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(Y1) Preseason Outlooks

Discussion in 'Zeros to Heroes' started by ChildPlease9, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. ChildPlease9

    ChildPlease9 @HKSeahawks

    Nov 26, 2010
    We're going to give you guys some freedom with this. You can essentially take whatever route you want here. You can preview your season, your program... detailed efforts are encouraged, but a legitimate effort is required. Remember, this league is what we make it.
  2. ChildPlease9

    ChildPlease9 @HKSeahawks

    Nov 26, 2010
    Colorado State University
    Rams' Program Outlook

    There's a new sheriff in Fort Collins, as a relative unknown takes over as head man of the school's football program. As the Mountain West shifts to its new look, the Rams will be making drastic changes as well. Gone are the days of the Power I formation. The new regime looks to install a hybrid offense focused around today's professional game while integrating concepts from the exciting, ever-successful spread option to maintain a sense of smashmouth football even when the quarterback isn't under center. Hoping to keep a balanced attack, the coaching staff is already distributing playbooks designed around running the ball out of all formations. Defensively, the players have been alerted to prepare to shift to a blitz-heavy 3-4 attacking defense, looking to force the offense's hand and capitalize on turnovers. The staff looks to refocus the program's recruiting efforts, building pipelines in local talent-rich areas to stabilize the program for the long-term.

    The conference is up for grabs, and the Rams aren't playing for second place.

    Rams' 2011-12 Season Preview

    Last Year's Record: 3-9 (2-6)
    Key Conference Games: 10/15 vs. Boise State, 11/12 vs. San Diego State, 11/19 @ TCU, 11/26 vs. Air Force
    Impact Offensive Players: SO QB Pete Thomas (253/391, 2662 yards, 11 TD, 13 INT]; SO HB Chris Nwoke (74 rushes for 357 yards, 1 TD); JR WR Lou Greenwood (34 catches for 474 yards, 2 TD)

    Impact Defensive Players: RS SR LB Michael Sisson; SR S Ivory Herd; SR LB Michael Kawulok
    Offensive Strengths: Skill Positions: The Rams return very young and talented players who logged meaningful time at QB, HB, and WR.
    Offensive Weaknesses: Offensive Line: The Rams lack depth on the line and are below average on the right side.
    Defensive Strengths: Linebackers: Led by Sisson and Kawulok, along with newcomer Mike Orakpo, the Rams look to be very talented in the second level.
    Defensive Weaknesses: Secondary: Herd is strong, but the Rams lack talent and speed at the other safety and the corners are unproven in game situations.
    Special Teams Strengths: Kicking Game: SR K Ben DeLine and JR P Pete Kontodiakos should be strong again for the Rams.
    Special Teams Weaknesses: Kick Coverage: The Rams lack overall team speed and depth, both essential for getting down the field in kick coverage.
    Position of Depth: Quarterback: Thomas should be the key to the offense for years to come.
    Position of Need: Safety: Herd will graduate, as well fellow starter Alex Ragsdale. The Rams will look to the recruiting trail to bring in impact players at each position.
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  3. Tiger171


