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  1. 30 points
    Due to the easier accessibility of player stats thanks to @Jieret and everyone who helped put together the consolidated statsheet, the nerds at the Chicago Tribune's college football analytics department have a lot less work to do to put together the annual preseason ratings. That means that teaser time comes early as well in the form of our (hopefully annual) outlook ratings. As a reminder, the formula used takes into account past performance, recruiting rankings, and returning production. What you're about to see is where that as-yet-unreleased final rating compares to last year's performance as measured by readjusted margin of victory (which is opponent-adjusted margin of victory, but opponent-adjusted a second time)--not in comparison to their win-loss record. We'll also include which category each team does best in, weighted the same way that the preseason ratings formula is weighted. From worst to best, the outlook ratings go: Freefall (regression worse than 2 standard deviations below the mean, 6 teams) Bearish (regression worse than 1 standard deviation below the mean, 14 teams) Mildly Bearish (regression worse than one-third of one standard deviation below the mean, 27 teams) Steady (within one-third of one standard deviation of the mean in either direction, 42 teams) Mildly Bullish (improvement better than one-third of one standard deviation above the mean, 33 teams) Bullish (improvement better than 1 standard deviation above the mean, 19 teams) Skyrocketing (improvement better than 2 standard deviations above the mean, 1 team) One standard deviation corresponds to ~21.6 spots in outlook regression/improvement. This is NOT the preseason ratings, just the one-year trend. A really good team in 2022 with a bearish outlook in 2023 can still be expected to be better than a really bad team in 2022 with a bullish outlook in 2023, and last year's top teams are generally not gonna rate above "steady" just because they have no room to improve. AAC East Cincinnati: Steady; Best Category: 2022 Performance Connecticut: Steady; Best Category: 2022 Performance East Carolina: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Returning Production USF: Bullish (no pun intended); Best Category: Recruiting Temple: Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting UCF: Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting AAC West Houston: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Memphis: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Returning Production Navy: Steady; Best Category: Returning Production Tulsa: Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance SMU: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting Tulane: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance ACC Atlantic Boston College: Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting Clemson: Steady; Best Category: Recruiting Florida State: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Returning Production Louisville: Steady; Best Category: Returning Production NC State: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Syracuse: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Wake Forest: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance ACC Coastal Duke: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Returning Production Georgia Tech: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Miami (FL): Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting North Carolina: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Pittsburgh: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Virginia: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Virginia Tech: Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Big XII Conference Iowa State: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting Kansas: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting Kansas State: Steady; Best Category: 2022 Performance Oklahoma: Steady; Best Category: Recruiting West Virginia: Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Baylor: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting Oklahoma State: Steady; Best Category: 2022 Performance TCU: Steady; Best Category: Recruiting Texas: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: Recruiting Texas Tech: Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Big Ten East Indiana: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Maryland: Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting Michigan: Steady; Best Category: Recruiting Michigan State: Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Ohio State: Steady; Best Category: 2022 Performance Penn State: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting Rutgers: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Big Ten West Illinois: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Returning Production Iowa: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting Minnesota: Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting Nebraska: Freefall; Best Category: 2022 Performance Northwestern: Freefall; Best Category: 2022 Performance Purdue: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting Wisconsin: Steady; Best Category: 2022 Performance C-USA East Charlotte: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Returning Production Florida International: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Marshall: Steady; Best Category: 2022 Performance Middle Tennessee: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Returning Production Old Dominion: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Western Kentucky: Bullish; Best Category: Returning Production Florida Atlantic: Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting C-USA West Louisiana Tech: Steady; Best Category: Returning Production Rice: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: Recruiting North Texas: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Returning Production Southern Miss: Skyrocketing; Best Category: Returning Production UTEP: Steady; Best Category: Returning Production UTSA: Bullish; Best Category: Returning Production UAB: Bullish; Best Category: Returning Production MAC East Akron: Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Bowling Green: Steady; Best Category: 2022 Performance Buffalo: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Returning Production Kent State: Steady; Best Category: 2022 Performance Miami (OH): Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Ohio: Steady; Best Category: 2022 Performance MAC West Ball State: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting Central Michigan: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: Returning Production Eastern Michigan: Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Northern Illinois: Freefall; Best Category: 2022 Performance Toledo: Steady; Best Category: Recruiting Western Michigan: Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance MWC Mountain Air Force: Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting Boise State: Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting Colorado State: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance New Mexico: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Utah State: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting Wyoming: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance MWC West Fresno State: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting Hawaii: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Returning Production Nevada: Steady; Best Category: Recruiting San Diego State: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting San Jose State: Steady; Best Category: 2022 Performance UNLV: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Returning Production Pac-12 North California: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting Oregon: Bearish; Best Category: Recruiting Oregon State: Steady; Best Category: 2022 Performance Stanford: Freefall; Best Category: 2022 Performance Washington: Steady; Best Category: 2022 Performance Washington State: Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting Pac-12 South Arizona: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Arizona State: Steady; Best Category: 2022 Performance Colorado: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance UCLA: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting USC: Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Utah: Steady; Best Category: 2022 Performance SEC East Florida: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting Georgia: Steady; Best Category: Returning Production Kentucky: Freefall; Best Category: 2022 Performance Missouri: Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting South Carolina: Steady; Best Category: Recruiting Tennessee: Steady; Best Category: Recruiting Vanderbilt: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting SEC West Alabama: Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Arkansas: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting Auburn: Steady; Best Category: 2022 Performance LSU: Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting Mississippi State: Steady; Best Category: Returning Production Ole Miss: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Texas A&M: Steady; Best Category: 2022 Performance Sun Belt East Appalachian State: Steady; Best Category: 2022 Performance Coastal Carolina: Bullish; Best Category: Returning Production Georgia Southern: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting Georgia State: Bullish; Best Category: Returning Production Troy: Steady; Best Category: 2022 Performance Sun Belt West Arkansas State: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Louisiana-Lafayette: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Returning Production Louisiana-Monroe: Steady; Best Category: 2022 Performance South Alabama: Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting Texas State: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Recruiting FBS Independents Notre Dame: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance BYU: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Army: Mildly Bullish; Best Category: Returning Production UMass: Steady; Best Category: Recruiting Liberty: Steady; Best Category: Returning Production New Mexico State: Steady; Best Category: Recruiting FCS* Delaware: Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Eastern Washington: Steady; Best Category: Returning Production Harvard: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Illinois State: Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance James Madison: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: Returning Production Montana: Steady; Best Category: 2022 Performance New Hampshire: Steady; Best Category: Returning Production North Dakota: Freefall; Best Category: 2022 Performance North Dakota State: Steady; Best Category: Returning Production Northern Iowa: Steady; Best Category: Returning Production South Dakota State: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: 2022 Performance Youngstown State: Mildly Bearish; Best Category: Returning Production *note: FCS ratings are less likely to be reliable due to their one-game non-conference schedule and only one year of data
  2. 25 points
    Darman

    BOFA Awards

    The voting committee of BOFA has decided on who won the major awards for College Football in the 2022 season. Player Awards: Brian Brown National Player of the Year: Quarterback Troy McMurray RJ Stanford Offensive Player of the Year: Troy McMurray Tyrone Jones Defensive Player of the Year: Cornerback DeSean Barkley Jarius Shaw-Dodd Offensive Freshman of the Year: Quarterback Storm Whitaker Philip Moore Defensive Freshman of the Year: Defensive End Kayden Soriano De'Andre Hawkins Transfer of the Year: Troy McMurray Coaches Awards: TheUgly National Coach of the Year: Rome Randye FBS Coach of the Year: Rome Kirk Carter FCS Coach of the Year: SolutionA Jieret Group of Five Coach of the Year: Pumph Bingo Non Playoff Coach of the Year: SlinkyJr UBL Coach Man of the Year: Stormstopper Congratulations to all the winners of these awards, and those who were nominated.
  3. 16 points
    Jieret

    2023 Look-Ahead at the PAC South

    Now that we've hit that lull period in the CFBHC world - the dreaded offseason - all collegiate eyes inevitably turn to the future (except for Auburn, who are still cleaning up toilet paper. Congrats again!). So why not take that first glance at the rosters of tomorrow and get an idea of who's next to claim the crown? Today, we start with the members of the Pac-12 South. Let's dive in! Some notes before we begin: +1.0 improvement is assumed for all un-progressed players. Any progressed rosters will be noted. An in-position player will ALWAYS be used instead of any out-of-position players (OOP) regardless of skill (e.g. At center a 1.0/1.0 C will be listed ahead of a 5.0/5.0 G). Potential OOP players may be mentioned in the write-up. 3-4 vs. 4-3 guesses made based on perceived fit of existing personnel. Orange highlights show 2022 JuCo players, yellow highlights are true freshmen. Arizona Wildcats Offense Player Class Type Skill Pot Defense Player Class Type Skill Pot QB Christian Noonan Jr Pocket 3.5 4.0 DE Tyriek Humphrey (Sr) Contain 4.5 4.5 RB Josiah Smallwood So Power 2.0 4.5 DT Donte Spencer (Jr) 2-Gap 3.5 3.5 FB Prince Franklin Sr Pass Blocking 2.5 2.5 DE Gabriel Darwin-Turner Jr Contain 4.0 4.5 WR Zion Carroll (So) Speed 3.0 3.5 OLB J.T. Raji (So) Blitz 4.0 4.0 WR Eli LeDesma Sr Target 3.0 3.0 ILB Adam Norman Sr Mike 4.0 4.0 WR Vincent Hutton Sr Speed 3.0 3.0 ILB Eric Ervin Sr Will 4.5 4.5 TE Avery Witherspoon So Receiving 3.0 3.5 OLB Daniel Palmer Sr Coverage 3.5 3.5 OT Emil Colon (Sr) Pass Blocking 5.0 5.0 CB Nawkaw Rudd (Jr) Man Coverage 4.0 4.0 OG Mark Vanhorn (Sr) Run Blocking 4.0 4.0 CB Stephen Spencer (Jr) Zone Coverage 3.5 3.5 C Paul Abrams Jr Pass Blocking 3.0 3.0 CB Jerraud Collins (Fr) Zone Coverage 2.0 4.0 OG Luka Pratt Sr Pass Blocking 4.5 4.5 FS Lawrence Branch (Jr) Man Coverage 3.5 3.5 OT Julian Gilbert So Run Blocking 3.5 4.0 SS Thierno Herbert (So) Zone Coverage 3.0 4.0 Special Teams Player Class Type Skill Pot K Jesse Baugh Fr Accuracy 1.0 3.0 P Usher Sylvester Sr Accuracy 3.0 3.0 LS Charone Osgood Fr Traditional 1.0 4.0 PR KR Zaire Joyner Jr Hybrid 3.0 3.5 Despite a suddenly shaky special teams group and a less than exciting receiver group, @brightfalls might tell you that this Arizona squad will be much better than the one that started 5-0 only to faceplant in the second half of the 2022 season. A big part of that is the change behind center, where JuCo Christian Noonan will take over for a wildly ineffective Adam Slone. However, I expect that the overall formula for the Wildcats will be the same: Lean on a tough defense and the tough running of Josiah Smallwood, who gained 1215 yards last year as a true freshman. It helps that they snagged an impressive three players in JuCo to bolster the team for 2023, including stud linebacker Eric Ervin. Having said that Zona would much rather go for game winning TDs rather than FGs whenever possible; true freshmen Jesse Baugh and Charone Osgood would make for some nervy times at the end of a game. Possible OOP replacements/battles: 4/4 OG Samuel Teague filled in at center in 2022, and he could very well do so again in 2023 as a senior. CB Raymond Battle should be a 3/3.5 (So) and could take the nickel CB position over Collins. If scheme fit is a big consideration, the 'Cats could go with 2/4 redshirt freshman Landon Wilkes at free safety. Arizona State Sun Devils Offense Player Class Type Skill Pot Defense Player Class Type Skill Pot QB Alshon Simon-Alford (Jr) Hybrid 4.0 4.0 DE Parker Fry (Jr) Blitz 3.0 3.0 RB Israel Carlson (Jr) Power 5.0 5.0 DT Alpha Goldman (Jr) 2-Gap 4.5 4.5 FB Ned Kimball (Sr) Pass Blocking 3.0 3.0 DE Yariel Ordonez Sr Contain 2.5 2.5 WR Jordan Scott (Jr) Speed 4.5 5.0 OLB Samuel Goldman (Jr) Coverage 4.0 4.0 WR Deon Kirksey (So) Target 3.5 5.0 ILB Jared Hansen So Will 3.5 4.5 WR Eddie Hollis (Sr) Speed 3.5 3.5 OLB Kieran Skaggs (So) Coverage 4.0 4.0 TE Dylan Erickson Fr Receiving 1.0 4.0 CB Gavin Andrews-Bradley (Sr) Man Coverage 3.5 3.5 OT Daveed Edmonds Sr Pass Blocking 2.5 2.5 CB Nathan Spivey (Jr) Man Coverage 2.5 2.5 OG Ilan Damico (Sr) Run Blocking 3.5 3.5 CB Emmanuel Ricks (So) Zone Coverage 2.5 2.5 C Antonio Rogers Sr Pass Blocking 2.5 2.5 FS Antoine Ponder (Sr) Zone Coverage 3.5 3.5 OG Francisco Leyva (Sr) Pass Blocking 4.0 4.0 SS Chad Hinds (Sr) Zone Coverage 3.5 3.5 OT Benjamin Fallon Fr Run Blocking 2.5 2.5 Special Teams Player Class Type Skill Pot K Rafael Guinn (Sr) Accuracy 4.5 4.5 P Zack Mueller (Sr) Accuracy 4.0 4.0 LS Alex Coyle Fr Specialized 2.0 4.5 PR KR Amari Dunbar (Jr) Hybrid 3.0 4.5 Arizona State is nearly the opposite of their cross-state rivals in philosophy; most of their playmakers are on offense and they may need to outscore their opponents more than prevent them from scoring. Between Israel Carlson, Jordan Scott, and Deon Kirksey, ASU's offensive skill players are as talented as you'll find in the conference. But with an offensive line that looks pretty suspect, @ndunkelbarger69 may have to call a lot of rollouts and other plays designed to get QB Alshon Simon-Alford out of the pocket. Or you could just hand it off to Carlson and let him makes his own holes, that could work too. DT Alpha Goldman got all-PAC honors in 2022 and may need to be even better this year to make up for a secondary that doesn't scare anybody. Possible OOP replacements/battles: With talented guard Joseph Amato III coming off his redshirt season (projected 2.5/4.5), he or one of the other guards could slide over to center and start there. Colorado Buffaloes Offense Player Class Type Skill Pot Defense Player Class Type Skill Pot QB Mike Naylor (So) Scrambling 4.0 4.0 DE Josh Bain (Sr) Blitz 4.5 4.5 RB William Ruff (Sr) Speed 3.5 3.5 DT Jack Holland Sr 2-Gap 4.5 4.5 FB Beckett Williamson (Jr) Pass Blocking 4.5 4.5 DE Frank Hinson (So) Contain 3.5 3.5 WR LaRon Quarless (Fr) Target 2.0 4.5 OLB Frederick Grant III (So) Blitz 4.5 4.5 WR Nico Helm (Sr) Target 3.5 3.5 ILB Robert Dodson (So) Will 3.5 4.0 WR Ted Gore (Jr) Speed 3.5 3.5 ILB Khalil Blackwell (Fr) Mike 3.0 3.5 TE Kameron McCrary (So) Receiving 4.5 4.5 OLB Sam Caron (Sr) Blitz 5.0 5.0 OT Zachary Benedict (Jr) Pass Blocking 3.5 3.5 CB Chad Manuel (So) Zone Coverage 3.5 4.0 OG Rodrigo Rivera (So) Pass Blocking 3.0 4.0 CB Abdul Drummond (So) Man Coverage 3.0 3.5 C Constantine Rankin (Sr) Pass Blocking 3.5 3.5 CB Shaun Boykin (So) Zone Coverage 3.0 3.0 OG Wyatt Beck Jr Run Blocking 4.5 4.5 FS Cameron Ellington Fr Man Coverage 1.0 4.0 OT Abdoul Wiley (Jr) Pass Blocking 3.5 3.5 SS Ivan Borden (Sr) Man Coverage 4.0 4.0 Special Teams Player Class Type Skill Pot K Greg Creech Jr Accuracy 3.0 3.0 P Patryk Goetz (Sr) Accuracy 3.5 3.5 LS Andrew Abbas So Specialized 4.0 4.0 PR KR Colorado may have had a sour end to their 2022 season but the 2023 roster doesn't look that bad, even with WR Patrick Reardon leaving early for the draft. The Buffs could be more aerial in next year's attack - or at least more balanced, Ruff and Williamson are a perfectly capable backfield duo. Expect McCrary to get more looks from Mike Naylor. Signing JuCo DT Holland was a huge get, allowing @paperllamasunited to play a more traditional attacking 3-4. Mike linebacker Khalil Blackwell coming off of his redshirt should let OLB Jaden Rogers return to his more familiar outside position, although he'll have to wait until Sam Caron goes pro before getting a starting shot. Opposing offenses would love to test true frosh Cameron Ellington's coverage skills right away, but it remains to be seen if Caron and company give QBs that amount of time. Possible OOP replacements/battles: We all know Llamas isn't afraid to move players around if he feels the need to, so it wouldn't be a shock if he values the experience OLB Rogers has and keeps him at MLB over Blackwell. UCLA Bruins Offense Player Class Type Skill Pot Defense Player Class Type Skill Pot QB Aaron Harden (So) Scrambling 3.0 5.0 DE Shiloh Rowe (So) Blitz 3.5 3.5 RB Tremaine Clemons Fr Power 2.0 5.0 DT Nigel Ivey (Jr) 1-Gap 4.0 4.0 FB Calvin McClellan (Sr) Pass Blocking 5.0 5.0 DT Sila Tuputala Jr 2-Gap 4.0 5.0 WR Noah Tumaalii (Jr) Target 4.5 4.5 DE Shia Abernathy (So) Blitz 3.0 4.0 WR Brian D'Angelo (Jr) Speed 4.5 4.5 OLB Maxwell Mohr (So) Coverage 3.0 3.5 WR Nico Mahan Sr Target 3.5 3.5 ILB Dillon Hall (Jr) Will 4.5 4.5 TE Abraham Posey (So) Receiving 3.5 3.5 OLB Damian Thompson Fr Blitz 1.0 5.0 OT Shane Reese (So) Pass Blocking 3.5 4.0 CB Andrew Poole (Sr) Man Coverage 3.5 3.5 OG Ayden Kilpatrick (Jr) Pass Blocking 4.5 4.5 CB Travis Byrd (Jr) Man Coverage 3.5 3.5 C Elki St. John (So) Pass Blocking 3.0 3.5 CB Kai Wooten (Fr) Man Coverage 2.0 4.0 OG Brady Romano (Jr) Run Blocking 4.0 4.0 FS Nathan Tolliver (Fr) Zone Coverage 4.0 4.0 OT Shane Houston Fr Pass Blocking 1.5 5.0 SS Cayden Pendleton (Fr) Zone Coverage 2.5 4.0 Special Teams Player Class Type Skill Pot K Connor Green Fr Power 1.0 4.0 P Alex Kern (So) Power 3.0 3.5 LS Noa Figiel So Traditional 2.0 4.0 PR KR UCLA is in enviable position. They project to start four freshmen, but nearly all of them are starting because they're just that good. Start with Tremaine Clemons, the #2 RB prospect in the nation; @cultur3 must be excited to have an actual running game for the first time in his Bruins coaching career. That should free up time for A-A-RON HARD-ON to find Noah Tumaalii (how is Noah not like a 7th-year player at this point?) and fresh off a redshirt 2021 JuCo D'Angelo. The offensive line is solid enough that they should be able to cover for any mistakes blue-chip Houston could make, if he finds his way into the starting lineup. MASSIVE (6'4" 333!) JuCo Sila Tuputala will make the middle of the trenches nearly-impassible and tilt the odds further toward the rest of his linemates. The defense as a whole looks solid, if not elite. But it's a heck of a foundation, especially considering the overall class the Bruins pulled in. If I had to nitpick it's that no coach ever feels comfortable leaving placekicking duties to a true freshman, but Connor Green will probably look better in camp than 2/2 senior Jon Thurston. Possible OOP replacements/battles: If the coaching staff wants to value stability and consistency over upside plays, OT Jonah Diamond and OLB Bryce Tubbs (both 3/3) could slot in for Houston and OLB Damian Thompson respectively. USC Trojans (Already Progressed) Offense Player Class Type Skill Pot Defense Player Class Type Skill Pot QB Riley Sharp Fr Pocket 1.5 5.0 DE Austin Mason (Fr) Blitz 2.5 4.5 RB Charles Bowser (Jr) Power 4.5 4.5 DT Dovid Cutler (Sr) 1-Gap 3.0 3.0 WR Marc Ponder (Jr) Speed 5.0 5.0 DT Christian Callahan So 2-Gap 3.5 5.0 WR Brandon Willis Fr Speed 2.5 5.0 DE Terrell Francis Jr Blitz 3.0 3.0 WR Wendell Causey (Fr) Speed 2.5 5.0 OLB Gregory Gibson (Sr) Coverage 5.0 5.0 WR August Kenney Jr Speed 3.0 3.0 ILB Nate Garrett Jr Mike 4.5 4.5 TE Quinn Branham (Fr) Receiving 2.0 4.0 OLB Gabe Hooper So Coverage 2.5 3.5 OT Anthony McGregor So Pass Blocking 4.5 4.5 CB Maximillian Wilcox So Man Coverage 3.5 5.0 OG Mohammed Still So Pass Blocking 2.0 3.5 CB Darren Tamayo (Fr) Zone Coverage 2.5 4.0 C Conor Hall (Sr) Pass Blocking 4.5 4.5 CB Christian Stubbs So Man Coverage 3.0 3.0 OG Dennis Gonzalez Sr Run Blocking 4.5 4.5 FS Chase Clemons (Fr) Zone Coverage 3.0 4.5 OT Solomon Levesque (Fr) Run Blocking 2.5 3.5 SS Ryan Smiley (Fr) Zone Coverage 3.5 4.5 Special Teams Player Class Type Skill Pot K Austin Bowling (Sr) Accuracy 4.0 4.0 P Albert Abbrederis Fr Accuracy 2.0 4.0 LS Jared Randle Fr Specialized 1.0 3.5 PR KR Yes, first of all, that is a 4-WR lineup you see. USC has no fullbacks on the roster, so expect to see lots of 10 and 11 formations from the Trojan offense. Hope Riley Sharp is a quick study, because he's easily the best QB on the roster and should win the starting job outright (RIP the meme dreams of 1.5/3.5 QB Kevin Bacon). But Sharp has a LOT of weapons at his disposal - even with 2022's leading WR Samuel Gulla off to the draft there is still pro potential all up and down this offense. USC should be fighting with UCLA for the South's best offense all year long. @Jumbo must have been thanking his lucky stars that standout OLB Gregory Gibson didn't declare, as he and ILB Nate Garrett need to anchor a defense with many talented but young players. Unlike last year the Trojans were unsuccessful in covering holes in JuCo, so "transitional depth" such as DT Dovid Cutler will have to hold their own. At least Cutler has Christian Callahan to take up a lot of the slack on the line. It's also worth noting that quite a few of USC's young vital players (such as Causey, Callahan, Tamayo, Smiley) got the full +1.5 progressions. Possible OOP replacements/battles: Center Conor Hall also handled longsnapping duties last year, so I'd expect him to do the same this year. At placekicker, expect to see a spirited battle between Austin Bowling and Victor Oliveira. Will the senior's accuracy win out over the Brazilian national's stronger leg? Utah Utes Offense Player Class Type Skill Pot Defense Player Class Type Skill Pot QB Finn Leonard Fr Pocket 2.5 5.0 DE Dion Pryor So Contain 2.0 3.0 RB Derek Dale (Jr) Speed 3.0 3.0 DT Marlon Spencer Jr 2-Gap 3.0 3.5 FB Jacob Huntley Fr Pass Blocking 1.0 4.0 DE Aboubacar Alston Fr Contain 2.0 3.0 WR Zain Hyde Jr Target 3.5 4.5 OLB Ryan Hogan So Coverage 2.0 3.0 WR Dahntay Hayes Fr Speed 1.0 4.0 ILB Leo Schafer Jr Mike 3.0 3.0 WR Lucas Ragland Jr Target 3.0 3.0 ILB Kameron Broughton Jr Will 3.0 3.0 TE Anterea Tupuimatagi (Jr) Receiving 3.5 3.5 OLB Alex Odom Fr Blitz 1.0 4.5 OT Elijah Durham (Sr) Pass Blocking 4.5 4.5 CB Zion Hooker (Sr) Zone Coverage 4.5 4.5 OG Austyn Riggs Jr Pass Blocking 3.0 4.0 CB Akiem Powell (Jr) Zone Coverage 3.0 3.0 C Ralph Estep (Sr) Pass Blocking 3.5 3.5 CB Odel Irving (So) Zone Coverage 3.0 3.0 OG Joseph English (Sr) Pass Blocking 3.0 3.0 FS Avery Gilmore (Jr) Man Coverage 4.0 4.0 OT Jude Rader So Pass Blocking 2.0 3.0 SS Shaun Blackmon Fr Man Coverage 1.0 4.5 Special Teams K Oliver Shannon Fr Power 1.0 4.0 P Eli O'Donnell Jr Accuracy 2.5 2.5 LS Aruto Gonzalez So Traditional 2.0 3.5 PR KR In case you weren't aware, @Kirby killed it in recruiting this year. He needed to, considering the dearth of talent the Utes had on the roster, so it's no surprise that I'm projecting the Utes to start the most true freshmen of any Pac-12 team. Some of them such as "Sir" Finn Leonard are starting due to talent. Some such as DE Aboubacar Alston are starting because of a lack of talent on the current roster (Utah only returns one DE). But even with all the promise brought in this year, this looks like a starting lineup that aims to be more competitive than contending with the occasional surprise, courtesy of JuCo WR Zain Hyde and senior CB Zion Hooker. 2025? Now you're talking. Possible OOP replacements/battles: If the long-view and chemistry are the primary focus to Utah in 2023 it's possible that yet another true freshman could start; 1/4.5 RB Bronson Love. Jieret's first guess at 2023 Pac-12 South order of finish: UCLA USC Colorado Arizona Arizona State Utah Expect their rivalry game to settle which of UCLA and USC win the South, but I have UCLA ahead due to their starting young players having more upside than most of USC's, particularly on the offensive line. For positions 3-5 those teams are very fluid, but I have the Buffs ahead of the Arizona schools due to their better balance between offense and defense. That will do it for now, thanks for reading. Expect the Look-Ahead for the Pac-12 North to come out soon(-ish). Until next time!
  4. 15 points
    Bernard Taylor (31) has decided to call it quits after reaching the top for the second time in three years. "They say to go out when it feels right and I think that time has come. I want to thank the Packers organization and all the amazing teammates I had throughout the years for what they've given me. Coach Inspiral man, I love you. Go win a third, you deserve it," Taylor said visibly saddened at a press conference at the Packers facilities. "We'll miss you bud. You've given us everything for close to a decade," quarterback Jason Johnson said upon stepping up to the podium. Manny Ferguson added, "I know we only had a year together but I hope that some day I can become the legend to this organization that you clearly are." Choking back tears Taylor continued, "I've got a little son. I hope I can guide his journey going forward." When pressured about his future with football, Taylor gave us a little hint as to where he might be going. "You'll see me again, there's no end to this story quite yet. There's more than one side to this game and I don't think my wife will be able to handle me staying home for too long."
  5. 13 points
    Jieret

