Season 1 Team Previews

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  1. Hellisan

    Hellisan Schemin 'em up

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    2012-13 Season Preview


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    Overall: B+ (89 OVR)
    Offense: B+ (88 OVR)
    Defense: B (84 OVR)


    Offense

    It's no secret that the star of the show, health provided, will be Halfback #33, Perry Jones (88 OVR, 92 SPD, 91 ACC/AGI). Jones is a workhorse running back with all the physical tools. One of about 241,981 athletes across the country whose teammates call him "Superman," Jones is one of the few who come close to living up to the nickname. He has the potential to be a beast on the field.

    The NCAA has recently reversed field and decided that QB Phillip Sims (86 OVR) is not eligible to play immediately for the Hoos. Therefore, Michael Rocco (80 OVR) will get the first look at the starting job while talented Freshman David Watford (77 OVR) plans to redshirt. If Rocco falls apart, Watford's superior physical tools will become very attractive to the coaching staff.

    A big strength for our offense will be a pair of bookend tackles that are the best players on our team. Senior LT Oday Aboushi (6'6" 310, 93 OVR) and junior RT Morgan Moses (6'6" 350, 91 OVR) will look to protect Rocco and open up some nice holes for Jones. The interior line is a question mark and we will look to give them help whenever possible.

    Speedsters Tim Smith (86 OVR, 93 SPD) and Dominique Terrell (80 OVR, 92 SPD) will look to keep the defense honest but we are not liking how many passes they drop in practice. This is one of those positions where we feel there is talent but not enough to be called a strength.

    Senior TE Colton Phillips (6'6" 245, 88 OVR) should see a lot of action, as we are a west-coast style of offense and he is very talented.

    Defense

    Oh, boy. Where to start. Not accustomed to running a defense as swiss-cheesey as this one. Our defensive line is our greatest weakness, we are just not very talented there. We lack size and physicality which is a bad combination. Our safeties are also a huge problem as they're lacking in terms of experience and talent.

    Our cornerbacks have serious speed, led by Soph. Demetrious Nicholson (85 OVR, 93 SPD) and Junior Rijo Walker (80 OVR, 93 SPD). They are probably going to be targeted early and often but they at least have the capability of making plays.

    The strength of the D is our linebacking corps, led by Senior MLB Steve Greer (88 OVR) and Senior LOLB LaRoy Reynolds (87 OVR). As with a lot of our best players, we need to replace them after the season, so...

    Overall

    No pressure. We've got to win at least 8-9 games this year or things could get bad with a team that loses all its top talent next season.
     
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  2. HotRod

    HotRod You ain't bout dat life!

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    South Carolina Gamecocks
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    95 Overall (A)
    92 Offense (A-)
    91 Defense (B+)

    Offense

    Obviously this team will be led by standout Jr HB Marcus Lattimore (97 OVR, 89 SPD, 95 ACC, 93 BTK) who is coming back from a season ending ACL injury last season, it remains to be seen if he will be the same guy who has taken the SEC by storm but we're betting on him to be a major factor in the 2012 campaign. Long gone is troublemaker Stephen Garcia. Jr QB Connor Shaw (91 OVR, 90 THP, 89 THA) is now the clear cut starter without any threat of controversy. While a lot of responsibility will be on Lattimore to drive the offense, Shaw will still need to be a steadying force behind center. He has some good weapons at WR to make that job easier in WRs Ace Sanders (91 OVR, 92 SPD, 88 CTH) and big 6'4" 211 lb DL Moore (85 OVR, 90 SPD, 80 CTH).

    Up front the Gamecocks have a strong O-Line that will once again allow for a productive year from Lattimore as well as protect Shaw from those tough SEC defenses. True freshman LT Brock Stadnik (90 OVR) leads this group along with Jr RG Ronald Patrick (90 OVR).

    Defense

    The name we all know on this defense is DE Jadeveon Clowney who comes into his sophomore year at 91 OVR with excellent rush ability (93 PMV, 87 FMV). On the other side is senior Devin Taylor who is no slouch himself (87 OVR, 80 SPD, 80 PMV, 90 FMV) and his a huge presence at 6'8" 267 lbs. South Carolina is a little weak up the middle at DT and will need to address that position immediately.

