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Season 3 Previews

Discussion in 'Pushing for Paydirt' started by hornfaninbama, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. hornfaninbama

    hornfaninbama GT: BulgyTexas

    Oct 21, 2009

    Clemson, SC- Chad Kelly has been thought of as a caretaker for the Clemson offense, after taking over for an all-time great, Tajh Boyd, he was supposed to be a one season bridge to the next star QB, Erik Owens, but he has steadily improved and staked his claim to the QB1 job for Clemson.

    This could be the year that Chad Kelly takes over the Clemson offense and makes it his. Most observers thought that the redshirt junior would get leapt on the depth chart by redshirt freshman Erk Owens, but Kelly worked hard to improve over the offseason, and staked his claim thanks to an excellent spring game showing and the leadership he displayed in offseason workouts. Kelly has improved his speed (85) and he doesn't miss his target when throwing the ball (94 accuracy.)

    Clemson will go with a committee approach in the backfield, and Coach Trey expects 3 different players to carry the ball every game. Speedy Zach Brooks will get the start most games thanks to his status as a senior. Brooks had an excellent season last year as the change of pace back, but will get the chance to show what he can do as the #1 player on the depth chart. Redshirt sophomore Ty Dye, and redshirt freshman Aaron Long will split time as the #2 back. They are different players as ball carriers, Dye is a power back with decent speed, and Long is a shifty scat back with very good speed who will be able to take it the distance from anywhere on the field. Redshirt Sophomore Wayne Gallman would see time if there were injuries in the backfield.

    Following the departure of College Football Hall of Fame nominee Sammy Watkins the Tigers look to be a little young on the outside. Germone Hopper is the only senior in the WR corp, and he'll be joined by 2 redshirt sophomores, 1 redshirt freshman and 1 true freshman. The Clemson coaches hope he can provide the speed and explosiveness that Sammy Watkins provided the last few seasons. Redshirt sophomore Mike Williams be the #2 WR and his size will help him be a mismatch against smaller DB's. Kyrin Preister will be the #3 WR and will slide to the outside in 3 and 4 WR sets. Redshirt freshman Lawerence Van will get the nod as the #4 WR, Van was highly touted coming out of high school, and if he shows he can play well he could vault up the depth chart. True freshman Jason Barr will be the #5 WR if/when the Tigers spread out that much. Coach Trey said it was a very difficult decision to use Barr and redshirt 6'6" 221 pound freak Cory Long, but they felt that Barr was more polished and ready to contribute immediately.

    Stanton Seckinger is back at TE, he will be joined by redshirt sophomore Jordan Leggett in doule tight sets. Leggett is a phenomenal pass catcher, but leaves a lot to be desired in the blocking game, while Seckinger is a more all around TE. They should both make excellent safety valves, and threats in the passing game.

    Clemson will start 2 seniors on the OL this season. Ryan Norton might be the best center in the country, he's flanked by Junior Jay Guillermo at LG, and 6'3" 352 pound Tyrone Crowder at RG. Shaq Anthony and Isaiah Battle will be the RT and LT respectively. The OL for Clemson won't be a juggernaut, but they should be solid enough to open running lanes, and keep the pass rush off Chad Kelly.

    The graduating seniors from last year's DL were so good that there were players with 90 overalls standing on the sideline. That won't be a problem this season. Clemson will break in 2 new starters at DE Shaq Lawson and Dane Rogers are both redshirt sophomores, Luckily Carlos Watkins is back at DT to bring some stability to the DL, and sophomore Scott Pagano will help him hold down the middle. Both the DT can get after the QB, and Pagano has the speed to run down most of them.

    Dorian O'Daniel got his first playing time last season as a redshirt fresman, and it was a good thing he did because Clemson will be breaking in 2 new starters at LB. Ben Boulware will finally get his chance to shine at the MLB spot. The redshirt sophomore has the raw skills to be a good player, but he will have to put it all together for the LB corp to be a solid unit. Ty Burrell and Nick Scales are still fighting for the ROLB spot. They are very similar players, but Scales may get the nod because of his youth.

    The DB's will have some players who will blow you away and others who will be solid and unspecatular. Senior Travis Blanks is the leader and star of the unit, He doesn't have great speed, but he always seems to put himself in the right position to make plays and is an excellent cover man for a FS. The rest of the DB's will all be redshirt sophomores. Jayron Kearse will take over at SS, and the 4 main CB's: Mackensie Alexander, Adrian Baker, Korin Wiggins, and Jadar Johnson are as well. Alexander played last season opposite Bashaud Breeland and had an excellent season with 20 tackles and 7 interceptions.

