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Season 1 Preview

Discussion in 'The Flashback' started by hornfaninbama, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. hornfaninbama

    hornfaninbama GT: BulgyTexas

    Oct 21, 2009
    Arizona Wildcats 2013 Season Preview


    QB: (RS) Freshman Javelle Allen will take the reins for the Wildcats in Coach Trey's first season. He has a enough speed to be dangerous, but he won't be a game breaker in the run game. He throws more accurately than any other QB on the roster but he doesn't have the strongest arm (84 on both.) If he can put it together all season the Wildcats may be tough to stop. If he struggles the Wildcats can go Scroggins or Denker to hold a place until freshman Anu Solomon finishes his redshirt season.

    RB: Ka'deem carey is the returning All-American for Arizona. He has incredible quickness and acceleration (96) and should be the leading rusher. He will get the lion's share of carries, and time in the backfield. But look for freshman Prince Cormier to fill in when Carey gets tired.

    WR: In an Air Raid offense these are the keys to the ignition, and Arizona has some good ones. They'll be led by Jr. Austin Hill. He's 6'3' 211 pounds and gives the Wildcats some size on the outside. Garic Wharton will be his opposite, he's a little smaller at 5'11" but he adds some speed. Notre Dame transfer Davonte Neal is redshirting this season after transferring. 6'4" 203 pound David Richards will play in the slot. Richards has good speed for his size (94), but needs to work on his hands. 6'3" (RS) Freshman Trey Griffey (son of Ken Griffey Jr.) will play the #4 WR. Good size and decent speed, he hopes to make a big impact this season. The 5th WR will be SR Richard Morrison. He shouldn't see the field too much, but he's solid and will keep the offense humming when he steps in.

    TE: Michael Cooper is the TE. He brings good height 6'5" and solid speed (83), but he won't be on the field too often. When he is he will make a good weapon.Terrence Miller is his backup, and he should only see the field on goalline situations.

    OL: Arizona has a massive offensive line. LT Mickey Baucus and LG Chris Putton are the smallest starters at 6'8" 285 pounds and 6'4" 280 pounds respectively. At RT is Fabbian Ebbele at 6'8" 310 pounds. At G the Wildcats will play 6'6" 330 pound Eric Bender-Ramsey, and Chris Patton. At C Arizona will go with Faitele Faafoi who stands 6'4" 305 pounds. The OL could get bigger next season if Baucus leaves early. 6'7" 325 pound Jacob Alsadek would slide into his spot, and 6'3" 300 pound Logan Stott will slot in for the graduating Putton.


    The Wildcats offense should be able to score a ton of points. With the WR on the field, Allen as triggerman, and Carey to tote the rock there will be a load of weapons for the Air Raid attack. Allen should throw for 3000 yards, and 2 WR should top 1000 yards. Add in Carey's expected 900-1000 yards rushing and the offense will be very tough to stop. The scary part is that Wildcats are projected to lose only 2 starters. Putton, and if you call the 5th WR a starter Richard Morrison. Carey could, and probably should, leave early; but a down year for him could bring him back as well.
  2. hornfaninbama

    hornfaninbama GT: BulgyTexas

    Oct 21, 2009
    saved for defense
  3. matthew34brown

    matthew34brown Walk On

    Jul 23, 2013
    Northwestern Wildcats 2013 Season Preview


    With fifteen starters returning from a ten win 2012 season and new head coach Matt Brown, Northwestern is a sexy pick as a darkhorse to win the west division this season. There are some good reasons to think that: the Wildcats defeated two SEC teams last season and had fourth quarter leads in each of their three losses, including that 29-28 loss to Nebraska.

    Head coach Matt Brown could be the extra spark the 2013 Wildcats may have been the missing in 2012. Brown is coming off an undeafeated season in 2012 with Ohio State. Brown, who coached the quaterbacks under former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel for two seasons (2009-2011) and then took over as the OC under Urban Meyer last season, Brown has found a head coaching home at Northwestern. Brown will bring with him, that high octane spread offense that we saw from the Buckeyes in 2012!

    Head Coach Statement: " Kain Colter is a perfect fit for the offense we will be running this year"

    QB: The 6'0" 190 pound Colter is the elusive speedy runner who makes plays happen with his feet; 6'3" 210 pound Siemian comes into the game in passing situations. Ironically, Colter was the better passer last season, completing 68% of his passes for 872 yards, eight touchdowns, and four interceptions.