    2023 Look-Ahead at the PAC North

    Just as we did for the Pac-12 South (link), we'll take a dive into what I think the starting 2023 rosters for the Pac-12 North will look like, and take a VERY early swing at how those teams will finish based on said rosters. Reminder before we begin: +1.0 improvement is assumed for all un-progressed players. Any progressed rosters will be noted. An in-position player will ALWAYS be used instead of any out-of-position players (OOP) regardless of skill (e.g. At center a 1.0/1.0 C will be listed ahead of a 5.0/5.0 G). Potential OOP starters may be mentioned in the write-up. 3-4 vs. 4-3 guesses made based on perceived fit of existing personnel. Orange highlights show 2022 JuCo players, yellow highlights are true freshmen. California Golden Bears Offense Player Class Type Skill Pot Defense Player Class Type Skill Pot QB Nick Ellison (Jr) Scrambling 4.0 4.0 DE Jamal Dorsey (So) Blitz 4.0 4.0 RB Zachary McFadden (Sr) Speed 4.5 4.5 DT ATH Adam Gibson Jr 2-Gap 3.0 5.0 FB Lorenzo Shearer (So) Run Blocking 3.5 4.0 DE Sincere Brinson Fr Contain 1.5 3.0 WR Spencer Sharpe Sr Speed 5.0 5.0 OLB Mamadou Holliday Sr Coverage 4.0 4.5 WR Marcus Hightower (So) Speed 3.5 5.0 ILB D'Andre Phillips (Jr) Mike 4.0 4.5 WR Oscar Burr (Jr) Speed 3.5 3.5 ILB Phillip Randall (Fr) Will 2.0 4.5 TE Kahiau Alama (So) Receiving 4.0 4.0 OLB Dean Hart (Fr) Coverage 2.5 3.0 OT Philip Engel Jr Run Blocking 4.0 5.0 CB Shaq Kimbrough Sr Zone Coverage 4.0 4.0 OG Walt Anders (Fr) Pass Blocking 2.0 3.5 CB Nicholas Ragland (Jr) Man Coverage 3.0 3.0 C John Eubanks (Jr) Run Blocking 4.5 4.5 CB Zachary Riggins (Fr) Zone Coverage 2.0 3.5 OG Philip Barber (Jr) Run Blocking 4.0 4.5 FS Quincy Sterling Fr Zone Coverage 2.0 3.5 OT Erik Oliva (Sr) Run Blocking 3.0 3.0 SS Joshua Parris (Fr) Zone Coverage 2.5 3.5 Special Teams Player Class Type Skill Pot K Patrick Kane (So) Accuracy 3.5 3.5 P Jeremiah Norris (Sr) Power 3.5 3.5 LS Jamal Grayson Sr Specialized 3.5 3.5 PR Rafael Anaya Jr Specialist 3.0 4.0 KR We start off with one of the more interesting teams in the North division as @noodlz2 not only gets to actually set his roster from scratch, but he'll probably have more decisions to make on the starting 22 than any other Pac-12 coach. Step one is determining the starting RB; Zachary McFadden is the incumbent but 2021 JuCo Raekwon Elam is just as talented and provides a different component to his runs. The Golden Bears will want to get this right - with eight of eleven starters having pro potential including long-time starter Nick Ellison and a pair of potential early-round pick wideouts in senior Spencer Sharpe and redshirt sophomore Marcus Hightower, the offense could do some damage in 2023. The defense, on the other hand, is a curious mishmash of talent (I actually expect Adam Gibson and Mamadou Holliday to progress better than what is listed) and youth that in an ideal world shouldn't be starting. They'll have their moments, but those moments will be more spread out than Cal would like. Possible OOP replacements/battles: Raekwon Elam vs. Zachary McFadden. 3.5/3.5 C Leonard Ulrich started at guard in 2022 and could very well do that again in 2023. In the high-ceiling vs. high-floor debate: - DE/ATH 2.0/2.5 Tim Everett may get some run instead of Sincere Brinson, and - Last year's starter at SS, Stephen Rawls, is still around. - And we can't forget blue-chipper Chris Darnell, who pulled double-duty at placekicker and punter at the start of the season as a true freshman. He could very well redshirt this year! Oregon Ducks Offense Player Class Type Skill Pot Defense Player Class Type Skill Pot QB Josh Allman Jr Pocket 4.0 4.5 DE Marquise Guy Sr Blitz 3.0 3.0 RB Luke Cleary Fr Power 3.0 4.5 DT D'Andre Sample (So) 1-Gap 3.0 3.0 FB Ashton Lowery Sr Pass Blocking 2.0 2.0 DT Lakopo Moli (Jr) 1-Gap 3.0 4.0 WR Benjamin Solomon Jr Target 3.5 4.5 DE Golden Grigson (Fr) Blitz 2.0 4.0 WR Gael Trujillo (So) Speed 2.0 4.0 OLB Jacob Gaines (So) Coverage 3.0 5.0 WR Lavonte Cobb Sr Target 3.0 3.0 ILB Ryder Gruber So Mike 2.0 4.0 TE Jack Booth So Receiving 4.5 5.0 OLB Mayer Emerson (Sr) Coverage 4.0 4.0 OT Jadon Moses Sr Pass Blocking 4.5 4.5 CB Jamir Lacey Sr Zone Coverage 5.0 5.0 OG Jayson Waller (Jr) Pass Blocking 4.0 4.0 CB Donte Terry (Sr) Zone Coverage 4.5 4.5 C Brian McMedley (So) Run Blocking 4.0 4.5 CB Kayvon Harris Fr Man Coverage 2.0 5.0 OG Roberto Goldberg (Jr) Pass Blocking 4.0 5.0 FS Andrew Thomas Sr Man Coverage 4.0 4.0 OT Chase Huston (Jr) Pass Blocking 3.5 4.5 SS Taye Williams Fr Zone Coverage 1.5 5.0 Special Teams Player Class Type Skill Pot K Jeffrey Avery (Sr) Power 3.0 3.0 P John Schuler (Sr) Power 3.5 3.5 LS Omar Reynolds Sr Specialized 3.5 3.5 Despite winning the Pac-12 North and the Rose Bowl last year, I wonder if Oregon feels like they left something on the table. A playoff berth was within reach but an untimely injury to RB Avery Dillard forced the Ducks to go pass-heavy, something QB Jason Baum and the 2022 Duck WR corps couldn't quite handle. So in come three new offensive starters; two from JuCo and the third (RB Luke Cleary) is good enough to be mistaken for a JuCo. Combine that with another year of seasoning for stud TE Jack Booth and an offensive line that boasts pro potential across all their starters, and the Duck offense will look much better than they did last year. Perhaps they'll even look like a... blur? Beset case scenario they do, because the Duck defense is probably still tired from carrying so much weight last year. On top of that they lost quite a few starters - including DE Donte Floyd who was a surprise declaration. But their secondary is among the best in the conference if not THE best and their linebackers underwent trial by fire last year, so it's not like that side of the ball is barren. The pass rush may have to come more from the interior line rather than the edges, though. Possible OOP replacements/battles: The starters look pretty well entrenched in these spots, even true freshman Taye Williams - we've seen that @bingo415 isn't afraid to play the youngsters. Expect last year's nickel back starter, Chance Muse, to redshirt as he's replaced by another true freshman in Kayvon Harris. Oregon State Beavers (Already Progressed) Offense Player Class Type Skill Pot Defense Player Class Type Skill Pot QB Eli Sherrill (Sr) Pocket 4.0 4.0 DE Larry Swain (So) Blitz 3.0 4.0 RB Jayden Frey (So) Speed 3.0 4.0 DT Erik Benner (Jr) 2-Gap 3.5 3.5 FB Walt Eaton (So) Pass Blocking 3.5 3.5 DE David Rainey Sr Contain 3.5 3.5 WR James Reed (Jr) Target 3.5 3.5 OLB Jacob Cotton Jr Blitz 3.5 3.5 WR Kyle Stallings Jr Target 3.0 3.0 ILB Tony Ennis Sr Will 3.5 3.5 WR Connor Priest (Fr) Target 2.0 3.0 ILB Nathaniel Brumfield Sr Mike 3.5 3.5 TE Mason Hamm (So) Receiving 3.0 3.5 OLB Ronan Ulrich (So) Blitz 3.5 3.5 OT Mason Hamby (Jr) Pass Blocking 4.0 4.0 CB Dylan Talbert (So) Zone Coverage 3.0 4.0 OG Brody Harvey (So) Pass Blocking 3.0 4.0 CB Sincere Harris Sr Zone Coverage 3.0 3.0 C Antonio Bolin (Sr) Pass Blocking 3.5 3.5 CB Daveed Lawton Sr Zone Coverage 3.0 3.0 OG Johann Mendoza-Ibarra (Jr) Run Blocking 3.5 3.5 FS Adam Harden Sr Zone Coverage 3.0 3.0 OT Nathan Baumgartner (So) Pass Blocking 4.0 4.0 SS Eli Woods (Jr) Zone Coverage 3.5 3.5 Special Teams Player Class Type Skill Pot K Elliot Ellis (Sr) Accuracy 4.0 4.0 P Angelo O'Brien Jr Power 3.0 3.0 LS Naiquon Lattimore So Specialized 2.0 3.0 PR KR Nicholas Fields So Specialist 2.0 2.5 If the concept of "P5 replacement level" existed, it would surely have the Beavers' logo next to it in the encyclopedia. It will be up to @fusion82 to get them anywhere higher than that. The offense looks... okay. Eli Sherrill is fine, and his starting receivers neither excite nor embarrass. Redshirt sophomore Jayden Frey will surely do a good job carrying the mail for Oregon State and is probably the player I'm most excited for on this roster. The offensive line can hold its own against most defensive fronts, but the elite talents will probably get through more often than not. The defense looks okay... for a Sun Belt team. They're lacking in impact talent and getting old - the price they've paid for not having a consistent coach. That secondary in particular is going to be targeted a lot - not a happy thought for Beaver fans considering the Pac-12 offenses they'll be facing. Possible OOP replacements/battles: Nothing here that stands out. Much like this team in general. Stanford Cardinal Offense Player Class Type Skill Pot Defense Player Class Type Skill Pot QB Ilan Downing (Sr) Scrambling 3.5 3.5 DE Byron Betts (Fr) Contain 2.0 4.0 RB Jeremiah Bonner (Fr) Power 2.0 5.0 DT Kofi Hyde So 2-Gap 2.0 4.5 FB John Mead III So Run Blocking 3.0 4.0 DE Shawntez Solomon (Fr) Blitz 2.0 4.5 WR Aboubacar Oates So Speed 2.0 4.5 OLB Dennis Carlton (So) Blitz 3.0 3.5 WR Jake Britton So Speed 2.0 4.0 ILB Jamari Amos Fr Mike 2.5 3.5 WR Shia Golden So Target 2.0 3.5 ILB Mikeal Holman (Fr) Will 2.0 4.0 TE Joseph Hanson (So) Blocking 3.0 3.0 OLB Alex Melendez (Fr) Blitz 2.0 4.0 OT Robert Davies Jr Pass Blocking 4.5 5.0 CB Donovan Powell (Jr) Zone Coverage 4.0 4.0 OG Lukas Pence (So) Run Blocking 3.0 3.5 CB Damani Driver (Jr) Zone Coverage 4.0 4.0 C Victor Parson (Sr) Run Blocking 3.5 3.5 CB Hakeem Grey So Man Coverage 3.0 4.0 OG Siaosi Louganis (Fr) Pass Blocking 2.0 4.0 FS Branden Bonner Fr Man Coverage 1.5 4.5 OT Lenny LeDesma (Jr) Pass Blocking 4.5 4.5 SS Adalius Poole (Fr) Zone Coverage 2.0 4.5 Special Teams Player Class Type Skill Pot K Dominick Faulkner (Sr) Accuracy 3.5 3.5 P Blake Thrasher Sr Accuracy 4.5 4.5 LS Riley Lombardo Jr Specialized 2.5 3.0 Troy McMurray bought the Cardinal some precious time with his Heisman-winning play, eyes now turn to the precocious receivers he's leaving behind. Both Aboubacar Oates and Jake Britton performed better than anyone expected (both had at least 50 catches and 850 receiving yards apiece), but can they do it again without TMac making magic happen? Landing hulking JuCo tackle Robert Davies will help, but the answer might be to dial things back a bit and lean on stud running back Jeremiah Bonner. That should allow senior Ilan Downing to act as a game managing QB instead of needing to win games with his arm. Defensively youth is served for Stanford; they only have three projected starters in their third year or greater and I expect two true freshmen to slide right into the lineup. Coach @believer may have to trust his secondary to stand on their own while the front seven goes through some growing pains. I mean, five out of the front seven projected starters are freshmen of some type! Shawntez Solomon could be a star here if he isn't hampered too much by Furd's 3-4 scheme. Possible OOP replacements/battles: Redshirt freshman C Uluwehi Seumanufagai (2.5/4.5) could push the senior Parson in training camp for the starting position. Washington Huskies Offense Player Class Type Skill Pot Defense Player Class Type Skill Pot QB Jake Davis Sr Pocket 5.0 5.0 DE Cassius Garner Fr Blitz 1.0 5.0 RB Kofi Walls (Jr) Speed 4.0 4.0 DT Bruce Ellington So 1-Gap 3.0 3.5 FB Louis Drummond (So) Run Blocking 3.0 3.0 DT Dominique Black Sr 1-Gap 5.0 5.0 WR D.D. Dyson (So) Target 3.0 5.0 DE Antoine Dudley (Jr) Blitz 3.5 4.0 WR Charles Kemp (Jr) Speed 4.0 4.0 OLB Jaden Grace (Sr) Coverage 4.0 4.0 WR Felipe Flores (So) Speed 3.0 3.5 ILB Walter Daugherty (Jr) Will 4.0 4.0 TE Eddie Curry (Sr) Blocking 3.5 3.5 OLB Solomon Wheatley Fr Blitz 3.0 4.0 OT Patryk Lawson (Sr) Run Blocking 4.5 4.5 CB Kofi Dennis (Jr) Man Coverage 4.0 4.0 OG Charlie Barker Jr Run Blocking 3.0 4.0 CB Richard Middleton (Jr) Man Coverage 3.5 3.5 C Jeremiah Chapman (Sr) Pass Blocking 3.0 3.0 CB Daniel Grady Sr Man Coverage 3.5 3.5 OG Logan Romano (Sr) Run Blocking 5.0 5.0 FS Aboubacar Ward (Jr) Zone Coverage 3.5 3.5 OT Alan Robertson (Sr) Run Blocking 4.0 4.0 SS D'Onta Streeter Fr Zone Coverage 2.0 5.0 Special Teams Player Class Type Skill Pot K Caleb Giordano (Jr) Power 3.0 3.0 P Jayden Kruger (Sr) Power 4.5 4.5 LS Bobby Heaton Jr Traditional 3.0 3.5 Alright Jake, this is it - your last chance at bringing a division title to Montlake. The Huskies offense revolves around their four-year starter, and Davis has talent around him - even if they aren't the same ones he had last year. Farewell Davis Harley and Jason Ivy, step on up D.D. Dyson and Charles Kemp. Thank you C Leonlani Ata, welcome JuCo G Charlie Barker. Even if there is some feeling out to start the season, there's enough continuity and talent here that the offense should be able to carry most of the team load. And it doesn't have to be all on Jake Davis' shoulders either - Kofi Walls should ensure that defenses can't key solely on the pass. Of course I said that last year too about the offense, and it ended up being the defense that stepped up. After the tire fire that was the Stanford game, the Husky defense simplified things and let their players play. The result was a unit which showed a surprising amount of iron, giving up just over 15 PPG over their last eleven games (i.e. post-TMac). But now they could start as many as four newcomers to the team. While Dom Black projects to be a like-for-like replacement to Julius Mercer, D'Onta Streeter looking like the possibly the best UW safety since Darius Jones, and true frosh Solomon Wheatley should be a more-than-capable complement to senior Jaden Grace, end Cassius Garner looks to play earlier than the coaching staff would like since all-time Husky sack leader Jermon McKnight left early for the NFL. Placekicking could be a factor also, with untested junior Caleb Giordano taking over for the graduated Luka Jacobson. Possible OOP replacements/battles: True freshman K Anthony Doyle (2/3.5) could play this year if Giordano struggles. Washington State Cougars Offense Player Class Type Skill Pot Defense Player Class Type Skill Pot QB Bradley Hassan (Jr) Hybrid 4.0 4.0 DE Quincy Hobson (Sr) Blitz 5.0 5.0 RB Bill Hoffman (Jr) Power 4.0 4.0 DT Malachi Overton (Jr) 2-Gap 4.0 4.0 FB William Seay (So) Run Blocking 4.5 4.5 DE Emmanuel Knox Sr Contain 4.5 4.5 WR Luke Sikuli (Jr) Speed 4.0 4.5 OLB Cameron Maxwell (Jr) Coverage 4.5 4.5 WR Maximilian Newsome Fr Speed 3.0 3.5 ILB Aaron Mathis Sr Will 5.0 5.0 WR Raphael Perdue (So) Speed 2.5 3.5 ILB Christopher Orr Sr Mike 4.0 4.0 TE Ezekiel Rucker (So) Blocking 3.0 5.0 OLB Justin Shook (Sr) Blitz 3.5 3.5 OT Josh Amato (Jr) Pass Blocking 4.5 4.5 CB Darron Rucker Sr Man Coverage 5.0 5.0 OG Kaden Huggins (So) Pass Blocking 3.0 4.0 CB Lawrence Colbert (Fr) Zone Coverage 2.5 4.5 C Cooper Ferris Jr Run Blocking 3.5 3.5 CB Ian Gaston (Fr) Zone Coverage 2.0 4.0 OG Will Groves Jr Run Blocking 4.5 5.0 FS Lardarius Braswell Jr. (So) Zone Coverage 3.5 3.5 OT Victor France Sr Pass Blocking 4.0 4.0 SS Thomas Gay (So) Zone Coverage 3.0 4.5 Special Teams Player Class Type Skill Pot K Benjamin Gray (Sr) Power 4.5 4.5 P Lane Adair (Sr) Power 4.5 4.5 LS Bryce Holt (Jr) Traditional 4.0 5.0 PR KR Felipe Puente (So) Hybrid 3.0 4.0 When you see as few newcomers cracking the starting lineup as Washington State has, it usually means one of two things: The upperclassmen are really good, or The incoming class isn't ready. In this case it's both; many of the players that made Wazzu such a trendy division pick last year return. With an experienced coach in @TuscanSota guiding the team from the get-go, chances are better that they'll live up to that lofty promise. And they'll need to; there wasn't a lot of high-end talent in the 2022 recruiting class and only Florida wideout Newsome should start immediately opposite Luke Sikuli. But the offense is solid really losing only LT Riley Greenfield, and the timeline suggests they'll can threaten for the conference in 2023 AND 2024 - if Tuscan can figure out how to maximize their potential. With six seniors and two fourth-year juniors, the Cougar defense is built to win now. They may actually be the best in the conference with three possible first-round picks in Hobson, Mathis, and Rucker. Unlike the offense the defensive scheme should be a lot easier to figure out; it's just a matter of coaching and fine-tuning. Possible OOP replacements/battles: Receivers Landon Muse and Josiah Hopkins could be battling for the slot WR role - or even for the WR4 position if Wazzu wants to go more spread/vertical. Jieret's first guess at 2023 Pac-12 North order of finish: Oregon Washington Washington State California Stanford Oregon State Sadly I currently have the Ducks again winning the North, although there's certainly room for the Huskies to supplant them if their young defensive players step up. The Cougars certainly have the talent to go all the way, and if they can figure things out they very well can get there - it's a matter of how soon they figure it out. Cal and Stanford are a coin flip, but I like the Golden Bears' offense more than I do the Cardinal defense. And Oregon State... is Oregon State until proven otherwise. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed these writeups, and we hope to continue these periodic pieces as the offseason rolls on. Until next time!
  6. 13 points
    joedchi