    Jul 28, 2010
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  4. Sabo

    Sabo Z2H Commish

    Feb 13, 2010

    Arkansas State Red Wolves
    Coach - Sabo

    Conference - Sun Belt
    Offense - 1 back / Pistol Hyrbid
    Defense - 4-2-5

    Key Returning Players
    Ryan Aplin, QB; Derek Lawson, RB; Dwayne Frampton, WR; Allen Muse, WR; Taylor Stockemer, WR; Tom Castilaw, C; Dorvus Woods, DL; Demario Davis, LB; Darron Edwards, CB; Kelcie McCray, S
    Offensive Overview
    The passing game could get even better than a year ago when it ranked 31st in the country. Ryan Aplin is back under center. Aplin was also effective on the ground, rushing for 11 touchdowns—good for the team lead. Derek Lawson returns at running back after leading the way with 500 yards a year ago. The receivers are also back, meaning Aplin will have familiar targets in the passing game this season, which should allow the Red Wolves to see further improvement in the passing game.
    The biggest question mark for the offense is along the offensive line. Four starters need to be replaced, as well as a few backups; center Tom Castilaw the only returning starter. There are several players looking to step in such as tackle Delano Moore, Jake Campbell, Alex Kautai and Cliff Mitchell. Eric Allen should see time on the line as well. Any time you have so many new faces on the starting unit, there’s reason to be concerned. But if the new faces come together and protect Aplin, this could be a special year for the offense.
    Defensive Overview
    If this team hopes to compete for the Sun Belt title or be invited to a bowl game, tremendous strides must be made on the defensive side of the ball. The defense is changing a bit this season with more looks and pressure from different areas expected, but if this defense hopes to improve and become more aggressive, it’ll have to start up front where the Red Wolves struggled to stop the run a season ago. Amos Draper was a Freshman All-American according to CollegeFootballNews.com and should play a big role on the line this season. Dorvus Woods also returns on the D-line, as well as Justin Robertson, so there’s reason to believe that the defensive front will show improvement in 2011.
    Linebacker Demario Davis will be a leader of the defense coming off a year in which he was named first-team All-Sun Belt. Also returning at linebacker is Nathan Herrold who started nine games a year ago, recording 78 tackles. In the secondary, Darron Edwards returns after starting every game at corner a year ago, while Kelcie McCray also returns after starting every game at safety.
    The secondary could stand to make improvements after finishing 101st in pass efficiency defense a year ago, but the key will be stopping the run. If the defensive front cannot hunker down and keep teams from moving the ball, they’ll have a hard time getting off the field, limiting their own offense’s ability to put points on the board.
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  5. uagrad90

    uagrad90 Walk On

    Oct 25, 2010

    After 20 Years Trojans Headed in a New Direction

    Coach Larry Blakeney today announced his decision to step down as head coach of the Troy Trojans after 20 years at the helm. Coach Blakeney amassed a record of 161-82-1 including 4 straight Sun Belt Conference titles. Following the surprising announcement from Coach Blakeney, Troy announced that Coach Uagrad would be taking over as the new head coach of the Trojans. Even though Coach Uagrad does not have any head coaching experience he has worked and studied under some of the best coaches in America. He spent 3 years working under Mike Leach at Texas Tech learning the Air Raid system. Coach Uagrad has been at Alabama the past 3 years working under Coach Saban and Coach Smart.

    In his first address to the media Coach Uagrad touched on several topics. “First I would like to thank the Athletic Director and President of Troy University for giving me this opportunity to lead this great institution. I would also like acknowledge the outstanding job the Coach Blakeney has done Troy these past 20 years and it will be an honor to follow in his footsteps. First let me give you a little insight on my football philosophy. Naturally having work for Coach Leach we will utilize a good bit of what he taught me about the air raid system, but we are going to balance that with some power running to try and keep the defense off balance. On the defensive side of the ball we will be a base 34 defense with some various nickel packages to stop the spread offenses. But regardless of what formation we are in we are going to pressure the offense as much as we can.

    From a personnel standpoint we are going to be a fairly young team this year as we only have 11 seniors in our 2 deep depth chart. Offensively we will be lead by QB Corey Robinson who is entering his 2nd season at Troy and has already been mentioned for the preseason Davey O’Brien watch list after passing for 3726 yards and 28 TDs his freshman season. To help take the load off Robinson will be HB Shawn Southward who returns for his JR season after rushing for 643 yards and 7 TDs last season. On the defensive side of the ball we will be lead by JR DE Jonathan Massaquoi who was listed on the preseason Lombardi watch lists after recording 76 tackles and 13.5 sacks as a sophomore. We will also be returning our leading tackler and leader of the defense in Senior MLB Xavier Lamb who recorded 91 tackles last season.

