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Discussion in 'The Final Countdown' started by hornfaninbama, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. hornfaninbama

    hornfaninbama GT: BulgyTexas

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    Oregon Looks To Defend Title
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    Eugene, OR- Coach T-Dawg Jenkins led Oregon to the first national title in school history last season, and has the Ducks postioned to potentially make another run this season. It will come down to how well the Ducks can replace the departed upperclassmen.

    Marcus Mariota led the Ducks offense for the past few seasons, and did it admirably. He finished second in the Heisman ballotting last season, and this offseason he turned the keys over to a former JUCO All-American named Blake Williams. Williams was supposed to redshirt last season, but the coaches didn't file his, nor any other players paperwork in time, and so he missed the opportunity to redshirt last season. He did come up huge in a few games last season; one where Mariota got injured early and the Ducks staff used Williams running ability to pull out a tough win over Stanford, and again in the National Title Game against Maryland. Williams is exceptionally fast, and he combines that with a strong (if erratic) arm. He should be a huge weapon on option runs and keep the defense from keying on Thomas Tyner too much.

    Thomas Tyner had an excellent statistical season last year, and didn't really become the focal point of the offense until midway through the year. Tyner ran for 1526 yards and 19 TD's and returns this season as the main weapon on the offensive side of the ball. He's got excellent size at 5'11" and 220 pounds and men his size shouldn't be able to move as fluidly or as fast as he does. He has the chance to top last season's excellent season and lead the Ducks offense all year long. Redshirt freshman Royce Freeman will be his immediate backup, but shouldn't get too much work unless it's garbage time or Tyner gets hurt.

    On the outside the Ducks will be led by redshirt junior Devon Allen. Allen is the epitome of a speed receiver, but he also has dependable hands and the desire to go across the middle. Oregon likes to get the ball in his hands in lots of different ways and see if his speed can break the play open. Allen will return kicks again this season. He averaged 30.3 per return last season with 2 scores, including a huge score in the National Title game. Dwayne Stanford, Ronnie Martin, and Darren Carrington will round out the top 4 on the outside for the Ducks.

    Torrodney Prevot is back to lead the Oregon defense for one final season as it's senior capitan. Prevot has improved by leaps and bounds since he was a true sophomore leading the defense 2 seasons ago. He makes the calls for the whole defense now, and is the unquestioned leader of the front seven. Reggie Daniels will take on that role for the back four and the senior safety is fiery enough to make the other 3 starters fight for him.

    The defense will be the weak link for the Ducks this season, which should scare some Duck fans as they were one of the worst defenses in the country last season. In fact the Ducks had the worst defense to win a national championship. Ever.

    Oregon faces some serious question marks in their bid to repeat, but if the defense improves; even just marginally, and Blake Williams is good enough in the passing game to spread out opposing defenses the Ducks could be very good once again. This season Coach Jenkins will earn that big money extension the Oregon brass handed down in the summer if Oregon can win 10 or more games.
     
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  2. Bucs

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    UCLA is looking to rebound off of a 6-6 campaign and get back into contention for the PAC 12 South. We return some key players, no longer a young team our window may be closing after this season.

    QB: Asiantii Woulard (88) returns as the starting QB. 4000 Yards and 32 touchdowns combined through the air and ground, Woulard proved he can be a playmaker in the PAC 12.

    HB: Paul Perkins (95) hopes to have a much better campaign as the feature back this season after missing a big chunk due to injury last year. Perkins is tough runner with 91 speed, 95 acceleration, 89 break tackle, 88 trucking 82 elusiveness and 89 vision. Junior Craig Lee (85) will be the #2. Not nearly as good as perkins but still a viable option coming off the bench.

    WR: 3 of the top 4 wideouts from last season have graduated. This group has a ton to prove and fans haven't exactly been excited about the lack of a true #1 in LA . Thomas Duarte (87) is by far the most experienced but he is more of a Tight End at 6'3 229 and his numbers dropped last season compared to his sophomore year. The rest of the receiving corp returns a total of 10 receptions among the group. There is some potential there though as UCLA has 4 guys above 6'2 210 with decent speed.