    BDubs blocks CFBHC.com

  7. 13 points
    @Suffocation Matched cause why not.
  8. 12 points
    Where did you fall on THE LIST? For you new folks, you might be asking yourself, "Self, what in the world is Elo?" For us, Elo is just a measurement of a team's success over its entire history, with more recent years being more important. Every team starts out at the same rating when they're generated (that value decreases by 50 points every two seasons), but as games are played, their ratings are weighed against each other and changed. Margin of Victory is a factor, but it has a diminishing return to prevent teams from being overly rewarded for blowing out trash opponents. After every season, teams are moved back towards 1500 by a factor of 1/3rd. So if your team ended at 1200, you'll start the next season at 1300. That's basically all you need to know. This is based on the 538 NFL Elo formula, so you could theoretically use their point spread formula. Every 25 point difference is worth a point, but I have no idea how accurate that is for college football or the site in general. Now that you are educated, HERE'S THE LIST Note: Names don't have any spaces.
  9. 12 points
    Apologies for the delay, it's been a busy week. Congratulations on the championship @SolutionA, well deserved. Fuck cancer indeed.
  10. 11 points
    I am speaking with you all today to announce that after much talk, I have purchased the Baltimore Raves and will be taking over as owner. Having recently joined the organization as Coach I know it quite the promotion, but chances like this do not come everyday. I hope to continue the work done on improving this team and return it to its winning ways. At this time I will be taking questions
  11. 11 points
    Jieret

    [2022] Pac-12 Final Power Rankings

    Another exciting CFBHC season is in the books, so it's time for one last look at 2022's Table of Questionable Worth. How did the Pac-12 CCG and Bowl performances affect the voters' perceptions of the Conference of Champions? Let's find out! Remember: If you don't like where you are, sucks for you until next season. Pac-12 Final Power Rankings Rank (Poll Pts.) Team (First Place Votes) Record (Conf. Record) Streak Change from Last Week 1 (108) USC Trojans (9) 13-2 (9-1) L1 - 2-tie (92) Oregon Ducks 10-4 (7-3) W1 +1 2-tie (92) Washington Huskies 10-3 (6-3) W2 +2 4 (85) Colorado Buffaloes 10-3 (7-2) L1 -2 5 (70) UCLA Bruins 8-5 (5-4) W1 +1 6 (65) Stanford Cardinal 8-5 (7-2) L1 -1 7 (50) Washington State Cougars 6-7 (4-5) L3 - 8 (49) Arizona State Sun Devils 6-7 (5-4) L1 - 9 (37) Arizona Wildcats 5-7 (2-7) L7 - 10 (26) California Golden Bears 4-8 (2-7) L4 - 11 (19) Utah Utes 2-10 (1-8) L6 - 12 (9) Oregon State Beavers 2-10 (0-9) L10 - Number of voters: 9 12 points awarded for first, 11 for second, etc. And the final Tracker of the season: And we have a tie to end the season! It somehow seems fitting - yet wrong - that deadlocked in second (behind CFP semifinalist USC) are "good friends" Oregon and Washington. While the Huskies won the head-to-head matchup, the Ducks have the division title. Guess we'll have to wait until next year for the next step in that argument. Colorado drops behind the duo after a bowl loss in which their most important weapon (RB Latavius Murray) never played. Finally, UCLA and Stanford switch spots after UCLA thrashes SecondBest!Miami and the Tree get felled big-time by the Pokies of Oklahoma State, handing Heisman winner Troy McMurray his worst loss of the season. As for the lower half of the Table nothing changes. We thought that the Sun Devils' competitive loss to Hawaii would give them the nod over a Wazzu squad that looked listless against Nevada, but the voters as a collective didn't see it that way. And of course with the bottom four not playing in the postseason, they didn't have a chance to improve their standing. Finally, a little chart to show you how each team placed at the end versus where they were predicted at the beginning - plus the best/worst ranks the achieved during the season: (Stanford may want to frame this, Cougs... not so much) Team Pre-Season Final Diff Best Rank Worst Rank Arizona 9 9 0 4 9 Arizona State 5 8 -3 5 10 California 8 10 -2 8 10 Colorado 6 4 2 2 7 Oregon 4 2 2 1 4 Oregon State 12 12 0 11 12 Stanford 10 6 4 1 10 UCLA 7 5 2 5 11 USC 1 1 0 1 3 Utah 11 11 0 10 12 Washington 2 2 0 2 6 Washington State 3 7 -4 2 8 Thanks for reading, riding, and rolling along with us! Charting the travails of the Conference of Champions was a lot of fun, and we can't wait to do this again next season. Until then!
  12. 10 points
    We're excited to announce our latest recruit class. A solid class of 19 players including one JUCO transfer. Most of them will be competing for starting spots in the coming season. Go Grizzlies! P Nick Krause 5-7 182 Jr Yuba College (Marysville CA) 3.5 of 4.0 [Accuracy] OT Thomas Delgado 6-3 279 Fr Hunter (West Valley City UT) 1.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] ILB Luka Crowley 6-1 213 Fr Powell (Powell TN) 1.5 of 3.5 [Will] DE Marcus Tucker 6-0 266 Fr Lebanon (Lebanon OR) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] RB Wendell Poole 6-0 178 Fr Cooper (Cooper TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed] ILB Devon Goodson 6-3 253 Fr Minor (Adamsville AL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Mike] SS Thomas Hogue 6-0 179 Fr Bainbridge (Bainbridge WA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage]TE Lenny Moran 6-2 192 Fr Hillcrest (Idaho Falls ID) 1.0 of 3.0 [Receiving] P Cameron Wise 6-0 189 Fr Vernon (Vernon FL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Power] QB Markael Dupree 6-4 232 Fr Elmira (Elmira OR) 1.0 of 3.0 [Scrambling] OLB Mendy Miner 5-11 225 Fr Grand County (Moab UT) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] OT Conor Guy 6-7 290 Fr Grady (Atlanta GA) 1.5 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] ATH Lardarius Myles 6-0 182 Fr Sonoma Valley (Sonoma CA) 1.0 of 2.5 [Zone Coverage] DE Omar Whitley 6-2 254 Fr Thomas Jefferson (Brooklyn NY) 1.0 of 2.5 [Blitz] OG Kieran Talbot 6-5 274 Fr Tekoa-Oakesdale (Oakesdale WA) 1.0 of 2.5 [Run Blocking]OG Michael Beebe 6-5 286 Fr Pleasant Grove (Pleasant Grove UT) 1.5 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] WR James Carroll 5-9 177 Fr San Juan (Blanding UT) 1.0 of 2.5 [Speed] CB Jahmir Payne 6-0 204 Fr Montesano (Montesano WA) 1.0 of 2.0 [Man Coverage]
  13. 10 points
    How Marcus's Coach sees him as a pro prospect. It should be no secret that I think the world of Marcus Black as a quarterback. After 1.5 years of coaching the young man, I feel like I have a solid grasp on how he approaches the game as a player. There are some things that may or may not surprise people to learn about his tenure at Auburn. One of the most important things to learn about a quarterback when you scout their college days is what system they ran. And, for as long as I've been here and presumably for the last two years or more, Black has operated under a Pro Style* system here on the Plains. While that may not be that abnormal for a Hybrid, it's also important to point out that Marcus Black's generated line: QB Marcus Black 6-6 225 Fr Plainview (Plainview, AL) 2.0 of 5.0 [scrambling] Marcus Black was generated as a Scrambler. This young man spent his final two, formative years playing in a system that relied on him making all the necessary reads and decisions that professional teams would ask of him as a passer. Add this on top of his natural athleticism of being on the scrambler side of Hybrid, and I think @Jumanji has molded an incredible weapon at quarterback. While I maintain some concerns over his passing potential, I think this also speaks to his untapped potential as a dual threat. His senior year at Auburn, particularly once we hit the buzzsaw that was LSU through the end of the season, Marcus started busting out a few runs, grabbing a long gain and usually at least a touchdown. Black showed to me that he can identify and strike on scrambling opportunities when he needs to and/or can make something out of nothing when the play breaks down. Now he played behind a really, really good like this year, so I struggle to think it's the latter most of the time. So, with the context of how he was coached, let's look at how I view Marcus as a Pro Prospect: Arm Accuracy: 7 Marcus Black's Sophomore season--his first full starting season--saw him post a 71% completion rate on just over 30 attempts per game. For his senior year, through the CCG, Black threw 65% on 34 attempts per game. In both seasons he played a strong schedule. 2020 Marcus would play 6 ranked teams, beating 5 of them. However, Meade was a more dominant factor (17 TDs vs 9 this past season), meaning teams were forced to respect the run game more. Marcus Black, however, played an even tougher schedule this past season on a team that relied more on his arm to win. It's also important to note that at times I specifically struck at the opponent's strongest coverage strategically (TCU x2, Bama, UGA), which would have yielded worse completion rates for more high reward passes. And he still posted the 16th best completion rate, so I lean that he actually has a pretty solid arm. I don't think he'll wow you, but he'll get it done. Arm Power: 6 Of all the attributes I'm describing in this article, this is the one I'm the least sure of. By the nature of scheme and how I utilized my offense, Black was not asked to make a lot of deep throws. The few times I asked him to do so ended up being his worst games in my eyes, however I suspect that poor WR play could have been the reason. I don't think he can be Aaron Rodgers, but he should have enough to get it done in most non-vertical offenses. Mobility: 6 While I don't think Marcus Black is the best runner out there (otherwise he'd be a Scrambler), I think highly of his pocket mobility. I have long suspected that his ability to move in the pocket and scramble while keeping his eyes down field has been key to his success and I think that'll be shown with a pretty strong mobility score. He was not sacked a lot in college, but he also had a great offensive line. This is a gut call, but one I feel pretty positively about. We had a top 4 line, and although we did give up 10 sacks, we were starting a 2.5 Skill LT, which likely played into it. Pocket Awareness: 6 Combined with the above and his great line this year, it's hard to say with any definitive proof. Mostly a gut call looking at our line's makeup and stats. Progressions: 7 One of the attributes I think that the decision to coach him in pro style will have helped, I like Black's progression ability. He only hit 4 players all year for the stat sheet, with 80% of his completions going to those young men. All four are WRs and, although our #1 Kelvin Andrade had a comfortable catch lead, it was a tight race behind him with only 8 catches separating 2nd for 4th. Meade is a power back we used as a battering ram and our TEs are all blocking, so it makes sense that Black had a limited distribution. The cluster of catches between 2nd, 3rd, and 4th speaks to me to that when he needs to take a 7 step drop and throw, Black will find that 4th option if necessary. Reads: 8 As I've stated before, under my watch the deep ball was never really an important factor in how we played. Why does his matter for his reads? Because Black was still 12th in Yards/Attempt--despite having the third most attempts in the top 15. This tells me that Black was hitting his WRs in stride, where they can catch and run. That all boils down to his ability to read a defense. If he was throwing late (bad read/progression), our receivers would have been tackled sooner and gained less yards per catch. Marcus Black reads college defenses like a book and I think he's already reading at a professional level. Throwing Motion: 7 I think this is high for a lot of the same reasons I look highly at his accuracy and read traits. A good throwing motion means you're hitting players more accurately and placing it where they can keep running after the catch. I definitely think there is an issue or three to work out since he wasn't generated as a pocket passer, but I think he's good enough to be a pro here. Mentality: 9 Marcus Black is a winner. I talked a lot of about my strength of schedule all season because I think it actually matters. Marcus Black has played against great competition and routinely come out on top. He lead his team with a whirlwind playoff performance, going 72 for 117 (61.5%), 774 Yards (6.6ypa), 6 TDs, 0 INTs, 87 Rushing Yards, 3 TDs, Long of 24. While his rate stats don't look that amazing, he's playing against the very best in these games and coming out enforcing his will to the tune of at 3 TDs per game himself. Outside of a sack fumble against USC, Black was safe with the ball. He lead his team to an average of 35.3 points per game against the tippy top of the mountain of college football. He won 7 games by a TD or less (only 1 of those was a playoff game ). He defeated 12 winning teams on his route to 15-1. Your team will follow Marcus to war. And he will win. *Subject to change if/when the 10th anniversary tournament happens.
  14. 10 points
    (Hattiesburg, MS) The Ricky Campbell era at Southern Miss is going full steam ahead in 2022. The Golden Eagles saw similar success to the rookie season for Coach Campbell. They posted a 9-4 record with a convincing Hawaii Bowl victory over a formidable Air Force squad led by coach @stinsy "I couldn’t be more proud of this team and what we have accomplished this season. The main goal was to be consistent. It’s easy to have one good year, but building the culture is what sustains success,” said Coach Campbell. "I saw more of our guys coming into workouts early. More people are buying into what we are trying to build here in Hattiesburg. I want the brand here at Southern Miss to be one of achievement and excellence." The dream ending to the Eagles’ season was far from a given mid-year. Riding a two-game losing streak and hindered by a benign running attack compared to last season, Coach Campbell made a controversial decision to burn the redshirt of a coveted recruit that Coach Campbell fought UL-Monroe coach @jared2001usa for in 2021, freshman Leonard Gordon. “I just remember Coach coming up to me in the locker room and saying next man up. I was shocked, but I knew it was time to get to work,” Gordon said. The plan worked. Southern Miss finished the season 5-1 with Gordon starting at running back. The main story this season was the emergence of redshirt Freshman TE Jeremiah Kendrick. QB Alexander Cassidy immediately formed a tight connection on the field with the star tight end and it lasted all season. Kendrick finished the regular season with 91 receptions, 1190 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2022. These massive numbers earned him three awards: C-USA Freshman of the Year, C-USA TE of the Year, and the Danny Patrick Award for National TE of the Year. Other noticeable players in 2022 include: OLB Khalil Cox (1st team C-USA) CB Carter Ragland (1st team C-USA) CB Abdul Yancey (2nd team C-USA) For 2023, rumors are swirling around that Southern Miss may make a trip in week 1 to USC and face the 2022 Semifinalists at the Coliseum, headed by coach @Jumbo. Southern Miss will return 20 of 22 starters and the OL play should be boosted by significant recruits at OL, including JUCO Star OT Saul Noriega.
  15. 9 points
    Soluna

