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Will have mine up sometime after lunch.
Look for Nebraska this afternoon.
2016 Nebraska Preview
With a new coach in town, Nebraska looks to take a step forward in the conference. Coach hornfaninbama did a nice job with the team and has certainly made life a little easier on new Coach Kasper.
"There is plenty of talent on this team, but we just need to figure out who needs to be where. Once we start gelling a little better, the sky is the limit for this team," stated Kasper in his Spring press conference.
QB - Cory King will be the big man on campus this year, and is built well to run the Oregon offense Kasper implements. At 6'3 218 lbs, the Florida native has great athleticism at the position, and should be one of the better dual threats in the country. King comes into the season after throwing for 384 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INT's last year during relief duty. He also had a nice 53 yard run last season that really has Nebraska fans excited about this season. If Nebraska has a good year, look for King to be a household name.
HB - The Huskers have an abundance of younger talent in the backfield, but true freshman Jeremy Turner looks to be the guy that will get the start. At 5'11 205 lbs, Turner is built quite solid for being just out of high school. Sophomore Adrian Williams will relieve Turner when need be, and redshirt frosh Andrew Moses could see a few touches as well.
FB / TE - Kasper's offense utilizes more of an H back for this type of position, and everyone from FB's Brad Murphy and Patrick Muse, to TE Jason Robinson will see time lining up somewhere in the backfield- catching passes or blocking for the running backs.
WR - 3 seniors will lead the receiving corps. Jerrell McDonald, Brandon Smith, and Mark Gordon should all 3 have solid seasons. During his time at Wake Forest, Coach Kasper rarely had a big time receiver that caught a lot of balls (one would have to go back to 2011 when Chris Givens caught 70 or so balls to see a guy with 60+ catches). All that said, there is plenty of talent in this receiving corps to make life not too hard on Cory King.
OL - There is a mix of youth and experience along the line, but overall they should have a good year. LT Kurt hale will experience a bit of a trial by fire, but at 6'7 280 he has the raw size that one would love for the position. LG Akim Morris is the best of the bunch, and will be playing on Sunday's before long. Junior C Bryan Lee is huge for the position, standing a monstrous 6'7 289. He is a smart player though and should be solid at the position. At RG, junior Gary Rodriguez is very athletic for his 6'5 285 lb frame, and is another guy that should be playing on Sunday's before long. RT Mark Keenan is the senior leader of the group, and should be a reliable guy to block at the point of attack on runs to the edges.
DE - Austin Harrison is an All American in every sense of the word, amassing 23.5 sacks in his first 3 seasons in Lincoln. The senior pass rusher has also snagged 4 interceptions during his time, so if you don't like All American to describe him, how about playmaker? Opposite of Harrison is senior Austin Timmons. Timmons has a great motor and should surely have a good season with defenses focusing on Harrison and our next big name on this defense...
DT - Darryl Ruffin is the big man on campus in Lincoln this year. The fifth year senior is a monster in the middle, possessing ample speed and strength to completely dominate the position. Ruffin is coming off a 15.5 sack season last year, and he surprised many by returning to the Huskers (not even considering testing pro waters). "Darryl is the kind of guy that every coach wants. He goes out there and plays with an absolute passion for Nebraska Cornhusker football," said Kasper while describing Ruffin. Junior Ryan Johnson will be opposite of Ruffin and is a viable DT that should be solid at the position. RS freshman Shannon Cade will also work his way into the rotation. Cade should be a great player when it is all said and done, so it should be fun to see him get on the field early.
OLB - At the LOLB spot is 6'7 Isaac King. He is very good at utilizing his wing span to wreak havoc on offenses. At ROLB is the pride of South Dakota, Chris Burke. The Lead native has really gotten into the spotlight lately, earning All American recognition. Burke has great acceleration and is a good tackler. Look for him to continue to improve during his time as a Husker.
MLB - Junior Mike Lamb will get the start in the middle this season, though transfer Dre Treangen could be the best linebacker on the team. However, Dre will have to sit out a season due to NCAA transfer rules, so look for him to be a force next season.