    OL: We return two starters on the offensive line at RG and LT. We feel solid about the group though.

    Defensive Line: Eddie Vanderdoes (90) shocked the Bruin staff when he decided to return for his senior season. The Nagurski winner is by far the leader of the defense and hopes to improve upon his 28 TFL and 10.5 Sacks. Eli Ankou (80) is now the starter opposite Vanderdoes and he has a lot to prove as a senior who hasn't made a big impact yet. At Nose Tackle Kenny Clark (89) inserts his 6'3 319 pound frame and hopes to clog some holes.

    Linebackers: LOLB Myles Jack (95) may be the most NFL ready player on the team. Statistically he took a step back but he seemed to be a much bigger presence last season. Deon Hollins (85) is a rangy ROLB with 94 ACC. Middle Linebackers both return Zach Whitley (87) had 66 tackles as a sophmore and Isaako Savaiinaea(86) had 36

    Cornerback: Priest Willis (89) takes over as #1 CB. He has potential to be special with 99 AWR, 95 Man and 95 Zone. Behind him are 3 guys who are nearly interchangeable all at 86 overall.

    Safety: Tahaan Goodman (88) will play FS again. He had 1 pick and 4 deflections. Sophmore Jaleel Wawood (86) takes over at SS.

    Keys to the season: On offense the play of Woulard will be key. He is the clear playmaker. If Perkins stays healthy we could easily win 2-3 more games and get back into a major bowl game.
     
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  3. KnightNoles

    KnightNoles Learn to Compete

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    Spartans Expect Youth to Carry Them

    A two year run going 24-3 including a National Championship and a 10 win season; it is hard to say the Spartans need to regroup off of their recent success. But that is exactly what they are doing and will have new starters in a key positions this year as we will take a look at the offense, defense and special teams. New starters are featured at QB and WR and on the defensive side corners and safeties are the new starters but same faces.


    OFFENSE

    Michigan State graduated seasoned play caller, Connor Cook as he was 24-3 with a Title to his legacy. Enter in Damion Terry, a dual threat QB. In two years he has passed 37 of 69 for 534 yards, 5 TDs and 5 INTs while also running 55 times for 511 yards, 3 TDs.

    Returning seniors Delton Williams and Nick Tompkins will handle the rock as Williams was a 1,200+ rusher last season with 18 TDs, he will be leaned on while Tompkins rushed for 600 himself with 8 TDs. Gerald Owens assumes the FB role.

    The Spartans return 4 receptions out of their wide receivers as RJ Shelton has all of them. He is followed by Montu Madaris, Maurice Adams, Dustin Underwood, Tony Hunter, and Blake Pittman. Josiah Price is the #1 TE and had 67 career receptions for 1,046 yards and 11 TDs.

    The Offensive Line (pass, run, impact block) could be a top 10 unit in the Nation. LT Jack Conklin (RS SR) 92 overall, 90, 91, 90. LG Zach Higgins (RS SR) 91 overall, 85, 94, 88. C Brian Allen (RS SO) 84 overall, 83, 87, 83. RG Benny McGowan (RS SR) 90 overall, 86, 95, 88. RT Kodi Kieler (RS SR) 89 overall, 91, 85, 87.

    DEFENSE

    Former Five star DE Malik McDowell is now a junior and anchors the defense and defensive line along with Demetrius Cooper opposite of him. The Spartans are light in the tackle spot with a Junior and RS Sophomore playing meaningful snaps as the two other DTs are walk-ons. When in a 4-3 look, Linebackers Shane Jones, Jon Reschke, and Riley Bullough will be on the field; in the 4-2 look, Coach Knight prefers Jones and Reschke to be on the field. Corners are headlined by Darian Hicks and have Ezra Robinson, Jermaine Edmondson, and Willie Brittain. Demetrious Cox starts at FS and Ken Smith will see some time on the field in a reserve role, while Jalyn Powell mans the Strong Safety and Ryan Allen plays as a reserve and in the 4-2-5.

