Season 3 Team Previews

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  1. BobJr

    BobJr To each their own

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    Another year arrives in Lubbock and there are once again high hopes for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. After an outstanding start to last season, the Red Raiders faltered towards the end. A dominating loss to the Michigan State Spartans was not a great way to begin a new year. All the talk this off season was about the 63-28 loss at the end of the season, but one thing naysayers fail to mention is the outstanding recruiting class the Red Raiders had.

    The Red Raider offense will be guided by QB Clayton Nicholas once again. After a successful RS Freshman year, Nicholas has developed the tools to continue his success. The southpaw threw for 30+ touchdowns last year while fighting through injuries. His moxie is what has impressed the coaches. The Red Raiders will have a mixed bag at halfback, with true freshman Rashad Givens getting the starting nod after his impressive fall camp. For a change of pace, Kenny Williams will come in at times to give the offense that spark. The Wide Receiving corps is completed loaded with young talent after the starting two. Juniors Dominic Wheeler and Derek Edwards will lead a group that has 3 true freshman in the mix for the slot wideout. One thing is for certain, the Red Raiders are excited about 6'8" Sophomore Keon Scales. Scales has great hands and a knack for getting open. Nothing will happen on offense if the big guys up front can't block. Led by Senior James Polk, the Red Raider offensive line has one key attribute across the board. Their size combined with the time they put in the weight room has given this offense a real fighting chance this year.

    The Texas Tech defense is a young group that will need to find time to grow together. Other than Defensive tackle and outside linebacker, the Red Raiders will have several Freshman and Sophomores starting. All American candidate CB La'Darius Newbold will lead a secondary group. With Newbold containing one side of the field, cornerback RS FR Trey Edwards should see plenty of action. Tech's coaching staff is excited about the safeties Sam Hamilton and Tyson Stanley. Both were highly recruited athletes and should fit nicely in the Red Raider defensive scheme. Along the front 7 there are big question marks, especially at the middle linebacker position. That is where highly touted Freshman Travis Lewis will start due to his great spring. Lewis graduated high school early just to get a jump on the competition. Travis should get some direction from Pete Robertson and Justin Cooper. Both the OLBs are seniors this year and Robertson has huge big game experience. The front four is led by All American DT Branden Jackson. Last year Jackson was the leading sacker for the Red Raiders.

    This past offseason also saw Coach Bob sign a 4 year contract extension. Now we just got to get the 2015 campaign started!
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  2. Timpegoose

    Timpegoose Walk On

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    Preseason Rank: 32
    Projected Record: 9-4
    Offense: The offense is going to be led by the connection of Bo Wallace and Donte Moncrief (pictured above) for the 3rd straight season. Moncrief is the only 1st team All-SEC pick we have, and is coming off a season where he set the school record for receiving touchdowns with 12. He is also on pace to break the records for career yards and touchdowns if he stays healthy this season. He has an outside shot at breaking the school record for receptions as well, but would need 83 catches on the year to do it. The loss of HB Jeff Scott will be a big blow to the offense, although it will open up some more possibilities in the running game since Parker has the ability to run counters unlike Scott did. The O-Line should be solid this year as well with 3 juniors, a senior, and a sophomore all starting. Junior RT is the unquestioned leader of the unit, and at 6'4 376 he is an absolute monster out there at tackle. Look for us to run a good chunk of plays his way behind his size and strength. ​
    Defense: The D-Line will once again be bookended by Senior CJ Johnson and Junior Channing Ward. The two have started at their respective end positions for 3 straight years so far, and have produced fairly well with 20 sacks in the 2 seasons between the two of them. The interior line will be manned by Senior Bryon Bennett for sure, and true freshman Matthew White is making a push to get the start in the middle with his combination of size and athleticism. At worst White will rotate in as the 3rd DT, and Carlton Martin will get the start. Our only loss in the linebacking corps from last year was Mike Marry, who had an All-SEC caliber year. Sederius Bryant and Keith Lewis return to their role on the outside, and Ralph Williams looks to be a capable replacement for Marry. The secondary look solid for us this year with Senquez Golson and Nick Brassell starting at CB, and Trae Elston and Cody Prewitt starting at the free and strong safety positions. Golson has made 9 picks in his 2 years of playing time at Ole Miss, and they always seem to come in big moments. His clutch play locked up the #1 CB position for him heading into camp. Brassell is a little smaller and less athletic, but makes up for it with his terrific zone coverage abilities. Elston is the weak point in the secondary, and the only junior of the group as the other 3 are seniors. Elston is fairly quick, but really struggles with his reading of the game and pure coverage ability. Cody Prewitt is our only other preseason All-SEC pick as a 2nd teamer. At 6'3 211 with a 4.5 40 time, he is a physical specimen that excels in zone coverage. He should make some big plays in the secondary for us. ​
    Special Teams: There isn't much to say about our special teams this unit. Both guys return from absolutely terrible years last year, and we hope they improved a little bit. Rodriguez only made 2/3 of his extra points, and 1/3 of his field goals, which really put a lot of pressure on our offense that struggles to find the end zone anyway. Gillett was a little better punting the ball, but its tough when you have to keep it out of the end zone punting from the opponent's 30. He will be the more steady of the two, but that's not really saying much. ​
     
