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UCLA 2012 Team Preview
2011 Season Review (9-5, 7-2)Pac-12 South Divison ChampsSun Bowl Winners
The Bruin stock is going up after Coach Maij's first year on campus. UCLA's 9-5 campaign and Pac-12 South title were well above expectations in Westwood. With a lot of talent returning and ubertalented newcomers in key spots look for the Bruins to keep expectations high.
Returning Offense/Defense: 5/7
2012 Preseason Finish: 7th Pac-12, 4th in South Division
Key Losses: WR Taylor Embree, WR Nelson Rosario, C Kai Maiava, OLB Sean Westgate, FS Tony Dye, DT Nathan Chandler
Key Newcomers: QB Brett Hundley, WR Randall Carroll, DT Cassius Marsh, OLB Josh Williams, MLB Jordan Zumwalt, FS Tevin Mcdonald
Strengths: Running Game and Secondary, the Bruins return all-conference RB Johnathan Franklin along with RB Jordan James and talented Redshirt So. Malcolm Jones, look for all three to contribute as the Bruins break in a new QB. Corners Sheldon Price and Aaron Hester return for their seniors years with Safteies Dalton Hilliard and Dietrich Riley also return giving UCLA one of the better secondaries in the conference.
Weaknesses: Linebackers, Quarterback and Free Saftey. A lot of talent is their for the Bruins but expierince is what is missing. Coach Maij went with the future now as RS-Fr. QB Brett Hundley was name the starter over seniors Richard Brehaut and Kevin Prince. Coach Maij on the move " Brett is a combo of both Richard and Kevin, being a better passer than Kevin and having more mobilty than Richard. Last year Kevin and Richard both had issues with accuracy that has not been corrected so far in camp. Brett will be our QB." UCLA's linebackers also have tons of talent but have not logged many games as the Bruins 4-2-5 will welcome true freshman Jason Williams on the outside and RS-So. Jordan Zumwalt on the inside, also look for Jr. Isiash Bowens to play when the defense goes heavy in running and short yardage situations. The defenses success may hinge on how well Soph. Tevin McDonald transtions to being a starter, replacing all-american Tony Dye, McDonald will usually be on an island in the Bruins one high look, Tevin saw some action on special teams last year.
2012 Schedule@ CU@ #13 TennesseeIowa@ BYU@ Arizona StateUtah@ California@ WazzuOregon StateU$C
2012-2013 Iowa Hawkeye Football2011-2012 Record - 8-5
It's a new season in Iowa City as this young Hawkeye team looks to improve upon their average season in 2011-2012. Although 16 Seniors are gone from last year's roster, the majority of the play makers return in what could be a very potent offense for the Hawkeyes. With Senior James Vandenberg under center, Heisman hopeful Marcus Coker in the backfield and a solid group of receivers and tight ends, Coach E hopes his second year as head man will be night and day compared to the first.
Key Losses : CB Shaun Prater, DT Mike Daniels, DE Broderick Binns, WR Marvin McNutt
Key Newcomers : T Brett Moore, WR Mark Barnes
Schedule :Week 1 - vs. VanderbiltWeek 2 - vs. FloridaWeek 3 - at UCLAWeek 4 - at BYUWeek 5 - vs. PurdueWeek 6 - vs. NebraskaWeek 7 - at IndianaWeek 8 - at NorthwesternWeek 9 - BYEWeek 10 - vs. MinnesotaWeek 11 - at MichiganWeek 12 - BYEWeek 13 - vs. Penn StateWeek 14 - at Michigan State
Offensive Outlook : The Hawkeyes will have a much more balanced attack this season with some key additions on the offensive side of the ball. QB James Vandenberg will lead the Hawkeyes in his last year here in Iowa City with AJ Derby backing him up. At the third string QB is the man who most people believe will be the future of this program and that is true Freshman speedster Jeremy Gardner. In the backfield, Heisman hopeful Marcus Coker will get the majority of the touches, but he has many solid options behind him should Coach E need someone to go to. At the WR position, newcomer, 6-7 Mark Barnes will look to make an immediate impact as he will be put in the #2 Receiver role from the get go. And always reliable CJ Fedorowicz will be the man at tight end.
