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Season 1 Team Previews

Discussion in 'Pushing for Paydirt' started by Mike E, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. Mike E

    Mike E Earth Rocker

    Dec 30, 2009
    Texas Tech Red Raiders


    Lubbock, TX -

    The 2013 Red Raiders will be dealing with a young roster and head coach this season. There are not many expectations from this young group for 2013 but that is something that they would like to change early.
    With a new head coach, Mike Erickson, that is planning to keep the air raid identity of this team, the offense will look familiar to most college football fans. Defensively a move to the 3-4 is planned, but the coaching staff has kept quiet on how it is working in summer camp.

    Offense -

    QB - The Lake Travis All-American, Michael Brewer will take over under center and hopefully will be there for 3 good seasons. There is not much depth behind him. There may be a few growing pains early on, but Brewer is expected to put up numbers and be accurate.

    HB - Kenny Williams will get most of the carries, and senior Sadale Foster will be the 3rd down back, if we aren't in 5 wide

    WR - Eric Ward has all-american potential, and TE/WR hybrid Jace Amaro will be primary targets.

    OL - The Oline is young, but quite talented. 4 sophomores will be starting

    DL - Eric Hyder, Dartwan Bush, and Delvin Simmons will be the primary linemen and they are all talented.

    LB/DB - the back 4-7 are all weak and terrible. It will take a TON of good recruiting to patch this unit up...

    Expectations: A bowl birth would be ideal, but 6 wins will be tough to come by. The crucial game will be against TCU on 9/14. A good showing, even in defeat, will go a long way in deciding how good this young Tech team can be. @Texas, @oklahoma are also going to be tough....
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  2. fuzzyl0gic

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  3. Mike E

    Mike E Earth Rocker

    Dec 30, 2009
    thanks, kind of hung over this morning, so not as great detail as it should be
  4. Philstyle3005

    Philstyle3005 Walk On

    Oct 19, 2011
    QB- RS Sr. Casey Paschal- Casey has all of the talent in the world, but last season, he was suspended after only a few games due to drug problems. He has been let back on the team, but has not been announced as the starter just yet. At 6'5, he has the perfect size to play QB, but lacks elite arm strength and accuracy. He does have the speed to make plays with his legs on options and incase a play breaks down. The biggest worry about Casey is if he will be able to keep his head on straight for an entire season.

    QB- RS So. Trevone Boykin- Trevone ended up being the starter last year as a freshman and did a great job. The team was only 7-6, but Boykin picked up some big wins, and probably should of had more. Boykin's biggest asset is his serious breakaway speed. His accuracy is a little less than what you would want to see, but he can still make some throws and get the job done. If the coaching staff doesn't feel like it can trust Casey, Boykin will get his shot.

    HB- So. Aaron Green- Green will get the start as a true Sophomore but he will probably only get about 50% of the carries since the running back battle is so close, and both RBs have similar skill sets. Green has good speed and holds on to the ball decent enough to get the job done. He catches the ball well enough out of the backfield to use that as a weapon as well.

    HB- RS Sr. Wymon James- Basically the same back as Green only he accelerates a little better but doesn't hold onto the ball quite as good as Green. He will get the other 50% of the carries in this spread attack.

    WR- Jr. Brandon Carter- Easily the best receiver on the team and has big play ability. Only being 5'11 is really the only knock on this guy. He has great catching skills and his biggest asset is his speed. If he can make you miss, he will be gone.

    Offensive line- Offensive line is decent all the way around, with not really any great players that are going to make a difference.

    DE- So. Devonte Fields- Fields is another big time defensive end that has come through the TCU program. During the rose bowl, they had all american Wayne Daniels, and the year before that, they had Jerry Hughes. Fields is the next up and coming superstar from a TCU defense that has been known to develop players overtime. Only being a Sophomore, he has a lot of time to get better and he's already really good. He has good speed and great finesse and power moves, just has to work on his block shedding and he'll be good to go.

    CB- RS Sr. Jason Verrett- This guy could be the best defensive back in the conference. He has solid speed, and great coverage. Getting open against him is going to be tough for anyone regardless if it's man or zone. His press coverage is the only thing he struggles with but even it's not too bad. At 5'10, he's a little short to be guarding the taller receivers but his skill set really makes up for it.
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  5. Bucs

    Bucs GT: ThruTheSmoke47

    Jun 30, 2010
    2013 Miami Hurricanes

    The Canes come into this season as one of the strongest teams on paper in their conference. They are looking to take that next step and finally win an ACC Championship and get back into BCS Bowl territory. They have a strong foundation of young talent as well as a nice mix of veterans who can help them win now.

    Quarterback: Senior Stephen Morris is the guy at QB, while he is mobile, he has a pass first mentality and will look to beat you with his arm and pocket presence rather than run down field. Behind him is JR Ryan Williams, he is a more traditional pocket passer, not the best arm but pretty accurate.

    Halfback: Sophomore Duke Johnson hit the scene hard last year winning ACC rookie of the year, his explosiveness and ability to make big plays puts him in contention for one of the most electrifying players in the entire country. Senior Eduardo Clements is coming off a neck injury but he is a tough runner and will be the #2 back. Also expect to see the versatile Sophomore Dallas Crawford as the #3 back, he was scout team player of the year last season.

    FB: Senior Mo Hagens is the only FB on the roster.

    Wideout: Junior Phillip Dorsett is the #1 WR, he has great ability to get downfield and make tough catches, 6'3 Allen Hurns is the #2 , he is a great redzone target and can go up and get the ball with the best of em. The slot receiver will be Sophmore Malcolm Lewis, he was having an excellent freshman campaign until a devastating ankle/leg injury sidelined him for the season against Georgia Tech. #4 will be Junior Rashawn Scott, easily could be the #2 WR but the position is a deep one for the Canes.