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  3. bringbackjimmy

    bringbackjimmy WTFWTTD

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    Preseason Rank #26​
    Projected Regular season Record: 10-2​
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    The Wildcats decided after a strong spring practice that Daniel Sims will lead the way to open the season at QB. The decision was a hard choice as Coach BBJ really like SO QB Max Callahan, but Sims Accuracy and arm strength won him the job. The Wildcats will be sporting a 2 back system in the backfield with Sr Demarcus Robinson and So Jarvis Leverett splitting the carries. Robinson led the Cats in rushing last after taking over for often injured Hubert and showed he can handle being the starter so he will open the games up. The recieving group is led by true freshman WR Seth Moore and So TE Scott Reed. Both players will give either QB confidence in throwing their way. This Offense will be built on long sustaining drives as we don't have a deep threat while we wait for our speed guys to learn to catch on the practice squad during their RS season. ​
    Defense:​
    The Wildcats Defense will once again be the focal point of the wildcat season. The Defensive line is Upperclassmen heavy and is probably why this group is the strength of this defense. Led by SR DE Laton Dowling who many expect a great season out considering his great ACC and BSH. He also won't have to worry about dbl teams as sack leader JR DT Xavier Gates returns to reek havoc once again. The LB core is all about speed as both OLB have 87+ speed led by SR OLB Jonathan Truman. The leader of the group is SO MLB Jeff Butler who brings the mean streak that coach bbj loves in his MLB. the Defensive backfield is once again going to be the weak link in the defense, but the Wildcats have hope that the young guys can learn fast and be better in the future with the experience of this season. This season the backfield is led by SR FS Joesph Bonugli who hopes to keep the big plays in front of him.​
    Special Teams:​
    Ben Newman gets the nod at all 3 kicking duties and coach BBJ knows that he will really miss sure legged Anthony Cantele. Rexton and Leverett will handle the Returning duties.​
     
  4. Drifterbub

    Drifterbub Help me hide a body?

