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  1. Hellisan

    Hellisan Schemin 'em up

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  2. Hellisan

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    OFFENSE

    Our offense looks strong on paper. Senior Randall Mackey (90 OVR) is a year better, but he's still short and will likely be a sporadic passer. He has competition this year in the form of Junior Barry Brunetti, who was held out as a transfer last season. Brunetti is a much better runner than Mackey and is in the same neighborhood as a passer. Mackey may have the inside track on the starting role, but we will not hesitate to pull him, unlike last year when we had nobody we trusted backing him up.

    We have two effective running backs in Jeff Scott (89) and Enrique Davis (89). Davis is a 222 lb. inside back, while Scott has 96 speed and good hands out of the backfield. Blocking for them will be FB H.R. Greer (84) who is solid. We also recruited a freshman named Nate Rosario (69) who can really block, but is redshirting. If Greer goes down we would pull that.

    WR Melvin Harris (6'7", 90 OVR)will once again be the focus of the offense, but maybe not to the same extent. Other receivers have improved, and Harris dropped 12 passes last season. He won't have the chance to do that again, we will stop throwing to him if he sucks. We have moved Korvic Neat (81 OVR, 96 spd) to the outside because he was battered inside last season and couldn't do much for us. James Logan (87) will go to the slot where we feel he will be a tough inside presence. The last WR spot will be manned by the explosive freshman Donte Moncrief (75). TE Ferbia Allen (86) was very effective for us last season and returns in the starting role once again.

    The offensive line is a clear step down from last season. The left side of the line has talent but is very young. Our strength will be focused up the middle and on the right side where C A.J. Hawkins (6'4" 307, 88), G Jared Duke (6'6" 326, 86) and T Bobby Massie (6'6" 310, 91) provide a big, strong presence.

    DEFENSE

    Once again it is our defense that really needs work. We were awful in the trenches last season and I don't think that will be much improved. DE's Gerald Rivers (86) and Jason Jones (83) offer senior leadership, but we have a couple fatties in the middle that have crappy ratings. Junior DT Corey Gaines (6'1" 307, 75) and Senior Gilbert Pena (6'2" 338, 72) will try to control the interior.

    Despite having a great year, Mike Marry (82) has been moved to outside linebacker due to the emergence of freshman C.J. Johnson (82) who we expect will be great. Marry gives us some nice size on the outside, and Joel Kight (5'9" 227, 88) is the odd man out. Kight might play in some nickle packages or something. Arguably the most talented man on the second level is impact OLB D.T. Shackelford (90). We will try and find ways to get him more involved than he was last season.

    Our secondary is once again a question mark. We are redshirting some talented players that we expect to help us in the future in FS Ricky Burley (76, converted athlete) and SS Brian Collins (6'7" 203, 76). In the meantime we make due with older players that are maxed out and not all that effective. CB Charles Sawyer (87) is an adequate CB and Wesley Pendleton (85, 97 spd) will line up on the other side. After that it is interchangeably bad parts.

    Junior Frank Crawford (78) takes the reigns for a season at free safety before Burley takes over next year. Junior Brishen Matthews (80) may be able to stave off Collins for at least his senior season, as he is more athletic than Collins.

    SPECIAL TEAMS

    K Bryson Rose (90) improved a ton in the offseason, especially in terms of kick power so we should be able to hit the occasional 45-yarder now. We landed 3-star P, Freshman Shaun Johnson (86, 93 KPW) to boot it back to the other team. Eventually he will be drilling 50-60 yarders with regularity.

    Korvic Neat and Tobias Singleton will return kicks, and both are very speedy.

    HB Jeff Scott will be returning punts, unless he has trouble holding on.

    OUTLOOK

    Ole Miss had a great season last year technically (3 losses), but of course lost all three user games. In our four this year I'm hoping for a split. If we can again run the table against the cpu (not a given) then we might go to 5-star status.

