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KANSAS TEAM PREVIEW
Offense - The Jayhawks offense will be a bit of a mystery as they lose 3 of their 4 top playmakers to graduation. Senior tailback Tony Pierson is the lone playmaker returning in the backfield. Pierson miss half of his junior campaign due to a broken collarbone. Pierson's health will be key to the Jayhawks offense this season. Junior tailback Joe Odom will also play a big role in jayhawks offense. Odom also missed over half of the season due to injury. At wide receiver, Adam Hall returns as the big play receiver for the Jayhawks. Hall will be counted on heavily in the passing game. Senior Jonathan Booker and freshmen Charles Sampson will also be asked to contribute. AT tight end Junior Trey Evans will be the starter again. His goal to be nominated for the Mackey award. He has the skill set but he has always been the 5th option in previous seasons. This seasons he should be the 1st or 2nd option often as he is viewed by the Jayhawks coaching staff as a security blanket for their QB. At QB the Jayhawks plan on starting true freshman Petey Burton. Burton is talented but exteremly young, he has the strong senior Mike Cummings behind him and true freshman Randy Williams is 3rd on the depth chart. This offense goes as far as Burton can lead them as a freshman. Players to watch are Pierson and Burton...
Potential Breakout player - Cameron Murray at 6'5 225 pounds with speed Murray has the potential to be great. The opportunity is there its his 3rd year in the system he simply has to take advantage.
Defense - the Jayhawks defense will be led by Senior Andrew Horne. Horne led the Jayhawks in sacks last year with 9.5. Horne's ability to rush the passer as well as dropp back into coverage will be huge. Horne is joined by a pair of sophomores in the linebacking core. Lawrence Connor was an absolute terror last season once he got his chance to play. Nate Smith is the kid on the block, Smith should upgrade the inside of the Jayhawks defense, Smith's speed and pursuit should make the inside of our defense a strength again. In the secondary, Brad Smith returns as he nears the school record for interceptions as a junior with 16. (School record is 17) Hard hitting Brad Wright is back... The Jayhawks will start two freshman in their secondary Udess Cabral will start as a true freshman. His coverage ability should instantly upgrade the Jayhawks. At strong safety, Kyle Mullins could really be a playmaker for the Jayhawks. Mullins and Cabral will be throw into the fire together butthey could really flourish as they get more experience.
Potential breakout players - Kyle Mulllins
Players to watch - Lawrence Connor, Brad Smith
@ Texas Tech
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@ Iowa State
Prediction 8-5, The Jayhawks have another up and down year with big highs and disappointing losses.
The 'Raid is back. Drifterbub can say "told you so" now. With junior Maty Mauk at the helm, tons of receiving talent and the virtually unguardable Dorial Green-Beckham, the Tigers are looking to bring sexy back...I mean bring the Air Raid back. Complementing the wide open passing is a stable of running backs, 4 deep who are virtual clones of each other. Besides DGB, look for true sophomores Andy Ramsey and Rob Pittman to get a ton of looks. Also contributing is jack of all trades Rasheed Hall, who is playing more of an H-back role this year. The offense better score some points because....
Who? What? Huh? Exactly kids, the Tiger defense was a group of nobodies who couldn't tackle last year. This years squad isn't much more impressive, though the youngsters look to be a force in a couple of years. Undersized nose tackle Evan Winston will wreck opposing backfields, hopefully that will be enough to allow the offense to get ahead on the scoreboards. The other standouts in this cadre of crap are Kevin Ray, Austin Bray and Jayson "My Teeth Are" Gold.
Who the hell knows. Could be 8-5, could be 10-3, could be 6-7.
Kansas State Wildcats
Offense: Usual custom spread
The Wildcats are led by SR QB Daniel Sams who had the best passing season for the wildcats last year. He will be helped out by SO Seth Moore and JR TE Scott reed who will be looking to bring home the mackey award. JR HB Jarvis Leverett goes from being a complimentary back to the workhorse this season and every indication is that he is ready for the job. Look for FR HB Nicholas Mitchell to get some reps each game. The only True freshman getting a major role is FB Brad Cummings who should get some short
yardage carries when he isn't leading the way.
If i wrote this before i played week 1 I would say my DE were going to lead the way, but with Huang out 9 weeks with a Torn Hamstring i have to look elsewhere. With the Huang injury Fr Chris Goss gets his RS taken off and hopefully can do a adequate job. The best player of this Defense is SR Dt Xavier Gates who will look to create havoc up the Middle. Jeff Butler returns as the Captain and leader of this defense. He is a tackling machine and loves to hit people. The Secondary is getting older and with that better, but is still a year or 2 away from being dominant.
with only 10 this year the Wildcats will be looking for quality over quantity. We will surely look for some WR who has good hands to help out, but we will start looking to build our Oline.
