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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 3:55 pm    Post subject: BoYz2tHeBoWl's 2007 NCAA Football Preview Reply with quote

1. Southern California
John David Booty will lead a loaded SC offense along with a very experienced defense to a National Championship win. The LBs are likely the best in the country, Pinkard returns in the secondary along with budding star Taylor Mays, Kevin Ellison, and Terrell Thomas. Combine that with Sedrick Ellis, Fili Moala, and Lawrence Jackson up front and tons of talented freshman and I think they win it all once again. The key here is to see how much production they can get out of younger guys like Hazelton, Gable, Ausberry, and McKnight.
2. Louisiana State
Matt Flynn was impressive in his first start against a talented Miami defense in the Peach Bowl. He has a solid backfield led by Keiland Williams and Jacob Hester along with Early Doucet and a solid offensive line led by NFL prospect guards Herman Johnson and Will Arnold. On defense they have Craig Steltz and Chevis Jackson to lead the secondary and Highsmith, Beckwith, Dorsey, Jean-Francois, and Jackson give them potentially the nation's best front seven. The SEC is ripe for the taking for the Tigers who easily return the best team in the conference.
3. Texas
The pass defense was absolutely horrid last year even with NFL draftees Aaron Ross, Michael Griffin, and Tarell Brown starting. This year Marcus Griffin is the lone returning starter, but Drew Kelson has made the switch back to safety and they should form a solid duo and at CB there are plenty of talented guys to get the job done. If LSU or USC don't have the best front seven, then Texas does. They have a deep defensive line led by Okam, Miller, Lokey, and Orakpo as well as the three returning LBs Bobino, Derry, and Killebrew and top back-up Sergio Kindle. Colt McCoy has all of his WRs back as well as Finley at TE and two bookend OTs and he should be in serious contention for the Heisman.
4. Michigan
The trio of Chade Henne, Mike Hart, and Mario Manningham is definitely the best 1, 2, 3 combo in the country and they return NFL prospects Jake Long and Adam Kraus on the offensive front. On defense they lost a lot of there best playmakers, but they once again will have good DT play with Taylor and Johnson as well as Crable at LB and Jamar Adams in the secondary. Expect a lot of close games, but the offense is experienced and talented enough to get the job done especially if everybody is healthy all season long.
5. West Virginia
They were this high for a lot of people this time last year and although they didn't finish that way, I think they will only be better with Slaton and White a year older and Noel Devine commiting. They should definitely have one of the best offenses in the country and Darius Reynaud is an underrated playmaker that could be destined for a breakout season. On defense they return seven starters as well as most of their best back-ups so I think that they have enough to possibly get through the Big East unscathed next season and make a run at the NC game.
6. Virginia Tech
They don't have your typical dual-threat QB at Virginia Tech, but as long as the QB can get the job done they should do well. They have some talented and athletic WRs along with a solid offensive line and one of the better RBs in the country in Branden Ore. On defense they are stacked as usual with Vince Hall and Xavier Adibi at LB and D.J. Parker and Brandon Flowers in the secondary. Chris Ellis is due for a huge season and they return two other starters on the defensive line and they have the makings of a top five defense in my opinion. Consistency at the QB position is what will lead the Hokies to the promise land in 2007 though.
7. Wisconsin
Wisconsin has some serious playmakers on defense led by DT Nick Hayden and DE Matt Shaughnessy, LBs Jonathan Casillas and DeAndre Levy, and Jack Ikegwuonu is one of the best CBs in the entire country. On offense, they will have P.J. Hill back as well as freshman John Clay so the running game will be as good as usual and while they lost Joe Thomas up front they return the rest of the line and Donovan should be good enough to keep them in contention for the Big 10 title. Don't be surprised to see them finish higher if somebody slips up and a National Championship isn't out of the question if the QB plays well and all of their defenders progress.
8. Florida
Florida has tons of fast, young talent on offense to work with. Tim Tebow will now be the QB with Chris Leak gone and he is going to need some of these young players to step up fast. Urban Meyer isn't scared to play freshman so if they perform up to their potential look for an explosive offense led by playmakers like Harvin and Caldwell. On defense they lost a lot of talent, but DE Derrick Harvey is one of the best in the country at what he does and the LBs should be fine as they had good depth there, but the secondary will be a serious problem with Joiner the only returning starter and leadership could be in question with guys like Nelson, Everett, and Siler leaving.
9. Louisville
Brian Brohm returns to Louisville to lead one of the country's most explosive offenses. His two best wideouts, Douglas and Urrutia, are back as well as the starting TE. The running game may be suspect at first, but they have a solid group of guys who should improve as the year goes on. On defense, they added the number one JuCo player in the country in Woodny Turenne and he should help to solidify their secondary. They also have Malik Jackson leading the LB corps and the defense should be better than in years past despite the anchor of their defense getting drafted in April in Amobi Okoye.
