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  1. Wyrmreaver

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

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    Lets take a look at your teams.....
     
  2. Wyrmreaver

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

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    This comes as no surprise. The Hogs have dominated this thing from the word go. The move to a new defensive playbook could hurt them as they adjust, though I doubt it will. This team boasts a 99 OVR quarterback for about the 100th year in a row. The offense has no weak spots, they are especially good at TE, WR, and interior line. On the defense, the move to the 3-3-5 mostly meshes with the personnel. There is no glaring deficiency to target here, you just have to take what they give you.​


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    This is also a pretty obvious choice. These Tigers have pretty consistently beaten everyone except Arkansas. Last season if not for an inopportune fumble in the final moments they could have been the conference champs. They have the highest rated HB in the game and his backup is the best return man in the nation. This offense can hurt you in too many ways, as long as they limit mistakes. The Tigers have had arguably the best defense for a few seasons running and it's unlikely to change. This unit has the highest rated LOLB, the highest rated ROLB, 3 of the top six CBs and only one DT is rated higher than theirs.​


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    The Hurricanes are the only team to have beaten both Mizzou and Arkansas in the same season. Somehow they did that but still managed to miss a spot in the conference and national title games last season. On offense this team is not playing impact QB Joseph Roberts but instead has gone with the speedy Joe Hall the last 2 seasons (a full 8 points OVR worse!). If this team goes with their best QB (95 arm strength and 95 accuracy) they could be special with a deep WR corps. Defensively they are ultra talented up front which will hopefully mask the shortcomings they have at LB and in the secondary.​


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    Always in the mix but not quite there. LSU is the only team not in Arkansas or Missouri to win an SEC title. With elite players at QB, HB, and WR this team can be explosive and score on any play. The DE tandem is the best in the nation, the LBs are fast, and the FS is a stud in center field. The corners are young and the offensive line is pretty average as a unit, but if they can have a solid season from those two units they could threaten for the conference title once again.​

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    The worst Tigers in the SEC. Auburn seems to lose a lot of close games. The turnover bug has bitten them often in the passing game which makes it hard to trust their offense. Add to that a lackluster WR corps and an average QB and I am downright worried about their ability to throw the ball. Lucky for War Eagle country, they have one of the top HBs in the country running behind a solid offensive line. If they can run it and take pressure off of the passing game they could be okay. On the other side, they are strong at DT and have one of the best LB corps in the country. The secondary is lacking, but an active front 7 could help out in that department.​


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    Pretty solid performance in league play, but the Gators have been known to lay an egg on occasion. They are solid at QB and WR behind an above average O-line. This team has too many HBs, but that could allow them to have fresh legs at all times since all of them are pretty good. The team is a little thin at LB, but they only play 2 on the field at a time in the 4-2-5. The front 4 are very good and the secondary is excellent with all three starting safeties over 90 OVR and 6 CBs (yes, 6) rated from 84-88 OVR.​


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    To hear their coach tell it, this team has almost won it all every year. The reality is that they have struggled by and large in the SEC. Like many Aggies teams over the years, this squad has some serious talent. QB Drew Muhammed will be a second year starter, and he is an okay player. The 1-2 punch at HB is as good as any in the nation, even Mizzou. The TEs are outstanding and the wideouts are good. Unfortunately for all those guys, the O-line is somewhat mediocre which is likely to hurt them. The defense is strong at CB and has a star at OLB, but as a unit they are mostly average for the SEC.​


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    This is a team that has struggled more than anticipated over the years. This years team will be starting a redshirt freshman at QB which is not a good sign. Word from camp is that they may have their star TE lined up at HB this year to get him on the field more, which is intriquing for the passing game but worrisome for the running game. The team has a ton of talent at WR but the O-line has a serious lack of depth. The front 7 on defense are about as good as any in the country. They'll need to be that good in order to keep a young secondary from getting exposed by the better throwing teams in the league.​
     
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  3. Kapono

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    QB- RS freshman Lionel Allen (84 OVR)- He's got 95 throw power and 90 accuracy. The season will depend on his ability to limit turnovers.

