SEASON 10 PREVIEW

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  1. Wyrmreaver

    Wyrmreaver Ready for Madden 15 on Xbox One, lets get it on!

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    Follow this thread for an in depth look at the major preseason stories surrounding the teams that make the SEC the very best conference in college football.
     
  2. Kapono

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    FSU
    Offense
    FSU will run the same offensive scheme as last year with 4 receivers and a HB, but they lost their top receiver who had 18 TD receptions last year, 1 O-Lineman starter and Michael Hall, the converted HB. Other than that, everyone's back and ready to go. Without Ramsour and an abundance of HB's, FSU may try to get the backs on the field while still passing.

    QB- Lionel Allen. 6'4" 228 rsSoph.- (89 OVR)- Allen had 3,681 yards and 43 TD passes while being a Heisman candidate for some of the year. He'll need to play well without Michael Hall and improve on his 22 INT passes.

    HB- FSU has 3 redshirt Seniors rated 90, 88, and 87, but with the passing offense, a lot of their talent will be wasted.

    OL1- Nathan Gant 6'2" 326 rs Senior (98 OVR)- 94 pass block, 96 pass block. One of the best O-Linemen in the country.
    OL2- Ryan McKinney 6'4" 324 rs Junior (86)- 93 pass block
    OL3- Kevin Steele 6'0" 322 Soph. (82)- 90 pass block, started as a true freshman
    OL4- John Barrow 6'2" 321 rs Junior (85)- 93 pass block
    OL5- Richard Parrish 6'2" 304 rs Fresh. (83)- 88 pass block

    WR1- Derrick Ramsour 6'4" 214 rs Senior (97)- 99 catching, 94 spec. catch, 97 catch in traffic, 99 route running, 89 speed, 90 acc.
    WR2- Tony Arnold 5'9" 175 rs Senior (94)- 93 catching, 91 spec. catch, 94 catch in traffic, 99 route running, 88 speed, 91 acc.
    WR3- Josh Huff 6'1" 203 rs Junior (89)- 94 speed, 97 acc., 98 route running
    WR4- Keith Tucker 6'2" 189 rs Soph. (81)- 90 speed, 91 acc., 98 route running
    WR5- Jon Dawson 5'11" 190 rs Junior (80)- 96 speed, 79 acc., 88 route running
     
  3. MexiRican35

    MexiRican35 ¿Te quieres naranjas?

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    After a dismal season of barley getting over .500, the Tigers are back at it to get back to the top. After teasing with the idea of exclusively running the pistol offense, Coach Mexi is sticking with his one back attack. The defense needs to improve, as they went from a turnover machine from 2 years ago to a liability in the department. New faces in different places will hopefully pave the way to getting more turnovers.

    QB - Walden and Bro are battling it out for the top spot. Bro has the better THP at 91, but Walden faster at 95 SPD and has better accuracy at 93. The first game of the season will be used to interchange both QB's alternating drives, and a starter should be picked from that point on.

    HB - With 2 former :5stars: recruits in the backfield, the running game will have multiple looks. Coleman, Hall, and Beck arn't extremely fast, but they have quick feet and can break off the whimpy tackle. Burch and West are the speedsters who can stretch the run horizontally.

    WR - The wideouts still have a lot of speed. Jones has 99 SPD, 99 ACC and 99 SPC. He can run up and across the field. Graves and Wilson havn't seen a whole lot of playing time, but they will just asked to make catches to keep drives alive.

    TE - The top 3 guys are seniors, with Harris being the go to guy. He hopes to build off his 35 catches and 7 TD's from last year.

    OL - Some spots on the o-line will have to be won, as the LT and RG position are up for grabs. Marshall at T and Kearney at G appear to be the front runners. Again, they will split time the first game.

    DL - After a sophomore slump, DE Young hopes to bounce back after wowing the coaches as a backup his freshman year. If he cant handle the starting responsibility, :5stars: Andrews could be starting as a true freshman. DT Chance decided to forgo the draft and come back for his senior year.

    LB - The group is versatile is that they can play the run and the pass. MLB Paul lead the team with 40 tackles and 5 forced fumbles last year, and will be the leader of the D.