10. Boston College
This Boston College team is loaded and could be destined for a great season. Matt Ryan is one of the better senior QBs in the country and he returns most of his offensive line, both runningbacks Callender and Whitworth, as well as his best wideout and starting TE. On defense, they have playmakers all over the place and this should most certainly be the strength of the team. B.J. Raji is a force in the middle for them and Nick Larkin is an experienced DE should be able to get at the QB better this season and back-up LB Kevin Akins recorded 7.5 sacks last season. All three starting LBs returning, namely Dunbar and Toal, combined with DeJuan Tribble and Jamie Silva in the secondary spells big plays. The Eagles should be one of the more exciting teams this season.
11. Ohio State
The Buckeyes will, as usual, have one of the best defenses in the nation. The linebacking core is loaded and led by All-American candidate James Laurinaitis and Marcus Freeman and the secondary returns Malcolm Jenkins and Jamario O'Neal who could develop into great players if given time. On the defensive line they have Vernon Gholston who came up with 8 sacks last season and he should help free up guys like Rose and Wilson. On offense they are going back to the run it down your throat type ball we expect out of OSU and Chris Wells could be a top Heisman candidate if the rest of the team can keep up. They lost their two best WRs, but Robiskie looks like a future star and the offensive line will be among the Big 10's best once again.
12. UCLA
One thing that everybody will be looking at for UCLA all season long will be the QB position. Ben Olson was highly rated coming out and has shown some signs of why, but not as much as you'd like to see. The offense will likely focus on running with Chris Markey until that position is secure. On defense, they return most of their best players and they stand the best chance of giving USC a run for their money in the Pac-10. Guys like Horton and Davis are among the best at their positions on defense and experience is probably the best thing about their defense. If Olson or Cowan step up, look for them to be a contender for an at-large bid and if not, well just look at 2006.
13. Arkansas
The Razorbacks could very well be a lot higher than this and I wouldn't argue. But, until we see something from the QB position, it's hard to have them as a top-tier team. Darren McFadden, Felix Jones, and Peyton Hillis are easily the best group of backs in the country and the offensive line should be big and solid as usual. Look for Marcus Monk to be among the best in the country if the QB can get the ball his way. On defense, they lost some of their best players in guys like Anderson and Houston, but they still have playmakers around and Marcus Harrison should help to anchor the defensive line.
14. Texas A&M
I think the Aggies are destined to be one of the more underrated teams next season and I could even see them capturing an At-Large bid if I'm being honest. Stephen McGee runs the offense well and came on very strong for them last season. He has a great offensive line in front of him as well as weapons like Martellus Bennett in the passing game and Michael Goodson and Jorvorskie Lane in the running game. On defense, they return their msot of their best players up front and Red Bryant and Chris Harrington should enjoy big years for the Ags. Like I said, don't be surprised to see them contending for an At-Large bid and watch McGee and Goodson who should do great next year.
15. Oklahoma
No matter who the QB is next year, don't expect to see a surprising season like you did in 2006. No QB on their roster is as good as Thompson was although they do have a solid offensive front with plenty of weapons in the backfield and passing game. DeMarco Murray, Allen Patrick, and Chris Brown make up a great backfield and should continue the tradition of a good running game in Norman. On the defensive side of the ball, they lost their three best DEs and their two best LBs, but they have all star talents at DT, plenty of talented LBs, and the nation's best secondary led by Reggie Smith. The entire season depends on the play of the QB, whoever that may be.
16. Georgia
Matthew Stafford is no longer a freshman and I expect big things from him. Don't expect to see him at a Heisman level, give that another year or two, but he will be much better than last season. The defense is replacing a bunch of stars, but it seems they do that nearly every year and I think they'll be fine there. They have some talented young guys that will definitely need to step up, but with Stafford's leadership I could see them having a fairly good season. Expect a slow, rocky start, but for them to get better each and every week.
17. TCU
Once again they start out as the country's best non-BCS team, but I wouldn't expect them to disappoint next season. They have tons of talent on defense like DEs Chase Ortiz and Tommy Blake as well as their two best LBs from this past season in Phillips and Henson. In the secondary they lost Marvin White, but their other starter at safety returns as well as their top back-up so they should be fine there as well. The defense is fairly stacked and they should lead TCU, along with RB Aaron Brown, to an improved season in 2007. Aaron Brown is definitely a player I'd keep my eye on next season as I could see him breaking 1200 yards and 10 TDs with Hobbs and Ballard gone.
18. California
