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Season 2 Team Previews

Discussion in 'After Midnight' started by Kapono, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. Kapono

    Kapono Walk On

    Jun 28, 2010
    Boise State

    Offense (Pistol)
    Boise will look to run a lot this season with junior HB Jay Ajayi returning. But Boise lost 4 starters on the O-Line, causing problems for the run and the passing game. New QB will have 1 main option in WR Matt Miller who has fantastic ball skills and a couple talented TE's. But they lack a true #2 receiver.

    Quarterback- Joe Southwick is gone, but Nick Patti (So) is a good replacement with a more accurate arm. Patti has decent speed, but is a liability to fumble (2 against UCLA). They'll run a few read option plays to keep defenses honest, but most of his damage will come through the air. A weak O-Line won't give him much time to pass, and coaches are hoping he'll take sacks as opposed to throwing INTs.

    Running Back- Jay Ajayi (Jr) returns after his great sophomore season. Ajayi is big at 224 pounds, but has good speed surprising agility (92) which is a key attribute for Boise HB's. He'll get the load of the carries, but backup Derrick Thomas (Sr) is back as well as the 165 pound Aaron Baltazar (rFr), who really isn't that fast.

    Full Back- Connor Peters (Sr) had a nice junior season and saw about 50 carries. He's nothing special in the blocking game, but he will continue to get carries out of the pistol, and may even surpass Derrick Thomas as the #2 HB. Although we run the pistol, he's plays HB in a few sets as a blocking back aside from the QB.

    Tight Ends- Boise returns 3 tight ends that will get a lot of playing time. 6'5" 215 Holden Huff (Jr) is basically a WR with 73 run block. He was the #3 receiver last year and should probably be 2nd on the team this year in receptions, yards, and TDs. Mat Boeson (So) has a similar skill set to Huff at 6'3" 216 and 71 run block. Alec Dhaenens (rFr) will be on the field when Boise uses their 3 TE pistol set.

    Wide Receivers- Matt Miller (Sr) is the unquestioned leader of this group. He only has 85 speed, but his catching and route running skills are amazing, 97 catching, 93 RR, 89 CIT. Miller has already come through on the 1st game of the season, going for 136 yards and making the winning TD receptions with 4 seconds left at UCLA. Dallas Burroughs (Sr) and Shane W Rhodes (Jr) have blazing speed but aren't anything special. They'll be sent deep often with Miller doing all the work.

    O Line- This group is just terrible. 80 overall Marcus Henry (Jr) is the only returning stater and the backups bring very little to the table, overall: 76, 74, 71, 69 (Jr, rFr, So, Fr). Boise will need to get quick passes off and should use a good amount of play action.

    Defense (4-3)
    D Ends- Demarcus Lawrence (Sr) is a solid run-stopping DE. He hits hard and has good speed for a DE. Tyler Horn (Sr) should have a nice season and will be Boise's #1 pass rusher.

    D Tackles- A position of weakness for the Broncos, they'll start 2 seniors (83,78). Sam McCaskill will plug holes in the run and Deuce Mataele will look to get to the QB as often as he did last year.

    Outside Linebackers- Another position of weakness, but with MLB Blake Renaud in between the 2, they should be able to play well and focus on the run game. Boise didn't like to stray far from the 4-3 last year, with the lack of depth in the secondary, but they'll take the OLB's off the field when they can, playing a lot of 4-down nickel and dime.

    Middle Linebacker- Blake Renaud (Sr) finished #2 in the LB of the year award, but when he kept hearing NFL scouts compare him Manti Te'O comparisons, he decided to come back for his senior season. He's got 91 tackle and 89 block shedding, but some bad coverage skills. Luckily, he'll be usered again and I hope to double his INT's (4) and pass deflections (8).

    Cornerbacks- Bryan Douglas (Sr) has great man (91) and zone coverage (90) skills and should be able to shut down most receivers he faces. The question mark is true freshman Michael Monroe, who will start on the other side. 79 overall, he has 81 man coverage and 88 zone coverage. Corey Bell (Sr) will play in dime situations, but isn't great in coverage.

    Safeties- Darian Thompson (Jr) has good speed and zone coverage skills, which is really what Boise is looking for in a free safety. Jeremy Ione (Sr) has speed and is a good tackler. He isn't as great in coverage as Thompson. He hits like a linebacker and should improve on the good season he had last year. Taylor Loffler (Sr) will play the #3 CB in nickel situation, he's a good tackler and his 75 man coverage is good enough to earn him playing time on D.
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2013
  2. SatansAngel1104

    SatansAngel1104 Walk On

    Mar 29, 2011
    I'll make it quick,

    We lost our starting:
    4 WRs
    40% OL

    75% DL
    Both linebackers
    80% Secondary.

    We will suck terribly. That is all.
  3. MexiRican35

    MexiRican35 ┬┐Te quieres naranjas?

