Team Previews Season 4

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  1. IrishBearcat

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    This season we're all going to preview our own teams to simply avoid confusion. I'll be posting mine shortly.
     
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    UCLA after going 12-2 last season and winning the Pac-12 title for a third year in a row looks like it's a rebuilding process all over again. Most of the Bruins squad has graduated and coach Duke is scratching his head on what the season is going to look like. He has some really nice players interested in the Bruins this year, but can he get them? Will the Bruins be a breakthrough or bust?
    QB- Brett Hundley has been all of UCLA on the offense. He can run and pass but he passes more which explains his 30+ TD's going into his senior year at UCLA. Hundley himself is saying that the Bruins will be able to bring home another title before his depart! His backup Alton Davis may not be a Brett Hundley but give him sometime and he will be a threat, that is only if freshman QB, Quinton Cunningham steals his light.
    RB- We have a great back, Andrew Crenshaw but since the Bruins has been passing a lot this kid doesn't get much shine. Crenshaw is a monster who has finished in the Heisman race every season. Crenshaw will be leaving us next season and he himself hopes to bring home just that one title to make himself feel great. The backup backs are just fueled with accleration, Alex Brown is our bruising back, while Joseph Haumiller, and Jason Dodds are our speedy backs. UCLA has switched over to the spread and need that speed.
    WR- The Bruins picked up the #1 receiver in the nation during the 2012 offseason, Willie Griffin, and he hasn't disappointed the Bruins at all. Griffin has 14 TD's and has 2001 receiving yards and that's just after his Sophomore year! Griffin will be the main target for the Bruins this season since our new receiving core are a bunch of new guys. The Bruins have focused on route running receivers to make the passing game easier.
    Oline- The Bruins only have one returner on the line, and that's center Kody Innes. This guy will be the person to run behind, left or right. Since he is in the middle of the Oline it wouldn't matter where the Bruins decide to run. The rest of the line are young but when the time comes they will be pushing people on their asses hopefully their senior year.
    Dline- Nothing special here, we are still weak in this part of the team. We will be looking for mostly DT's on the recruiting trail this season so we can build our 3-4 defense which is taking a while to get right now.
    Secondary- The Bruins have a solid secondary. We just had a safety who broke the team interception record and won the Bendarik award as a Sophomore. And with the talent UCLA picked up off the recruiting trail the corners are getting even better. Freshman, Kennard Jack is getting his first ever collegiate start ever since he has showed us he can play incredible during the training. And freshman strong safety, Mike Stewart will also get his first start in his collegiate career. The secondary coach is putting a lot of confidence in these players, I hope they can live up to it.
    Prediction- UCLA finishes the season 10-2 and go to the Rose Bowl and finish #4 in the country. Big dreams for the Bruins this season!
     
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  3. IrishBearcat

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    Ahh now I see why UCLA is so unstoppable!​
    Lol on a seriousness great preview. I'll be interested to see how your defense fairs now that you lost a lot of stars to graduation. Hundley & Crenshaw should be able to really shine, and Griffin will finally get a chance to be the #1 WR and prove he was worthy of his :5stars: ranking.​
     
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    Dude it was hard to find a picture with the majority of the girls that look good lol. But in all seriousness Hundley, Crenshaw both seniors that will kill the offense next season. And we still have Tevin McDonald, and with the new freshman they will be dominant. Mike Stewart came in with a 89 zone coverage as a freshman he may be slow as a snail but he will get it done lol, Kennard Jack came in with 88 man coverage as a freshman so I think we will be able to compete on defense :)
     
  5. MurkYa21

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    Washington State

    The team looks down in some ways from last year, but possibly improved in others. It will be hard to find out for sure until we play our first game, we do know that the loss of our QB and top 3 WR's from last year is going to make it a lot more difficult to run the Air Raid efficiently. Training camp and Murk's last ditch effort to sign a top recruit should help some for the offense, but our success will lie heavily upon the QB. We will most likely be starting a 71 overall redshirt Senior because we have no choice. Putting one of our three 66ish overall Freshmen on the field would spell disaster for this squad. Luckily, at running back we have an experienced player who transferred and sat out last year, and the receivers don't look all too bad.

