Season 3 PAC-12 Previews

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  1. Baron

    Baron "I'm PFP's reckoning."

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  2. Baron

    Baron "I'm PFP's reckoning."

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    2014 Utah Utes
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    The Utes started off last season in nightmarish fashion: 1-4. But Coach Baron managed to rally the troops and win 7 of their last 8 games, including a second bowl win over highly favored TCU. But while they have momentum from last season, the Utes lost a ton of talent and are young at seemingly every position.


    Offensive scheme: Spread Option

    Defensive scheme: 3-4

    Offensive question mark: Can a young offensive line allow the Utes skill positions to thrive? The Utes have their quarterback of the future in Luke Dunn and a host of young talent elsewhere. But the Utes will be starting two true freshmen, two sophomores, and only one junior up front this year. If the Utes fail in the trenches, it could be a long season.

    Defensive question mark: Can Andre Barrow step right into that SS spot and replace Brian Blenchen? Barrow has all the physical tools to be successful but with Coach Baron's aggressive style of play, he needs to be comfortable in one-on-one coverage as well as helping stop the run. There are depth issues as well, but also talent across the board to help him out. But Barrow needs to man up, fast.

    Circled game: Danthraxxx in week 5. The game against Oregon last year was a much tighter contest than many going into the game thought it would be. Utah gave Oregon everything they could handle but came up just short. The game against Oregon also beings another brutal stretch of 4 straight user games for Utah.


    Offense - 2 returning starters

    QB- Luke Dunn very nearly beat out Jordan Wynn for the starter's spot last season. But after barely missing out, Dunn took the redshirt with grace and came to camp this year fired up, and greatly improved from last year (went from 79 to 85 overall). His decision making needs to improve as Utah can not afford to lose the turnover battle and consistently expect to win.​

    HB- Harvey Langi is ready, finally, to take over the reins from Bryan York and James White. But living up to those two players will be a tall task. But with Dunn holding down the backside defender, look for Langi to be able to get a bit more space. He definitely has the talent to keep everything from being on Dunn's shoulders.​

    FB- Last year, P.J. Seals didn't see much time because of TE Kendrick Moaei's versatility. This year, however, he'll split time with starting TE Jake Murphy at the H-back spot.​

    WR- After senior leader Kenneth Scott, the next 5 WR's on Utah's depth chart are freshmen. All are redshirt freshmen except for Luke Williams, who will start at the number 2 spot. The third spot goes to Darius Harrington with the 4th spot being an open competition Joel Pennington and Quinton Pedroza.​

    TE- Losing arguably one of the best TE's in Kendrick Moaei does not a better TE unit make. But Jake Murphy is a decent Senior option if far slower than Moaei. Expect Murphy to be more of a blocker than Moaei, and see much less flex plays from Murphy.​

    OL: This unit will make or break Utah's season. Especially critical are true freshmen Drew Perry and Andy Haley, the LG and RG respectively. If they can grow up fast, Utah could have a decent season.​


    Defense - 7 returning starters

    DL: Utah returns two out of three starters here and they will definitely need to up their play. LE Nate Fakahafua and DT Seni Fauonuku need to get off blocks more consistently for Utah's younger players to grow up.​

    LB: With 3 out of 4 starters returning (with Jason Whittingham being moved to LOLB from MLB) the Ute linebackers will need to get enough pressure on opposing QBs to keep the Ute secondary from getting shredded.​

    CB: The Utes have absolutely zero depth at this position with #2 Free Safety Michael Walker having to be the nickel back, if there are any injuries here, the Utes could give up 400 yards passing every game. Senior Mo Lee will have to be a lockdown corner all season for the Utes.​

    FS: Elder statesman of the defense Eric Rowe leads this unit. Might be the only position Coach Baron is confident in going into this season.​

    SS: Andre Barrow has the physical tools to be a great SS (94 speed and 91 acceleration) but he needs to get his fundamentals and man/zone coverage better.​

    Expectations: Utah has far too many young players to expect to make a PAC-12 title run. But another 9 or 10 win season is not out of the realm of reason. The important thing is for the Utes to stay healthy and get the younger players some game experience.​

    Recruiting needs: Tons of secondary help. Only need a TE on offense, and that's not a huge need. But Utah needs 2 FS and 2 CB and they NEED to be talented.​


