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  1. 24 points
    Soluna

    Q&A Friday #1

    "Who is the best QB in sim history, and why did you answer something other than Bill Garcia?" - smokingcricket Disregarding the bizarre 2013 season and instead thinking about the career trajectories of certain players as a hole I think the best quarterback is clearly Christian Skaggs (FSU/Carolina Panthers). There's a case for Brian Brown but he's been a bit on the down low with a below average team the past 20-25 games. I honeslty think Allan Taylor may be up there just because of his skillset in college. He's by far the most consistent Scrambling QB we've had and I think that earns some respect from me. Darrell Murphy is really underhyped for how good he is. He feels kind of like Drew Brees to me where he's clearly a top 3 QB but he's just kind of forgotten in the discussion. Bill Garcia last words to be were rumored to be "ban me you fucking twat," or something along those lines. "Is there a clutch stat in the sim?" - taffyowner Is there a clutch stat? No. Is there a clutch attribute? Yes. I have to define the difference between those two here because people obviously don't know entirely and probably should be educated. Think of Madden. Acceleration is a stat from 0-99 and, at least the old Madden (no idea how it is now), attributes are conditions triggered by a player depending on a game situation and value in certain stats. For example a player may have a leadership of 95 and, in combination with the coaching attribute, that could make the leadership stat take effect at the end of the game to reduce penalties in switching between schemes. This is essentially how the whole system is set up. If a player doesn't have either the threshold of a stat or the capability to trigger the attribute the effect won't go off. There are however minor attributes that are unlisted to everyone that can be triggered by players - a lot of you have started to figure out ones that exist without definite confirmation (for example certain QBs love to throw to TEs in certain situations). I think part of the fun is letting your players personalities be built by these stat/attribute combinations and that was always my philosophy designing the sim for the site. "Is UBL still in Orlando? If not who do you go to Orlando City SC games with now?" - taffyowner UBL is indeed still in Orlando! I won't give away anything more than that because I value his privacy. I take him along to OCSC games most of the time and am not entirely sure how I'll handle that if he leaves the area. I enjoy talking to him about the site and what he thinks of everything and it's great to meet someone through a common interest that I enabled. UBL is stand up guy and much less prone to emotional responses from this site compared to me. "What is your greatest complaint about the site community?" - smokingcricket Most of the times that you guys think I rage in the shoutbox are probably exaggerations from the way text makes a personality come across. I'm never really that angry, it's just how I deal with things in the short term (ask alien, I say some pretty vile or stupid things when playing DotA but it goes away after the game is over). The one thing that causing continual trouble to me on this site is the minor sense of entitlement some people seem to have (and it frequently happens entirely out of the blue!). I'm just one guy who works 40 hours a week and enjoys sports. I'm not great at coding, just okay. I'm not great at community management, just okay. I'm not even that good of an admin, I just want to run this community and not have to think about work or life or whatever. This project is me in its entirety. Seeing someone demand I progress a team or get upset that I haven't completed something is pretty shit to be honest. It makes me feel like garbage. This is my project and not my job. Please remember that when you come visit this site. "What's the strangest play/incident/whatever that didn't show up on a game report?" - sleuthofbears I don't really read everything because there's so much shit to parse and go through. When there were only like 40-50 teams on the site I tended to read nearly everything but like I said that's kind of thinned of. Regardless, I've seen some weird plays over the seasons and some crazy coincidences that are just silly to think about. In NFLHC last year, I want to say the Falcons (?) or Panthers (?) had a series of plays where they had 3 unsportsmanlike penalties in a row on consecutive plays. The Utes had a jet sweep go for -19 or -20 a few years ago - no idea what the hell happened. There was a college coach in 2014 (I think it was a Texas-based NFLHC team that went like 0 for 13 on challenges). There's been a 98 pass that didn't go for a touchdown that confused the shit out of me because the tackle was made by a relatively slow player (like an outside linebacker)??? I see quirks from the engine all the time and I'll try to remember more when I can. I hope you guys enjoyed the first Q&A Friday, please feel free to discuss these answers in here. I'll answer 5 questions each friday from the list that is located here, you are welcome to add any whenever you like! https://discord.gg/3GBn3Hp
  2. 8 points
    HAFFnHAFF