    [2023] Re-Signing Results

    Arizona Cardinals Atlanta Falcons Baltimore Ravens Buffalo Bills Carolina Panthers Chicago Bears Cincinnati Bengals Cleveland Browns Dallas Cowboys Denver Broncos Detroit Lions Green Bay Packers Houston Texans Indianapolis Colts Jacksonville Jaguars Kansas City Chiefs Las Vegas Raiders Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Rams Miami Dolphins Minnesota Vikings New England Patriots New Orleans Saints New York Jets New York Giants Philadelphia Eagles Pittsburgh Steelers San Francisco 49ers Seattle Seahawks Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tennessee Titans Washington Redskins Players heading to FA Team that did not make a re-signing thread at all (aka you really fucked up): Teams that did not list anyone unsigned heading to free agency (aka please check): , Teams that did not use correct player lines (aka you fucked up):
  16. 9 points
    The Cincinnati Bengals are happy to announce they have come to terms with Head Coach LamboThrone on a contract that will keep him in Cincinnati for two more years. LamboThrone took one of the worst teams in the NFL and brought them to the playoffs in his first season with the Bengals. This turnaround made it an easy decision for the Bengals Front Office to offer a new contract to LamboThrone. In addition to his new contract, LamboThrone has accepted an offer to become the Bengals' new GM. Owner Thatfunk has had numerous personal issues that have taken precedent and kept him from devoting the necessary time and energy to ensure the continued success of this storied franchise. Thus, he felt it was in the team's best interest to hand over GM duties to someone he knows and trusts has the best interests of the team at heart. Thatfunk and LamboThrone are confident that this season was a great start, and these changes will help propel the Bengals to bigger and better things in the near future. The floor is now open for questions.
  17. 9 points
    Allen Park, MI The Detroit Lions are proud to announce the hiring of a new head scout for the 2023 season. Please welcome back to NFLHC and the NFC North @Dacder. "Dacder brings multiple seasons of experience as a GM and provides an experienced third voice for Slinky and I in making decisions for the Lions. We look forward to his input and helping shape our team going forward. Slinky and I are confident he will help us in identifying talent and improving our roster going forward. Hiring an experienced scout was a priority for the Lions heading into the 2023 season, and we are very happy to bring in Dacder for this opportunity". Myself, @SlinkyJr, and @Dacder are available for questions. Fib ur. #LoinsPls #HireDacder
  18. 9 points
    jmjacobs

    [2022] Super Bowl IX

    congrats though to inspiral, and great season for the dolphins
  19. 9 points
    The University of Iowa Hawkeyes are happy to announce the incoming recruits for the 2023 season. The class has 21 commitments (20 freshman, 1 JuCo) and is ranked 7th in the B1G and 40th nationally. Top Recruits WR DeMaurice Slone 5-10 177 Jr Minnesota State CTC (Fergus Falls MN) 4.0 of 5.0 [Speed] Slone chose to keep it in the family when he picked the Hawkeyes over in-state rival Iowa State. He will step in as the main receiving target in 2023 FS Rashard Pitts 6-0 203 Fr Woodbury Central (Moville IA) 2.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] Pitts is the top freshman recruit in the class. He will likely be competing for the starting job in 2023 if he is not redshirted. CB Marcedes Payton 6-0 177 Fr Durant (Durant IA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] Payton will join a young CB rotation looking to replace graduating senior Benjamin Parris OG Anthony Maxwell 6-7 300 Fr New Holstein (New Holstein WI) 1.0 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] Maxwell will look to step in and join sophomore OT Mike Brown to help bolster a sub par offensive line unit Offensive Recruits QB Kaden Gant 6-0 185 Fr Crestview (Crestview FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Hybrid] RB Levi Reeves 5-11 191 Fr Ankeny (Ankeny IA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Power] FB Darius McDonald 6-1 224 Fr Olympic Heights (Boca Raton FL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] TE Andrew Abrams 6-1 204 Fr Riverside (Oakland IA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] WR Curtis Valentine 6-0 199 Fr Liberal (Liberal MO) 1.0 of 3.5 [Target] WR Richard Jordan 6-2 168 Fr Belle Plaine (Belle Plaine MN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed] OG Javier Elizondo 6-6 318 Fr Baker (Baker LA) 2.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Steve Cantu 6-5 326 Fr Big Lake (Big Lake MN) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] Defensive Recruits DT Marquise Moss 6-6 293 Fr Mayer Lutheran (Mayer MN) 2.0 of 3.5 [2-Gap] ILB Da'Quan McClain 5-11 243 Fr Godby (Tallahassee FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Will] ILB Victor Lord 6-1 216 Fr Martin County (Stuart FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Will] OLB Ayden Brito 6-2 216 Fr Ritenour (Overland MO) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] OLB Elliot Spencer 6-3 215 Fr DeLaSalle (Minneapolis MN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Coverage] OLB Brayden Burr 6-1 227 Fr Banquete (Banquete TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Coverage] CB Sebastian Moody 5-9 181 Fr Coronado (Lubbock TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] SS Maxim Starkey 5-11 211 Fr Huntsville (Huntsville TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] K Larry Franks 6-3 163 Fr Hawley (Hawley MN) 1.0 of 3.0 [Accuracy]
  20. 8 points
    npklemm

