Season 8 Team Previews

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  1. Wyrmreaver

    Wyrmreaver Ready for Madden 15 on Xbox One, lets get it on!

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    I am going to write one of these again. Lets keep the energy up, I am excited about another season and have my fingers crossed that we can knock it out before my wife gives birth (just over a month).

    Lets hear about your team and why they have a shot at the conference title!
     
  2. Wyrmreaver

    Wyrmreaver Ready for Madden 15 on Xbox One, lets get it on!

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    QB: Brian Ray is the unquestioned starter this season. Ray has seen action as a backup over the last couple seasons and has looked good. He actually flirted with the idea of going pro but decided that a year at the reins could help improve his draft stock, which was projected as 5th round. Brian isn’t as athletic as his predecessors but has enough speed to keep defenses honest and while he doesn’t have a huge arm, he is fantastically accurate with the ball.

    HB: Erik Curry, Nick Cannon, and Scott Sullivan return to handle the HB by committee. All three of these kids have the ability to take it to the house at any moment. Sullivan is one of the fastest players in the country and placed nationally last season in the 100m for the Tigers track team. Curry has won back to back returner of the year awards and can be electric in the open field. Cannon is a bit bigger than the other two and he is also the most versatile with receiving skills like a wideout to go along with being an elite runner.

    WR: Last years leading receivers, Steve Coleman and Jake Carr return on the outside. Coleman is a reliable possession receiver who can make plays in a crowd while Carr is the bigger home run threat. Gavin Jones and Warren Ellis both were productive last season and return as the #3 and #4 receivers. Coleman and Ellis are both seniors while Carr and Jones make for a bright future as sophomores. Last season’s freshman phenom, Taylor Edwards, is still recovering from a season ending injury and will take a redshirt.

    TE: In the new offensive scheme, two TE sets will be far more common and this position will be called upon to contribute more in the passing game. Senior Will Griffin is a beast at 6’7, 251 pounds. The #2 TE is Shannon Williams, a sophomore who was recruited as a FB but moved to TE once he arrived on campus. Williams has elite speed for the position and is also very dangerous after the catch.

    OL: Spearheaded by 3 seniors, this looks to be the best offensive line under coach Hennessy. In fact, this is one of the better overall units in the country and should serve this team well with the slightly different offensive scheme they are running this year.

    DL: Corey Wallace and Riley Peoples make a very solid presence on the edges and both have the ability to get to the quarterback. In the middle 326 pound Brian Sims takes over for an all American and first round draft pick. Sims has big shoes to fill, but he looks like he could be just as talented in the end.

    LB: Chad Wilkinson is the lone player with starting experience and he is an all American. Wilkinson is one of the most athletic players in the country at his position which makes up for his lack of size. Starting opposite him will be big, physical and fast sophomore Robert Patrick. Patrick has an excellent skillset and could develop into a serious NFL prospect. In the middle is redshirt freshman Lionel Mueller. Mueller is a nice player but he’ll need to grow up quick if this defense hopes to be as dominant as they were in previous years.

    CB: Starters Thomas Wright and Brad Johnson are undersized but boast phenomenal man coverage technique. The rest of the CB corps is rounded out by more physical, younger players looking to make their mark in nickel and dime situations.

    S: With 2 projected starters making the jump to the NFL this unit took a major hit. Lucky for Tigers fans, Carlos Johnson came back for his senior year and he is one of the top safeties in the nation. Redshirt freshman Greg Tate starts at the other SS spot and is a very talented, if raw player. Sophomore Brian Carter will patrol the deep middle at FS.
     
  3. MexiRican35

    MexiRican35 ¿Te quieres naranjas?

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    QB: The Tigers have 2 capable starters at the position. Holly is more of a running threat, but Russell was the starter last year. Coach Mexi has said that it is Russell's job to lose. He threw for 2553 yards with 24 TD's and only 9 interceptions last year. Look for the Tigers to throw the rock more often, as the Cheez philosophy has been thrown to the curb.

    HB: Both Yates and Dahl are splitting images of each other. The only real difference is the numbers on their backs. Both are fast backs who are shifty in the open field. They will split PT based on the formation.

    WR: Battle thought about going to the draft last offseason, but decided to come back for his senior year and to be the leader of this group. One word describes this group: fast. None of the starting 5 have less than a 94 SPD rating. If the defender is right next to them, they are gone.

    TE: Carter was too inconsistent with drops as his time as a starter. Hopefully JUCO transfers Seward and Harris can be more reliable. If they can make plays, it will make the offense much better.