    2017 Community Mock Draft Picks 1-3

    Cleveland Browns - Dean_Craig_Pelton San Francisco 49ers - Duncan345 Chicago Bears – Darman Jacksonville Jaguars – HAFFnHAFF Tennessee Titans - GK12303 New York Jets – Jumbo Los Angeles Chargers – pumph Carolina Panthers – Darman Cincinnati Bengals – Jieret Buffalo Bills - bingo415 New Orleans Saints - neovenator250 Cleveland Browns - Dean_Craig_Pelton Arizona Cardinals - GK12303 Philadelphia Eagles – HAFFnHAFF Indianapolis Colts – neovenator250 Baltimore Ravens - ajyoungmark Washington Redskins - pumph Tennessee Titans - GK12303 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - bingo415 Denver Broncos - bingo415 Detroit Lions - ImposterCauster Miami Dolphins - SageBow New York Giants - Monda Oakland Raiders - caesari Houston Texans - Jieret Seattle Seahawks - paperllamasunited Kansas City Chiefs - SageBow Dallas Cowboys - neovenator250 Green Bay Packers - caesari Pittsburgh Steelers - smckenz3 Atlanta Falcons - Jieret New Orleans Saints - neovenator250 Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett, TAMU The Browns have one of the easier first overall pick selections to make in recent memory in my opinion. A weak QB class has made this decision a whole lot easier, with one of the best defensive talents in years coming up in Myles Garrett. Garrett is an absolute beast and should be able to come in on day one and elevate Cleveland's young defensive line into a force to be reckoned with. Garrett should fit in nicely along side Danny Shelton and Emmanuel Ogbah for Gregg Williams' 4-3 defense. ~ Pick made by Dean_Craig_Pelton San Francisco 49ers FS Malik Hooker, Ohio State What do you get the team that needs everything? How about a potentially elite center fielder that has drawn comparisons to Ed Reed? Malik Hooker may be raw, but he possesses all of the uncoachable attributes that make an elite free safety. He has natural speed, agility, and vision that are apparent when you look at his game tape. No other safety in this class can match his closing speed and ball instincts. This is the type of aggressive, ball hawking player that you can build a defense around. The biggest concerns are with his lack of experience and lackluster performance in run defense. It may seem like a bit of a gamble at the second pick, but the 49ers could strike gold here and secure the identity of their defense for years to come with Malik Hooker and his boundless potential. ~ Pick made by Duncan345 Chicago Bears DE Jonathan Allen, Alabama Jonathan Allen from Alabama is not the sexiest pick possible for the Chicago Bears, but it is ultimately the right one. Allen is a proven talent who can play both on the inside and outside of the defensive line. While he lacks ideal size for an interior defensive lineman, Allen shows an advanced knowledge of how to get to the quarterback. The Bears had other needs at Offensive Tackle, Wide Receiver and Defensive Back, and a player like Marshon Lattimore would fill a need for the Bears too, but Allen is the best player available at this pick and a position that would really help the Bears. He's versatile and talented, and will add another good young piece to a Bears team that has young talent like Leonard Floyd already on the roster. ~ Pick made by Darman What do you think? How did our guest pickers do? Drop a line in the comments and be sure to head to this link and grade each pick. We will be back tomorrow with picks 4-6!
  3. 6 points
    Duke Blue Devils 2019 Record: 4-8 (0-7 ACC) 7th in the ACC Coastal The Blue Devils went on a rather crazy ride last season. After three strong wins to open the season, including a big one in Atlanta over Georgia State, Duke was only able to win only one of their final nine games. We saw the best and worst of Kyle Jefferson in his true freshman season, and we saw a defense that struggled heavily at times. 2019 was a step back after nearly reaching the postseason in 2018, but the 2020 season shows a lot of promise for a team primed to overcome a few major hurdles. Notable losses: WR Danny Paz 6-0 219 Sr Keefe Technical (Framingham MA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Target] DE Zachary Allen 6-2 250 (Jr) Westside (Clear Fork WV) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] OG Carter Walden 6-7 290 Sr Castlewood (Castlewood VA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] OG Colin Talbert 6-8 330 (Sr) Elkins (Elkins, AR) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] RB Jeffrey Galindo 5-11 221 (Sr) Saranac Lake (Saranac Lake, NY) 3.0 of 3.0 [Power] RB Joe McNeil 5-9 202 (Sr) East Greenwich (East Greenwich, RI) 3.0 of 3.0 [Power] OLB Travis Blackman 5-11 236 Sr L.E. Dieruff (Allentown PA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Coverage] Looking at what Duke lost during the offseason, you could argue that aside from Paz, the Blue Devils don't lose too much prodution. Allen failed to make his presence known in the backfield last season, and the two running backs, while being Duke's top two rushers, were outdone by Reginald Saunders of Virginia. Yes, Saunders had more yards alone than the two Duke backs combined. It always hurts to lose experienced members of the offensive line though, and Paz was a huge part of a pass-oriented offense, but aside from those two, Duke really isn't hurt by their offseason losses. Notable Returners: QB Kyle Jefferson 6-2 204 So Parkview (Lilburn, GA) 3.0 of 5.0 [Pocket] WR Sean Spaczek 6-2 201 Jr Wayne Hills (Wayne, NJ) 4.0 of 4.0 [Target] DE Omar Vasquez 5-11 236 Sr Danville Community College (Danville, VA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] DT Kai Betts 6-7 320 (Sr) Friends (Wilmington DE) 4.0 of 4.0 [2-Gap] ILB Ahmed Mark 6-3 242 (Sr) Dunbar (Washington DC) 4.5 of 4.5 [Will] CB Nehemiah Samuel 5-11 161 (Jr) Friends (Wilmington, DE) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] FS Jeremy Easter 6-1 195 (Jr) Stebbins (Riverside, OH) 5.0 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] SS Brandon Brinkley 5-11 202 (So) Dreher (Columbia, SC) 3.0 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] For