    [2023] Division Roster Previw: East

    @Jieret has written a couple of great articles previewing the PAC-12 Starting Rosters for the upcoming season, Find One Here. So, I'm going to steal his idea since I'm unoriginal. I am going to change it up a little, we still assume a 1.0 Progression if your team hasn't been progressed. I'll still assume 4-3 vs 3-4 based on personnel. JUCO Players will be in Orange Text, True Freshman will be in Blue Text. Where we will change from Jieret's article: I will add an Asterisk to the end of the player line if they are on the team in 2022, but were not a starter. I will assume Out of Position Players Start in obvious situations (I will call these Out). Akron Zips Offense QB: QB Cole Richter 6-2 235 Fr Keystone (La Grange OH) 2.0 of 4.0 [Hybrid] RB: RB Bryan Ellison 5-11 221 (So) Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg PA) 3.0 of 4.5 [Power] FB: FB Leon Kellogg 5-11 208 (Sr) Troy (Troy, OH) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking]* WR: WR Marlon Smiley 5-11 154 (So) Valley Forge (Parma Heights OH) 2.5 of 3.5 [Speed] WR: WR Damani Harris 6-1 182 Fr Traverse City West ( MI) 3.0 of 3.0 [Speed] WR: WR Ryan Buckner 6-3 208 (Fr) Amelia (Batavia OH) 2.0 of 3.5 [Target]* TE: TE Guillermo Mercado 6-3 205 Jr Wayne Trace (Haviland OH) 3.0 of 3.0 [Receiving]* LT: OT Mohamed Flowers 6-6 301 (Jr) Briggs (Colombus OH) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] LG: OG Angelo Pedersen 6-5 258 (Jr) Amelia (Batavia OH) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] C: C Hector Yanez 6-4 290 (Fr) St. Philip Catholic Central ( MI) 2.5 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking]* RG: OG Jeffrey Glass 6-1 339 (So) Mifflin (Columbus OH) 3.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] RT: OT Ethan Riggs 6-3 271 Fr Triway (Wooster OH) 2.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] Defense DE: DE Carlos Edmonds 6-3 269 (So) Goshen (Goshen OH) 3.0 of 3.0 [Contain]* DT: DT Jeremiah Clarke 6-5 276 (Sr) Lockport Township (Lockport, IL) 5.0 of 5.0 [1-Gap] DE: DE Damione Ridley 6-4 274 So Mount Carmel Area (Mount Carmel PA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] OLB: OLB Brian Graham 6-0 230 (So) Cheboygan Area (Cheboygan MI) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] Mike LB: ILB Damian Stanford 6-1 226 Fr Bucksport (Bucksport ME) 2.5 of 3.0 [Mike] Will LB: ILB Elliot Arnold 6-0 215 Jr Shenandoah Valley (Shenandoah PA) 2.5 of 2.5 [Will] OLB: OLB Nico McNulty 6-0 217 (Fr) Stebbins (Riverside OH) 2.5 of 3.0 [Blitz]* CB: CB Marc Dumas 5-9 182 (So) Jackson (Masillon OH) 3.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] CB: CB Christian Washington 6-1 196 Fr Miamisburg (Miamisburg OH) 3.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] CB: CB Javier Rawls 5-10 179 (Jr) Norwood (Norwood OH) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] FS: FS Calvin Bernard 6-2 215 (Fr) Triway (Wooster OH) 2.5 of 4.0 [Man Coverage]* SS: SS Stephen Franklin 6-2 200 (So) Hudson Area (Hudson MI) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage]* Special Teams K: K Phillip Lane-Hickey 5-9 207 (Sr) Wauseon (Wauseon, OH) 3.5 of 3.5 [Power] P: P Abraham Burroughs 5-9 191 (Sr) North Central (Farmersburg, IN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Power] LS: LS Connor Benoit 6-1 237 So South (Cleveland OH) 2.0 of 4.0 [Traditional]* KR: KR Darnell Gunn 6-0 195 So Wesley Chapel (Wesley Chapel FL) 2.0 of 3.0 [Hybrid]* The Zips have been progressed. Coach @darkage stepped away from the team following the 2022 season and no one else has stepped up yet. The Zips have some true freshman starting in some important positions, QB, OL, ILB, and CB. Griffin Donahue has finally graduated and left a huge hole in the backfield. In steps Cole Richter, a freshman out of La Grange. The Zips will lean on him hard this season. WR was a huge issue for Akron last season, several young and underdeveloped players were forced to play major snaps. Those players are now a year older and should be provide Richter more support. Still, the WR Corps is still in tough shape. So, true Freshmen Damani Harris gets to step in and play on the outside. 3 of the 5 Starters return for the OL, and are buffed by two inexperienced youngsters. The Front-7 took a huge hit with the graduation of Devin Frazier. Damian Stanford will have to step up in his place as a freshman. The Secondary should be improved with the experience of Marc Dumas and Javier Rawls, while adding freshman Christian Washington. Bowling Green Falcons Offense QB: QB A.J. Coyne 6-3 203 (So) South (Cleveland OH) 3.5 of 4.0 [Pocket] RB: RB Calvin Alexander 6-0 194 (Sr) Van Vleck (Vleck, TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Speed] FB: FB Bryan Dowd 5-9 213 (So) Jackson-Milton (North Jackson OH) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] WR: WR Brandon Lockhart 5-10 180 Sr Elyria Catholic (Elyria OH) 3.0 of 3.0 [Speed] WR: WR Sawyer Waters 6-3 202 (Fr) Briggs (Colombus OH) 2.5 of 3.0 [Target]* WR: WR Shia Everett 6-0 181 (Jr) Madison Plains (London OH) 2.5 of 2.5 [Speed] TE: TE Marc Brunner Jr. 6-1 232 Jr Northridge (Johnstown OH) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blocking] LT: OT Ryan Parrott 6-1 301 Sr Jackson-Milton (North Jackson OH) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] LG: OG Jordan Holland 6-4 290 Fr Bellevue (Bellevue MI) 2.5 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] C: OT Brendan Hankins 6-1 284 Jr Mesquite (Mesquite TX) 3.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking]* RG: OG Jaylin Sample 6-7 321 (Fr) Shiner (Shiner TX) 1.5 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking]* RT: OT Harrison Jolly 6-1 264 (Jr) Madison Plains (London OH) 3.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] Defense DE: DE Maximus Avila 6-0 266 (Jr) Brookside (Sheffield OH) 3.0 of 3.0 [Contain] DT: DT Matt Hamm 6-4 305 Jr Eunice (Eunice LA) 3.0 of 3.0 [2-Gap] DE: DT Phillip Woodruff 6-1 320 Jr Emma Sansom (Gadsden AL) 3.0 of 3.0 [2-Gap] OLB: OLB Denzel Ventura 5-11 232 Jr Edgewood (Ashtabula OH) 2.0 of 3.0 [Blitz]* Mike LB: ILB Joseph Esposito 6-1 261 Fr Hawley (Hawley MN) 3.0 of 3.0 [Mike] Will LB: ILB Ethan Jefferson 6-1 222 So Clay (Oregon OH) 2.0 of 2.5 [Will]* OLB: OLB Micah Bean 6-2 216 (Fr) Euclid (Euclid OH) 2.0 of 4.0 [Blitz]* CB: CB Donovan Poole 6-1 169 So Williamsport (Williamsport MD) 2.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] CB: CB Reginald Foy 6-1 199 So Sterling (Sterling IL) 1.5 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage]* CB: SS Eli Hill 6-2 193 Jr L.E. Dieruff (Allentown PA) 2.5 of 2.5 [Zone Coverage]* FS: FS Brody Grimes 6-2 218 (Jr) Wayne Trace (Haviland OH) 4.5 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] SS: SS Miles Posey 6-2 201 (So) Jacksonville (Jacksonville NC) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage]* Special Teams K: K Declan Ball 5-10 187 (Fr) Stebbins (Riverside OH) 2.0 of 3.0 [Accuracy]* P: P Hunter Finley 6-4 181 (Sr) Lockport Township (Lockport, IL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Accuracy] LS: LS Gregory Dubose 6-1 249 (Jr) Troy (Troy OH) 4.0 of 4.0 [Traditional] Bowling Green has been progressed. Coach @ecnirp has a somewhat depleted squad. QB A.J. Coyne gave Falcons fans a lot to hope for the future and should be the focal point of the offense. RB Calvin Alexander returns and he looks to return to his early season form. The Receivers are still lacking in talent, but are being buffed by a RSFR Receiver in Sawyer Waters. He should provide a better level of play than Coyne had last season. The OL is an absolute mess however. They lost 2 Pro-Caliber starters with no real plan to replace them. I'm assuming they use a Tackle to start at Center, they do have a 1/4 C in Sam Patten III. He could start in stead of Brendan Hankins, but I'm not sure if he provides a higher level of play. Jaylin Sample will likely have to step in to start. Matt Hamm started last season, but at DE. I project him to start in the middle as a Nose Tackle given his size. The Entire LB Corps is completely new. This unit last year struggled often, and having all new players there should be a note of concern. The CB situation might be slightly better than last season, but it's still not great. The Falcons also replace SS Antonio Jackson with Miles Posey, a definite step down. Buffalo Bulls Offense QB: QB Levi Thompson 6-5 212 (Jr) Pocono Mountain West ( PA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Scrambling] RB: RB Alec Self 6-1 226 (Jr) Thomas Jefferson (Brooklyn NY) 4.5 of 4.5 [Power]* FB: FB Nick Hawley 6-1 228 Fr Vernon (Vernon FL) 2.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] WR: WR Jake Shackelford 6-5 222 (Jr) Jamestown (Jamestown NY) 3.5 of 3.5 [Target] WR: WR George Kimbrough 6-2 226 So Fleming Island (Orange Park FL) 2.0 of 3.5 [Target]* WR: WR Prince Tatum 6-0 151 (Fr) Westminster Academy (Opelousas LA) 2.0 of 3.0 [Speed]* TE: TE Captain Proctor 6-3 237 Fr Horizon (San Diego CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blocking] LT: OT Anthony Grissom 6-7 284 (Sr) Medford (Medford, MA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] LG: OG Henry Radford 6-3 264 Fr Crowell (Crowell TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] C: C Julien Milner 6-3 250 (Jr) Saltsburg (Saltsburg PA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking]* RG: OG Daniel Bridges 6-3 307 Jr Harrison (Harrison NJ) 3.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] RT: OT Blake Norris 6-7 302 (Jr) Southside (Elmira NY) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] Defense DE: DE Jeremiah Benitez 6-0 245 Sr Prouty (Spencer MA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Contain] DT: DT Russell Nadeau 6-6 300 (Jr) Okemah (Okemah, OK) 3.5 of 3.5 [2-Gap]* DE: DE Alex Austin 6-1 250 Jr Montville Township (Montville NJ) 2.5 of 2.5 [Contain] OLB: OLB Alexander Moffett 6-2 224 Sr Southside (Elmira NY) 4.5 of 4.5 [Coverage] Mike LB: ILB Raymond McCain 6-0 222 (Sr) Holy Cross (Flushing, NY) 4.0 of 4.0 [Mike] Will LB: ILB Leo Rincon 5-11 220 Jr Harrison (Harrison NJ) 3.0 of 4.0 [Will] OLB: OLB Carlos Cleveland 6-0 228 (So) Hanover Park (East Hanover NJ) 3.0 of 3.5 [Coverage]* CB: CB Laquon Boston 5-9 185 So Newfield Central (Newfield NY) 3.5 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] CB: CB Sean Floyd 6-2 166 (Jr) Stonington (Stonington CT) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] CB: CB Jermaine Cason 6-2 186 Fr Barron Collier (Naples FL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] FS: SS Reginald Blakely 5-10 193 (Sr) Manchester Central (Manchester, NH) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] SS: SS Dominique Waller 5-11 191 Jr DePaul Catholic (Wayne NJ) 4.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] Special Teams K: K Jake Hamilton 6-0 183 So Saranac Lake (Saranac Lake NY) 2.0 of 2.5 [Power]* P: P Willy Johnston 5-7 170 Jr Ocean City (Ocean City NJ) 2.5 of 2.5 [Accuracy]* LS: LS Byron Zaragoza 6-1 235 So Hanover Park (East Hanover NJ) 2.0 of 2.5 [Traditional] Buffalo has not been progressed. Coach @Jordanozenne has a lot of work to do this season. Denzel Porter is gone, but Alec Self should still provide the Bulls a capable replacement. The Bulls certainly need QB Levi Thompson to be better, he doesn't need to light the world on fire, but he has to avoid turning the ball over. The Receiving Corps is weakened by Graduation and lack of experience, which is not a good recipe to help a QB get better. 3/5 of the starters return on the OL, so that should help the Bulls Offense. The Front-7 is mostly in tact, and the LBs are still in great shape. The Secondary is about the same as last season, although Dominique Walker did progress +1.0. Kent State Golden Flashes Offense QB: QB Cameron Hare 6-3 238 (So) Pampa (Pampa TX) 3.0 of 4.0 [Hybrid] RB: RB C.J. Williams 5-7 214 (So) Brookhaven (Columbus OH) 3.0 of 4.0 [Power] FB: FB Caleb Evans 6-0 224 Jr Greenville (Greenville OH) 2.5 of 2.5 [Run Blocking]* WR: WR Ashton Hannah 6-1 160 Jr Lebanon (Lebanon OH) 3.0 of 3.5 [Speed] WR: WR Will Westfall 5-10 160 Jr La Marque (La Marque TX) 3.0 of 3.0 [Speed] WR: WR A.J. Addison 6-4 216 So Notre Dame (Quincy IL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Target] TE: TE Mark Ashley 6-6 203 Jr Mifflin (Columbus OH) 3.5 of 3.5 [Receiving]* LT: OT Kenneth Hildebrand 6-3 261 (Jr) Sylvania Northview (Sylvania OH) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] LG: OG Adrian Hammonds 6-1 292 (Sr) Central Catholic (City, LA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] C: C Sam Walsh 6-2 299 Sr Greenville (Greenville OH) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] RG: OG Leon Humphrey 6-3 332 (Jr) Hudson (Hudson OH) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] RT: OT Daniel Brunson 6-6 303 (So) Sylvania Northview (Sylvania OH) 3.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] Defense DE: DE Geno Mason 6-2 267 (So) River Valley (Cheshire OH) 3.0 of 4.5 [Contain] DT: DT Amir Borden 6-7 306 (So) Triway (Wooster OH) 3.0 of 3.5 [1-Gap]* DE: DE David Hunt 6-1 248 (So) Garaway (Sugarcreek OH) 2.5 of 3.5 [Contain] OLB: OLB Shiloh Maxwell 6-3 221 So Edgewood (Ashtabula OH) 2.0 of 4.5 [Coverage] Mike LB: ILB Cooper Merritt 6-3 226 (So) St. Joseph (Brownsville TX) 3.0 of 4.0 [Mike] Will LB: ILB Dwayne Felder 5-11 243 (Fr) Needles (Needles CA) 2.5 of 4.0 [Will]* OLB: OLB Abraham McCormack 6-0 242 Sr Eastmoor Academy (Columbus OH) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] CB: CB Makai Porter 5-10 163 So Richwood (Monroe LA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] CB: CB Micah Tatum 5-10 172 (So) Indian Lake (Lewistown OH) 3.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] CB: CB Jaiden Melvin 6-1 198 Jr Port Charlotte (Port Charlotte FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] FS: FS Antoine Early 5-11 209 (Sr) Port St. Lucie (Lucie, FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] SS: SS Aiden Monroe 6-1 202 (Fr) Brecksville-Broadview Heights ( OH) 2.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage]* Special Teams K: K Jonah Schofield 5-10 190 (Sr) Coon Rapids (Rapids, MN) 3.0 of 3.0 [Power]* P: P Kai Woodall 5-8 175 Sr Indian Lake (Lewistown OH) 2.0 of 2.0 [Accuracy]* LS: LS Thomas Gale 6-0 247 Fr North Thurston (Lacey WA) 2.0 of 3.0 [Specialized] Kent State has not been progressed. The Flashes currently have no coach. One thing you'll notice is hardly any True Freshmen are projected to start, and there were hardly any replacements from last season. That's one positive note of being young, however, when you see the team's record, you have to wonder if having essentially the same team is a good thing. There is only one starter in the Front-7 who is older than a Sophomore, that does bring some hope to this program. The Backfield duo of QB Cameron Hare and RB C.J. Williams really struggled hard last season, and fans of this program have to hope they take the next step this season. Losing SS Steven Gordon will absolutely hurt this team, his experience will be sorely missed. Miami Redhawks Offense QB: QB Jaheim Stewart 6-3 200 (Fr) North Marion (Farmington WV) 2.5 of 3.0 [Pocket]* RB: RB Nazir Randolph 5-10 186 (Jr) East Technical (Cleveland OH) 3.5 of 3.5 [Speed]* FB: RB Jarvis McGill 6-0 206 So Deer Park (Cincinnati OH) 2.0 of 2.0 [Power]* WR: WR Ahmed Crosby 5-11 150 (Jr) Portage (Portage IN) 23.0 of 3.0 [Speed]* WR: WR Bryce Boyd 5-9 169 (Fr) Trinity (Camp Hill PA) 2.5 of 3.0 [Speed]* WR: WR Julian Newton 6-3 220 Fr Valley City (Valley City ND) 2.5 of 2.5 [Target] TE: TE Aaden Newton 6-1 239 Fr Shawnee (Shawnee OK) 2.5 of 3.0 [Blocking] LT: OT Kai Sharpe 6-3 330 (Jr) Eastern (Greentown IN) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking]* LG: OG Matthew Waldron 6-2 302 (So) Springfield (Holland OH) 3.5 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking]* C: C Edward Tubbs 6-2 256 Fr Saint James (Montgomery AL) 2.5 of 2.5 [Pass Blocking] RG: OG Will Riddle 6-6 269 (Jr) East (Cleveland OH) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] RT: OT Felix McCormick 6-3 260 (So) Edgewood (Ashtabula OH) 3.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking]* Defense DE: DE Josiah Ornelas 6-7 248 (Jr) Garaway (Sugarcreek OH) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] DT: DT Morris Jackson 6-7 302 (Jr) East Technical (Cleveland OH) 4.5 of 5.0 [2-Gap] DE: DE Kamari Haywood 6-2 254 (Jr) Mt. Hope (Bristol RI) 3.0 of 3.0 [Contain] OLB: OLB Ivan Forsythe 6-0 227 (Jr) Clay (South Bend IN) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blitz]* Mike LB: ILB Josiah Graham 6-3 254 Jr Senatobia (Senatobia MS) 3.0 of 3.0 [Mike] Will LB: ILB Kayden Shaw 5-11 239 (So) Indian Lake (Lewistown OH) 3.0 of 4.0 [Will] OLB: ATH Israel Herbert 6-3 242 So Kahuku (Kahuku HI) 2.0 of 2.5 [Blitz]* CB: CB Jeremiah Christy 5-11 191 Jr Central Catholic (Pittsburgh PA) 3.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] CB: CB Keenan McCloud 6-2 174 (So) Gaither (Tampa FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] CB: CB Sebastian Harlow 5-11 160 (So) Dale County (Midland City AL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage]* FS: FS Jamir Moss 6-1 213 Fr Troy (Troy OH) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] SS: SS Matthew Arnett 6-0 186 (So) Eastmoor Academy (Columbus OH) 3.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] Special Teams K: K Van Honeycutt 6-4 219 So Girard (Girard OH) 2.5 of 2.5 [Power]* P: P Ivan Gonzales 5-10 174 (Sr) Euclid (Euclid, OH) 4.5 of 4.5 [Accuracy] LS: LS Cameron Cox 6-3 266 Jr Sylvania Northview (Sylvania OH) 4.5 of 5.0 [Specialized] Miami has not been progressed. The Hawks are coached by @Jimmer_Negamanee. Miami has to replace 10/11 starters on a team that didn't make a Bowl Game last season. Including the best QB in school history in Zack Cera. TE Casey Swann is no longer here, while the OL loses 4 starters. Miami is in the worst spot of any MAC team right now, especially on offense. I've spent that past 20 minutes looking at this roster, and can't name a single offensive starter that I projected. They're a bunch of no-named players with no experience and just about the same amount of talent. The defense is a little bit better as 8 starters return. Ohio Bobcats Offense QB: QB Austin Lowe 6-5 233 (Jr) Madison Plains (London OH) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pocket] RB: RB Mike Cazares 6-0 172 (So) Blanchester (Blanchester OH) 3.5 of 3.5 [Speed]* FB: FB A.J. Hairston 5-9 200 Fr Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] WR: WR Jordan Barnes 6-0 223 Jr Ada (Ada OH) 3.5 of 4.5 [Target] WR: WR Dontae Hicks-Lundy 6-3 167 Sr Lakeland Community College (Kirtland OH) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed] WR: WR Micah Lanier 6-2 224 Sr Blanchester (Blanchester OH) 3.0 of 3.0 [Target] TE: TE Miles Hooker 6-1 193 (Fr) Clay (Oregon OH) 2.0 of 4.5 [Receiving]* LT: OT Derek Satterfield 6-3 330 (Jr) Wauseon (Wauseon OH) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] LG: OG Amosa Neru 6-4 274 (So) Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale FL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] C: C Jon Barkley 6-4 274 So Montoursville Area ( PA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking]* RG: OG Drew Platt 6-1 289 Sr Notre Dame-Catherdal Latin ( OH) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] RT: OT Shane Poe 6-6 273 Sr Walnut Hills (Cincinnati OH) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] Defense DE: DE Nicholas Blackwell 6-3 249 Jr Godby (Tallahassee FL) 3.0 of 5.0 [Contain] DT: DT Aaden Prince 6-3 296 Sr Gilmour Academy (Gates Mills OH) 4.0 of 4.0 [2-Gap] DT: DT Chad Stevenson 6-4 310 Fr Elyria Catholic (Elyria OH) 3.0 of 4.0 [2-Gap] DE: DE Tristan Roland 6-0 258 (So) Martin County (Stuart FL) 2.5 of 3.0 [Blitz]* OLB: OLB Paul Boykin 6-2 219 So Northridge (Johnstown OH) 3.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] ILB: ILB Declan Albright 6-1 217 Sr Mifflin (Columbus OH) 3.5 of 3.5 [Will] OLB: OLB Adriel Frias 6-2 218 (So) Inlet Grove (Riviera Beach FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Coverage]* CB: CB Ousmane King 5-10 189 Sr College of the Siskiyous (Weed CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] CB: CB Cooper Rainey 5-10 203 Jr Hales Franciscan (Chicago IL) 3.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage]* CB: CB Savion Willingham 6-0 169 Jr Triway (Wooster OH) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] FS: FS Richard Bright 6-0 193 (So) Hillsborough (Tampa FL) 3.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage]* SS: SS Javier Daniel 5-11 203 (Sr) John Marshall (Chicago, IL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage]* Special Teams K: K Sam Clifford 6-0 168 Fr Valley Christian (San Jose CA) 2.5 of 2.5 [Accuracy] P: P Julian Woodmere 6-3 172 Fr Glen Lake (Maple City MI) 2.0 of 3.5 [Accuracy] LS: LS Ashton Hatcher 6-1 269 Sr Madison Plains (London OH) 3.0 of 3.0 [Specialized] Ohio has not been progressed. Coach @AD3378 has himself a squad again. The Defending East Champs seem to be in good position to defend their championship. QB Austin Lowe returns to the throne and will be the focal point of the offense as RB Jeffrey Flowers is going Pro. RB Mike Cazares will fill that hole, but he's not the same player as Flowers. WR Jordan Barnes comes back, and the Bobcats add Dontae Hicks-Lundy to buff up the receiving Corps. TE's Aaron Thibodeaux and Caleb Holman leave, but the Bobcats get RSFR TE Miles Hooker as a replacement. 4/5 of the Starters on the OL return. Ohio's offense is definitely in the best position of any team in the East. The Defense isn't as good, but they have enough talent in the right places to make up for it. 6/12 of the Starters (including the Nickel CB) are new, and that will be tough to balance. The Special Teams is again a concern for Ohio. Two True Freshmen will have to play at K/P, and that will be hard to coach for. Prediction for 2023 MAC East: 1. Ohio 2. Buffalo 3. Akron 4. Kent State 5. Bowling Green 6. Miami
  21. 8 points
    stinsy

    Free Agents help

  22. 8 points
    I'm more than willing to answer questions.
  23. 8 points
    Soluna

    [2022] Super Bowl IX

    Congratulations for possibly the best playoff run we've seen so far. Inspiral has probably reached or even surpassed randys status at this point.
  24. 8 points
    NFL

    [2022] NFL Honors

    Most Valuable Player Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year Assistant Coach of the Year Executive of the Year Offensive Rookie of the Year Defensive Rookie of the Year Comeback Player of the Year Pepsi Rookie of the Year Walter Payton Man of the Year
  25. 8 points
    Weeze56m

