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Season 7 Media Guides/Team Previews

Discussion in 'After Midnight' started by Bucs, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. Bucs

    Bucs GT: ThruTheSmoke47

    Jun 30, 2010
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    The 2017 Nebraska Cornhuskers are coming off a 9-4 season where they struggled mightly on the offensive side of the ball, but this years team is a bit more optimistic with some new blood infused into the team at key positions and new offensive and defensive coordinators. This program made its first B1G title game appearance two years ago and they are hungry for more this year. That why their motto will be "Hunger".


    There is a new QB in town in 6'4 211 pound True Freshman Steve White out of Oklahoma. He is a bit raw but the staff liked what they saw in the spring game. SR HB's Buck Anderson and Marcus Childs for a nice 1-2 at the RB position and should help out with some of the growing pains. There are some nice targets outside in JR WR Terrance Gooden and SO Bryan Larson, Husker nation expects Larson to have a big year with his 6'4 220 pound frame and 93 speed. Former Freshman All-American TE Nick Ham Returns after a down year last year but with someone capable of getting him the ball he looks to rebound in his senior year and cement his legacy as the best TE to come out of Nebraska in years. The Line is solid with two all americans and has a bit of depth, they will need to protect White if he is going to flourish. Expect to see a ton more passing compared to last season as the new Offensive Coordinators from the University of Miami looks to open things up a bit and get a more balanced attack.


    The defense has 6 new starters and they are toying with the idea of implementing the 3-4 to deal with the lack of depth at DT. All American Nick Foster returns at the RE spot as he looks to take over the leadership role on defense and improve upon his 14 sack season. Blake Bentley is playing at the other end spot, he is a senior but an unproven entity at this point, and 6'5 305 pound Tommy Jones will look to hold things down at the NT spot. Some undersized but capable defenders will play at OLB , while MLB's Garrett Lee and Anthony Sanders will play on the inside, Sanders is a speedster sideline to sideline defender and should be an anchor for the defense. SR Ron Fagan leads the CB group which has depth but no real stars and Patrick Corbett and Chris Clark will play at the safety spots. Clark is coming off a FR All American Season. The Defense lost some really important pieces so some new guys will have to step up and make plays.

    Special Teams:

    Tim Ferguson is set to handle both kicking and punting duties for the Huskers this season, but J.R. Mason is no slouch either and is fighting for the spot. Returning Kicks will be WR Bryan Larson and HB Marcus Childs


    Home vs: Boise St, TCU, Ohio St, Michigan St, Northwestern, Michigan
    Away vs: Auburn, Purdue, Washington St, Penn State, Iowa, Minnesota

    I see a 9 win season very possible, maybe 10 depending on the bowl match up we draw. Week 7-10 will make our season with match ups vs an up n coming WSU squad, Ohio State, Penn State, and Michigan State all in a row. If we can go 2-2 during that stretch I would be estatic.

  2. Kapono

    Kapono Walk On

    Jun 28, 2010
    Michigan St. is still unsure which senior they will start at QB. Jeremiah Lane and AJ Gordon both saw time last year, but Gordon played much better. Lane has one of the best arms in the nation, but Gordon is a dual-threat with a very good arm also. Junior HB Ryan Keith will get most of the carries with a good mix of power and speed. The O-Line looks solid, but the WR position is very, very inexperienced. Of the top 6 receivers, MSU has 1 true sophomore and 5 true freshmen. These freshmen should have good seasons because of how talented the 2 QB’s are.

    Because of the lack of LB’s on MSU’s roster, they will switch to a 4-2-5 scheme to get the best players on the field this season. The defense will center around senior Paul Green, who is expected to have a huge year for the Spartans. The D-Line is very good this year as everyone returns and a 4-man rush should be enough to make opposing QB’s uncomfortable. Jason Woods and Sean Allen are very good in the secondary, but they will need others to step up if they want to stop the pass.
  3. gowazzucougs

    gowazzucougs WSU is better than UCLA

    Jul 18, 2010
    2017 Washington State University Cougars

    Well, last season was a success for the Cougs as they finished 7-5 in the regular season going to a bowl game for the second time in this dynasty. The bowl game was disappointing, but the Cougs went to the bowl game. The Cougars return last season's starting quarterback Casey Mills before getting injured and being out for the season. Mills played very well during the time he saw, and Coach Worgum is very confident in his ability. If Mills goes down the back up QB is John Whitaker will see action. Whitaker played very well last season when he saw action. Coach Worgum has recruited speed at the running back position. Coach Worgum expects to see running backs Matt Moore and Nick Johnson share time at the position. Mills will be throwing to Alex Lindsey and Daniel Smith. Coach Worgum expects to see big numbers put up by the two receivers.