CB - With only 5 scholarship CB's on the roster, the youngsters will need to grasp the system quickly. Sophomore AJ Sims and Junior Keith Rhodes will likely be the starters when the season kicks off and should be solid at the spot.
FS - Corey Burns moved from SS this Spring, and has great speed. He should be great at playing center field in Kasper's defense.
SS - Defensive captain Kevin Arnold should be a force this fall. He is a little undersized, but packs a vicious punch when tackling opposing players. He will be vital to the defense, being used to stop the run, while also being asked to play man and zone coverage.
K / P - True frosh Matt Horne will handle both duties from the get go. He doesn't have a huge leg, but he should suffice for a position that was a huge need for Nebraska this off season.
The Michigan Wolverines are coming off their 5th straight Conference Championship, and first National Championship under the current coaching staff. They did it all under a True Freshman QB, that will be around for at least 2 more years, but will he be the starter? The Wolverines are looking at a much tougher schedule, and they will start a lot of young players since they only have 9 Seniors on the entire team. This could be an up and down season for the Wolverines, a learning process, after losing their top WR Drew Johnson, and top HB David Harrison to the NFL a year early. They also graduated their 2 starting CBS, their top Defensive end, and lost their Defensive End on the other side to the NFL. It will be difficult without them, but the Wolverines are up for the challenge and the coaching staff believes they can get it done with the current players on the roster.
QB- Joe Larsen was a top notch QB last season, leading the nation in passing, throwing for almost 3500 yards and 30 touchdowns, but did throw 10 interceptions on the year and was sacked over 50 times. Joe was the top QB in the class of 2014, but this season, Joe will take a seat on the bench. The #1 QB in the class of 2013, who is now a redshirt Junior, will get the start, Anthony Garcia. Garcia was used sparingly last year, and you could tell that he was upset about getting his starting spot taken from a Freshman. Rather than transfer, Anthony worked harder and became an even better Quarterback this off season. At 6'3, he's got great height for a QB and is very fast (92 speed, 92 elusiveness) which is what a Michigan QB normally is. He can throw the ball well also (88 power, 87 accuracy). He will be ready to have a great season, and it isn't hard with the receivers he has to throw to. He will need to throw just as much, if not more, than Larsen did last year with the uncertainty the Wolverines are faced with at running back. Redshirt Freshman Joseph Weber and Redshirt Sophmore Johnny Moses will be backing him up. Both QBs were 4 stars coming out of high school, and knew that there would be a small chance that they'd' ever get the start for Michigan, but regardless, they both wanted to come and be a Wolverine. If nothing else, they received a National Championship ring last season. Both are quality back ups though. Weber can run (80 speed) throw (91 power, 85 accuracy) but they worry about his awareness and ability to come through in the clutch. If Garcia goes, down, he will see some time though. Johnny Moses will also see some time if needed. Moses is very fast (86 speed, 87 acc.) and has a good arm, but his accuracy is in question. (89 the, 73 acc) It would be tough to trust him to make throws a lot of the time, but could be used a lot in the option game if necessary. They also got a commitment from the #1 QB in the class for the third time in row, Derek Moore. Moore can really throw it deep (96 THP) and moves well (76 speed, 81 acc) but will be redshirted and given a few years to develop before he's thrown in as a starter. Look for him to start after Larsen decides to go to the NFL, which many believe will be after his Junior season, giving Derek 2 full years to start for the Wolverines.
RB- With David Harrison leaving for the NFL early, the running back position is kind of a head scratcher for the Wolverines. One thing is for sure is the starter will not be as good as years past, and will for sure not be fast as the running backs have been, and running the spread offense, you need a fast back. Redshirt Sophmore Zachary Moore is the most talented in the backfield (85 over) but he will not be the starter. Gene Alexander will get the start this season (90 speed, 90 acc) and gets the start because he hardly ever coughs up the ball. (98 carry). He'll be backed up by Cory Flowers, who has very similar traits, just doesn't carry the ball as well. The Wolverines missed out on signing a running back that would have started for them right away, and that hurt their plans since they really thought that Harrison would leave for the draft, regardless of what type of season he had. If the Wolverine Offense can't get going on the ground, look for the Wolverines to lift the redshirt off their Freshman RB Jamie Thomas. He's everything you could want in a spread running back. Very fast and agile, (95 speed, 91 acc, 92 agi, 90 elusiveness) but their are questions on his ability to catch the ball, and then hold on to the ball (65 carry, 62 catch) which are big reasons why he may keep the redshirt this season and be left to develop. If Michigan signs 1 of the 2 RBs they're going after this year, look for the redshirt to come off of Thomas, and for him to play. If neither commit early, Thomas will most likely be looked as the future of the team.