    At linebacker the Gamecocks will be starting 3 seniors ROLB Shaq Wilson (81 OVR), MLB Quin Smith (84 OVR) and Damario Jeffery (79 OVR) who each possess solid athleticism to play both the run and pass.

    The defensive backfield is also very solid led by FS DJ Swearinger (93 OVR, 95 SPD, 91 TAK, 89 MCV, 90 ZCV). Devonte Holloman (84 OVR) is a huge corner (6'2" 241 lbs) with good speed.




    South Carolina has the talent to compete with anybody but Marcus Lattimore can't do it alone for this to be a special season. Connor Shaw must become a leader on this team for them to go far. South Carolina is hoping the infusion of a new offensive mind will take the team to the next level.
     
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  3. MaxATX34

    MaxATX34 Texas Football

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    Texas A&M Aggies
    Offense
    RB Christine Michael (94OVR) and WR Ryan Swope (94 OVR) will lead A&M's charge into a new conference. These two Senior leaders have to make plays week-in and week-out if TAMU is to have success. Michael will be running behind a solid OL (OVR from LT to RT 85-82-90-84-83) and working within a new Spread Option attack. With the field spread wide, Ryan Swope and the rest of the WR corps will have to execute in order for holes to open up in the running game. The top 3 WRs are all Seniors, so if their level of play suffers it wont be for lack of experience. The trigger-man in all of this will be Soph. QB Jameill Showers (83OVR). Showers won the seemingly wide-open QB competition with his quick feet and good decision-making. TE Michael Lamothe looks to contribute as well. The TE/FB/HB spot can be critical in this offense.​
    Defense
    Led by their Linebackers (OVR From LOLB to ROLB 88-86-83), the Texas A&M defense is nothing to write home about. They seem smaller, weaker, and slower (almost across the board) than the better teams in the SEC. The LBs are solid and there is some talent at DE, but beyond that things look bleak. The new coaching staff will have to work extra hard to bring in the level of recruit that is needed for Wins in their new conference. Some beef in the trenches, speed/strength off the edge, more freaks at LB, and a fast-twitch secondary will allow TAMU fans to call their Defense the "Wrecking Crew" with a straight face once again.
    Redshirts
    The new coaching staff is pleased with the recruiting class they inherited. Three spectacular skill-players will be redshirting this year and will be called upon to lead the team in the near future. QB Matt Davis (74OVR) RB Trey Williams (79OVR) and WR Thomas Johnson (77OVR) will make-up a treacherous trio on offense when their time comes. Davis is a lightning quick scrambler with a cannon of an arm, Williams is a water-bug type of runner with game-breaking speed/quickness, and Johnson looks like a well-balanced WR that could line up all over the field.
     
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  4. HotRod

    HotRod You ain't bout dat life!

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    Damn, we lose a shitload of talent on defense next year. We might have the SECs lowest rated defense next season. I refuse to believe the depth is that bad in real life, lol.
     
  5. smlVICTORIES53

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    It is.

    On a different note; if you'd like to see lattimore break his neck on the first play of the season and then decide to go pro in the off season...raise your hand
     
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  6. Gravity

    Gravity Hey, I'm Batman

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    North Carolina Tarheels
    Offense
    The North Carolina offense will be led by 93 OVR Sophomore HB Giovanni Bernard. Bernard is a very physical runner and has good break away speed. With the Tar Heels transitioning to a Spread system, we hope he will be able to adjust accordingly. If he can't, he's getting fucking cut. At QB we have Bryn Renner who is going into his Junior year as the clear cut starter. At 86 OVR he isnt the highest of rated QB's, however he will be serviceable until we can recruit a QB to fit our needs. Our O line is terrible, moving on to WR's. This WR corp is spearheaded by 6'3 senior Eric Highsmith. At 88 OVR he is the highest rated WR on the team. We plan to get the ball to him as much as possible. These guys are going to have a hard time adjusting to the new system that is being put in place, but we are confident that they can do it.
    Defense
    The Tarheel defense features several talented players. Captain and best player on the defense is MLB Kevin Reddick. Reddick looks to bring home some hardware his last year at UNC. UNC has a lot of fast players on defense. This is good, because thats all that seems to matter anyway. Our DB's are a mess. Hopefully the DLine and LB's can cover up the other weaknesses.
    Hopefully we can win 9 games and end up in a decent bowl. I'm just trying to figure out what shitty offense I'm going to run until we get the proper players at the needed positions.
     
