Tradition 1, Season 2013 TWIT Preview Tennessee has won back to back championships and now more than ever, they will be the hunted as the 11 other T1 user look to chop down the mighty Vols squad. Clemson and said Tennessee are your champions out of the two T1 conferences. This year's theme is "back for one more shot" as many of the T1's biggest and brightest stars have returned for their final senior season for a coveted national title. TENNESSEE VOLS KEY PLAYERS- SR-RB Bryce Brown (99), SO-WR David Dingle (90), SR-RE Rae Sykes (98), JR-RE Leon Jenkins (95), SR-ROLB Lee Darby (97), SR-CB Eric Gordon (99) ---it seems like every year Tennessee just reloads their squad and aims at another shot. But the philosophy should change with the Vols not having Xavier Stephens behind center. Instead they have JR-QB Fred Alexander under center, who will become the full-time starter. Alexander has been on the field the past two seasons and knows the offense well. We feel this year he maybe more of a handler of the offense, with Bryce Brown somehow returning (what you do to suck Brown off? lol) as well as his backup David Oku. Run the ball and then let the defense attack. Both Tennessee starting DE's had a combined 50 sacks almost last year (Jenkins and Sykes) and Sykes won the Lombardi trophy. CB Eric Gordon is a top flight CB, one of the best in the nation. It is said that the Vols, once again, are the team to beat. But without their star QB, can Alexander continue his steady development into a proven collegiate QB? CLEMSON TIGERS KEY PLAYERS- SR-RB Roderick McDowell (97), SR-WR Bryce McNeal (94), SR-ROLB Will Cole (92), FR-CB Doug Morris (88), JR-FS Tyler Love (92) ---Clemson's offensive philosophy takes a bit of a hit losing Parker. They are now going to a more pocket passing QB and that takes a lot of what Clemson does best away...they love to move to the left and right and they make the most of getting their WR's open...ala the Big Ben offense. Newly starting QB Cole Jones is a very accurate QB but is a stationary target. His RB McDowell will be his friend with his quickness speed. Also those quick passes out to the all-american Bryce McNeal and his 6'2" frame will help immensely. The defense has a few new starters like SR-LB Will Cole, who is big time hitter at the position and what we call a diaper dandy in FR-CB Doug Morris. After redshirting, he's the #1 CB and the Tiger coaches rave about his cover abilities. It will be interesting to see how the Clemson offense is ran under a new and more stationary pocket passer. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE KEY PLAYERS- SR-RB Trent Richardson (99), JR-RB Sylvester Shuler (95), SR-WR Kendall Kelly (99), SR-DT Kerry Murphy (99), SR-MLB Nico Johnson (94), JR-SS Jared King (96) ---Teams like Tennessee, LSU, Alabama, ok the whole SEC seemingly just reload year after the year and this year it's no different for the Crimson Tide. Sure they'll miss starting QB Star Jackson but ask the Crimson Tide coaches about their team and it will be surrounded by a deadly running game with depth for ages and a defense that prides itself on sure tackling and playing aggressive towards the ball. RB's Trent Richardson and Sylvester Shuler are just two of the 4 RB's that Bama can throw at you, and they all are fast guys (93 speed). But more importantly, they are complete RB's...they can catch the ball out of the backfield and they can bull over their defender for the tough yards. And what's a Crimson Tide team without a intimidating defense? Meet guys like Kerry Murphy, Nico Johnson and Jared King...physically imposing guys for their respective positions who can simply knock the wind out of you and by the time you wake up, you'll be sniffing smelling salts. Rolltide is what they like to say, they'll just need to protect their new QB, AJ McCarron and keep him upright because behind them are a pair of freshman, who have yet to get their feet wet in college ball. AUBURN TIGERS KEY PLAYERS- SR-QB Tyrik Rollison (89), SR-RB Xavier Barnes (92), SR-WR Emory Blake (90), JR-RE John Calhoun (83), SR-DT Terrance Coleman (95), SR-LOLB Matt Harrell (97), JR-SS Matt Flynn (88) ---The Tigers have apparantly told Rollison not to worry this year because the Wetumpka Wizard will be redshirted to see the game and to learn the offense more. "Phew"...that was the only reason Rollison didn't go pro. Maybe with him not having to look over his shoulder, he can just go out there and enjoy his senior season. Xavier Barnes and Blake are Rollison's two go-to guys in this offense and expect the senior trio to carry Auburn's offense on their backs. On defense, getting back 2011 Lombardi Trophy winner RE John Calhoun is a good thing, giving the Tigers two quick ends off the edge to rush the QB. Moreso, this new defensive philosophy for Coach Ramirez has gotten his DT involved more than ever. Undersized DT Terrance Coleman has become a star and has impressed scouts with his quickness and strength despite his 6'1", 273lb frame while playing inside. The Tigers best playmaker comes from their secondary in JR-SS Matt Flynn. Flynn had a great year which really went under the radar. He had 85 tackles, 7 for loss and 8 INT's, while forcing 4 fumbles. If the Tigers can keep that element of surprise about their offense against other teams, they'll find success. If not, it could be a long year.