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SMU 2013 Roster Breakdown The Mustangs won the Big East title last year, but coach Fuzzy was very unhappy about all the turnovers on offense. He tried out the run and shoot in his first season, but it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks. A new offensive coordinator from Boise State has been brought into camp during the offseason, and SMU will sport a whole new offensive look in the 2013 season. With an incoming recruiting class that includes a blocking FB with great size and trucking ability and a 6'7" TE who can catch and block, reverting back to pro-style was a no brainer for the head coach. We will see how this new look pans out this season. To the breakdown: QB: Gilbert set the school record last year for yards thrown and TDs, but he also broke the NCAA record for the most interceptions thrown in a season. He will be relied on less this season, as Coach Fuzzy wants to run the ball 30-40% of the game. He had a great summer training camp, fans are eager to see him on the field again. HB: SMU mainly saw one HB get the majority of carries last year, but this season, Williams and Wimbley will be sharing the load. Williams is a great all around back, who can truly do it all. He can beat you with his quick step and speed, he can break the tackle or truck the defender over, and he also has decent hands. Wimbley is three inches taller and nearly 100 lbs heavier, good luck to any defender trying to tackle this bowling ball. His speed isn't that great, but he lives for contact. He also has amazingly good hands to be such a big guy. Look for 1,500+ yards combined from these two explosive backs. FB: Finally, a legitimate FB is on the Mustangs' roster. Siegel was recruited as a TE, but he is not quite fast enough and his catching ability leaves a lot to be desired. He does show great potential for blocking and getting those short yardage gains, he has a huge frame. Ideally he'd get a red shirt this year, but he is SMU's only option at FB. Coaches like what they see so far. WR: Junior wide out Der'rikk Thompson had an outstanding year last season, with 1,100+ receiving yards 7 TDs and only 8 drops. He could have declared to go in the draft, but he wanted to stick around another year and help finish what he started at SMU. Jeremy Johnson played in the slot last year, and despite missing a chunk of the season with an injury, he still had a decent year with 700+ yards of receiving and 6 TDs. He looks to contribute more to the offense this year as a starter. TE: Jones is one of the highlights of the 2013 recruiting class. SMU battled Stanford all year long for this California native, and Jones was leaning Stanford for most of the season. He visited the SMU campus in the offseason, and committed after speaking with the coaches. He is perfect for the new offense, as he will be a huge target for Gilbert with his 6'7" size and decent speed. Not too many defenders are going to win jump balls over this athlete. He can make some amazing catches, but then miss an easy one thrown right to his chest. He has some work to do in that department, but what he lacks for in catching he has in blocking abilities. Offensive Line: The Mustangs lost a lot of talent on the offensive line, but nobody expected them to recover so quickly. This is a pretty balanced line in terms of pass and run blocking ability. LG Eddie Sims was rumored to have been a sure thing for LSU, but he changed his last mind at the last minute and signed with SMU. This huge freshman already has the raw ability to be a great guard, and coaches can only hope he stays all four years. DE: This is unit is, without a doubt, the weakest chain on defense. There isn't much positive to say about them except that they have a few years under their belt and fit the 3-4 scheme well. Coach Fuzzy can only hope their not too much of a liability on defense. DT: The true freshman out of SC will get the start at DT right from week 1. The defensive line coach likes what he sees from this kid, nobody has escaped his tackles yet in practice. He has great instincts and should be a solid contribution to the defense this season. LB: Nwabuike and freshman McGill will start on the outside. McGill will be great in zone coverage, and he also has decent tackling and hit power abilities. Pope and Joyner will the mike and will linebackers respectively. They closely resemble each other with decent speed and tackling abilities, and they also have some block shedding abilities to get past the oline and blitzes. Overall, this group should be solid and hopefully be able to generate pressure when needed. CB: Acker is a shut-down corner, and the Mustangs are thrilled he stayed another year. He is NFL caliber with a quick first step, great man and zone coverage abilities, and also great tackling and pursuit attributes. Chris Parks is a bit taller and a tad slower, and is better in zone coverage than he is man. Look for a lot of zone from SMU this year. FS/SS: Hopkins is a transfer from a junior college, and the DB coaches really like his size and cognitive skills to read a play. He isn't great in coverage, but is one of the best tacklers on the team. His size and speed and his knowledge of the game help him determine where the ball is going, which can make up for the lack of raw coverage skills. Scott returns as the starter at SS, and looks to improve on his campaign of 41 tackles and 1 fumble recovery from last year. K/P: Loftus put up 99 points last year for the Mustangs, with a ~34 yard net punt average and a long FG of 45 yards. Hopefully his distance has increased a bit with the progression. KR/PR: Holyfield will the be the return specialist, he hopes to improve upon the 700 yard campaign he had last season. Projection: Coach Fuzzy projects that his team will be repeat division winners (10-2). This is a bold statement considering there are freshman starters at FB, TE, DT, OLB, and FS; playing coach Philstyle3005 instead of his assistants will also be a huge challenge. He has a lot of faith in these guys, and with the transition to a new offense the coach hopes to control the pace of the game better and turn the ball over less. The defense is still a big question mark.
