The Hype Machine: Preseason team overview S2

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  1. Jayrah

    Jayrah AllCougdUp.com Editor - A.M. avatar Guru

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    It's time to hype up your team for a run at the SEC title in season 2! What's it look like going into 2013!
     
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  2. MexiRican35

    MexiRican35 ¿Te quieres naranjas?

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    Stop trying to use magic. This is 2013.
     
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  3. MexiRican35

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    QB: Mettenberger looks to rebound from a subpar season last year. Lowering the interceptions will be key of course, but also getting rid of the ball quicker should help. Look for more quick passes to try to lower the interception and sack numbers that plagued the Tiger offense last year.

    HB: The trio of Ware, Ford, and Blue are back all for their senior campaign. Expect to see more ground and pound from these guys as all 3 will get carries in games.

    WR: Beckham turned it on the second half of last year. He is a deep threat and will continue to be that this season. Boone looks to have a good senior year as the #2.

    TE: 2 true freshman lead the way as they will be tested early in two TE sets. Bowman is the pass catcher while Johnson is the run blocker. How they perform could easily turn a good offense into a great one.

    OL: 4 seniors and 1 junior anchor the line. The emphasis in the offseason was pass protection. Met threw a lot of picks because of the constant pressure he was under. Also, the line did struggle at times to block in the run game. Will see if that still lingers into this year.

    DL: Mingo and Montgomery return with their 18 sacks between them last year. DT Logan also recorded 8.5 sacks, as the line looks to cause havoc for QB's once again.

    LB: MLB Minter is the wheel that keeps the defense turning. All 3 linebackers are experienced and can shut down the run.

    DB: The Honey Badger is in for his senior year, but it was Simon who had the better year with 8 picks. Can he have a repeat performance? The whole secondary are seniors, with Reid and Loston at S being playmakers.


    Overall: This team is senior laden at every position except TE. This year LSU has a great shot at ending Arkansas's bid for back to back SEC championships. The defense, ranked #4 last year, should once again be stellar. The offense will have to be more high powered and not turn the ball over.
     
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  4. DirtycashDylan

    DirtycashDylan I came here to scheme and chew bubblegum...

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    I know how to play the game now. 99 ovr RB. Mobile QB in the 90s. 94 ovr Clowney.

    Watch your mother fucking back.
     
  5. recchem2000

    recchem2000 UCLA > WSU

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    DirtycashDylan I came here to scheme and chew bubblegum...

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    Enjoy it, Rec. You know I won't suck forever. :p
     
  7. recchem2000

    recchem2000 UCLA > WSU

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  8. whygodwhy1111

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    Arkansas

    Tyler Wilson is gone, but Brandon Mitchell is more than capable of taking over. Mitchell doesn't have the arm Wilson had but makes up for the difference with Quick feet and running skills. Freshman Michael Robbins came in and impressed the coaching staff with his duel threat big play capacity. Robbins is so dynamic coach whygod is looking for new and interesting ways to get him involved in the offense.

    At Half back, Knile Davis is back for his senior year, and looking like one of the top running backs in the NCAA. Without much depth at HB coach WhyGod is hoping Davis can get through the year without another 10 week injury.

    Wide Receiver looks strong but spectacular catch and route running abilities of Cobi Hamilton will be missed. Despite an incredible 2012 season, the Bane of Texas A&M is back. With out any coach prompting, Javontee Herndon came back to school for his senior season and will hopefully hold down the perimeter role Cobi Hamilton excelled with last year. True Freshman Sean Wright will see a fair amount of playing time in the #4 WR slot.

    OL: return 4 starters and is looking very good for the upcoming season.

    The Front 7 is problematic after losing one starting DE and their 4 best LB. Juco Soph DE Kyle Roberts moves right into a starting role at RE, and true freshman MLB Donovan Jones and Talib Jackson. Based on LB depth Coach WhyGod is exploring alternative options like the 4-2-5, but changing a championship defensive scheme is a dicey proposition.

    Secondary only lost one starter: so CB are close to adequate and Saftey is looking strong.

    God help the Razorbacks if their one kicker suffers an injury.
     
