Discussion in 'After Midnight' started by Wyrmreaver, Sep 13, 2013.
Put em here slackers!
The Rebels are in to win the Conference. That is all.
We lost some guys but were still pretty good.
QB - Handing the ball off this season will either be redshirt senior Blake Sims (90 OVR) or redshirt sophomore Alec Morris (86 OVR). Blake will likely start but if he struggles, expect his ass to be benched!
HB - Were pretty deep here...so deep I redshirted 2 guys that saw carries last season. The main man will once again be TJ Yeldon (96 OVR). Backing him will be true sophomore Derrick Henry (86 OVR), redshirt Freshman Altee Tenpenny (83 OVR) and true Freshman Joe McDonald (79 OVR). Yeldon will get the work load but the other 3 will see time in certain formations.
WR/TE - 3 pretty good ones at the top...JR Amari Cooper (94 OVR), Senior Christion Jones (93 OVR) and SR(RS) Deandrew White (93 OVR) all will see significant playing time. TE is a deep position as well as the Tide have 4 of them....SR (RS) Brian Volger (92 OVR) is the main man but look for FR(RS) OJ Howard (84 OVR) to see action on passing downs.
OL - Pretty solid but the early departure of our LT hurts. SR Kellen Williams (82 OVR) will step into the starting LT role. The rest of the line looks like this: SR(RS) LG Chad Lindsay (89 OVR), JR(RS) C Ryan Kelly (93 OVR), SR(RS) RG Arie Kouandjio (91 OVR) and SR(RS) RT Autstin Shepherd. Had my LT not left I think this line would have been the best in the nation. Still pretty good
DL - Alabama switches to a 4-3 this season so the DL will be a key component. SR LE Jeoffrey Pagan (95) returns for his last season with the Tide after a stellar Junior year. His opposite end will be first time starter JR(RS) LaMichael Lanning (85 OVR). In the middle, the Tide return to guys who saws plenty of action last season in SR(RS) Brandon Ivory (92 OVR) and SO Dalvin Tomlinson (86 OVR).
LB - 3 of the 4 starters are back. On the outside is SR(RS) Adrian Hubbard (95 OVR) and SR Xzavier Dickson (92 OVR). Manning the middle is SR Trey Depriest (94 OVR). Probably one of the best group of LB's in the country.
DB - Both the #1 and #2 CB's graduated so he have some new starters here. JR(RS) Jabriel Washington (88 OVR) and JR Geno Smith (88 OVR) get the call in 2014. Nickle back will be JR(RS) Bradley Sylve (84 OVR). The good news out of Tide camp is both safeties are back! SR Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (97 OVR) and SR Vinnie Sunseri (95 OVR) will roam the deep middle for another year.
Special Teams - All freshman here as the Tide roll out a new kicker and punter. In the return game, top recruits FR Paris Howe and Joe McDonald will battle veteran return man Deandrew White for time.
Prediction - Yeah right. I could go 9-3 again and be happy. I could go 6-6. This team is loaded but we all know their coach and his ways.
QB: Tyson Fountain (97) returns as the starter. He has enough speed to be effective in the option and is a good passer as well.
HB: After missing most of last year, Tommy Bowser (95) is back. With his emergence last season, look for Anthony Porter (93) to share the load
WR: Some key weapons graduated, but Michael Kirby (90) returns along with last year's slot man, Greg Fisher (83). Brandon McLaurin (80), Chris Price (79), and frosh John Gilmore (77) round out the depth chart.
TE: Seniors Calvin Blanco (90) and Victor Mosley (87) should be very effective. Freshman Omarr Brown (76) may see the field in spots as well
OL: Not as good as a unit that struggled a year ago, hopefully they can play above their OVRs
DE: JR Hart (95) and Dan Scruggs (89) return after accounting for about 30 sacks a year ago.
DT: The man in the middle is 349 pound monster James Rodriguez (98)
OLB: You'll see Quinton Richardson (87) on one side and Kevin Jansen (89) on the other. These guys aren't the most athletic duo, but neither is a liability
MLB: Between those guys is Darren Tate (90) the best backer on the team
CB: Daniel Diggs (88) and Franklin Henry (86) might lack top shelf talent, but with Keith Stevenson (84) and Brandon Campbell (84) the team has good depth
FS: Corey Bell (89) looks to build on an okay year and be an impact player this year
SS: Mike Fitch (90) was great in the 3-3-5 a year ago and that should continue. If Fitch is one again disruptive and Andrew Henderson can be effective it will take a lot of pressure off of the LB corps which has all new starters.
