Season 11 Team Previews

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  1. Wyrmreaver

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

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  2. Wyrmreaver

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

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    The Tigers are the defending National Champs and the preseason #1 team. This team lost a lot of talent from that title run, but they bring back enough key pieces to make another title run a distinct possibility.

    Offense: This unit lost 9 players who started or were major contributors a year ago. The team does bring back the starting QB and HB from a year ago and should have a strong line once again.

    Quarterback - After a stellar sophomore season, Blake Copeland (95 OVR) comes in as the unquestioned starter. Copeland is a phenomenal athlete with elite speed and agility to go along with a big arm. Since the team lost so much in the passing game to the NFL, Copeland will have to step up and have another excellent season.

    Halfback - The bad news is that a 1000 yard rusher from last season went to the NFL a year early. The good news is that the team ran a two back system and they bring back an absolute beast in Andre Bentley (99 OVR). Bentley ran for over 1200 yards and 16 TDs a year ago while sharing time. This year he will be the teams feature back and is expected to have a huge year. With tremendous speed, size, and rushing skills, Bentley could have a special season. Backing Bentley up are freshman Matt Sanders (86 OVR) and Eric Mosley (86 OVR)

    Wide Receiver - The team loses it's top 3 targets from a year ago. Only 2 WRs on the roster have ever caught a collegiate pass. 5th year senior Mark Bennett (94 OVR) looks to be the #1 target coming off of a 24 catch season as the #4 man. Junior Travis Brown (91 OVR), last years return specialist will start opposite him. This duo has a lot of speed and upside and coaches feel that they can have a productive year. Big sophomore Charles Booth (86 OVR) will be a massive presence in the slot at 6'6" and will also see some time as a starter in short yardage and goal line situations due to his exceptional leaping ability. Freshman Mark Tremblay (83 OVR) and James Miller (82 OVR) are likely to see some action in 4 and 5 WR sets and in blowouts.

    Tight End - After losing the top two players at this position from last year the team is looking for the next two to make a big impact. Junior Shawn Roland (93 OVR) is a balanced player who can make plays in the passing game and is also an excellent blocker. Brent Hodges (85 OVR) is the #2 TE and while he is less polished, he is also the better big play threat with exceptional speed for the position.

    Offensive Line - Marshall Ortiz (91 OVR) is the left tackle. Tom Rogers (91 OVR) is the right tackle. The guards are Brent Banks (92 OVR) and Herbert Thompson (95 OVR). Anchoring the line at center is Kyle Jackson (97 OVR).


    Defense: This unit returns a ton of talent. While there were some losses among the starters, a deep team from last year anchored by some star power returning at all 3 levels is likely to make this one of the nations best defenses.

    Defensive Line - After recording 20 sacks and earning the Lombardi and Nagurski awards, junior Calvin Oliver (92 OVR) returns to wreak havok off of the edge. Opposite him is the steady Alex Johnson (91 OVR). Charrod Bush (97 OVR) has patiently waited his turn and will now be the full time nose tackle. In the occasional 4 down lineman sets, junior Lawrence Griffith (94 OVR) will line up next to Bush.

    Linebacker - Lionel Mueller (97 OVR) comes back for his senior year to anchor this unit. Mueller has started for the last 3 seasons and has developed into the best MLB prospect in the country. In situations where the team puts 4 LBs on the field, fellow senior Brady Bolden (92 OVR) will line up along side Mueller. Starting on the outside are Gerald Bailey (96 OVR) and Buck Thompson (92 OVR) opposite him. Bailey is a senior and a second year starter while Thompson is a junior in his first year with the first team.

    Cornerback - Senior Trey Scott (96 OVR) is a true shutdown corner with prototypical size, great speed, and elite skills and instincts. Starting on the opposite side is junior George Barnett (93 OVR) who is an excellent player in his own right. In nickel and dime situations, man cover specialist Larry Pearson (90 OVR) will be in the slot. Sophomore Jason Booker (85 OVR) is the nickel back.

    Safety - Casey Meeks (95 OVR) has waited his turn and will now be the starter at FS. At strong safety, 4th year starter Greg Tate (99 OVR) just might be the teams best player. Tate has great size and no glaring weaknesses in his game and he is coming off of a junior year that saw him make some key plays in the teams toughest games. Starting opposite Tate in the 3-3-5 is sophomore Spencer Arnold (89 OVR), a hard hitting safety with solid cover skills.


    Verdict: While this team has fewer weapons in the passing game, the QB and HB are studs and the defense is probably the best rated unit in the country. If the defense can play up to its potential and keep the pressure off of the offense, this team could be in for another special season.
     
  3. recchem2000

    recchem2000 UCLA > WSU

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    Thats just not fair and youre on my schedule this season...insert vomit picture here!
     
  4. Kapono

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    Florida State

    FSU will look very similar to last year and should be very good. The fan base seems upset that their head coach leaves town every few weeks. But just like every season since the millennium (21 years?), fans think they can win a championship if the coach sticks around all season.

