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UCLA Bruins -- Sorry I am really limited on time and will be busy this week, trying to squeeze this in.
UCLA will have a new starter under center in Brett Hundley. The 6'3 junior from Chandler, AZ will look to relieve pressure of the running game, which is headlined by star tailback Andrew Crenshaw. Crenshaw has totaled 1,743 yards and 26 touchdowns through this point in his Bruin career, and is one of the best backs in the Pac 12, if not the country. QB Brett Hundley will have some great targets to throw too, headlined by Senior speedster Ricky Marvay and former blue chip recruit Willie Griffin. Marvay has nearly 2000 yards and 19 touchdowns over the past two seasons, and Griffin turned in a great freshman campaign catching 48 balls for 960 yards and 6 touchdowns. To cap off a great offense, UCLA has a solid veteran heavy offensive line up front- ensuring Hundley should have plenty of time to find his receivers, while also opening plenty of holes for Crenshaw.
The Bruins will have a solid defense this season. Starting up front, they should have 3 experienced seniors on the front four. Cassius Marsh headlines the group from his DT spot. The 3 linebackers are also a very solid group, and senior Jordan Zumwalt is the leader of this group. The 6'4 230 lb Huntington Beach native has great athleticism to go with above average strength for the position. Zumwalt is someone you will see playing on Sundays, so it will be interesting to see how his final year of college ball goes. The secondary is definitely this units weak spot, but there is some talent. The unit is loaded with athletes, but they are lacking in coverage skills. FS Tevin McDonald is probably the best NFL prospect, and is a very smart player at the position. He also has the athleticism to make some plays.
Kicker Kip Smith was seldom used last season, as he only went 1-2 on field goals, and his one make was from 39 yards. There is certainly reason to question the position, but most reports say Smith is still sharp.
Overall, this UCLA team is full of players that have gone to the Rose Bowl the past two seasons so they know how to win. I expect the Bruins to challenge for another division title, but wouldn't be surprised to see another team find a way to win it. If I had to bet however, I would say the skill players on offense are enough to push UCLA through to the CCG again.
Sorry mine couldn't look better -Cougars- I have to go to work and wanted to get this done as I might be busy tonight also.
I will get to yours tonight.
The Colorado Buffaloes had a very disappointing season last year, and look to greatly improve on their 3-9 record. The Buffaloes made a coaching change late in the year, but it was too late to see too much improvement on the field. This season will be started from scratch, and while the new coach hasn't gotten his recruits in yet, he has implemented his style of offense and defense for this upcoming season. The personnel isn't there for a spread attack yet, but hopefully after a few years, that's what the Buffaloes become known for. For now though, they'll stick with a 4-3 defense and a pro style attack. A new type of offense for the coach, but he feels confident that it will work in the Pac 12. The style of play from the Buffaloes this year will be hard nose defense, and ball control on offense.