    As for the schedule there are three big conference games that will go a long way in deciding who will win the Sub Belt this season. Road games to Florida International and Arkansas State with a home game against North Texas and Florida Atlantic will be some of our biggest conference games this season.”
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  6. OnIowa

    OnIowa Zeroes to Heroes

    Jul 24, 2010
    2011-2010 Louisiana Tech Bulldog Football
    Coach - Coach E
    Conference - Western Athletic Conference (WAC)​
    Offense - Air Raid "E-Tran" Offense​
    Defense - Mutiple​

    It's a new year and there's a new head man in town in Ruston, Louisiana. His name? Coach E. After last season, the Bulldogs decided that it was time for Coach Dykes to step down and have a new man take the program in a different direction. "I can't tell you how excited I am to be a part of this college football dynasty in Ruston," said Coach E "It's going to be a long road, but I feel like we have what it takes to compete on the national level and I am ready to prove that to all of the disbelievers out there."​

    Key Returning Players: The man to be on the lookout for is most definitely HB Lennon Creer. Creer, a pre-season Doak Walker Award candidate will most definitely play a pivitol role in the Louisiana Tech Offense. Another man to watch out for is one that most Ruston citizens may be unfamiliar with. QB Tarik Hakmi, a transfer from Foothill Community College will have the chance to control Coach E's newly implemented Air-Raid offense. The Bulldog's leading tackler from last season, Jay Dudley will also be back and will most definitely look to help Tech finish better than 5-7 like during the 2010-2011 campaign.

    Offensive Outlook: Louisiana Tech is optimistic that they will have a solid offense through the air and on the ground. The E-Tran O, based mostly out of the pistol formation will give key players room to make plays and fool the opposing D. "I really think the fans in Ruston are going to enjoy the offensive display we will put on this year," said Coach E "there will be a lot of surprises and it will definitely be exciting for the fans to watch."

    Defensive Outlook: Tech will run with Multiple Defensive looks in an attempt to keep opposing offenses on their feet and uncomfortable. With an athletic group of linebackers, it gives Coach E and his staff wiggle room to run a variety of different styles and put pressure on the opposing QB's.

    Coach E's Thoughts on the WAC: When it's all said and done, I feel like it's going to come down to us and the bad Bulldogs (Fresno State). I think Coach Fred Limbo will come into Fresno and do big things there, but it will definitely be a battle for the conference crown.

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  7. ChaoticUT

    ChaoticUT Life is Orange and White!

    Jul 19, 2010

    Coach- Coach UT

    Conference- Conference USA

    Offense- Pro Style

    Defense- 3-4

    Offensive starters lost/returning: 3/8

    Defensive starters lost/returning: 4/7

    Key losses- OL Cameron Zipp, TE Johdrick Morris, DL Anthony Gray, DB Justin Wilson, DL John Henderson, WR DeAndre Brown

    Top returnees- QB Austin Davis, K Danny Hrapmann, DL Cordarro Law, RB Kendrick Hardy, OL Joe Duhon, OL Lamar Holmes, WR Kelvin Bolden, LB Korey Williams

    Outlook- Southern Miss returns 8 starters from its high-octan offense, but will be sporting a more balanced attack this year. Look for senior QB Autsin Davis to put up big numbers threw the air and on the ground as the run first mentality this year will open up big lanes in the passing game as well.

    The defense returns 7 starters from a year ago including their leading tackler, Williams. Look for Southern Miss to improve on a lack luster defensive year in 2011 with a more aggressive 3-4 style defense this year.

    The Buzz- Southern Miss has racked up 17 consecutive winning seasons and 9 consecutive bowl appearances. The Golden Eagles could easily extend both of those streaks, but their ability to compete for a C-USA title will hinge on defensive improvements.