    DB - The top 4 corners are juniors, so they all know each other pretty well. They will need to make more interceptions, as they dropped way too many opportunities last season.
     
  4. Wyrmreaver

    Wyrmreaver Ready for Madden 15 on Xbox One, lets get it on!

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    You should do it like Mizzou then! I have zero formations with a FB or second HB on the field :)
     
  5. MexiRican35

    MexiRican35 ¿Te quieres naranjas?

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    The only one I have would by I Form Twin TE, which I'll probably just sub a TE in for a FB.
     
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    The Aggies came so close last season to a National Championship appearance, but couldn't come all the way back against the Missouri Tigers at the end of the season. On top of that the Auburn Tigers took the BCS Sugar Bowl appearance thanks to a win over winless Bama while A&M and Mizzou (lost in the SEC Title game to Arkansas) got lesser bids. By the way the Aggies beat the paper-Tigers in week 12 of the regular season. Still they finished at #5 in the land and are back with an interesting twist to their talent base in 2021.

    TAMU lost only 9 players off of last years' roster, so the returning rate is big. Really the only major losses were top RB Long, do-it-all man Holland, AA OLB Grant and the top CB Brown. It's going to be interesting to see how they handle success and a truly stacked roster for the first time in the Sumlin era. There are other tough teams out there but the Aggies bring back more than any of them and are an angry team after getting blown off by the BCS committee. It's never an easy road in the SEC, but this is the most well equipped the Aggies have ever been to handle it.

    Offense

    QB: Drew Muhammad returns as a 4th year starter, ready to finally fulfill his dream of leading his team to an SEC Title game. If he happens to go down, the jury is out on who will back him up. RS junior Brent Hopkins seems like the choice due to his very similar playing style, but soph E.J. Pitts has shown out big in the offseason and coach Sumlin says is the more accurate quarterback. He may even be more accurate than Muhammad.

    RB/FB: The loss of Long and Holland is pretty significant, but the coaches love the combo of Lewis and Lilly coming in. Since the ball will probably more often be in the hands of Muhammad this year, that combo just has to be productive when they get their touches. We could see more wildcat this season, just because the Aggies want to really use the formation more. The third back will be freshman LaShawn Scales. At FB junior Josh Lawrence is a road grater at 6'0" 260. Behind him will be a good freshman in Dominic Jackson.

    WR/TE: The starting crew between the WR/TE group is the talk of the offense. Goins is a senior at 6'7" 247 and he's the RECEIVER with 90 spd and a 93 ovr rating! Matt Davis is an excellent route runner and catch artist but is the slowest of the group. Behind that are a group of receivers who will test the speed and quickness of slot defenders, and their advantage will be that TAMU loves to play cat & mouse in the formation to confuse the defense. Meanwhile, the TEs are seniors Lane and Stone, who come in at 95 and 93 ovr, play big and run well.

    OL: The OL is the best it's been since the coaching staff took over. A lack of focus by the coaching staff decimated the crew and it's haunted A&M for 9 seasons. Last year the group finally played up to their standard, and they return 4 of the 5 starters to the field.


    Defense:

    DL: The D-line lost a key component to the NFL draft at RE, but senior Tom McNeal finally gets his chance to shine there, after being passed up the last 4 years. He'll split some time with promising freshman Cornelius Rivera. Junior Ross Harrell is an AA on the other side and the two inside guys Madison and Dougherty run 304 and 302 to stuff up the lanes.

    LB: Kris Grant is gone so in steps Davenport. He's an adequate replacement with terrific acceleration and ability to get to the play, but he's not the best tackler. AA Travis Pearson was convinced to return for his sr campaign, after leading the team in tackles last year. With his athleticism, he may well be the best the country has to offer, even though a couple other MLB's grade out a little higher. Melvin Allen will man the other OLB spot and is another very fast player.

    CB: The loss of AA Brown won't be that big, although he played the ball better than any CB has in 7 or 8 years at the school. Juniors Hancock and Concepcion man the corners now, and each is a speed burner. The only concern is that Hancock may be a little slow in and out of breaks, which really killed them against Mizzou at the end of the season last year. Soph Kelvin Williams is the Nickel back and other soph Hart is the Dime back. This is the fastest overall group the Aggies have ever seen.

