Season 3 Team Previews

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  1. Wyrmreaver

    Wyrmreaver Ready for Madden 15 on Xbox One, lets get it on!

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    Lets hear about your squad! Who are your key players, what do you expect out of your team this season?

    This is not a mandatory thread, but I always enjoy these, so I hope at least a few guys will put up a blurb or more. I for one am excited about my team, I have some serious new juice from recruiting and I've got a pair of tough user games so it should be a fun season!
     
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  2. Automatik

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    The past two years coach Heisenberg has led his teams to two New Orleans Bowl Championships going 23-3 in the process. But that was against a very weak Sun Belt conference, now Heisenberg has control of a very experienced defensive unit that underperformed last year in a very strong conference. With 8 Seniors in the starting lineup on defense, Oregon expects very few mental errors from its squad. The Ducks will rely heavily on Heisman candidate De'Anthony Thomas and QB Bryan Bennett to put up big numbers on offense.

    Nike U has a very daunting schedule with 8 top 25 ranked teams, but look for the Ducks to pull off an upset or two.
    Biggest game: Week 12 vs two time defending PAC-12 champion CAL
    Prediction: 9-3
     
  3. asurob

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    My starter tossed 34 interceptions last year...(okay to be honest I tossed them). My Wideouts can't catch.

    Should make for an interesting combination.
     
  4. Jamie

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    I am personally most excited about this year's team. Gone are offensive studs QB. Jordan Lynch, RB. Akeem Daniels. Replaced with Jr. Matt McIntosh(77 ovr) and true Fr. Nick Miller(75 ovr) at quarterback. 3 Fr. and one Soph. compile my backfield this year, as we will employ the "hot hand" method in the running game. To try and garner more space for our guys to work, we are switching to the Oklahoma Multiple Offense. McIntosh and Miller will more than likely split the reps this year, as there is no clear favorite going into the season. Miller, while he has a good arm; his speed and athletism is what is most impressive about him.

    True Fr. Willie Fox(79) and Anthony Williams(75) will see the most action in the backfield. Although, Fr. Charles Collier(70) and Soph Ayo Smith(69) will also see some action. It will all depend on formation and situation.

    We are very thin at Wr. Da'Ron Brown(82) and Cody Mitchell(80) return. Brown led the team in yards, receptions and touchdowns last year. Mitchell led the NCAA in drops; not a distinction that we are happy with. Jr. Perez Ford(74) was turned into a Wr. from the Te. he was last year because of his catching ability(82 catch). Big Tim Semish(82) is back as a Sr. and provides an extra blocker. And, oh, by the way, was second in touchdown receptions last year. Fr. Brandon Roach(75) will provide an awesome reciever in the two Te. sets and some sets where he is the primary TE. and some situations where he will be the fourth reciever.

    Offensive line is going to be a bit thin on the left side. So, getting rid of the ball faster will be paramount.

    Defensive line is mainly untouched, with the exception of the departure of a DT.

    But, as is the case with this D, it's all about the linebackers. We live and die by their play. ROLB Jimmy Ward is gone and is replaced by Jr. Kris Carter(78) and Jr. Videl Nelson(78). On the other side will be returning Sr. Michael Santacanterina(82). The middle is patroled by Soph. Adam Bolden(84) who had an incredible Fr. season and will need to add to that.

    The secondary sees a couple of returning faces. Sr. Free Safety Zac Giller(85) and Sr. Strong Safety Durante Deshane(88). We are very week at corner. Incoming Jr. recruit Levander Liggins(75) helps a lot but Marquis Hayes(71), although he has the speed, is not the best at recognizing the play. Incoming Fr. Chris Rollins(67) and Chris Hodges(67) will need to grow up very fast. Like last year, SS. Durante Deshane will spend some of his time at corner to help.

    The name of the game this year for the Huskies is situational lineups. Trying to keep players fresh and put them in the best position to succeed will be key this year.
     
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    Yeah your leading WR had like 30 something drops, that's just fucking ridiculous so it's no all your fault. ;)
     
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    After taking his first head coaching job just 2 seasons ago at Minnesota, Coach Selvy finds himself at the helm in Stanford after the Cardinal suffered through a disappointing 7-5 season. The cupboard is far from bare for the new head ball coach. Senior QB Brett Nottingham has all the tools necessary to become a heisman caliber signal caller, while sophomore Marcus Johnson provides a change of pace with speed that is rarely seen in a QB. The tandem of Barry Sanders and Kelsey Young will force defenses to account for two RBs, while senior WR Ty Montgomery will provide a dangerous deep threat. The offensive line is big, physical, and experienced, with all 4 starters in at least their junior years. Anchored by senior LT Cameron Fleming, who rates out to an almost perfect 98, it's hard to imagine how this team won just 7 games last season.

