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Season 5 - Team Previews

Discussion in 'The Trifecta' started by Dru50, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. Dru50

    Dru50 Still Chicago's #1 son

    Sep 13, 2009
    For those of us not cool enough for an entire thread devoted to our team....

    Florida St Team Preview

    What to look for on offense - QB Brenton Newby and HB Andy Frank look to build upon the success of their freshmen seasons, which saw both players start every game and put up very good seasons. Newby will be aided by 3 returning WR's (seniors Kenny Shaw and DeJoshua Johnson and sophomore Maurice Jones), none of whom are burners but all are reliable route runners and have good hands. Incoming Juco TE John Cantrell steps into the starting role and is expected to make some plays. The question mark here is the OL, where 4 out of 5 starters from last years team graduated. There is talent there but it is young at the bookends. How the OL plays will determine how successful of a season the offense has. Coach Dru is expected to implement more of a short controlled passing game and run the ball more than last year to try and help out the OL.

    What to look for on defense - The defense returns 9 of 11 starters from last year, and the coaching staff is hoping that the pass coverage is improved this year. Last year, the defense was playing first year starters at FS/SS/NCB/DCB and it showed as WR's often had their way. Hopefully a year of seasoning helps these guys in their coverage skills. The defense will be led by DE Jeremy Miller, who led the nation in sacks (setting an FSU single season record with 22 sacks) and MLB Chris Wright. The front 7 is fast and should be able to generate pressure on the QB.

    Prediction - 10-2, ACC champions​
  2. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    I'll copy your format because creativity takes too much effort :)

    What to expect on offense - All-world QB passed up millions of dollars as first overall pick to play another season for Ohio State. He never even considered leaving this past offseason, saying he is enjoying his time in Columbus. Walters will be joined in the backfield by senior Roderick Smith. Smith did test the draft waters but decided to return for his final season. Also returning are wide receivers James Louis, Demario Breedlove and Gerald Harris. Tight end Antonio Murray also has another year of eligibility and he could also see time as the #4 WR in spread formations. The offensive line should provide plenty of time for Walters and open holes for Smith. Every starter on the offensive line is rated as 88 or higher, led by junior Justin Moore at Center. This is a very talented group and should put up a large number of points.

    What to expect on defense - The defense lost a lot of key players but still has talent. The biggest concern is the secondary with CJ Barnett and Jamie Wood leaving for the NFL. This departure plus the addition of Tennessee transfer Jeff Cox forced OSU to move junior free safety Ross Hand to the top CB spot. If spring practices are any indication, Hand will be just fine at his new position. Senior Christian Bryant will start opposite Hand and sophomore Dave Hadley gets the bump to nickle back. The defensive line also lost some talent at the end positions, Fellows being the biggest loss of the group. The team still has talent at that position with senior Jamal Turner expected to fill Fellows role of terrorizing quarterbacks.

    Prediction - 11-1 regular season but need help to get in title game
  3. gowazzucougs

    gowazzucougs WSU is better than UCLA

    Jul 18, 2010
    Washington State Cougars

    Overall C+
    Offense B-
    Defense C

    The Cougs have been slowly improving the past two seasons. The offense continues to make gains with QB Connor Halliday, WR Robert Jiles, and RB Ricky Galvin. RB Ricky Galvin is probably the first Cougar player in quite sometime to receive an overall rating of 90 or above. WSU record books could be rewritten after this season because Jiles is looking to break the career reception and yardage records. If Jiles catches 14 or more TDs this season he will set the career and season record for touchdowns as well.

    The Cougar defense is the big question mark for the Cougs. Last season Pac 10 running backs broke way too many tackles causing the WSU Coach to pull too many hairs out while screaming at the tv. With a C rating, things do not look too promising in terms of improvement. However, the Cougs did get two transfers from BSU, DT David Stanford, and DE Donnie Bates. These two individuals have an immediate impact to the Cougar defense. Stanford's overall rating is 11 points higher to the next highest Cougar DT, while Bates overall rating of 72 is 7 points higher compared to the next highest one. The secondary for the Cougs is very questionable, and I believe their ratings are what keeping the Cougars' defensive rating down.

    As to special teams, the Cougs have a kicker, he is a senior. That is all I am going to say about him.

    The overall outlook for the season, I expect a bowl game, possibly the Holiday Bowl if the team plays up to potential. Additionally, the Cougs are going to beat either Minnesota, USC, UCLA, or UNC. If I were to pick it is either going to be UNC or UCLA. The Cougs have the talent to keep up with UNC, while the Bruins travel to Pullman in November, and we know what that means, SNOW!
  4. Twister18

    Twister18 I aint got time to bleed!

    Oct 26, 2009
    OU Sooners:

    Offense: The Sooners will be led by QB Jim Massey and RB Martin Jones, a bruising back that can pound a defense into submission. Throw in 5 WRs that are 84 and over and you have a pretty potent skill set. The OL is a veteran unit, led by LG Justin Wright. The TEs are Trey Millard and Austin Heywood. The key will be the play of Massey, as he will be given the quick hook for Soph Jebari Ryan if not utilizing his weapons effectively.

    Defense: The D unit will be led by Junior LE Russell McKenzie and MLB Casey Golden. The DL is very deep and talented but the OLBs lack a bit in experience. The top 4 CBs are top notch, led by Thomas Bailey and the Safety tandem of Tony Jefferson and Lamar Robinson are very competant.

    ST: K Rob Griffin and P Brad Whitehead will handle the duties and both have cannons on their legs. RB Roy Finch will be their primary return man on KR and PRs.

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