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    Texas A&M had to endure a lot of things last season. First and foremost, they faced easily one of the toughest (if not the toughest) schedule in the country last year. A 5-7 year out of context wouldn't even be close to the standards that Coach Drifter set for the program, and as he stated in last week's press conference, it still isn't. Just as big of a problem as the schedule were that the Aggies lacked experience in the two deep. Against tougher competition, especially late in games, the Aggies young players just couldn't must the confidence to make big plays. QB Jamiell Showers didn't help much and let his troubles of a year ago creep into last season. This year, Coach drifter has openly stated that the QB race is open and while Showers is the favorite, you can expect all four QBs to push for playing time. True Frosh Chris Jones (PS#21 ATH :4stars: 6'1'' 203) is a dynamic play maker and has been seen taking snaps with the first team in certain packages. He is a weapon Coach Drifter cannot keep off the field. The Aggies are fortunate that their HB corps is maturing. JRs Brandon Williams and Trey Williams are likely the best duo of tailbacks in the country. The WR corps takes a few steps up this year led by Soph Jimmy Williams who is coming off a break-out freshmen year.​
    The Wrecking Crew defense was not immune to the problems that young talent brings. OLB Victor Butler had an outstanding freshmen year in which he started all 12 games. SS Paul Stevenson and CB Fred Jude also played significant roles in the secondary with Stevenson being the incumbent starter. Look for true frosh FS Blake Payne to make a splash at one or both of the safety spots with Stevenson being in the mix after an inconsistent freshmen campaign. The talk of camp has been the younger (not little) brother of Paul, Dylan Stevenson (PS#9 :4stars: 6'2'' 247) who is finding his way into a starting spot with an arsenal of moves that get him into the backfield in a flash.​
    What to look for on offense: Hopefully less turnovers. Let's face it, the Ags can't compete in the best division in college football when they turned the ball over as much as they did last year. The mature ground game should help, but the infusion of QB Chris Jones into special packages in the offense should take some pressure off Showers - or whoever wins the job. ​
    What to look for on defense: More athleticism... Yeah, the defense was ranked #37 last year after weathering the onslaught of last year's schedule. Impressive? Yes, but that was last year. The defense will be young again this year but should be grooming better athletes in the process. True frosh Blake Payne will help out in the secondary and Dylan Stevenson will be a welcome addition to the pass rush that was almost non-existence last year.​
     
  5. Flo308

    Flo308 "Ocean Front Property"

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    After a disappointing season the Gamecocks answered back with an impressive bowl win over NC State. Gamecocks were rolling last year but struggled to finish on top of the SEC east. This year the #20 ranked Gamecocks look to finally get to the top and a conference championship.

    Offensively they will have to deal with the loss of RB Lattimore, although Coach Flo has no worries as Wilds should be fine carrying the load. QB Thompson has also returning for his senior year and with many weapons at receiver it should be no problem moving up and down the field. Another big change is the style of offensive play calling as they will go back to a balance multiple look. Last season they really struggled with the change and it showed.

    Defensively the Gamecocks struggled giving up plenty of points and they are looking to change that this year. The D will look to be led by DE Clowney, CB Hampton and and MLB Harris. The defense will have a few new face in the field but all have had game experience last season. Coach has high hopes for a great bounce back year.

    Coach Flo, "we are really looking forward to the start of my 3rd year as head coach and 3rd time is usually a charm".
     
  6. OMlawdog

    OMlawdog Going full Cheeze

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    A PUSH FOR A TITLE​
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    Iowa State is primed for their first real push for a Big XII title. Led by Senior QB Jared Barnett, Iowas State is primed for a Big XII title run. At RB Iowa State has as dangerous a combination in the country with talented senior Shontrelle Johnson and battle tested Junior, Rob Standard. Both have waited their turn to have a big season, and finally it is their turn after patiently waiting behind James White and Rob Standard.

    The receiving Corps is led by Sophmore Clay Parks and Senior Jarvis West. They couldn't be more different. Parks is a 6'7" 230 lb WR that can get open in the middle of the field and take the big hit. Jarvis West is 5'7" 165 lbs, but is a blur. They will really compliment each other this year. The OL is led by senior C Tom Farniok who expects to have a solid season, anchoring a pretty salty OL.

    Offensively, Iowa State is going to tinker going with some no-huddle this year hoping to put some pressure on defenses.

    Defensively, Iowa State is led by their senior corners - Matthew Thomas and Cliff Stokes. Both are elite man to man defenders and they are going to have help over the top with Senior Jared Brackins who was a 2nd team All-American last year. Up front, Iowa State is still at least two years away from developing some depth on the DL. Hopefully they will be able to get pressure without having to blitz.
     
  7. Jmustang1968

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    Houston

    Houston is returning from back to back visits to the Big XII conference championship game. Last season we won on a sim, so we are still looking to win one outright. Houston also looks to be a big player on the recruiting trail this year as they are finally getting some national recognition. The offense is as talented as previous years, but with some defensive playmakers lost to graduation and a bunch of young guys filling their roles, the D will be a big question mark again this season.