    We could possibly susprise some people if Mackey feels like a completely different player and doesn't miss so many throws, but when I compare him to other QBs that are also struggling he has nowhere near the ratings, so I don't have my hopes up for that.
     
  3. MaxATX34

    MaxATX34 Texas Football

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    Offense:
    All the pieces are there for Utah's offense to be even better than they were last year. The Utes return almost everybody on offense. They retain most of their offensive line, bring back their starting QB, RB, and all top pass-catchers including their TE. Junior RB Thretton Palamo has spawned a Heisman campaign in Salt Lake after a 2,000 yard rushing performance last season. The Utah Coaches have expressed their desires to have Senior QB Jordan Wynn become even more of a factor in the offense than he was last year when he flirted with a 3,000yd/30TD season. Utah has an incredible corps of wide receivers (led by Devonte Christopher) and an NFL-caliber talent at TE (Kendrick Moeai) so there are no excuses for Wynn or the coaching staff. The passing game must be more prominent.

    Defense:
    When Utah hired Coach Max, they knew they were getting an offensively-minded Head Coach, but they may not have expected the talent gap between the two units to show so quickly. The Utes Defense will be in a state of transition, and could be put in some awkward positions this season. They lost a lot of Senior talent and will have fresh faces starting at MLB, OLB, FS, CB, DE, and DT. The defensive starters are a pretty talented bunch, but there is no real depth. Hopefully having a good offense will alleviate some of the pressure put on this side of the ball, but the Defense will be expected to make plays and force timely turnovers like last year's team. The

    Coaches are high on a few players in particular though:

    Senior SS Keith McGill led the team in interceptions last year (6'3 200lb)

    (RS)Senior MLB Boo Anderson is perhaps the least-experienced 5th year player in NCAA history.

    Junior DT Star Lotulelei (6'4 332lb) He is a load on the interior. Disrupts the run and pass.

    True Freshman FS Erik Riley (5'11 199lb) Coaches are looking for ways to get him involved on defense, and he will see some return duties. Has elite first-step (98 Accel) and looks like he will develop into a great player.

    Special Teams:
    Sean Sellwood will handle all kicking/punting duties, and (RS)So. RB Lucky Radley will handle the Punt/Kick returns. Radley housed a couple of returns last season, and looks to do even better this time around.

    Outlook:
    The Offense looks ready to repeat and even make the push for an undefeated season. The Defense, at this point though, is still suspect at best. The Utes have a tougher OOC schedule to contend with as well. An undefeated season may be out of reach, but priority #1 is and always will be winning the Conference.
     
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  4. Mogriffjr

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    OFFENSE
    ---JR-QB Taylor Martinez (92) returns for his JR season and he's improved his accuracy a bit more over the summer. This is his team now more than ever with the departure of star RB Rex Burkhead. Speaking of the RB spot with him leaving, it leaves a bit of cloud over us in that spot. We didn't want to force FR-RB Trey Smith (77) into the fold early but he combining with Burkhead's departure and his spring workouts, he will get the start. Be very watchup of backup SO-RB Aaron Green (77) who will get some carries as well. Both are scat and speedy type backs so we plan to spread the field more and get these guys into open space. With our stellar offensive line led by tackles JR Jeremiah Sirles (91) and SR Jamarcus Hardrick (91), we think we have the beef up front to have the advantage every week against our opponents. Our WR corps returns our key guys besides Brandon Kinnie. We have SO-WR Kenny Bell (87) who has the speed to go deep and the hands to go over the middle. We feel he's key as he can stretch the field...something we didn't have much of last season. FR-WR Steve McCauley, one of our prized recruits gets the nod in the slot with his impressive hands and good size (6'2", 209lbs). Also we'd love to get SR-TE Ben Cotton more into the game as he's just as impressive receiver as he is blocker but he's been behind all-world and stud TE Kyler Reed (89) who led our team in receptions, yards and TD passes caught.