    ECU's All Decade Team

    ECU's All Decade Team: A Look Back at the Best of the Past 10 Seasons The Home of Pirate Football, Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The 10 season of CFBHC has finally ended! For the Pirates of East Carolina, it was not a season they were hoping for, but a season that saw a lot of promising talent and a glimpse of what this team very well could be going into 2023 and beyond. CFBHC began play in 2013 and has seen many teams rise and fall during that span. It has grown dramatically over those ten years and has seen a lot of movement in different conferences. The AAC for example use to include Georgia State and Boise State, among other teams. The American however was not apart of the original conferences in 2013, Instead it began play in 2014, with ECU being one of the founding members. Over the Past nine seasons, ECU has seen three different coaches. Karosi was the original Pirate coach in 2014, going 3-5 before being fired and replaced by Headcoach OblivousLax who went on a four game win streak to secure the AAC East. The Pirates would lose to #1 Boise State in the AAC Conference Championship game 34-24. A few weeks later though, ECU would beat #7 Ole Miss in an amazing 17-16 finish. The Fiesta Bowl win would be their last Bowl win however till the 2019 season, beating instate Rival, NC State 38-28. The Pirates over 9 seasons would collect an over record of 55-61. The've only had 3 losing seasons, and if you subtract those games from their record, you see a dramatic 48-32 improvement. They've been to 2 Conference Championship games, 2014 and 2018, as well as being close 2 other times. ECU has seen plenty of good and bad times. They've had numerous All-AAC players and numerous awards for individual players. The Past few seasons have seen an explosion in their passing offense, and their offense in general, which has lead to numerous School records being broken and set. A Revival of heavy hitters in their Defense over the past few seasons as well is seeing their football program return to what they once were. A Player in the AAC conference. Writers and staff at The East Carolinian have complied stats and game tape in an attempt to create an All-Decade team for ECU in celebration of the CFBHC tenth season coming to an end after a former AAC coach in Rome(Cincinnati), lead Auburn to a National Title. QB: Liam Carver, QB, 2018-2021, 53 Games, 980 of 1649 for 11,561 yards, 86 Touchdowns and 37 Ints. 48 Games, 202 attempts for 1080 yards rushing. 11 touchdowns. 5.35 YPC. The first position you talk about when you discuss a team is always Quarterback. It is vital to have a quarterback who can lead your team. ECU probably knows that better than anyone else after this pass season. They would not have been able to do as well as they did had it not been for the arm of their QB in Kyler Wilson. But it is Wilson's predecessor that we are talking about. Liam Carver. For years he was the fact of the Program. Carver was a dual threat QB and an easy favorite for the QB spot for an All-Decade team. In a few years there could be a discussion for who the best QB in ECU history is. Wilson has come out and almost broke every single season record set by Carver with the lone exception being the Touchdown record. Though he has three more years to show he can do that. Carver's 11,561 passing yards far exceeds anyone else who has ever thrown the ball for ECU. As well as his 86 touchdown passes. But it wasn't just his arm that helped the Pirates. it was his legs. A true dual threat quarterback, he earned over a 1000 yards on the ground, and 11 touchdowns in 4 seasons. His mobile style and quick finesse was something the Pirates sorely needed this season as Wilson was sacked 29 times this season. While it is much easier for a quarterback to get this than other positions, his 53 game appearances is the most in school history. While his numbers may not be as impressive as some of the bigger time schools, the school in Greenville North Carolina sees Carver as one of the greatest players to have ever worn the jersey. RB: Eli Tuitama, FB, 2016-2020, 39 Games, 796 Attempts for 3648 Yards, 45 Touchdowns, 4.58 YPC, 93.54 YPG, 2 Games, 7 Catches for 68 Yards, 3 Touchdowns If Liam Carver was the heart of ECU, Eli Tuitama was most diffidently the soul of the Program. We cheated a little bit in this as Eli was always listed a s FB on the ECU depth chart. Yet he made 39 game appearances as the starting Running Back for the purple and gold. Eli made several appearances at running back during the 2016 season for the hurt( and almost listed) James Haines. Haines, who is second in career rushing yards and touchdowns, saw himself replaced as the starter late 2016. During the 2017 season, Tuitama was redshirted and spent most of the season practicing at the Running Back position. When he was eligible to play again in 2018, the FB came out with a bang. The 1560 yards rushing is a single season record that still stands, and one of the reasons why the Pirates made it to the CCG in 2018. His 3600 career yards and 45 touchdowns are reasons why he is, and always will be a fan favorite. Many Pirate fans have been spotted wearing New York Jets jersey in support of their hometown hero. FB: Damian Calderon, FB, 2019-2022, 3 Games, 27 attempts for 35 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1.3 YPC FB is a position that is heavily underestimated by many in the league. Honestly it is a position that only those who play it truly understand. Damian Calderon has been a silent hero for the Pirates for the last 4 years. A Four year starter, he has blocked for 3 different starting running backs, 2 different quarterbacks, and started at the running back position himself for a couple games during the 2021 season in an attempt to help jump start the run offense. The move itself wasn't bad, but the teams they were going up against, he just wasn't gonna do much. He has been the only Four year starting FB in school history, though he is not the only 4*(or higher) FB they've had. Obviously Tuitama, but ECU(or should we say FBU?) have had a number of great fullbacks over the years, including a 4.5* FB that should be starting next season with the departure of senior Damian Calderon at the end of this season. Though he has stated he may comeback as a grad assistant with the hope of one day going into coaching. TE: Terry Jones, TE, 2014-2015, 25 Games, 82 catches for 1160 yards, 8 Touchdowns, 14.15 YPC Benjamin Carter, TE, 2015-2016, 20 Games, 59 receptions for 903 yards, 10 Touchdowns, 15.31 YPC If Fullback is a position that the Pirates have always been able to find good players for, Tightend is a group that they haven't had much luck with in recent years. Both players chosen for this list played in the early years of ECU football. In fact, the only other player considered didn't do much in his three years as a starter, with his final season being in 2019. The Tight ends the last 3 seasons have been..adequate. While Jones and Carter don't have eye popping numbers at all, when you consider that ECU only threw the ball 310 times in 2014, 278 and 268 respectively in 2015 and 2016, the fact they managed to get what they did is impressive. The duo both had their best season when playing together in 2015. Their combined 82 catches that season also represented almost 50% of completed passes as well. In the early years, ECU was not a pass heavy offense. They ran the ball..and they ran the ball well. it wasn't until 2021 that the Pirates didn't have a rusher over 1000 yards. While they were productive when they needed to be through the passing game(well productive considering the average receiver at the time), it was their blocking abilities and their abilty to open up the run game during the golden age of rushing for the Pirates. Eli Tuitama may have been the career leader in rushing, but players like James Haines and Christopher Welch were just as good, both going well over 1000 yards in their seasons, not to mention the other runners who had good seasons considering they were backups. WR: Leon Burris, WR, 2020-2022*, 38 Games, 196 Catches for 2592 Yards, 24 Touchdowns, 13.22 YPC Patrick Cornett, WR, 2017-2020, 47 Games, 164 catches for 2324 yards, 19 touchdowns, 14.17 YPC Maxwell Grubb, WR, 2017-2020, 36 Games, 149 Catches for 2019 Yards, 12 Touchdowns, 13.55 YPC As mentioned earlier, ECU was not a pass heavy team at all before 2019. Current Coach, Weeze, brought with him the Spread system and updated philosophy of college football. While the system has changed since 2019, the pass was still the heavy focus of the team, and the receiving numbers show it. The top five career receiving leaders for the school have all played in 2019 or later. But fans of the program may look at the names chosen for the All-Decade team and recognize something about them. They all played together in 2020. 2020 Was Liam Carvers best season. over 3100 yards passing, set a team single season record for passing touchdowns, 5 on the ground himself, and he did great spreading the ball around. Patrick Cornette at the time set a record for single season receiving yards at 948. His teammate at the time, Burris, would break that record the following season, and then again this pass season becoming the first receiver to break 1000 yards. All three of these players are also the first players in team history to break the 2000 career mark as well. Cornetts 19 touchdowns use to be a career record, but two players, Burris and Talbert, have both exceeded this mark as well. OL: 2018 OL, 14 Games, 6.3 Rating, 14 Sacks allowed, The 2018 Offensive line is perhaps one of the best units this school has ever seen. The 14 sacks allowed is third, with the fewest allowed sacks being 10 in both 2019 and 2016. The 2018 unit however had an overall rating of 6.3 after 14 games. A rating that could be higher had it not been for a very weird game against Uconn where they gave up 5 sacks. The most sacks ever allowed in a single game. Other than that one game, they were a solid unit that opened up the running lanes and kept the freshman quarterback upright. ECU has had some struggles recruiting line players since coach Weeze took over. But that has been changing the last two seasons. The hope is they can get back to this 2018 form in the coming seasons. DE: Isiah Townsend, DE, 2020-2021, 16 Games, 58 Tackles, 3TFL, 15 Sacks, 3 FF, 1 FR Jeremey Jones, DE, 2014-2016, 8 Games, 22 Tackles, 9 Sacks The ECU Pirates have had some good secondaries, and great linebackers. the front four(or 3) have been something of a disappointment over the years. Large part due to the fact that they've been unable to recruit at that position. One of the things Coach Weeze promised to change was improving the men in the trenches. So far we've seen that. The talent level that has been injected into the front four position group has been night and day different. Never before have the Pirates had a 4* or higher DE. Last season we saw Theo Guinn make his debut as the first and saw what a difference it made. The true freshman got after the quarterback and ended the season with seven sacks, while his partner Aiden Daniels(a true sophomore) ended the season with 5. Not only that but the Pirates managed to recruit another 4* DE. Needless to say the DE position stat numbers reflect a lot of what we have said. With 7 sacks and a 5 sack season being a good season, its not hard to imagine that the rest of the players in school history haven't put up big numbers. So while the staff here at the East Carolinian debated who to put in, the argument became numbers or productivity? Do you put in someone who played in less games but came away with more sacks? Or should the person who made the statsheet a little more, with a few more tackles but less sacks? In the end, the choice was obvious. Isiah Townsend, DE who started during the 2020 and 2021 season was an unanimous decision by the staff. 16 Game appearances, he made more appearances than any other DE. He currently also holds the career record for sacks at 15. Theo Guinn was a half sack short of tying, and a full sack short of breaking the record set by Townsend in 2020 for most sacks in a single season. He tied that record the following season with 7.5 sacks. Who the second DE would be was not as easy. Finally, Jeremy Jones was decided on as the most obvious choice. He only made 8 appearances, but his 9 sacks in 8 games was enough to give him the nod. DT: Liam Childers, DT, 2020-2022, 15 Games, 62 tackles, 5 TFL, 7 sacks, 2 FF, 2 FR Mateo Graft-Hart, DT, 2018-2021, 13 Games, 55 Tackles, 7.5 Sacks, 1 FR and 1 Safety While the DT unit isn't much better, it was much easier to decide who should earn the All-Decade honors for DT. It has had some great players, including recently retired(2021) DT Jeffery Bryant. Recent Grad Liam Childers, and former player Mateo Graft-Hart earned the honors. Childers has been a consistent presence for the Pirates. Despite the poor Run defense of recent years, Childers has been a bright spot. Often taking on double teams, the big man has still made his presence felt racking up 62 tackles, 5 TFL, 7 sacks and a couple forced fumbles. His defense unanimously voted to make him a team captain this season and he has shown everyone he's earned that. Graft-Hart was a little harder to decide on. His first two seasons, 2019 in particular, he came out with a bang. The 2020 season, you almost didn't know he was on the field. However, in the end his performance and numbers he put up in 2019 just couldn't be ignored. The big man was everywhere, multiple sacks, continuously stopping the run before it got started, he was a great player who perhaps just got overshadowed by other even better players during that time span. OLB: Arthur Rossi, ROLB, 2020-2022, 17 Games, 81 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 Int, 1 PD Alex Hogue, LOLB, 2017-2019, 14 Games, 76 Tackles, 4.5 Sacks The Linebackers over the years at ECU have been very productive. Not all have been great in interceptions or sack artist, but they've been great none the less tackling the ball carrier. ROLB Arthur Rossi, recently graduated was picked as the best ROLB. His 81 tackles is the most among OLB in school history. Rossi was a right place, right time starter for the Pirates. He was initially recruited as a special teams player who got a chance to start when the initial starter couldn't make the cut during spring and fall camps. When given the chance he made the most of the opportunities. 3 years later he graduates as one of the best tacklers in school history(fifth all time). The best of his position as already stated. Alex Hogue played both positions in his time at ECU, though made the best impact at the LOLB position. He finished 6th all time in tackles in school history. He was a little more productive in getting to the QB, however he was just as quick, and maybe even a better tackler. Much like the Quarterback position, Who is best in school history may quickly change as Richard Jack had a successful freshman season. The rookie came out and got 30 tackles, 4 sacks, and made some other big plays. Another couple seasons like that and in 2030, maybe he gets included on a list of all time players in school history. It will be interesting to watch his production however as two more great Linebackers redshirted this season. They should also be big time play makers. ILB: Sebastian Chaney, ILB, 2018-2019, 106 Tackles, 1 Int, 1 FF, 1 FR There were only two other positions that were decided on quicker than ILB. They were FS and QB. Inside Linebacker could only go to Sebastian Chaney. There was no other option. Sean Gomez may disagree and say he should have gotten more consideration. And maybe yes. The same could be said as well for Jerome Rowell. Both were fantastic linebackers. Chaney however was the first player to get over 100 tackles. Running it toward him only meant you were going to get hit. And get hit hard. He was very productive in his two seasons and the Pirates have been showing a lot of his game tape to Mario Redd, a redshirting freshman who one day should be an NFL star. He was very good at reading the offense and calling out adjustments to his team mates. Logan Birdd has been a great player, and the hope is Redd can be a star. But both have a long way to go if they wish to reach the level of success this man had in only two seasons. CB: Jasiah Francis, CB, 2019-2020, 11 Games, 34 Tackles, 9 Ints, 2 Touchdowns Josh Miller, CB, 2016-2017, 9 Games, 41 Tackles, 2 Ints Jasiah Francis, a JuCo transfer in 2018, was an easy favorite for All-Decade honors. Honestly, maybe he was the only player at the position to really earn it. It quickly became evident as the stats were analyzed that very few of the interceptions in Pirate history came from corners. Most came from Safeties and Linebackers. With a few sprinkled in at corner. Francis was the only one whoever truly was productive at the position. His 9 interceptions is the most by any corner in school history. Josh Miller was a decent corner. He was a hard hitter, and great in run support. He didn't allow a lot of yards after a catch either. Unfortunately for him the secondary was just young. He was never able to get comfortable and play a natural game. Francis on the other hand had the benefit of playing with a much more experienced secondary. Not to mention a better front seven. As such he had better interception numbers. But there is no denying the strength and the passion Josh miller played with during the two worst seasons in school history. If he had that same passion with the 2014, or 2018-19 seasons, how different could his numbers have been? FS: Devin Lloyd, FS, 2017-2020, 27 Games, 116 Tackles, 12 Ints, 1 FR, 3 Touchdowns Devin Lloyd. That was it. When FS came up, anyone who said anything differently was fired. For 3 seasons, Lloyd was a terror for opposing offenses and for his own team during fall training camp. He played at 100% all the time. He had been yelled at on multiple occasions supposedly for hitting the QB and tackling at full during practice. But coaches were reluctant to say anything as he is perhaps the best defensive player to ever play for ECU. He leads the school in tackles, as well as interceptions. He also is tied for most touchdowns. How can you even look at anyone else? SS: Ashton Best, SS, 2016-2019, 18 Games, 86 Tackles, 1 Sack, 8 Ints, 3 Touchdowns Ashton Best is the other half of the Dynamic Duo that haunted the AAC during the 2017-2019 seasons. Best and Lloyd would start at different points during the 2017 season. It wasn't until 2018 that they both were full time starters. They quickly formed a great relationship and worked well together. For two seasons the duo wrecked havoc on offenses and allowed Carter to have all the chances he needed to become remembered as the best QB in school history. This Duos ability peaked in 2019 when Jasiah Francis entered the scene and secured the corner position. Best and Lloyd are tied for most defensive touchdowns with 3 a piece. Since these great players have graduated, the ECU secondary has been a shadow of what it once was. Best is fourth all time in total tackles, and has been debated as being better of the two. With almost ten fewer appearances, he has almost as many tackles, interceptions and touchdowns. K: Patrick Gaffney, K, 2019-2021, 39 Games, 274 Points, 127 XPM, 49 of 62 FGM, 51 Longest The All-Decade Kicker was an interesting discussion among the East Carolinian. There were different angels and different stats to look at who to decided was the best kicker. In the nine years that East Carolina has been running a football program, they've never had a bad kicker. This only made it harder. In the end, Patrick Gaffney was elected. The interesting part about this is, he is the lowest rated kicker of the four kickers to play for ECU. The 3* kicker however holds the record for most points. And holds its by a very large margin. 72 points to be exact. He has also made and attempted more extra points than any other kicker, made more field goals and has the longest made kick of 51. He was a kicker who maybe should have been graded higher than a 3 star, but fans of the program will remember him for years as he helped win some of the greatest games in their history. Including a win over a 15th ranked Kansas, 38-35. P: William Cochran, P, 2017-2018, 26 Games, 42.17 Average. And finally, we reached the last player on the ECU All-Decade team in celebration of the CFBHC 10th season coming to an end. William Cochran narrowly wins this one. With a 42.17 average, he earns the All-Decade honor. And thats it! We've finally come to a close on this article that has taken us far longer to write than we initially thought. Still, it was great to revisit some of the great and amazing players who have been apart of this program over the last 9 seasons. Some of these talented individuals have gone on to play at the professional level. Others finished their senior season and would never suit up again. Never the less, they are all great in our eyes because they were apart of this great university. They did their best and some continue to do their best to represent ECU. Here looking to another ten years of college football! Go Pirates!
  26. 8 points
    Twitter

    Twitter Tuesday (3/26/19)

    Curtis Lewis @crushngusher what if we the aliens? Brian Vardell @brian.vardell1 @RunKesslerRun it was -37 F last night. why Allama Banta @RighteousBanta hey @rthomas33 hit me up for some sage advice about hamster keeping Kevin Williams @kwill91 im runnin a charity golf event to benefit inner city sports next weekend in nashville, slide me a dm if youre interested Tyrone Jones @SackasaurusT_Rex compasses only work on a flat earth, be careful believin what they tell you
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    Rome

    [2023] Auburn Tigers Draft Class Review

    Coach Rome brings you his view on his eligible players. With the future of Pro Days and/or Pro Day style data uncertain, I wanted to provide franchises with some personal takes on how my eligible players played this year. My goal is to provide a public record of tactical information on Auburn players to answer as many questions that front offices may have about my players as I can. I will attempt to highlight what I believe their strengths and weaknesses are, as they pertained to the system I ran this year. Scheme: Pro Style/4-3 QB Marcus Black 6-6 225 R Auburn [Hybrid] [+2] 82 Strengths: Mobility, Decision Making/Mentality Weaknesses: Arm Strength Playoff Performance: 72 of 117 (61.5%), 846 Yards (7.2 YPA), 6 TDs, 0 INTs, 11 Carries, 87 Yards, 3 TDs, 1 Sacked Fumble Rome's Draft Grade: Top 10 Marcus Black was not the most accurate player in the playoffs. His WRs would drop 4 passes during those 3 games and he would have pass defended. We were only overmatched in the air game by TCU, but I think the overall quality of competition we faced in the playoffs should provide some excuse to his lower accuracy. I feel like he is good enough on completing passes to make in the NFLHC. I have major question marks about his Arm Strength, but the combination of Pro Style scheme and my game-to-game management meant it wasn't test much through the season. The one game I feel I tested it out the most was also his most disappointing, so a vertical offense likely will not suit him. Marcus Black was touched just once throughout the playoffs and did not only didn't throw an interception, he only had one pass defended. I think both of those facts speaks well to what I feel puts Marcus Black on the path to pro greatness. Black's ability to extend plays with his feet, even if he doesn't always scramble, buys any receiver corps more time to get open. And when Black does run, he proves to be quite lethal, racking up 3 rushing TDs (9 all season) in a system that doesn't call that many QB runs. Marcus Black's also proven himself to be a winner, grabbing 7 wins by 7 or fewer points, and providing 2 4th quarter comeback (including his only close playoff game and conference title victory). He also grabbed 4 overtime wins this season (again including his first playoff game and conference title game). This is a young man who can will teams to victory and, while his introductory years may be rocky, has the tools and mentality to be a winner in the pros as well. WR Jariel Martinez 6-0 199 R Auburn [Target] [0] 76 Strengths: Route Running Weaknesses: Separation Ability, Hands Playoff Performance: 11 Catches for 144 Yards (13 YPC), 2 TDs, 1 Drop Rome's Draft Grade: Day 3 Jariel Martinez is an early declaration player. This is a young man who was likely pushed out, not one that believes he is actually ready. Our #1 WR to start the season, Jariel was quickly moved to #2 to let star WR Kelvin Andrade shine. Despite being the best WR by skill and the only target of the top 3 players, he only had the 3rd most receptions all year--and managed to lead in drops. Our #4 WR was only 5 receptions behind him. Jariel did managed a strong YPC throughout the season (15.68), which I believe attests to his route running ability. If it was his separation/yards after the catch ability, I suspect that Martinez would not have struggled to get catches--an open WR gets the ball. But his ability to run the called play and be where he is suppose to be is still useful. At the end of the day, his inability to surpass a 1/5 Speed slot WR in the stats (Less catches & yards, same TDs) spells doom for his pro prospects. There are plenty of lower rated WRs that deserve to go before this young man. Maybe he can learn from a good pro WR or maybe he just was not compatible with Black, but I do not hold my breath. OT Kendall Gresham 6-5 275 R Auburn [Run Blocking] [0] 79 OG Charlie Cooper 6-7 282 R Auburn [Pass Blocking] [0] 82 OG Kieran Moser 6-2 278 R Auburn [Run Blocking] [-1] 76 Performance: 4.8 OL AVG Playoffs; 5.49 OL AVG All Season Rome's Draft Grades: OG Charlie Cooper = Top 10; OT Kendall Gresham = Late 2nd/Early 3rd; OG Kieran Moser = Day 3 I'm grouping my OL together because it's hard for me to say a whole lot uniquely about these players from the information we have. I have high, high hopes for Charlie Cooper. He's a big hoss with good mobility against the pass rush. He won't go as high as I think he should, but I think Cooper is one of the best players in this draft. Gresham and Moser feel more like "what you see is what you get". It's important to know Gresham played RT despite being a higher skill than our LT, so he's definitely got experience where most Pro Teams will likely slot him. DT Jordy Magana 6-0 304 R Auburn [2-Gap] [+2/C] 68 Strengths: Space Eating Weaknesses: Pass Rush Season Performance: None Rome's Draft Grade: Undrafted To Jordy's defense, he was DT #2 in a 4-3, but he did not manage to make a single impact all season for me. Players usually had to force a turnover or grab a sack to make our sheets, so it was clear he was not generating a lot of pass rush compared to the rest of my front seven. My entire DL was playing out of scheme this year, so I feel Jordy's growth was stunted in favor of me putting the best players on the field. While he may prove to be a fine enough practice squad player, do not draft him. CB Miles Keys 6-0 194 R Auburn [Man Coverage] [0] 71 Strengths: Physicality, Instincts Weaknesses: Speed Season Performance: 5 INTs, 3 PDs Rome's Draft Grade: Late Day 3 Keys was our #2 CB in a defense that relied on their corners to manage their WRs. Keys did not manage to make a stat sheet during the playoffs, so his stats are a little better than they seem at first glance. He lead our defense in interceptions, showing that he was capable of baiting quarterbacks against a team's 2nd best WR. I don't think he's going to be that good in the pros as we tended to get absolutely shredded by teams with multiple great WRs (MSST, Texas A&M). He's a boom or bust corner and one of the worst rated ones on the board. A player you draft just to fill roster depth at CB for preseason.
  28. 7 points
    Weeze56m