Rutgers Looks to Build on Success
Rutgers was one win away from playing for the conference title last season, despite playing 1 fewer conference game than Navy. They did the conference proud in their bowl game though. Taking down the NC State Wolfpack and their Heisman trophy winner in the Fiesta Bowl. They hope to build on that success this season and build the program into a perinneal contender in the Big East.
QB: All eyes were on the QBs during the offseason as Gary Nova and Chas Dodd battled it out for the starting job. Dodd is a better runner and Nova is a better passer and it will be up to them to play their way into the QB1 slot. The Rutgers offense doesn't need a star at QB just a game manager. So the one who takes care of the football will end up getting the nod.
Projected Starter: Gary Nova
RB: The Scarlet Knights have 2 very good running backs in Junior Jawan Jamison an Savon Hugins. Huggins has a few inches on Jamison but Jamison has the edge in experience and speed. Jamison is the unquestioned starter but the offense shouldn't miss a beat if he goes down during the season. When you throw in Sr Jeremy Deering the Rutgers backfield looks ver solid.
Projected Starter: Jawan Jamison
WR: There will be more WR on the field for Pitt this season than last as they convert to a spread option attack. Luckily there are some very good WR on the roster. Brandon Colemab is a Calvin Johnson size WR at 6'6" 222 and will be the star when Nova drops back to pass. He may have one more year in NJ if he doesn't perform to expectations. He's backed up by Quran Pratt a 6' senior who is the speedier of the top 2 WR but a more typical size WR at 6' 185. Miles Shuler is next on the depth chart. He's a Jr. that's. The smallest of the top 3 at 5'10 170. He should do well catching the ball from the slot, but don't look for huge numbers from him. The #4 slot goes to a true freshman. 6'3 238 lb Matt Graham he looks to be the heir apparent at RB the coaches felt he would be better served gettin on the field and immediately adjusting to the speed of the college game. Look for him to get the ball on screens and sweeps. 3 other players should get some playing time: RS Fr and all name superstar Leonte Caroo, who is blazing fast will return kickoffs, 6'6 220 lb Andre McGee will get some playing time due to his size and incredible speed. And true freshman Curtis Davis will play as well.
TE: The weak link on offense is without a doubt TE. Sr Paul Carrezola is the starter and he's solid, but true freshman Eric Randall will back him up. Randall doesn't have the measurables of Erik Conley but is more prepared to step in. Usually only one TE will be on the field, but when Randall is on the field he is a massive target at 6'6 250. When Conley gets on the field next season the scarlet knights will have another monster. Conley goes 6'6 278.
T: All-American kaleb Johnson will man the LT spot and be the unquestioned leader of the line. He should be a brick wall pass blocking and a bulldozer on run plays. Jr Taj Alexander is the RT and he should hold up well but he is no where near the force Johnson is. Together they should help form solid bookends for the offense.
G: True Freshman Justin McNair will be the left guard and will hopefully be able to learn from Johnson, but he's a good lineman in his own right. He wasn't expected to play right away but he should be able to man the inside well. All Big East selection David Osei is his battery mate. He should be almost as dominant on the inside as Johnson is on the outside.
C: Sr Dallas Hendrickson will be the snapper for Rutgers. He's a good lineman but nothing spectacular. It will be interesting to see him match up against some of the better DT in the Big East.
All in all Rutgers has a very good line, and they should be able to pave the way for some explosive skill players. If they can hold the pressure off and make some good blocks in the running game the talent on the outside for Rutgers should be able to take over and dominate some games. The depth behind the starters isn't the best but they should be able to slide people around and keep a very good line.
DE: Pre season all Big East selection Jamil Merrill and RS Fr Darius Hamilton will form the outside of an excellent defensive line. Hamilton is a former recruit by Greg Schiano and Merrill is a 5th year senior who is battle tested and experienced. Together they should form a good nucleus of youth and experience that may make it hard to pass or run.
DT: Issac Holmes and converted DE Michael Larrow are the best pair of DT in the Big East. They will do to the inside what the ends will do to the outside. Pass rush and make it tough to move the ball inside.
The defensive line is one of the most talented units in all of college football. They say defense wins championships and hat games are won and lost in the trenches. Well, the trenches in Piscataway will be locked down this season against most teams.
LB: We know Kevin Snyder, David Milewski, and Quanzell Lambert will be the starters we just don't know where they will line up. Lambert and Milewski are listed as MLB but either one could play outside just as well. Look for Milewski to get the nod in he middle while Lambert slides outside to build som experience.
CB: Team Captain Logan Ryan is a lockdown corner on one side of the defense and his counterpart Marcus Cooper isn't too bad himself. The 2 of them should be able to be a very good tandem this season. Ryan will take away half of the field and cooper and the 2 safeties will be left to cover the other. Ryan could return kicks but only in dire situations. He coaches don't wan to tire him out or get him hurt. All name team CB Gareef Glashen will be the nickel back and he's a little drop off from the other 2.