     
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  3. MartyWebb

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    UCLA Bruins 2014 Team Preview
    Offensive Scheme | Air Raid
    Offensive Player To Watch | Junior(RS) QB Brett Hundley
    After two rather successful seasons statistically for Brett, his maturity progression will be key to any kind of success that the Bruins hope to have. With losing his top three receivers, he'll struggle to get it to anyone that has any experience as a starter. His ability to run might also be key, as without a definitive number one receiver, he may find himself under more pressure from the defensive line than usual.
    Offensive Question Mark | Sophomore WR Richard Townsend
    Or, Dick-Town, for short, will have to really step up to keep this Air Raid attack potent. He saw the field pretty often in 2013, as the fourth receiver on the team and as a true freshman; he'll now have to go up against the number one or two cornerback on the opposing team, something he may not be ready for. His long arms and 6'3" height will be key in fighting for the ball to get the catch.
    Defensive Scheme | 3-4
    Defensive Player To Watch | Senior(RS) FS Tevin McDonald
    The Senior Free Safety from Rancho Cucamonga will be relied to lead his secondary to another successful season against the spread offenses that litter the PAC-12. He's got incredible makeup speed, and nearly led the Bruins in tackles in 2013. With a more experienced secondary across the board, he'll be able to sit back and pick his spots a little more often instead of attempting to make up for defensive faults.
    Defensive Question Mark | Junior ROLB Michael Cooley
    Stepping in for the first time in his career, Cooley will be looked upon to not only play his position against the pass, by rushing the quarterback, but also to defend the run. He's replacing possible UCLA Hall of Famer Jordan Zumwalt, who's ability to rush and stop the rush was impeccable. His instincts are there, it's a matter of if his speed can keep him in the right position play in and play out.
    Circled Game | Week 6 : Utah at UCLA
    Two straight years the Utes defense has stymied the Bruins offensive attack. This game will show how much Hundley and coach Jim Mora Jr. have grown with their new system. Also important if UCLA hopes to have any chance at a Conference Championship bid.
    Season Expectations | 9-3
    The third year for new systems is traditionally the year that the most progress is made. It's our time to show the PAC-12 that we're here, and not happy with playing third fiddle in our own division. With an older, but not as experienced bunch, their defense should allow their offense to take their time getting in the groove, although that's not suggested.
     
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  4. sawemoff

    sawemoff #FearTheBeard

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    Team Motto: "Beat Cal"
    Not much to say about the 7-6 record last season. We had some great opportunities to win a lot of those games but in the end youth killed us. Now we are one year older, more experienced and hungry to get back into the mix of things.​
    Offensive Style: Custom California Pro Style​
    Defensive Style: 3-4​
    Offensive Question Mark: FR(RS) RT Thomas Hawkins. He has a good skill set blocking on run plays but what will happen if OSU has to start throwing the ball? This Freshman will have to grow up quick or it could be a short season for him.​
    Defensive Question Mark: Corners. We have a lot of youth at the corner position and with them still lacking great coverage skills the defense will need to play their strengths to be successful.​
    Circled Game: California. Three times a charm, right?????​
    Offensive Starters: 9 Return
    QB: Sean Mannion leads the Beavers into battle one more time. The Senior has shown a lot of leadership and has helped prepare backup QB Richie Harrington for the day he comes in as the starter next year. Mannion will be missed.​
    RB: Malcolm Agnew will start in the backfield but for how long? Every year he starts strong and then goes down with an injury. Terron Ward and Storm Woods are ready once he does go down.​
    FB: Danny Jones is starting as a Freshman while Markus Hall takes a redshirt. Jones will play a big role in controlling the clock via run game. Hopefully the Freshman can come in and pancake everyone, wishful thinking right? :rolleyes:
    WR: Brandin Cooks is on his farewell tour as he puts the uniform on one last time. Obum Gwachum had a very disappointing season but he was able to make a huge impact in the return game. Both have to stay healthy and play to their full potential or the offense could struggle.​
    TE: Caleb Smith is coming off a great season and now he is joined by David Huff. These guys are huge targets for Mannion to throw too and they will need to be versatile in order to have a successful year.​
    OL: Jackson, Semalou, Sapolu, and Beaton have gelled great through the past three seasons and all of their hard work has paid off. Now they just need to get Hawkins in line so the offense can "run a muck" on the PAC 12. ​
    Defensive Starters: 8 Returners
    DL: Scott Crichton and Dylan Wynn have been giving opposing Tackles hell for the last three years and look to do it again. The way they can get off the line has helped them so much throughout their career and it will be key for them once again. They will be working with FR(RS) DT Eric McCoy this year in developing him to become a plug in the middle.​
    OLB: Veteran DJ Welch will hold this LBing corp in check. He is an impact player looking to cause havoc on the outside. Hopefully he builds upon his sacks and tackle for losses this year. With DJ on the left side, FR(RS) Blake Hill will play on the right. Gardner would have started BUT his play recognition and coverage skills are just no there. Hill is a big body and may not be fast but will get the job done.​
    CB: This will be Coach Saw's biggest test. Can he get these young corners on the same page. Last year Brian Fields and Chris King did a wonderful job playing the Nickel/Dime position. This year a lot more will be asked as they try to shut down the #1 and #2 WRs. Size and speed are not the problem, recognizing the play is. If they can read the play quicker, see where it develops and beat the WR/TE/RB to that spot they should hold there own. If not there may be a heavy dose of subbing guys in and out.​
    S: Peter Ashton and Ryan Murphy are back and look to play a big part in coverage. These guys are more run stoppers but after a summer filled of OTAs and conditioning they look to tear it up. ​
    Expectations:
    "It can't rain all the time"​
     