Defensive Outlook : The secondary will look to make up for its less than stellar performance from last season with Senior Micah Hyde leading that ground. A solid trio of linebackers and a decent defensive line will hope to have the Hawkeye D steps ahead of where it was last year.
Special Teams Outlook : With the Kick Returner of the Year in 2011, Don Shumpert, returning and Kicker Mike Myers making progress every season, the Hawkeye Special Teams may win a few games for their school.
All in all, 2012-2013 looks to be an improvement upon last season as Coach E attempts to get his first B1G Championship and Bowl win as Coach of the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Defending big ten champions MICHIGAN returns to the field with many of the same cast of characters. We graduated several OL, Mike Martin, BEAST defensive tackle, and also, Hemmingway at WR and Stonum WR / Return specialist and #1 Corner Troy Woolfork. Other than these guys, were Intact. We expect a few freshman to have a major impact on our team. We've switched our defensive philosiphy from multiple to a 3-3-5/4-2-5 combo hoping to shore up our passing defense after finishing in the toilet last year. Our strength on defense is our SS's which all three can play, therefore a 4-2-5 with a True Freshman trolling the FS position keeping everything in front of him.
Of course, on offense, we return the man of your nightmare's:
We really sandbagged denard last season, keeping him around for this year to really cause chaos. Anything less than a winning the B1G again, and making a run at the NC will be a disappointment for this team. We have several dynamic players that can make things happen. We've got the number one recruiting class with beasts at WR/RB to help jump start this offense. Defensive coordinators in the B1G have to not be happy.
Schedule:We have several big games. Were @ OSU for "The Game". Obviously this is the biggest game of the season. Were also hosting the hated Auburn tigers, and at ND. Michigan state also gave us hell last year and Iowa had us on the ropes till a few breaks got us ahead late in the 4th. Honestly, if we go 2-10 beating Auburn and OSU, we won't call it a success, but, dammit, i will sleep well at night.
MORE TO COME IN THE FUTURE
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2012 Tennessee Volunteer Football2011 Record - 13-1
It was an impressive 2011 season for the Vols as they had a clean sweep of their rivals, won the SEC title game and took home a bowl victory. Even bigger things will be expected this season as they only lose 9 seniors from a year ago, many who didn't see the field very often.
-Games of Note-Week 2 - vs. UCLAWeek 3 - vs. BYUWeek 4 - vs. FloridaWeek 9 - vs. AlabamaWeek 11 - at AuburnWeek 12 - at Arkansas
-What to watch for-After topping all their rivals from a year ago the target on the Vols back will be enormous. All games of note were huge last year and will be even bigger this year, including the SEC title game rematch with Auburn
-Key newcomers-CB Matt Dykes, TE Stanford Singletary
-Key Returners- Heisman hopeful QB Tyler Bray (pictured below), WR Justin Hunter, FS Prentiss Waggner, DE Jacques Smith
The Fighting Irish
Notre Dame comes into the new season with aspirations of making it to a BCS bowl. This year we will be looking at a more balanced attach with emphasis on the run game. After losing our best 2 players to the NFL we have a lot of talented youth on the field looking to gain experience early in their career.
Junior Tommy Rees is running the the team this year with hopes of redeeming himself from a terrible 18 interception sophomore season. He will have plenty of weapons at his disposal with 2 highly touted freshman added to the receiving core.
This team will only go as far as Heisman candidate Cierre Woods takes it. The Junior is coming off a huge season of 15 TDs and 1100 yds. He is looking to continue where he left off and the Irish to the promise land.
Big Games:week 1 Florida St.week 3 Michigan week 8 South Carolinaweek 12 Miami
OREGON DUCKS Preseason #1 and Defending National Champions
The Ducks again this year are a young team at several key positions, and appear to be loaded with talent at others. The Ducks were hit hard by the NFL Draft as starting QB Darron Thomas bolted for the NFL Draft, despite every effort of Coach Stewart to sway him to stay. In addition to Thomas, the Ducks most explosive player from a year ago LaMichael James left school early, and is now in the NFL. While both of these look to be pretty big blows, last year's backup QB Bryan Bennet, got value experience towards the end of the season, with Thomas injured. Coach Stewart was also quoted as saying, "In hindsight we probably didn't get the ball in Kenjon Barner's hands enough last year, he returned kicks for us and got some action late in games". We're really looking for him to step up this year and make some big plays for us.