Potential is the word for Cal in 2007. Nate Longshore, Justin Forsett, and DeSean Jackson have the potential to be one of the best trios in the country, but it all depends on how well Jackson does now that teams will be keying in on him and how well Forsett replaces Lynch. The defense lost some of it's best players like Mebane, Hughes, and Bishop so look for them to struggle on that side of the ball, but they have enough explosiveness on offense to keep them in a lot of games. If Forsett can produce, look for a similar season to what they had in 2006, but nothing much better.
19. Nebraska
The offensive line should be great led by OT Matt Slauson and the running game could be destined for a big year if Marlon Lucky can live up to his potential. They have some good WRs like Purify, Nunn, and Swift and Sam Keller should be able to get them the ball deep and often this coming season. On defense they have to replace NFL draftees Adam Carriker and Jay Moore, but they return the entire back seven save possibly Zach Bowman. Corey McKeon and Bo Ruud will lead what should be one of the country's better LB groups. If the runningbacks can come in and be as good as they should, look for them to finish much higher and if not, look for a bowl game and a probable win, but nothing too spectacular.
20. Florida State
It's hard to determine how well the Seminoles will do next year without knowing who the QB will be. I don't see either winning them enough games to win the ACC, but there is enough help in the form of RB Antone Smith and WRs Fagg and Carr to win them some ball games. On defense, the LBs are fast and talented as usual and Myron Rolle leads a secondary that should be one of the best in the conference if not the country. Look for the defense to make enough plays to keep them in games, but just like a lot of other teams the season rest on the shoulders of the QB whether it be Lee or Weatherford.
21. Tennessee
Erik Ainge enjoyed a breakout season last year, but he lost his top three wideouts along with his best offensive lineman in Arron Sears. But, he has tons of top rated talent to help him out along with a great group of guys in the backfield. On defense, they lost some key guys in Jonathan Wade, Marvin Mitchell, Turk McBride, and Demetrice Morley, but they still have Jonathan Hefney who is one of the best safeties in the country along with Jerod Mayo at LB and lots of young talent. Expect an up and down season for Tennessee who will only succeed if they can get consistent play from their younger guys.
22. Missouri
Chase Daniel should only be better this season, which means trouble for opposing defenses. He returns a playmaker at the RB position in Tony Temple as well as his best WR Tony Franklin and the best TE combo in the country of Chase Coffman and Martin Rucker. On defense, they were very underrated last season, but they lost a lot of their best players. They still have some solid guys returning and some quality depth from last year so they should be fairly solid on that side of the ball, but expect a few shoot-outs, not that the offense can't handle the task. Chase Daniel won state championships in Texas at Southlake and he is a winner through and through, so don't be surprised to see them near the top of the Big XII.
23. Auburn
The only returning starter from last year's offensive is King Dunlap. While he is a great and massive tackle, he can't block five guys. They have some talent to replace some of the guys, but expect this to be a weakness for them or at least in the beginning. Brandon Cox is a senior and he should be able to get the job done, but they are going to need one of the RBs and WRs to step up big time to fill holes left by Kenny Irons and Courtney Taylor. On defense, they have some talented DTs as well as defensive leader Quentin Groves who will continue Auburn's tradition of good defense. They also return three starters in the secondary including Eric Brock and Aairon Savage and LB play is usually top notch in Auburn.
24. Georgia Tech
I am very, very tempted to put them higher than this now that Reggie Ball is gone. Some will say that now that Calvin Johnson is in the NFL, their offense is done, but this isn't true at all. Jeremi Johnson is a quality WR and he'll play on Sundays when he's done at Georgia Tech. Tahsard Choice is one of the most underrated RBs in the country and his FB Mike Cox returns as well. On defense they only lost two key defenders, but they return more than enough talent to make up for it. Philip Wheeler is one of the most explosive LBs in the country and Jamal Lewis, Djay Jones, and Avery Roberson return in the secondary to give them a solid back seven. Starting DEs Darrell Robertson and Adamm Oliver should wreak havoc on opposing QBs if they can get help from their DTs. Watch the QB Taylor Bennett as he was clearly the best QB on the roster last season and he's now a year older.
25. Penn State
I think we will see improved play out of QB Anthony Morelli and this could also very well be the year that superstar talent Derrick Williams breaks out of his shell. The running game will certainly be suspect with the departure of Tony Hunt and Levi Brown, their best offensive lineman. Deon Butler could be the x-factor as he was probably their best offensive player after the previously mentioned Brown and Hunt. On defense, the LBs are loaded as usual led by future first round pick Dan Connor and Sean Lee. In the secondary they have talented guys like Tony Davis, Justin King, and Anthony Scirrotto, but this area becomes a problem if King and Scirrotto get in trouble for their off-the-field incident a while back.