WR- Even though Drew Johnson left for the NFL a year early, the Wolverines are stacked at WR. So stacked that the #1 recruit in the nation, Billy Simms, will be redshirted. Billy will help the Wolverines at some point, he's huge for a WR at 6'6 215, and decently fast (89 speed, 95 acc) but the Wolverines just have too many other players to go to right now. Juniors Corey Davis and Sean McDougal are looking to have even better seasons than they had last year. McDougal led the team in yards last year racking up nearly 1,000 and also had 10 touchdowns. McDougal is a speed demon (96 speed, 97 acc) and runs great routes (92 route running). Corey is pretty fast himself (95 speed, 95 acc) and at 6'3, can really make some plays. He also runs great routes (92 route running). Kyle Buchanan has really blossomed in the off season and is finally going to see some real playing time this year. Kyle gained some speed this off season (93 speed, 90 acc) and is solid in just about every category as a receiver (89 overall). Matt Heron will be the 2nd out there most of the time, he was the leading receiver 2 seasons ago for the Wolverines, and is still a threat in the passing game. Matt is still blazing fast (96 speed, 90 acc) and can run great routes (99 route running) release well, (94 release), and make plays in traffic (92 CIT). Then you have the redshirt freshman, who was the #1 recruit in the nation 2 years ago, Jonathan Barbour who will be the 5th WR, and that tells you just how deep this group really is. Barbour is a big target at 6'3, and like Corey Davis, he can really move (90 speed, 97 acc). He won't be used an awful lot this year, but is someone to look out for in a few seasons. Especially when him and 6'6 Billy Sims are on the side of one another.
Offensive Line- The offensive line is not going to wow anyone, but they are solid all the way around. Starting an avg of 83 overalls, they will be good enough to protect the Quarterback and give him the time he needs to throw.
Defensive Ends- With the departure of Beyer, and Shultz unexpectedly, a lot of people felt that the Wolverines would have trouble replacing them. Fortunately for Michigan, they had recruited the #2 DE from 2 seasons ago, and the #2 DE last year to play for them. Both are Freshman this year, one a redshirt, and both will make an impact on the line. A lot of people thought signing the Junior college DE Jimmy Tatum, that he would get to start at DE immediately after the Shultz departure to the NFL, but he has been moved to DE. Cliff Lamb, Redshirt Freshman, has good speed (84 speed, 85 acc) and can really get to the QB (84 power moves, 84 block shedding). The Wolverines are hoping that he will be able to get into the backfield and cause a lot of trouble. Terrance McDuffie came to Michigan sure he would be redshirting the year, but things didn't work out. Like Lamb, McDuffie has great speed (84 speed, 88 acc) and can get to the QB just as well (86 finesse) but the thing the McDuffie has the edge is he can get there a lot better than Lamb can, and will hit you a lot harder than Lamb also (90 Pursuit, 84 hit power). With these two on opposite sides of one another, it's really pick your poison on who you want to run into.
Defensive Tackle- Besides WRs, DT might be the deepest spot on the Michigan roster. The two starters this year will be Redshirt Junior Chris Alverez and Junior College Transfer Jimmy Tatum. Chris is a big guy at 317 lbs, and has great power (85 strength, 92 power moves) and will definitely clog up the middle. He played great last year, and is looking to have another big year for the Wolverines. Along side him is the guy that came to play defensive end, but will now be in the middle at DT, Jimmy Tatum. Jimmy is an All-American that's ready to break out, no doubt about it. He can get in the backfield and cause a lot of trouble (92 block shed, 88 finesse, 82 power) and is poised for a great year. Michigan hasn't had a lot of time to work with him, but it doesn't take much work to tell the guy to go get the Quarterback.
