Discussion in 'Thread Archive' started by mmullen8, Dec 17, 2011.
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Let's start with the obvious. Kevin Butler is the face of this program. He has been the main focus of other teams for what will now be his third year. Aside from that SJSU has been a tough team on the defensive side of the ball over the years. With subpar talent it is nothing short of miraculous what has happened with this team. This season the Spartans feel they have a bit more talent in place to help Butler out. Returning is senior RB Ben Thompson who had an excellent offseason and a little known sophomore back in Kevin Clark. This year the Spartans Oline should still be a weaker part of this team, but does have some bulk up front to hopefully open up some run lanes. The WR/TE core is still a work in progress, but does feature Junior WR KC Pearce. Peace had a breakout year last season and will look to fill some big shoes with the top 3 WR's from last year all graduating.
On defense the Spartans have an onslaught of new players. The strong point of this group contrary to years past is going to be the secondary. Senior CB Forrest Hightower will lead this bunch, but there are a bunch of guys that will contribute. A young defensive line will look to build upon the strong finish of last year. The Spartans seem to always have a strong linebacking core and this year will be no different. Derek Muuava and Doug Parrish will handle the outside duties while true freshman William Simmons will start at the Mike LB spot. This comes as a surprise to most on campus, however not many people saw what this kid did in HS and the Spartans are glad to have him.
The weak link of this program will definitely be the kicking game. Yes folks all facets of the kicking game are going to suck. Look for a record number of 4th down attempts out of this bunch since our strongest kicker on the roster has a 60 KPR rating. That should get us about a 40 yard maximum length for FG attempts. There are 5 K's on this year's recruiting board and we will once again try to lure one to our program.
Conf USA champions
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The Memphis Tigers are primed to jump out of the cellar for good. With a new coach, some talent this season on the offensive side of the ball and a servicable D, Memphis will look to improve on a 10-3 season last year that included a a bowl win and a #25 final ranking. Not many 1 star teams have two 93 ovr QB's but the Tigers are a lucky bunch. Last year, Taylor Reed was an All American 2nd teamer, this year he is holding a clip board because Florida Transfer, JR Jacoby Brissett has taken over. With great speed, 91 OVR and 96 Accuracy, he will lead the Tigers to a C-USA championship. His first game was a great one, completing 78% of his passes, throwing for two scores and rushing for two.
The Defense is going to have to just create some turnovers. With just a handful of players rated in the 70's and just one in the 80's, they are going to let up points, lots.
Special teams, Keiwon Malone, is a gamechanger, a great WR with good speed. The kicking game is bad, I was short on 42 yarder, really short.
The Actual Conf USA Champs,
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Kent State head coach Andrew Profio has been committed to building his program. "There were some great offers from a lot of good schools last offseason, but I didn't feel any of them were better than what I have here in Kent." Profio said. Expectations are high for the 2014-2015 Golden Flashes as they are coming off back to back bowl appearances.
Offensively, just about everyone is back and this team will go as far as Senior Quarterback Cedric McCloud (83 ovr.) can take them. "Cedric definitely has all the ability to be a great QB and a leader. His decision making must improve." Profio added. Backing McCloud up will be Jordan Tarver (78 ovr.) "We feel really good about Jordan as well, we may even throw out some sets where he takes the snaps. You never know, it is nice having flexibility." Profio said.
Running the ball is where the Flashes excel. Senior running backs Trayion Durham (80 ovr.) and Robert Holloman (77 ovr.) will look to build off of a solid campaign a year ago.
The tight ends and receivers were extremely young a year ago, but return with valuable experience. Junior Jeremy McCoy (83 ovr.) will be McCloud's go to wideout, and also excels in the return game. He was named a 1st team Preseason All American returner. The trio of Chris Hughes, Lorenzo Means, and Casey Pierce will look to build upon last year's solid numbers for the tight ends.
Upfront, Profio feels like he has finally added depth at all offensive line positions. "Every year since I was hired, I have recruit at least two offensive linemen. It has paid off as we finally have the depth we were lacking. Now when we have an injury, the next guy can step right in and we won't miss a beat." Profio said.
Where the offensive has everyone coming back, the defense is another story. Gone are standout players such as Roosevelt Nix and Tyquan Hammock. But some experience does return, and a new transfer will help fill the holes created by graduation.
The Flashes point of attack has always begun with the defensive line, and this year will be no different. This group lead the nation in sacks the last two seasons, and will continue that trend again this year. Ryan Brown (72 ovr.) moves from his tackle spot to fill Nix's departure at RE. The strength of the entire defense is up the middle. Jerome Davis (81 ovr.) looks to build off his 2013-2014 season which saw him be named to the All America team. Joining Davis will be Josh Watson (86 ovr.) who had to sit a year due to transfer rules. Manning the other end spot will be Matt Hurd. "I am always tough on my defensive line. They allow us to be able to drop 7 into coverage, because of the amount of pressure those 4 lineman create." Profio said.
All three linebackers are new faces. Steve Mehrer will man the ROLB, and will be the leader of the linebacker corps. Derek Jones takes over for Hammock at MLB. Andre Parker will start at LOLB. "These guys will have to step up big. But I fully expect them to rise up." Profio said.
The secondary looks to be strong. The corners will be Sam Miller and Dylan Farrington. "Farrington is an athlete, with a nose for the ball. He will continue our tradition of corners who can play the run as well as the pass." Profio added. The safety positions will held down by Calvin Tiggle and Champ Johnson.
Handling the kicking and punting duties will be sophomore Grant Cooper (89 ovr.)
Season outlook: This team has all the ability to make it a third straight bowl game. Look for them to also compete for a MAC championship.
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