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Old 05-02-2009, 09:25 AM    (permalink
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The title says it all.

For my Fighting Irish:
Strongest parts(in order):
1 Defensive Backfield, imo this will not only be the strongest part of the team but will give any backfield a good run for their money in being the strongest backfeld in the nation. The depth at corner is staggering with Walls and Blanton probably starting and McNeill (a great playing starter last year), Gray(with starting experience himself) and Slaughter behind them. The safeties are Kyle McCarthey, last years tackle leader, great SS and Harrison Smith who is amongst the best FS in the country. With Sergio Brown behind them as second option on either position we have a tremendous athlete who would start almost everywhere in the country just playing nickel.
2 Wide receivers. Well Floyd and Tate dont need much introduction and the depth with Duval Kamara, Deion Walker, Johnnie Goodman and Robbie Parris doesnt leave much to be desired either. That doesnt even take into account we have Shaq Evans coming to SB this summer.

Weakest Parts:
1 Defensive Line. This unit actually has a lot of talent but with us transitioning to the 4-3 we will only have 2 guys on the line with starting experience probably (of which one is a true freshman at the moment in EJ). I like a lot of guys on the line (Hafis Williams, Kapron Lewis-Moore and Ethan Johnson are gonna be huge for us) But the severe lack of experience and age could hurt us a few times this season.
2 Offensive Line. A whole lot of talent but last year they were mediocre after a season where they flat out sucked. I firmly believe that we can go as far as our OLine allows us to go since there is not much else lacking in the team imo. If the new coach Verducci can get the guys to play on their talent level ND should be BCS bowl bound, if they keep playing like the last two years expect a season no better than 8-4.
All our units ranked.
1 DB 2 WR 3 TE 4 QB 5 LB 6 RB 7 OLine 8 DLine

Who would have thought 10 years ago that ND would be losing their games in the trenches.
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This is a very young Tide squad,

Strongest p/o team: the whole defense, top 5-ranked all thru 08 in regular season run/pass defense & scoring defense. Especially between the DEs, Terence "Mount" Cody was 1st team AA NT, will be top 10 2010 draftee if he keeps healthy & maintains a playing weight in the 340s. ILB Rolando McClain called by McShay "best LB in the nation." Strong at corners too, Kareem Jackson runs 4.42 40s & Javiar Arenas doubles as one of the best KRs in the 2010 draft. Biggest test will come when they travel to Oxford, MS & this defense will try to contain Jevan Snead's Rebels offense, they have LSU at home in Nov. -- fellow SEC West member LSU is the only team with higher ranked recruiting class than Nick Saban at Bama. Another strength is returning 2/3rds of running game with RBs Ingraham & Grant + #1-ranked freshman RB Trent Richardson from Pensacola HS (same HS that produced Emmitt Smith) should provide the ball control offense that Saban loves. Also WR Julio Jones could receive some pre-season AA consideration, he has a yr. of Div. 1 competition under his belt as a soph & could be among top 5 WRs this season.

Weakest: New QB (McElroy won job at A-Day Game), new center, new OLT, both TEs & most of o-line. All-SEC SS Rashad Johnson has to be replaced too.

Prediction: 10-2, possible losses to Va. Tech in 2nd ChickFilYa Bowl in Atlanta opening w'kend & to LSU/Ole Miss. If they get past the Hokies & Bayou Bengals they will face Florida & Urban Meyer again in another SEC Championship game. I look for Bama to add to its NCAA rcd. bowl appearances in the postseason, maybe 2 yrs. away from another national title run since the new QB & o-line have to get experience.

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Weakest-Wideout or Linebacker
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Offense: probably our line
Defense: every one not named Trent Hunter
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weakest: OLine, cornerback.
everything else probably falls in between.
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Strength - Offense
Weakness - Defense

LSU
Strength - Runningbacks. Quarterback. Offensive Line. Defensive Backfield. Most of the starters in these units are returning. Williams and Scott are returning to form on of the nations best running duos. I'm excited to see the strides made by Jordan Jefferson or whoever the starter may be. Our defensive backfield always seems to be good. We also have a quality class of recruits coming in.