    S: jr Joe Williams and sr Andrew Jacques are the safety men. Each gives the Aggies the best speed they've ever had at those positions and are bound to make a lot of plays in the second level. This may be the year that teams have real issues getting over the top.

    Special Teams

    K Blair and P Jones each have 99 KPW and their accuracy is in the 90's as well. Returner will be different this year with Holland gone, but not lacking for speed. Concepcion and Lilly will handle the duties, though the coaches are a bit wary of injury, especially to Concepcion.
     
  7. Jayrah

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    WOW, TAMU misses Wyrmreaver to end the season! This could be a huge development. We still have to go through a gauntlet, but I'd say our path is barely easier than Arkansas' now in the SEC West. All but the Auburn game are at home! If you throw out the CPU games as difficult contests, TAMU still has one less difficult game on the schedule than everybody and gets the home field advantage. Arky and LSU both play Mizzou and Auburn has a BRUTAL 3 game road stretch in back to back weeks.

    Key Games in the SEC West:

    #5 TAMU: #8 Texas, #1 Arkansas, #4 Miami, #12 Florida, #16 LSU, @#2 Auburn

    #1 Arkansas: #4 Miami, #8 Texas, @#5 TAMU, @#6 NCSU, #2 Auburn, #3 Mizzou, @#7 FSU, #16 LSU

    #2 Auburn: @#4 Miami, #7 FSU, @#1 Arkansas, @#12 Florida, @#16 LSU, #5 TAMU

    #16 LSU: @#7 FSU, #3 Mizzou, #12 Florida, #2 Auburn, @#5 TAMU, @#1 Arkansas
     
  8. Wyrmreaver

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    Quarterback Controversy Brewing in Columbia....
    This is the first time I can remember that we have two QBs that are roughly equal in OVR and I am not sure which one to play. The candidates are Blake Copeland (89 OVR) and Brian Wise (88 OVR). Copeland is a 90+ speed guy with great elusiveness, spin move, etc. He also has a good arm. He is very similar to the guys we've had since the beginning. On the other side is Wise. Wise is fast enough (79 with 90 ACC) to scramble occasionally if need be but not a real threat in designed QB runs. Of course our offense has mostly gotten away from designed QB runs so maybe that doesn't matter... the upside on Wise is that he has 90+ power and accuracy on his arm. Gonna have to give both a look in practice or CPU games before we make a decision.

    Following in Legendary Footsteps....
    Lost a pair of seniors, one who won the heisman, another who was a return wizard and big play waiting to happen. Trying to fill those shows are a pair of 230 pound juniors, Andre Bentley (94 OVR) and Walter Wallace (93 OVR). Expect the team to sub these guys in and out liberally to keep them fresh. Both of these guys are fast enough to matter with some skills against would be tacklers. Here's hoping two 230 pound backs can equal one Nick Cannon.

    Continuity Up Front for the Tigers....
    This team returns all 5 starters on the line and the top three TEs as well. This means we have some real talent up front looking to make holes with experienced guys on the edge blocking or making LBs look bad in coverage. The headliners are RG Carlos Brown (99 OVR) who won the Outland and LT Chris Sanders (96 OVR). At TE big play artist Shannon Williams (94 OVR) returns along with a pair of 89 overall guys to back him up.

    Speed and Talent Abundant on the Outside....
    Three of the top 5 WRs have 97 or higher speed. The other 2 have 90 and 95 respectively. This group also has size with the top 6 running from 6'2" to 6'6" tall. Jake Carr (96 OVR) returns to headline the group. Speed merchant Taylor Edwards (92 OVR) backs him up with 6'5" 243 pound monster Allen Benjamin (91 OVR) manning the slot. This unit has the speed to contend with SEC defenses if Mizzou wants to shift back towards the passing game this season.
     
  9. Jayrah

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    Good grief :eek:
     
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    FSU's defense did not improve like the offense did this year. They will be able to defend against 3 and 4 wide with depth at corner but they are somewhat weak at safety.

    DE- Jeff Jacquez 6'4" 264 rs Senior (93)- Hits hard and gets off blocks well. One of the all time great FSU players already and came back for a 5th year.
    DE- Jason Wright 6'4" 252 Sophomore (85)- 91 finesse move, 89 tackle. Did not play much as a true freshman.
    DT- Kenneth Greene 6'3" 265 Junior (82)- The best D-tackle of the group but just average.
    DT- The 2nd DT position will be a cycle between 2 juniors and a freshman.