    Tight End: JuCo Transfer Beau Sandland hopes to be the next Jeremy Shockey in Coral Gables as he takes on the starting roll, a great pass catching tight end, while Clive Walford and Asante Cleveland round out the TE corps both guys are similar in that they are nice all around TEs.

    Tackle: Senior Seantrel Henderson hopes to finally live up to his #1 recruit ranking coming into Coral Gables, at 6'8 340 he certainly looks the part and he has his best off season so far as he looks to improve his draft stock at the LT. RT goes to JR Malcolm Bunche , at 6'7 323 he is formidable, he will be key to the offense.

    Guard: JR Jon Feliciano is a 6'5 314 pound LG, a pass blocking guard, he will be key in protecting Stephen Morris , but he leaves something to be desired in run blocking. RG is 6'6 312 pound Brandon Linder, he is a solid piece on the line and bleeds orange and green.

    Center: JR Shane McDermott is the captain of the line at 6'4 296, he is solid all around and loves the Canes (his little brother headlines the 2014 class in RL as a 5 Star Lineman)

    Defensive End: SR Shayon Green is the LE and team captain, while RE Anthony Chickillo is the RE and looks to live up to his potential after a less that stellar sophmore season. Wisconsin transfer David Gilbert will also be in the rotation.

    Defensive Tackle: SR Curtis Porter and Olsen Pierre will be in the middle, both guys are looking to be solid contributors, while sophmore Earl Moore will also see action.

    OLB: Denzel Perryman will be the starting LOLB , but he may be moved to the inside, he is arguably the best player on the defense and as he goes the defense goes. Jr Thurston Armbrister is the ROLB.

    MLB: SR Jimmy Gaines and Sophomore Raphael Kirby are battling it out for the MLB spot, we will sub both in and out situationally.

    CB: Sophmore Tracy Howard and Jr Ladarius Gunter are the starting CBs, while true freshman Artie Burns will get the nod at nickel CB over sophmore Antonio Crawford.

    FS: Sophmore Deon Bush is the starting FS as he pushes out Senior AJ Highsmith. Bush showed fire and passion last season and quickly became a fan favorite.

    SS: Kacy Rodgers is the starting SS, but expect Sophmore Rashawn Jenkins to push him every step of the way.

    K/P: Two new entities in Sophmore Matt Goudis from the JuCo ranks and Cincinatti Transfer Ricky Carroll (whom I believe was first team Big East last seaosn)

    KR/PR : WR Phillip Dorsett and HB Duke Johnson.

    Expectations: 10 wins
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  6. hornfaninbama

    hornfaninbama GT: BulgyTexas

    Oct 21, 2009
    Clemson Tigers 2013


    QB: Tajh Boyd is the unquestioned starter for the Tigers this season, He's got decent enough speed to be a threat in the option game, but he's not going to break off any 80 yard scores either. He will throw the ball well enough to lead the offense to many points.

    RB: Roderick McDowell and DJ Howard will split carries in the backfield. Mainly because McDowell, is just a cheap McDonald knock off, and Howard needs some seasoning to be ready to roll next season.

    WR: Sammy Watkins. He's fast, he's got good size, and he'll be gone after the season. Behind him though is 6'3 Charone Peake, he's nowhere near as fast, but he isn't afraid to make the tough catches. Germone Hopper is another speedy WR, and he'll be a tough cover in the slot for many nickel and dime CB's. Adam Humphries will be the #4 WR, and he's a very good at making catches when he's open. 6'5 Jr Martavis Bryant will fill the 5 hole just to get a little more size on the outside.

    TE: Sam Cooper won't be used a ton in the passing game, but when he is his 6'5 250 pound frame will make him tough to match up with. Seckinger and McCullogh will only see time in goalline situations, unless Cooper gets hurt.

    OL: The OL isn't the most talented, but there is youth and depth. The Tigers will lose 2 SR starters after the season, but there are plenty of Freshmen and Sophomores to fill their slots. Gifford Timothy and Brandon Thomas will hold down the T spots. Jay Guillermo and Tyler Shatley will hold the G positions, and Ryan Norton will be the center.


    DE: The Tigers usually have some good DE and this year is no exception. 4 players are rated 81 or better. Corey Crawford, and Vic Beasley will be the starters. But Josh Watson and Tavaris Barnes will be rotating in to keep the DL fresh.

    DT: Grady Jarrett and Carlos Watkins will be the 2 men in the middle for the DL. They are both run stoppers, and the defense will need them to play up to their ability to hide some weakness in the LB corps.

    LB: Tony Steward and Quandon Christian will be the OLB, and Stephone Anthony will be the MLB. There is talent on the field for the Tigers, but they need to live up to their :5stars: billing in order for this unit to be successful.

    CB: This is a young group with 4 players redshirting, But Darius Robinson and Bashaud Breeland should be able to hold their own against almost any passing attack. Dante Stewart and Garry Peters will slide inside during Nickel and Dime packages.

    FS: Travis Blanks is the FS for Clemson and the sophomore looks like he could be a great player before all is said and done. He hasn't quite reached his full potential yet. But he looks like a future first rounder. Taylor Watson will back him up, but won't see the field too much unless an injury hits.

    SS: Robert Smith is the SS, and he's a fireplug. 5'10 210 pounds, and very good speed. Hopefully he has 2 seasons left, but he could leave after this season if he has a very good one.

    Outlook: The Tigers will consider this season a dissapointment if they don't compete for the ACC title, and possibly a BCS title as well. The offense looks overpowering, and if the defense can hold it together it's not out of the question to see them winning 12 or 13 games. At a bare minuimum the Tigers should win 10 games.
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