    Like the past few seasons, Clemson is very talented on the whole. The question at this point is whether Coach Trey has taken them as far as he can. Last season Clemson won double digit games and the Sugar Bowl over Louisville, they have the talent to do more, but it will be on the coach to motivate, and coach them to something greater.
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  2. Philstyle3005

    Philstyle3005 Walk On

    Oct 19, 2011
    The TCU Horned Frogs come into this new season a year after being screwed out of a National Championship bid. The Horned Frogs finished last season with 1 loss, (a sim bullshit loss), and will look to make this season an undefeated one after having 1 loss for 2 consecutive seasons.
    QB- RS SR Trevon Boykin
    Boykin threw for almost 4000 yards last season and rushed for almost another 1000 and decided to skip the draft and come back for his Senior year. Boykin will look to continue to use his speed this season to make plays, and hopefully Boykin will have improved his decision making since he threw 18 interceptions last year. This team will go as far as Boykin can take them. He will also come into this season as the favorite to win the Heisman trophy.

    QB- RS FR Jeremy Battle
    Battle was a highly touted Athlete coming out of High School and has been put at QB. He is the third String QB, but could possibly be the starter if Boykin were to go down. The QB in front of him is more of a pocket passer, and will most likely see time in blow outs, but I don't think he will ever start for the Horned Frogs. Battle doesn't have the speed that Boykin does, but he has enough speed to move around in the pocket and keep plays alive. He also has the best arm on the team and can make deep throws with ease.

    HB- SR B.J. Catalon
    BJ took over the starting duties last season after Aaron Green decided to transfer to Georgia Tech. BJ put up 1500 yards on the ground and 17 touchdowns, and had an appearance in New York as a Heisman Trophy Candidate. Catalon has great speed and that's what makes him so successful in this TCU offense. He has great vision and the biggest positive is his Stamina that allows him to not take very many plays off. If there is one question mark on him, it's his carrying ability, but after touching the ball over 200 times last season, he had zero fumbles so I'm not sure if we can really call that a question mark.

    HB- So Kylie Hicks
    Hicks didn't get many touches last season but he made the best of it when he could. He will get a few carries this upcoming season and will be the 2nd back in all two back situations.

    WR- Sr. Ladarius Brown
    Brown has been in Brandon Carter's shadow the last two seasons but not this year. Brown, at 6'4, is still a very speedy receiver. If he catches the pass in space, he'll be tough to catch. He runs great routes and is hardly ever injured. He also has pretty solid hands as well. He has a chance for a huge season.

    WR/KR/PR- So. Ty Slanina
    Ty will spend his time this season in the slot for the Horned Frogs, and is probably the fastest guy on the team. He doesn't have the best hands, but once he gets the ball, there is no catching him. The plan is for him to return punts and kicks as well this season. The Frogs are expecting big plays from him.

    DE- Sr Devonte Fields
    Fields is the best player on the TCU line this year and has steadily improved over each season. Fields has great moves and can really get to the QB. Once he's there, he can really lay a hit and jar the ball loose.

    FS- RS FR Marlin Green
    The 6'4 redshirt freshman is only being talked about because most people believe this will be his only season to play Free Safety and he will be moved back to QB next year and probably start. Green has great speed, perfect for a read option type offense that TCU likes to run. He doesn't have the strongest arm, but has good enough accuracy to be dangerous.
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  3. Bucs

    Bucs GT: ThruTheSmoke47

    Jun 30, 2010

    Miami is coming off its second consecutive 11-2 season, a meltdown last season that saw them lose their final two regular season games has this team hungry and looking to take the next step. The ACC is the best conference in all of football so Miami will have its hands full with a tough ACC schedule on top of a formidable out of conference slate. Let's take a look at the players who will be taking the field for Miami.

    QB: Sophomore Kevin Olsen Replaces Ryan Williams who had one of the most efficient seasons ever for a quarterback at Miami. Olsen is the younger brother of Panthers Tight End Greg Olsen and son of a very successful high school coach in NJ. He has the smarts for sure. With 91 accuracy as a sophmore he can make tight throws, but his 83 arm leaves a little to be desired. Olsen saw action in one game last year and went 6-9 for 88 yards and 1 TD. Promising.

    HB: Arguably the best player in all of College Football, Duke Johnson returns for his senior season after shocking many pundits by not going pro after posting a 1500+ yard 22 TD season, but he felt he had unfinished business. Behind him are two backs who would be starters at near any other program in the country. SR Dallas Crawford who returns 531 yards from last season and bruising 6'2 232 Danny Dilliard who coaches have said will see more action this season.

    WR: Six wideouts will all see action as the Canes throw out a potent combination of wide outs for the Sophomore QB to work with. Herb Waters is speedy with 96 speed 99 acc 85 catch, Malcolm Lewis 94 speed 96 acceleration 86 catch, Garrett Kidd 96 speed 99 acceleration 81 catch, Stacey Coley 96 speed 92 acc 82 catch 97 spc and the Wideout who the coaching staff is most excited about, Derrick Griffin 6'6 219 86 spd 89 cth 94 spc 90 cit 90 jmp.