QB- Johnny Football returns looking to bounce back after a horrid season last yr. Coach BBJ has worked tirelessly to fix his mechanics and thinks this yr will be a great year for the former Heisman Winner. Backing him up is RSSO Matt Davis who will be able to run the offense w/o missing a beat if Football has to take a few snaps off.
HB- After Malena graduated and the other Williams leaving early after his SO season the Aggies will turn to RSSO Trey Williams who reminds coach BBJ of a Back he once coached at Oregon. With 96 spd 98 acc to go along with 83 trk and 93 Elu he looks like he may steal some Heisman votes. Backing him up is our version of thunder in Tra Carson who comes in at 6" 228 lbs and a 87 trk. Look for both backs to give opposing teams headaches with their 1-2 punch.
WR- Led by JR Mike Evans the aggies have a deep and young WR core as Evans will be the only upperclassmen looking at significant playing time. Look for the Aggies to take advantage of teams that start loading the box to stop the running attack. FR Ricky Seals Jones will take over the #2 spot and may actually take over as Football's main target with good speed(91) and a knack for making hard Catches look easy(spc 89) to go with his 6'5" 223lb frame. Pope, Williams, and Larue will take turns in the slot until one sets themselves apart. Nehemiah Hicks will start at TE and hopefully be more effective than his predecessor.
OL- The Line should be strong for the next few years will a lot of talented young players on the line.
DL- Are DE are looking forward to running the 4-3 this year and pinning their ears back. Obioha and Alexander look to bring their sack total's up after being exhausted last yr when teams just ran the ball down our throats in the 4-2-5. In the Middle will led by JR Alonzo Williams and FR Justin Manning. DT is a pretty deep spot for us so we would like to get a rotation going to keep these big guys fresh.
LB- Led by 2 SR in MLB Donnie Baggs and ROLB Tommy Sanders this squad will be the leaders of this defense. RSFR Darian Claiborne and True FR Mike Goolsby will share time at LOLB.
CB- SR Deshazor Everett leads a extremely young squad of CB and will look to teach these guys on the go what it means to be a SEC CB. FS Floyd Raven and SS Howard Matthews should be a huge help for the corners in the pass game and both showed last yr they are not afraid to come down to help the run game.
LSU Tigers Season 2 Preview:
The Tigers are undergoing a transition in Coach Dru's 2nd year, who is bringing some of the Pete Carroll strategies to campus this year (young kids playing early and trying to cheat as much as humanly possible). The incoming freshmen class at the offensive skill positions (QB, 2 HBs and a WR) were telling the media in preseason that they came to LSU to "play football, do blow and nail coeds".
There is a complete youth movement in the backfield, as the starting QB and top 2 HB's will be true freshmen. Luis Fuller will take over as the signal caller from Day 1, and he brings an athletic dimension to the position that was missing last year. He is joined by freshmen tailbacks Sam McDonald and Anthony Wood. McDonald is a power back who will likely play most in the teams pistol sets and Wood is a good multi-dimensional run/catch back that will play in most shotgun formations. The WR corp saw some changes in graduation, but seniors Jeff Salyer and Dante Collier are back, and incoming true freshman WR Jon Reddick won the #3 position (which is basically a starter since we never use a FB or 2 TEs). The coaching staff spent the winter using what they called the "Singapore Catching Drill" with sophomore TE Herbert Harrison, which involved beating him with a cane whenever he dropped a pass, so the team has high hopes for him this year. The offensive line should be good, but there are only 2 seniors and there could be some growing pains.
The defense was largely disappointing in big games last year, and there wasn't much help on the recruiting trail. The team is considering a move to more of a 3-4 look, but has kept that under wraps. The defensive line is highly rated, but didn't perform last year so there is little in the way of expectations from the coaching staff this year. The LB corp is young and inexperienced, as is the secondary. One thing that Coach Dru said he is looking forward to seeing is the top defensive recruit, CB Derrick Sanders, getting on the field alot as he won the nickel back role in the offseason when he signed his LOI.
LSU lost 3 games last year, and with 4 freshmen starters on offense, a similary record would probably be good this season.
QB: SO Kelly is likely to be named the starter. He has better accuracy (91) than Beasley. Beasley will come in more than likely if the Tigers fall behind in games, as he has better throw power (88) and awareness (88). Still have yet to name a definite starter, as we still have to get some practice in.
