Season 2 Team Previews

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  1. Drifterbub

    Drifterbub Help me hide a body?

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  2. Drifterbub

    Drifterbub Help me hide a body?

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    Texas A&M enters the season after experiencing roller coaster performances in it's inaugural season in the SEC. QB Jamiell Showers didn't do the team a lot of favors only providing 23 TDs while throwing 25 INTs as a sophomore. He'll be leaned on a little more heavily as a junior and with the departure of HB Christine Michael. HB Brandom Williams will be called upon after sitting out a transfer year along with HB Ben Malena to shoulder the load on the ground. The Aggies offense should be a bit more ground based with the departure of WRs Uzoma Nwachukwu and Ryan Swope, which mean relying less on Showers to make big plays.

    Facing one of the toughest schedules in the country, we will see just how tough the Aggies are this year. The Defense will have to be better against the run after getting blasted by the SEC west power teams. Unfortunately only 5 starters return on defense and the word coming out of summer camp is that there could be at least two true freshmen starting with others breaking in the two-deep. As big as last year's lumps were, the Ags could most certainly be put on the wrong side of some punishing games considering the inexperience in the defensive rotation.

    What to look out for on offense: Consistency. The Aggies struggled in the close games because they could only do enough to stay in games and failed on a number of occasions to make the 1-2 plays needed to break a game open. Look for a new offensive look that is easier to execute and can be much more effective, especially late in games. AA Ts Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews return for their senior year and help create the cornerstone of the A&M's protection up front. The HB trip of Brandon Williams, Ben Malena and Trey Williams is one of the best in the country. The WR group is young, but very talented. SO(RS) WR Mike Evans, a former basketball player, is a physical presence on the outside who will be the go to guy when the offense needs a big play in the air.

    What to look out for on defense: Sniffing salt. The youth is something Texas A&M will have to deal with. Fortunately it's at least a bit hidden. True frosh SS Paul Stevensen is surrounded by three solid JRs in FS Howard Matthews, CB Floyd Raven and CB Dashazor Everett. True frosh OLB Jason Butler lines up behind AA DE Damontre Moore. Which is good in theory, but the offenses on the schedule are sure to take advantage of the gaps in experience. The better players aren't ready to be on the field against the likes of LSU and Alabama so you can all but bet on the weaknesses showing through in bigger games.

    Best NFL prospect: LT Luke Joeckel is everything you want in a tackle. Size, strength and explosiveness will land him a job with a team who picks early in the 1st round.

    Newcomer of the year: Take your pick of and of the true frosh between LB Jason Butler, SS Paul Stevenson and WR Jimmy Williams. All will be playing significant minutes and can make a difference with some big plays.

    The season will be a success if...: We stay above .500. It's an issue of the tough schedule and that the Aggies have been dialed back a knotch or two talent wise. It won't be the same from here on out as there are some very, very talented young players on the roster.

    Schedule outlook: Whew. One of the toughest schedules in the country not only this year, but in recent memory. The Ags fortunately get South Carolina, LSU and Alabama at home, but that doesn't change the fact that they have to play them. Then they have to travel to Tennessee, Arkansas and Missouri.

    Recruiting class summary: The Aggies managed to reel in a top 5 class after finishing 9-4 in an up and down season. However, the success on the recruiting trail was fairly consistent. Coach Drifter managed to address needs and build some quality depth. Three recruits found their way into starting roles while :4stars: PS#10 TE Javon Parsons, :2stars: PS#73 MLB Ray Brown, :4stars: FS PS#21ATH Fred Jude, and :2stars: PS#26 P Brian Ervin will all play significant roles this year.
     
  3. OMlawdog

    OMlawdog Going full Cheeze

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    Summary - Iowa State looks to repeat from a solid 8-5 campaign last year and hopefully go bowling again. This year's team is headed by one of the nation's deepest backfields. Jared Barnett, Jeff Woody, and James White all lead a great ground game, with Junior Shontrelle Johnson trying to get some carries as well. Coach OMlawdog has already split the carries up based on formations, and he still has to get some carries for Rob Standard who is a sensational sophmore that will have a huge opportunity next year.