    Honestly, overall the defense should be better simply due to the fact that the new faces fit their roles of the 3-3-5 system. However, judging from last year's experience the overall talent of the defense is going to play a huge factor in whether or not we get torched every game. It's going to be a long season.
     
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    Colorado Season 4 Team Preview
    The Buffaloes had a successful season compared to what their program had been like compared to the last few years at Colorado. Under a new coaching staff, the team finished 2nd in the Pac 12 South division, ranked 22nd in the Polls, and ended the season with a Hyundai Sun Bowl win over Georgia Tech. Overall, the coaching staff was pleased after their first full season. But, they know they can do better. The offense was not explosive at all, and most games were won because of big defensive stops, and a solid field goal kicker who if you crossed over the 50 yard line, you were able to get 3 points. This season, they'll be changing it up a bit and we'll see more of a throwing, spread attack, than the boring pro style offense that Colorado has ran since, well forever. Colorado graduated a lot of seniors last season, but most of their skill positions will return for this season. It's going to be tough, but Colorado should be able to make some noise in the Pac 12 South.
    QB- Nick Hirschman (RS SR.) 6'3 233
    Nick didn't have the season that he had hoped for last year, but overall, he did what was asked of him which was to manage games. This season though, he'll have a new role. In this offense, he'll be asked to sling the ball around a lot more, and to put up points. Nick has above average speed, and has really improved his arm since he's been at Colorado. He can make the tough throws, or he can take off and run with the ball. He'll be asked to do both this season. If he struggles, they will turn to transfer QB Stevie Dorman to make plays for them. Stevie sat out last season due to transfer rules, and is only a Junior this season. He will be the one that takes over when Hirschman leaves, but if Hirschman can't get it done, he'll take over sooner than expected.
    HB- Tony Jones (RS SR.) 5'7 185
    Tony is the most talented player that Colorado will have on the field. Last season he rushed for over 10 touchdowns, and just over 1,000 yards, but those stats were with him sitting out 3 and a half games due to injury. He'll need to stay no the field this season and give the Buffaloes a spark on offense, and take a lot of pressure of Nick Hirschman at the QB spot. He's a playmaker, that's the only way to describe him. His speed has improved every season on campus, and he can break tackles all game long. He is a lot like Maurice Jones-Drew, the former California running back, current Jacksonville Jaguar.
    HB- Malcom Creer (SR.) 5'11 201
    Malcom is the faster of the 2 backs, and unfortunately for him, he's just not ready to be a full time starting back. Doesn't have the durability. The Buffaloes were hoping he'd be able to build that up with not taking as many hits with Jones starting in front of him his whole career, but it just hasn't worked. He's looked great when he's been subbed in for Jones due to fatigue, but the 3 games he was the feature back last season with Jones out, Creer really struggled to ever get anything going. Against UCLA, he turned in a total of 20 yards on the ground, and Colorado was forced to pass the ball the entire game. That couldn't happen last year because Nick wasn't ready for that type of pressure. This year, Creer will be backing up Jones again, and should be a great back up for when Jones gets tired. Hopefully he learned from his mistakes last season, and if Jones goes down, Creer will be ready to take over. He's the faster of the two backs, and is always a threat to take it for a touchdown, no matter how far away it is. He should be a contributor for his senior season.
    WR- Unfortunately for the Buffaloes, the wide receivers are nothing to go into too much detail about. Star Paul Richardson, and TE Marcus Thorton are both graduated and they caught most of the passes that were thrown. This season, they'll have to pull in balls by committee because there really is no go to guy at the moment. Not good for a team that will rely on the pass more often than not. Somehow though, this coaching staff will make it work.