HB: Davis is the main man. He will be spelled by Campbell to keep his legs fresh. Cooper is an open field threat. And Berg will be used to score on the goalline.
FB: You're on the wrong team if you're one.
WR/TE: Watkins is back for his senior year and is easily the best WR in the country. He has speed, great hands, is tough in traffic and can make people miss. Swain complements him by being a great route runner. Wilson will be used in the slot. TE Avery is nothing spectacular, but is a good outlet option. All the starters are upperclassmen. No youth movement here.
OL: This unit has to improve from their dismal play last season. The UCLA win might have saved the offense from going to something different. The left side has 2 new starters, while the right side has returning starters. If they can zone block well, that will tremendously help the ground game.
DL: Another group where all the starters are upperclassmen. DT Tyree wrecked havoc in the backfield last season, and will look to do so again this year.
LB: two seniors and one sophomore, with SR MLB Larkin being one of the best in the business.
DB: Once again, all the starters are upperclassmen. There's a lot of experience here.
Outlook: With the amount of senior starters, this looks to be the best chance for Clemson to get to an ACC title game.
QB - Junior Kyle Brown returns after finishing third in the Heisman last year and, ironically, not without controversy. Senior backup Marcus Dortsch has made some dramatic improvements and his intangibles (read: ratings) and Brown's interception totals last year have made this a race.
HB - Both Brian Martin and Antoine Calhoun return. They formed a formidable tandem last year and helped deflect some of the attention off of Brown. During the spring, Coach Vandalay experimented with 2-back sets in an effort to get them both on the field more.
WR - This offense likes to spread the ball around quite a bit and the Cavs return 4 of their top 5 receivers from last year. Joel Davis is the best of the bunch, though Chase Marks made some huge plays last year. Overall, this is a group of guys that can catch the ball, though they are generally not going to make any gamebreaking moves either.
TE - Jamie Stokes played in certain situations last year and may have an expanded role this season. He fills the role of both TE and H-Back and is solid in close quarters.
OL - Both starting offensive tackles from last season graduated so it will be interesting to see if Mike Chambers and Luke Sanders can fill the bill this year. Meanwhile, senior Luke Archer was moved to center and appears primed to make an impact.
DL - Carl Rawls and Adam Mansfield return as two impact players from last year's defensive front. Another year in the system should help make things even better this year. Linemen in this scheme generally are roadblocks that don't tally a ton of impressive stats, but they were able to provide some situational pressure.
LB - Morgan Sands and Leon Mitchell are big time returning playmakers. Sands was an All-ACC performer last year and hopes to vie for bigger honors this year.
CB - Rob Russell is a shutdown corner and will be one of the better DBs in the conference. Matt Glover and Jerome Williams have some experience and will provide depth.
S - Easily one of the most crucial positions in the 3-3-5 defense, the Cavs have a trio of playmakers at safety. Mike Kramer, Junior Robinson and Anthony Holmes all return from key roles last year.
The bottom line: this team is primed to make a move in the ACC this season. There is no question that they have a more talented roster than last year, but they still have less talent than other ACC teams like VaTech, Georgia Tech, FSU, etc. Still, Virginia surprised more than a few people last year and returns a good portion of their key players. If Kyle Brown can cut down on his interceptions, this team could be in for dramatic improvements.
Virginia Tech Hokies - 2014 Preview
Though it's only season two for Coach Guster at the reign of the Hokies, Virginia Tech stands at a crossroads. After an eight win season and a disappointing recruiting class, Virginia Tech needs to rebound both on and off the field if it wants to keep up with the rest of the ACC.
Virginia Tech will continue to employ a ball-control attack featuring HB Gemara Anderson and an experienced offensive line. Though a new QB is taking over at the helm, he will not be expected to throw the ball too often.
Players to watch:
HB Gemara Anderson: Gemara is a preseason ACC All-American. He has a great athleticism and elusiveness, but most of all, is the workhorse of the Hokies offense.
RT Lawrence Booker, RG Corey Harris, C Ken Johnson: The right side of the Virginia Tech offense is in good hands as the three Seniors bring experience and great skill, especially in the running game.
WR Brandon Austin: Brandon takes over as the top wide out and will be upon to provide the game-breaking plays down field.