    2011 Schedule

    Sept. 3 Louisiana Tech**

    Sept. 10 At Marshall

    Sept. 17 Southeastern Louisiana

    Sept. 24 At Virginia

    Oct. 1 Rice

    Oct. 8 At Navy

    Oct. 22 SMU

    Oct. 29 At UTEP

    Nov. 5 At East Carolina

    Nov. 12 UCF

    Nov. 19 At UAB

    Nov. 26 Memphis

    ** detonates user game
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  8. csboiler05

    csboiler05 Walk On

    Jul 23, 2010
    Florida Atlantic University Owls

    Florida Atlantic University Owls
    Boca Raton, FL
    Head Coach - CSBoiler05
    Years Experience - 1st Year as Head Coach
    PY Record 4-8, (3-5 Sun Belt)

    2011-12 Schedule
    9-3 @ #20Florida
    9-10 @ #15 Michigan State
    9-24 @ #12 Auburn
    10-1 @ Louisiana-Lafayette
    10-8 @ North Texas
    10-15 Western Kentucky
    10-22 Middle Tennessee State
    11-5 Arkansas State
    11-12 @ Florida International
    11-19 @ Troy
    11-26 UAB
    12-3 Louisiana Monroe

    The Owls start off another season of football with their first five games on the road, including games against Florida, Michigan State, and Auburn, in each of these games the Owls are sure to be three touchdown under dogs. If not adding insult to injury, the Owls then play their first two conference games on the road traveling to Louisiana-Lafayette, then North Texas. Finally on 10-15, the Owls will open their new on campus stadium gainst the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky. Here's what former Owls' Coach Schnellenberger had to say about the new facility "We have a new rocket ship on campus to grab hold of and ride it. It already has elevator shafts and stairwells. We will have the only stadium in the United States with an ocean view." hopefully this will translate to an impressive recruiting class for new head coach, CSBoiler.

    KEY LOSSES: Florida Atlantic must replace QB Jeff Van Camp and his top two targets, WR Lester Jean and TE Rob Housler, throwing the passing offense into a state of total flux. The departures of LB Michael Lockley and CBs Tavious Polo and Tarvoris Hill create the greatest voids on the defensive side of the football. The Owls also are looking for a new kicker and punter.

    RB Alfred Morris -- The single-season rushing record at Florida Atlantic could be in Morris' sights, assuming the offensive line has improved over its mediocre performance in 2010. Opponents will be keying especially on the run since the Owls will be breaking in a new quarterback.

    QB David Kooi -- As a sophomore, Kooi appeared in all of four games in 2010 and did not attempt a single pass. And yet he enters spring practice competing with Graham Wilbert, who threw a whopping two passes in 2010, for the starting job vacated by Jeff Van Camp.

    DE Cory Henry -- The only true freshman to play for the Owls in 2010, Henry could continue to have a greater role looking forward to the 2011 season. Henry had five sacks and 27 total tackles as a freshman.

    WR Avery Holley -- With the exit of Lester Jean, it arguably falls to Holley to set the tone for the FAU receiving corps. Holley is the top returning receiver on the team, but only had one touchdown catch.

    Coaching Philosophy - The Owls will be running a spread offense for the 2011-12 season, the Owls will run mainly out of the pistol, or shotgun formation and will try and keep the offense as balanced as possible in terms of running and passing the football, the Owls spring practice revolved around ball security and limiting the amount of turnovers. On defense the Owls are transitioning from a 4-3 to 3-4 defense, to assist in this transition, the Owls will utilize a Multiple Defenese, which will allow them to run the 4-3 and 3-4 depending on matchups and player performance.
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    Joe_THEDREAM Living a dream

    Jun 23, 2009


    Key Players Offense: Ryan Radcliff (QB), Paris Cotton (HB), Cody Wilson (WR)
    Key Players Defense: Addae, Jahleel (S), Staten, Armond (OLB), Cunningham, Avery (CB)
    Rivals: Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan

    Central is coming off it's worst season in over 7 years. Expectations remain high though as the Chippewas had several close losses last season including a last second loss to MAC Champions Miami of Ohio. After just one season, Coach Dan Enos was let go bringing in Coach Dream. Coach Dream understands Central Michigan football! Alumni, and season ticket holder since he was three years old, Coach Dream has seen the highest of highs at Central, and the lowest of lows. Coach Dream's press conference stated that Central will be a run based offense featuring quick, agile back Paris Cotton.