    HB- RS Senior Michael Hall (96 OVR TE)- He's been on the team as a very good tight end but we don't use TE's. He will start at HB this year with 84 pass block, good catching skills, and decent running skills.

    WR- RS Junior Derrick Ramsour (93 OVR)- 6'4" 214 Very good possession receiver with 89 speed

    WR- RS Junior Scott Fuller (90)- 6'1" 194 97 speed, 99 acceleration and good catching skills. Lacks in route running ability.

    WR- RS Junior Tony Arnold (90)- 5'9" 175 Great route running and good speed will let him get open in the slot.

    WR- RS Soph. Josh Huff (85)- 6'1" 201 Very fast and can get open. Only 79 catch though.

    OL- RS Soph. John Barrow (81)- 86 strength, 90 pass block

    OL- RS Junior Nathan Gant (93)- 96 strength, 91 pass block

    OL- RS Senior Glenn Gray (93)- 91 strength, 87 pass block

    OL- True Freshman Kevin Steele (76)- 87 strength, 86 pass block

    OL- RS Soph. Ryan McKinney (82)- 86 strength, 90 pass block.


    Defense- Good up front, defensive backfield is weak but we'll just hope our offense wins games.
     
  4. Wyrmreaver

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

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    Interview questions for SEC coaches.......

    #1: What needs to happen for this team to find itself playing for a conference title at the end of the year?

    #2: What would you say your teams offensive and defensive identity will be this season?

    #3: Who is the player on offense that opposing teams should be scared of and why?

    #4: What defensive player will have the biggest impact for your team this season?

    #5: What other words of wisdom do you have for the rest of the league?
     
  5. SatansAngel1104

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    Interview questions for SEC coaches.......

    #1: What needs to happen for this team to find itself playing for a conference title at the end of the year?
    Missouri needs to be out of town.

    #2: What would you say your teams offensive and defensive identity will be this season?
    On offense, i really dont know. Will try to keep the HB involved with Barron coming back after his broken vertebrae. Coker should get some looks but he still doesnt awe me. However we will still try to be a throw first offense. We just dont have a quality QB throwing it.

    #3: Who is the player on offense that opposing teams should be scared of and why?
    WR Cox is still our play maker. He switches sides of the field but is still the goto man. Justin Downing will have to play a key role to help Cox.

    #4: What defensive player will have the biggest impact for your team this season?
    On Defense, I'd say CB Cary. He has been the third CB for awhile but he's deceptively good. Will be interesting to see what he does given full reps.
    My CB's drop too many easy INT's

    #5: What other words of wisdom do you have for the rest of the league?
    This offense is still not very good.
    Go easy on me lol.
     
  6. MexiRican35

    MexiRican35 ┬┐Te quieres naranjas?

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    The Best Tigers in the SEC
    Fans are disgruntled from the multiple losses to rival Arkansas. The Tigers have some of the best talent in the land, but too often get in their own way. The thing that hurt most was being unable to convert 3rd downs in losses to Mizzou, Miami, and FSU. The 6 game win streak following those losses got Coach Mexi a new deal, but Tiger fans need a win over the Razorbacks.​
    QB - Holly is a redshirt senior who has patiently waited for his chance at QB1. He has more speed than Russell, but less throwing power. The short passing game with the option to run is what the offense will consist of.​
    HB - Dahl is the undisputed starter. If he can stay healthy all season, he has the potential to be great. He will be joined in a backfield with not one, but two :5stars: HB's from this past years recruiting class. Hall and Beck are both bruising HB's, which will complement well with Dahl's speed. ​
    WR - The same as the past two years, more speed once again. The slowest player is WR4 Graves at 92. Short passes can turn into long runs for this group.​
    TE - The unexpected leaving of Wilson to the draft brings Harris to the front. Many people thought that Harris should have been the starter anyways. He'll get the chance to prove them right. He is a load to bring down.​
    OL - Most of the players have playing time under their belt. Holding up on third down will be key for them.​
    DL - Wade, Phillips, and Chance are all players who are constantly playing in the backfield. This year should really improve their draft stock. DE Young played extremely well on second string, and the coaches took notice. They'll find ways of getting him on the field.​
    LB - None of the 3 have starting experience, but the can tackle. As long as they dont falter under the lights, they will be good. The play of the D line should also help them.​
    DB - Both corners are new to the starting position. Both have had great offseasons, though, and should be ready to handle the load of a full season. Greco is the vocal leader of the group. He came up as a :3stars:freshman just trying to make the team to the defensive captain. ​
    #1: What needs to happen for this team to find itself playing for a conference title at the end of the year?​
    Easily, convert third downs. If the offense stays on the field, will win games. That, and beat Arky.​

