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Discussion in 'After Midnight' started by Wyrmreaver, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. Wyrmreaver

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

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    I know we are already a game in...... but lets see your pre-season/early season outlooks. Any anomolies on the depth chart (i think Auburn is starting the frosh QB over a much higher rated upperclassmen for example)
     
  2. recchem2000

    recchem2000 UCLA > WSU

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    Yes I am...didnt want to redshirt the dude! I think its only 5 points higher and Im crazy so what the hell!
     
  3. Wyrmreaver

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

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    Last Season Mizzou went 12-1 with their only loss being to the eventual national champs. The team lost its #1 playmaker (DGB) but returns enough talent to make another nice run.

    Who to Watch:
    • Maty Mauk is now a 5th year senior. He is a preseason heisman hopeful and has some talent around him to repeat the success of last year. If he can cut back on some of the turnovers and spread the ball around it could be a special year for him.
    • Eric Silva is one of the best overall backs in the conference. He doesnt have the speed and elusiveness of the kids at TAMU or Miami, but he is a big fast, powerful runner who can also make plays in the passing game. Look for the offense to go through Silva even with the playbook shifting to a more spread out look
    • Kenan Fenner is the heir apparent to DGB. He is the teams #1 WR and stands 6'7" with good spead. Unlike the last couple years with DGB, he isn't the best WR but a huge margin, meaning he will see far fewer double teams than DGB did.
    • Jason Jones is the teams backup QB. When he was recruited as an ATH coming out of JUCO there was some debate on where he should play. This season, Jones is #2 at QB, #4 at WR, and #4 at CB, so you can expect him to be on the field a lot as he plays both ways.
    • Erik Curry is the teams backup HB and return specialist. In the opening game against SC he returned a punt 81 yards for a TD and scored on a long pass play when split out wide in the new spread attack. As the year goes on, we could see him in more spots to take advantage of his skills in the open field.
    • Jimmy Smith is the stud on this defense. The senior FS took an INT back for 6 against SC and figures to have an excellent season.
    • Vince Harris moves back to his natural MLB spot after starting all season at OLB a year ago. Harris is a monster in the middle and a ferocious pass rusher on the mike blitz, he got to SC QBs 3 times in the opener.
    • Chad Wilkinson is a true freshman, starting at LOLB. Coaches are excited about his athletecism and speed and what that means in pass rush or pass coverage situations. Chad got a sack in his first career start and could have a breakout season.
    Verdict: Even with some of the turnover on defense, this team should still be nasty. Last season they were the #1 unit in the nation and that is possible once again if they get the kind of production they expect from some of the new starters. On offense, the coaches are excited about the evolution of the teams scheme. A number of empty shotgun sets have been added and this team clearly has the ability to strike quickly with an All American at QB and a stud HB to go along with a cast of solid parts in various spots. Mizzou has a realistic shot at being in the national title race, if they can beat Arkansas that is.
     
  4. Wyrmreaver

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

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    I'm all for it, I assumed when you signed him that he would start for you :)
     
  5. Dru50

    Dru50 Still Chicago's #1 son

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    Georgia Bulldogs - Season 5 Preview

    The team only had 12 graduating seniors last year, and many of them were not starters, so the cast of characters is very similar to last years team that lost 2 games - both were sims.

    QB - True Sophomore Courtney Williamson returns as the starter after a very successful freshman year. He won't put up the numbers of a guy like Maty Mauck, because Coach Dru pulls him generally after the 1st quarter of CPU games. The backups this year include true freshman John Smith, another great athlete at the QB position that has shown some flashes of being a serious tackle breaking threat.

    HB - Titus Graham will do his best Keith Marshall imitation after taking a redshirt year last season. He is among the most athletic HB's in the nation, and will be a threat out of the backfield in the passing game. True freshman Derek Bell brings a nice change of pace at 221 lbs.

    WR/TE - Junior Shaun Jones is the bellcow of this group, with good speed and great route-running/catching abilities. He is looking to potentially break the Georgia single season receiving record as the team continues to move to more of a passing system. He is aided by a trio of quick WR's and 2 pretty solid TE's.

    OL - Returning 8 of 10 guys from the 2 deep last year. This unit should be solid.

    DL - One starter left this unit, and nearly every player in the group is at least rated 88 OVR.

    LB's - Every guy from last years 2 deep returns.

    Secondary - Same as the LB's, this unit returns all starters.

    Not much else to say, I don't play WGW, but do get to play Jayrah this year. I'm already looking forward to the "should have" game summary from him.:p
     
  6. gowazzucougs

    gowazzucougs WSU is better than UCLA

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    Alabama is led by a new coach, Ron Zoinked. Zoinked brings with the Gus Malzahn offense. It is unclear if this team is built to play with this offense, but with Richard Scott and Alan White at quarterback both have the skill sets to succeed. Fifth year senior TJ Yeldon is a beast and will succeed in this offense. The wide receivers are in despair with loss of Cheesman Darquiri and Zacchary Deuel. WRs Chris Black and Amari Cooper are the apparent starters, but play close attention to Michael Burks, he will make contributions to this offense.

    Defensively this team has improved from last year's squad. The defense was young, and now they have a year of further development. Alabama has two great DTs Skyler Gipson and Dalvin Tomlinson are studs that will anchor the front. Michael Pierre and Joel Henderson will be the starting defensive ends for the squad. These kids came in as four star recruits that had to play immediately. The linebackers are probably the weakest unit of the team, but look for MLB Colin Henderson to make plays. The secondary is of course lead by FU Jayrah, he is the highest rated CB on the squad, but the unit is filled with a number of great players. Roosevelt Pearson, Sam Alvarez, Geno Smith, and Brian Guerrero are all rated 80 or above and will see action.