    Pre and Post Progression thoughs

    ECU: PreProgression
  29. 7 points
  30. 7 points
    SolutionA

    S01E03 - CFBHC Trivia

    Thanks everyone for joining me in coming to trivia study, where today we discuss SolutionA 01:03. I am your trivia study leader, SolutionA. First of all, here is the link to episode 3 trivia: https://forms.gle/cnaLUyLsNV7x1EvJ8 Submissions will be closed Thursday April 25th at 6pm ET. Here are the answers to last episode's quiz: As with everything else I do, if I made a mistake, please do let me know! Question Answer(s) %Correct Episode 02 How many FBS stadiums have the word "memorial" in its name? 16 4.17% Which US House congressman holds the record for the highest win percentage as a D1 football head coach at .836 (min. 200 wins)? Tom Osborne (Nebraska 255-49-3) 58.33% Name one of the two teams that is 0-4 all time in the Super Bowl. Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills 100.00% The smallest margin of victory in CFBHC Heisman Trophy voting was 1 vote. Name the runner up for the award that year. Alex Leshoure (QB - Boston College) 16.67% Which team holds the distinction of being the only major professional sports team to represent Quebec City (post-WWII)? Quebec Nordiques (1979-1995 in the NHL) 54.17% Notable/funny answers: @SyndaKyt said "16 or 17 iirc" to question 1. Sorry man. If only you had just went with your gut on this one @smckenz3 you said 17!!! If only you had made a typo @TuscanSota on question 1: The ones where their team was shut out. That's why it's a memorial. Press F to pay respects @Jieret said, in response to question 2 "Oh come on I don't even know the congressmen for my state" @Emperor_of_Orange on question 3: "Fuck you (Buffalo)" Sorry man @stinsy on question 5: "Why don't you go get tricked by a Just for Laughs Gags before you have to hold a referendum to separate my foot from your ass?" @Rocketcan on question 5: "Canada is a myth" I believe this is correct. And here's how we did: Episode 2 User name 1 2 3 4 5 Total correct % correct Jumbo X ✓ ✓ X ✓ 3 60.00% deandean1998 X ✓ ✓ X ✓ 3 60.00% DangerZoneh X ✓ ✓ ✓ X 3 60.00% ImposterCauster X ✓ ✓ ✓ X 3 60.00% Bingo415 X ✓ ✓ X ✓ 3 60.00% Jamzz X ✓ ✓ X ✓ 3 60.00% smckenz3 X ✓ ✓ ✓ X 3 60.00% AzulCaballero ✓ ✓ ✓ X X 3 60.00% Toucan X ✓ ✓ X ✓ 3 60.00% Boogyman10 X ✓ ✓ X ✓ 3 60.00% Soluna X ✓ ✓ X ✓ 3 60.00% Serwendel X X ✓ X ✓ 2 40.00% Caderich5 X X ✓ X ✓ 2 40.00% jared2001usa X X ✓ X ✓ 2 40.00% Jieret X X ✓ X ✓ 2 40.00% SyndaKyt X X ✓ X ✓ 2 40.00% Stinsy X ✓ ✓ X X 2 40.00% npklemm X X ✓ ✓ X 2 40.00% Swipet X ✓ ✓ X X 2 40.00% AD3378 X X ✓ X ✓ 2 40.00% caesari X ✓ ✓ X X 2 40.00% Bubada X X ✓ X X 1 20.00% Emperor X X ✓ X X 1 20.00% VerifiedThing X X ✓ X X 1 20.00% DarthJarJar X X ✓ X X 1 20.00% Quasar X X ✓ X X 1 20.00% Rocketcan X X ✓ X X 1 20.00% sleuthofbears X X ✓ X X 1 20.00% Time X X ✓ X X 1 20.00% TazerMan X X ✓ X X 1 20.00% stormstopper X X ✓ X X 1 20.00% alienufo 0 0.00% Rome 0 0.00% Babaganoush 0 0.00% Kirby 0 0.00% Osukid2811 0 0.00% Total correct 1 14 24 4 13 2.33 % Correct 4.17% 58.33% 100.00% 16.67% 54.17% Special shout out to @AzulCaballero for being the only participant to get question 1 correct and RIP @Jumbo for breaking his streak of one (1) week(s) in a row with a perfect score. Also shout out to everyone as we had 100% on question 3! Lifetime standings: User name Lifetime correct Lifetime % correct Jumbo 8 80.00% deandean1998 7 70.00% DangerZoneh 6 60.00% ImposterCauster 6 60.00% Bingo415 6 60.00% Jamzz 6 60.00% smckenz3 5 50.00% AzulCaballero 5 50.00% Toucan 3 60.00% Boogyman10 3 60.00% Soluna 3 60.00% Serwendel 6 60.00% Caderich5 5 50.00% jared2001usa 5 50.00% Jieret 5 50.00% SyndaKyt 3 30.00% Stinsy 2 40.00% npklemm 2 40.00% Swipet 2 40.00% AD3378 2 40.00% caesari 2 40.00% Bubada 5 50.00% Emperor 3 30.00% VerifiedThing 3 30.00% DarthJarJar 2 20.00% Quasar 2 20.00% Rocketcan 2 20.00% sleuthofbears 1 20.00% Time 1 20.00% TazerMan 1 20.00% stormstopper 1 20.00% alienufo 3 60.00% Rome 2 40.00% Babaganoush 1 20.00% Kirby 0 0.00% Osukid2811 0 0.00%
  31. 7 points
    Season Quick Glimpse This season ended in a very disappointing fashion for the Golden Bears. After starting off 2-3 under the team's previous head coach, noodlz2 took over the program with hopes of clinching a bowl game. Starting off 2-1 under a new head coach hopes of making a bowl game were bright. After a close home loss against Washington one of the PAC-12's top teams things took a turn for the worst. Lack of offensive production and turnovers during crucial moments kept Cal from winning 2 out of it's last 6 games to gain an opportunity to go bowling. Season Results Overall 4-8 (2-7 Pac-12) L 20 - 37 @ W 33 - 21 @ W 31 - 26 @ L 10 - 24 @ L 17 - 27 W 31 - 13 L 0 - 31 @ W 20 - 10 L 6 - 17 L 10 - 34 L 9 - 27 @ L 35 - 42 Season Stats Offensive Points Per Game: 18.5 Passing YPG: 193.41 Rushing YPG: 104.75 Turnovers: 1.17 Defensive Points Allowed: 25.75 Passing YPG: 209.42 Rushing YPG: 105.67 Takeaways: 0.75 Impact Players Offensive Impact Player - RB Zachary McFadden 5-10 190 (Jr) - 4.0 of 4.5 [Speed] 2022 Stats - 184 attempts / 941 yards / 7 TD / 5,11 YPC / 85.55 YPG Zachary McFadden was the man to go to for this Cal offense. His electrifying speed has allowed him to be a threat on the ground, as well as the pass and return game. With 7 receptions, 47 yards, and 1 TD. If you want to talk about going out on a high note, in his last two games he accounted for 225 yards rushing, 1 Touchdown, and 194 kickoff return yards*. Totaling for 1,407 all purpose yards was definitely beneficial to the struggling Golden Bears offense, but having to utilize him in as many possible his production in the run game may have been hindered. The great news is in next season's offensive situation McFadden's talents can be used more in the run game. With a skill ceiling to cap entering his redshirt senior year, hopes are high for the seasoned veteran next season. *Denotes he was #1 KR on the depth chart for Arizona State and Stanford games. Defensive Impact Player - DE Jamal Dorsey 6-7 250 (Fr) - 4.0 of 4.5 [Speed] 2022 Stats - 31 tackles / 8.5 sacks / 9 TFL It's safe to say that a redshirt season benefited Jamal Dorsey's development entering this season. His performance on the field is what has contributed to a stable defense. If you look at Cal's offensive numbers they really did not give the defensive side of the ball much help, allowing Dorsey to step up and be the play maker on the defensive line. Next season is going to be exciting if he continues to step up and be a presence on the defensive of the ball like last year. If he can rack up some conference awards in his next few years of eligibility, Head Coach noodlz2 is hopeful he may get a shot at the next level. A Look at The 2022 Signing Class California: Class Rank: 106 (Comparables: Iowa State, Cincinnati, Tulsa, Buffalo)* *Taken from [2022] PAC-12 First Reaction: Crootin' Class Grades. Credits @bingo415. Positional Breakdown Defensive backs SS Coleridge Beverly 5-10 195 Fr Chula Vista (Chula Vista CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] FS Quincy Sterling 6-1 200 Fr Chula Vista (Chula Vista CA) 2.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] CB Jamie King 6-0 172 Fr Justin-Siena (Napa CA) 1.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] FS Maximillian Carson 5-11 203 Fr Mammoth (Mammoth Lakes CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] CB DeMarcus William 6-0 186 Fr Temecula Valley (Temecula CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] FS Caleb Stock 6-0 193 Fr Horizon (San Diego CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Carlos Westbrook 6-2 203 Fr Angelo Rodriguez (Fairfield CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Patrick Grant 5-9 164 Fr Fontana (Fontana CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] Defensive Ends DE Mark Harper 6-3 241 Fr Valley (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] DE Sincere Brinson 6-6 240 Fr Hayfork (Hayfork CA) 1.5 of 3.0 [Contain] Defensive Tackles DT Golden Love 6-0 291 Fr Orange Glen (Escondido CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [1-Gap] DT Wyatt Hays 6-7 281 Fr Chula Vista (Chula Vista CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [1-Gap] Outside Linebacker OLB Marc Crawley 5-11 228 Fr Galileo Academy (San Francisco CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Coverage] Offensive Line C Mateo Hathaway 6-4 269 Fr Renton (Renton WA) 2.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Kenneth Joseph Jr. 6-2 258 Fr De La Salle (Concord CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OG Raphael Donnelly 6-6 312 Fr Valley (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Mohammed Barbour 6-7 289 Fr Lompoc (Lompoc CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] Quarterback QB Benjamin Doyle 6-3 223 Fr Decatur (Federal Way WA) 2.5 of 3.0 [Scrambling] Running back RB Cayden Crawley 5-6 217 Fr Edison (Stockton CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Power] Tight End TE Tony Ragsdale 6-1 233 Fr Argonaut (Jackson CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blocking] Long Snapper LS Jim Fisher 6-3 233 Fr Capital (Olympia WA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Specialized] Recruiting Takeaways Coleridge Beverly the strong safety out of Chula Vista was the standout commit for the Golden Bears. The rest of the recruiting class fills gaps in a few essential positions and adds depth to the secondary as well. Some of this year's recruiting setbacks were, missing the JUCO recruiting period, and lack of the ability to build a recruiting class that fits new coaching philosophy. With lots of young talent and positions that are in dire need of top level PAC-12 talent, snagging a JUCO recruit in 1 or 2 positions would've went a long way. To go along with that there was almost a fully signed class by the time Head Coach noodlz2 took the position Week 8. After finishing 106th in the nation in recruiting there will be an emphasis on recruiting. Next season will be exciting if this coaching staff can bring in some high caliber PAC-12 talent.
  32. 7 points
    Jumbo

    [2023] New York Jets Hire Scout

    Following the mutual agreement between the Jets and former scout @Swipet to part ways, the Jets began the search for a new scout to take his place. We are happy to announce that the search has concluded, and we will be hiring @SyndaKyt to take his spot in the organization. He took over Wyoming this past season and helped the team rise above their preseason expectations, and we hope to teach SyndaKyt the ropes on what it takes to run an NFLHC team. We would like to thank @Swipet for his service to our team, and any questions for me or @SyndaKyt can now be asked. Coach @grv413 is unavailable as he's busy working on our new uniform and logo concepts, and he's under pressure to make sure that they aren't ugly.
  33. 6 points
    imerman

    Pre and Post Progression thoughs

    Coastal pre-progression: hoping my redshirt 1/3.5 freshman OLB progresses well because I thought my senior OLB last year was a junior for some reason so I didn't really recruit anyone for the position.
  34. 6 points
    alienufo

    [2023] Off-Season Schedule

    Note: times are subject to change as always. Deadline for coach contract extensions: Sunday, March 31st at midnight eastern. Trading opens: Friday, April 5th at midnight eastern. Re-signings Due: Friday, April 12th at 8:00 pm eastern. Free Agency Opens: Thursday, April 25th Combine: TBA Draft - Round 1: Thursday, May 23rd at 8:00 pm eastern. Draft - Rounds 2-3: Friday, May 24th at 8:00 pm eastern Draft - Rounds 4-7: Saturday, May 25th at 4:00 pm eastern. UDFA bids due: Sunday, May 26th at midnight eastern. Rookie Camps: TBA Training Camps: TBA First Pre-season games: TBA
  35. 6 points
  36. 6 points
    SolutionA

    S01E02 - CFBHC Trivia

    Welcome to episode 2 of the critically-acclaimed SolutionA Trivia Bowl! I am your host, SolutionA. First of all, here is the link to the episode 2 trivia: https://forms.gle/ph8CKNai7UunF6Sj9 Submissions will be closed Monday April 22nd at 12pm ET. Here are the answers to last episode's quiz: As with everything else I do, if I made a mistake, please do let me know! Question Answer(s) %Correct Episode 01 First presented in 1935, which NCAA football award was originally given to "the most valuable college football player east of the Mississippi?" The Heisman Trophy 66.67% Which US stadium holds the distinction of being the only stadium to be called home by two baseball and two football teams in the same year? Shea Stadium 4.17% Name any of the three Heisman Trophy winners who were not drafted by an NFL team. Jason White (weak knees), Pete Dawkins (military), Charlie Ward (NBA) 58.33% Please name either of the CFBHC coaches with the most National Championships. randye4, grv413 66.67% Since the FIFA World Cup moved to the 32 team format, only twice have the previous tournament's winners advanced past the group stage. Name either of those teams and the year that they won the tournament. Brazil (1994 and 2002) 37.50% Notable/funny answers: @VerifiedThing and @serwendel cleverly said Kyler Murray for question 3... I'll allow it since the draft hasn't happened yet. @AzulCaballero claims "There is nothing valuable east of the mississippi" for question 1. @DangerZoneh was so close to also getting question 2 correct... Except he just said "New York" And here's how we all did: Also, who is Babaganoush? Episode 1 User name 1 2 3 4 5 Total correct % correct Emperor X X ✓ X ✓ 2 40.00% Rome ✓ X X ✓ X 2 40.00% DarthJarJar X X X ✓ X 1 20.00% VerifiedThing ✓ X ✓ X X 2 40.00% Quasar ✓ X X X X 1 20.00% DangerZoneh ✓ X ✓ ✓ X 3 60.00% Kirby X X X X X 0 0.00% Caderich5 X X ✓ ✓ ✓ 3 60.00% smckenz3 ✓ X X ✓ X 2 40.00% Babaganoush X X ✓ X X 1 20.00% Serwendel ✓ X ✓ ✓ ✓ 4 80.00% Bubada ✓ X ✓ ✓ ✓ 4 80.00% deandean1998 ✓ X ✓ ✓ ✓ 4 80.00% jared2001usa ✓ X X ✓ ✓ 3 60.00% SyndaKyt ✓ X X X X 1 20.00% Jieret ✓ X ✓ ✓ X 3 60.00% Jumbo ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ 5 100.00% Rocektcan ✓ X X X X 1 20.00% alienufo ✓ X ✓ ✓ X 3 60.00% Osukid2811 X X X X X 0 0.00% ImposterCauster ✓ X X ✓ ✓ 3 60.00% Bingo415 ✓ X ✓ ✓ X 3 60.00% Jamzz X X ✓ ✓ ✓ 3 60.00% AzulCaballero X X ✓ ✓ X 2 40.00% Total correct 16 1 14 16 9 2.33 % Correct 66.67% 4.17% 58.33% 66.67% 37.50% Special shout out to @Jumbo as he was our one and only perfect score this week and thus now is in first place. Lifetime standings: User name Lifetime correct Lifetime % correct Jumbo 5 100.00% Serwendel 4 80.00% Bubada 4 80.00% deandean1998 4 80.00% DangerZoneh 3 60.00% Caderich5 3 60.00% jared2001usa 3 60.00% Jieret 3 60.00% alienufo 3 60.00% ImposterCauster 3 60.00% Bingo415 3 60.00% Jamzz 3 60.00% Emperor 2 40.00% Rome 2 40.00% VerifiedThing 2 40.00% smckenz3 2 40.00% AzulCaballero 2 40.00% DarthJarJar 1 20.00% Quasar 1 20.00% Babaganoush 1 20.00% SyndaKyt 1 20.00% Rocektcan 1 20.00% Kirby 0 0.00% Osukid2811 0 0.00%
  37. 6 points
    SolutionA

    S01E01 - CFBHC Trivia

    Hi everyone. Welcome to SolutionA's weekly trivia. Every week (hopefully) I will post up five trivia questions for you guys to answer. Trivia will be confined mostly to sports trivia, but I may throw in some other interesting stuff I learn throughout the week. I'm relatively new to the site, but I'll try to incorporate some CFBHC trivia in here as well. I'll keep a running scoreboard as well as some other stats on the questions themselves and stuff as we go. I'm modeling it similarly with /r/cfb's weekly trivia. I'll also highlight any funny/clever/interesting answers. Please do your best not to cheat/look up answers! Please also do include your real username - I'll probably throw out the ones that aren't real. New trivia questions will be posted twice weekly. Perhaps once on Monday, once on Thursday. Without further ado, here is the link for this week's questions (probably longer as we gather interest)! https://forms.gle/YXjK7VRRZ8WzS41f7
  38. 6 points
    I'm proud to announce our 2022 recruiting class! We were latecomers to the recruiting game, coming in past the mid way point of the season, but our coaching staff hit the ground running and identified several areas of concern for depth and set about to fill them. We ended with a class fo 21 signees (20 freshman and 1 juice transfer) and the #101 recruiting class. While our goals for next season's recruiting class is higher, we are pleased with what we were able to bring in this year. Key Recruits: DT Eli Nicholson 6-6 291 Fr 2 of 3.5 [1-Gap] CB Lucas O'Neill 6-0 194 (So) 3.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] WR Connor Johnson 5-10 159 Fr 1 of 3.5 [Speed] SS Mike Allison 5-11 191 Fr 1 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] FS Khalil Clarke 6-0 213 Fr 1 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] OG Max Fulton 6-3 266 Fr 1 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] All of our key recruits will be redshirting in 2023 with the exception of JuCo transfer Lucas O'Neill. In addition to O'Neill we landed a pair of 3 star DEs that will be competing for a starting spot and a trio of 3 star OLBs that will be competing for 2 starting spots. We will also be starting a 3 star freshman kicker.
  39. 6 points
    Tom Reis enters the Arizona Cardinals Training Center in Tempe with just a duffle bag and some wireless headphones, atop his trademark moppy hair his fading sideline edition fitted hat from his rookie year sits, turned to his back. One last time, he scans his ID at a card reader to the “private personnel only” section, pausing to shake hands with Martin the night janitor. He moves the headphones down to his neck to exchange one last conversation with the flirtatious receptionist, and you can hear Jupiter One’s Countdown emitting from the uncovered, high quality speakers, “it’s a brand new day, you shouldn’t be fading away.” Today is bitter sweet for Reis, as he empties out his locker, shoveling cleats, T-shirts, and personal belongings into his duffle. He pauses as he removes a picture of himself and Cardinals teammate/friend Steve Noonan, embracing with huge smiles after winning in Seattle in 2021. Maybe it’s not goodbye, All Pro punter Noonan is a pending free agent. Reis sighs. The All-Time Cardinals leading tackler smacked 225 ball carriers during his time in Arizona, but none of those seemed to weigh this hard. - - - - - Halfway across the country, there’s a different attitude at Halas Hall. Akeel Morris is exiting stage left, the curtains having fallen down before his rookie contract act was complete. He excitedly throws his Bears uniforms, hangers and all, into his own duffle bag, then playfully jabs cornerback Ivory Hull in the ribs as the two stride past each other in the hallway. “Week 5, it’s on!” Hull yells. Morris winks back, hustling out of the facility. He’s got a plane to catch. - - - - - An airplane lands under a cloudy morning at Sky Harbor International Airport. Tom Reis stands up from his seat, reaches into his duffle, and pulls out the cleats he wore late last December in Seattle. He turns to the man to his left, Trevon Yeldon, and bums a Sharpie from him, signing “Tom Reis – 225”. A family walks into the concourse from the plane, with a little girl wearing a Phoenix Suns shirt skipping to lead the way. Reis smiles, then walks over to her and her overburdened dad. “How was Chicago?” he asks. She excitedly tells him about her trip to see a Suns road game against the Bulls. “Do you like watching football, the Arizona Cardinals?” Reis continues. “No, my daddy thinks the Cardinals suckkkk.” (She laughs.) “I like the Seahawks,” she adds, beaming. While Yeldon playfully shouts a “what?!!!” from his seat, Reis chuckles then turns to her dad, extending the cleats. “Tucker Dowden still has a few things to learn,” he winks, the dad overcome with embarrassment and shock. Reis waves them off, then returns to his seat by Yeldon. The two sit in silence for a few moments as more passengers emerge. “That’s the thing I think I’m going to miss most,” Reis says, turning to Yeldon. “The community. The Cardinals haven’t ever really been great, y’know, and so there’s a lot of fair-weather and bandwagoning for the Rams, the Seahawks, the Dolphins and Raiders. But then, just getting out into the community, and making moments and Cardinals fans.” The moment ends, when a big, muscular man wearing a white T-shirt, dark shades, and a backpack walks out. Reis and Yeldon stand up to greet him, and Reis extends his hand for a shake. The man leans in to shake his hand, but switches direction midway, swiping Reis’ hat. Reis stands, dumbfounded, as the man places the hat upon his own head, facing backwards, in the same signature style Reis has always done. He then unzips his backpack, reaching in and pulling out a fresh new Chicago Bears flat brim with the tags still on, placing it in Reis’ still-outstretched-in-shock hand. Reis looks down, then laughs, flipping it onto his head in familiar fashion. Tom Reis and Akeel Morris, introduction over, embrace. There’s a huge understanding between the two, despite being unfamiliar with each other prior to two minutes ago. Neither has been an ideal fit in the schemes they were drafted into, Reis playing primarily in a 4-3 scheme as a Will-type ILB, and Akeel playing primarily in a 3-4 scheme as a monster of a Mike. Neither has experienced much pro success – and both have experienced ridicule that they haven’t lifted their teams enough. And there’s also realization that, the two will be forever tied to the hip after this big trade, just now publicly breaking live. One of them will be declared a losing transaction at some point down the line, be it half a season or a full career from now – no matter if its fair or not, and no matter that a lot of other capital was involved in the trade. But the irony of the informal meetup in Phoenix could be positive for both linebackers involved. Out of the ashes of the firestorms that have been their careers of late, both intend to rise, adopted by their new regimes as flares of the future. The two break their embrace, and Reis approaches the boarding desk for the plane’s return flight to Chicago. As he leaves the desk to begin boarding, Akeel Morris’ deep voice begins bellowing: “There is a house in Chicagooo, they call the Reis – ing Sun” Yeldon puts his arm over new teammate Akeel, the two swaying side to side and laughing, Reis’ mouth agape as he turns to watch the hilarity. Akeel finishes: “And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy, and God I know I’m one.” Reis boards the plane, as a ray of sun breaks through the morning clouds. Special thanks to BOFA editor @stormstopper for his collaboration on this piece
  40. 6 points
  41. 6 points
    SyndaKyt

