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Victory Road 2011 Team Previews
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2010 was a coming out year for the Kansas Jayhawks. Last years team was all about the run and this season it seems that it will be no different. All the teams hopes rely on the back of running back Toben Opurum. He ran for over 1800 yards last year and 21 touchdowns. Also returning on the offense are quarterback Kale Pick, WR Bradley McDougald, WR Daymond Patterson, TE Tim Biere, and tackles Tanner Hawkinson and Jeff Spikes. The offense will look to work on their recieving game, but will surely go with the slogan "RUN, OPURUM, RUN!"
The defense will be a different story. It wasn't the worst last year, but they sure could have been a lot better. They now must recover from the loss of DE Jeff Laptad, MLB Drew Dudley, CB Chris Harris, and S Phillip Strozier. Replacing them are some good young talent, but this unit has a lot of work to do.
The Maryland Terrapins will look to repeat as ACC Champions this year, but it wont be easy. Their offensive playmaker, Da'rel Scott, graduated and took with him his 1600 rushing yards in 9 games. Taking his place as the feature back is Davin Meggett who looked good in some action last year while Da'rel was hurt before ultimately getting hurt himself. Meggett must be able to carry the load offensively because at times last year, the Maryland passing game looked downright, well, offensive.
Defensively, the Terps lost their 2 main playmakers, LBs Alex Wujciak and Adrian Moten but not much else. The secondary is fairly experienced with 3 senior starters and a number of juniors and seniors on the 2 deep. The only youngin getting any substantial playing time there is RS Freshman SS Titus Till who (surprisingly) won the job from Travis Hawkins in spring ball. The key for the defense is how the LB corps will deal with their big losses. If Demetrius Hartsfield and Ben Pooler can step up, this team has a very good chance to repeat as ACC champions.
LSU Tigers 2011 Season Preview
2010 was a fine season for the boys from Baton Rouge, with only one loss (a game Coach Dru had to miss due to scheduling issues - won't happen this year) and a stellar class of incoming recruits. The team was young (only 11 seniors) and all the underclassmen we were hoping would return came back to make a run at the SEC and BCS titles in 2011.
QB - Jordan Jefferson (93 OVR) had a great year in 2010, leading the nation in QB efficiency and setting a single season LSU record with 31 TD passes. He is back for his senior campaign and will lead the offense which is filled with playmakers. Jefferson is backed up by sophomore Zach Lee (79 OVR), while true freshman Kyle Hagan (83 OVR) is expected to be redshirted in 2011.
HB - 3 players are competing for the starting job entering camp, with true freshman phenom Robert Casey (84 OVR) expected to win the job over senior power back Stevan Ridley (85 OVR) and sophomore Mike Ford (83 OVR). Casey has speed to burn (99 speed) and is expected to make many big plays in his Tiger career, however Coach Dru likes to spread the wealth and all 3 backs should see a share of carries.
WR/TE - Stud wideout Terrance Tolliver graduated as LSU's single season recordholder of all WR statistics in 2010, however the unit is strong and deep in 2011. Juniors Reuben Randall (93 OVR), Russell Shepard (88 OVR) and Chris Tolliver (85 OVR) are joined by redshirt freshman speedster Kadron Boone, and the unit should be able to keep teams guessing. At TE, the team returns all 4 TE's from last years unit, and Coach Dru has hinted that there will be several sets where 3 or even 4 TE's see the field at one time. The unit is led by senior DeAngelo Peterson (88 OVR) and junior Chase Clement (82 OVR), with senior Mitch Joseph (82 OVR) and redshirt freshman Travis Dickson (79 OVR) expected to contribute.
OL - Nearly the entire unit returns from 2011, and there is depth sufficient that injuries aren't a concern. The line consists of junior LT Alex Hurst (92 OVR), senior LG Josh Dworzyck (93 OVR), senior C T. Bob Hebert (94 OVR), senior RB Will Blackwell (93 OVR) and senior RT Greg Shaw (91 OVR).
DL - This is the unit that took the biggest hit in 2011, as the entire starting front 4 graduated. Thankfully, there is plenty of young studs looking to step up and make their name in 2011. The line will be anchored by senior RE Lavar Edwards (93 OVR), and he will be joined by redshirt sophomore LE Keke Mingo (84 OVR). The DT's are also new starters, with redshirt freshman Ego Ferguson (82 OVR) and redshirt sophomore Josh Downs (80 OVR) expected to start. How quickly this unit comes together could determine the success of the entire defense.