    Offense is the same minus 3 of the 4 best players. The top 2 receivers are gone to the NFL draft and so goes their best O-Lineman. The offense will still run the same scheme because RS Junior QB Lionel Allen is back. We has 3 main starting WRs and about 4 guys who will fight for positions 4 on 5. We expect to see all 7 on the field rotating in and out, but we'll see later based on performance.

    QB- Lionel Allen (96) RS Junior- has 88 TD passes in 2 seasons and has a great arm (99 power, 98 accuracy) with little to no speed. He's set most of FSU's passing records by his sophomore season and should be poised for another great year depending on his line and receivers.
    HB- Preston Everette (90) RS Junior- Everette played very little last season but he has a good combo of speed and power.
    WR1- Josh Huff (93) RS Senior- Huff had 900+ yards and 9 TDs last season. He is a speed demon who can get open and also make plays in the open field.
    WR2- Keith Tucker (86) RS Junior- Average receiver. He can get open, has hands and speed, but is not going to kill you.
    WR3- Jon Dawson (84) RS Senior- Dawson fought Tucker for the #5 receiver spot last year and came out ahead with 10 TD receptions. He's a good route runner which is helpful for the QB Allen.
    WR4- Micah Johnson (82) True Freshman- He has great hands and is a great athlete. Fans are very excited to see him start right away and progress for a few years.
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    WR5- Drew Porter (82) Junior- Played very little last year. Not too much speed but he has good hands if defenses leave him open.
    WR6- Byron Henderson (81) Sophomore- Has good speed and average skills. Played in a backup role last season.
    WR7- Chris Bratton (81) RS Sophomore- Fast and good route running ability but his 66 catching make him a liability. With 76 spectacular catch and 86 catch in traffic, we don't know what he'll be like.

    OL1- Ryan McKinney (93) RS Senior- 98 pass block
    OL2- John Barrow (89) RS Senior- 97 pass block
    OL3- Pat Scott (87) RS Junior- 88 pass block
    OL4- Richard Parrish (89) RS Sophomore- 93 pass block
    OL5- Kevin Steele (87) Junior- 95 pass block

    Defense (4-3)
    DE Matt Hall (88) RS Senior- He's been around forever and should have a good season.
    DE Jason Wright (88) Junior- His first year starting, he should find the QB often.
    DT Kenneth Greene (86) Senior- Had 11 TFL and 6 sacks last season.
    DT Kirk Rich (85) RS Freshman- Good run stopper and should help the FSU defense a lot.
    OLB Scott Hamilton (90) RS Junior- He's as fast as wide receivers with 93 hit power.
    MLB Jeremy Arnold (84) Junior- Won the best LB award last year with over 100 tackles, 23 TFL, and 6 picks.
    OLB Travis Lee (89) RS Junior- Could play DE or LB. Hits hard and could get a few sacks.
    CB Leon Perkins (85) RS Senior- He had 4 INTs last year and is great in coverage.
    CB Nick Martinez (83) RS Freshman- Very fast and could be a playmaker early.
    FS Jesse James (91) Senior- Hits hard, plays good zone defense, and could and probably will play wide receiver this season. Arnold is the star of the defense, but James will erase a lot of mistakes.
    SS Mark Hubbard (86) Junior- He's fast and can go get the ball once it's in the air, but he isn't fantastic in coverage.
     
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  5. Wyrmreaver

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

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    Yeah, but i'd love to have your depth and talent at WR! My WRs are in a down cycle right now (the top 2 are really good but I want to go 4 or 5 deep). Plus you've got a QB with a huge arm to spread the ball around and enough talent at HB to keep us all honest. I think you should run a pass happy air raid :)
     
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  6. Cheez

    Cheez TSO's 1,000,000th Poster

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    I have a sneaking suspicion that Jayrah's team will be bad :)
     
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  7. recchem2000

    recchem2000 UCLA > WSU

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    Im going to just need to find a playbook :)
     
  8. recchem2000

    recchem2000 UCLA > WSU

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    I have a sneaking suspicion that Cheez's team will be worse
     
  9. MexiRican35

    MexiRican35 ¿Te quieres naranjas?

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    Wasn't Tennessee so bad that we kicked them out of the SEC?

    Cheez
     
  10. recchem2000

    recchem2000 UCLA > WSU

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    We should...invite Ole Miss or Vandy back...get rid of that Cult!
     
  11. Jayrah

    Jayrah AllCougdUp.com Editor - A.M. avatar Guru

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    Thanks for finishing my team preview for me. JERK
     
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  12. Cheez

    Cheez TSO's 1,000,000th Poster

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    not in the league, so i don't have a team ;)
     
  13. recchem2000

    recchem2000 UCLA > WSU

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    You know you miss us
     
  14. Cheez

    Cheez TSO's 1,000,000th Poster

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    I do miss beating up on you guys with Stanford.
     
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    recchem2000 UCLA > WSU

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    Fuck Stanford!
     