    The schedule starts out with a bang, a #6 Utah visits in week 1. The next 4 weeks all look winnable on paper, although 3 straight road games will not be easy. But the success of Stanford this season will be measured through a brutal 5 game stretch. Preseason #1 Washington is followed by the high powered offense of Oregon, then road games at #7 Notre Dame and #10 Cal, followed by a visit from up and coming Army before ending the season @ Oregon State in week 12 and BYU week 13. It's clearly a difficult road for Stanford in their first year under coach Selvy, but if his season as OK State's defensive coordinator is any sign of things to come, no one is going to look forward to playing Stanford.
     
  7. Wyrmreaver

    Wyrmreaver Ready for Madden 15 on Xbox One, lets get it on!

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    I am looking forward to it...... (y)
     
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    The secret of the Bowling Green offense is a secret no more as this offense runs through SR RB Anthon Samuel. Samuel is on a lot of the experts board of being a Heisman contender and All American. Last season Samuel rushed for over 1200 yards and over 10 TDs. BG goes with a true freshman at QB Anthony Haynes the 5th rated QB in this freshman class. Haynes has good accuracy and speed. The receiving corp is still the weak link of the offense but last years backup RB Jamel Martin moves to WR this year. BG wille replace 3 O lineman this year. Defensively BG switches to a 4-3 from a 3-4 and replaces both DEs but DE Shaq Hall seen a lot of playing time and will start this year. The LBs are all SR so this is an experienced group. The secondary is the heart and soul of the D led by SS Ryland Ward who is the leader of the defense. Also returning is CB Johnny Joseph. BG will start 2 true freshman CB Obi Watson who was a top CB in this years freshman class and a talented ATH Marcus Baldwin who can play any skill position on the field at FS. Coach Smith took a look at Baldwin in the spring at QB, RB, WR, CB, and both safety positions. Coming down to QB and FS Baldwin shinedd at FS. BG will look at some young players to give some good effort in the return game.
     
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  9. Wyrmreaver

    Wyrmreaver Ready for Madden 15 on Xbox One, lets get it on!

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    2014 Black Knights Season Preview
    OFFENSE: When Army signed a pair of stud TEs in recruiting it was widely speculated that the offense would employ more 2 TE sets in 2014 to try and take advantage. Also, when :5stars: ATH Anthony Payne signed on it looked like Army had their stud QB. As the recruiting process went on though, a couple of things happened. Leon West, Chaz Matthews, and Andre Bush all signed on, bolstering the teams WR corps. Then, late in the recruiting cycle, Army coaches travelled to a little town called Phenix City in Alabama. They went to take a look at a :3stars: ATH named Johnny Patton. Initial reports indicated that he could add depth and youth at HB. Once the coaches got there, this kid blew them away with his underrated QB abilities. Once in camp, this kid outplayed the highly lauded Payne and looks to start heading into the season. Payne is such a gifted athlete though that we couldn't just leave him on the bench, so in addition to being the #2 QB, he is the #4 WR, #3 CB, and #2 FS, so you can expect to see Payne all over the field for this team. Because of the influx of WR talent and the great development from last years :4stars: players Tommy Lyles and Paris Harrison coming off of redshirt, Army scrapped the idea of a 2 TE base offense and instead elected to spread the field even more than last season, adding more Air Raid concepts into their spread playbook. At HB the team returns former fleXbox One fullbac, senior Larry Dixon. Dixon ran for over 500 yards last season as the backup to now departed Raymond Maples. Larry is a big, physical runner who should get the majority of the carries, but will not be the feature back the way Maples was. Obadiah Lowe is a (RS)JR who was a JUCO star before joining the team and sitting out last season. The coaches are saying that Lowe has gamechanging speed and that he will be on the field in a number of formations and should see touches with the number one offense every week. At TE the two players who had people so excited were six foot seven Mike Mason, a :4stars: Texas product and Billy Davis a JUCO kid out of Alabama. With the shift on offense, Davis will sit out the year as a redshirt while Mason will start from day one. Mason is a nightmare for linebackers in coverage, but if you bring in secondary help he creates a mismatch as a blocker in the run game. The O-line isnt great, but it is better than it was over coach Hennessy's first two seasons, so the expectation is that they will play well.​
    DEFENSE: Army will continue to run the hybrid 3-3-5 defense. Dubbed the "soldier swarm" by media outlets, this unit was spectacular last year getting to the football and creating sacks and turnovers. MLB Geoffery Bacon is the heart and soul of this defense as he comes back for one more season. Bacon has tremendous speed and instincts and should once again be a force. Behind Bacon the secondary has a chance to be special. Seniors Marcus Jackson and Lamar J Harris return at CB after each recorded 9 INTs last season. At safety, JUCO prodigy Joe Gibson will hold down one SS spot while last years starting FS John Bennett moves to the other SS spot opposite him. Taking over for Bennett at FS is (RS)FR Lamont Ray. Ray has elite athleticism to go along with great size and strength for the position. Fresh faces and old friends will be flanking Bacon in the LB corps as JUCO transfer Adam Booth steps into the starting lineup on the side spot opposite (RS)JR Jay Joliffe who started last year. The only real question mark is up front. Neither end is anything special so this team will have to look elsewhere to generate a pass rush just as they have for the last couple years. On one side is returning starter Colin Linkul. He is joined by first time starter Jacob Watts. In the middle will be Jacon Drozd who had a solid year despite his lack of size at the nose.​

