Discussion in 'The Final Countdown' started by Walter323, Oct 22, 2014.
Have at it
High Goals set in Pheonix, AZ
This years Sundevils return alot of talent and starters from last season and hope to keep improving.
Headlining the returns will be Heisman winner Khalif High(Jr 94) and Heisman candidate Brett Bailey(RsSo 89) on offence. High had a historic season last year throwing for over 3000 yards and rushing for over 1500. Look for the offence to lean heavily on these two in the rushing game. Both have excellent speed (89/96) for their positions which make the read option deadly.
The WR position is a little diminished after All-American/Biletnikoff winner Tyler Wiley left early for the pros. Wiley is already a front runner for ROY honors. Stepping in for Wiley will be receiver by committee. There as 7 viable guys that will get playing time. Look for 6-4 212 Jefferson (RsSr 86) to be the #1 guy. He doesn't have top end speed but he will run great routes and catch anything close to him. His size will also make for a nice mismatch on smaller corners. Filling in the speed/slot role will more than likely be Cameron Smith (RsSr 85). He as above average speed (94) which will hopefully be able to take the top off of defenses.
At TE Kody Kohl (RsSr 84) has been waiting his turn to get a shot at the #1 TE position and this is his year to produce. He had been waiting in the wings of Steven Chavez (6th round draft pick) and now gets to be the primary guy instead of a blocking TE. Taking over the blocking role will be Austin Bowling (RsFr 77).
The OL isn't flashy, but they are good. All are rated 82-85. 6-5, 305 Brad Kilpatrick (RsSo 85) looks to be the leader of the of the OL at the LT position. Scouts are really liking his size, form, and technique. Early talks are of him being a future top 5 pick in the NFL draft. These guys will need to really work together to have another stellar year rushing the ball and protecting Khalif High.
The DL is lead by All-American Tashon Smallwood (RsJr 90). Smallwood is a wrecking ball at the DT position for apposing offenses. Travis Miller (RsSr 83) will get his shot at the other DT position. He was a walk-on his freshman year and has now earned a starting spot. At DE there will be a rotation between 3 guys. Coaches theory is to have fresh bodies all the time in at DL to hopefully keep the energy up. Look for back-up DJ Baily to step in quite a bit at DE or DT to give the "starters" a breather.
DJ Calhoun will return for his Senior year and start for his 4th season. Calhoun is a do everything all around LB. He never comes off the field, even for special teams. Calhoun has been a playmaker since day 1 and we expect big thins from our All-American. Holding down the other two LB spots will be Alani Latu (RsSr 86) and MLB Chans Cox (RsSr 87). Having 3 seniors on the field at LB will be a big help in lining people up in the correct spots.
The Seconday will once again be a mix of youth and experience this season. But this youth has some SPEED finally. At CB will be lightning fast Harim Nash (RsFr 99 speed) and Robbie McNeal (RsSo 93 speed). They may blow a couple overages but they have the speed to make up for it.
At FS will be hard hitting Senior Marcus Ball. Standing 6-3 219 he will be a force at the line of scrimmage. At SS will be All-American Dennis Spencer. Spencer looks and hits like a linebacker but covers like a corner. SS in a 4-2-5 is the perfect fit for him.
At kicker and punter...... hahahah like anybody cares
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