Linebackers- The Michigan Lbs this season will be 2 true Freshman, and a Sophomore. At the ROLB, Adrian Wilson will get the start. Very fast (87 speed, 96 acc) and will be able to stay with any tight end that's put on the field. He can also make plays happen ( 88 pursuit, 81 hit power, 85 tackle). He came to Michigan knowing that he'd be thrown in to start right away, so it's not really a shock for him. He should be ready. On the other side, there is Caleb Jackson, who is also fast (85 speed, 99 acc). He has a lot to work on as far as fundamentals go, but he has time to grow. If he can't get a good grasp on things though, they will turn to Josh Pratt, the Junior to make something happen. At Middle Linebacker, the Wolverines bring back a starter from last year, Sophomore Jonathan Bell. He has good speed (80 speed, 92 acc) and can really get off the blocks (93 block shed). He will be asked to do a lot this season, but there is no reason to believe he can't handle it after the season he had last year.
Cornerbacks- A very young group, with only one Junior, the rest are underclassmen. True Sophomore Justin Sanders will be the lead CB and can stay with any receiver (94 speed, 95 acc, 90 agi, 90 jump.) He also is great in man or zone, and won't fall for the play fakes. (89 man, 93 zone, 91 play rec). At 6'1, he also has good size for a Cornerback. It's a lot to ask from a Sophmore, but he can make things happen. Ali Parker will be on the other side for the time being. He played Strong Saftey last season and had a great year, but this year, they need him back at his original position. He can stay with most receivers (93 speed, 93 acc) and is great in man or zone (92 man, 87 zone, 86 press.) He also can catch above average for a Corner back (72 catch). The rest of the lineup has yet to be decided. Nick Callahan is another guy that could play the nickel back, but they're thinking about keeping him at free safety. At 6'3, he has tremendous size and can jump and run (94 speed, 97 acc, 91 jump) and really accelled last year at the position being the Wolverines Defensive player of the year. If they did keep him at FS though, they would burn the redshirt of the #2 rated CB Jeremy Jude, who is more than capable of playing the nickel back right now. Very quick (97 speed, 93 acc) he'd be a perfect fit for the Wolverines defense that likes to blitz a lot.
Expectations- You always want to expect the best for your team, no matter what, but this is a team that has a lot of talent, but it's undeveloped talent so far. With only 9 seniors, it's going to be tough to say how we'll do for sure, but we're hoping for at the very least, a Conference Championship and a trip to the Orange Bowl. A very tough schedule this season, so it would be pretty easy to stumble, especially traveling to North Carolina, as the last 2 games these two teams have matched up, both games came down to the wire. The big question mark for the Wolverines will be the running back situation and if that question isn't answered, it could be the downfall for the year.
Will have mine sometime this evening
2016 Michigan State Spartans
We aren't sitting too bad on QB, both have decent enough arms to get me through the season. Richard will start for now only because he has a better arm than Whitaker but if Richard fails I like how Whitaker has higher Awareness even if he can't escape pressure and has a poor arm. At HB will be Mitchell again but he will be splitting time with speedster Kyle White, they both have a good set of skills but together I believe they will make a dangerous combination. We have a good FB and good TE's but what made me nearly burst out in tears was my WR cores. This is the worst group of receivers I have seen yet this release. Dennis Lee is our best guy but it's a shame that a TE has a better catch rating than him. Lee will no doubt be the main target for Richard this season but I will do my best to spread it around even though most of them are horrid. And finally our offensive line. They all have potential but I am disappointed with the Seniors only being rated in the mid to low 80s, something I am not used to but I can work with this.
