Discussion in 'Thread Archive' started by hornfaninbama, Oct 9, 2012.
Everyone needs to have this up by the one we hit Week 3. It should be about this time next week.
Right now my preview is going to be a novel about how shitty my defense is...gave up 20 to vandy in the 1st half so far..
MISSOURI PREVIEW 2013
QB: James Franklin returns for his Jr. season so there aren’t too many questions for this position going into the season. Franklin is the unquestioned leader of the offense, but will be hard pressed to equal his performance from a season ago when he ran for 1000 yards and passed for 3000. This is probably Franklin’s last season in Columbia so look for Rs. Fr. Maty Mauk to get plenty of snaps in garbage time.
RB: This is the second main group of skill players that dodged a lot of turnover. Sr. Josey is back and will look to get over the 1000 yard mark this season. He is backed up by speedy do-everything RB Steven Mayo. Mayo will get lots of touches in the pass game, and will be used to create matchup problems when he is covered by a LB. Mizzou added a few Fr. RB this season and will look to try and get them some garbage time snaps as well.
WR: This is a massive group of WR. They might be the largest 1-4 in the entire country. Dorial Green-Beckham is 6’6” 221, L’Damian Washington is 6’4” 195, Marcus Lucas is 6’5” 216, and true freshman Mike Davis is 6’4” 223. Look for them to get the ball often in situations where they can use their size to overpower DB’s. Their size should help Franklin in the passing game, as he probably can’t overthrow one of them.
TE: Austin Waters is back and looks like he is poised for a breakout season. He is a great catching TE and has the speed to outrun LB, and the strength to be a nightmare for DB. He’s only slightly bigger than the WR at 6’4” 241. He will lineup all over the field, in the slot, as a wing, and occasionally in the backfield as well.
OL: The core group of the line is back and they added a very good freshman guard in Howard Young. This is still a young group and will be able to bring back all 5 starters next season. They should do well this season, but will really begin to come into their own starting next season.
DL: The Tigers switched to a 3-4 alignment this spring so they do have some depth at these 2 positions. Mike Sam is the returning sack leader and the RS Sr. will be asked to lead a seasoned group up front. Both DE are seniors and the top 2 DT are Jr.’s this group should be able to hold their own against the tough SEC OL, but they aren’t going to be difference makers on the field.
LB: 2 freshman start for the Tigers at the second level of the defense. Kevin Joyce and Matt Grimes are the OLB and bring some athleticism that was lacking at times last season. They won’t be the stars of this unit though because Sr captain Andrew Wilson is back to QB the defense. Wilson is joined in the middle by Donavin Newsom. This is the weakest link on the defense, but should become a strength as 3 of the starters are seeing their first action at this level.
DB: The DB’s are the silverbacks of the defense. Both CB’s are Sr.’s and the FS is a Jr., but the SS is true freshman Marcus Moss. They should be able to hold their own, but Coach Bulgy is already sweating the game against Tennessee when they will go against the explosive UT WR. They don’t have a host of talent, but they should be able to make it up because they have seen everything an offense can run.
Special Teams: Missouri signed the #2 K in the country last season and the quickly converted Jeff Brown to a punter. He’s coupled with So. Andrew Baggett in the kicking game. True Fr. Steven Mayo will return kicks and he is explosive. Look for him to use his speed and take at least one kick back this season.
my home cpu is on the fritz. i wont be able to do this till next week at work
Tennessee Volunteers Team Preview 2013
While the season is young, the defending champs have already displayed their weakness in the secondary, as was expected. Vanderbilt, of all teams was able to exploit them in a heart breaking loss for the Volunteers. But this team will be even more dynamic on offense as there 3 weapons from last year return as well as the addition of some big recruiting pieces.
QB: Tyler Bray is back and was hoping to use this season for a Heisman trophy opportunity. He has the ability to move from defenders, but he makes his money with his big time arm and should be a top prospect in next years NFL Draft. The next big thing on campus is the arrival of #1 recruit Joel Jordan who does have a developing arm but will bring a gamebreaking ability to the running game.
RB: Marlin Lane is back and still only a junior and ran for 1400 yards last year and will look to grow on that number. Backup Raijon Neal still commands the duties when Lane is tired or hurt which happened on a few occasions last season. Both are very quick players that still have toughness to get up in between the tackles.
WR: Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers are the best duo in college football and are both coming off 1,000 yard seasons last year. Rogers was banged up at times last year but if they both stay healthy, life should be good for Bray. It will be interesting to watch the development of their two true freshman receivers who will be working in as the #4 and #5 spots this year, 6'7 Joseph Price and crafty route runner Ken McKinney. The TE spot is up for grabs since the graduation of the starter from last season, look for undersized Bryant Plumlee to get most of the looks.
OL: This is a very strong position for Tennessee this year, they were young and talented last year- but now, experienced and talented. Ja'Waun James, Zach Fulton, and Alex Bullard are the best of the bunch and that makes it the best right side in the SEC. They will need big development from their young recruits for next year if they want to pick up where this group leaves them off.
Defense Coming Later
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