    OUTLOOK: Army opens with a brutal 2 game stretch against the ACC. First they travel to Clemson to take on the #19 Tigers, then they play host to the defending national champion Virginia Cavaliers. The next biggest game on the schedule is a trip out west in week 10 to take on Stanford, but the games between and after aren't gimmes. Last season this team went 12-1, but that may be a tall order with so many young players. The week 2 game against Virginia should go a long way towards determining the course of the season. If this group opens 2-0 then they could have a shot at running the table and going undefeated, if they lose one or both of their first 2 then it seems unlikely that they would be able to take down stanford and run the table the rest of the way.
     
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    I hope this makes sense in context of The Big Game:

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  11. Wyrmreaver

    Wyrmreaver Ready for Madden 15 on Xbox One, lets get it on!

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    Since Five_Fifs cant currently access the forums he posted his preview on the wire, here it is:

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    Entering the 2012 season, Coach W.D. Franklin was charged with making a mediocre FCS roster competent, if not competitive, nearly immediately. With a roster devoid of FBS caliber talent, Franklin relied heavily on scheme to carry the day. In his first two recruiting seasons, Franklin focused heavily on the offensive side of the ball, especially the offensive line, bringing in 10 linemen in two years. The result is now a small core of skill players capable of scoring quickly and in bunches. In the trenches, there is an intriguing combination of youth, talent, experience, and depth.

    The 2014 Minutemen Offense is led by 1st Team All-Big East members QB Randy Palmer, a sophomore, and WR Ernest Lee, a senior. Palmer arrived in Amherst amidst much fanfare as a freshman and high expectations as a duel threat athlete at the quarterback position. By most accounts, he met ******************. Though he did not show a lot of his running abilities, he did produce as a passer, throwing for over 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns.

    The receiving corp is led by returning senior Ernest Lee. In his first season at UMass out of Ferndale Junior College in Maryland, Lee collected over 50 catches and over 900 yards to go along with 8 receiving touchdowns. The unit produced three other 500 yard receivers last year, with senior Marken Michel and sophomore Donte Gaston. They lose fan favorite and clutch playmaker tight end Rob "The Bully" Blanchflower. However, junior Dan Foesel, an undersized and some would argue, under-used, tight end seems a solid, if unspectacular, substitute to the receiving corp. Additionally, incoming freshman Chris McCall has been turning alot of heads during summer camp with his ability to make difficult catches and his superior speed at the position.

    The backfield again will utilize a running back by committee approach in 2014, led by reurning senior Jordan Broadnax. Broadnax did not see as many touches in 2013 as he had in 2012 and the running game as a while had some difficulties as four new starters, including three freshmen, settled into Big East competition. Still he managed over 600 yards rushing last year. Darren Darby, a sophomore, also returns ********* the duties of the powerback of the crew. He had a solid freshman season, averaging over 4 yards a carry. The newest arrival to the unit is Josh Leonard, a 6'1, 215 pound speedster from vermont. He combines a little but of what Broadnax and Darby provide and additionally *********** ************ some of the load of reurn duties off of Ernest Lee.

    Finally, the unit which has seen the largest turnover during Coach Franklin's tenure, the offensive line, *********** to see the most growth. Last season junior college transfer John Ray(LT), and freshmen Jonathan Olson (G), Eric Thompson (C), and Matt Bonds (G), all assumed jobs as first year starters. This season, compettion has been the theme and despite ther temptation to throw the same unit back out on the field out fo duty and ******** them to mesh further, Coach Franklin brought in new blood to continue **** up the competiton. The result is a three star freshman from Coram, NY, Lance Young, beating out a senior incumbent at LT and another freshman, Jon Sowell, unseating Matt Bonds, for the starting guard position. Add in RT Dalton Gifford becoming eligible after transferring from Boston College and you have the makings of a much more talented line with some expereience in from its starters and backups.
     
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