The defensive line does need some work on the edges but nothing that scares me, we have Little returning for his SR season at DT so the middle looks pretty solid. My LB core is OK at best but again, the store of this young season, I'll make due with what I have. I really like how Jordan Neal has 99 acceleration, should be a major factor in our defense this year. And if I thought my WR were bad, my secondary isn't far behind. While the CB are looking fine the safeties are another story with both the FS and SS at 72 overall. I will probably have to replace my FS with CB Anthony Washington so that the middle is somewhat under control. Unfortunately I have no one decent enough to replace the SS, but he isn't crazy bad but I can tell he will be abused all season.
Pennington returns as K and P because all the others are terrible.
Lee will handle KR and PR.
To get 8-4 on the season I would be lucky. Got a tough season ahead of me with UNC, Miami, Nebraska and Michigan being my user games. I will play every game to the best of my teams ability (which isn't alot). But like I said previously, if we get 8 with a decent bowl bid I will consider this season a success. And here's to hoping for a better recruiting year and not losing a star.
I will write mine in my downtime at work tomorrow.
2016 Purdue Preview
Summary: The Boilermakers improved almost entirely across the board. They return almost every single starter and the only real downgrade will be their number 2 defensive tackle and starting MLB.
QB: Joe Walker returns after starting every game last season as a true freshman. The former 4-star enters the season as a 79 overall and one of the weakest links of a potent offense.
RB: The HB position will be a two headed monster as both senior Jared Kimbrough and sophomore Terry Franklin are rated as 83 overall. It will come down to who gets it done in the game to take hold of the starting position.
WR: The offense will be centered around star playmaker, senior Matt Lee who is an 85 overall. There's also some good depth behind him in juniors Ryan Smith and Joe Davis who are both 80 overall.
TE: The tight end position has always been key to The Qwon's playbook and he's got some talent there as senior Jeremy Fagan is an 84 and junior Warren Lewis is a 78 overall.
OL: Strongest OL the Boilermakers have had. Their line is stout and led by star LT Cole Patterson. While the guards are still young guys, both tackles and center are all seniors so this line needs to produce now.
LT: Cole Patterson- 88 ovr
LG: Dwight Anderson- 80 ovr
C: Rich Carter- 84 ovr
RG: Dwight Dennis- 82 ovr
RT: Todd Bowers- 81 ovr
DT: Junior Jermaine Smith is back and has been a monster thus far in his career. This year he checks in at an 83 ovr, but he's going to have to pull extra weight as back up DE Luke Vincent is the best man for the 2nd DT spot at just a 74 ovr.
DE: The Boilermakers are once again strong on the outside as junior Jeremy Bates and senior Maurice Hamilton check in at 82 and 81 ovr respectively.
MLB: A potential weakness on this team, Doug Carpenter takes over at MLB as the third different starter at the position in the last 3 years. The junior is a 77 ovr and has good size checking in at 6-4, 246
OLB: Carpenter will get some help on the outside especially from junior Nathan Brown who is an 83 ovr. Meanwhile 78 ovr senior Marcus Frye will man the other side.
CB: Vincent Jenkins takes over the top spot at corner as an 84 ovr. However, watch out for freshman phenom Nate London who checks in at an 80 ovr with a 96 for speed and acceleration. Senior Justin Williams also checks in as an 80 ovr and completes a potent position for Purdue.
Safety: The Boilermakers have several options at the safety position. FS Kendall Harris is the most highly touted as an 83 ovr but his backup Danny Myers is an 80 ovr and expects to make an impact. At SS, 77 ovr Ralph Wright takes over the starting role in his sophomore season.
JQwon13 Enjoy this year - I wasn't sure if you were returning or not, so I didn't schedule you any user OOC games.
Yeah no worries...It would have been nice to lay some punishment with my best team but I can do that in the B1G. I still have like 5 or 6 user games. And beating Kasper will bring me enough joy.
Another ACC guy keeping our teams out of the ACC/B1G Challenge!!!! haha
2016 Miami Hurricanes
QB: Curtis Oliver returns for his senior year as he ended his junior year on a bitter note losing to Tennessee in their bowl game. This year he has improved in his speed and his Throwing Skills and his speed which make him one of the best dual threat Qb’s in the Nation.
