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2013 Michigan WolverinesNew Coach New Philosophy New Winning Ways With a new coach there will seemingly always be change and even with no knowledge of the previous coach there arent many out there that run the style of offense that The Bigg Dawgg likes to run. The key word there being run. Almost exclusively a running approach uses power running to play clock control and also to keep the defense on their toes. Its not only power running it also has a bit of spread tendencies mixed in to be able to adjust to the flow of the game. Left over from the last regime is a slew of talent that could be utilized to form formidable force. Heading the offense will be quarterback Devin Gardner. His mix of speed and acceleration can help him get out of sticky situations while his throw power will definetly stretch the field. The problem will be depth at the quarterback only having two left over from the last coaching staff. To help with that will be one of the top linemen in the country Taylor Lewan who has a ton of strength and his ability to block for pass and run will be huge. Expect alot of running towards that side as his blocking will be the difference between winning and losing. Running the rock will be done by Fitzgerald Toussaint. He will look to build on a 1000 yard season that he had a year ago. The tandom of Lewan and Toussaint will be pivitol in the new system.Toussaint will lead this rushing attackLewan will need to play huge this season On the defensive side of the ball the coaching staff goes with a bend but dont break philosophy so the defense has to be storng as a unit. The leaders on the defensive side of the ball will be Jake Ryan at the OLB position who will be needed to help stop the run and Thomas Gordon at FS and Blake Countess at CB in the defensive backfield will need to hold down the passing threats in the Big Ten. Coach Dawgg will need this defense to play big as the offense adjusts to the new setup.Ryan will be the staple of the defensive front Some of the Michigan faithful say that this will be more of a transition year as the new staff gets used to the players but Coach dawgg seems very confident that they can make a run a the Big Ten Championship that the last coaching staff couldnt get. We will have to wait and see and either way this will be a very interesting season none-the-less
Previous Season Recap
Ohio State struggled to adapt to the spread offense and opened last season 1-3. With some practice the Buckeyes were able to run through Big 10 play with 7 straight wins, and locked up the Leaders division. OSU lost to Michigan to end the regular season but avenged that loss in the conference title game. The conference title victory gave OSU a spot in the Rose Bowl and the Buckeyes left Pasadena with a victory.
Offseason Acquisitions and Departures
The Buckeyes lost some key contributors from the 2012-2013 team. The biggest departure might be defensive end John Simon. He was not only the most talented player on the defense, he was the leader of the group. Other key players leaving the team are: CB Travis Howard, TE Jake Stoneburner, HB Jordan Hall, OLB Etienne Sabino and SS Oharian Johnson. The Buckeyes also lost 7 freshmen to transfers during the offseason. The biggest loss in that group was Michael Thomas. Thomas was the #5 WR for OSU as a true freshman but wanted a starting role. The Buckeyes signed 24 recruits during the last recruiting year, with 21 making the final roster. OT Jeremy Kennedy was signed from a junior college in Pennsylvania. Kennedy will likely start this season for OSU, switching from left tackle to right tackle. LB Maurice Fuller is another recruit pegged for a starting spot. He played MLB in high school but will start at weak side OLB for OSU. WR Doug Johnson, DT Eric Lucas and CB Micah Jones also could contribute as true freshmen this season.
Braxton Miller had an up-and-down season in 2012-2013, but played well in the final two games. He returns this year with 1.5 years of experience at starting QB. He is a dual threat QB with great quickness and a strong arm. With Hall gone Carlos Hyde will be the primary halfback. Roderick Smith and Brionte Dunn will spell Hyde. The three backs all have a similar, straight ahead running style. The receiving core returns the top 4 receivers from last year's team. Devin Smith had a good sophomore campaign and he will be relied on more in his junior season. The big loss is Stoneburner, but Nick Vannett should be a capable replacement. Along the offensive line the Buckeyes return 4 of the 5 starters from last year's team. The only question mark is JUCO transfer Kennedy at Right Tackle.
Simon is gone but DT Jonathan Hankins returns for his last season. Hankins and Michael Bennett are among the best defensive tackles in the country. Adam Bellamy returns for his senior season and he will play defensive end. Sophomore Chase Farris will fill the other defensive end spot. The ends both weigh in at over 290 lbs. and the average weight for the starting linemen is 295 lbs. The linebacker core returns starters Curtis Grant and Ryan Shazier. The big questions for this group are the weakside OLB spot and depth. Freshman Fuller is expected to start this season. MLB Conner Crowell and converted defensive end Se'Von Pittman are the reserves for this group. The secondary should be another strength for this team. Howard is off to the NFL but Bradley Roby and Doran Grant are back this season. Roby led the Buckeyes with 9 interceptions last season. Christian Bryant and C.J. Barnett will start at the safety spots. Barnett was the starting strong safety last year but suffered a season ending injury early in the year.