Key Players QB- Nick Hirschman (RS JR) 180-243 2655 yards 22 TDs 17 INTs Nick had a disappointing season last year for the most part in his first season as a full time starter, but looks to greatly improve this season under a new head coach and a new offense. He showed signs of being a really good quarterback last season, and then their were times where he looked out of place. He's had spring football and fall practices to get used to the new coaching staff and the new offense and they really think he's gotten a grasp on the offense. He'll be asked to make a lot of big decisions in games this year and hopefully he's up for the challenge. The coaching staff believes that he is but the only thing that really matters is if Nick believes it. He is thought to be on a short leash because of the big time development of senior Quarterback Brent Burnette. HB- Tony Jones (RS Jr) 162- 791 yrds 7 tds Tony Jones is coming in with 2 seasons of starting under his belt and has been great for the first two. This third season is critical as he will look to become an elite running back in the Pac 12 and will for sure get a lot of touches in this offense. He's yet to break the 1000 yard mark in a season, but look for that to change this year. If Colorado can establish a solid passing game and get opposing defense to not stack the box, Tony could have a career year. HB- Malcolm Creer- (JR) 58- 213 yards 0 tdsMalcolm is a running back with a lot of talent, but just hasn't gotten the touches he's needed to show that talent. With Colorado planning to run the ball a lot more this season, look for him to get a lot more carries than he has his previous two seasons at Colorado. He's a very quick back, a lot quicker than the starter Jones, but has had trouble holding onto the ball in the past. If he's worked on that, and the coaching staff can trust him, he'll get even more carries than expected. Right now, look for him to be used as a 3rd down type back, or a back that can get outside instead of running up the gut every play. He could evolve into a different type of back, but for now, he'll mainly just be a scat back. WR- Paul Richardson- (SR) 35- 688 ards 7 touchdowns Paul is easily the most talented player on this offense. When the new coaching staff arrived, they were surprised that he hadn't been putting out break out statistics. Look for that to change this year. While Colorado is now a run first team, Richardson will still get a whole lot of receptions and will be a big reason as to why Colorado will be successful this season, if they're successful. He will be what helps the young QB get going, and he will be the go to guy in crunch time. The Senior is ready for a big season, and it's now or never. He wants a bowl game. MLB- Shane Dibona- RS Sr 4 tackles 11 assists 2 PD Shane's stats aren't anything to get excited about, but the jump he made in the offseason is amazing. He has become the team captain because of what he's done this offseason and the defensive coordinator is very excited to see what he can do in game situations. He will be the leader of the defense, and they need him to have a big season. Hopefully he comes through for them. IN SEASON RECRUITING The coaching staff knows it has it's hands full when it comes to recruiting kids because of how down Colorado has been. It's going to take a good season this year to get kids to be excited about playing for the Buffaloes. They have however, already signed a running back in week 1 that will work well in the spread attack that is going to be implemented at some point, but that will be discussed in further detail at another time. The Buffaloes will need to pick up a kicker and a punter, a tackle, and also a middle linebacker in this years recruiting class, but that is not the only thing they will be going after. They will look to pick up a DT, DE, and also add to the receiving core with this years recruiting class. The plan was to go after a QB, but they had a transfer come in from Arizona who looks to be a very promising Quarterback in the future, especially for the spread attack. They would also like to pick up 1 or 2 guys for the secondary, but that's still up in the air. Expectations- The main goal for the Buffaloes this year is to get into a Bowl Game. Anything less than that is unacceptable. A higher goal that the Buffaloes would like to achieve is to finish in the high end of the PAC 12 division. They're not expecting a conference championship this year, but would hope that the coaching staff can pull off an above average finish in a good Pac 12 Conference.
Jeff Cox - QB | Thretton Palamo - HB | Dallin Rogers - TE Offense will be an experiment for the Utes this year with so many seniors gone. Luckily the heart of the offense is still Thretton Palamo. In his first two years with the Utes, Palamo has averaged yards per carry with 9 TDs while splitting time in the backfield. With Johnny White gone, Palamo is the focus of the rushing attack. JuCo transfer Jarrell Oliver and scatback/return man Lucky Radley will spell Palamo when he needs a rest but in a pass happy offense, it will be Palamo getting the heavy percentage of carries.Jeff Cox takes over the starting QB role this year with the graduation of Jordan Wynn and Cox is ready. With the lack of depth at the position, Cox was the primary backup all season and got a lot of practice reps and even some game experience. In the new spread playbook for this year, it will play on his throwning strengths and his abilty to move around and