    DEFENSE
    We return most of our starters from the previous year aside from our star DT Jared Crick and LOLB David but everyone else comes in fired up and ready to dominate. Our DE's, namely SR Cameron Meredith (92) and SR Josh Williams (85) look ready to step their games up and give us the pass rush we lacked from the outside. SR-DT Baker Steinkuhler (92) returns and looks to improve on his 7.5 sacks he registered last season. We really want to see a major improvement in our secondary. Last year Alonso Dennard was nicknamed torch by scouts because he was burned a lot...and worse, he only registered 1 interception. This year, JR Ciante Evans (86) will be the man responsible going up against top WR's. We have SR-CB Antonio Bell (81), who's more of a zone type CB as the 2nd CB but he displays amazing acceleration, though he lacks top end speed. Then at the nickel we have FR Josh Stuckey (77), a stud in the making. He's been impressive and has really battled Bell for the 2nd CB spot but we wanted to ease him into this secondary. Our safety play should improve with more speed as PJ Smith (88) and Damion Stafford (80) enter the fray. Both are very versatile safeties so we plan to switch them from FS to SS and vice versa.

    SPECIAL TEAMS
    With the shocking departure of punter Matt Beher, SO-K Mauro Bondi will take over kicking and punting duties. He has a strong arm and we feel our special teams should improve a lot based upon his leg. RB Aaron Green will return as the kick and punt returner, as last year he was the nation's top returner.

    OUTLOOK
    The loss of bruising RB Rex Burkhead may hurt initially but we figure to get this offense more high octane and to the perimeter more with our increased speed over the offseason. Defense we feel we are better than last year. We really feel confident that we can make a serious run at the national title with the guys currently here on this team.
     
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  5. ctvolfan

    ctvolfan Vol for Life!!

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    Offense

    The Tennessee offense is going to be won and loss onthe arm of Tyler Bray.
    Now in his third season as the starting qb Bray looks to take this
    team to the next level. With Bray being the main catalyst of the offense
    he wont be alone. After backing up senior Tauren Poole last year Rajon Neal looks to make some noise and prove why he was so highly rated coming out of high school. The receiving core may be the most underrated group in the whole conference. With the likes of Justin
    Hunter, Da'Rick Rogers, Zach Rogers, and Deanthony Arnett the Vols will
    be set for years to come. The OL may be the most
    experienced group of the bunch lead by OT Dallas Thomas and Juwan James. Look for the vols offense to make some noise and be one of the better offenses in the country.

    Defense

    The Volunteer defense comes into the 2012 football season with lots to prove following the down 2011 season. This group is lead by senior LB Herman Lathers. He is one of the top LB's in the country and should earn all-sec honors come season end. The defensive line is lead by Jr's Jacques Smith and Maurice Couch. Both guys look to wreck havoc on opposing d-lines this season. The secondary for the volunteers is by far the best group on the whole team led by 4 year starter Janzen Jackson. Jackson is the key playmaker on defense and do not be surprised if he ends up on some all-american teams come seasons end. At CB we have senior starters Prentiss Waggner and Marsalis Teague locking down opposing wide receivers. At SS Brent Brewer who is fresh into his third season with the vols following his stint in minor league baseball.

    Special Teams

    The special teams for the vols are lead by Junior Michael Palardy. Palardy hails from the sunshine state and the dominant program of St. Thomas Aquanis. At punter we have Matt Darr. He is a solid punter who we hope not to have to use much for obvious reasons. The return game will be lead by Zach Rogers and Knoxville native Devrin Young. Look for the speedy Young to surprise some people and take a few to the house.

    Schedule

    1. Tulsa
    2. Arizona st. (jfosh)
    3. @ #3 Penn st (jms493)
    4. Florida
    5. Bye
    6. Bye
    7. @ #24 Georgia (Riptides)
    8. @ Colorado st
    9. #2 Alabama
    10. @ #4 South Carolina
    11. @ #18 Miss st (smls)
    12. #19 Arkansas
    13. @ Vandy
    14. Kentucky

    The typical daunting SEC schedule is out and the Vols are going to have a tough time with this schedule. Look for this team to beat some teams they shouldn't and possible get beat by someone they should beat. Look for this team to go 7-5 or 8-4 at best.