    OLB- Scott Hamilton 6'3" 225 rs Soph. (85)- good tackler with speed.
    MLB- Travis Lee 6'1"240 rs Soph. (85)- Good tackler and plays well against the run. I will be usering him this year.
    OLB- Mike Landrum 6'1" 230 Freshman (78)- He will share time at this position.

    CB- Tyler Jackson 6'1" 195 rs Senior (88)- Great man coverage skills with speed.
    CB- Jerome Miller 6'1" 187 Senior (86)- Good zone coverage skills with good speed. Could play nickel in pass situations.
    CB-Kirk Gay 5'10" 196 rs Senior (84)- Good coverage skills overall and will be on the field often.
    FS- Jesse James 5'11" 187 Junior (85)- Hits hard, has speed, and good zone coverage skills.
    SS- Quinton McKinney 6'1" 202 rs Senior (84)- This guy isn't that good.
     
  11. Wyrmreaver

    Wyrmreaver Ready for Madden 15 on Xbox One, lets get it on!

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    Which part? :)

    and don't worry, we don't play unless we both make the conf title game ;)
     
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    Good grief that roster. And should we play in the Conference title it will be close. Really close. But I am a LOOOOOONG ways from that. Would love to beat Arkansas this season though, for the first time. It's not even a rivalry anymore, it's a yearly slaughter! :(
     
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    Miami looks to rebound despite tough schedule

    Miami's 9-4 season was seen as a major disappointment after three consecutive 10+ win seasons. Though the schedule remains tough, Miami has the talent on both sides of the ball to play with any team in the conference.

    Offense
    Biding his time, QB Joseph Roberts looks to lead an explosive offense with play makers at all skill positions and an experienced offensive line.

    QB Joseph Roberts, rSR 94 OVR - 96 TPW, 98 TAC LT Chad Clark, rJR 90 OVR - 95 RBK, 92 STR, 97 ACC, 85 PBK
    HB Joe Sowell, rSR 97 OVR - 98 SPD, 97 ACC, 94 AGI, 99 Elu, 91 BTK LG Justin Kiniry, rJR 91 OVR - 92 PBK, 91 RBK, 91 STR, 93 ACC
    TE Greg Houston, rFR 84 OVR - 83 CTH, 77 RBK, 78 PBK C Eric Jackson, rSR 97 OVR - 96 PBK, 94 RBK, 91 ACC, 91 IBK, 90 STR
    WR Spencer Jamison, rJR 92 OVR - 97 SPD, 99 ACC, 98 RtR, 89 CTH RG Marvin Robinson, rSR 89 OVR - 98 PBK, 92 ACC, 88 STR, 83 RBK
    WR Andre Edwards, rJR 91 OVR - 96 SPD, 98 ACC, 98 RtR, 88 CTH RT Leon Smith, rJR 87 OVR - 92 PBK, 99 ACC, 85 STR, 84 RBK
    WR Maurice Bowman, rSR 90 OVR - 97 SPD, 98 ACC, 99 RtR, 84 CTH K Joel Wilkinson, SR 91 OVR - 99 KPW, 84 KAC

    Defense
    The Miami defense is young, but talented. Look for safeties Lance Williams and Clarence Jean to be the leaders of the squat. Ultimately, it will be the linebacking corps that will determine the success of the unit as a whole.