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  5. Danthraxxx

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    2014 Oregon Ducks


    Coming off of a 12-2 season with a close loss in the national title game the Ducks will look for continued excellance with a lot of new faces on the field. Coach Danthraxxx has some great players coming back, but is unsure if they will be enough to make up for all the new faces.




    Offense | Spread Raid ( sorta like a panty raid(y) )



    Over on the offensive side of the ball Oregon has a lot of new faces , so we will start with the ugly ones first.

    New o-line starters : Sophomore LG Arik Armstead , LG Andre Yruretagoyena (thats not auto correct , dudes name is really that shit there) , and JUCO Sophomore C Kenny Ford. Most important player in this group - Ford , after the departure of last years Rimington winner the Ducks will need Ford to be solid in front of the new QB.

    New WR starters : This is tricky here as most of these kids have seen the field a good bit , but the two inportant names here are Sophomore Khalid Christian & JUCO Ryan Scott. Scott comes in as a real burner and will add some depth , Christian came in highly sought after and will be the #2 WR.

    QB starter : Marcus Mariota , this kid came into Oregon as a big time recruit under the prior coaching staff, and has stuck around under Bennett for 2 season waiting for his chance. He should benefit from the return of HB's Bassett & De'Anthony Thomas to help shoulder the load.



    On the defensive side there are a few more starters lost, but the return of a few standout players should offset that as the defense will have to wear the hat for the Ducks this season.

    On the d-line we have two returning DE's in Kafovalu & standout Tony Washington , but we have two new starters at DT that are talented but unproven. Three senior LB's should be solid this season with only one of them being a new starter, look for MLB Anthony Wallace to improve on his junior campaign that yielded 58 tackles & 7 sacks.

    The secondary has two RS Freshman safties that are very talented , but also with zero game experience. The safties however should be bailed out by what may not only be the best set of corners in the country, but maybe the best in the last decade in the PAC 12. With four senior CB's , three of which are 90+ rating , and two other players returning from last season the amount of depth here is staggering. The Ducks should be able to handle any 4-5 wide sets this year , and with good pressure from the front I would expect teams to have trouble throwing the ball this year against them. (unless the patch makes shit worse lol)

    2014' outlook

    I look for the Ducks to have a down year and go 9-3 :( , with all three losses coming within PAC12 play. If the defense is stellar this could be a good 8-10 win team , and if the offesne can still put up 30 points a game they could be even better. The fact is it wil lbe hard for Oregon to replace Ryan Bennett , and for that reason alone the might strugglt this year.

    key game

    Well ever game vs. Oregon State and coach sawemoff is a key game, but look for the Ducks to find out who they really are early in the season against Virgina Tech on the road.
     
  6. sawemoff

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    I wonder if we will get another snow game :rolleyes:
     
  7. Danthraxxx

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    I think MartyWebb and I had one last season
     
  8. sawemoff

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    Fun games.... NOT haha
     

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