    #2: What would you say your teams offensive and defensive identity will be this season?​
    On offense, the mindset is to give the same look over and over. We dont want the defense to know if were running, passing, or kicking the damn ball. Defensively, we gotta get turnovers. Winners of close games are usually the ones who have the most takeaways.​

    #3: Who is the player on offense that opposing teams should be scared of and why?​
    QB Holly. He has nothing to lose. It's his senior year, and he's gonna let it rip. On most other teams, he would have been a 4 year starter.​

    #4: What defensive player will have the biggest impact for your team this season?​
    DE Wade. He owns property in the backfield.​

    #5: What other words of wisdom do you have for the rest of the league?​
    I hope the lights go out when playing Arkansas so it can shift momentum to me​
     
  7. Wyrmreaver

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

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    Interview questions for SEC coaches.......

    #1: What needs to happen for this team to find itself playing for a conference title at the end of the year?
    We just need to play Tiger football. We have as talented a team as I've seen in my tenure, as long as we limit mistakes we have a chance to be special.

    #2: What would you say your teams offensive and defensive identity will be this season?
    Offensively we want to establish the run. We feel like the 1-2 punch of Cannon and Sullivan can be special. If we can run effectively it will make our passing game that much more effective. Defensively we will continue to be aggressive. We'll take risks and open ourselves to big plays, but we will balance that with turnovers.

    #3: Who is the player on offense that opposing teams should be scared of and why?
    HB Scott Sullivan. He is listed as the #2 HB in our depth chart, but we'll run a 2 back system. This guy has world class speed and makes big plays routinely. Last season he had 5 punt return TDs (2 vs users) in addition to big plays rushing and receiving.

    #4: What defensive player will have the biggest impact for your team this season?
    LE Omar Sutton. Last season Corey Watts came up big for us at LE and allowed our defense to do things we hadn't done in previous years. Watts left for the draft a year early and Sutton isn't as highly touted. Sutton's play will likely be the difference between good and great for our D.

    #5: What other words of wisdom do you have for the rest of the league?
    If you are still doing the same things and not winning..... it's probably time to do something new. I find this to be especially true on offense, try a new scheme to keep the rest of us off balance.
     
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  8. Wyrmreaver

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    Preseason All SEC Team:

    QB: Steven Cary, Arkansas - Steven casts a shadow that looks a lot like Michael Robbins..... this kid has it all, good size, an impressive arm, athleticism and rushing abilities. Only 69 lifetime passing attempts, but let's be honest, Arky has had the best QB play every season.​
    HB: Nick Cannon, Missouri - A true do it all back. Nick is like a WR in the passing game and is an elite runner as well. Reminds scouts of Reggie Bush as a collegiate player. Had over 800 yards rushing in an injury shortened junior year.​
    HB: Todd Wallace, Auburn - Don't try to tackle this kid alone, he is a load. In Auburn he will be the teams number one option and should have a huge season. His 3.3 yards per carry last season have scared people off, but after averaging 5.0 then 6.2 as a freshman and sophomore we see him bouncing back in a big way.​
    WR: Eric Setzer, Arkansas - A gamechanger with top notch speed, size, and hands. Combine that with a top notch QB delivering the ball and Eric should have a special season to close out his collegiate career. 1161 yards and 12 TDs as a junior bodes well for this season.​
    WR: Sean Cox, Florida - Not the fastest or biggest player, but probably the most productive wideout in the SEC. Sean racked up 75 catches for 1432 yards last season and is primed for a similar performance this season.​
    WR: Derrick Ramsour, Florida State - excellent size combined with elite pass catching skills make this young man a potential breakout player. Look for him to greatly improve on his 559 receiving yards last season for the run n shoot Seminoles.​
    TE: Pat Valentine, Arkansas - This was a tough call with a number of playmakers in the SEC. Valentine's 753 yards a year ago made him our choice to once again be the class of the SEC TEs.​