S: Jr Rashad Knight will be the starter at FS for Rutgers and he's backed up by true freshman athlete Josh Archie. Knight should do reasonably well over the next 2 seasons, but Archie will be prepared to step in in case of an injury. Lorenzo Waters will be the #1 SS. He's got good speed and tackling ability but can be a liability in coverage at times. Overall a solid group of defensive backs but not one to be especially feared. Outside of Ryan of course.
Projection: Rutgers comes into the season ranked #18. And confident they can challenge for the conference and national titles. The offense will be explosive and he defense should be tough to move the ball on. There are some legit stars on both sides of the ball the team will depend on in clutch situations and ought to be able to out talent most of their opponents. Another 10 win season and BCS bowl won't cut it this season. The fans want a conference title and a national championship. But the coaches know anything can and usually does happen. They know they have a talented roster, but are still building for the future. Look for at least 10 wins and another BCS berth.
Consider my post in the blog about AF my preview.
USF Looks To Continue Winning Ways
USF is looking forward to continue where they left off last season, winning their last 2 games and salvaging what was a 3-7 season. Even though they didn't make a bowl, they made good strides in the final games that they hope to carry into this year. Gone is their star QB B.J. Daniels, but most of the supporting cast is still around and 1 year older. There are even some new faces as well, including some impact recruits that will see playing time right away.
Senior Bobby Eveld spent last season as the backup behind B.J. Daniels and will finally get his shot. He is a lot slower than Daniels, but has a slightly better arm. The job is probably his all season considering the guys behind him are not very impressive.
Robert Lindsey is in his final year as a Bull and he finally has the opportunity to shine. He is a really shifty speed back who has 91 speed and 96 acceleration and will be tough to catch if he gets into the open.
Junior Tyler Guy returns and will be depended upon to make space for Lindsey in various formations. He has good speed (77) for a FB and may even get some touches this year.
Sterling Griffin returns after playing a big role in the way the Bulls finished the season last year. He is a fast guy who has good hands. The 2nd WR is Jr. Chris Dunkley who was the main WR for B.J. Daniels. He as really good speed (93) and acceleration (96) and who will try to be used to create matchup problems with slower defenders. Andre Davis and Terrance Mitchell are the 3rd and 4th WRs. They played a little last season and their role will expand this year. Both are quick on their feet and possess decent catching ability. The 5th WR is Freshman Kawika Powell. He looked very impressive in fall camp and will be used like Chris Dunkley when he gets into games.
Freshman Ismael Kelly turned heads in fall camp and looks to be a instant sensation for the Bulls. He has exceptional speed (84) and acceleration (86) for a TE. During his recruiting he was also offered as a possession WR as he barely drops anything (85). He will be looked to stretch the field.
The offense line looks to improve this year after struggling with the run game. All lineman return bigger and stronger than last year. The main standout is Jr RT Quinterrius Eatmon, who has great strength (90) and amazing burst (91 acc). He also has improved his run blocking from last year (86) as well as pass blocking (80).
Sophomore Aaron Lynch locks down the LE spot. He is a physically imposing specimen being 6'6" and having great speed (84) and acceleration (89). Lynch will be a star on the defense who will only get better. Sr. Ryne Giddens is the starting LE. He is pretty much the same terror that Lynch is, but just older... and shorter.
Senior Luke Sager and Junior Elkino Watson are the starting DTs. Both have good strength and break block ability. They look to be a force in the middle of the defense and will make the defensive line a frightening thing for opposing QBs.
Junior Alex Smith will start at LOLB. He has great speed (86) and amazing acceleration (96). He is a sure tackler (85) also. Senior MLB Mike Jeune returns after playing sparingly in 2012. He has good speed (82), but also has good tackling ability (77). Dede Lattimore decided to come back for another year after being one of the best on the USF defense. He is a man that will not miss a tackle (93) and cannot be stopped with his high rating on his finesse and block shedding ability.
Fidel Montgomery is a senior this year. He played quite a bit last season and finished with 24 tackles. He has good speed (93) and acceleration (93) and is very good at both zone (87) and man (90) defense. Behind him is Sophomore CJ Garye. He is also very quick on his feet (92 speed, 91 acc).
Mark Joyce returns for his senior seasion. Last season he led the team with 4 INTs and looks to continue that into this season. He has good speed (92), acceleration (93) and agility (88).
Freshman Drew Mason shocked everyone in fall camp beating out senior Jaquez Jenkins for the job. He is very confident in his abilities and will be a guy that will go up for a ball against a WR and more often than not come down with it (86 jump).
JUCO JR Joey Sampson will serve as the kicker and punter this season. He has great kick power (95) and decent accuracy (77). He will give the Bulls something they didn't have last year - a chance to make over a 45 yarder.
Overall it should be a better year that last for the Bulls. They look to go to a bowl this season and give Big East foes all they can handle. We will see how they have improved with a tough challenge against Mississippi St in Week 1.
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