LB - The starting outside LB's return from last years team, as ROLB Ryan Baker (89 OVR) and LOLB Stefoin Francois (89 OVR) will look to assist new starting MLB Kevin Minter (81 OVR) adjust. The unit is extremely athletic, but the lack of experience in the middle could hurt the unit at times this year.
CB - All-world corner Patrick Peterson (99 OVR) returned for his senior season, and is joined by his backfield mate from last year as Morris Claiborne (93 OVR) enters his junior year. The nickel spot is currently under competition, and there is a ton of young depth.
FS - Redshirt sophomore Craig Loston (86 OVR) is expected to start, but there is a chance that incoming true freshman Michael Washington (84 OVR) could take over. Washington is a freakish specimen, coming in at 6'5" and clocking 4.2 in the 40 (99 speed with 93 acceleration), he also brings tremendous catching ability to the backfield. Coach Dru has promised to get the kid on the field in some fashion this year.
SS - Senior Brandon Taylor (92 OVR) will man the spot and is expected to provide some leadership in the backfield.
Anything less than an SEC title and BCS run will be considered a huge disappointment.
2011 Georgia Bulldogs
With the return of AJ Green and the great off-season Aaron Murray had the Bulldogs are looking to have a dynamic passing game. Washaun Ealey and Caleb King both return coming into the season listed as 1A and 1B. Could there be two 1,000 yard rushers in the Bulldog backfield? This team is extremely dangerous on the offensive side of the ball. So many weapons coming back and the addition of top QB recruit Adam Vickers (who will be beastly) this will be a great season for Bulldog fans.
One word sums up the Georgia defense...SPEED. The coaches are looking at going with the 3-4 or the 3-3-5 defense. They have great speed all over the field. Brandon Boykin and Braden Smith are slated as the starting QBs. Both can cover any reciever in the SEC. There are so many good LBs on this team that the coaches haven't anounced any starters yet. The big thing is that the team has a few nice strong safeties that they would like to get on the field and thus the indecision on a defensive style.
Offense--The Longhorns offense will be lead by all american quarterback Garrett Gilbert. It will be hard to reproduce his record setting numbers from last season after losing his top two targets Malcolm Williams and James Kirkendoll. Gilbert will be able to lean heavily upon his trio of runningbacks lead by Chris Waley, and Fozzy Whittaker. The key to this offense will revolve around the offense line which has four new starters this season.
Defense--The defense is full of talent and experience. In the secondary talented freshman Donald Day will join returning starters Williams, Brown, and Gideon. Two explosive seniors, Acho and Robinson, lead the linebacking corps where Acho will have to adjust to a move to the middle. The defensive line is the weak link of the group but is lead by all american defensive tackle Kheeston Randall. The three players around him will rotate frequently and with a deep linebacker corps look more 3-4 from the defending Big 12 champs.
2011 Texas A&M Aggies
ESPN.com Report from Aggie spring games.
The Aggies come into 2011 with a new coach at the helm and one huge question mark on their roster, who is the A&M QB?
Coach Shibdib brings a high tempo pass to establish the run offense, and a fast powerful 3-4 defense. In his past tenures he's received some criticism for being overly aggressive on both sides of the ball, a trait which he pledged not to change.
On offense the Aggies return a stellar offensive line, led by Senior center Danny Baker. This unit has the ability to make any HB and QB look good.
Which A&M might need, with True Freshman Jeremy Curry making the jump straight from high school to college ball. The QB corps are young and inexperienced, with 2 Freshman, 1 Sophomore, and 1 Practice Squad Junior. Their abilitiy to handle the pressure will likely be the make or break factor this season.
The backfield for A&M has potential to carry this team on their backs if need be. At HB, Junior Christine Michael returns after putting up monster numbers last season. He looks to run wild in this new offense, and is nearly impossible to bring down with one man. Senior Cyrus Gray gives the Aggies a change of pace in the backfield, with quick cuts that have the ability to make any defender look foolish. Meanwhile the FB spot is held by 2 freshman, both relative unknowns coming out of high school. Andrew Mayes is listed as the starter on the depth chart, and posted impressive 4.6/4.7 speed and great blocking ability at spring practices.