    OL: Hoffman and Jackson are the only returning starters, with Jackson being the only senior. 6 lineman were signed last class, and they could see early playing time.

    DL: Besides the WR's, this group has great talent. All starting 4 are strong and look to stop the run before it even starts.

    LB: Avery flies all around the field and looks to increase his stock towards the draft. They should be able to make plays with the line causing havoc.

    DB: Man. Zone. It doesnt matter what the coverage is. This secondary can do it all.
     
  4. whygodwhy1111

    whygodwhy1111 Walk On

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    Arkansas Season Preview:

    QB: Ronald Moore hopes to make arkansas fans forget about Michael Robbins. After a solid junior campaign folks expect "more" from Moore especially after his backup set the NCAA passer rating record while he was injured last season. Moore Finished with 3000 yards passing and 30 TDs but the team expects him to step up both running and throwing the ball.

    HB: After 4 years on the bench and splitting carries, it is finally Barry Vaughn's turn to shine. Arkansas fans and opponents should expect a HEAVY dose Beastly Barry this season. With FB Dawson leaving last season, the lead blocking duties go to Anthony Martin who over the years has bulked up to 270 lbs monster that can seriously move.

    TE: Junior TEs Jenkins and Valentine had a great offseason. Both are great blockers with improved recieving skills. Expect the coaching staff to find ways to get both of them on the field.

    WR: The 3 Musketeers for arkansas at WR are Bain, Setzer, and Smith. All 3 are very talented. Normally arkansas likes to mix in some possession WRs but this year its all speed at the top.

    OL: Not what it was last year but should still be able to open some holes.

    DL: Switching to a 3 man front, Arkansas still has 810 lbs up front. Depth at DT is a bit shaky

    OLB: Michael Smith is the most dominate player in all of college football. He could start at any defensive position for any team in the country. Tackling, pass rushing, speed, coverage... No one is really sure why Smith did not even think of going pro last year but arkansas fans sure are thankful. After losing a Sophmore LB to the NFL, Rico Bowling (real name) steps up at the other ROLB.

    MLB: Mitchell and Robinson hold down the middle of the line with Shear hitting power. both go up over 254 LBS and hit like a ton of bricks. Mitchell has bounced around on the team, recruited as an OLB he was moved to DE where he saw 3rd down playing time his freshman and sophomore seasons. He then moved to MLB as a junior and backed up last season. This year he finally gets his chance to shine.

    CBs: Thomas, Franz, and Davis all returned. All 3 provide great coverage and are zone specialists.

    S: Tucker and Prince hold down the back line. Prince has some big shoes to fill and the coaching staff hope he is up to the amount of cover 2 they like to play. CB Thomas may see some time at Safety if he can not.

    X-Factor: True Freshman Alex Grant. Speed demon athlete going to return kicks and might be worked into a formation.
     
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  5. Boom29

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    Under the Radar
    Miami Hurricanes team preview

    The Miami Hurricanes come into 2020 season as the wildcard team in the SEC. After losing four games the previous year, the Canes are being overlooked by the pundits. While the talent is there to make a run to the Conference Championship game, consistence must be found both offensively and defensively if they are to meet their own expectations.

    Offense
    Quarterback Joe Hall returns to lead the Miami offense. Hall became the leader of the team from day one as a starter, and doing so, the offense takes his identity from him. In Hall, the Canes have a quarterback that limits his mistakes and a gritty, tough-nosed player, willing to get the extra yards. Complementing Hall in the backfield is HB Joe Sowell who became the feature back after an injury to departed Keith Sutton and proceeded to garner All-SEC honors. Sowell has a great mix of speed, toughness and elusiveness that allow him to break tackles and gain those extra yards.

    The big unknown for the Hurricanes is the wide receiving core as all receivers on the Canes team are underclassmen. Look for rSO Maurice Bowman to become the #1 target as he has some experience in the system. Regardless, all the Miami receivers are fast, hungry, and looking to make an impression on the coaching staff. Luckily for Hall, TE James Hill should a safety blanket as he is the teams most experience receiver and also has the best hands.

    The offensively line for the Canes is young, but talented. Center Joseph Hicks will anchor the line while rFR Chad Clark looks like a #1 pick in the making at Left Tackle. With Hall's ability to scramble, there is a little more room for error than in years past, but with Coach Boom's emphasis on getting the ball out early the line should be able to sustain their blocks.