    What to look out for on offense: Run, Run and more Run. Iowa State led by Jared Barnett will lead a fairly run heavy offense both out of the gun and in power sets. Barnett is more than capable to run the ball, but I expect that he won't be running that much this year.

    What to look out for on defense: A lot of new faces and a lot of tackles by Jeremiah George a really solid MLB that will easily get a lot of playing time since he along with Jake Brackins at SS. At one corner, Jalen Watson is a special talent that will really press for All-American honors after picking off 9 passes last year.

    Best NFL prospect: Shontrelle Johnson; The junior has solid speed, size and strength; He will get lots of carries this year and will be a solid threat out of the backfield.

    Newcomer of the year: Clay Parks showed up at Ames at 6'7" 235 lbs with 85 speed and 97 Acceleration and simply wouldn't drop passes. The guy has broken into the starting WR sets and is a big time threat in the endzone and in the middle of the field. We are really, really excited about his potential.

    The season will be a success if...: We win a bowl game.

    Schedule outlook: With no trips to Austin or Dallas to play UT or SMU, things look interesting for this ISU squad. A bowl game is only 5 more wins away.

    Recruiting class summary

    Solid 23 man class that doesn't have any difference makers yet, but some players that will certainly have a big impact in the years to come. Ryan Campbell and Max Carrington at SS along with Paul Green at MLB will help the defense while Peter Murphy and Clay Parks at TE and WR will be a solid combo for years to come.
     
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    OMlawdog Going full Cheeze

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  5. BobJr

    BobJr To each their own

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    The Texas Tech Red Raiders will look to continuing building for success in the Big 12. Coming into this season, the Red Raiders have a different philosophy on both sides of the ball. A great 2012 season has set up Tech for what could be a very special 2013 year. The recruiting trail will be a dogfight with not only the other Big 12 teams but with in state ex-rival Texas A&M. Lubbock could finally be on the map.

    What to look out for on offense: QB Clayton Nicholas takes the reins as a redshirt freshman QB. The lefty was extremely impressive in Spring Ball and he won the job outright. The luxury for Tech is they have a great backup behind him. The WR corps could be one of the most solid set of wide receivers since the days of Micheal Crabtree. The Red Raiders have changed playbooks going to a more routine multiple formation book. The balance will help keep teams on their toes.

    What to look out for on defense: While overall on paper the defense looks the same, the biggest asset to the defense is OLB Daniel Cobb. The senior linebacker is a big time playmaker in our scheme. Their are also two preseason All Big 12 players in Travis Phillips and Branden Jackson. Jackson could end up anchoring the defense for the next 3 years.

    Best NFL prospect: WR Eric Ward, HB Eric Stephens, DT Branden Jackson, OLB Daniel Cobb

    Newcomer of the year: QB Clayton Nicholas

    The season will be a success if...: We will still need to catch some breaks in big games vs ISU, UH, UT, OU, and SMU. But if we get a few breaks here and there we could be extremely successful

    Schedule outlook: At the start of the season, half of our games are against top 25 ranked teams. The first true test for Tech will come when they go to Lansing and face the Spartans.

    Recruiting class summary: We had one of better recruiting seasons with a top 30 class. We are excited about a few guys that came to Lubbock. TE Keon Scales and his height could be a big factor by the time he's a sophmore.
     
  6. Shaun Mason

    Shaun Mason Somebody you used to know.

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    Missouri went 8-5 last year, which was likely overachieving in a tough SEC. This year they look to become more efficient and protect the ball better. Hopefully they can get over the growing pains they experienced last year at the end of the season, win the games they should and be competitive against the big boys in the conference.

    What to look out for on offense: Balance in unlikely places. James Franklin needs to stop being a turnover machine and guide the team better in clutch situations. Senior running back Henry Josey needs to run tougher and stay healthy. The team goes as Dorial Green-Beckham goes, look for him to be a focus on offense in the passing game.

    What to look out for on defense: A focus on tackling. Last year it was just atrocious and the coaching staff spend the off season teaching the kids how to break down and finish.