    TE: Standish Dobard is the only TE on the roster as the offense moves to a more wide out friendly scheme . He is solid as a blocker but can also get out in space and make tough catches.

    OL: A young OL with only one senior. LT Hunter Wells 6'4 304 , LG Danny Isidora 6'4 319 , C Taylor Gadbois 6'8 321 , RG Sonny Odogwu 6'8 330 RT Ereck Flowers 6'6 318. This beefy bunch looks to pave the way for Duke to get into the endzone whenever he touches the ball.

    DE: Tyriq McCord is a twitchy LE who is looking to show off his pass rushing ability as he starts for the first time, SR Clark Brooks and JR Jelani Hamilton will push him for time at the LE spot as they Canes will continue to employ a situational/rotational defensive end philosophy. RE Al-Quadin Muhammad returns his 12 sacks from his Freshman season and looks to be even more deadly this season.

    DT: 6'1 309 Earl Moore takes over in the middle , he is a freak with 70 speed 90 PMV 86 FMV and 88 BSH .

    OLB: SR Raphael Kirby is the LOLB and looks to improve upon his 33 tackles and 4 sacks from last season, Soph Jarmaine "Big Country" Grace gets the nod at ROLB.

    MLB: Denzel Perryman is the leader of the defense and looks to continue to be a wrecking ball and make plays. Another freak as all his LB related stats are at 90 or above just about.

    CB: Tracy Howard had 3 picks and 5 DEF last season and looks to improve on those numbers as a senior, while former PFP Freshman of the Year Artie Burns leave the nickel spot and is now the #2 CB in Coral Gables. JR Nate Dortch is starter quality and will now be in the nickel, but as anyone who has watched Cane Football knows, the defensive coordinator likes to move his defensive backs around and all three will play each position at some point.

    FS: Deon Bush returns his 56 tackles and looks to continue to be an enforcer for the defense. He can do it all in run defense or pass.

    SS: Crawford is near identical to Bush and they form a very tough defensive backfield.

    KR/PR : Duke Johnson and HB Corn Elder will be the return men for the Canes.

    As you can tell the coaching staff is very excited about the possibilities that this years squad.
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  4. Bulldog

    Bulldog Coach Richt is my Dawg!

    Jul 1, 2010

    The Hokies look to take it a step further this year and hopefully bring home a ACC championship and possibly even a National Championship. As always the defense looks good and the offense isn't bad either. SR JC Coleman looks to make it a special season, hopefully he can stay healthy and get a ACC championship under his belt. Not one player stands out over another on defense, alot of good experienced players that should be able to make it a special season for us. Go Hokies!

    JR Brenden Motley(89) looks to make it a special season and hopefully take the Hokies to the ACC championship. Backup is SO(R)Bucky Hodges(83) who is competing for the starting job.

    HB: JC Coleman(95) returns for his SR season which is huge for us. His backups will be JR Chris Mangus(88) and Trey Edmunds(88). FB will be SR Griffin Hite(84)

    WR: SR Demitri Knowles(92) a very good receiver for us for 3 years now, looks to have a special season. SR Kevin Asante(89) another good one that is just now getting to start. JR Joel Caleb(87), SR Joshua Stanford(86).

    TE: SR Darius Redman(86) just now getting the starting job but could have a big year and produce some big plays for us. His backup is FR Raymond Wheeler(82).

    SR Jake Goins(RT, 88), SR Ross Wood(LT, 88), JR Johnathan McLaughlin(RG, 85), FR Kevin Hagen(LG, 76), SO Vernon Ray(C, 75). Pretty decent offensive line should make some holed for the running game and protect the QB long enough to make some throws.

    DE: SR Dadi Nicolas(LE, 89) JR Ken Ekanem(RE, 84) Really excited about these two Defensive Ends. They should produce really good numbers and get plenty of pressure on the QB.

    DT: SR Kris Harley(90), JR Alston Smith(89) both are beasts and will apply plenty of pressure and hopefully stop the run against opponents with good running backs.

    OLB: SR Ronny Vandyke(LOLB, 91), SR Josh Trimble(ROLB, 85) both are very good linebackers and should live up to their hype.

    MLB: JR Kellen Clement(78) isn't rated high but this guy is good and seems to always be involved on every tackle or big play.

    CB: JR Kendall Fuller(90) one of the best CBs in the nation. JR Donovan Riley(89) another good one. I feel good about our secondary this year, we have alot of depth.

    FS: JR Desmond Frye(86) has been good for us the last two season and should do the same this year.

    JR Der'Woun Greene(91) probably the best SS in the nation should have a big year.

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