Weakness - Front Seven. Most of them are new but it shouldnt be a worry since LSU is known for developing this area.
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Strength - Offense
Weakness - Defense

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Strength - Runningbacks. Quarterback. Offensive Line. Defensive Backfield. Most of the starters in these units are returning. Williams and Scott are returning to form on of the nations best running duos. I'm excited to see the strides made by Jordan Jefferson or whoever the starter may be. Our defensive backfield always seems to be good. We also have a quality class of recruits coming in.

Weakness - Front Seven. Most of them are new but it shouldnt be a worry since LSU is known for developing this area.

And what about your Idaho State Bengals
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Strengths: Defensive line, running backs, linebackers. We lost Peria Jerry but we are still absolutely stacked on the DL with Greg Hardy, Kentrell Lockett, Marcu Tillman, Ted Laurnet, Lawon Scott, Jerrell Powe, and Emmanuel Stephens. Plus incoming freshman Craig Drummond should be getting some reps at end. At RB we have Brandon Bolden, Cordera Eason, Devin Thomas, Enrique Davis, and Dexter McCluster will be getting his carries too of course. We signed a ton of RBs so we should get some contribution from freshmen. At LB we are very athletic with Patrick Trahan, Jonathan Cornell, and Allen Walker as the starters. Lamar Brumfield and Jason Jones look to be the depth guys and we signed a lot of LBs too.

Weaknesses: Offensive line, cornerback. We have talent, but there are a lot of question marks on the OL. John Jerry is a stud at RT but we lost our anchor in Michael Oher as well as RG Maurice Miller and G/T Darryl Harris. The biggest concern the team has right now is finding Oher's replacement, Bradley Sowell is there now but everyone is waiting for the arrival of signee Bobby Massie. At corner, Marshay Green is a playmaker as a converted WR and improved as the year went on but there are a lot of question marks after him. Cassius Vaughn did well against Crabtree in the Cotton Bowl and will probably be the #2 and UCLA transfer/converted RB Jeremy McGee looks to be the nickel guy. They are a decent top 3, but if any of them were to go down we would be in a tough spot.
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Strongest - Defensive line

Suh looked even better this spring, if that is possible. Absolutely no one on our line can block the guy, even with double teams. Barry Turner and Pierre Allen return. Jared Crick and Baker Steinkuhler will have the greatest opportunities of their lives playing next to Suh who will take all the attention off of them.

Weakest - Wide receivers

Too much inexperience here. Niles Paul and Menelik Holt are the only two who return will real game experience, but neither were starters and neither have flashed in the time they did play. After those two, it is a complete tossup. Chris Brooks and Antonio Bell had good springs. But practice and games are two totally different things.
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Strengths: RB, OL, LB
- An excellent 4 headed monster with Joe Martinek, Jordan Brooks, Kordell Young and Mason Robinson. Martinek and Brooks exploded onto the scene last year and are great all around, tough physical backs with quick, shifty, explosive backs in Young and Robinson. All are weapons out of the backfield as well.

-We're returning our entire OL. Led by stud LT Anthony Davis, we're a strong all around line, who've got more experience under our belt. Ryan Blasczcyk being the 5th year senior anchoring us at the center spot. Ruch, Barbieri, Forst and Haslem will battle for the other 3 spots, all are capable of filling them in and have started at some point. Rotated playing time last year.

-At LB, we lost our big tackling machine in Malast, but we should be fine. D'Imperio was hurt for the majority of last year and is our top LB'er. He's a nice pro prospect who you'll all know come January. Manny Abreu is a young athletic freak that better see some time this year, and should. Blair Bines and Damaso Munoz are solid LBers and hard hitters. An experienced group and solid talent all around.