a defense that struggled mightily in 2019, they return a lot of big pieces for this season. Kai Betts and Ahmed Mark were big up the middle last year, with Betts recording 3.5 sacks and 39 tackles, and Mark getting 65 tackles on the year. With Vasquez expected to play a larger role and the secondary being a good year older, we could see more from that dynamic duo. Speaking of that secondary, Easter has to show that he's much improved from a 2019 season that lacked a lot of production. He and Brinkley will be relied on a lot this season, so they have to be able to step it up. With Paz gone on the offensive side of the ball, we should expect Spaczek, Duke's leading receiver last season, to get even more of the ball. Jefferson returns to the starting role after a mixed 2019, although we might see Bryce Thompson fill in if results go south once again. Potential Strengths: Secondary - On paper, this should be one of the best secondaries in the division. The Blue Devils return both starting safeties and their top two cornerbacks, with that group recording seven of Duke's eight interceptions last season. The secondary was a weak point in Duke's defense last season, but that shouldn't necessarily be the case this season. Easter, arguably the most talented player in this group, has to play up to standards this season; we can't see the kind of impact, or lack thereof, that he had last season. Duke's secondary should be much improved from last season, but will it be improved to the point where it can help Duke win games instead of losing them? That is yet to be seen. Aerial Attack - Jefferson had a very up-and-down freshman season, throwing for 2,815 yards and 19 touchdowns, but also throwing a conference-high 17 interceptions. Paz's departure definitely hurts, but the Blue Devils have added JuCo transfer Amari Nicholson and true freshman Dean Stinson, making for a potentially mean receiving corp. Kaden Lloyd returns as a trustworthy target for Jefferson, and tight end Owen Workman could add another dimension to the passing game. Jefferson (or Thompson, if he is to replace Jefferson) will have a plethora of targets to throw to this year, and that could give them the extra offensive boost that they've needed these past few years. Potential Weaknesses: Running Game - The ground game has always been less than stellar for Duke, and in Christian Collins' first season as starter, that could once again be the case. Collins easily has more potential than previous backs, but as inexperienced as he is, and with a less experienced line on the interior, it could be hard for Collins to find his footing this year. I could be very wrong about this, but I don't expect too much from Duke's newest running back this season. Offensive Line - Duke returns two starters from last season's line, both being at the tackle position. Both of those players are seniors as well. The other three will be first-timers, and although they are skilled, they are incredibly young. Adam Rapp is a slight improvement at center however, and David Coon was a highly-touted guard in the 2018 recruiting class. That said, experience does matter, and Coon isn't quite there yet. Expect the line to struggle to protect Jefferson and open holes for Collins, but don't be surprised if they play above expectations. 2020 Schedule: Week 1: at BYU (Provo, UT) Week 2: Western Michigan (Durham, NC) Week 3: at Tulane (New Orleans, LA) Week 5: Florida State (Durham, NC) Week 6: UNLV (Durham, NC) Week 7: at Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) Week 9: Miami (FL) (Durham, NC) Week 10: Pittsburgh (Durham, NC) Week 11: at Wake Forest (Winston-Salem, NC) Week 13: at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) Week 14: Georgia Tech (Durham, NC) Week 15: at North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC) What To Expect: In Darman's sixth full season with the program, this is arguably his most talented squad to date. The schedule provides them with many opportunities to pick up wins, and they could finally make the breakthrough and reach a bowl game. I would expect them to be a year or two away from beating the likes of Florida State, Pittsburgh, and Virginia, but the rest are either very winnable or complete toss-ups. I'd favor Duke to beat BYU, Tulane, UNLV, Miami (FL), Wake Forest, and North Carolina (for the first time ever, surprisingly), and I'd believe them to lose games against WMU, Florida State, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, and Georgia Tech. I predict Duke to finish 6-6 (3-5 ACC), putting them in 5th place in the Coastal Division, but with their first ever appearance in the postseason. Best Case Scenario: Duke matches up well against Georgia Tech, and with the game at home, they could be able to pull that off. Virginia Tech doesn't look nearly as strong this year, so that could be another demon that Duke overcomes. WMU was incredibly solid last year and should be just as good this year, but in Durham, Duke might have the pieces to avoid being toppled by the Broncos. Jefferson plays much better than he did last year, and the secondary is worlds improved, and Duke reaches a season-high 9 wins, being just behind Virginia and Pittsburgh in the Coastal. Worst Case Scenario: Jefferson shows more of the same signs from last season, throwing a ton of picks again and struggling to adapt without Paz. The secondary remains good on paper but average at best in practice. BYU is down but not out, and they're able to claim a win at home, and a revitalized Tulane gives Duke a run for their money in NOLA. Duke finishes with only 4 wins, and they'll be left to rue what could've been once again.
  4. 3 points