    On offense we lose the Heisman runner-up HB Sims. However, with the exception of 2 O-linemen, the rest of the offense players are returning. This includes 3 year starting QB Piland and Houston's dangerous receiving corps in Spencer, Greenberry, Lazard, and TE Bibbins. A decent runner in Holliman will step in for Sims, but while he should be productive, it will be a loss in talent. Look for Houston to focus and rely a bit more on Piland's arm and the passing game this season. A big focus point this year will to be to reduce mistakes and costly int's that have plagued us in the past.

    Things are a bit scary on defense. Houston is making a switch to the 4-3 this year due to a drop in talent at the LB position and having the luxury of 2 solid DTs. DE Braswell should thrive as a 4-3 DE and we are hoping for 10-12 sacks from him this season. The defensive leader and All American MLB Maxwell is returning for his senior season and will be the best player on our side of the field. DT Mbu is also a 3 year starter but this year will be moving from his nose position to a 3 technique. Our secondary will be very shaky. We have a few young and untested guys and the talent level just isnt where we would like it. The safeties are athletic and good tacklers, but struggle in coverage. The CBs we have need some development. We will have to rely on QB pressure this year to slow down opposing passing games as the secondary will get exposed if they have to cover extended plays.
     
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  8. JrRawlins

    JrRawlins People hate me cause they aint me...

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  9. Shaun Mason

    Shaun Mason Somebody you used to know.

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    Missouri hopes to bounce back from a rough end to last season. After starting the year 7-2, the Tigers managed to lose three straight. They did manage to beat Army in the Who-Gives-A-Shit Bowl to get to 8 wins. 8 wins isn't enough to satisfy the fans in Tiger land, who want a piece of SEC glory. Missouri might have their best squad since coach Shaun Mason took over two seasons ago. Senior quarterback James Franklin looks to settle down and lead them to a 10 win season. His 20+ interceptions for two years running are a big reason why they've struggled late in the season. As turnovers pile up, so do losses.

    On offense, look for a balanced attack from the Tigers. A new offensive coordinator means a new offense and there was a ton of Pistol formation in the spring game. Franklin looks to lead a three headed rushing attack, consisting of HB Marcus Murphy, HB/FB Rasheed Hall, and himself. Once teams stack the box, all-world Dorial Beckham-Green will look to stretch the field.

    On defense, a lot of new faces, with only 7 returning starters. Hopefully the defense gels as the year goes on, as they were absolutely thrashed by the offense in the Spring game. Look for sophomore sensation Austin Bray to be flying all over the field from his strong safety position. The kid plays defense, special teams and is the emergency quarter back.

    Prediction: 8-5 again.
     
  10. JrRawlins

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    KANSAS JAYHAWKS SEASON PREVIEW
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    The Jayhawks offense is led by QB Jake Heaps, Heaps was well on his way to the Kansas records book before his season was derailed by a shoulder injury. Heaps accuracy and ablility to extend a play make him invaluable to the Jayhawks offense. At running back Tony Pierson comes back from a redshirt year to the mantle from James Sims. Pierson isn't quite the bruiser Sims was but the bruiserr role should be filled by redhirt sophomore Brandon Leonard. At wide receiver, the Jayhawks are loaded. Seniors Jacorey Shepard and Justin McCay lead the way, while freshman all american Adam Hall is back in the slot. At tight end, Trey Evans is still the starter and the Jayhawks are expecting a big improvement from Evans. The Jayhawks offensive line should be solid despite being fairly young at the tackle position.​
    Defensively, the Jayhawks are led by 2nd team All-American Brad Wright.. Wright is the quarterback of the defense seems to be all over the field at times. Sophomore Cornerback Bill Smith tied a Kansas school record with 9 interceptions last season. Smith is a great cover corner for the Jayhawks. The linebackering core is led by Senior Mark Reynolds who is a solid all-around player, but the star of the group could be freshman Lawrence Connor already slated as a impact player, Connor has a very high ceiling and his playmaking abilities are quite evident on the field. The defensive line is full of quality depth, but there isnt a star among the group. Defensively, this group could be very very good or terrible, it really depends on if they can play to their potential.​
    Prediction 10-3​
     

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