    DE: Jeff Jaques, Florida State - the defending Lombardi award winner had 9 sacks a year ago and should be even better this season.​
    DE: Brian Phillips, LSU - 15 TFL and 6.5 sacks as a sophomore make this kid poised for a monster junior year in Baton Rouge​
    DT: Jared Woods, Auburn - 12.5 sacks over the last 2 seasons. This kid is the anchor for an Auburn team that could be on the rise​
    DT: Gary Morris, Miami - This kid is a 313 pound monster. Has 14 sacks in 2 seasons as a starter. A sure fire 1st round draft pick.​
    OLB: Chad Wilkinson, Missouri - Going into his 4th year as a starter, this kid has 27.5 career sacks and a whopping 67 TFLs, look for him to set up camp in opposing backfields once again this season.​
    MLB: Derek Nelson, Auburn - the defending Nagurski award winner, Nelson had 78 tackles last season, 30 for a loss. He recorded 7.5 sacks and forced 4 fumbles to boot.​
    MLB: Aaron Gordon, Florida State - 3 sacks, 5 INTs, 8 passes defensed.... this young man is everywhere on defense. Going into his third season as a full time starter, Aaron needs another big year if FSU is going to compete.​
    OLB: Robert Patrick, Missouri - Patrick emerged onto the scene in his first year as a starter with 12 sacks. Along with Wilkinson he forms the top OLB combo in the nation and should continue to wreak havoc in the backfield.​
    CB: Thomas Wright, Missouri - After recording 13 INTs last season, Wright has established himself as a shutdown SEC corner.​
    CB: Wesley Franz, Arkansas - managed 5 INTs and 9 pass deflections a year ago. One of the fastest players in the nation, Wesley should strike fear into opposing QBs this season​
    FS: George Greco, LSU - A big, physical presence in the secondary, Greco intercepted 6 passes a year ago and deflected 11 more.​
    SS: Matt Jenkins, Florida - Playing close to the line in the 4-2-5, Jenkins was a force. He recorded 12 TFLs and 4 sacks on 48 tackles for the Gators.​

     
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  9. Boom29

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    Miami Hurricanes Team Outlook
    Interview with Coach Akai Boom


    #1: What needs to happen for this team to find itself playing for a conference title at the end of the year?
    We have to be consistent. Last year we had a chance to be great, but came out flat against Florida St and Georgia especially. Offensively, we have to limit mistakes and convert third downs. Defensively, it's just a matter of not giving up easy points.

    #2: What would you say your teams offensive and defensive identity will be this season? We are a ball control type of offense that's going to nibble you down the field. You know, people ask me why Joe Hall starts over Joseph Roberts at QB, and the truth is that we need Joe's grittiness. He doesn't get enough credit for his accuracy, but his ability to extend the play when receivers are covered really play into our offense. Defensively, we want to make offenses go the length of the field in 15 plays every time. We want to limit the big plays that we give up because we feel that in the end the offense will make a mistake.

    #3: Who is the player on offense that opposing teams should be scared of and why?
    That's the funny thing about our offense, there's not one player that teams are going to be scared of...but that's because we try to be so balanced that people don't know where we're going to attack them. Having said that, I think every defensive coordinator knows that we're going to give Joe Sowell the ball early and often and will do our best to feature him.

    #4: What defensive player will have the biggest impact for your team this season?
    Gary Morris is going to grab all the headlines, but the key to our defense is FS Lance Williams. Lance was on his way to All-American honors last year, but had some injuries late in the year that limited his productivity. he is athletic, a good tackler and keeps getting better in coverage every year. So long as he remains healthy, opposing QBs are going to have to account for him.

    #5: What other words of wisdom do you have for the rest of the league?
    The Canes will play hard week-in and week-out and will not be an easy out. We've set our sights on the Conference Championship Game and will do what we can to make it happen.