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  7. Mogriffjr

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    BOSTON COLLEGE GOLDEN EAGLES PREVIEW
    OFFENSE
    The Boston College offense will be predicated on a strong run game. This is a big change of offensive philosophies for coach Moreecemos, who's a more air raid, passing based type offense. But simply put, this team doesn't have the horses to do so. Right now they have a balanced type offensive line that's more run oriented, which is led by SR's LT John Wetzel (81) and RT Emmett Cleary (82). The depth is mainly within the RB corps, which is led by Rolandan Finch (85). Finch is the all-purpose back who has the power to run between the tackles and the speed to break a few nice runs to the outside. He will be teaming up with backup RB JR Andre Williams (83) who's a big hoss, a 6'2", 222lb beast who will spell Williams from time to time. Unfortunately, we lost star-RB Montel Harris, who was dismissed from the team during the spring and will not return. The signal caller reigns will be handed to JR-QB Chase Rettig (76), who has a decent enough arm to move the ball downfield but likely won't be asked to do much outside of his abilities. Expect Rettig to lean heavily on his two SR top targets, WR Colin Larmond (83) and TE Chris Pantale (81).


    DEFENSE

    Defensively, this BC team will rely heavily on their LB's which are the best unit on the team. The 3 starters along the unit will be asked to do a lot. Led by star JR-LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (88), he will lead his other two LB's JR-LOLB Steele Divitto (87) and SO-MLB Sean Duggan (84) to be the fierce, fast and quick LB's they can be. Duggan has the most potential out of the trio with his 6'4" frame and his ability to get off blocks and pursue the ball with aggression. They lead a defense which really doesn't have a ton of stud athletes but guys who can contribute if they are put in the right positions. SO-DT Dominic Appiah (82) will be leaned on to control the LOS down in the trenches. Meanwhile in the secondary, SR-SS Jim Noel (83) will lead a group of primarily freshman and sophomores to be put in the right positions.

    PREDICTION

    This will be a tough year. With a more run oriented style, this BC team will struggle with a more passing type coach. The aggressive nature on defense too will need to be dialed back. This will be coach Moreecemos' toughest test yet as he will have to adjust a ton to the talent on the roster. Recruiting and getting the right players in to BC will be a big time task. As for a bowl game, coach is confident but is definitely not expecting to challenge for a title just yet. But in due time, the Golden Eagles expect to be climbing to the top of the conference sooner than later.




     
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  8. bravejaf

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    Mississippi State Bulldogs
    Season Preview
    Week 1 - vs FCS Southeast
    Week 2 - vs Auburn
    Week 3 - at Troy
    Week 4 - vs FCS East
    Week 5 - Bye
    Week 6 - at Kentucky
    Week 7 - vs Tennessee
    Week 8 - vs Mid Tenn State
    Week 9 - at #1 Alabama
    Week 10 - vs Texas A&M
    Week 11 - at LSU
    Week 12 - vs Arkansas
    Week 13 - at Ole Miss
    Week 14 - Bye

    Offense

    The Bulldogs will rely heavily on the legs of HB Ladarius Perkins. He brings a good mix of speed and power to the rushing attack. The offense will be a spread attack with schemes from head coach Dan Mullen. Sophomore Nick Griffin will spell Perkins. The passing attack will need to keep teams from stacking the box, so QB Tyler Russell will need to make some plays with his arm. He has speed to make some plays on the run, but don't expect many big run plays for Russell. At wide receiver Russell will have four seniors. Chris Smith, Chad Bumphis and Arceto Clark will see the most playing time this season. Sophomore tight end Malcom Johnson will also be a target in the passing attack.