    Defense
    Year in and year out the Miami defense appears to be in constant flux. However, this year the Hurricane defense is as stable as it has ever been in Coach Boom's eight years at the helm. Miami returns a solid defensive line, headlined by rJR DT Gary Morris. Morris came into his own as a Sophomore and must be accounted for on every snap. The ends are experienced and equally adept at playing the run and rushing the QB.

    While the linebacking core returns only one starter, there is continuity with OLB Brian Spencer who is great against the run and an able pass rusher. However, it is rJR OLB Justin Flanagan who is expected to become the play maker of the group as his ability to find the ball was apparent in Spring practice.

    The most experienced unit of the Miami team is the Corner Back position as the top five corners on the team are upperclassmen, including four Seniors. Shannon Williams is the best of the bunch and is excellent with the ball in his hands. After having an injury filled Junior year, Williams will look to become the shut-down corner he has the potential to be. With the unexpected departure of SS Bill Galloway to the NFL, rSO Clarence Jean will need to step up and provide support against both the run and the pass.

    Outlook
    Miami has taken the identity of its quarterback Joe Hall and will go as far as Hall can take them. The defense will need to limit big plays, while the offense will play a ball-control system that looks to take what the defense gives them. All in all, Miami will take the season one game at a time, with an ultimate goal of reaching 10 wins once again.
     
  6. Jayrah

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    The Texas A&M Aggies are as loaded as they've been in 4 or 5 seasons and return a stable of talented running backs, along with a very solid defense. The team is ranked #7 in the country, but is in the toughest division in the toughest conference in NCAA football. They are picked 4th in their division.

    Offense:

    QB: Drew Muhammed is a sophomore now and after an injury ridden freshman season is back and much improved in the throwing game. His legs also give him another dynamic to help the offense, which is built around a mobile qb. His backup is now RS Freshman Brent Hopkins, who brings the same type of dynamic with similar speed to the position. Last year's backup Moses is still on the team but didn't progress enough over the offseason to earn the 2nd team spot.

    RB: Simply loaded again. 4 backs at 91+ and plenty of speed between them. Stanley Holland is an All-American for the 2nd straight year and is the preseason pick as 1st team AA returner.

    WR: Still big, but a little faster overall and more diverse with a 7 deep roster, when you consider backs like Holland can go into the slot.

    OL: The OL is better than they have been in at least 3 years. Finally they've been able to sustain some talent. Simpson (91) at RG and Cox (90) at LT will anchor the line.

    Defense:

    DB: Big, physical, fast. Nichols and Brown bring it all to the table, but they'll need to be better than good to keep A&M in the top 10. A Sr, Nichols has been very good in the slot over the last 2 seasons as the Nikel back. The Jr Brown was the 4th cb and played very well last season.

    At Safety, Sr Jeff Williams brings physicality and playmaking ability to the SS and Soph Andrew Jacques at FS brings size and a ton of speed.

    LB: Harry Foster and Kris Grant are the most athletic OLB's this team has had. Not extremely deep if injuries come into play, especially considering that 2 freshmen are backing up those spots. The concern is at MLB, where RS Soph Travis Pearson starts his first game as an Aggie. He is very fast and agile, but may be suspect as a tackler.

    DL: DTs are big and strong but DE's are young. Hiram Thomas is a RS Soph and Ross Harrell is a true freshman. Both are pretty good though and will make plenty of plays across from eachother over the next few years.

    OUTLOOK: Got to get over the Arkansas hump still, not to mention overcoming what are sure to be close games with LSU, Aub and Mizzou. It's always that way in this division and again it will come down to the final four weeks.
     
  7. SatansAngel1104

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    Overview:
    What does a team do on offense when they lose their starting QB, all 3 starting WR, their starting TE and atleast 1 starting OLman. They cry and hope this team can salvage something.
    Preseason rank of #4 has their coach scratching their head.

    Quarterback:
    David Arrington So(RS) will be under center this year. A former 5 star recruit that came in as a "Bust" will be pressed into seeing what he can do. With a competent redshirt JR behind him he will have some pressure until UF can find a stud replacement.

    Halfback:
    Will Barron So(RS) will again start at HB. Hes got some receiving skills out of the backfield but is not explosively fast.
    Matt Coker Jr will be used in mop up and fill in for any missed time by Barron. Coker actually is rated higher but has not earned the coaches favor.

