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The 2023 SMU Mustang Season Preview SMU is coming off back-to-back national championships and 3 championships in the past 4 years. Will this team be able to continue the tradition of winning or will they come up short? OFFENSE:SMU returns 9 starters on offense, 5 of their top 6 WRs, and 4 of their top 5 HBs. SO QB Danny Hunter returns for his 2nd year as the starter and looks to avoid a sophomore slump after a very solid FR campaign in which in finished as the most efficient passer in the entire Big XII (and probably the country). Coach Jello always goes 4 deep at HB and this year he'll go 5 deep with what has to be the most talented backfield in the country. It doesn't matter who gets the reps, whether it's all around stud Berg, powerback extraordinaires Jones or Freeman, or freshmen McGee and Flynn, the SMU offense will be dangerous when they're pounding the rock. SMU was ridiculously young at WR last year so this year they're only "very young" there. They lost their top receiver, but they return 5 guys who are all better this year. Coach Jello is hoping that a year of experience will curb the drop problems that the receivers had last year. SMU returns 3 TEs this year, including superstud starter Kevin Oliver. He's a monster of a run blocker and an excellent receiver. Unlike the last couple of seasons SMU returns 4 O-linemen. Because of this the big hogs are finally back to the caliber that coach Jello expects with all 5 starters being rated 90+. Opposing defenses will struggle every week to come up with a way to prevent their guys from being steamrolled by SMU's big uglies. DEFENSE:SMU lost 5 starters on D, but their D is still extremely solid. Coach Jello expected to lose at least 1 DE early to the draft, but they both return and look to build on 9+ sack seasons each. They lost a monster in the middle, but JR DT Trevor Simpson has been chomping at the bit to get his shot and you can expect him to create havoc this year. The Mustangs lost half of their starting LBing corps, but they're possibly better this year. JR OLB Aaron Garrett makes the switch to strong side LB this year and is equipped to have a breakout year. JR MLB George Smith returns as a starter this year and he should be tackling anything that comes near him. Teams will have to seriously consider running to the outside to avoid this kid. SMU lost their starting FS and #1 CB but things could've been much worse. Everyone fully expected SMU's #2 and 3 corners to jet to the NFL but they both returned, making them the 2 best CBs in the country. SMU will be breaking in a new FS but he is a fucking monster who should have a killer year. He has tremendous speed (97 SPD, 99 ACC), and tackles like a LB (86 TKL, 81 HIT, 82 PRC). Alongside him is 2022 Bednarik and Thorpe winning SS Michael Stephens who came 1 INT shy of tying an SMU record for most INTs in a season. He also brings 93 TKL to the table as he led the team in tackles last season. PROGNOSIS:SMU is better this year than they were last year so clearly, anything short of a threepeat will be a disappointment.
2023 Georgia Tech Preview Tech is coming off a disappointing 22 campaign as they finished with an 8-5 record. After appearing in back to back BCS title games in 20-21 and winning in 20 the team fell off last season. They look to get back in the title game in 23.
OFFESNSE: The Tech offense returns all but one starter from last year and normally most coaches would love to have this. But the benching of the season starting QB and over 60 dropped passes was a major issue. The offseason saw a QB battle as SR Michael Parham will get the nod over Soph John Green who took over mid season. Parham will have a short leash as Green performed well in the second half of the season. The WR’s were downright bad last season causing Tech at least 3 games with crucial drops. So coach Edge went out in brought in some top flight recruits to help out who will start from day 1. TE Nate Smith is also back this year to which is huge for the passing game. The calming factor for the offense is AA Frank Benjamin who returns for his Sr year which is huge. Benjamin will be running behind a very solid Oline which brings back all but one starter. With the passing game none existent last year teams run blitzed and stacked the box against Benjamin. With some new outside guys and a returning O line Benjamin could have a great year. GT also has some outstanding talent behind Benjamin at HB so multiple backs might be used to wear down the D.
DEFENSE:Last year’s Defense was very good considering they were always under the gun with the offense’s troubles. Tech returns 7 starters including all four LB’s lead by OLB AA Alex Mayfield and his running mate OLB Eddie Rucker. They will have 2 true FR starting so there is experience across the board. DB’s will be an area of focus as they didn’t get beat much, but when they did is was for big plays. Tech has been working on a new scheme and this offseason so we shall see.
OUTLOOK:After last year’s implosion the team is hungry and looking to get back on top of the mountain. This is a tough league and when coaches see a wounded animal they go in for the kill. Tech will be better this year and make a push to get back into the BCS game. Only time will time if they will be successful in their quest.
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