    The offensive line is the big question mark on offense. The unit has no seniors but there are some talented players in this group. Junior Gabe Jackson is expected to be the leader among this group. The rest of the projected starters will be freshmen or sophomores this season.

    Defense

    The defense will be lead by OLB Cameron Lawrence. The preseason all-SEC linebacker will need to duplicate his 123 tackle season from 2011. Chris Hughes is solid at the other OLB spot, but big questions at the MLB spot. The defensive line boasts a trio of seniors, but the fourth man may be the most skilled in the group. Defensive end Kaleb Eulls is not an elite pass rush end, but he uses his size and strength to attack the QB. Cornerbacks Jonathan Banks and Corey Bloomfield are very solid cover corners but there is little depth behind those players. The safety spots are a big concern for this team.

    Outlook

    I'm predicting 8 wins for this team with an outside shot at 9 or 10. If the Bulldogs can beat the Volunteers in week 7, a big IF, the team should be undefeated going into week 9. Starting in week 9 the Bulldogs have the hardest schedule in the country. MSU will play at Alabama, vs Texas A&M, at LSU and vs Arkansas. Winning any of those games will be a challenge, winning all 4 is likely impossible for this squad.
     
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  9. mboda

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    Maryland Terrapins Season Preview
    Offense

    Junior QB C.J. Brown (83 Ovr) will be in control of the Terrapin offense this year and they will rely heavily on him to move the ball not only through the air but Brown should also do alot of damage using his legs. Helping him in the running game is Sophomore HB Justus Pickett, who might have a breakout year this season if he learns his role in the offense. Senior WR Kenny Boykins is the most talented of all the Maryland wideouts and should have a big year if C.J. Brown stays healthy. True Freshman WR Stefon Diggs has impressed the coaches so far and he hopes to be and integral part of the offense this year. Senior Tight End Matt Furstenburg has all the tools to be a big part of the Terrapin offense this year. The one thing that could hold this group back is the offensive line, they are inexperienced (3 Juniors and 2 Sophomores) and are lacking true studs (Ovr LT to RT 78-77-75-77-75).

    For this year to be a success, the o-line has to keep Brown upright and healthy. If they fail to do that, this could be a long year for Maryland.

    Defense

    The strength of this Defense will be the linebackers, as Senior MLB Demetrius Hartsfield (88 Ovr) and Senior OLB Darin Drakeford (86 Ovr) are both coming off big years last year and both should be all over the field making plays this year. Senior LE Joe Vellano is the leader of a defensive line that could impress if they stay healthy. A definite strength of this defense should be the Safeties. Senior FS Eric Franklin is one of the best in the country at his position and will be a huge playmaker this year. Sophomore SS Matt Robinson is a future star and should have a big year.

    The Maryland defense has some good talent and a couple playmakers. If they play up to their potential, this defense could surprise some people and be one of the best in the ACC.

    Overall

    Maryland could turn some heads right out of the gate this year. Their early schedule could allow them to start out 4-1 or maybe even 5-0, but after 5 games their schedule gets brutal as they play Virginia, NC State, Boston College and Georgia Tech (4 user games in 4 weeks). After that they get #14 Clemson and #8 Florida State. Then they finish their season off on the road against North Carolina.

    Even with the tough schedule, Maryland could get 8 or 9 wins and could be in the mix for the ACC Championship game IF C.J. Brown stays healthy and thrives in the new Maryland offense.
     
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  10. smlVICTORIES53

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    Offense:
    Nothing is changing as far as the Georgia Tech offense. We will still run the Triple Option. The key cogs for us will be Sr QB Tevin Washington and B-Back David Sims. Washington is a great threat running this offense. He is pretty much a HB that can throw back there. He is an above average passer so that will help keep defenses honest. Sims is the total package at B-Back. He has speed, power and agility. We will be relying heavily on him. We have two good A-Backs as well. Orwin Smith is a SR and Tony Zenon is a SO. Both are good all around backs. The offensive line is above average, all starters are above 80 overall. WRs....eh....we have them on the roster. They suck.
    Defense:
    We only have one star on this side of the ball, LOLB Jeremiah Attachou. Outside of him it is average to below average players everywhere. We need to improve here and quickly.
    Prediction:
    8 win season would be nice.
     