Just Missed - Clemson, Hawaii, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Rutgers

All-American 1st Team

QB - Brian Brohm
RB - Darren McFadden
RB - Steve Slaton
WR - Limas Sweed
WR - DeSean Jackson
TE - Travis Beckum
OT - Sam Baker
OG - Duke Robinson
C - Antoine Caldwell
OG - Jordan Grimes
OT - Jake Long

DE - Calais Campbell
DT - Glenn Dorsey
DT - Frank Okam
DE - Derrick Harvey
LB - Dan Connor
LB - Rey Maualuga
LB - Vince Hall
CB - Antoine Cason
S - Kenny Phillips
S- Jonathan Hefney
CB - Jack Ikegwuonu

K - Alexis Serna
P - Ken DeBauche
KR/PR - DeSean Jackson

All-American 2nd Team

QB - Andre Woodson
RB - Ray Rice
RB - Mike Hart
WR - Mario Manningham
WR - Adarius Bowman
TE - Fred Davis
OT - Barry Richardson
OG - Will Arnold
C - Adam Spieker
OG - Brandon Walker
OT - Andre Smith

DE - Bruce Davis
DT - Sedrick Ellis
DT - Andre Fluellen
DE - Tyson Jackson
LB - Phillip Wheeler
LB - Xavier Adibi
LB - James Laurinaitis
CB - Brandon Flowers
S - Myron Rolle
S - Tom Zbikowski
CB - Dwight Lowery

K - Brandon Coutu
P - Geoff Price
KR/PR - Jacoby Ford

All-American 3rd Team

QB - Colt Brennan
RB - Branden Ore
RB - Ian Johnson
WR - D.J. Hall
WR - Earl Bennett
TE - Chase Coffman
OT - Gosder Cherilus
OG - Herman Johnson
C - John Sullivan
OG - Shannon Tevaga
OT - Tony Hills Jr.