The Hokies defense is looking to replace four NFL 1st round draft picks. How quickly the defense is able to gel, will determine the success of the unit. Look for the Hokies to be more conservative as they break in starters early on.
Players to watch:
LE Shelton Randolph: Shelton has the all-around package and will looked upon to be the playmaker of the Hokie defensive line. Look for him to wreck havok off the edge.
MLB Kevin Scott: If Shelton is the playmaker, then Scott is the heart and soul of the defense. Scott's great range and solid tackling skills should helf offset some of the youth at the other linebacker spots.
SS Tate Collins: Tate is the only starter returning to a secondary decimated by NFL departures. He has great instincts and gets after the ball.
Though the schedule is tough, the Hokies caught a break as they host Florida State, LSU and defending National Champion Georgia Tech. Late trips to Texas A&M and Virginia will likely make-or-break the season for the Hokies.
QB: Nathan Armstrong leads the offense. Coming off a 2,000 passing 1,000 rushing season. Looking to cut down his INTS and Fumbles to have another strong season, and maybe pull out another title by the skin of his teeth.
HB: Joe sanders leads the way, with FB gray leaving Sanders will probably see a larger portion of the work this season.
Everybody else is a bunch of bums that will only be replaced next year by bigger bums.
QB: Stafford is gone. QB competition in Spring practice. JR. Randall Cunningham wins the starting QB job. SR Tommy Green will play.
RB: Heisman winner Hershel Walker Jr returns as well as Hampton.
FB: Both return
OL: Will feature 2 new starters. It may take a few weeks to jel.
DE: Both starters are gone. Major concern in Spring ball.
DT: Both starters return. They maybe Big, they need to get tougher on the LOS.
OLB: Loss of AJ Hawk Jr will hurt. SR Lance Briggs will finally get his chance to start.
MLB: Patrick Willis returns for his SR season
CB: Bailey and Law return
FS: Darren Sharper returns for his SR season. He needs to mentor his replacement for next season, Ed Reed Jr.
SS: Lawyer Milloy is back for his JR season
Outlook: 2 USER games to start the season. Hosting Texas AM in week 1 and going to LSU in week 2. Both teams are ranked in the top 20. GA and their new starters will be thrown into the fire right away.
QB- Jameis Winston (91) is a sophomore. He's got a good arm and speed. He played great last year, but FSU needs him to be just as efficient, while being used more in the offense.
HB/FB- James Wilder was the #2 HB last year, running for 800+ yards. Now, he's moved to FB, but is still expected to receive carries, as he's tough to stop in short yardage situations. Senior Devonta Freeman (92) who also ran for 800+ yards last year will receive the bulk of the carries, but probably less than last year as Mario Pender (88) will get more playing time.
TE- We lost Nick O'Leary to the NFL draft, and now only have 2 TE's on the roster, who will both be on the field a lot. Neither is anything special, but true freshman Justin Dukes is the better pass catcher.
WR- Rashad Greene (94) is the go to guy. FSU will rotate in 3 guys to play the other spot, or 2 if in a 3-WR set. WR Christian Green (87) was solid at the #3 WR spot last year, but Kelvin Benjamin (85) and Marvin Bracy (85) should make impacts. Benjamin is 6'5" 243, and Marvin Bracy didn't get any faster after his freshman season since he was 99 speed, 99 acceleration. He was the freshman All-American for returner and will be back returning kicks and punts.
O-Line- This is a very solid group, and much improved from last year. The starters ratings are 96, 92, 90, 89, and 84.
D-Line- Chris Casher (84) had a ton of sacks last season, and Mario Edwards (89) is a great player. Timmy Jernagin (95) is the best played on the line and plays DT, the other spot will be rotated with young guys.
Linebackers- We have 4 guys that we're comfortable putting on the field in the 4-2-5 set. Junior Terrance Smith (86) will be in most of the plays on the left side, and redshirt Freshman Matthew Thomas (85) will be in our RLB user position. He will be a star soon but he'll need to improve to fill 1st round pick Christian Jones's shoes.
D-Backs- Our secondary is pretty good, Keelin Smith (87) is the best corner, but he won't be playing there the whole time. He'll move around from nickel back, to corner, and even some deep safety. Safety Karlos Williams (94) hits like a linebacker and really improved on his coverage skills over the offseason. Other guys that will play a lot are CB's Nick Waisome (87) and Jalen Ramsey (85), as well as safeties Tyler Hunter (92) and Colin Blake (90).
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