    Will the number of wins increase with Ron Zoinked, it is unclear but so far the team is 2-0 and is getting ready to play for Arky and Auburn.
     
  7. MexiRican35

    MexiRican35 ┬┐Te quieres naranjas?

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    This season could be the stepping stone to a championship season next year. 11 starters are underclassmen, mostly Juniors. This doesn't mean that the seniors will go without a bang. TE Bowman is in his last year and looks to leave as one of the best in school history.

    QB - Clark is in his third year and second in the offensive system. He really gained a lot of experience in the offseason and could really have a great season. With teams putting spies on him, he will face less of a pass rush. This should help the wide outs get open, which they had problems doing last season.

    HB - Louis was left for dead on the depth charts. People wondered why he was even on the roster. Now he is the starter coming out of camp. He has a tremendous burst to go along with great trucking, and along with nimble feet. Three other backs should get touches. Green is a transfer from OU who sat out last season. Brothers is great in the open feild. Yates is a true freshman burner.

    WR - The drops need to stop. Davenport and Johnson both had multiple drops last season. They will have to pick it up in order for Clark to shine. Also breaking off of coverage is something the worked on in the offseason.

    TE - Bowman. Senior year. That is all.

    O line - A mix of maturity (3 seniors) and potential (2 sophmores).

    D line - Berry and Hobbs at the ends are tremendous pass rushers. At DT, Brown is a force. After that, it's a crap shoot. The Tigers can either go with the 3-4, or stick with what they have, with the possibility of bringing in freshman McNair if the run defense is a liability.

    LB - Price, Bailey, Feist all flow to the ball well. They will need to a better job of getting off blocks.

    DB - Golden has been an interception machine since his freshman year. Sandolph moves back from S to cover the other side of the feild. The big question is wether SS Smith can keep his job this season.
     
  8. Boom29

    Boom29 Walk On

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    Into the Unknown

    The Miami Hurricanes come into the 2015-2016 season fresh off an 11 win season. As expectations continue to rise, the Canes find themselves at a crossroads as they attempt to get over the hump. While the offense should score points at will, it will be the defense who will ultimately decide how far Miami goes.

    Offense
    Quarterback Christian Smith has the keys to a Ferrari, and he knows it. The offense should be able to run and pass the ball as the situation calls for it. There is speed and ability at the skill positions and a cohesive and talented group up front. So long as turnovers are kept to a minimum, look for the offense to put up the points needed to win.

    QB - The Canes are set at with rJR Christian Smith. Smith has great accuracy and get get the ball anywhere on the field. So long as he can keep his turnovers down, the Canes should be in position to win every game.

    HB - The offense will run through Randy Johnson. Johnson's as quick as he is fast and will be utilized in the passing game as well. While there is a considerable drop after Johnson, the coaching staff confident that 6'6" Chris Boyd will be able to soften the load for Johnson when needed.

    TE - Sophomore Dylan Meyer will need to step into the shoes of Brandon Fulse who became one of Smith's favorite targets as the season progressed. Luckily Meyer has the size and athleticism to be a mismatch. Bryan Johnson, a rSR, will be the second tight end and could have a break out year as well.

    WR - The Canes are experienced in the receiver corps, starting two rSRs and a JR. The Seniors, Angelo Jean Louis and Malcolm Lewis both run great routes aided by their outstanding acceleration. The Junior, Lamar Christensen, is the go-to receiver of the bunch and has elite speed and an uncanny ability to come down with the ball.

    OL - The Line is experienced and talented, averaging a 91 OVR across. Much is expected of this group as all five starters are returning. Look for RT Raymond McKinney to emerge while going against opposing teams' best pass rusher.

    Defense
    The defense will be the key to the Hurricane season. There is talent at all three levels of the defense, but there is little to no depth at some positions. The key for the Canes defense is whether they will be able to generate a pass rush with the front four, and if not, whether the secondary can hold up.

    DT - In rJRs Luke Maxwell, Aaron Andrews and Cornelius Brown, the Hurricanes have arguably the best collection of defensive tackles in the nation as none of the top three are under 90 OVR. With their size and strength they should be able to clog the middle of the field.

    DE - The ends are a question mark for the Canes, not so much because a lack of talent, but rather because of the youth. Red shirt Senior Dwayne Hoilett, only an 82 OVR, is the highest rated end. Yet, along with rSOs Andrew Schultz and Peter Young, they will be tasked with getting to opposing QBs.

    LB - Raphael Kirby will anchor the linebackers from his MLB position. Raphael has great acceleration and always finds his way to the ball. Likewise, jSR JaWand Blue uses his instincts and acceleration to make plays all over the field. The rest of the linebackers are young, but with potential. Jeremy Jennings will step into the other OLB spot with youngster Brian Spencer waiting in the wings.

    CB - The Canes have a great tandem of corners in Eric Pettit and Barry Sisk. Yet, it will be the nickle and dime corners who determine the fate of the Canes secondary, as there is a severe drop in talent. Sophomore Vince Burton will get first chance to solidify himself in the slot, while rSR Vernon Davis will push him out of the dime spot - both are rated 80 OVR. Look for back-up SS Deon Bush to also see time as a corner.

    S - The safety position is the strength of the Miami secondary. Free Safety Kurt Covington is an award-winning All-American and brings great range and coverage skills to the field. In the SS spot is fellow rJR Charles Smith who is a good in coverage, but will make his mark with his physical style.

    All in all, the Canes have the talent to win the East Division, but turnovers on offense and the ability to get the QB on defense will determinate if they indeed get over the hump.
     

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