    DE- Juda Parker (SR) 6'2 255
    On the defensive side of the ball, the Buffaloes one bright spot would be the defensive end position which brings back 1st team All American Juda Parker. Juda caused havoc for opposing offenses last year, and QBs were especially not happy to see him. He had over 10 sacks last season and looks to improve on that this year. Looking at Juda, he really doesn't do just anything overpowering, but somehow, some way, he knows how to get into the backfield and make opposing teams offenses struggle. He really mad a lot of stops single handily happen for the Buffaloes last season.
    Final Thoughts
    The Buffaloes are going into the next season feeling like they have a lot to accomplish. Even though it's only year 2 for this coaching staff, they feel that they have to exceed what they did last season. 3, of the 4 losses, could have gone either way if the Buffaloes had of just made a few more plays than they did. If they can get things to go their way this season, and make those plays they missed, there is no telling where this team will be sitting at this time next year. As mentioned before, the spread attack will be what carries this team, or what burns them. If they can pick up on it quickly, and Nick can make some plays, there is no telling what type of season the Buffaloes will have. But if he struggles, look for the same old Colorado Buffaloes team to reappear. ​
     
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    Coach IrishBearcat heads into his 4th season at the helm of the Golden Bears. Cal will look to crash the Pac-12 CCG for the first time in his tenure. A 9-4 squad that lost only 6 players to graduation looks poised to accompish that goal. It will be vital for RB Justin Goode replace the production of RB Trajuan Briggs. Coach IrishBearcat has stressed how it will be critical to become a balanced offense in order to compete for the Pac-12 crown. Defensively the Golden Bears return 9 starters from a unit that ranked in the top 20 of every defensive category. The defense lead Cal last season, and should perform even better if the offense can improve as expected. Often times the Golden Bear defense was pressured into carrying the team due to the lack of offense.
    OFFENSE: The star of the offense is expected to be RB Justin Goode. A back that boasted over 900 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns as a backup will finally get the load as the number 1 back for a full season. Cal will need backup RB Bigelow to really step up and help maintain effectiveness of the two RB system Coach IrishBearcat has run since his arrival. QB Kyle Boehm returns after finally playing well near the end of the season. The passing game will be looked to be vastly improved, and one reason for optimism is the receiving core. Kaelin Clay returns as the top WR along with Aaron Kirk and Matt Johnson. Look for this unit to be improved overall, especially in the turnover department.
    DEFENSE: The defense really shined in stopping the run and ended the regular season with the #1 rushing defense. The entire defensive line returns and is lead by all-american DT Viliami Moala. MLB Nick Forbes will attempt to replace defensive MVP Steve Fanua who totaled 7 interceptions on the season. Both OLB Gibson and Wilkerson return after a solid season as well as impressively picking up their level of play down the stretch. The secondary returns star SS Micahel Cook and FS Nick Foley. The corners were young last season but as a unit have turned out to be a nice group with progression. Berkeley has a lot to be excited about on the defensive side of the ball.
    PREDICTION: The Golden Bears will win at least 10 games this season, and finally knotch a bid to the CCG. Whether they win or not will depend on the opponent, injuries, and development of the Pac-12 teams throughout the season.

     
  8. MNoffke

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    This team is one of the if not the youngest teams in the Pac12. Don’t let the inexperience of these players fool you since there is some talented underclassman on this team. OSU is changing offensive playbooks and going with a balanced offense (Penn State). Coach Noffke is going back to the multiple defensive scheme, after using the 3-4 for one season.

    Offense: The star of the offense is RB Jackson. There is no doubt about it or hiding it. He is the reigning two time All-American and two-time Heisman trophy winner. OSU shouldn’t have to rely totally on the run this year with the develop of second year starter QB Wheatley. Wheatley has several top WR’s to the throw the ball too. If things get rolling quickly for OSU and their offense the run and pass game would feed off each other and give defenses fits when it comes to stopping them.

    Defense: The OSU defense is the big question of this team. How will the young inexperienced talent be able to hold up the whole season against the Pac12? Coach Noffke believes his defense may be one of the biggest surprises this season. Coach Noffke is known for his offensive skills but as of late he has been bringing in solid talent to play on defense.

    Special Teams: OSU is lead by their All-American Punter Stevenson. Stevenson has a strong leg and will be in charge of the kicking duties as well. All-American returner Agnew will continue to strive as the KR/PR.

    Bold prediction: OSU will probably finish with 7-8 wins. Their inexperience will catch up to them at some point in the season.
     
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