Ohio State has a very talented group of seniors and this may be the most talented Buckeye team in the past several years. OSU should be the favorite in every game this season and we are predicting a perfect record for the regular season. The toughest stretch will be the consecutive games against UCLA, Maryland and Illinois. The Michigan game is probably the toughest single game on the schedule, especially since the game will be in Ann Arbor.
2013 UCLA Bruins
UCLA had a good year in 2012. They went from a 6 win season in 2011 to a 9 win season in 2012. They struggled early but, got is rolling midseason and if not for a tough lose to Stanford in the last game of the season, they would have been in the Pac12 championship game. They beat TCU big in their bowl game and look to build on that season in 2013. They had a top 25 recruiting class so the future looks bright for the Bruins.
Key loses and additions
QB Kevin Prince, TE Joseph Fauria, RB Jonathan Franklin, SS Andrew Abbott, MLB Patrick Larimore.
HB Derek Coe: 71 ovr, 96 speed, he was a very late commitment but, a very good one.
WR Brandon Wallace: 69 ovr, 94 speed
The Bruins will still use the pro style offense and look to get the ball in the hands of all the playmakers they have this year. QB Brett Hundley looks to build on a Freshman year where he start the season as the start and lost his job after the Miami loss. He has very good talent but, can he put it all together. His favorite target this year is sure to be WR Shaquelle Evans who had a great JR season. He is a preason all Pac12 WR.
This is the key to the season. Last year UCLA had one of the best defenses in the nation. They lost some key players from that defense though. They lost both starting CB’s and their SS. They also lost their leading tackler Larimore who was also the defensive leader. They have some young hungry players to step in for them but, nothing is for certain. Once again they will use the 4-3 as their base defense. They feel better about the fact that they have more players who have fit that system than last year.
Although they were one game from away from playing for a Pac12 championship it doesn’t guarantee that they will win more game this year. The goal is still the Rose Bowl but, there are many question marks. The Pac12 isn’t getting any easier either. They also have to have one of the toughest schedules in the nation. If they can win 9 or 10 games it would be another successful season for Coach Henderson.
2013 USC TrojansOffense The trojans enter this season having to replace 1st round draft pick and team leader Matt Barkley. Cody Kessler, a 6'1" 213 lb soph., will start the season as the Trojans QB. Kessler is a very accurate QB. He has the ability to place the ball pretty much anywhere on the field he wants, but lacks the power to zip it into tight spots before defenders are able to react. Kessler must preform well early on or Max Wittek will be looking to take over the QB job. The trojans return Dj Morgan at RB, who saw plenty of action in 2012. He will be backed by freshman bruiser, Geoff Thomas. Thomas is 6'2" 237 lbs and packs a punch. Coach Hackman promises that teams will see alot of this duo throughout the year. WR is a position where the trojans are overflowing with talent. They return both starting WRs from 2012 and the combination of Woods and Lee might be the best recieving duo of the entire NCAA. Having these two at reciever should make passing for the young inexperienced QB slightly easier. Add two very capable TEs who were also starters in 2012 and the trojans offense could turn out to be very explosive as long as the QB can play big and smart. Defense The defensive unit is solid and achored by team/defensive captain Nickell Robey. Robey is the definition of a shut down CB. He is the playmaker of this defense and needs to play big because the FS and SS positions are filled by two inexperienced players. defending the pass could become a problem if smarter QBs begin picking on and manipulating the newcomers to the secondary. This unit should be able to play strong agains the run because they have good speed and strenght inside the box. Prediction This team has to play better this year or second year HC Gene Hackman will be out of there when 2014 rolls around. Hackman will focus on a more pro-style attack this year. He will look to keep the chains moving and manage the clock instead of trying to score big on every play. The defense will be alot more agressive. Pressure was not placed on the opposing team QBs most of last season. That put the DBs in alot of trouble and with the inexperience the DBs have this year that would spell disaster. Look for USC to play alot better and push for a Pac-12 championship appearance this season. Coach Hackman should be able to get this team to improve tremendously this season and remove himself from the hotseat.