QB | Scrambler
Deerfield Beach, FL
QB SkillsAll SkillsBASESpeed88
Ball Carrier Vision78
RB: The HB position will be a crucial spot for the hurricanes this year as we have the speedster leanord Wright he the backfield. He is one of the best rbs in the nations and will surely cause trouble for teams this season as Miami tries to fulfill their quest of a National Championship under 1st year coach Hakeem Abdul.Leonard Wright
HB | Speed
West Augusta, GA
HB SkillsAll SkillsBASESpeed97
Ball Carrier Vision81
Pass Block Strength44
Pass Block Footwork64
Run Block Footwork42
Run Block Strength42
Catch In Traffic63
WR: Curtis Oliver will look to base our offense around star playmaker, senior Ray Dodds who is an 84 overall. There's also some good depth behind him in senior Bobby Young and Sophomore Xavier Hamilton who has electrifying speed for a sophomore.
WR | Possession
Fort Myers, FL
WR SkillsAll SkillsBASESpeed85
Catch In Traffic88
Ball Carrier Vision82
TE: Jordan Pearson 79 overall we will only look to pass It to him on 3rd downs or 4ths as he will mostly likely be a blocker too
OL: Our OL is very young and is led by Senior Andrew Dudley who is a 94 overall
LT: Joe Mosley 79 overall Pass Block
LG: David Bullock 75 overall Balanced
C: Rich Carter- Andrew Dudley 94 overall Pass Block
RG: Joe Fields 85 overall Run Block
RT: Kernard 82 overall Run Block
Defense- We will likely run a 4 down lineman scheme a lot because of our great d line and LB’s
DT: Senior Scott McDonald 86 overall
Junior Adam Patterson 85 overall
DE: Eddie Craft 86 overall Junior (RS)
Darren Robinson 80 overall Junior (RS)
MLB: Daniel Adkins overall 81 overall (RS) senior great run stopper and has excellent speed to chase down his opponents.
OLB: ROLB- Scott Mills (RS) Soph 82 overall
LOLB- Zac Allen (RS) Sr 90 overall great in pass coverage and will be happy to play the corner flats or hook zone if he has to
CB: Micheal O’neill will be our number one corner as he has the great height and speed to cover any wr in the nation (RS) Sr 87 overall
Avery Gray is our #2 Corner as he is just as good as O’neill and can play the number one spot he is great at his coverage skills and has blazing speed and great height
(RS) Jr 84 Overall
Safety- FS- All I have to say about this young man is he is a beast a definitely NFL type caliber.
FS | Coverage
Pleasure Ridge Pk, KY
FS SkillsAll SkillsBASESpeed94
Catch In Traffic64
BLOCKING SHEDDINGPower Moves62
SS- with Him and Buchanan at side to side nothing will ever get over the top of us and we will definitely be seeing these guys winning awards by the end of the season
SS | Balanced
Coral Springs, FL
SS SkillsAll SkillsBASESpeed90
Catch In Traffic58
BLOCKING SHEDDINGPower Moves51
Coming off a disappointing Conference Championship loss to Virginia, Clemson looks to start rebuilding with a very young team. In total only 4 Seniors are starting, 3 on offense and 1 on defense. There are a lot of guys that are inexperienced and with 4 Freshman playing they are looking to show they can still hang with the big boys. Offense:
QB: With Tony McNeal graduating, Coach Burgdorff felt that the starting QB would be true freshman Mike Curry and not Senior(RS) EJ Suggs. Mike Curry looks to lead Clemson into battle this year and with a little bit more experienced offensive line he intends to put up the same numbers as McNeal did. Mike Curry might not have any experience but EJ Suggs did not have much to tout his horn about either. In his career Suggs had 57 attempts, 29 completions, 469 yards, 3 TDs and 2 INTs. In one game Mike Curry is already on pace to have more attempts, completions, yards, and touchdowns than Suggs by the end of week 2. The inexperience will definitely show this season and when Curry plays in "The Big House" in week 3, and at Doak Campbell in week 5.