Weaknesses: QB, WR

-Teel's gone! but still, he was a winner for us and probably the best QB in RU's history. Right now, we've got excellent raw and young talent with DC Jefferson and Tom Savage, but Savage won't see time this year and Jefferson's very raw. Lovelace is a runner and just hilarious because of his name, but isn't a good full time starting QB, leaving senior Dom Natale who has shown some flashes, but eh. Hopefully one of them surprises me

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we've got Timmy Brown, a small speedster. He rocks my socks. But behind him, it's young and unproven talent. Young Marcus Cooper has some nice talent. Andrew DePaola is a 5th year senior...who used to play QB. Julian Hayes and Keith Stroud are some nice bigger options, but really, we've got seniors who haven't seen time and young kids who need to come up big
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Honestly I can't get very excited about anything UConn is in store for. The main strength is at linebacker with Scott Lutrus, etc. The weakness I'd say is the overall experience of the team - they just lost A LOT of good players. Donald Brown, William Beatty, Cody Brown, Julius Williams, Darius Butler, etc. Even Tyler Lorenzen left. He was terrible but Zach Frazer didn't exactly look promising last year either.
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Strongest: Offensive Backfield, Defensive Backfield
Weakness: Offensive Line (at this point it's the only obvious one)
Just want to expand on this a little because I'm bored...

Tim Tebow puts us in the best position of any team in the country at quarterback, considering the offense we run. He's a senior, the NCAA's best leader, and will be able to put the team on his back even if they're struggling. Then, we have Chris Rainey, Jeff Demps, Brandon James. All are perfect fits for the offense.

I'm somewhat concerned about a pretty inexperienced WR corps... Deonte Thompson should explode, but Carl Moore and/or Riley Cooper will need to fill Lou Murphy's shoes. Debose and Thompson combined should be able to replace Percy's production, though they aren't Percy Harvin.

The offensive line will have, I believe, 3 first-year starters. Carl Johnson, Matt Patchan, and one of the guards. The Pouncey twins will need to anchor things, but it's a line full of 5 star recruits, so if they can even come close to their potential, there shouldn't be a problem.

The defensive front is the weakest part of the defense, and that's saying something considering it's anchored by potential first rounders Carlos Dunlap and Jermaine Cunningham. The variable will be the interior linemen, where it seems like Omar Hunter will need to step up, but don't count out seeing Torrey Davis back on the team.

Linebackers... Brandon Spikes anchors things, and the outside linebackers are all on the same level more or less and will be rotated in and out to keep them fresh.

The defensive backfield is the second strongest part of the team... Joe Haden and Janoris Jenkins are both probably going to be first round picks when they come out, and for good reason. They'll both be locking down receivers on the outside, leaving Major Wright free to roam and knock people the **** out, while Ahmad Black can play centerfield like last season.
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Tim Tebow puts us in the best position of any team in the country at quarterback, considering the offense we run. He's a senior, the NCAA's best leader, and will be able to put the team on his back even if they're struggling. Then, we have Chris Rainey, Jeff Demps, Brandon James. All are perfect fits for the offense.

I'm somewhat concerned about a pretty inexperienced WR corps... Deonte Thompson should explode, but Carl Moore and/or Riley Cooper will need to fill Lou Murphy's shoes. Debose and Thompson combined should be able to replace Percy's production, though they aren't Percy Harvin.

The offensive line will have, I believe, 3 first-year starters. Carl Johnson, Matt Patchan, and one of the guards. The Pouncey twins will need to anchor things, but it's a line full of 5 star recruits, so if they can even come close to their potential, there shouldn't be a problem.

The defensive front is the weakest part of the defense, and that's saying something considering it's anchored by potential first rounders Carlos Dunlap and Jermaine Cunningham. The variable will be the interior linemen, where it seems like Omar Hunter will need to step up, but don't count out seeing Torrey Davis back on the team.

Linebackers... Brandon Spikes anchors things, and the outside linebackers are all on the same level more or less and will be rotated in and out to keep them fresh.

The defensive backfield is the second strongest part of the team... Joe Haden and Janoris Jenkins are both probably going to be first round picks when they come out, and for good reason. They'll both be locking down receivers on the outside, leaving Major Wright free to roam and knock people the **** out, while Ahmad Black can play centerfield like last season.
Maybe you should mention that the defending national champ Gators are returning all 11 starters on defense, so I'd say the whole defense was a strength.
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Strengths: RB, DL, LB

Royster, Beachum, Shaine Thompson(looked real good in spring ball), and Stephon Green return to carry the load. Royster is the best RB in the B10 and could end up being one of the best in the nation. Green is the change of pace back and will provide excellent speed. Thompson and Beachum are tough runners who could come in late in games and get some carries.