    TOP 10 Canes
    1. DT - rSR Gary Morris (96 OVR) - Gary is the best defensive player for the Canes in some time. He is powerful a load to handle in the middle both when running the ball and against the pass.
    2. C - rJR Eric Jackson (93 OVR) - After backing up two NFL draft picks, Jackson gets his chance to shine. He is excellent blocker and is the leader of the Miami line.
    3. HB - rJR Joe Sowell (92 OVR) - Joe has been the workhorse in the Miami backfield since taking over his FR year and will continue to be the focal point of the Miami offense. Joe has great athleticism and has a knack for breaking tackles.[/SIZE]
    4. CB - rSR Matt West (91 OVR) - Matt is the Canes' shutdown corner. He has great athleticism and great skill at the position.
    5. LOLB - rSR Justin Flanagan (88 OVR) - Justin is the Canes best linebacker and is excellent in coverage. Look for him to continue to make plays all over the field and vie for top linebacker honors.
    6. FS - rSO Lance Williams (86 OVR) - Lance is a prototypical Free Safety. He has the range to go from sideline to sideline with play-making ability.
    7. QB - SR Joe Hall (83 OVR) - Joe is the heart of the Miami team which is why he starts over the more talented Joseph Roberts. Hall's accuracy is almost on par with Roberts, but its his grittiness and ability to make plays with his feet that make him a better fit in the Miami offense.
    8. LE - rSR DeShawn McIntosh (92 OVR) - DeShawn will be the man charged with causing disruption on th edge and getting to the quarterback.
    9. TE - rSR James Hill (94 OVR) - James is a good blocker and a great receiver. Though not overly athletic, he is Hall's security blanket and will get the tough yards.
    10. LG - rSO Justin Kiriny (87 OVR) - Justin is an impressive all-around blocker and along with Clark should create gaps on the left side for the running game.
     
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  10. whygodwhy1111

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    #1: What needs to happen for this team to find itself playing for a conference title at the end of the year?

    The run defense needs to perform better than it did last year. Offensively balance is key. We can't let teams force us to be one dimensional. if opponents are protecting the deep ball we need to run well, if they try to stop the run we need to strike deep and make them pay.

    #2: What would you say your teams offensive and defensive identity will be this season?

    Similar to the 2013 baltimore ravens, we need to alternate pounding the ball on the ground and letting the ball fly deep so our talent can go get it. Defensively its really all about speed and coverage. Mixing up the play calls and forcing mistakes.

    #3: Who is the player on offense that opposing teams should be scared of and why?

    4 incredible seniors starting at WR 1-2 and TE 1-2. These guys are big and play the ball in the air. The WRs can fly but the TEs have the ability to suck any pass out of the sky. With so much receiving talent I would expect defenses to forget Pat Valentine. He is primed for a big year.

    #4: What defensive player will have the biggest impact for your team this season?

    The corners are blankets and the safeties are fast but sitting a MLB is 257 lbs Brad Robinson. He possesses one game changing skill, pure hitting power. One can expect a few WRs or HBs to lose their shoes this season.

    #5: What other words of wisdom do you have for the rest of the league?

    Dear Single coverage,

    I have a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a long career. Skill that could be a nightmare for defenses like you. You could let me get my rushing yards, and that will be the end of it. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.




    Key Razorbacks:

    QB Steven Cary, big shoes to fill after an amazing season by Ronald Moore last year. Probably not going to top 40TDs to 4INTs but he is damn well going to try.

    HB Corey Keyes, WHO? Last year Barry Vaughn took home the Heisman and graduated. Back up RS Sophmore HB William Gibson, a lock to the the starter this year, also departed for the draft. Everyone expected Freshman now sophomore HB Jaron Lewis to take the starting job. But out of no where after backing up at Fullback for 4 years Corey Keyes got a try out at halfback and did not disappoint (82 FB to 92 HB). 258 LBS of pain to soon be pushing the pile.

    WRs and TEs: Just Money! all graduating but one last year to deliver.

    DE: Andrew Simons: This combination of finness and block shedding ability has not been seen since the great one.

    DBs: Dime package might as well be a sequel to a popular movie franchise FAST 6
     
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