    On defense, the DL looks improved with Matt Mason, Kelvin Smith, and Jason Smith expected to be stars. the secondary is also improved with Eric Miller and Josh White being the starting corners for this squad. The Cougars and its fans expect big things this year, as the Cougs march toward their goal of raising their prestige to 4 stars.
  4. Cheez

    Cheez TSO's 1,000,000th Poster

    Oct 21, 2010

    The Stanford Cardinal may have won the BCS National Championship, but this team will look drastically different than the one that left the Orange Bowl with the crystal football only 8 short months ago. The Cardinal graduated 19 seniors, including HB Matt Gibson who broke Barry Sanders' record for rushing touchdowns in a single season. Along with that, 4 other key role players left Stanford for the pros. The Cardinal will have to rely on a couple of underclassmen fill the voids left by those who are no longer in Palo Alto in order to return back to the BCS Title game.

    On offense, the Cardinal are in complete rebuild mode. The 3 primary options of this offense from last year are no longer around, leaving some pretty big shoes to fill. Gibson and Madsen both have graduated, while Smith went to the pros. That means Stanford must rely on a new tandem of backs, and it looks as though senior Dominic Sullivan and sophomore Ralph Campbell will see most of the carries come their way. Fortunately, they will be running behind a senior laden line, which should make life a bit easier on them as they become more acclimated to the amount of work they get in Coach Cheez's offense.

    Defensively for Stanford, it is a hodgepodge of decent players who need to step up in order to maintain that high standard that was set last year in the championship run The defense lst year had a turnover differential of +34 in fourteen games, and it is going to need to be around there again. The one bright spot is the LB group, which is one of the strongest groups it has been in Coach Cheez's 7 years in Palo Alto. Expect a lot of blitzes to cover for a young secondary with a sophomore and freshman playing the two safety spots.

    2017 Stanford Cardinal Schedule

    9/2 - at Notre Dame
    9/9 - at Arizona
    9/16 - vs. Utah
    9/23 - vs. UCLA
    10/7 - vs. Ohio State
    10/14 - vs. Washington
    10/21 - at Washington State
    10/28 - at USC
    11/4 - vs. Oregon
    11/11 - at Oregon State
    11/18 - at Cal
    11/25 - vs. Penn State
  5. Boom29

    Boom29 Walk On

    Jul 7, 2011

    New Regime in Tempe

    After a number of unsuccessful season, Athletic Director Lisa Love has turned to little known Akai Boom to turn around the dormant Sun Devils. Akai Boom coaching experience includes stints at Michigan State, Syracuse, and Minnesota. However, Coach Akai faces a daunting task that will require him to bring talent to the desert while competing in the ultra-competitive Pac-12 which features the defending National Champion.

    The Sun Devils will start redshirt Freshman QB Cory Malone who beat out fellow redshirt Freshman Cody Vickers in Spring practice. Due to the inexperience of the quarterbacks, look for the Sun Devils to attempt to control the ball with a steady dose of Senior HB Charles Mills, who is also their best offensive player. Leading Mills will be Senior FB Isaiah Carter who is another impact player for the Sun Devils. The Offensive Line is experienced and solid, and should hold its own against most opponents. On the receiving end of Malone's passes will be Senior receivers Noah Easley and Jason Love, yet, there is little depth at the position. Luckily for Malone, TE Dee Jenkins is an adequate safety valve and will be relied upon extensively.

    The Arizona State defense will focus on forcing opponents to drive the length of the field for their scores as they lack overall talent and depth. Similar to the offensive line, the Sun Devil defensive line is experienced and solid, but lacks athleticism. The linebacking corps is young as only two Upperclassmen are on the roster, nevertheless, with Senior linebackers Damian Boyd and Andy Taylor they will be the heart and soul of the defense. The secondary has depth at the corner positions, but due to its youth will likely experience growing pains. The safeties are the strength of the secondary as Michael Carter and Kyle McNeil are battle tested.

    Special Teams
    The lone All-American for the Sun Devils is Punter Mark Dickens who will likely see a lot of action this season. Dickens may be given the go-ahead to assume the kicking duties, depending on Kicker Glen Page's performance.

    The Arizona State Sun Devils will likely struggle throughout the year as Coach Akai begins the rebuilding process. While a 7-5 record would be an attainable goal for the Sun Devils, the prediction is for the Sun Devils to finish 5-7.

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