DE - Vernon Gholston
DT - Dre Moore
DT - B.J. Raji
DE - Quentin Groves
LB - Jonathan Goff
LB - Keith Rivers
LB - Jerod Mayo
CB - Reggie Smith
S - Taylor Mays
S - Marcus Griffin
CB - DeJuan Tribble

K - Art Carmody
P - Jimmie Kaylor
KR/PR - Darrell Blackman

Conference Rankings
1. SEC
2. Big XII
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2007 SEC Football Preview

East
1. Florida
2. Georgia
3. Kentucky
4. Tennessee
5. South Carolina
6. Vanderbilt

West
1. Louisiana State
2. Arkansas
3. Auburn
4. Alabama
5. Mississippi
6. Mississippi State

SEC Championship Game - Louisiana State Tigers vs. Florida Gators
SEC Champions - Louisiana State Tigers

SEC Player of the Year - Darren McFadden
SEC Offensive Player of the Year - Darren McFadden
SEC Defensive Player of the Year - Jonathan Goff
SEC Freshman Player of the Year - Terrance Toliver

All-SEC 1st Team

QB - Andre Woodson
RB - Darren McFadden
RB - Felix Jones
WR - Earl Bennett
WR - D.J. Hall
TE - Jacob Tamme
OT - Michael Oher
OG - Drew Miller
C - Antoine Caldwell
OG - Herman Johnson
OT - Andre Smith

DE - Derrick Harvey
DT - Glenn Dorsey
DT - Marcus Harrison
DE - Quentin Groves
LB - Jonathan Goff
LB - Jasper Brinkley
LB - Wesley Woodyard
CB - Simeon Castille
S - Jonathan Hefney
S - Kelin Johnson
CB - Chevis Jackson

K - Brandon Coutu
P - Britton Colquitt
KR/PR - Mikey Henderson

All-SEC 2nd Team

QB - Erik Ainge
RB - Rafael Little
RB - LaMarcus Coker
WR - Marcus Monk
WR - Early Doucet
TE - Cornelius Ingram
OT - Ciron Black
OG - Will Arnold
C - Jonathan Luigs
OG - Robert Felton
OT - King Dunlap

DE - Tyson Jackson
DT - Sen'Derrick Marks
DT - Myron Pryor
DE - Antwain Robinson
LB - Derry Beckwith
LB - Jerod Mayo
LB - Ali Highsmith
CB - Stoney Woodson
S - Eric Brock
S - Tony Joiner
CB - Jonathan Zenon

K - Ryan Succop
P - Jacob Skinner
KR/PR - Tristan Davis

All-SEC 2nd Team

QB - Matthew Stafford
RB - BenJarvus Green-Ellis
RB - Cory Boyd
WR - Percy Harvin
WR - Keenan Burton
TE - Chris Brown
OT - Phil Trautwein
OG - Scott Havercamp
C - Fernando Velasco
OG - Josh Eames
OT - Chris Williams

DE - Titus Brown
DT - Josh Thompson
DT - Jeff Owens
DE - Wallace Gilberry
LB - Brandon Miller
LB - Brandon Spikes
LB - Casper Brinkley
CB - Jonathan Wilhite
S - Craig Steltz
S - Derek Pegues
CB - Matterral Richardson

K - Colt David
P - Tim Masthay
KR/PR - Rafael Little

2007 Big XII Preview

North
1. Nebraska
2. Missouri
3. Kansas State
4. Iowa State
5. Colorado
6. Kansas

South
1. Texas
2. Texas A&M
3. Oklahoma
4. Oklahoma State
5. Texas Tech
6. Baylor

Big XII Championship Game - Texas vs. Nebraska
Big XII Champions - Texas

SEC Player of the Year - Colt McCoy
SEC Offensive Player of the Year - Bobby Reid
SEC Defensive Player of the Year - Ian Campbell
SEC Freshman Player of the Year - Dez Bryant

All-Big XII 1st Team

QB - Colt McCoy
RB - Dantrell Savage
RB - Jamaal Charles
WR - Limas Sweed
WR - Adarius Bowman
TE - Chase Coffman
OT - Tony Hills Jr.
OG - Duke Robinson
C - Adam Spieker
OG - Brandon Walker
OT - Matt Slauson

DE - Chris Harrington
DT - Frank Okam
DT - Red Bryant
DE - Ian Campbell
LB - Alvin Bowen
LB - Jordon Dizon
LB - Corey McKeon
CB - Aqib Talib
S - Darien Williams
S - Marcus Griffin
CB - Reggie Smith