    Recruting

    Tennessee's needs are TE, OLB, and MLB

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  6. NYJuggalo45

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    Wisconsin Badgers

    OFFENSE
    We have the best 1-2 punch at RB in the nation. I should probably stop here as that is the end of the good news.
    Our QB is a 86 over with 86thp/85tha...and plays MUCH worse than that. And he is easily the best on the team. Our O-line can run block with the best of them, but we gave up 5 sacks in 15 pass attempts vs Temple, that should tell you all you need to know about our pass blocking. Our WRs...to put it mildly....should be taken out and shot.

    DEFENSE
    I like my defense on paper. Vs Temple they didn't play as good as I hoped, but hoping that was more a me thing than the team since haven't played a meaningful game in like 2 weeks. Our front 4 is pretty solid and generates plenty of pressure. Our LB corp is very good, and stuffed the best rush team in the nation last year (PSU), and we only lost 1 from our top 5 LBs. Our secondary is new. Only our SS returns, the other 4 of our nickle group graduated. But I like the guys who replaced them.

    All in all...if we can win games 14-10 / 17-14 in defensive/field position style, we can be ok. Anytime we get in a shootout situation, we will be in trouble since we simply cannot pass. In all my user games, will need to win the time of poss battle otherwise, we will lose.
     
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  7. HotRod

    HotRod You ain't bout dat life!

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    STANFORD CARDINAL

    OFFENSE
    Andrew Luck decided to stick around for his senior year after a rough 2011 campaign lowered his draft stock. His season was a mixed bag, at times he was brilliant (3700+ yds, 32 TD) and then there were times he struggled (29 INT, sacked 57 times). Luck spent the offseason reviewing tape and refining his game. He looks to bounce back with a strong 2012 season. Also back is 2nd-team All-American Stepfan Taylor who is one of the nation's top returning rushers. The receiving corps took a bit of a hit losing starters Chris Owusu and Griff Whalen. Senior's Jamal Patterson and Drew Terrell step in and hope to provide the same production. All five starters from the offensive line return and should be a the key to the offense's success. They struggled in pass protection at time but with another year together things should be better. Their strength is run blocking as they paved the way for Taylor allowing him to run for almost 1700 yds. Look for the run game to be even better this year.

    DEFENSE
    The Cardinal defense lost their top cornerback both starting safeties and have to hope the guys stepping in can produce. Returning to lead the defensive backs is Barry Browning who had a solid 2011 season. Look out for FS Devon Carrington who has amazing athleticism and should make some plays in pass coverage. At linebacker, Shane Skov returns to captain the defense. Skov was LB of the year last year and decided to comeback for his senior year for another shot at a title. Also returning is OLB Blake Leuders who had a very productive season rushing the passer with his 8.5 sacks. He looks to once again wreak havoc on opposing QBs. Stanford is excited about freshman OLB Garrett Wade, who is more of a natural pass rusher than Leuders and should be a great fit in 3-4 sets. The defensive line returns 3 starters, led by DT Terrence Stephens who has a very quick rush and causes problems in the backfield.

    SPECIAL TEAMS
    Groza Award winner, Eric Whitaker is back and will also be taking over punter duties as Stanford was unable to sign a punter. Whitaker has a great leg and is very accurate.

    OUTLOOK
    After their controversal National Championship, the Cardinal look to prove their worth this season. These guys are playing with a chip on their shoulder and want to make sure they silence all of the doubters. Time will tell as they have a fairly tough out of conference schedule featuring Georgia, Mississippi St and Wisconsin as well as Pac-12 foes Oregon St, USC, and Oregon.
     