Prediction: We would be extremely happy with 9-3, but as long as we beat OMlawdog the season will be a success.
QB -Highly touted RS Freshman Jimmy Clark takes over the reigns from 3 year starter Bo Wallace. Clark is a physical specimen, with speed and an accurate arm. He lacks some velocity on the ball, but should be able to run the West Coast style offense Ole Miss has adapted over the last couple of years.
HB - is going to be a bit of a time share between Mathers and Loyal, with Mathers getting the bulk of the carries. Neither has really proven themselves yet, but Mathers has the most potential in our eyes.
WR - This receiving corps is pretty terrible this year, and incredibly young. With only 2 returning players surrounded by 6 true freshman, this will definitely be the weakest unit of the squad. Singleton and Nolen will be the top 2 targets, but look for one of the freshman to step up and play a role. Josh Brown seems to be the most likely candidate with his 92 accel and 86 route running.
TE - Justin Greer will be the #1 TE this year after being the backup last year. He made some big catches, but didn't see a whole lot of the ball with the talent we had on the outside. He should play a bigger role this year.
O-Line - The most experienced group on the team with 3 seniors 1 junior and 1 freshman. The O-Line should be the anchor of this team and will be a big part of any success we have on the offensive side of the ball.
D-Line - Channing Ward returns for his 4th year as a starter and will be joined by a true freshman at LE and 2 junior D Tackles. Ward will definitely be the anchor, and we'll turn to him to get some pressure on the QB to help out our sub-par back 7.
Linebackers - Another young group for us with 2 freshman and a sophomore starting. MLB Deon Simpson was our top recruit in last year's class and will play nearly every snap as a true freshman. His speed and strength should allow him to make a lot of plays.
Secondary - Our 2 senior corners in Bangura and Standifer should be able to hold their own against most passing attacks, but they'll require some help from the safeties to do so. Neither are the best cover corners, but they seem to make big plays when it counts. FS Trae Elston returns from his Thorpe award winning year as a Junior, and will be the captain of the secondary. We'll have yet another true freshman starting at SS in Nathan Williams. At 6'4 223, Williams is a physical player, and will look to roam the middle of the field and make some plays with his athleticism.
Potential Breakout Player - Jimmy Clark. If he lives up to the hype, he could be special by the time he graduates. We just have to hope he matures quickly enough to be average now.
Freshman To Watch - Definitely Deon Simpson. He is going to be an absolute stud in the middle of the field for us.
Prediction - With this incredibly young team I expect us to struggle a lot, especially in conference play. I would consider 7-5 a win for us.
Johnny (Fucking Football) Manziel takes the reigns of an offense that has become known more for their turnovers despite their ability to put up points. Coach Drifter has put a few pieces into the offensive puzzle for phenom Quarterback Chris Jones after he showed what he was capable of his freshmen year. Look for the speedster to get into some space from various packages and wreck havok on opposing defenses. Supplementing the running game are a dynamic duo of senior running backs in Brandon Williams and Trey Williams. Brandon is a slasher while Trey is a true scat back with elite quickness and speed. The WR position gets a boost in experience as Seniors Mike Evans and Thomas Johnson are dynamic threats on the outside. JR WR Jimmy Williams has future NFL potential and is very polished.
The Aggies finally have depth at the LB position thanks to last year's recruits led by PS#1 MLB Clinton Gordon who will see significant playing time in the middle of the field. SO DE Dylan Stevenson is a monster that performs at a high level in all disciplines of the position. JR Fred Jude and SO Blake Payne provide the skill at the safety position to take a load off of the back 7. They can cover and tackle, but most importantly they can hit. A defense has so many more facets when your safeties can do it all and the Wrecking Crew has two of them.
Breakout player: MLB Clinton Gordon will prove to everyone why he was so highly recruited out of high school. The kid is physically and mentally ready to play ball.
Freshmen to Watch: Obviously Gordon gets a nod here, but also watch out for CB Todd Williams. Todd is starting at the nickel position but could easily break the depth chart and move to the outside as the season goes on.
Prediction: Expectations are pretty low in college station following two consecutive 5-7 seasons despite the talent that the Aggies have on the roster. This team is certainly capable of 10 wins, but as always with the SEC West, there are going to be several challenges along the way that will provide plenty of gut-checks for Coach Drifter's squad.
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