  9. Kapono

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    QB- EJ Manuel is gone and FSU will be putting in junior Clint Trickett. Trickett's arm is better than Manuel's but he is too small and running with him would be dangerous because of fumbles. Sophomore Jacob Coker will back him up, but Trickett will play as long as he is healthy.

    HB- FSU ran a 3 HB system last season and it worked well. 2 of the 3 backs return, including the SEC leader in YPC, Devonta Freeman. Freeman has speed and James Wilder will come in in 1 or 2 WR sets. Converted speedy WR Greg Dent will see some time when FSU is in the shotgun.

    WR/TE- Florida State's top 5 receivers are just about as good as any other team's, Rashad Greene missed time due to injury last year but he is expected to make a big return after playing in the bowl game. Christian Green and Kenny Shaw are the #2/#3 receivers and are both pretty fast. Senior Willie Haulstead, who has had a long career at FSU will get time also. TE Nick O'Leary is a great receiving TE and has the speed and hands of most receivers but at 6'4" he doesn't block well. The top 5 receivers are bunched at 90, 88, 88, 86, and 85.

    O-Line- Everybody is back from last season's O-Line so this unit will be much improved. They weren't great last season, but they will definitely give Trickett more time in the pocket than Manuel, which is something Trickett will need.

    DE- Redshirt Freshman moves up from #4 to #1 on the depth chart after stars Brandon Jenkins and Bjorn Werner were drafted in the 1st and 2nd rounds. True Freshman Jason Thurman will take the other spot. Having 2 freshmen DE's shouldn't be great, but these guys are going to be exciting in the next few years. Sophomore Giorgio Newberry and freshman Chris Casher will back those 2 up.

    DT- Timmy Jernigan is the only of the 3 top DT's on the team to return for 2013. He is very good and big as a junior. And senio Jacobbi McDaniel finally gets to start after being injured a few seasons back and lost his starting job in the process.

    OLB- Telvin and Terrance Smith wlll take the outside spots. Both are very fast and having moth of them on the field in a 4-3 defense will almost look similar to a dime if they back up. Nigel Terrell is bigger and may see time in run-stopping situations.

    MLB- Senior Christian Jones is expected to turn into a big-time star this season. He is decent in coverage and is a very, very hard hitter. So as the player that I user, I expect a lot of user forced fumbles.

    CB- Sophomore Keelin Smith was probably the best defensive freshman in the SEC last year as a nickel back will now start as the top corner. He is good but not great and the same goes for junio Tyler Hunter. These two may need to rely on their safeties every once in a while.

    Nickel- Junior Karlos Williams is the younger brother of Vince Williams who went to the NFL and led the nation in tackles least year. Karlos started a few games at SS last year, but he will see his time now as the nickel back. He is fast and can hit hard, but he doesn't have the best coverage skills.

    FS- Lamarcus Joyner is the best player on this team He has great speed (90, 98) and amazing cover skills. He also can hit hard and will be all over the field making plays with Christian Jones next year.

    SS- Terrance Brooks is back starting for his 3rd season and he has turned into a star at safety as well as Lamarcus Joyner at. He's very fast and great in zone coverage.
     
  10. gowazzucougs

    gowazzucougs WSU is better than UCLA

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    Alabama 2013-2014 Season Preview

    After last season's disappointing results the Tide return with Coach Mike F'NG Leach. Leach will continue to bring his air raid offense with slight modifications. We are going to see the Wildcat introduce into the playbook. F'NG Leach expects this to cause some problems with some of his opponents this season. AJ McCarron is expected to start the season at quarterback, but there are rumblings that true freshman Brian Flowers will get some action and may over take AJ as the starting QB. Inthe backfield Eddie Lacey returns as the starter. Lacey scored over 10 touchdowns last season and is expected to continue his great production. McCarron/Flowers will be throwing to some great wide receivers like Kenny Bell, DeAndrew White, and Kevin Norwood.

    On the defensive side of the ball it is currently unclear what Alabama wants to run on defense. Last season the Tide ran the 3-4, but there have been discussion about running the 4-3. CJ Mosley returns as starting middle linebacker. If the Tide go with the 3-4 expect to see Colin Henderson start opposite of Mosley. The secondary is senior laiden with 3 of the four top cornerbacks being seniors. Senior Dee Millner returns to the lead the Tide. Last season Millner led the team with five interceptions.