    Welcome to the 2020 season in college football, the eighth season for the Big XII Conference, and the first season of the post-division era in this conference. There are many, many changes coming to the Big XII this season, from annual senior departures and freshman arrivals to the second year of a reformed recruiting landscape to a brand-new 9-game round-robin conference schedule. But no matter how much things change, some things will always stay the same: we have the greatest group of players, the greatest group of coaches, and the greatest group of fans in the country, and all of them continue to make sure that the Big XII remains the nation's most exciting conference. This year's Big XII preview series will be titled "2020 Visions," because in a year where the picture is perhaps murkier than it's ever been, the teams who emerge victorious will be the ones who can see the clearest through the fog. We begin this series with a discussion of the most important returning players to the Big XII picture in 2020. Some of them are the best players in the conference at their position, some are players who have shown flashes and could elevate their team with a breakout season, and some are players who happen to be the only glue holding their side of the ball together. Since this is the Big XII, it only makes sense to extend this list to twelve players. But first, we'll start with the six who didn't make the cut, for various reasons: Honorable mention: RS Sr. QB Marcus Swartz - 2019 Stats: 238 of 370 for 3078 yards, 21 TD, 8 INT, 64.3%, 148.6 rating; 76 carries for 509 yards, 8 TD RS Sr. QB Chester Brenner - 2019 Stats: 351 of 597 for 4132 yards, 31 TD, 13 INT, 58.79%, 6.92 YPA, 129.71 rating So. RB Simeon Wells - 2019 Stats: 307 for 1412 yards, 17 TD; 1 reception for 23 yards Sr. OT Beckett Miller - 2019 Stats: No Stats RS Sr. OLB John Kearns - 2019 Stats: 39 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 FR, 1 TD RS Jr. CB David Tolliver - 2019 Stats: 29 tackles, 5 INT, 1 TD And now, on to the main list itself. XII. RS So. RB Maurice White 2019 Stats: 304 carries for 1557 yards, 14 TD; 10 receptions for 132 yards, 4 TD There was a time when the redshirt freshman out of Grapevine, Texas could fly under the radar in the Sooner backfield, standing comfortably in the shadow of Graham Burnett. That came to a sudden and stunning end against Texas Tech, when Maurice White tore apart one of the best defenses in the country with a scintillating 238-yard, 4-touchdown performance. His ability to charge up the middle and pound out yards reminded Sooner fans of Russ Martin and Greg Hadnot, but his breakaway speed will punish any defense that doesn't put effort into containing him. He was the Big XII's second-leading rusher in 2019 (after Sean Bell), outpacing 2018 Big XII OPOY Arturo Pacheco and dusting heralded true freshman rival Simeon Wells. Now that Graham Burnett has gone one league up and one state down, Little Mo shifts from complement to centerpiece of the Sooner offense. He had over 300 carries last year, and he might top that this year as Eric Pope looks to prove himself. He averaged more than 5.1 yards per carry last year (also second to Sean Bell), which is a number that will take a lot to hit again if defenses opt to key in on him. But the Maurice White we saw in 2019 was a prototype. When the finished product hits the market, every would-be tackler in the Big XII ought to be very afraid. XI. So. OLB Jeremy Green - Sophomore 2019 Stats: 32 tackles, 5.0 sacks Oklahoma's epic bounceback season was built on the back of a very good offense and an elite defense. This was unexpected: the Sooners lost Dennis Himes to early declaration after the 2018 season, which was supposed to be a blow the front seven wasn't ready to handle. Instead, freshman Jeremy Green stepped up in his place and immediately established himself as a threat in coverage and as a pass rusher. His 5.0 sacks ranked first among Big XII linebackers and placed him into a tie for sixth in sacks among all Big XII players. With the Sooners shedding every starting defensive lineman and starting middle linebacker Ernie Crawford, Green's production becomes that much more important. His placement at eleventh on this list comes over guys like John Kearns and Jabari Fletcher, who were both rated higher as recruits than Jeremy Green. But Green outproduced each of them over the course of the 2019 season, and he still has a lot of room to grow. A sophomore slump is always possible, but the long-term arc of Jeremy Green bends toward stardom. X. RS So. CB Damani Jeffries 2019 Stats: 15 tackles, 6 INT, 3 TD A third straight rising sophomore takes the number ten spot on the list. In 2017 and 2018, Texas graduated two cornerbacks in Ivory Hull and Troy Marshall who were the foundation of a title-winning defense until they graduated and went in the top six of their respective drafts. In the first year after Marshall's graduation, it was now up to a secondary composed entirely of freshmen to defend the Austin skies--and they didn't do a bad job of it at all. The Longhorns were no longer putting up historic pass defense numbers, but they did finish 3rd in the Big XII in yards allowed per attempt, they did finish fourth in passer rating allowed, they outright led the Big XII with 5 defensive touchdowns, and they picked off as many passes (17) as they allowed touchdowns through the air. Damani Jeffries was the most important piece of that puzzle, picking off 6 passes over the course of the season and returning 3 of them for scores. Now that the formerly all-freshman Texas secondary has a year of experience under its belt, Jeffries will have less pressure on him to be The Guy--which, ironically, will give him more latitude to actually be The Guy. IX. Jr. OLB Trevor Orlando 2019 Stats: 43 tackles, 4.0 sacks, 2 INT Trevor Orlando has already established himself as one of the most versatile defenders in the Big XII. His pass rushing bona fides were public knowledge after he collected 5 sacks his freshman year. In his second act, he continued to get to the quarterback while also showing off his coverage skillset. He became the first Big XII player to record 2.0 or more sacks and 2 or more interceptions in the same season since Spergon Bentley and Ray Lee Coia did it in 2014. His do-everything skillset developed partially out of necessity: He came in to start as a true freshman on a defense that was light on depth and light on top-end talent. Of course, a large part of it