RB: Mike Bellamy is still missed by Tiger's fans at Death Valley. The ability he had to shoot through holes hard and quick, and the speed he had will be hard to replicate. Coach Burgdorff tried his best to get a similar RB by nabbing Jeremy Mason and John Robison in this past recruiting class. They will see time on the field and will not be redshirted until their Sophomore year. They will be a great tandem of thunder and lightning, but until that day comes Junior(RS) Brandon Charles will be the featured back. Charles was the backup to Mike Bellamy and Demount Buice a couple of years and will try to replicate what they did for the offense. So far in his career Charles has racked up 246 yards on 52 attempts, and has 4 TDs. Again the backfield is inexperienced but with Charles being an impact player he looks to take a lot of defensive attention off of QB Mike Curry.
FB: Aaron Wright was moved from his original position of TE in 2015 to play some FB to only be moved back to TE in 2016 due to the lack of talent at TE. Sophomore(RS) Gary Davis takes back over after being redshirted and hopes to pave the way for all the Clemson running backs. Davis is more of a receiver FB but worked hard on his blocking over the offseason to prove he can be versatile. He does not get the ball much but he has rushed for 43 yards on 6 attempts, but his man focus will be to run block.
WR: Charone Peake and Sammy Watkins were electrifying and made some great plays at their stay in Clemson, SC but they were able to mentor the next two in line, both Sophomore(RS) Jared Williams and Chase Mangum. These two did "work" against opposing defenses last year and have combined for 1376 yards and 10 TDs so far in their promising careers. The will bring a lot of attention from opposing DBs in the slot position and will look to improve on their skill set. Enough about the youngin's Senior(RS)'s Steve Ramsey and Garrett Jackson are two of the most experienced on this Tiger team. Having to play second fiddle to Peake and Watkins has definitely hurt their career statistics but they have accrued respectable figures. Jackson has 593 yards on 39 receptions and 5 TDs, compared to Ramsey's 173 yards on 16 receptions and 2 TDs.
TE: Out all of the positions on offense the TE position has the most youth. Only one Senior, Aaron Wright, is playing a this position. Freshman Stevie Williams comes right on in and starts for Coach Burgdorff. The 4-Star recruit committed right away when informed he would immediately start. He will be used more so as a blocker but it looks like from Week 1 that Curry and Williams may have some chemistry after hooking up on 2 passes for 49 yards and a TD.
OL: The OL returns mostly everybody except RT Spencer Region. The OL has the most experience playing with each other on this balanced rushing attack. Both Guards, LG Jovon Harmon and RG Korey Hackett, are Junior(RS) and will try their best to keep QB Mike Curry protected and to make some running room for the RBs. Center Brad Walker is also a Junior(RS) and has come into his own but still needs a lot of work. During his starting stint last year he allowed 9 sacks, that is more than everyone else combined on the OL. Their are two new Tackles this year and their will be at least one new again next year. Senior(RS) David Kerr moved from RG to RT to help out the other young tackles. He is no Spencer Region but will get the job done. On the other side is Freshman(RS) Andrew McCoy is a big ole boy from Florida won the job over Sophomore(RS) Lionel Tate due to his run blocking skills. It is not the best but he shows a lot of promise. The OL helped produce a lot of points and yards for this offense and will continue to be the backbone of this high flying offense.
DE: Freshman TJ Clark and Sophomore(RS) Brad Moore are the new Corey Crawford and Joe Gore respectively. Moore has a lot to prove having taken the place of the Clemson School career record holder for most sacks, Joe Gore. On the other hand Clark has to play bigger (223lbs) than what he really is to be compared to Corey Crawford. Crawford was huge and looked like a eighteen wheeler when coming after the QB. These guys will have to grow up quickly or they will get dominated week after week by opposing Offensive Tackles.
DT: Sophomore(RS) Jonathan Miller is seeking to improve off his amazing Freshman year. He accumulated 45 tackles, 25 solo and 18 assisted, 15 tackle for loss, 10.5 sacks, 2 deflections, 3 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery. His eyes are set on Joe Gore's career sack record and is on a good pace to do so. With having 3 Freshman to choose from Coach Burgdorff decided to roll with Justin O'Connor. He outworked Teddy Floyd and Omar Johnson for the starting spot and hopes to keep it for the rest of his career. The DL is definitely young but with some hard work and elbow grease they will eventually mold into a force to be reckoned with.