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  11. Twister18

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    2012 Arkansas Razorbacks Preview
    The Arkansas Razorbacks will have a new Coach this year in Coach Twist after the debacle concerning Bobby Petrino this last offseason. "Yes, I had to sign a waiver that I could not ride motorcycles AND get caught with cute coeds that I had recently hired to be my...um...personal assistant riding on a motorcycle... hehe" remarked Coach Twist. "That's why I have taken the liberty of investing $$$ for dark window tint in my Razorback Red Hummer!! This season is gonna b fun!!" yelled Coach Twist.​
    Offense:
    The offense will still be the pro style offense that was ran when Coach Petrino was here only with some twists to it. The key will be the young but talented OL being able to mesh into a great run blocking unit yet provide QB Tyler Wilson time to throw it deep.
    QB: SR Tyler Wilson is the best QB in the country, although some may argue about USC's Matt Barkley. Rated 94 overall with 92 Throw power and accuracy, he is a force to be reckoned with. RS JR Brandon Mitchell is the backup and adds some speed to the QB position. 2 RS FR complete the quartet of passers, making the QB position a very bright spot in the future.​
    RB: RS JR Knile Davisis rated 92 overall and is one of the best HB's in the NCAA. Very solid in all facets, Davis boasts 91 speed and acceleration and 90 in agility. His backups are RS SR Dennis Johnson and RS FR Kodi Walker. FB Kiero Smalls will open up holes in the I formation and short yardage plays.​
    WR: A very underrated group of players led by SR Cobi Hamilton, JR Julian Horton, and JR Javontee Herndon. All three have pro speed, 91-90-93 and have very good hands. In the 4 WR sets, the Hawgs bring in SO Marquel Wade and when 5 is used, true FR D'Arthur Crown lines up.​
    TE: The best TE in the country is Chris Gregg. Rated 86 overall, gregg boasts a 91 spectacular catch along with 88 catching ability to be a very good red zone target. RS JR Austin Tate is the blocking TE and the second TE in those formations.​
    OL:​
    The starting lineup and depth chart will look like this:​
    LT: SR Jason Peacock: 84 overall - RS FR Austin Beck: 80​
    LG: RS SO Luke Charpentier: 84 overall - RS FR Marcus Danenhaurer: 75​
    C: RS JR Travis Swanson: 83 overall - RS SR Tyler Deacon: 82​
    RG: RS JR Alvin Bailey: 85 overall - RS SO Chris Stringer: 78​
    RT: So Brey Cook: 84 overall - RS JR David Hurd: 72​
    Defense:
    DL: The defensive line will be very solid, led by the DTs in JR Bryan Jones: 85 and JR Robert Thomas: 82. RS SR DL Alfed Davis:80 will be the chief backup all along the DL. The DE's will be JR Chris Smith: 83 and RS RS Tenarius Wright: 80.​
    LB: The LB corp will be a strength as they are led by 2 SR OLBs in Alonzo Highsmith: 88 and Ross Rasner: 85. The starting MLB will be SR Terrell Williams: 77: Not much in the line of depth, which shall be heavily recruited for this season.​
    CBs: The CBs will be solid in Sr Darius Winston: 83 and SO Tevin Micheal: 79. RS JR Jerry Mitchell: 78 will be the NB and the DB will RS SO Eric Redmon.​
    S: The starting FS this season is JR Eric Bennett: 87 and the starting SS will be RS JR Price Holmes: 79​
    Special Teams:
    The K spot will be in the hands of JR Zach Hocker, who has 86 Kick power and accuracy. The P is listed as Dylan Breeding, who will also do KOs with his 88 Kick power. The return men will be mainly consisting of WRs Cobi Hamilton, who returned 2 KO's in the opening game and Javontee Herndon.
    Prediction: The Razorbacks will use their solid club to an 11-1 record, win the CC game and be fighting for a BCS bid!!!
     
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