Discussion in '4th Horseman' started by Wyrmreaver, Jan 10, 2012.
I'm gonna get this started even though we are in a bit of limbo right now.....
Questions and Answers for year 2 under Coach Utah
Last season Hawaii shocked the experts with a dramatic run to the Mountain West title. They finished the season 13-1, ranked #8 in the nations final polls. The team was led by first year coach Johnny Utah whose unorthodox approach seemed to really resonate for the players in Honolulu. On the field the team was led by QB Kevin Spain who swept most of the nations biggest postseason awards including the Heisman trophy. Spain's graduation, along with that of many other key players leaves the team with a lot of questions coming into the new season.
Question - What are the Warriors going to do at quarterback after losing the nations best player from a year ago?
Answer - Jay Leak is the starter heading into fall camp. Leak was effective at times last season in relief. If you watch the end of the Boise game where Leak went 11 of 12 passing and led the team on a late TD drive for a win you would think the team is all set, but when you roll the tape from the New Mexico State game you see Leak missing open receivers and throwing an INT that resulted in a loss. Leak is a pocket QB with okay arm strength and accuracy but is nowhere near the athlete that Spain was last season. As a result, the Hawaii offense will be a bit more predictable which could hurt them.
Question - Hawaii graduated 4 of their top 5 wide receivers from last year including the top 3 who saw virtually all of the teams playing time. Who is going to catch balls on the outside for this team?
Answer - Nobody knows for sure. Coach Utah saw this as an area of immediate need and focused his recruiting on players he felt could contribute right away, signing four junior college transfers to the receiving corps. The projected starters are JUCO juniors Chris Tate and Marcus Bryan. Tate is 6'5" tall and could develop into the teams most dangerous threat with his size and athleticism. Bryan is undersized at 5'11" and only 160 lb but has sure hands and a knack for getting open. The coaching staff seems to think that this core group of receivers is actually an upgrade over last years group.
Question - Last season this team was good against the run for the most part, but really struggled against the pass. Are they any better?
Answer - Yes and No. The team lost its best two corners from last season and the replacements look to be a slight downgrade. At safety however, the team looks to be improved. FS Kendrick Van Ackeren is back and looks fully recovered from the injury that kept him out most of last season. The team's pass defense really struggled after Van Ackeren and the starting SS where both lost for the year. His return makes them better immediately at FS. At SS the warriors will be starting JC all-american Corey Robbins. Robbins is a bit undersized at 5'10" and 189 lb but he is a far more dynamic playmaker than his predecessor and plays more like 220 than 190.
Question - The Warriors have a lot of new starters on defense, likely six of the 11 guys will be either new to the team or new to the starting lineup, who are the players to watch?
Answer - The safeties play a huge roll in Coach Utah's multiple defense and they must have success for the team to be successful, but the one player to keep your eye on will be true freshman defensive end Seth Wilcox. Seth was the #2 rated overall recruit in the country last year before committing to the Warriors. The 6'8" 225 lb freshman is expected to be a dynamic pass rusher coming off of the edge. If he has a big year it would go a long way toward helping the secondary and if that happens this defense could have a really good year.
Question - This years team has only 6 seniors but is loaded with juniors (27). What are Coach Utah's priorities in recruiting?
Answer - On defense Coach Utah is just looking to find playmakers. He feels good about the guys he has and just wants to add a couple pieces that can develop and keep this defense playing at a high level for years to come. On Offense the coaching staff is focused on finding a quarterback of the future, but more immediately important is adding more guys in the trenches. Coach Utah wants to add a couple of offensive lineman who can move into the line rotation for next season and would also like to add players at both FB and TE to help improve the teams overall blocking.
Question - After all of the national attention his coaching methods garnered last season, how long can we expect Coach Utah to stay in Honolulu?
Answer - Given his love of surfing and the focus that he has on his lifestyle in addition to football, Hawaii seems like a good fit. Many sources close to Coach Utah say he'll stay at Hawaii as long as they'll have him while others say it would be hard for him to pass up a marquee job in the midwest where he grew up, particularly if the Fighting Irish came calling. Only time will tell.
Florida looks to avenge their loss in last years National Championship Game.
With a ton of talent back, an SEC championship and a National Championship are the only goals.
Offense looks to mix it up with talent and speed.
Florida's offense looks to be much improved from a year ago. With HB Mike Blakely (95 OVR) returning after making the trip to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony (he finished 5th in the voting) and backfield mate Charles Baker (94 OVR) returning as well, look for the Gators to really chew up yards on the ground. Despite the talent at HB, the real key to this years team is QB Jacoby Brissett (89 OVR). Brissett is a physical specimen at 6'5" 228 lbs. and a solid 40 (91 speed), he is poised for a breakout season. The coaches are really excited that his passing accuracy has improved dramatically over last year (82-88) and that is going to be the key balancing out the attack. If teams gang up on the run Brissett will be able to get the ball to the speedy group of receivers led by seniors Javares McRoy (92 OVR) and JaJuan Story (88 OVR) Look for Florida to ditch the Pistol that they ran last year and spread things out to capitalize on their speed and athleticism.
Florida's front four look to dominate.
With all the play-makers on offense, it would be easy to overlook the defense...unless you looked at the list of pre-season All-Americans. Three out of four starting defensive linemen, DE Jeremy Tyler (86 OVR), DE Charlie Keith (93 OVR) and DT Billy Barrett (84 OVR) earn those honors (I am doing this off of memory so I will confirm). The Gators will count on them wreaking havoc in the backfield as the talented secondary anchored by senior CBs Adam Wright (93 OVR) and Rondell Ratliff (91 OVR) along with FS Jabari Gorman (88 OVR) and sophomore All-American Vinnie Anderson (88 OVR) will focus on creating turnovers. If the defense has an Achilles Heel, its at linebacker. If they decide to play 3 linebackers then one of two true freshmen, Brennan Medley (74 OVR) or Tremaine Thomas (75 OVR) will most likely be out there. The coaching staff is still trying decide what scheme is going to put the best players on the field and create the best match-ups.
Great damn stuff gents! I'll do mine at work tomorrow since its test day.
A reporter caught some audio from coach Nate Glory well into his cups (again) about the upcoming season......
"Caleb Wright? I love that kid but he went off the deep end and we had to redshirt that ass..... says he found allah or something, runnin around callin hisself muad'dib or some shit..... whatever, I dont know if I could put up with his dr chuck it and mr run and hide routine again this year anyways, maybe allah can teach him how to throw a consistent spiral before next season, if i'm even still in this shithole."
Namid Abdullah . . . Let's not forget the kid threw 24 TD's last season. If he gets his head on "wright" then maybe he can contribute next year. I can see the headline now "The Mad Bomber Returns" . . . Hmmm, that might be a bad idea. Maybe we should stick with "Texas Gunslinger"
Namid.... Muad'dib..... same diff..... ones an muslim name, ones a fictional desert mouse from arakis and the name of an unlikely savior foretold in prophecy
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