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  10. capp34

    capp34 Say Hello to the Bad Guy!

    Feb 12, 2010

    Coach: Capp34
    Conference: Mountain West Conference
    Offense: Custom Run and Shoot
    Defense: Custom 4-3

    Offensive Impact Players:
    QB Ryan Lindley
    RB Ronnie Hillman

    Defensive Impact Player:
    LB Miles Burris

    Players on Awards Watch List:
    QB Ryan Lindley - Davey O' Brien
    RB Ronnie Hillman - Walter Camp
    LB Miles Burris - Butkus

    Coach Capp34 comes into his first season as Head Coach with a defensive background, most football observers would call him a defensive genius after what he accomplished in the NFL. Now as a HC he is looking to awaken a sleeping giant with SDSU who has an advantage on the recruiting trail with the location they are in.

    Offensive Outlook:

    We will be running a hybrid Run and Shoot mixed with the I formation. The basis of this offensive is to create an up tempo style while still keeping the I set for short yardage situations. I expect for it to be a lot of bumps along the way because this is the first time Im attempting this particular type of offense. My two offensive Impact players should be successful because it was built around them and they have to carry to the load. The wildcard player for the offense is 6'6'' sophomore TE Gavin Escobar who has the potential to be a big weapon over the next few years.

    Defensive Outlook:

    On Defense we will be running a very aggressive 4-3 and looking to make offenses one dimensional in the process. We dont have a lot of talent on that side of the ball but hopefully coach capp schemes and game planning can somewhat off set that. We are looking for LB miles Burris to have his best season yet because he will have his shots at the QB and frankly if he doesn't we are in for a long season on defense.

    Schedule: As of right now barring any changes

    Printable Schedule [​IMG]

    2011 SCHEDULE

    Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result

    09/03/11 vs. Cal Poly [​IMG] Qualcomm Stadium 7:00 p.m. PT
    09/10/11 at Army [​IMG] West Point, N.Y. 12:00 p.m. ET
    09/17/11 vs. Washington State [​IMG] Qualcomm Stadium 3:30 p.m. PT
    09/24/11 at Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. TBA
    10/08/11 vs. TCU * [​IMG] Qualcomm Stadium 7:30 p.m. PT
    10/13/11 at Air Force * [​IMG] USAF Academy, Colo. 6:00 p.m. MT
    10/29/11 vs. Wyoming * [​IMG] Qualcomm Stadium 7:00 p.m. PT
    11/05/11 vs. New Mexico * [​IMG] Qualcomm Stadium 5:00 p.m. PT
    11/12/11 at Colorado State * [​IMG] Fort Collins, Colo. 4:00 p.m. MT
    11/19/11 vs. Boise State * [​IMG] Qualcomm Stadium 5:00 p.m. PT
    11/26/11 at UNLV * [​IMG] Las Vegas, Nev. 7:00 p.m. PT
    12/03/11 vs. Fresno State [​IMG] Qualcomm Stadium
    5:00 p.m. PT
    Edit = for whatever reasons my pics are not showing will update when I get home tonight.
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  11. Sabo

    Sabo Z2H Commish

    Feb 13, 2010
  12. Fred Limbo

    Fred Limbo MVP

    Feb 10, 2011

    Head Coach: Fred Limbo​
    Offense: Power Spread​
    Defense: 3-4 Base​

    Pre- Season Outlook: Fresno State has went a new direction firing HC Pat Hill aftr 9 years and his 100-65 60% win loss record. Hiring New head Coach Fred Limbo in hope he can take them to the next level. Coach Limbo is a Alabama native and Auburn U. Grad. He was HC of Leroy High School for 10 years leading them to several state championships. Known for his down hill smash mouth offensive football and tenatious defense coah Limbo looks to lead Fresno to the promiss land and win the WAC Championship. Many around the country question this hire but those close to Coach Limbo know he can get the job done with class.​

    Offensive Outlook: Everything will go through RB Robbie Rouse. The QB Battle will come down to SO Greg Watson or JR Derek Carr the one losing the battle will redshirt. This offense is loaded with playmakers SO J Saunders looks to have a huge year at WR and KR. The O-Line will be anchored by LT Bryce Harris who is the only SR on the line. Expect big numbers out of this offensive unite.