just comes down to the fact that he was one of the best-prepared high school seniors in the country, and he adjusted to college speed quickly. With Noah Crawley playing in Pittsburgh now instead of Stillwater, Orlando becomes the defense's leader and undisputed most important player. The Cowboys' offense isn't likely to chew a lot of clock while it's on the field, so having a guy like Orlando who can make a big play to hurry the opposing offense off the field will be crucial if the Cowboys want to make a run in year 1 after Raheem. VIII. RS So. WR Lamont Wilder 2019 Stats: 66 for 1082 yards, 13 TD We head back to the Longhorn state and land on one of the biggest medium-sized big-play threats out there. Lamont Wilder was Baylor's best receiver by far, establishing himself as someone who could keep a defense honest and keep the heat off of Sean Bell. He finished with 16.39 yards per reception and 13 receiving touchdowns, both of which ranked 2nd in the Big XII. He was the first Baylor receiver to reel in 1000 yards receiving since Joe Wallace and Eddie McFadden did it in 2014, the first Baylor receiver to haul in 10 touchdown catches since Arthur Thomas did it in 2014, and the first Baylor receiver to hit both marks in the same year in school history--and did I mention that he did all of that as a redshirt freshman? Heading into his sophomore year, though, he goes from being an offensive complement to being a #1 option. Sean Bell is gone, and Marcus Swartz isn't the type to carry an offense by himself. This is where Wilder comes in. He's gonna have to be a possession receiver so that Baylor can keep the chains moving, because they're not going to see as many short-yardage situations. He's gonna need to be a downfield threat, because he's the most explosive guy Baylor has. And he's gonna need to be the top red-zone target, because no other Bear caught more than 2 touchdown passes last year. Wilder checked all those boxes last year. If he can do it again under more pressure to perform, Baylor turns into a Big XII favorite. VII. RS Sr. SS Cameron Riley 2019 Stats: 14 tackles, 3 INT, 1 TD Cameron Riley's stats haven't always shown it, but he's going to have a case next year for best secondary player in the Big XII. The strong safety out of central Texas followed up a seven-pick sophomore season with a bit of a statistical decline, but the team's defense as a whole didn't really suffer for it. With Riley as its anchor, Texas Tech held opponents under 19.4 points per game to carry a bottom-25 offense to bowl-eligibility (and a bowl win). In an offense-heavy league, that accomplishment took on extra significance: they held opponents 7.56 points per game below their season scoring averages, which ranked 28th in the country. Riley might not be a centerfield-style ballhawk (though he sure looked like one in 2018), but he's versatile. He can get back deep in coverage and force the passing game to stay underneath, and he can also cheat up into the box to bottle up the run. Playing with mostly the same secondary for a fourth straight year, look for Riley to lead another strong year for the Texas Tech defense. If the offense can join it, the Red Raiders are going to be dangerous in 2020. VI. Sr. WR Malcolm Davis 2019 Stats: 86 receptions for 1335 yards, 10 TD Last year, the names to know among the Big XII wide receiver corps were Raheem Robinson, J.C. Weldon, and Raheem Robinson again--and deservedly so. They were two of the five receivers in the conference who amassed at least 1000 yards. Robinson graduated, Tom Oldham declared early, Lamont Wilder already appeared on the list, and J.C. Weldon is coming up soon. Malcolm Davis didn't fly under the radar the same way as Wilder did, but he did have a breakout junior season en route to tying Kansas's single-season record for receptions while breaking its records for receiving yards and touchdowns. His 1335 receiving yards also just so happened to rank 9th in the entire country. Davis benefited majorly from Eric Jennings's senior-year leap; now, he'll have to pass some of those lessons on to heir apparent redshirt freshman quarterback Christian Graham. He won't be Kansas's only threat: Timmy Sutton and Noah Hills have both crossed the 600-yard mark each of the last two seasons. However, his 6-6 frame and soft hands make him the most reliable target Graham will have without sacrificing too much big-play ability. The track record for young quarterbacks in power conferences is poor, no matter how highly rated they are; therefore, if Kansas is going to have any chance in 2020 it'll be up to Davis and the rest of the supporting cast to make sure the offense remains a strength. V. RS Jr. CB Kyle Cunningham 2019 Stats: 17 tackles, 6 INT, 1 TD The highest-ranked secondary player and the second-highest defensive player on this list, Kyle Cunningham was a phenom as an underclassman. He's picked off 13 passes over the past two seasons--the most in the Big XII over that span--as Baylor's defense turned into a fighting force in the first two years of the TuscanSota era. In his freshman year, Baylor set a school record for lowest scoring average allowed; in his sophomore year, they tied the 2014 division championship team for the school's 2nd-lowest scoring average allowed. Cunningham has been a consistent ballhawk and pass defender all of that time. He doesn't rack up a lot of tackles because he's good at getting a hand on the ball and breaking up the pass. He's not likely to take an interception back to the house (just once out of 13 picks, the lowest rate of any Big XII player with 9+ career interceptions), but he's not likely to let you charge him for a house call either. Baylor's defense has talent at every level, and the secondary's its best unit. Omar Bush and Joshua Rucker make for a strong back line, though William Travis is an untested #2 corner. That said, Cunningham is the glue that will bind this defense together, and Baylor will need him to continue to be a one-man no-fly zone if they want to follow up their second division title with their first conference title. IV. Jr. WR