The Aggie receiving core is arguably one of the tops in the nation. 2 seniors lead this group and will likely split the catches, the big surprise is Junior Uzoma Nwachukwu has apparently been redshirted this season. He's already a star on the field so this move is likely to ensure he's at the team for 2 more seasons, as the top 2 receivers are both currently seniors.
At the request of the coaching staff, specifics on the defense have been withheld. We can say we saw alot of speed, especially at the LB positions, which is a staple of any Shibdib coached team. The secondary looked solid, while still making a few bonehead mistakes, and will likely been the one weak spot on an otherwise revamped 3-4 defense.
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Offense-big changes await when you lose your top receiver, QB, and HB. However, its not all doom and gloom as we have a deep and talented offensive line that we hope will make to offense stable and productive. It will start at hb with Trent Richardson & Ed Lacy hopefully keeping our inexperienced QBs in good situations. The biggest question for this year is who will emerge as the starting QB? We have a 3 way race with freshman Mike Henderson, RS freshman Phillip Sims and RS soph AJ McCarron....all appear capable of being a long time starter. They will have some vet receivers to help as well with big things expected from wr SR Marquis Maze, and TE Michael Williams
Defense-this unit will be lead by a deep and talented secondary, which we may need as our defensive line is weak with the exception of our top 3 guys. one of the backups will need to emerge to keep this unit from being a weak spot. The LB corp also is deep with good players of which some need to make the jump to great players if we are to defend our national title. That and plenty of luck.......
Coach Butch Davis continued to struggle last year, not only with avoiding NCAA sanctions, but on the field as well. The tarheels won a measley four games, and didn't really finish where they wanted to. The athletic director at North Carolina spoke highly of Butch Davis as a coach, but in the end had to do whats best for the program. Heading into the 2011-2012 season the Tarheels decided to go with a different look, and ended up hiring coach John Langley. Coach Langley played his college ball at Penn State and finished with a finance degree. After graduating Penn State hired him as a linebackers coach and then eventually defensive coordinator. Coach Langley is known for extremely aggressive play call style and his exotic blitz packages. After heading home form a late film session coach Langley was asked about his expectations for the season. Langley said, " Our guys play hard, we work hard in and outside of the classroom, and and we don't take shortcuts. Combine that with mental toughness and mistake free football, and that there is National Championship." It's pretty clear what coach Langley has in store for his football program and were pretty excited to see what he can do with the team this year.
Offensively the Tarheels are young but contain alot of raw talent in their skill positions. After seeing some time last year as redshirt freshmen QB Bryn Renner (81 ovr) is ready to make his mark in the ACC, and show the world what he can do. If Bryn Renner can keep his composure together there is no doubt that junior WR Eric Highmith (93 ovr), well have a huge year. The biggest news comming out of North Carolina isn't Highsmith or Renner, its freshmen(RS) RB Giovanni Bernard (81 ovr). With talented wide receivers it will be up to Bernard to take the pressure of them and achieve consistent gains. Coach Langley is excited but a little nervous to see how his offense prefroms.
Defensively Coach Langley is not worried the least bit, with senior leader DE Robert Quinn ( 99 OVR!!!!) and DE senior D Quinton Coples ( 97 OVR!!!) absolutely no one will be able to get to the outside. The tar heels line backing core is absolutely amazing along with the interior defensive line. The only small problem on the defensive is young players filling safety positions in the back. Coach langley isnt worried about the athletic abilites of his saftey but the silly mistakes they make as young players. Other than the saftey postions Coach Langley's defense is stacked and looking to become #1 defense in the nation.
2011 MIZZOU TIGERS
Offensively: The tigers are going to be balanced offensively. Coach Williams will rely tremendously on his star receiver Wes Kemp, a senior to lead the offensive charge and come up with big plays when they are needed. Coach Williams said " We want to take it a step at a time. We can be a great team. We are not there yet, but this program is definitely on the rise."
Defensively: The Tigers are going to be solid. Defensively they are probably better then they are offensively and will need to defense to have big games to put the offense in positions to win the game. The defensive line will be the catalyst. Coach Williams " The defense is going to take us as far as we want to go." Mizzou will need both defense and offense to compete this year.
Overall: The Tigers should show great improvements over last year, with new coach and new coaching strategies the Tigers are expecting a great year.
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