Discussion in 'The Trifecta' started by bravejaf, Feb 9, 2012.
Please discuss your team and your expectations for the upcoming season.
This is the season we've been dreading.
We thought last years team was bad... Meet this years team...
No one to throw it, no one to run it and no one to stop it...
Connor Shaw anchors the offense this season. He's coming off a very poor second season and after his poor performance in the season opener will be on a short leash.
True freshman Fred Allen will see most of the carries this season for the Gamecocks. His stamina will be an issue so the second and third stringers will see time as well.
Ace Sanders is our top wideout. That is all.
Clowney, our only player with a rating of 90, will lead the defense heading into his second season. Our secondary added much more depth and should be decent in a season or two.
Lots of young players will make next season enjoyable in Columbia but this year we have no expectations.
0-4 in user games. Non competitive games. 8-4 overall with hopefully a CPU bowl game.
(No formatting as this is from my iPhone)
The Ducks finished 13-1 last season but a loss in conference championship game cost Oregon a shot at the BCS Title. Many of the key players from the one-loss team are in the NFL or looking for a real job. Among the graduated players are QB Darron Thomas, HB Kenjon Barner, MLB Kiko Alonso and FS John Boyett. There is talent on the roster to replace the offensive stars but the defensive stars will be tougher to replace.
Darron Thomas had an up-and-down season in 2012. At times he looked brilliant, while other games he played like garbage. The vacant spot at QB will be filled by rising sophomore Trey Young. The recruit has a better arm than Thomas, but less mobility. Junior Bryan Bennett and true freshman Rodney Davis also could see time at QB. Whichever player is standing under center will have weapons available. Rising sophomores Josh Davis and Danny McKinney will be the primary ball carriers. Davis is nearly as fast as Barner and Davis is a more powerful back. The former #1 recruit showed his level of play in the opening game against South Carolina. McKinney is a bigger back at 244 lbs. He will see some carries in short yardage situation, as well as spelling Davis. The wide receiver core returns all three leading receivers from last season. Josh Huff returned for his senior season and he will lead this group. Fellow senior Rahsaan Vaugh will man the #2 WR spot, while last year's #2 slides down to the #4 slot. Devon Blackmon is one of the best #4 wide receivers in the country. He will see plenty of passes in the Oregon spread attack. The man occupying the #3 WR spot is former halfback DeAnthony Thomas. He is tiny for a WR at 5'9 and 178 lbs. but he has speed to be a difference maker. The coaches are developing strategies to get Thomas involved in the offense. Both tight ends are returning as well, and they should be solid outlets for the Ducks' QB. The offensive line should be passable but is far from elite. The best returning player is center Hroniss Grasu.
The defense is lacking in most areas, especially linebacker. Junior Anthony Wallace is the best player in the group and he is far from an elite player. All three linebackers from last season are gone from this team. The defensive line returns a key starter, defensive end Jason Dawson. He started as a true freshman and led Oregon in sacks last season. The other defensive end will be rising sophomore Larry Jude. The defensive tackles are new starters but both are solid players. Taylor Hart and Wade Keliikipi should provide solid run coverage in the middle of the defense. The secondary returns 3 of 4 starters from last season, including corners Troy Hill and Cedric Sims. Those two combined for 17 interceptions last season. Strong safety Brian Jackson is another returning starter, he is a solid but unspectacular player. Terrance Mitchell will take over the vacant free safety spot. Avery Patterson also may see time at the free safety spot.
Players to watch
Coach's Comment - Will get the bulk of the carries and has speed to break big plays. He also has strength to handle up the middle runs and stamina to handle 20+ carries per game.
Coach's Comment - Defenses will need to key on Thomas or risk giving up a big play. You cannot cover him with a linebacker and most safeties are too slow to match his speed.
Coach's Comment - Offenses will focus on Jason Dawson but Larry Jude has better pass rushing technique. He also should be solid stopping the run.
Coach's Comment - Green will be the dime cornerback but could eventually move to nickel. He is very solid in man and zone coverage, but needs to improve his on the field awareness.
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