J.C. Weldon 2019 Stats: 89 for 1293 yards, 11 TD Just in case you were wondering when the country roads were about to get some love, wonder no longer. The West Virginia Mountaineers have the richest set of top-tier talent in the Big XII, bar none. They had one of the best offenses in the country last year, and it's hard to imagine them nuking teams on a weekly basis without the addition of Marshall transfer J.C. Weldon. The rising junior led the country with 17 touchdown receptions as a freshman, then followed it up with an elite all-around year as a sophomore. His 1293 yards ranked 10th among all receivers in the country. He finished in the top three in the Big XII in receiving touchdowns (after Lamont Wilder and Raheem Robinson), receiving yards (after Robinson and Malcolm Davis), and receptions (after Robinson only). He was responsible for more than one-third of the team's receiving yardage in his first year in Morgantown--and it wasn't for lack of receiving competition. Imagine what kind of threat he can be when his quarterback develops a little bit more touch, when the two have now had a full season to get used to each other, and when the rest of the offense is so widely talented that defenses can't key in on him. Weldon was a preseason All-American last year and could easily be a postseason All-American in 2020 if he can make another leap. III. Sr. OT Ben Goode 2019 Stats: No Stats The Jayhawk line has been a point of pride for the team over these past few years, and it's been led by the steady presence of Ben Goode at left tackle for the last 40 games over three seasons. Kansas had the highest-graded offensive line in the Big XII and compared favorably with almost every offensive line in the country other than Tennessee's. Goode has kept a clean pocket for Kansas, regardless of the competition. In both 2018 and 2019, the Jayhawk line faced off against a stacked Oregon defensive line that included first-round picks like Christian Okonkwo and Eric Jennings (the other one)--and they allowed just one sack in two games combined. Kansas scored 35 and 37 points in those efforts. Heading into 2020, Kansas's offensive line returns four starters, all of whom will be seniors: right tackle Walt McHugh, left guard Cameron Schreiber, and right guard Judah Murphy. This line ought to remain one of the top units in the country. With the 6-6, 312-pound Ben Goode protecting his blind side, Graham is going to have a lot of time in the pocket and face less pressure to get rid of the ball--and that can only mean good things for Kansas's offense in the first year of the post-Jennings era. II. RS Sr. DT Hudson Adam 2019 Stats: 45 tackles, 12.0 sacks Second on the list is the reigning Big XII Defensive Player of the Year, who tied for 2nd in Big XII history with twelve sacks last season. The 6-0, 310-pound boulder of a man named Hudson Adam broke out his junior year after collecting just 5.5 sacks in his first two seasons combined. That leap coincided with smckenz3 taking the reins in Morgantown, and look for Adam to continue to grow under his leadership. Hudson Adam projected out of high school as a two-gap specialist, meaning he's capable of taking on opposing linemen head-on and claiming responsibility for the gap on either side of him. Most often, a two-gapper is there to draw as much attention as possible from the line so that the linebackers can sneak in and wreck shop. West Virginia's linebacker situation last year didn't really allow for that, so Adam's ability to take matters into his own hands, beat opposing linemen one-on-one (or one-on-more-than-one), and get to the ballcarrier or the quarterback was extremely valuable to the Mountaineer defense. The linebacker situation only marginally improves this year, so once again the Mountaineers will need to rely on Adam to be the team's primary pass rusher. For most of the players on this list, the important discussion was how they fit into their respective offense or defense. For Hudson Adam, what's important is that West Virginia's defense doesn't really exist without him. They were 95th in scoring defense last year even with Ahmed London and Jack Weisensee in the fold, so Adam might have to make an even bigger impact for West Virginia to avoid giving up even more. I. Jr. QB Mohammed Foster 2019 Stats: 290 of 469 for 3604 yards, 26 TD, 7 INT, 61.8%, 7.68 YPA, 141.69 rating; 58 carries for 417 yards, 3 TD Mohammed Foster is the most important returning player to the Big XII in the 2020 season. One of three Big XII quarterbacks (along with Eric Jennings and Chester Brenner) to amass 4000+ total yards in 2019, Mohammed Foster hit that mark with his arms (3604 yards) and his feet (417 yards) together. The dual-threat rising junior made huge strides as a passer. As a freshman, he showed flashes of brilliance (including six total touchdowns in his debut) but ultimately finished the year completing 55.8% of his passes, throwing 11 touchdowns against 12 interceptions, and maintaining a 119.4 passer rating. As a sophomore, he made The Leap--as you can see by his stats above. He went from "scrambler who could throw" to "passer who could run" in a hurry--and the latter is where he'll hope to stay with weapons like J.C. Weldon (see above), Elias Langston (back-to-back 850-yard seaons), and Jason Dupree (6 TD in 2019) to throw to. But the reason Foster occupies the #1 spot isn't just because he's a returning 4000-yard quarterback--if that were the only reason, then Chester Brenner would be higher than honorable mention. He's up in this spot because he can get even better. He had to get used to two new top options in J.C. Weldon and Jason Dupree, and he still led an offense that scored 29.2 points per game (#17 in the country) and scored nearly 6.8 points per game beyond what their opponents typically allowed (7th-best in the country). In a conference littered with unproven quarterbacks, Foster is battle-hardened and playing the best football of his life. West Virginia can only go as far as Foster takes them--but he can take them very, very far.
  5. 2 points
    alienufo