    In the special teams, the Tide will be relying on true freshman Will Scott. Scott comes in with average kick power, but above average accuracy.

    Overall this team should compete and be a contender for the SEC West title. The defense is strong, and the offense should be better after a season under F'NG Leach. Will they win enough games to reach it goals and save F'NG Leach we will see.
     
  11. Dru50

    Dru50 Still Chicago's #1 son

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    Georgia 2013-2014 preview:

    QB - Surprisingly Aaron Murray came back for his senior year, and he is among the top QB's in the nation ratings wise. Time to see if I can figure out how to throw the ball. In case of injury, he is backed up by a pretty capable redshirt junior.

    HB - Keith Marshall is back from his season ending injury that ruined a promising freshman year. This year, the lack of explosiveness behind him is solved by freshman Titus Graham, who is pretty much Keith's clone.

    WR/TE - We lost our top WR, but he isn't much of a loss as he tended to disappear in user games as he could not get open. Malcolm Mitchell steps into the top spot, but the coaches aren't certain how good he can be. The team is excited about JUCO transfer Brian Palmer, who brings speed and acceleration to a corp that was sorely missing that in 2012. All 3 top TE's return, and the coaches have indicated that fans will see more of Arthur Lynche and Jay Rome in run sets this year.

    OL - The entire starting unit of the OL returns this year, and hopefully with another year under their belt their blocking will improve, especially in the running game.

    Overall, the offense MUST become more prolific this year as they return 10 of 11 starters from a year ago.

    DE/DT - This unit saw some movement as the coaches moved from a 3-4 to the 4-3. Former OLB Jarvis Jones moved down to DE to better utilize his pass rushing skills, and former DE Garrison Smith is sliding inside to DT this year to play the "3" technique inside. The staff is hoping that the front 4 will be able to generate some sort of pressure without the blitz this season, which was rare in 2012.

    OLB/MLB - This unit lost 2 of 4 starters from last years 4-3 and is in a state of flux. Last years #2 MLB Alec Ogeltree moves outside and junior Amarlo Herrera takes over at the Mike spot. Herrera has great speed for the position, but if he falters, incoming freshman MLB AJ Cade could get a look. At the other OLB spot, there will be a competition early between RS senior Chase Vasser and freshman Cedric Freeman. Vasser is a better athlete, but Freeman shows great understanding of the position.

    CB/FS - It's unclear at this point who will start at CB. Incumbents Damien Swann and Brent Sailors will be challenged by incoming freshman Evan Brooks for a starting nod. FS will be manned by another freshman, as Zach Hayden steps in for outgoing captain Bakkari Rambo. Early word on the starting SS is that it will be manned by a committee of 3 until such time as a true starter emerges.

    Defense - The success of this unit will make or break the Bulldogs year. They lost 6 starters, and could have up to 4 true freshman play significatnt minutes this season.
     