    [2023] New York Jets Hire Scout

    I am pleased to accept this role as scout for the New York Jets. I want to take my time to thank @Jumbo and @grv413 for presenting me with this opportunity and I will try my best to make sure they do not regret this decision, I know there will be hiccups along the way, but my goal is to improve as much as I can and provide useful insight to my team. I am excited to be apart of the NFLHC and being entrenched into this universe. GO J! E! T! S!
  42. 6 points
    Event 1 - Precision Passing: players attempt to tag a small target on a dummy's hand at various distances, players who tag more in a direct matchup with another player advance. In the morning all six quarterbacks will play through the qualifying round where the targets are worth points and only the four highest point totals advanced to the semi finals and final in the afternoon. Event 2 - Best Hands: Aaron Devereaux throwing to various wide receivers running various routes of certain length while covered by Troy Marshall (BAL), each catch is worth 1 point. Two players are eliminated, the remaining four will go again in the afternoon with a different quarterback and cornerback in the final. Event 3 - Power Relay Challenge: 4 4-man relay teams run a relay race, have to have one player from each of the following groups: O-Line, D-Line, Linebackers, Secondary Event 4 - 5v5 Classic Dodgeball: 4 5-man teams compete in a classic dodgeball tournaments. The final will happen in the afternoon.
  43. 6 points
    Recruiting Review Purdue Class ranking: Big Ten - #1, National - #4, Previous National Rank - #5 (+1) Commitments – 21 (19 freshman, 2 JuCo) Signing Class: The 2022 recruiting season was a two team race with Purdue and neighboring Illinois battling it our for conference supremacy. In the end, Purdue would leapfrog Illinois behind the addition of two JuCo players and takes home the title of top class in the B1G. Kudos to both coach inspiral and coach FlutieFlakes as each of their classes is absurd in it’s own right. The B1G West has always been a difficult division and it appears that trend will continue for some time to come. Illinois Class ranking: Big Ten - #2, National - #5, Previous National Rank - #4 (-1) Commitments - 19 (18 freshman, 1 JuCo) Signing Class: The Fighting Illini struggled a bit on the field this season, but the future is certainly bright for Coach FlutieFlakes and he has to be thrilled with landing a top five recruiting class. There is a ton of talent coming in this class, though Purdue’s class may consist of a few more players that can contribute immediately, this crop of recruits will make some noise for many years. With QB Jordan Harrison gaining a year of experience, the Illini should regain their usual form for the 2023 season. Michigan Class ranking: Big Ten - #3, National - #29, Previous National Rank - #30 (+1) Commitments - 17 (14 freshman, 3 JuCo) Signing Class: Michigan hovered right around this spot for much of the season and checks in at #29 in the nation. A small class in terms of incoming freshman, the Wolverines were able to secure the commitments of three JuCo players. In reviewing this years class, head coach jmjacobs felt the team could have done a bit better was pleased overall. They were optimistic about JuCo and it appears that optimism paid off. Coach jmjacobs listed wide receiver Antonio Jackson as the player they were most excited for and has high hopes for the talented incoming freshman. When asked if there were any recruits that got away, jmjacobs mentioned that his staff was high on 5 star Athlete, Reshad Davenport. Davenport figures to play linebacker in college and chose to sign with Western Michigan University over an offer from the Wolverines. Penn State Class ranking: Big Ten - #4, National - #32, Previous National Rank - #38 (+6) Commitments - 14 (13 freshman, 1 JuCo) Signing Class: Much like Michigan, Penn State brings in a small class of 14 recruits. While the class may be small, coach grv413 did well for himself adding some high end talent led by 5 star receiver, Savion Saunders. Saunders may be given an opportunity to redshirt as the Nittany Lions were able to add the services of 5 star JuCo receiver, Dominic Dixon. Dixon has one year of eligibility remaining and will want to maximize his opportunities as he prepares for the NFL draft. Nebraska Class ranking: Big Ten - #5, National - #34, Previous National Rank - #32 (-2) Commitments - 16 (14 freshman, 2 JuCo) Signing Class: Nebraska and coach caesari snuck up on everyone on their way to winning the conference and the same could be said for their recruiting. Finishing right behind Michigan and Penn State, the Cornhuskers added two nice JuCo players to solidify what was already a solid recruiting class. JuCo Offensive Guard Cason Sheppard figures to slide into starting spot immediately. Ohio State Class ranking: Big Ten - #6, National - #35, Previous National Rank - #40 (+5) Commitments – 16 (15 freshman, 1 JuCo) Signing Class: After landing 5 star JuCo defensive end, Damien Atkins, the Buckeyes and coach feverful jumped five spots to finish the season with the 35th ranked class in the country. The Buckeyes coach was pleased overall with their recruiting class, though they felt they missed out on a few players that they were targeting. With some potential early departures, the staff was looking to fill those positions in the event a player should declare for the NFL. feverful was most excited about incoming 5 star receiver, Dajuan Page. Page along with fellow incoming receiver, 4.5 star Trevor Dutton, makes the coach optimistic about the teams offense in the years to come. Coach feverful also felt that incoming Punter, Drew Stanfield, will have the most immediate impact. He felt that lack of punting has hurt them in the past and is hopeful Stanfield will be to flip the field position for the defense. When asked about “the one that got away,” coach feverful pointed to 4.5 star defensive end Wardell Jean-Georges. Jean-Georges opted to sign with Toledo and has the skills to be a contributor immediately. Iowa Class ranking: Big Ten - #7, National - #40, Previous National Rank - #33 (-7) Commitments - 21 (20 freshman, 1 JuCo) Signing Class: The B1G had five teams ranked between 29 and 40 and Iowa checks in at the #40 spot. Previously ranking 33rd, the Hawkeyes dropped seven spots after JuCo signings. The Hawkeyes bring in a full class of 21 recruits and that is exactly what head coach wrigleyfan was hoping for. In speaking about this year's class, the head coach pointed out the need to build depth on the roster. While they acknowledge that there’s not an abundance of top end talent, there is definitely a good group 4 star or higher players. The Hawkeyes coach was most excited about 4.5 star offensive guard, Anthony Maxwell. Citing the below average play of the offensive line, wrigleyfan felt that Maxwell will be a welcome addition to the bubs. The coach also felt that Maxwell, or fellow guard prospect, Javier Elizondo, will have the most immediate impact for the Hawkeyes. Coach wrigleyfan couldn’t help but think about how the offensive line might look had the the team landed the services of guard Dillon Dooley. Dooley, a 5 star prospect, chose to sign with in-state rival Iowa State which was a tough pill to swallow for the coach. Maryland Class ranking: Big Ten - #8, National - #53, Previous National Rank - #62 (+9) Commitments – 21 (19 freshman, 2 JuCo) Signing Class: The Maryland Terrapins find themselves just outside the top 50 as a new coaching regime begins in College Park. This class is boosted by the addition of two 4.5 star JuCo commits, but the new staff will have 6 incoming freshman rated 4.0 or higher to work with. Those six players would be best served to redshirt for a year if possible, but have the skillset to contribute if need be. Minnesota Class ranking: Big Ten - #9, National - #58, Previous National Rank - #76 (+18) Commitments - 19 (16 freshman, 3 JuCo) Signing Class: The Golden Gophers had a truly unique recruiting season that is hard to describe. Coach lucas95 sat with a only a handful of highly rated commits for much of the season. Yet, the addition of three JuCo players and some additional depth signings, helped to push this class from the bottom of the conference to top 60 in the country. 5 star defensive tackle, Marcus Major, is the gem of this class and should be a key contributor as a freshman. The JuCo signings are a welcome addition to a class that could have been low on numbers and talent without them. Northwestern Class ranking: Big Ten - #10, National - #70, Previous National Rank - #58 (-12) Commitments – 19 (19 freshman) Signing Class: Northwestern checks in with the 70th ranked recruiting class. Former coach robcarlson77 had focused on building depth across the roster with this class and seemed to have accomplished that goal. The Wildcats went all in on JuCo QB Devon Wardwell. The Illinois native would have been a huge get for the Wildcats as they looked to replace the departing E.J. McGuire. Many feel that the timing of the coach’s departure was what made Wardwell choose FCS Illinois State over the Wildcats. Prior to his departure, coach robcarlson77 said he was pleased with his class overall. There’s only a few high end players, but the coach was most excited about defensive tackle Xavier Williams who he felt would also provide the most immediate impact at a position of need. When asked about a recruit that got away, robcarlson77 quickly cited defensive end Jonathan Stiles. The 5 star recruit would have been a huge get for a team that needed help on the defensive line. Northwestern was thought to be the favorite early on, but Stiles pledged to rival Illinois after taking a visit to the campus. Rutgers Class ranking: Big Ten - #11, National - #71, Previous National Rank - #61 (-10) Commitments - 20 (20 freshman) Signing Class: Unable to secure a JuCo commitment, Rutgers will welcome 20 incoming freshman next season. The class is headlined by two very talented defensive ends. 5 star Cameron Berry and 4.5 star Dahntay Parks will bookend the defensive line for the Scarlet Knights for the foreseeable future. Wisconsin Class ranking: Big Ten - #12, National - #80, Previous National Rank - #75 (-5) Commitments – 21 (21 freshman) Signing Class: Coach taffyowner will be welcoming a full class of 21 freshman to Madison in the fall. 5 star linebacker Grant Morrison is the highest rated of the class. 4 star safety Eldrick Carter is another key signing for the Badgers. Wisconsin will be looking to improve the recruiting ranking next season. Indiana Class ranking: Big Ten - #13, National - #83, Previous National Rank - #84 (+1) Commitments – 14 (12 freshman, 2 JuCo) Signing Class: Coach Jamzz and the Hoosiers found themselves mired near the bottom of the conference for much of the recruiting season. However, things improved towards the end of the season and the Hoosiers were able to get out of the triple digits. The addition of 4 star JuCo defensive tackle, Anquan Everett, is a big get for Coach Jamzz and is a player that will be an immediate help on the defensive line. Michigan State Class ranking: Big Ten - #14, National - #109, Previous National Rank - #104 (-5) Commitments – 18 (18 freshman) Signing Class: Unfortunately, someone has to come in last in the rankings and this season it’s Coach SlinkyJr and the Spartans. This recruiting season is likely one that the coach would like to forget. MSU is the only team in the B1G to finish outside of the top 100 and was surpassed by many MAC schools. The coach will need to take advantage of the success they had on the field this season and avoid a repeat performance in recruiting. Recruiting is the lifeblood of the program and multiple poor classes can catch up to a team in the future.
  44. 5 points
    Jumbo

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  45. 5 points
    TuscanSota

    Guess the Throne (GOT Season 8)

    For those who watch Game of Thrones and are caught up with the series... A friend of mine showed me this earlier today, so I figured why not make a group here? https://guessthethrone.com/groups/2S8my2VF6rrvZewmhEyi The game is simple: Predict who lives and who dies in the final season of Game of Thrones. There's also bonus points for first and last death, and which character actually claims the iron throne by the end of the season.
  46. 5 points
  47. 5 points
    Akron Zips Season Storyline: The Zips came into 2022 with a lot of question marks on offense following the graduation of Nathaniel Ruff. The Zips had some talent at RB, but none of it tested, and the WR Corps was the worst in the conference. The Offense was going to have to flow through QB Griffin Donahue. The Defense was trying to replace DT Marlon Bailey, however the Zips had that covered a little better with Jeremiah Clarke and Olivier Ponder in the fold. Plus, they had All-American ILB Devin Frazier to clean up any mistakes. The secondary was raw, but they were hopeful the Front-7 would be good enough to make up for any deficiencies. The Zips early season started rough as they limped to a 1-4 start. But once they entered Conference Play proper, they finished 7-1 with their only loss coming to Ohio. The Offense got rolling and the defense made enough plays to keep opposing offenses in check (plus the MAC East was trash). Wins: Miami (FL) Central Michigan Miami (OH) Northern Illinois Buffalo Bowling Green Kent State Losses: Middle Tennessee State H'awaii Eastern Michigan Wisconsin Ohio BYU (Bowl Game) Final Record: 7-6, 2nd in MAC East Biggest Losses Entering 2023: QB Griffin Donahue C Patryk Grace DE Julian Whaley OLB Raymond Smith ILB Devin Frazier SS Myles Mathis Bowling Green Falcons Season Storyline: A quiet surprise in 2021, the Falcons lost their Coach @Kirby and had some youth playing in key spots in 2022, along with a new coach in @ecnirp. And that youth played like the inexperienced players they are. QB A.J. Coyne had a good start early, and then came back down to earth. RB Calvin Alexander had some nice games, but really fell off the back half of the season. Bowling Green would be in games early, but then just trail off in the 2nd Half. Wins: Marshall Middle Tennessee State Kent State Losses: UTSA Nevada Ohio Central Michigan Western Michigan Ball State Akron Buffalo Miami (OH) Final Record: 3-9, 5th in MAC East Biggest Losses Entering 2023: G Derrick Briggs C Jonas Zambrano DT Israel Parson ILB Jackson Greenberg SS Antonio Jackson Buffalo Bulls Season Storyline: The Bulls hired Coach @Jordanozenne prior to the season beginning, and it proved to be a good decision. The 2022 Bulls season was defined by running the damn ball. They averaged fewer than 90 Passing Yards Per Game. Lowest in the Conference. But, it was the right move to make, as QB Levi Thompson struggled to complete passes to his team. RB Denzel Porter was the key on offense. Defensively, the LBs lead the unit. Wins: UCONN Marshall UMASS Kent STate Toledo Bowling Green Losses: Miami (OH) Eastern Michigan California Central Michigan Akron Ohio UCF (Bowl Game) Final Record: 6-7 (4th in MAC East) Biggest Losses Entering 2023: RB Denzel Porter WR Khalil Stubbs WR Christian Holguin TE Xavier Frey C D.J. Wilkinson OLB Arthur Henson CB Daniel Braxton P Mohamed Saylor Kent State Golden Flashes Season Storyline: Youth, Youth Everywhere. (and also more coaching instability). Kent State struggled to maintain any sort of consistency on offense as both the starting QB and RB are RSFR. The supporting cast around them did them no favors. The Defensive Front-7 was chock full of young talent as well. This group will get better with time, but just weren't very good this season. Wins: San Jose State Marshall Losses: Oregon State Louisville Ball State Miami (OH) Bowling Green Buffalo Eastern Michigan Ohio Akron Toledo Final Record: 2-10 (6th in MAC East) Biggest Losses Entering 2023: TE Jaeden Salazar DT Ben Corrigan DE Nehemiah Reaves SS Steven Gordon K Kyle Unger P Larry Bull Miami (OH) Redhawks Season Storylines: The Flamethrower was back in action with his favorite target TE Casey Swann. Another season with Coaching Instability lead to a disappointing finish for the Redhawks. RB Ajani Garrett was again useless in the running game. And the Defense had some real bad games, mainly due to a lack of talent. With the biggest pieces of the Redhawk Offense leaving, it's hard to see this Miami team being competitive any time soon. Wins: New Mexico Buffalo Kent State UMASS Bowling Green Losses: Wake Forest Wisconsin Toledo Akron Ohio Northern Illinois Western Michigan Final Record: 5-7 (3rd in MAC East) Biggest Losses Entering 2023: QB Zack Cera RB Ajani Garrett WR Keith Barnes WR Lucas Pierson TE Casey Swann OT Andre Grey OG Joseph Westfall C Michael Williamson OT Ronny Sparks OLB Malik Neely OLB James Lockwood CB Travis Watson FS William Cote Ohio Bobcats Season Storyline: The Bobcats entered the season as the favorite to win the East, and they did just that, lead by Coach @AD3378. By Defeating Akron in Week 12, they basically locked up their Divisional Championship. They were defeated barely by Western Michigan. The Cats were lead by QB Austin Lowe and RB Jeffrey Flowers on offense and DE Nicholas Blackwell and DT Brady Whittaker on defense. Ohio's season may seem like a disappointment with how close they came to dethroning the Broncos, but 9 Wins is nothing to sneeze at. Wins: UNLV Ball State Bowling Green Miami (OH) Akron Kent State Northern Illinois Buffalo Coastal Carolina (Bowl Game) Losses: Vanderbilt Ohio State Western Michigan Miami (FL) Western Michigan (CCG) Final Record: 9-5 (1st in MAC East) Biggest Losses Entering 2023: RB Jeffrey Flowers TE Aaron Thibodeaux TE Caleb Holman C Andre Mills DT Brady Whittaker OLB Elias Glenn CB Shawn Tillman SS Xavier Bailey
  48. 5 points
  49. 5 points
    alienufo

    [2023] Off-Season Schedule

    just incase it wasn't clear, EVERYthing will be postponed until after progressions so you will have ample time to submit stuff. Once they are done, I will update all the dates.
  50. 5 points
    Rome

    [2022] National Championship Game

    What a crazy and wild ride this season was. I'm incredibly energetic and happy right now, so I don't think I can post the usual pseudo-humble bullshit. @DangerZoneh You are a wonderful coach and you put together a fucking great team. I know the loss is going to sting. But you have a great season and you should be proud. I'm going to go buy a fuckload of ice cream for my roommates. When I come back, I expect to be addressed as "Rome Augustus".
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