    Q&A Friday #1

    one of the things that people overlook with Skaggs too is that he has never missed a game. All the other "top" QBs have missed significant time. Thats fucking huge.
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    Arkansas Razorbacks 2019 Record: (8-5) (5-2) Conference Finish: 4th in the SEC West Key Losses: QB Sean Sitton 6-4 196 (Sr) Baptist (Little Rock, AR) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pocket] WR Alex Kauffman 6-4 232 Sr United Tribes Technical College (Bismarck, ND) 4.0 of 4.0 [Target] WR Willy Jarvis 6-0 203 Sr Angelina College (Lufkin, TX) 4.0 of 4.0 [Target] Key Returners: QB Alexander Goetz 5-10 238 (Sr) Covington (Covington TN) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pocket] WR Tyron Chambers 6-4 220 Jr First Coast (Jacksonville, FL) 5.0 of 5.0 [Target] TE Dillon Scott 6-5 210 Sr Metropolitan Community College (Kansas City, MO) 4.5 of 4.5 [Blocking] C Hunter Templeton 6-3 270 (Sr) Piggott (Piggott AR) 4.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] DT Marlin Downs 6-3 271 (So) Southwest Mississippi Community College (Summit MS) 2.5 of 4.5 [1-Gap] OLB Frederick Thomason 6-2 223 (Fr) Rockcastle County (, KY) 2.5 of 4.0 [Coverage] CB Robert Bleeker 5-11 188 Sr Arkansas Baptist College (Little Rock AR) 5.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] SS Christian Pugh 6-1 208 Sr Creek Wood (Charlotte, TN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] K Cody Guy 5-10 215 (Jr) Male (Louisville, KY) 4.0 of 4.0 [Power] Strengths Receivers - Sure they may have lost All-SEC Quarterback Sean Sitton, but you cannot deny the talent that they have out wide. Tyron Chambers is a guy that has it all. Physical abilities he is unmatched. Route running, pass catching, even blocking, Chambers may be the most complete receiver in the nation. Then you have Dillon Scott who caught 15 touchdowns last season going down the middle and a talented speedster in Noel Lujan harassing the other quarterback and you've got a three headed monster that's sure to give defensive coordinators fits. Secondary - The Razorback secondary should be their greatest strength on defense. Christian Pugh is the heart and soul of this unit; he's been a tackling machine at the strong safety position for 3 years now. Micah Foy and Terrell Bradley are sure to have a ferocious fight for the starting free safety spot, but the real winner is going to be Razorbacks' fans who see a stud starting regardless. Then you have the gem of this past recruiting class: Junior College transfer Robert Bleeker was one of the top cornerbacks in this past recruiting class. He may very well be the best corner in the SEC next season. Weaknesses Pass Rush - That secondary better be good, cause you're not going to see enough pressure out of the down linemen. This unit just had 7.5 sacks last season, and I'd be shocked if they got more next season. Junior College transfer Marlin Downs may be able to help out with this, but this may just be a job too much for one man to handle. Quarterback/Running back - Sean Sitton was a great one, but losing DeAndre Barbour may be just as big of a loss. Alexander Goetz will take the reigns for one year and he's got a simple job: put the ball into Chamber's hands. If he can do it, this offense will be fine. If he can't, this offense is in a world of hurt. Ian Pope will likely win this team's starting running back position. It could be some really bad news for the Razorbacks if it turns out Pope is half the back Barbour was. Season Expectations With their 3rd coach in three years, morale in Fayetteville is not very high. A bowl game is required, and I think a lot of the fans there will be happy with it. Season Prediction Best case scenario: Thatfunk catches magic, turning Goetz and Pope into serviceable options as Chambers becomes an All-American. The Razorbacks end fourth in the SEC West, behind Alabama, Auburn, and LSU. Worst case scenario: This is a nightmare season for the Razorbacks. Goetz and Pope are trash players and Thatfunk just cannot figure out how to coach this team up. 0-8 in conference play and the Razorbacks miss out on going bowling. Realistic prediction: 3-9, the Razorbacks don't go bowling, but they don't get swept in conference. The beat Utah State, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M on their way to a 5th place finish in the SEC West.
  7. 2 points
    Alabama Crimson Tide 2019 Record: (11-3) (6-1) Conference Finish: 2nd in the SEC West Key Losses: QB Rory Weston 5-10 235 Sr Southwest Mississippi Community College (Summit, MS) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pocket] RB Chase Dillard 5-9 175 (Sr) Butler (Louisville, KY) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed] WR William Anderson 6-3 207 (Sr) Decatur (Decatur, AL) 5.0 of 5.0 [Target] OT Charles O’Keefe 6-3 257 Sr West End (Walnut Grove AL) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] C Lucas Hurd 6-4 276 Sr West End (Walnut Grove AL) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] DE Albert Alvarado 6-2 248 (Sr) Good Hope (Cullman, AL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] DT Richard Self 6-2 326 (Sr) Lamar School (Meridian, MS) 4.0 of 4.0 [2-Gap] ILB Dillon Grant 5-11 249 (Sr) Mississippi Delta CC (Moorhead, MS) 4.5 of 4.5 [Mike] CB Michael Hernandez 6-1 185 (Sr) Wilkinson County (Woodville, MS) 4.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] FS James White 6-1 216 (Sr) East Hall (Gainesville, GA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] SS Ethan Crockett 6-2 176 (Sr) Holmes CC (Goodman, MS) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] K Eric Holder 6-3 186 Sr Norwich Tech (Norwich CT) 4.5 of 4.5 [Power] Key Returners: QB Antonio Pugh 5-10 224 (Sr) J.S. Clark (Opelousas LA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pocket] FB Emanuelu Tuimaleali'lfano 5-8 208 Jr Warner Robins (Warner Robins, GA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] WR A.J. Edwards 6-4 217 So Prattville (Prattville, AL) 4.5 of 5.0 [Speed] OT Paul Myers 6-2 320 (Jr) Apalachicola (Apalachicola, FL) 4.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] OG Jayson Schmidt 6-2 263 (Jr) Tallulah (Tallulah, LA) 4.0 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] C Thomas Chandler 6-2 273 (Jr) East Central CC (Decatur, MS) 4.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] DE Sebastian Smallwood 6-1 254 Jr Rickards (Tallahassee, FL) 5.0 of 5.0 [Blitz] OLB Alan Tuitamalofo 5-11 247 Sr Oakland Community College (Bloomfield Hills, MI) 4.5 of 4.5 [Blitz] FS Samir Driver 5-11 198 (So) Lake Gibson (Lakeland, FL) 4.0 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] SS Xavier Burroughs 5-10 185 (Jr) White Knoll (Lexington, SC) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] K Jason Damico 5-7 193 (So) Chattahoochee (Chattahoochee, FL) 3.0 of 4.0 [Power] P Julien Ellsworth 6-1 167 (Sr) Northview (Bratt FL) 4.5 of 4.5 [Accuracy] LS Andrew Lawrence 6-3 256 Fr West End (Walnut Grove AL) 3.0 of 4.5 [Traditional] Strengths Wide Receivers - A.J. Edwards has already established himself as one of the best receivers in the collegiate game. Heading into 2020, he loses William Anderson but gains JUCO transfer Drew Abbott to create one of the speediest one-two receiving punches in the nation. Any teams defense would be hard pressed to shut down Edwards, but with Abbott on the other side its hard to imagine any team being able to stop this dynamic duo. Safeties - Just how often is it that a team can lose two safeties to the NFL draft and replace them with near equivalents. James White and Ethan Crockett are plying their trade in the NFL, but Samir Driver and Xavier Burroughs have all the physical ability in the world for the Crimson Tide to not skip a step at the back of their secondary. Weaknesses Running back - 2019's Alabama team really struggled in the running game, and I'm not sure if there's enough improvement heading into 2020 for this not to be a liability. Will Cade start Emanuelu Tuimaleali'lfano like Randy did for part of last season? Or will he go with one of the two talented sophomore running backs, Abdoul Pearson or Tolani Catingub? Either way, they need to get more on the ground to keep defenses honest, and let A.J. Edwards do maximum damage. Cornerback - Alabama's safeties may mitigate the problems their cornerbacks will have, but this is a group that is going to struggle. True freshman DB Jeremy Watson was highly touted out of high school and should start right away, but across from him will likely be redshirt senior Thierno Herron. Watson was incredible in high school, but he's still an inexperienced true freshman being thrown into the fire. Herron is a redshirt senior, but he has never shown great physical ability. If teams can bypass that deadly safety duo, their receivers can do alot of damage against the Crimson Tide's corners. Season Expectations Alabama is a blue chip program, the expectation is always to be very successful. The fans in Tuscaloosa believe that this is a team that can win the SEC and be real contenders for the National Championship. Season Prediction Best case scenario: Cade transitions smoothly, comes up with an excellent gameplan for new starter Antonio Pugh, and A.J. Edwards takes over games on offense and special teams. The Crimson Tide roll to a playoff appearance, winning the SEC along the way. Worst case scenario: The run game is horrific and Pugh does his best Osweiler impersonation, keeping the ball away from A.J. Edwards. Cade struggles heavily and the Crimson Tide end up with a 6-6 record. Realistic prediction: 9-3 for Alabama; losses to LSU and Auburn, dropping a game to either Nevada, Tennessee, Mississippi State, or Vanderbilt. They come in second again in the SEC West.
  8. 1 point
    bingo415