The Ducks defense is lead by DT Taylor Hart, who had an all world season last year, reaking havoc in the middle of the field. Hart lead the nation in sacks, and TFL, and basically shut down opponents run game. Other playmakers on Defense include FS John Boyette, and CB Cliff Harris who had an impressive interception return for a touchdown in the national championship game last year. The Ducks also have one of the best special teams units in the Nation, lead by K Bob Beard, and P Jackson Rice. The Ducks look to win the field position battle and rely heavily on their defense to make a big play when need and cause a turnover or force a three and out.
Winning a National Championship will put a target on any teams back, and this year's schedule looks to be brutal:
@ Arizona State
@ Washington State
@ Oregon State
Alabama Crimson Tide
After starting strong last season and sitting at #1 and undefeated 8 weeks into the season everything fell apart for the Crimson Tide. Heartbreaking losses to Tennessee and LSU were followed up by a disappointing showing in the season finally as Alabama was embarrassed in a 27-0 loss to Auburn before closing the year with a 28-19 win over Ohio State in the Outback Bowl. Despite several key losses to graduation and the NFL draft the Crimson Tide has its sight set on returning to National Title hunt and making it back to Atlanta.
Key Losses: HB Trent Richardson (NFL Draft), S Robert Lester (NFL Draft), S Mark Barron, LB Courtney Upshaw, WR Marquis Maze
Key Returning Players: LB Donta Hightower, DB Dre Kirkpatrick, LB Nico Johnson, LB CJ Mosley, OL Barrett Jones, HB Eddie Lacy, QB AJ McCarron/Phillip Sims,
Key Newcomers: QB Jerry Small, P Kyle Miller, LB Justin Colbert, DB Chandler Brown
Strengths: Linebacking: With the return of Hightower the Crimson Tide boasts possible one of the deepest and most talented LB corps in the Nation with 6 of LBs ranked amongst the top 25 players on the team.
Weaknesses: Wide Receiver: With the departure of several veterans from last year’s tea, this year’s receiving corps will be talented but inexperienced. The Crimson Tide returns only 2 receivers with significant playing experience in Sr Duron Carter and Sophomore DeAndrew White.
2012 Schedule (Key Games)Week 1 – Michigan StateWeek 2 – SMUWeek 3 - @ Florida StateWeek 4 – WashngtonWeek 5 - @ ArkansasWeek 8 – Ole MissWeek 9 - @ TennesseeWeek 10 – Texas A&MWeek 11 @ LSUWeek 12 - @ Miss StateWeek 13 - KentuckyWeek 14 - Auburn
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LSU Season Outlook
- Recruit team needs
- Win non-conference games
- SEC champ game/title
- Bowl bid/victory
Welcome to the 2012 Arkansas Razorback Preview
This season the Razorbacks look to make improvements on both sides of the ball. Last year the Razorbacks finished 9-4 and won the Cotton Bowl. This year the Hogs have thier sights set on the SEC Championship and a BCS appearence.
The offense will once again be led by QB Tyler Wilson and HB Knile Davis. Wilson has made alot of improvements in his passing game from last year. Although the highly talented wide receiving core graduatted the Hogs will still have threats down the field. HB Knile Davis had a great offseason and spring. He will be pounding the ball on the ground and looks to make a run at the Heisman trophy.
On defense the Hogs will need to adjust from last seasons gameplan. Last year the Hogs defense was suspect at times and great other times. Coach Sabo has brought in a new defensive coordinator to take charge of the defense and changes will be made to help the Hogs prepare for all of the high powered teams on thier schedule.
2012 Arkansas Schedulevs. Arkansas Statevs. BYUvs. Oklahomavs. Boise Statevs. Alabamavs. Texas A&Mvs. Auburn vs. Kentuckyvs. Ole Missvs. Vanderbiltvs. Tennesseevs. Miss State
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