  12. Jayrah

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    Texas A&M comes into 2013 as a team on the rise. After a difficult season befell the Aggies under first year coach Kevin Sumlin, this year's team promises to be a much more mature group. They could not climb the hurdles that would have made them a bowl team, including coming within a play of beating eventual national champion and arch rival Arkansas on the road. However they took out their other rival, Missouri, to finish the season and this group returns 4 of 5 starters on the Offensive line, their quarterback, leading receiver and all of their secondary so they are a team to be reckoned with. ​
    OFFENSE:​
    The qb play was sporadic in season 1 for Sumlin as his season starter, Jameill Showers, never threw a touchdown pass and freshman Johnny Manziel was called into duty. As typical freshmen do, Manziel had a lot of growing pains but actually was quite brilliant and mature at times. He ended up throwing for a lot of ints but also finished 8th in the country in passing yards and led the team to all 5 victories, which is something to be proud of. Manziel will be called upon again to start the season and will take a majority of the reps, but the Aggies also plan on using the multi-talented freshman qb Matt Davis in Wildcat formations throughout the season.​
    The Aggies lost their top man at RB Christine Michael to graduation and he was drafted in the first round, so it would seem that they would be down. But they also get a boost in athleticism with explosive Sophomore transfer Brandon Williams stepping onto the scene. He is powerful and fast, coming in at 5'10 and a muscly 200 lbs. Senior scat-back Ben Melina is an intriguing option that the Aggies will try and utilize, as well as Trey Williams, the impressive redshirt freshman.​
    Manziel lost 3 seniors at receiver, but retains his favorite target in Sophomore Mike Evans and both tight ends. He also gets a boost in athleticism at the receiver position after the Aggies found 11th rated receiver Brant Lee late and ended up getting him to commit. He will run in the 2 spot opposite Evans while Junior Malcolm Kennedy and Freshman speedster Thomas Johnson will line up in the flanker spots. Evans runs 6'5 and the others all run at 6'0, so they aren't particularly tall but they all have different strengths. They will be called on often, but with a renewed commitment to running the ball the Aggies hope that they will be productive without the amounts of touches that last year's receivers had.​
    And finally, the most experienced group is the O-line. 4 of 5 starters return and they average 6'5, 310 lbs across the board. Joeckel, Harrison, Compton, Ogbuehi and Matthews will be a difficult wall for opponents to penetrate and are gunning to wear down opponents throughout the year with their physical style.​
    Coach Sumlin on the offense: "The no huddle air raid is what we have always done and it has defined our program. But this year we are going to use a different approach because the SEC has too much defensive speed to be one-dimensional and expect to win. The no-huddle will no longer be our staple, and the air raid is going to be modified to fit our skill set with our backs and multi-talented qbs. Also we are adopting a few wildcat formations to compliment our pistol formations and get the most out of our athletes."
    DEFENSE:​
    The 2012 Aggie defense had halves of greatness but also had halves of total meltdown, in which they really couldn't stop anybody from moving the ball. Every game there were multiple breakdowns that allowed huge, back breaking plays against them. A new scheme has been promised and is set to be delivered in the form of a blazingly fast 3-4 approach. ​
    The D-line is being tinkered with in certain sets to mix power with speed. When in a 3 man front in 2012, the D-line got blown off the ball and allowed huge run gaps, which the coaching staff is trying to eliminate. Senior DE Demantre Moore is the cream of the crop and will need to force more pressure this year off the right side.​
    The LB's are anchored by Senior Charlie Thomas and Freshman Dominic Hughes on the outside. In fact 3 freshmen will get a chance to shine with a bit of a rotation and also Junior Donnie Baggs, who will man the middle. They are not as strong a group as last season, but they are faster and in a growingly air-driven SEC, that could be very helpful.​
    The Core of the defense is in the secondary, where 3 of 4 starters return, including both Junior cb's Raven and Everett. The speed of the group matches the best in the SEC and will be on display constantly throughout the year. Teams would be wise to stay away from the group, but most will try their luck.​
    Coach Sumlin on the defense: "Our defense carried us last year and hopefully they can continue to do that. We expect to be more versatile here, as on the offensive end, and we want to cause a lot of problems without having to send a whole bunch of pressure. It's important that we create more turnovers and get off the field. Changing schemes is always a difficult proposition to maneuver, so we'll see how it works out. We are set on utilizing our speed."
    SPECIAL TEAMS:​
    The Kicking game is in good hands for a few years, as Sophomore Bertolet and Freshman P Miller will handle the duties. Miller isn't particularly accurate but has a good leg while Bertolet is a well rounded K.​
    The return game has a chance to be explosive with Brandon Williams and Thomas Johnson taking the duties. Neither has played a game for TAMU yet, but both are fast and exciting in the open field according to reports at practice.​
     
  13. Kapono

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    FSU Freshman watch
    True freshman Cole Rodgers- 78 ovr. starting FB
    RS Freshman Mario Edwards- 84 ovr. starting LE
    True Freshman Jason Thurman- 78 ovr. starting RE
    RS Freshman Marvin Bracy- 75 ovr. #7 WR
    RS Freshman Chris Casher- 76 ovr. backup DE
    True Freshman Brandon Barnes- 76 ovr. backup DT
    True Freshman Tyler Wallace- 71 ovr. backup DT
    True Freshman Jason Fields- 78 ovr. backup MLB
    RS Freshman Reggie Northrup- 77 ovr. backup OLB
    RS Freshman Ronald Darby- 75 ovr. backup nickel back
     

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