

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    DL: It's a very aggressive, get after you DLine this year lead un the middle by Junior Steven Fisher who ended last year with a team leading 13.5 sacks. Fisher possesses a rare combination of speed and quickness to go with his big strong body. Senior James Adayanju will hold down the Left End this year again after recording 5 sacks last year. RS freshman Paris Vickers outbattled sophomore Steve Calton in the spring to win the RE job. After Bryce Gilbert went down for the season last year, True Freshman Guy Arnold stepped into the 2nd DT position and recorded 5.5 sacks in half a season. This year he and Fisher should terrorize QBs all year.

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    LBs: Possibly the biggest turnaround of any position is the LB core. However, Impact leader, Junior Chuck McDonald returns. McDonald had a huge year lsat year and looks to pick up right where he left off. his backup last year, Trey Ellis moved over to inside LB this year and will hold down the middle of the defense. Ellis is a thumper who is tremendous at reading the play and making the tackles. He has a good chance at leading the team in tackles this season. True Freshman Erik Jamison will get his opportunity to start at the other outside backer position this year. He has some difficulty with the speed of the college game so far and has found himself out of positon too often in the spring but he is a great wrap up tackler who will fly around the field.

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    DBs: What may be referred to as Cornerback U in the future, this squad is looking for someone to step up now. Freshmen Scott Fitzpatrick and Adam Evans won the spring battle for the starting roles which may scare many coaches but Wisconsin is ready. Both players have been extremely impressive in film study and to a tremendous job at reading and reacting fast and making plays on the ball in the air. Evans may be the best cover corner in Badgers history if he continues to show what he has shown in the spring. Behind the freshman are Senior Terrence Floyd and Junior Neil Bridges. Floyd is a great physical tackling DB but has some technique issues in coverage while Bridges is great in coverage. Speed Demon Scott Brown returns at FS this year after a decent year last season as well as handling PR duties. Special teams gunner standout from last year Skyler Glover will get his chance to start at SS this year but there are packages where he will come out for Mike Picciuto.

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    ST: The biggest strength of the Badgers again this year is probably in special teams. After Kicker Jason Lane turned to the NFL last year, the Badgers were ready. Freshmen Corey Mack out battled Carlos Harrison in the spring. Coaches are amazed at his ability to kick from 60 on occasion and it really sets up the offenses conservative playstyle with more scoring opportunities. Yet again, the Badgers will run a dual punter attack with Dane Cameron and Ryan Ward. Cameron was first team all B10 last year as a true freshman and lead the nation in net average. He has a huge leg for a true sophomore. Ward will handle the medium kicks with his pinpont accuracy and great ability to drop the ball inside the 10 yard line. Doe will return Kicks again and Brown handles punts.


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