    SPECIAL TEAMS

    K/P Michael Geiger returned for his RS Junior year and will handle all kicking duties as Trevor Robinson continues to watch and get stronger to contribute. FS Demetrious Cox will return kickoffs and WR RJ Shelton will return punts.

    OUTLOOK

    The bar has been set by the previous classes and we must pursue perfection, each and every game. We will set out to accomplish our number one goal in winning the B1G Ten and then let the chips fall where they land. A more mobile QB and a two headed rushing attack will take some pressure off a mostly freshman receiving crew. The defense needs an upgrade or two but overall they are a solid unit, I believe this will be an enjoyable ride with some minor bumps and bruises. I believe we will get to 10 wins and at least represent the B1G in the Rose Bowl.
     
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  4. Walter323

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    Movin' On Up

    The Arizona State Sun Devils have dubbed 'Movin On Up' as the theme to the 2015 season. After a much improved 2014 season the Sun Devils have the sights set pretty high for 2015.
    Offence
    The offence will be led by true sophomore Kahlif High(84) who was on a breakout freshman season until an injury sidelined him for the 2nd half of the year. High is your prototypical spread option QB with good speed(88) and a decent arm(86/81). High will rely on his wheels to set up the play action pass down field.
    High will have a good running mate with fellow recruit Brett Bailey(Rfr 83). The two were extremely excited to play together when they were recruited and now get the chance. Bailey has blistering speed (95/91) and the coaches are excited to see what he can do in the open field. Senior De Chavon Hayes(RSr) will also get some carries to mix things up.
    The wide receiver position will be let by Tyler Whiley(91) who looks to have yet another stellar season. Whiley will be used all over the field, most likely in the slot as he is not afraid of contact and can catch anything within reach (99 catch). Spots 2-4 are up for grabs with 6 guys looking for playing time.
    The offensive line will be a mixture of youth and experience(3 Sr, 1 Fr, 1, So). None are standouts varying in ability (78-86).
    Defense
    The front 4 will all be brand new. Out with the days of 300+lb fat linemen and in are the days of the new quick pass rushing line. The D Line hopes to use their speed to penetrate and cause havoc in the backfield.
    The LB crew will once again be led by DJ Calhoun (Junior 88) and the monstrous MLB Viliami Latu (Senior 6'2 271). Both have been starters since day 1 of stepping on to campus and their leadership will be needed to help align the front four.
    In the defensive backfield there will be more mixture of youth and experience. At the corner position many prized recruits will be getting their feet wet after graduating 3 senior corners. Two freshman and one sophomore will see the field at CB. At the safety position there are also 2 other new comers but they have been around for a while longer and look to be the QB's of the defense .
    Overall on the Defense there are 8 new starters who will need to gel quickly in order to "MOVE IT ON UP".

    The coaching staff is putting a lot of faith into the young bucks. The Sun Devils look to have much more team speed this season which will hopefully help to get to the next level of the P12.

     
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  5. Todd Ramsey

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    The Stanford Cardinal coming off a 8-5 season are looking to rebound to the form they showed in 2014 when they went 13-1 and swept through the PAC-12 undefeated.

    Offense – The offense will be lead by SO-QB “Fast” Freddy Gibson (85 OVR, 94 SPD) to trigger their ground attack. SO-HB Christian McCaffery (94 OVR) leads the rushing attack as a part of an impressive group of running backs. One of the best backs, and maybe the most versatile, is SO-FB Nathan Sanders who ran for 450 yards a year ago. He is a bruising back (90s TRK) with speed (87) and terrific hands (80s). SO-WR Chris Roach (87 OVR) was a Freshman AA when he garnered over 900 receiving yards. The OL is solid across the board with all being over 80 OVR with SR-RG Casper leading the way (92 OVR). JR-TE Dallas Schultz returns (92 OVR) to lead a deep group at TE.

    Defense – The front 7 of the defense is as good as any in the nation according to most prognosticators. They are 90 OVR across the DL and the LBs average out around 85 OVR. The star of the D is DT Nwafor (94 OVR) who made 1st team All American last year. The secondary is talented, but young with the best returnee being SO-SS Luke Jones (84 OVR) who made the Freshman AA team last year.
     
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