2013 North Carolina Tar Heels
The Offense will once again be led by Senior QB renner and Junior HB Bernard. Bernard was the team mvp last year after running for over 1200 yards and nearly 5 ypc. unc lost three of there top WRs last year, so after Junior WR Thorpe(29 catches) theres not much experience coming back. TE Ebron(31 catches 5 tds) will be leaned on even more this year to take up the slack.
Carolinas defense will once again be the strong part of the team. 7 starters return including Seniors SS Boston, LE Martin, and ROL Lipford. The only weaknesses are at MLB were Freshman Wright takes over and maybe DT were two new starters take over
The schedule will be difficult to manuever this year with the always tough ACC plus out of conference dates with Stanford, S. Carolina and Illinois. Despite the schedule the tar heels are still expecting 10 wins, an acc championship game appearance and a new years day bowl. Coach tar heel believes with all the talent this year, anything less will be a disappointment.
2013 STANFORD CARDINALS
TRYING TO REPLACE THESE SENIORS WILL BE TOUGH? WILL COACH GMONEY HAVE THIS TEAM READY FOR THE 2013 SEASON.
We will find out early enough. #6 Oregon will be making the trip to Palo Alto to take on the Cardinals.
Right Guard | Run Block
Home Carmichael, CA
Year Senior (R)
Halfback | Balanced
Home Spring, TX
Right Outside Linebacker | Balanced
Home Hazel Park, MI
Year Senior (R)
Left Outside Linebacker | Balanced
Home College Park, GA
Year Senior (R)
Center | Run Block
Home Dallas, TX
Year Senior (R)
Wide Receiver | Speed
Home St. Johns, AZ
Defensive Tackle | Balanced
Home Parkville, MD
THE 5 ABOVE LED STANFORD TO AN 11-2 SEASON AND #2 IN THE FINAL POOLS. WHO WILL STEP UP AND TAKE THEIR PLACE TO LED STANFORD?
Will the Stanford Cardinals contend for a PAC 12 Championship this year or will the Oregon Ducks repeat as the conference Champions. The Cardinals finished the regular season ranked #2 in the Nation. they had a 12-2 record which included the BCS win over an out manned Oklahoma Sooner team in the fiesta bowl. The Cardinals have plenty of new starters on both sides of the ball. Let
s go to the core positions.
QB: After a very intense Spring practice and a good showing on the red and white annual scrimmage game, SR Josh Nunes has emerged as the starting QB in opening day over incumbent QB Brett Nottingham,. It will be interesting just to see how quick of a hook coach GMONEY has on Nunes knowing that Notingham is waiting in the wings in relief..
RB: Stepfan Taylor had graduated and is the first round pick of the Cleveland Browns. The new starter on this team at RB , is SR Anthony Wilkerson. JR Kelsey Young and Freshman Freshmen RS Barry Sanders will also get carries during the season.
OL: It's hard to replace. At Center they lost an First team All American at that position in
Sam Schwartzstein and SR Khali Wiled will taking over the center duties for this upcoming season. At right Guard Kevin Dancer has graduated. Starting in his place will be SO RS
Kevin Reiner will be starting in his place. This will be his first start in the NCAA and he spend all last year learning this position and hitting the weight room just to be able to compete against all the Nations best defensive players.
OLB; This was one of the hardest positions left as Stanford lost 2 really good LB's last season. Chase Thomas and
Alex Debniak have both graduated and are both playing in the NFL. Waiting in the wings to take their place this upcoming season is JR Blake Lueders
and SR Trent Murphy.
CB: Experienced s Stanford returns their top 3 db's from a season ago and should most likely play very stingy on the drfesive passing situation as they have now been in coach GMONEY's system for a little over a year now. It should be very interesting to see opposing QB's throw on this defensive backfield.
Cardinals are brining on a True Freshman punter who has shown brilliance during 2 a day practices last month. Let hope that Tom Summers live up to all of the preseason billing and has a productive season. FG Kicker SR Jordan Williamson had a steller campaign last year and is looking to have another and may try to become a 1st team PAC 12 performer this year as he was a 2nd team All PAC 12 selection last season.
Well there you have it. Will Stanford win the PAC 12 THIS YEAR? They open with a very stern test as Oregon comes into town as 2 top 7 teams go head to head in week#1.
you know they are the cardinal not cardinals right? lol
I'm still using Arkansas Pro as my base offense but, made it a custom play book. Just took out some plays I never use and added a few.
I like the Arkansas pb and have been looking at Georgia and lsu as well
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