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  8. smlVICTORIES53

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    Now it's accurate
     
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  9. NYJuggalo45

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    my plan for the game against stanford is never snap the ball with more than 15 secs on the playclock. less time luck is on the field...the better
     
  10. Twister18

    Twister18 I aint got time to bleed!

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    Offense: The Wolverines attack will be led by QB Denard Robinson, who had a disappointing year throwing the ball, allowing 20 ints against 11 TDs. The bulk of the load will fall on the running game, as RB Stephen Hopkins and RS Fr Thomas Rawls will share the HB duties. Hopkins ran for 1600+ yards last year.​

    The WR corp will be led by WR Roy Roundtree and a trio of freshman WRs led by Anthony Chapman. The TE will be Brandon Moore and new Fr TE Justin Bates, 6'8" of badness. The OL will be led by LG Rick Barnum and C Rocko Khoury.​

    Defense: The defense will again run a 4-3 defense, led by Srs SS Jordan Kovacs and MLB Ken Demens. The DL is very solid, led by DT Bill Campbell and DE Craig Roh. With the additions of CBs Thomas High and Jeff Cooper, the secondary will be the strength of the defense.​

    P/K Will Hagerup will lend a strong leg to the kicking game and Touissant will anchor the return teams.​
     
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    The 2011 season for ArizonaStateUniversitywas supposed to herald the arrival of the Sun Devils. It left many wondering how head coach Jfosh still had his job. A dismal 4-8 season with no bright spots to mention. The Devil’s losses came in many different ways but folks in Tempeplace the blame squarely on the offensive coordinator. ASU’s spread offense was to difficult for JR QB Brock Oswieler to master. Not long after the season in which Oswieler lead the nation in interceptions and sacks the OC and O-line coach were both handed their pink slips.

    ASU brought a full house in recruiting landing 24 players and 1 transfer. They needed the incoming crop to fill the 23 spots vacated by out going seniors.

    2012 features a new offense and renewed enthusiasm that only a new season can bring.

    Offense

    Brock is back….good or bad this kid has over 300 hundred attempts under his belt… at 6’8” his size is a major plus while remaining mobile…has ample arm strength and accuracy. He wont have 300 attempts this season and we look for him to be much more efficient.

    At WR the Devils lost their top 5 players at this spot…..Bull Head City’s “Blazin” JJ Holiday is the wild card to watch this season he is also a 100 meter track star…..Speedster Holiday will be flanked by Jamal Miles…Miles and Holiday got to see more action toward the end of the 2011 season so they should he the ground running.

    We feel that RB is the Devil’s deepest position….. SR Cameron Marshall will carry most of the load for ASU…he has a nice blend of power and speed…Change of pace back Deantre Lewis is speedy and can hit the smallest holes…Lewis was shot in the butt prior to the 2011 season and never reached his full potential….TRANSFER WATCH…..Roy Finch had 169 carries for OU in 2011 but will sit out the season and burn his red-shirt year while he waits to be eligible….Finch looks to be a runner in Lewis’ mold but with more power.

    The line is what it is….not much will need to work as a unit to have success.

    Defense

    Vontaze Burfict will need to dominate games from the MLB position….he can do it, coaches will let Burfict have free reign as looks to land some hardware this season…Beyond Burfict the cupboards are bare as 4 OLB’s graduated last season….The Devil’s do have solid returners at FS and SS…but break in a new DT and Corner and DE…

    OUTLOOK

    Does ASU have enough to make a run at a PAC-12 South title?? They might but I don’t think anybody “Fears the Fork” at this point.

    For it to happen Oswieler needs to be efficient ((I suspect he will be)). The running backs will need to utilize their talent because there will not be holes big enough to drive busses through. Most importantly Burfict needs to beast.
     