K - Garret Hartley
P - Matt Fodge
KR/PR - Quan Cosby

All-Big XII 2nd Team

QB - Chase Daniel
RB - Michael Goodson
RB - DeMarco Murray
WR - Malcolm Kelly
WR - William Franklin
TE - Martin Rucker
OT - Tyler Luellen
OG - Kirk Elder
C - Cody Wallace
OG - David Koenig
OT - Yemi Babalola

DE - Brian Orakpo
DT - Derek Lokey
DT - James McClinton
DE - Nathan Peterson
LB - Rashad Bobino
LB - Rodrick Johnson
LB - Tyrone McKenzie
CB - Terrence Wheatley
S - Donovan Woods
S - Tierre Green
CB - Darnell Terrell

K - Jason Ricks
P - Tim Reyer
KR/PR - Perrish Cox

All-Big XII 3rd Team

QB - Bobby Reid
RB - Shannon Woods
RB - Tony Temple
WR - Todd Blythe
WR - Danny Amendola
TE - Martellus Bennett
OT - Adam Ulatoski
OG - Louis Vasquez
C - Dallas Griffin
OG - Chad Smith
OT - Corey Clark

DE - Marque Fountain
DT - Roy Miller
DT - DeMarcus Granger
DE - Aaron Lewis
LB - Scott Derry
LB - Robert Killebrew
LB - Bo Ruud
CB - Zachary Bowman
S - Darcel McBath
S - Nic Harris
CB - Martel Van Zant

K - Ryan Bailey
P - Kyle Tucker
KR/PR - Marcus Herford
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Nice work, B2TB! Good detail in the analysis.
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Where do u have Bama ranked?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't argue with your rankings. I think you did an outstanding job.
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Nice job at first glance. Applause
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One thing I noticed:

You said UF's secondary was a major concern.

I disagree.

We have Kyle Jackson(former FS starter) and Tony Joiner- both of whom are solid. Kyle was expected to beat out Reggie, but everyone saw what he could do.

Not to mention Jamar Hornsby, a 5 star recruit will be competing along with Dorian Munroe, who consistently shut down slot recievers last year in man coverage.

Leadership on D has been passed to Tony Joiner, Derrick Harvey, Brandon Spikes- a monster at MLB.

If we're talking end of the year rankings, I would move Michigan down to about 9, move UF up to about 5,WVU to 2, Texas to 8, USC to 1, LSU to 4.

Good BC ranking.

I'll go into more stuff tomorrow.
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I'm working on my preview right now as well. I've got both USC and LSU ranked 1 and 2, just like yours.

I would move Michigan down a few spots, Boston College down a few spots, Arkansas down a few spots, and Texas A&M down a lot.

I would have Hawaii in the top 18.

Overall, very nicely done. I hope you check out mine later on.
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BoYz, you have outdone yourself, my friend. I LOVE the fact that you're giving Boston College and UCLA some love. They're two of the most underrated teams in the country, and I think they'll turn some heads this season.

While I think Georgia, Nebraska and Tennessee will all be in the top 12 by season's end, your initial list is dead-on. Great work.
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giantgator09 wrote:
One thing I noticed:

You said UF's secondary was a major concern.

I disagree.


Well even with Ryan Smith finishing with 8 INTs and playmaker Reggie Nelson roaming around for the Gators, they didn't finish with a top 50 pass defense so one would have to assume that they don't do as well considering Reggie Nelson set the tone for those DBs and Smith led the team in INTs.

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We have Kyle Jackson(former FS starter) and Tony Joiner- both of whom are solid. Kyle was expected to beat out Reggie, but everyone saw what he could do.


The safeties should be solid, but it's hard to bank on a guy who only produced 11 tackles last season. I think he'll be fine near the end of the season, but he wasn't that spectacular the year before last anyway so I don't expect this area to necessarily be a strength.

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Not to mention Jamar Hornsby, a 5 star recruit will be competing along with Dorian Munroe, who consistently shut down slot recievers last year in man coverage.


Hornsby is a great athlete and I think he has great potential, but considering he didn't even play last season I wouldn't expect much at first. He gives them good depth, but I doubt he plays too much this season.

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Leadership on D has been passed to Tony Joiner, Derrick Harvey, Brandon Spikes- a monster at MLB.