    RB: Senior Venrick Marks move from slot receiver to running back was an unquestioned success last season. Mark was always an elusive punt and kickoff returner, but at running back, he rushed for 1,366 yards and twelve touchdowns, becoming Northwestern's first 1,000 back since 2006. The 5'8" 175 pound back isn't big, but lighting quick and difficult to catch, earning him second team all-Big Ten honors in 2012. He'll be backed up by senior Mike Trumpy. Junior Treyvon Green (5'10" 215 pounds) finished the 2011 season as the starter, rushing for 362 yards, but only saw spot duty in 2012, rushing for just 73 yards. Keep an eye on 6'0" 170 pound redshirt freshman Stephen Buckley, a former quarterback who could line up at just about any skill position on offense and make a big play.

    WR: Christian Jones, Tony Jones, and Rashad Lawrence emerged to lead the receiver corps, Colter still caught 16 passes for 169 yards in 2012. Christian Jones, a 6'3" 225 pound junior, caught 35 passes for 412 yards last season; he's not a game breaker, but a sure-handed target on short to intermediate routes. Tony Jones, a 6'0" 185 pound junior, is the deep threat who caught 29 passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns last season. Lawrence, a 6'2" 185 pound senior, caught 34 passes for 321 yards. The emerging star could be sophomore "Superback" Dan Vitale, who plays a hybrid fullback/tight end/H-back position. He caught 12 passes in the first 10 games, but then 16 in the final three games. Buried deep on the Wildcats' roster is junior Kyle Prater. A five-star recruit coming out of high school, he's found it difficult to find the field at either Southern Cal or Northwestern and now has just eleven career receptions for 60 yards.

    TE/OL: The big question on offense is the line, where only two starters return. Junior center Brandon Vitabile has started every game at center the last two seasons. At 6'3" and 300 pounds, he's as dependable as it comes leading the line. Junior left tackle Jack Konopka has been solid on the edge using his athleticism to make up for his smaller size. A former "Superback" (aka tight end), he's 6'5" but only 285 pounds. But the real question is who'll replace departing tackle Patrick Ward (honorable mention all-Big Ten) or left guard Brian Mulroe (second team all-Big Ten); lots of young options for Northwestern to work through before November.

    DEFENSE: With seven starters back on defense, the Wildcats look to improve on a defense that made a big jump last season. Up front, senior defensive end Tyler Scott returns after earning honorable mention all-Big Ten honors last season. At 6'4" 265 pounds, he's converted from linebacker to be a speed rusher who had 12.5 tackles for loss. He should put up even bigger numbers this year. On the opposite side, 6'6" 230 pound sophomore Dean Lowry and 6'3" 220 pound redshirt freshman Ifeadi Odenigbo may be undersized on run support, but could race past slower tackles to get to the quarterback. On the inside, junior tackle Sean McEvilly is also undersized at 6'5" and 275 pounds, but relies on his speed to get to the ball carrier. The Wildcats should be better on the pass rush, but I suspect that offenses will find a way to push the ball up the middle on the ground this season.

    That's where the linebackers come into play, led by middle linebacker Damien Proby. The 6'0" 235 pound senior led the Wildcats with 112 tackles. He's a sure tackler with with good speed and should be the key to Northwestern's defense this season. Junior Chi Chi Ariguzo (6'3" 220 pounds) filled in for junior Collin Ellis (6'2" 225 pounds) when Ellis was limited by a hand injury; now both are back. Ariguzo racked up 91 tackles last season, which was third on the Wildcat defense last season.
    Junior Ibraheim Campbell is the leader of the secondary at strong safety. Fourth on the team with 89 tackles last season, the 5'11" 205 pounder also added 12 pass breakups and two interceptions last year to earn honrable mention all-Big Ten honors last season. As a freshman all-American, he led the Wildcats with 100 tackles in 2011. Sophomore
    Nick VanHoose started ten games at cornerback last season with 33 tackles and seven pass breakups; at 6'0", he's developing into a shutdown corner and a future honors candidate. This secondary had a tendency to give up the big play last season, and the hope is that sophomore Traveon Henry (6'1" 210 pounds) could be the key to taking the secondary to the next level.

    Late breakdowns in pass defense was the common factor in all three Northwestern losses in 2012; if the pass rush and coverage is better in 2013, the hope is that even bigger things could be in order for Northwestern. That being said, the conference schedule increases in difficulty as Penn State and Indiana are replaced by Ohio State and Wisconsin this season. So while Northwestern could be better on the field, they have thier work cut out in 2013.

    GO CATS!

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