We lost Maybin and Evans, but we return Odrick. We have young, but very talented defensive ends. Devon Still FINALLY is healthy and I hope he can push for the starting job. Everyone watch out for Jack Crawford. He could be better than both Maybin and Evans.

LB is always our strength. We have Bowman and Lee returning as our starters, and we have an up and coming star in Michael Mauti. I think we could have the best linebacking corps in college football. Mike Yancich is a guy to keep an eye on. He could fight for PT.


Weakness: OL, Secondary, WR

Although we are going to be young on the OL, it is weak because they are inexpierenced. I believe the current group could be better than our 08 line. DeOn'tae Pannell should man LT, Dennis Landholt at LG, Stefen Wisniewski at C, Matt Stankiewitch at RG, and I think Lou Eliades at RT. I could see 5* OT Eric Shrive fight for time at RT for Penn State his true Frosh year.

Our secondary is inexpierenced coming into the season. Knowledge Timmons and AJ Wallace are the starting corners with true frosh Darrell Givens fighting for time as the third corner. We have a lot of youngsters at corner that could be fighting for time. Safety is another weak spot, but Drew Astorino and Gerald Hodges could be our starting safties and will be better than last year's crop.


We lost three starters at WR last year, and that is going to be tough. Replacing them, we have Derek Moye, Chaz Powell, Graham Zug, Brett Brackett, AJ Price, and a bunch of freshman, Justin Brown, Shawney Kersey, and Derrick Thomas. I personally believe Powell will make the most impact on the offense, but our future is bright at WR.
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Maybe you should mention that the defending national champ Gators are returning all 11 starters on defense, so I'd say the whole defense was a strength.
Yeah but we've lost a few on the defensive line. It's barely a concern, but it is one, considering the guys we have are somewhat injury prone.
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Scotty you forgot Witherspoon at LB. He transferred from Michigan as a 4* and I'm pretty excited to see him in action this year as well.
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Scotty you forgot Witherspoon at LB. He transferred from Michigan as a 4* and I'm pretty excited to see him in action this year as well.
damn, yes. How'd I forget him? we've got quite the dirty LB group. I think sadly, we're going to need some offense and field position from our D this year big time
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damn, yes. How'd I forget him? we've got quite the dirty LB group. I think sadly, we're going to need some offense and field position from our D this year big time
Yes sir. Playing great D and running the ball down other teams throats is whats going to win us games this year.
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weakness---oline, young but talented; starting lt donnie barclay played og last season (sparingly); had surgery to repair broken tibia, but should be back by beginning of july; soph og josh jenkins, played sparingly before getting injured (actually played in crucial situations); sr rt selvish capers is only returning starter (and he is shaky; has shown flashes); thats 3 that have experience

depth at rb---after devine, it's mark rodgers, then ??? more than likely incoming freshman shawne alston; ran for 2,000 in va last year, including 1,000 in the playoffs; at 220 lbs, the big back we need

unknown---qb; jarrett brown has the tools, and has waited 4 years behind pat white; big qb who can run when needed; very strong arm; hopefully he plays like he has the capability to

strengths---defense; return 3 starting dline (including 2 back-ups, and incoming juco de tevita finau); return 2 starting lb (reed williams missed last year and got med rs; pat lazear played a lot in his absence and moves to sam; jt thomas should be 1st team big east at will); secondary returns 4 starters (cb brandon hogan; fs eain smith---split time with robert sands; spur safety sidney glover is in his 2nd year as a starter, though got a lot of time as a fr; bandit safety robert sands split time at fs, but has been moved to bandit to be closer to the line, where his strength is)

this is a unit that was 35th overall, 9th in scoring, and 1st in red zone defense; should be among the countries best, with 9 out of 11 that have started, and another that got a lot of playing time; best thing is, we will only lose 1 starter after this year, meaning it could be even better in 2010
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