    2017 Community Mock Draft Picks 1-3

    Not a big fan of Hooker at #2. He's downright terrible in run support and really raw. Hilariously, this is as questionable as the Blakeley pick at 4 in NFLHC. Browns did the smart thing, and Chicago took a solid if unsexy DLine dude, which they need.
  9. 1 point
    alienufo

    Contract Restructuring

    extending the deadline for this til Tuesday due to the site being down a lot.
  10. 1 point
    Jumanji

    Q&A Friday #1

    Darrell Murphy is one of my last favorite players in the sim. With that said, I agree that he gets overlooked at times. I remember a lot was made of the Colts not having a running game without Tony Peaks last season and it costing them a real shot at the Super Bowl. Well I don't think the Rams have ever had a very good running game and Murphy has spent his career proving that he can carry a team on his back. Sure he's had the luxury of throwing to Walt Peck all these years, but Peck is on a decline and Murphy is still slinging the ball. Look at what he's done with Schwartz, who was basically a nobody entering the league. I think Brees is a great comp for Murphy. He's a top tier quarterback that had the misfortune of playing at the same time as the best ever, Skaggs. Fuck you, Murphy.
  11. 1 point
    jmjacobs

    winthegame1256

    You're approved for Rutgers! Make sure to make an account on the interface. That's where we handle scheduling, gameplanning, and recruiting. Get it switched over to Rutgers by requesting it as your team. Request to be set up with the Rutgers avatar here. An expectation is for you to handle the Rutgers Wikipage. If you are inexperienced with wiki editing, Descreto's Blog is extremely helpful. As always, go to the Coaching Course for quick questions. If you have any further questions, concerns, or comments don't hesitate to PM me or ask in the shout box. Welcome to the Big Ten!
  12. 1 point
    randye4

    Contract Restructuring

    The Cardinals do not wish to restructure any deals.
  13. 1 point
    Bubada

    [2020] Week #4 - MNF

    Troy Wilson has the longest PR TD in history (99 yards), 2nd longest KR TD (106 yards), and T-3rd longest PR TD (95 yards). He also became the 2nd player to have 4 return TDs in his first two seasons, the other is Artemio Ramirez. The career record for return TDs is only at 5 held by Kriewaldt, Keyshawn, and Sean Jenkins.
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