    Best NFL prospect: Dorial Green-Beckham. He has AJ Green size and speed. He is a tough matchup for big corners because he is too fast and a tough matchup for small corners because of his size and leaping ability. He still needs to be able to get open despite being a focus for defenses.

    Newcomer of the year: Austin Bray. He plays safety, he is the third quarterback on the roster, he has been returning kicks in practice. He is young and makes freshman mistakes but his all around athleticism is phenomenal.

    The season will be a success if...: We make a bowl game and recruit well.

    Schedule outlook: It's the SEC, there are no off weeks. Finishing up the season with LSU and Alabama can't be good.

    Recruiting class summary: Missouri pulled in an excellent class, especially on the offensive line where they desperately needed help.
     
  7. JrRawlins

    JrRawlins People hate me cause they aint me...

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    The Jayhawks whimpered to the finish last year losing 5 of their final 7 games. This season behind the arm of Jake Heaps, the Jayhawks return more talented offensively but somewhat inexperienced. As previously stated Jake Heaps is the leader of the offense. Everything will run through him, if Heaps can exceed the lofty stats that Dayne Crist had last season Heaps might be able to lead the Jayhawks to a winning season. James Sims and freshman Jason Odom should handle the bulk of the carries for the offense. Sims fell just short off 1000 yards last season. The Jayhawk coaching staff is hopefully he can eclipse that mark this season. At wide receiver, the Jayhawks have a good mixture of youth and experience. Wide receievers Jacob McCay and Jacorey Shephard are the starters and bring a good amount of experience. Adam Hall is the freshman sensation in the slot... At tight end, Trey Evans won the starting job in the spring over fellow freshman Jon Lemon. Defensively, the Jayhawks lost five starters but feel confident in their younger replacements. Free safety Brad Wright is the leader of the secondary as a freshman... Bill SMith is another freshman starter in the secondary. Smith walks in with a great skill set, Wright and Smith should be 4 year starters. At linebacker, senior MLB Willis leads the group that is solid as two JUCOs come in and should drastically should improve. The Jayhawks best NFL prospects are MLB Darius Willis and QB Jake Heaps. The Jayhawks season will be considered a success if the Jayhawks can make a bowl game.
     
  8. bringbackjimmy

    bringbackjimmy WTFWTTD

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    Summary
    The Wildcats will try to build on their conference championship season from last year. That may be a bit difficult with Staring QB Collin Klein and #1 Wr Chris Harper both graduating last year. The Wildcats look to true Freshman Max Callahan to step in as the starting QB get some confidence fast befor conference play. The best news for the offense is the return of HB John Hubert who went down a few weeks into last season after starting out strong.

    What to look out for on offense:
    The wildcats are at their best when they are running the ball effectively and that will be even bigger this yr with a true freshman at the helm. Look for the wildcats to do what ever it takes to make the job easier for Max Callahan. In the passing game look for fellow Freshman TE Scott Reed to help him out with a big frame to throw to at.
    What to look out for on defense:
    Tre Walker is the new leader of this defense taking over for Bednarik winner Arthur Brown. Walker has good size and speed to create havoc in the opposing run game. The wildcat front seven will have its work cut out for them as they will have to keep the secondary from being abused is this this pass happy conference.

    Best NFL prospect:
    HB John Hubert- He may not have good size, but he will be a great change of pace back in the mold of Darren Sproles.
    Newcomer of the year:

    The season will be a success if...:
    Anything less than a CC and a bowl win will be deemed a failed season. We might have had some Losses in talent, but my expectations have always been to be better than the year before.

    Schedule outlook:
    The wildcats get a solid OOC schedule headlined by top 15 UNC at home. While it's probably not the toughest OOC schedule coach bbj has seen it will be a nice test before they start conference play. Last year we avoided Texas, but this KSU has to face every power school in the conference and end the season against Coach BBJ Nemesis OMlawdog 's Iowa State.

    Recruiting class summary:
    The Class will probably be remembered for Max Callahan and Scott Reed who seem to have found a quick bond that should help this team for hopefully for the next 4 years. on the defensive side coach bbj likes what the class brought into the defensive backfield and thinks he will have a nice set in the next year or two to lean on.
     

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