OLB: In the 4-2-5 defense only one OLB is played and that spot will be taken by Sophomore(RS) John Blair. There are others that should start but since the team is young all over, why not just play em all? He beat out Senior(RS) Marcus Smith and recent JUCO Sophomore Jesse Moore. Blair has definitely seen the field often and has totaled 23 tackles, 16 solo and 7 assists, 5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 1 deflection. He will be splitting time with Jesse Moore though.
MLB: With only one Senior in the linebacking corp the MLBs are the youngest with 2 true Freshman, a Sophomore and 1 Junior. Sophomore(RS) Jamaal Stewart barely squeaked out the position from true Freshman Luke Smith. It all came down to having some sort of on the field awareness and block shedding moves. Stewart better watch out because Smith may take over the Mike position next year. As like the OLBs these two will see plenty of game time.
CBs: Clemson has an abundance of Corners and with most having no experience on the field. Junior(RS)'s Lawrence Anderson, David Barrett, and Lamar Fuller are the most experienced out of all of them and will show leadership to the other young bucs. Anderson and Barrett and mediocre corners at best but definitely have shown lots of improvements and will help this defense defend the pass better in 2016 than in 2015. The defense was ranked #113 in the nation defending the pass and gave up tons and tons of big plays. During the Chick-Fil-A Bowl they gave up 500+ yards to Arkansas's QB. It was disrespectful and hopefully it got these guys churning to want to do something about it.
FS: Senior Freddie Hackett has more experience than anyone on this Tiger's Defense. Everyone combined on defense does not have as many tackles as his does. His career statistics are 259 tackles, 159 solo and 100 assisted, 27 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 4 INTs, 13 deflections, 10 forced fumbles, and 1 safety. H e has lead the team in tackles back to back years and looks to do the same this year. Junior(RS) Marco Mitchell will be looking to make some big time plays once he gets his reps in. The Junior will definitely be starting next year as he has shown his play making abilities to the fans and staff. With Marco's limited playing time he has seen the endzone just as many times as starting WR Steve Ramsey, twice. He is a ball hawk for sure and even though he is slower than Hackett he reads the ball very well.
SS: With Corey Dennis is finally gone defending the pass will greatly improve. Dennis got burned multiple times in man and could not play zone coverage to save his life! Junior Jeremy Hutchinson and true Freshman Tyler Johnson will be able to play together for the next two years and will have to be spotted out by the opposing QBs. With the style of play the SSs have they are asked to blitz, or play man and zone coverage. They will cover slot WRs and those speedy RBs in the ACC. The secondary is and will get stronger as they mesh throughout the season.
K: Junior(RS) Tyler Graves has definitely turned into a great and powerful kicker. In his career he has only missed 5 FGs with his longest made FG being from 54 yards out. He has not had an extra point blocked either making him 154 of 154. With the youth on this team he may play a vital role in getting the Tigers on the board.
P: The once 3 star and #1 Punter Sophomore TJ Scott is turning out like he should be. With keeping the opposing teams inside the 20 and keep the ball in the air for short returns, he has really helped out the defense. He will also play a vital role in field position this year.
KR/PR: This spot has been filled by Mike Bellamy and Charone Peake. They combined for over 2000 yards and 15 return TDs and now it is true Freshman John Robison's turn. He definitely is not as explosive as Bellamy or Peake but with some great blocks he should be able to find the endzone a couple of times.
The expectations are not all that high in Death Valley but this young team really has the drive to show they can compete with anyone. The schedule is rough but they all want that one item every team wants, that National Champion title. This young and inexperienced team may not get there this year but will give everything they got and try.
Good job on the write-ups guys, I enjoy reading them.
yeah yours was good too
I was going to write one up today, but now I'm NOT.
HAha just messin with ya pal...
*sigh* so easy to be an asshole on a forum when I'll never see any of you since I live in South Dakota.
I'm still amazed yall have the internet in south dakota...
I'm still amazed your still allowed on this website..
You and me both...
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