Okay and they are solid players, but they combine for less than 30 career starts whereas Nelson, Siler, and Everett combined for more than double that (I believe in the 80-90 range). Just because they are good and experienced players doesn't necessarily mean they will bring what those guys brought to the table.

[quote"RollTideWhoDat"]Where do u have Bama ranked?[/quote]

I thought about including them in my 'Just Missed' category, but I took them out for the teams you see. They should fly under the radar as one of the more underrated teams in the country. JPW has a year of starting under his belt and he was solid in his first year and D.J. Hall is the most underrated WR in the country (And Keith Brown is surprisingly unheard of). They also have a great offensive line anchored by big Andre Smith and Antoine Caldwell that should help the running game now that Darby, Castille, and McClain are gone.

The defense is what I really question. It should be about average, but that's not enough in the SEC. The DEs are good and Wallace Gilberry will be a guy to watch all season, but they return one LB and Castille is the only proven consistent starter returning in the secondary (Not really a knock on Carter, but I consider him an average safety).

To iavikefan, A&M and BC will be two of the most underrated teams next season. A&M has a great line and playmakers all over on offense, as well as their three best defensive lineman and BC has serious players all over.

I will be catching as many BC games this year as I can.
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USF should be in your top 25, or at least HM. They are gonna be nasty this year.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll need to see a lot more out of Matt Grothe before I do that. People have definitely started to overrate him as a QB as he threw more INTs than TDs in nearly half the games. He is good on the ground, but he has to be because they have no consistent RB on the team.

On defense, they have some talented LBs and CBs, but they lost some other key defenders so I don't see the defense being as good as it would need to be to keep them in the top 25. I would have them in the top 40 or so, but not top 30.

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They're two of the most underrated teams in the country, and I think they'll turn some heads this season.


I definitely agree with that statement and I'd throw Texas A&M in there with them too.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BoYz2tHeBoWl wrote:
I'll need to see a lot more out of Matt Grothe before I do that. People have definitely started to overrate him as a QB as he threw more INTs than TDs in nearly half the games. He is good on the ground, but he has to be because they have no consistent RB on the team.

On defense, they have some talented LBs and CBs, but they lost some other key defenders so I don't see the defense being as good as it would need to be to keep them in the top 25. I would have them in the top 40 or so, but not top 30.

plan9misfit wrote:
They're two of the most underrated teams in the country, and I think they'll turn some heads this season.


I definitely agree with that statement and I'd throw Texas A&M in there with them too.

Thanks to everybody for the kudos and comments. Keep em coming. Wink


I disagree, USF will be this years Rugters. They went to Morgantown last year and put a whopping on them. The only real loss the had was Stephen Nichaols but Ben Moffit is a sutd and Mike Jenkins and Trea Williams are one of the best CB duo's in the NCAA. Also Mike Ford a JUCO transfer has been lighting it up in Spring Practice from what I heard. Also watch out for my boy Carlton Mithcell, he went to my school and he is nasty. He is 6'4 runs in the 4.4 range and was one of the best long jumpers in the state of FL his SR year.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i think Malcolm Jenkins will be able to make atleast third team AA, but that may just be because i love him.

Like the ranking you have the buckeyes. room to move up and not pressure of needing to be amazing.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No love for the U?
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BoYz2tHeBoWl


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

vikingschamps wrote:
i think Malcolm Jenkins will be able to make atleast third team AA, but that may just be because i love him.

Like the ranking you have the buckeyes. room to move up and not pressure of needing to be amazing.


I honestly wouldn't disagree with that. I had him as a 2nd teamer, but I felt Flowers and Lowery would get love there and for the 3rd team I am expecting big years out of DeJuan Tribble and a guy who reminds me of Reggie Nelson somewhat in Reggie Smith.

To xeno2121, the defense should be fairly good, but it's a similar situation as with USF. They have James at RB who is good, but the line is shaky and banged up, the QB is bad no matter who you go with, and the WRs are all underachievers and/or unproven. On defense, they will be good with guys like Campbell and Phillips, but they aren't enough to make up for the offense and the loss of Beason, Atkins, and Brown.
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