run. He is a perfect fit and is expected to produce huge numbers this year.The WRs had a heavy turnover this offseason with 3 seniors gone. Reggie Dunn and Ken Scott are the new starters. Dunn is coming off a knee injury last year that really limited his time on the field while Scott actually managed a good season with 7 TDs and over 400 yards even while buiried on the depth chart. Quinton Pedroza is the wildcard with his extreme athleticism. Pedroza managed to win the Randy Moss Award as a freshman but only has 8 receptions in his career entering this season. Playing the wes Welker role, he may actually lead all WRs in targets. Big things are expected for the dynamic TE trio of Dallin Rogers, Westlee Tonga and Blake Setzer. Setzer is the future at the position but it is too deep for him to take over now. Rogers and Tonga are terrific receiving TEs that will love the TE friendly offense this year.The offensive line will start 4 seniors and one junior this season in hopes of keeping Cox on his feet more often then Wynn was. Its a big strong group lead by team captain LT Kapua Sai. Star Lotulelei - DT | Shawn Dangerfield - LB | Darren Harrison - CB The defense has a year of the 3-4 under their belts and though it had it's ups and downs for sure, things are expected to improve this year. With Thorpe and Bednarik award winner Brian Blechen off to the NFL, the defense did take a hit. But JuCo transfer Darren Harrison is exactly what was needed to fillthe void. Harrison was a huge playmaker the previous two seasons and excels in reading the offense. His experience will be great for the development of CB Craig Mitchell and safeties Brian McDougal and Eric Rowe (who both earned freshman all american awards). Wykie Freeman and Micheal Walker are the most experienced starting Utes in the secondary and Freeman is coming off a terrific INT season.The LBs may be a weakness of this years staff. Dangerfield is the leader in the middle and Senior Victor Spikes will tie down the left as well as any 2 LB formations but the right and 2nd middle were question marks. In the moment of doubt, seniors Kalen Adams and Griff Robles will take control of the positions and will need to play big this year.The defensive line is the strength of this team lead by senior captain Star Lotulelei. Many scouts considered him one of the best DTs in the nation last season and he put a disappointing season together but this season he is committed to prove his ability and wants to terrorize opposing QBs. latu Heimuli, Jope Pela, and last years top recruit Daniel Banks will rotate around the defensive line behind Star. On the outsides, Joe Kruger is set for a big season in his first year starting while senior Trevor Reilly will move over to the left side. RS Freshman Jimmie Thompson is ready to fill in where he can and has a bright future ahead of him. Coleman Peterson - K | Lucky Radley - KR Senior Coleman Peterson is finally seeing his college career come to an end after walking on back in 2006. And with this being his third year as the starting kicker, he is expected to be on of the top kickers in the nation. With a career 88% and a 56 yard long, it should be a great year. He also finally will take over kickoff duties with Sellwood graduating. Freshman Ryan Ward will handle punting duties this season. HB Lucky Radley will again return kicks this year after he comes off a season with over 1700 kick return yards and 2 scores on his way to the Randy Moss Award. He is a dangerous weapon whenever he gets the ball.
The Cougars are coming off of a pretty good season going 9-4. There was a coaching change mid season and he sure didn't disappoint. The Cougars have star receiver Marquess Wilson coming back after he had a tremendous season last year and hopes to repeat it this year. Jeff Tuel is back and he is looking like the best QB in the Pac-12 right now as he is second in passing yards only after his first game. If he continues that I see the Cougars being a dominant threat in the Pac-12. At the running back position they have Arthur Burns toting the ball and honestly this kid doesn't look like he will be anything for the offense of the Cougars as they look like a pass first team with Tuel taking the snaps. The wide receiver corp for the Cougars isn't looking too good all you have is Marquess Wilson who will be a first round draft pick easily. He is all of the Washington State Cougars on the offensive side of the ball. The Cougars offensive line looks mediocre at best, a lot of juniors and seniors but it still looks like a lot of them don't really have the talent to hold their blocks. That's the challenge of their offense, can they hold their blocks long enough for Tuel to scan the field? The defensive line for the Cougars boy oh boy a lot of average players on the line looking at the line it looks like they won't be putting any pressure on the opposing teams QB when we get into Pac-12 play. The linebackers for the Cougars are all graduating after this season and I expect them to be the main blitzers with all the speed they have with them and they will have the ability to stop the run easily. The secondary for the Cougars looks like they won't give up the pass easy at all. The secondary will have a lot of pass breakups and interceptions before the season ends with the talent they have in that area. My expectations is that Wazzou goes 8-4 due to the bad offensive line and defensive line. It won't be able to hold up with all the other talented teams in the Pac-12.