    Aug 14, 2010

    QB Ash is now a senior. He needs to cut back on the interceptions, as he had really bad games last year throwing multiple ones. The Longhorns have 3 capable backs of carrying the load in Gray, Brown, and Bergeron. WR Shipley will lead the WR group backed by 3 juniors and TE McFarland. C Espinosa anchors the line who will feature a true freshman, G Herman.


    DT Brown is a force up the middle. Right behind Brown is MLB Hicks, who is a beast. He can play the run and pick off passes with ease. CB Thomas comes off a 5 pick season and looks to improve on that.


    The Longhorns had a rough stretch last year that kept them out of the championship game. Not dropping conference games will be key to winning the South.
  4. Dru50

    Dru50 Still Chicago's #1 son

    Sep 13, 2009
    USC Trojans

    Offense - A lot of the starters from last year return at the skill positions, however there are two major changes. At QB, Cody Kessler surprisingly won the job in camp over last years starter Max Wittek, due mainly to Kessler showing great accuracy with his throws. The entire WR/TE corp returns from last years team, including all world WR Marqise Lee (99 OVR). He is joined again by seniors WR George Farmer (91 OVR) and TE's Randall Telfer (95 OVR) and Xavier Grimble (92 OVR). At HB, it looks like the keys are being handed to RS freshman Ty Isaacs, who is big and fast, but expect senior DJ Morgan to get some playing time as well. The O-line has some new faces, but hopefully they should be good enough to allow the skill position talent to shine.

    Defense - After tinkering with the idea of switching to a 4-2-5 formation, Coach Dru has elected to stick with the 4-3 from last year. The DL is stacked with pass rush talent, but the question is can they slow down the running game, which was what cost them in last years only loss. The line is led by returning senior George Uko, who is joined by tackles Leonard Williams (a pass rush specialist) and starting NT Antuan Woods. The two DE's are new starters, as one side will be manned by Greg Townsend Jr and the other side will be either converted LB Hayes Pullard or Delvon Simmons, depending on the matchups. The back 7 is solid in the middle with MLB Lamar Dawson returning to hold down the LB corps senior FS Josh Shaw and SS Dion Bailey should be able to keep offenses honest in the passing game.

    Expectations - the talent is here for another run at the conference crown, which likely comes down to beating whygodwhy1111 and the Washington Huskies.
  5. whygodwhy1111

    whygodwhy1111 Walk On

    Oct 18, 2009
    Best squad washington has fielded since 91 thanks to a heavy amount of starting seniors. Returning senior Heisman HB, Senior FB, 2 Talented senior TEs, Talented Senior WR, All senior offensive line, all senior defensive line, 2 senior LBs, 1 senior CB.

    Next year will not be pretty but this year looks REALLY good for the huskies.

    Offensive weapons:
    Freshman Cyrus Miles takes the helm at QB.
    Heisman winner Bishop Sankey returns to push piles
    TE Jenkins and TE Hartvinson will see alot of playing time
    WR Kasin Williams looks top notch
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2013
  6. Wyrmreaver

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

    Oct 31, 2011
    Baylor is a team in transition.....

    We return our QB and HB from last season, but lost our #1 WR and TE. We also field a nice offensive line this year with 3 JRs and 2 SRs. Once again, Seastrunk will be the key if this team hopes to win, he is a beast and the guys around him are mostly average.

    On defense our DL is better than last year which is good now that we are running a multiple D instead of the 3-3-5. At LB we have one stud in the middle and one RS frosh next to him in 3-4 looks with a journeyman SR on one side and a true frosh on the other. Our top 2 corners are solid, but we drop off pretty sharply after. Lucky for us one of the good ones is only a sophomore so he should be back next year too. Our FS is okay but not as good as a year ago and our SS is a true freshman.

    I like the way things are starting to look moving forward, but I am not sure if we have the talent to make a run this season. If Seastrunk can stay healthy and we can avoid mistakes in the passing game in order to keep defenses honest we could content for the Big 12 title.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2013
  7. Boom29

    Boom29 Walk On

    Jul 7, 2011

    Defense Rests for Mustangs

    The SMU Mustangs will look for the offense to once again carry them in 2014. While a new signal-caller is at the helm in rSO Neal Burchase, the offense should remain fairly consistent. However, the unexpected loss to the draft of #1 receiver Der'rikk Thompson will be hard to overcome, forcing a young WR corps to step up. With a year under their belt, the offensive line should be able to provide enough protection for Burchase to get rid of the ball.

    The problems for SMU will be on the defensive side of the ball. While the D-Line returns top rusher in rJR DE Andrew McCleneghen, the rest of the line is fairly inexperienced and not highly skilled. The line backing unit will be the relative strength of the team, but with the team's 4-2-5 will not have as big an impact. The secondary, however, is thin and devoid of talent. Returning starting FS rSR Hayden Greenbauer is the leader of the group, but it the success of the unit will rely on the other players. If there is one bright spot in the defense, especially the secondary, it is True Freshman SS Courtney Johnson who will start from day one for the Mustangs.

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