    Wide Receiver:
    Erik Scales leads this years receiving corps. He's the fastest starting WR Florida has seen. He is a Jr already and some issues going over the middle. We'll see how he fits into UF's possession type passing attack.
    Sean Cox, also a Jr, may see more target as he is the possession guy of the group. Does not have explosive speed.
    Justin Scott and Justin Downing will have slot duty. Both are possession type receivers. Scott is a Fr(RS) with a potential bright future at Florida.

    Tight End:
    Mark Small will be the teams starting TE this year. He's a well balanced player with alot of upside. This will be his first season as the #1 TE and his last as he is a Sr
    Chaz Parker will be used as the second TE and came over as a JuCo Transfer.

    Offensive Line:
    This looks to be the best OL the Gators have put out. Too bad they're offense is brand new. It has 4 Seniors highlighted by Brian Waller RG.

    Defensive Line:
    The interior of the line seems to be the strength. Sr Roderick Barrett leads the way with a pair of So(RS) following behind him.

    Linebacker:
    Brad Morris leads the way. That's not a good thing.

    Cornerback:
    Mitchell Morris comes back for his senior year. He looks to be an NFL star. UF is really excited he came back for his degree. Helps solidify the younger group of corners following him.
    Stephen McKinney is our flashy guy. We love this guy. Originally projected as our starting HB he was forced into the secondary with a depleted CB core 2 seasons ago.
    Kevin Cary gets slot receiver duty as he quick and plays man coverage well.
    Things are looking good for the UF CB core for years to come.

    Safety:
    Brandon Allen is the starting FS. He is fast and can cover above averagely. He is better served as working in a zone.
    Matt Jenkins is the starting SS. This boy can lay the lumber. He is a hard hitter and knows how to play the zone well.
    Kevin Owens is the starting second SS. He is a senior and is very quick. He can cover the slot and track down outside runners in the box.
    Justin Brown is the starting SS in waiting. He is a So(RS) and will be on the field for Owens on occasion to keep them fresh. He could supplant Owens as the starting second SS.
     
  8. recchem2000

    recchem2000 UCLA > WSU

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    QB - Senior Nathan Graham finishes up his college career and looks to go out with a bang. Coming off his best season yet, Graham hopes to improve upon a 10-3 junior season. Graham has started every game for the Tigers for the past 3 plus seasons. He will be missed!

    HB - Redshirt Junior Todd Wallace gets his shot this season. Wallace is talented and had a great offseason, improving to the best rated player on the roster. But he's inexperienced and the jury is still out on him. Capable back ups wait in the wings in Senior Reggie Bryant and Junior Tim Franklin should Wallace flame out. Ken Kent will start his 2nd season as FB when the Tigers line up in such formations.

    WR - This corp dropped alot of passes last season...alot! The group this year is neither fast nor big. They are average. But hey, maybe thats just what we need. Average guys that can catch the damn ball. Leading the group is Senior Chester Colvin. 3 other seniors round out the top 4, leaving nothing but Freshman to follow this class. If these guys can't do it, were screwed!

    TE - This group is big, slow and nasty. Lead by Terrence Outlaw (6'4", 246 lbs...the smallest of the 3) the TE's are good blockers and decent pass catchers. Look for the TE's to be involved in the pass game however as coach F'ing Leach likes to spread the ball out to everyone.

    OL - One of the better groups on this team. The Oline has been together for a few seasons now and most are Juniors and Sophomores. They should be better than last season but not as good as next!

    DL - Trouble, oh trouble. DE is a worry as the Tigers run out 2 true Freshman on each end. A blunder in recruiting on my part. The strength of the line is inside where DT's Woods and Stratton reside. For this unit to find success, those outside guys need to get a pass rush. Time will tell if that will happen.

    LB - 3 new starters here. Another big question mark for the Auburn defense. McGill (82) and Harrison (82) will patrol the edges while Nelson (87) will take care of the middle of the field. Look for Marks (86) to push Nelson if he falters as the starting MLB.

    DB - The safeties are solid here with 4 year starters at both positions in Davis and Smith. CB is a bit weak but should hold up better than last season with Alexander (88) and Collins (83) starting. Nickle back Nicholson (80) will need to show up as well on 3rd down and against some of the pass happy teams in the SEC.

    K - Still suck. Both are Sophomores now. Still no power but I believe I can at least hit a 50 yard FG now.

    Outlook - If the Tigers match their record (10-3) of a year ago I will be shocked! This team is not great or really even good for that matter. They have weaknesses on defense that can be exploited by the better offenses in the conference. If Graham plays out of his mind and the Tigers catch a few breaks, 10-3 is possible. My own gut tells me 8-5 is more likely where this team may end up.
     

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