IrishBearcat so do I just do my own since Oshiomogho can't ever follow directions?
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Season 3 Team Preview QB -- Keith Price enters his senior season with the Huskies, and has led his team to an impressive 22-5 record in two seasons. He has thrown for 5,817 yards in his career, with 59/50 TDs/INTs and a 53.8% completion rating. If he can cut down on the mental mistakes this year, he may lead his team to another conference championship game. HB -- Senior Jesse Callier gets the start, and he was been waiting patiently for this role. He has been used as a back-up the past two seasons, and he amassed 987 yds 12 TDs with 3 broken tackles and 0 fumbles. Junior Deontae Cooper will also share the load, he has 994 yards and 9 TDs in his career at Washington. FB -- Junior Michael Hartvigson was moved from TE to FB in the offseason, and he hopes to aid in the run blocking department with his mammoth size (6'6" 252 lbs), and also provide some versatility to the offense with his running and catching abilities. WR -- The two juniors, Deiandre Campbell and Kevin Smith, will return as the starting wide-outs. They combine for 1,516 yards receiving, with 19 TDs. Smith was a favorite target for Price last year. Sophmore Kasen Williams will be the slot guy once again, he produced last year as a freshman to the tune of 526 yds and 6 TDs. Marvin Hall and Josh Perkins will also see some playing time. TE -- Sophomore Austin Jenkins (6'6") and senior Merlion Barett (6'2") will get the start at TE. They both have great speed for TEs (85) and catching abilities. Jenkins bailed Price and the Huskies out of a lot tough situations last year with 836 yds and 7 TDs. He will be a big contributor to the offense. OL -- This group is led by Juniors and Seniors with no major holes. They range from 6'4" - 6'6" and ~ 300 lbs each (the C is a whooping 364 lbs). They should provide some decent protection in the passing game, and open up holes for Callier and Cooper. DL -- Shirley, Jamora, Lagafuaina will get the start in Washington's new 3-4 scheme. They have 15.5 sacks, and over 100 tackles shared among them. Look for this dline to wreck havoc for fellow PAC12 opponents. LB -- The 4 starters (LOLB --> MLBs --> ROLB): Princeton Fuimano has put up solid numbers in his career, with 40 tackles and 6.5 sacks. Not much is going to get by this senior. Thomas Tutogi enters his junior year with 38 tackles and 2 sacks. He has great tackling ability to stop the run. Senior Tim Tucker starts at the will position, and looks to make a name for himself for the pros this season. Senior All-American Garret Gilliand is last but not least, and enters this season with 54 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and 5 INTs. He also has 1 defensive TD. The LBs will be the core of the Huskie's defense. Secondary -- The weak link of the defense, hopefully that is motivation enough to get them to play better than they appear on paper. Seniors Sean Parker and Antavius Sims get the start, with Gregory Ducre at the nickel spot. Sophomore Marcus Peters will also see the field in some defensive bases. Sean Parker leads the group with 60 career tackles, 1 sack, and 5 INTs. Sims, Ducre, and Peters all have to make a name for themselves this year. Special teams -- Sophomore Damon Rogers will be the starting P/K/KOS. His net punt average is 38.2, and he is 8/8 on FG attempts (longest - 44 yds). The speedy sophomore HB Bishop Sankey will be the punt and kick returner. Last year he had 400 return yards (avg 26.8) with 0 TDs. WR Kasen Williams will also field kick returns. Prediction -- It's boom or bust for Washington this year. They have a very talented team with a lot of seniors and juniors. My prediction is a 13-1 finish, with a win in the CCG and the Rose Bowl.
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