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  12. smlVICTORIES53

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    Mississippi State

    Offense:

    This season will bring some change to Starksville. With the exit of Chris Relf, Vick Ballard, and Chad Bumphis the Bulldogs are looking for some guys to step up and and fill the large holes. 2 of the 3 positions have some solid play makers coming in. HB Ladarius Perkins has some playing experience and is an all around good back. He has speed to get to the corner and make some plays but can also get the tough yards between the tackles. WRs Chris Smith and Brandon Heavens will be the main receiving targets and will have to be extra dependable. The biggest question mark for the Offense will be at QB. Tyler Russell has had very limited playing time and will be asked to be a manager of the game. He has an average arm and some decent wheels. The Bulldogs season literally rest on the shoulders of this guy. Fortunately for him he has one of the best O-lines in the conference in front of him. Three of the guys are rated 90 or better and the other two are in the mid-high 80s.

    Defense:

    Overall, a good unit. They are lead by a pair of stud DTs, Fletcher Cox and Josh Boyd. The ends are serviceable. The d is hoping the DTs can shut the middle of the line down and free up the LBs to make plays. The secondary is good on the front end but lack much depth. Jonathon Banks leads the secondary and will be heavily relied upon to be the guy to shut down the opposing teams main WR. The linebackers are led by MLB Brandon Wilson. The group is pretty average but can make some plays.

    Special Teams:
    P Baker Sweedenberg will be handling all kicking duties. Michael Carr and Rico Saunders will handle returning duties and both are capable of being game chaning homerun threats.

    Outlook: 8-4 or 7-5. Play a lot of tough teams and not sure we can hang with them
     
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    jfosh holiday is a monster. Hella speed. I'm wondering if ASU can get him into open space and utilize that blazing speed
     
  14. jfosh

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    We didn't last night...that is for sure
     
  15. jms493

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    Stanford

    Matt McGloin will take the helm again at QB. Be is really nothing special but he is the best we have IMO. HB Silas Redd returns for his junior year after 1000+ yd year last year. He will be the feature back this year and it is something he is excited and nervous about. His stamina will be tested. Our WR and TE core is solid but no stand outs. Little 5'7 Devon Smith could cause some problems for slow opposing corners. Watch for the development of Freshman TE Chandler.

    Defense:
    4:3

    The PSU DTs total in at 640 lbs. They will be tough to run up the gut on but the ends are so so. We will be vulnerable to outside runs. Our MLB is the shining star on defense, Mike Mauti is a playmaker and leader on the defense. At CB short but speedy Morris holds downs the #1 WRs. The rest is a crapshoot. The Safeties are nothing more then 3 stars developing in their junior and seniros years. The young redshirts behind them can't wait to play.

    Season 2 Outlook:

    We will be looking to improve on passing this year. Look for more of a mix of run and pass as opposed to run, run ,run. We have a 3 game gauntlet that will shape our season. Tenn, Utah and then Wisconsin all in a row. We are hoping to come out 2-1 and then we battle Nebraska 2 weeks later. As of now the National Title is not realistic for this team but Big Ten could be.

    Key Players: QB McGloin, HB Redd, WR Smith, MLB Mauti, CB Morris
     
  16. The Parrothead

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    Offense:

    QB Ryan Katz comes back, but this unit is going to be missing some big pieces from last season's juggernaut. Gone are HB McCants, WR Rodgers, and 4 out of the 5 starting linemen. Coach Parrothead has shuffled the HB's around some, looking for the best fit for the system. As it stands now, this one is more running back by committee. The WR's will need to prove themselves, but should be ok. For this team to have any chance, the offensive line is going to have to grow up in a hurry.

    Defense:

    The secondary remains a concern in Corvallis, and the entire defense looks to depend more on finesse than brute strength. It may be enough to get them through some games, but some of the bigger ones (Stanford comes to mind right away) could prove a challenge with that method. It will come down to some sly gameplanning and taking advantage of their speed to make plays.

    Realistically, an 8 win season would be nice this time around. Oregon State starts out with three games on the road. If they can win a couple of them, they could be in decent shape. If not, it could be a very long season.
     
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    with how pissy the Bolden family has been, i'm surprised he didn't transfer!
     

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