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    Miami Hurricanes Team Preview
    Top 3 Story Lines
    1. Who will be the Quarterback? The graduation of Joseph Roberts has left the Hurricanes with a void at QB as no QB on the roster has any significant game experience. The top two candidates coming out of Spring Practice are rFR Anthony Summers and true FR Ronald Gaddis. Summers gives the Canes more options in playcalling due to his athleticism (89 SPD, 87 AGI, 93 ACC), while Gaddis is a pure pocket passer who's skill is beyond his years (87 TPW, 89 TAC). Ultimately, the Hurricanes coaching staff will need to decide whether to redshirt Gaddis and roll with Summers, or allow both the opportunity to win the starting job outright. ​
    2. Defensive End Youth - An expected departure along the defensive ends has left the Miami pass rush in need of someone to step up. All four defensive ends on the Canes roster are underclassmen, with only rSO Jason Hall having any game experience. While Hall will start at the RE spot, the pass rushing duties have been cast on rFR Chad Page. While young, Page is a skilled pass rusher (88 FMV, 92 BSH, 82 PMV) who should be able to cause pressure on opposing QBs. In case Page falters, fellow rFR Ryan Seward will get a crack at the LE position. Seward is a bit quicker than Page, though he can be eaten up by blocks. Regardless, the ability for the Canes' young DEs to grow on the job will, to a large extent, determine the success of the defense. ​
    3. O-Line Performance - The Miami offensive line has been better on paper than on the field the last few years, and are now on notice. While the interior of the line looks relatively solid with rSR LG Frank Nelson (92 PBK, 91 RBK), rSO C Cole Williams (89 PBK, 87 RBK) and rSR RG Justin Kiniry (95 PBK, 94 RBK), pressure up the middle has been a concern for the Canes both in the running game and against the pass rush. Redshirt SR RT Leon Smith is poised anchor the right side of the line and protect the blindside of whichever QB takes the helm for the Canes.​
    Top 5 Players
    1. rSR FS Lance Williams (94 OVR)
    Despite not having any awards to his name, Lance Williams was the best Free Safety in the country last year. He patrols the middle of the field from sideline to sideline and makes plays on the ball. Entering his Senior year, Williams has 113 tackles, 16 INT, 19 pass deflections, 1 FF, 4 FR and 4 TD. ​
    2. rSR RG Justin Kiniry (96 OVR)
    Justin is a well-rounded lineman, equally proficient run blocking and pass protecting. He is not very tall, but is strong and uses his leverage well. Justin is the undisputed leader of the offensive line and will generally be opening the hole in the running game. Justin has 27 career pancakes and only 16 sacks given up. ​
    3. rSR WR Andre Edwards (94 OVR)
    Edwards looks to pick up right where Spencer Jamison left off. He is an explosive receiver (97 SPD, 99 ACC) who not only has soft hands (91 CTH), but runs excellent routes (99 RtR). While he was option #2 as a Junior, except Andre to receive the ball early and often from the Miami QB. Andre comes into his Senior season with 138 career reception and 17 TDs. ​
    4 & 5. rJR CBs Ben Franklin and Derrick Carter (91 OVR, 90 OVR)
    Franklin and Carter started as rSOs and provided quality play in the defensive backfield. With a year of experience under the belts, looks for Franklin and Carter to be dual shutdown corners for the Canes. While Franklin is the better athlete (98 SPD, 95 ACC), Carter is a slightly better cover man (98 MCV, 96 ZCV). Nevertheless, both are equally good and the competition between the two as to which will dominate will make them a force to be reckoned with. ​
    Outlook
    The way to the SEC title is through Missouri. Unfortunately for Miami, they do not like travelling to the middle of the country. Look for the Canes to compete for a Top 10 ranking all year long despite not seriously challenging for the division crown. ​
     
  17. Cheez

    Cheez TSO's 1,000,000th Poster

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    Maybe if I rejoin you guys in the future, we will have to go Pac 12 again.

    Dibs on Stanford. I don't give a damn what I Peench and his little selection process comes up with :p
     
  18. recchem2000

    recchem2000 UCLA > WSU

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    You would have to be Washington State :D
     
  19. Cheez

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    We have to get Cougs back
     
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    nah I'll take Washington State, he can suck it after leaving the fold.
     
  21. Wyrmreaver

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

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    Gonna have to side with Jayrah in this micro debate. If he and cougs both have Wazzu as their favorite, the guy who stuck out the cycle should get preference...
     
  22. MexiRican35

    MexiRican35 ¿Te quieres naranjas?

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    When can we get the Big XII involved so I can be Texas. Cmon guys.
     
  23. recchem2000

    recchem2000 UCLA > WSU

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    Pac12 and Big XII in NCAA 14?
     
  24. MexiRican35

    MexiRican35 ¿Te quieres naranjas?

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    :woot:
     
  25. Cheez

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    you're just scared to go back to Cal.

    Big XII isn't a real conference.

    Is anyone actually buying NCAA 14?
     

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