    Defensive Outlook: This D in held together by DT Logan Harrell 10.5 saks, OLB Travis Brown 79 tkls, and hard hitting FS Thomas Phillips 2ints. This D looks to improve over last years and hold teams under 21 points a game. This will give the team a shot to win as long as the offense does its part.

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    Derek Carr Robie Rouse Logan Harrell Travis Banks

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  13. fordtuff504

    fordtuff504 Walk On

    Jan 7, 2010

    yeah, i know, sue me!!!! lol

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    Home, the Louisiana Superdome


    Orleans Darkwa, So. RB... Our only hope for victory!!!!

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  14. maij17

    maij17 PSN: MAIJ17

    Oct 8, 2009
    University of Idaho Season Preview

    Coach: Maij17​
    Conference: Western Athletic Conference​
    Offense: Custom Pistol​
    Defense: Custom 4-2-5​

    Last Season: With quarterback Nathan Enderle, now of the Chicago Bears, directing traffic in Moscow, Idaho the Idaho Vandals finished sixth in the Western Athletic Conference. Idaho began the year winning two of three and ended the year winning two of three but from late October to mid-November were handed losses at Hawaii, against Nevada and against Boise State by at least five touchdowns. Those three schools finished atop the WAC standings in 2010 and with the Broncos exiting, a higher finish than sixth place is conceivable for the Vandals who play four of seven conference games in Moscow. Insert Coach Maij, a lesser known coach from little Division 2 Adams State, that was hired to replace Robb Akey in 2011. Coach Maij brings little head coaching expierience but has learned from the best, with assistant coaching stints at UCLA, Nevada, TCU and FCS power Montana, look for a higher level of play in Moscow.​

    Offense: Senior QB Brian Reader replaces Enderle as the Vandals' signal caller. Reader has thrown for 1,369 yards in his career with 568 yards coming last season. He tossed five TDs to one interception after chucking six TDs and six INTs his sophomore season. Three other key contributors to last year's team will not be coming back as soon-to-be senior running back Princeton McCarthy will try his best to rush more like his first two seasons than his 2010 output of 380 yards on 89 carries. Scoring three TDs his freshman, sophomore and junior year McCarthy rushed for 6.2 and 5.9 yards a carry until struggling last season at 4.3 yards a carry. His woes didn't go unnoticed as Idaho finished 118th nationally in rushing yards a game.​

    Defense: The Vandals' defense looks like it will be in good hands in 2011 with senior linebacker Robert Siavii returning after recording 81 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one interception. Also returning on the defensive side of the football are junior CB Aaron Grymes, senior LB Homer Mauga and junior safety Gary Walker. On paper the defense has the look of what will be the biggest strength of Idaho football this season, that strength could be nullified if the Vandals can't make the transition from their base 4-3 to the 4-2-5 a smooth one.​

    Expectations: A non-conference platter of Air Force, Bowling Green, Duke, @ Texas A&M, and @ Tulane has Idaho fans a little queasy about their bowl chances. Three wins seems like the maximum amount of wins so winning @ New Mexico State and San Jose State will be paramount along with at least one other win in conference to become bowl eligible. It'll be vital the Vandals start 4-3 because two of their last four opponents are vastly more superior hosting Hawaii and @ Nevada to finish the season. With a new QB a 6-6 season is plausible, but anything better than that would mark an amazing year for Idaho who aims to finish higher than sixth in the WAC this season.​
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  15. Sabo

    Sabo Z2H Commish

    Feb 13, 2010
    12/12 Great Work Guys

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