    RE Karl Bryant, rSR 93 OVR - 98 FMV, 88 PMV, 91 PRc, 87 STR, 87 BSh LOLB Billy Hartman, rSO 86 OVR - 95 ACC, 88 BSh, 90 Pur, 77 ZCV, 74 MCV
    DT Micah Clement, rSR 91 OVR - 92 FMV, 89 PMV, 87 STR, 88 ACC CB Ben Franklin, rSO 86 OVR - 97 SPD, 94 ACC, 91 MCV, 91 ZCV, 87 Prs
    DT Jason Mitchell, SO 84 OVR - 91 FMV, 85 ACC, 82 STR, 84 TAK CB Derrick Carter, rSO 86 OVR - 95 MCV, 93 ZCV, 93 SPD, 93 ACC, 86 Prs
    LE JD nichols, rJR 89 OVR - 96 FMV, 91 ACC, 87 SPD, 97 Pur CB Dustin Gibson, rJR 84 OVR - 95 ACC, 92 AGI, 91 SPD, 91 MCV, 90 ZCV
    ROLB Joshua Green, rSO 86 OVR - 99 ACC, 87 SPD, 93 HPw, 85 BSh, 80 TAK FS Lance Williams, rJR 90 OVR - 94 ACC, 93 SPD, 93 AGI, 86 ZCV, 86 TAK
    MLB Steven Parker, rSO 82 OVR - 89 BSh, 86 ACC, 85 SPD, 85 STR, 87 HPw SS Clarence Jean, rSR 91 OVR - 96 SPD, 94 ACC, 92 AGI, 87 TAK, 92 HPw
     
  14. recchem2000

    recchem2000 UCLA > WSU

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    Auburn

    We suck :D
     
  15. Wyrmreaver

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    Says the #2 ranked team in the nation.......
     
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    recchem2000 UCLA > WSU

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    In all seriousness, we lost alot from last season. Most of my O-Line graduated and we have 3 new starters at the LB position.

    My QB is nice but I throw a shit ton of INT's. My HB is nowhere near as good as last season and it showed in my first CPU game with Tennessee. Could be a combo of my O-Line not being as strong either.

    We get lucky and miss Mizzou again this season after 8 straight defeats to them. We still have all three Florida schools on the schedule as well as the usual suspects in Arkansas, LSU and Texas A&M.

    11-2 was a miracle last season. I don't see us getting anywhere near that this season. I'd be happy with 8-4 with this team.
     
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    recchem2000 UCLA > WSU

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    Paper Tigers as Jayrah likes to say
     
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    Guess what though..you may be the #1 ranked team in the nation in the not too distant future.
     
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    Hey that was YOUR moniker IIRC :p We just adopted it.
     
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    recchem2000 UCLA > WSU

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    It was and still is...I stand by 100%.
     
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    On a good note, Florida surely can't be as bad as they were last year.

    Florida somehow managed to keep it's 5 star prestige rating after squeaking into a bowl and returning to the top 25 after the bowl season.
    We're switching to a 4-3 Defense this year which could be bad as I have no experience playing with it. But we have some LB's who deserve some play time.

    Offense
    Will Barron looks to follow up a third place Heisman season with another strong performance. His line could be a question mark and he lost his FB and Blocking TE.

    QB David Arrington, rSR 96 OVR - 94 TPW, 93 TAC LT Michael Hubbard, rSR 91 OVR - 84 RBK, 97 PBK
    HB Will Barron, rSR 98 OVR - 96 ACC, 97 JKM, 98 Elu, 98 BTK LG Alonzo Newman, rJR 92 OVR - 96 RBK, 87 PBK
    TE Curtis Love, SO 84 OVR - 83 CTH, 78 RBK, 76 PBK C Robert Flynn, rSR 97 OVR - 95 PBK, 94 RBK, 92 IBK
    WR Justin Scott, rJR 94 OVR - 95 RtR, 93 CTH, 94 CIT RG Will Taylor, rJR 92 OVR - 96 RBK, 87 PBK
    WR Justin Downing, rSR 93 OVR - 94 RtR, 98 CTH, 93 CIT, 99 SPC, 91 REL RT Jared Gray (C), rJR 93 OVR - 95 PBK, 88 RBK
    WR Mike Diggs, rSO 86 OVR - 95 RtR, 84 CTH, 95 CIT, 96 SPC, 92 REL K Jamal Lake, rSR 94 OVR - 99 KPW, 91 KAC


    Defense
    The Florida D looks good up front and out back. Whats in the middle is a toss up this year.
    Adrian Adams will start his third year at ROLB even though he's been the 5th rated OLB on the team for those three years.

    In the secondary, Stephen McKinney (rSR) will run the show on the outside.
    Physical: 98 SPD, 99 ACC, 92 AGI, 95 JMP.
    Coverage: 93 MCV, 94 ZCV, 92 PRS, 97 PRC.
     

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