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    Coaching Clinics--"How To" Football With the raft of new coaches entering the sim, my assumptions about general football knowledge have been knocked a bit on the head. So, I thought maybe beginning a universal Tutorial of sorts for the how to do football (depth charts, philosophies, etc.) would be helpful, not as an "expert" but as an interested party in seeing this sim succeed with a community of great people and coaches who enjoy the sport. I encourage anyone to post in the comments about a subject they feel particularly passionate about, but would like to add that all statements of 'fact' be supported by some sort of backing evidence. I guess we'll get started with Special Teams, since that became the impetus of the discussion of in the shoutbox. Return Teams Let's start with the rostered position of Returner first. We all know what makes a great returner: speed to burn, elusiveness, good hand-eye coordination to bring in the ball. So, look for a speedy Running Back or Wide Reciever or Cornerback for this position. Further, this doesn't have to be your starter: I was very successful with a backup CB who had high potential (4.5) but low skill (2.0) for several years in CFBHC. However, be careful about physical attributes: if a giant wide receiver is returning kicks, chances are they may not be the most elusive player with the ball in their hands, and if a bulky power back is asked to return punts, he may not be able to hold onto the ball. Also, you may want to prioritize safety to explosiveness in the return game (especially Punt returns), which has plenty of value. In that case, consider a returner that is a Target receiver of decent build and look for them never to fumble a punt return. They may not score any TDs, but they'll always hold onto the ball. As for the rest of the return teams, these guys have to be able to run the length of the field in both directions, ideally while shielding the returner from tacklers. Not drive-blocking per se, but really just ushering their opposite man away from the returner. Here's where you want a mix of mobile, athletic guys that have some size: LBs, TEs, some leaner OLs, DEs, Safeties. I'd say an ideal Kickoff Return team has a wider body guy just before the returner to form the front of the wedge, then populated with athletic LBs and TEs primarily. On Punt returns, focus on bigger guys who can run AND tackle, in the event of a fake punt or a punt block. Consider LBs and DEs that can move, plus some safeties. Some good hints on a very fundamental return in the Super Bowl in 2015: http://www.afcaweekly.com/2014/11/kickoff-return-middle-wedge-r5-double-l5/ Coverage Teams We don't really have the chance to roster these teams, but maybe fun to talk about anyway. The entire mission of coverage teams is to 1) contain the ball carrier; 2) bring down the ball carrier. For this you want disciplined players that can move well in a straight line AND get off blocks quickly. Outside-in for kickoff coverage teams, you want your fast, nimble guys: cornerbacks or receivers with attitude. Then, moving inside, your safeties, then LBs/TEs, and finally some really angry dudes like DEs that can move well flanking the kicker. Obviously, you want your kickoff specialist to be able to put the ball in the endzone, negating any return possible. Whether its a kicker or punter, put your biggest leg (read: Power) as your kickoff specialist. Here's a good article on Kickoff Coverage Teams: http://www.afcaweekly.com/2016/12/kickoff-coverage-vital-in-controlling-field-position-2/ Generally, the same applies to Punt Return teams, but in particular its nice to have your absolute fastest guys serve as "gunners" on the outside that race down and are the first to meet the punt returner. Again, large fast people should populate the punt return team, and you may want to leave one particularly salty gentleman as the punter's personal protector: maybe your starting ILB or something like that. As for Long Snappers: in this sim, you have Traditional or Specialized LS. Traditional means that they can also play as a Center on the Offensive Line. Specialized means that their sole job is as a LS. In CFBHC, I would think having a specialist would be ideal. In the NFLHC sim, however, a backup Center could be a viable option. Either way, best not to have a big 300 lb Long Snapper. You do want someone who can move a little bit: look for a 260 lbs guy. Some tips and recommendations for good Punt Teams: http://www.afcaweekly.com/2014/12/14-tips-and-reminders-for-your-punt-unit/ Speaking of kickers, it can be a bit confusing to see Accuracy or Power as a style for Kickers and Punters. Here's where experience can play a big role: I've had success with Punters that care about Power first--love the big leg. I find it more valuable in CFB to have a Power punter. In NFL, however, an accurate punter will help with field position much more. Why? Well, the game is play much more between the 20 yard lines in the Pros as opposed to the lower-skilled College kids that tend to play with more of the field. Here's an interesting article about teams starting drives inside their own 20 yard line in the 2016 NFL (https://www.sportingcharts.com/nfl/stats/team-drives-starting-in-own-20-statistics/2016/) and then the opposite for college teams (http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/fpa). These are great indicators of what may be valuable for field position in each sim. As for kickers, I'm not entirely sure Accuracy or Power are great style indicators--the real value is their skill. But, all being equal, I suppose I'd rather have a 5/5 Power guy than a 5/5 Accuracy guy. "Hands" Team This is the team that lines up to DEFEND an onside kick. They are called the "hands" team because they ought to have the best hands on the team, and should ONLY be used on special teams for this purpose. That means, you want guys that catch or handle the ball for a living: WRs, RBs, CBs, TEs. Take literally all of your WRs and put them on the hands team. Don't put an Offensive Lineman on your hands...it will end badly. Again: skill position players for your "Hands" team. Redshirts and general Depth Chart Insights In general, your Redshirts provide growth for under-developed players that can and should be helpful in future seasons. So, first some basics: you can redshirt up to 10 players every season, but only once in their college careers. Redshirts develop at random, either +.5, +1.0, or + 1.5 (if ya lucky), so if a 1/4.5 player is redshirted, he'll either be a 1.5/4.5, 2/4.5, or 2.5/4.5 player next year without burning a year of eligibility--GIGANTICALLY helpful year on year. Playing time is almost always a more direct way to develop your players: higher chance for a +1 or +1.5 growth as a starter, but you lose a year of eligibility. It's enormously advantageous to redshirt a 1.5/4.5 freshman QB, and play the 3/4 Junior QB than the other way around: not only will the junior turn into a 4/4 (highly likely) Senior, but the freshman will be a RS Fr at (decently likely) 2.5/4.5, and ready to take over as a RS So at 3/4.5. That's called continuity. Skill (first number) is valuable in this sim, immensely. But potential (second number) is also extremely important. What do I mean? Well, in determining your starter, I'd play the guy with vastly higher potential if the skill is about the same. I'd rather have a 2.5/4.5 LT start over a 3/3.5 LT, to put a point on it. Really, any player 3.5 or better is a decent player in the CFB sim. Where you see real deficiencies is in players 3.0 and under. So, let's do a little game--- Assuming style and physical traits don't matter (in this case), Who to start at QB? Or better yet, what does your QB depth chart look like in 2024? FR 1.5/4.5 (SR) 4/4 -- this means he's taken a redshirt season already SO 2/4.5 (JR) 3/3.5 (SR) 2/2 First, the obvious: both Juniors make the depth chart. They've already redshirted. Then, I'd redshirt BOTH the FR and the SO, and then go: (SR) 4/4 (JR) 3/3.5 (SR) 2/2 What does this look like in 2025? Well, there you have some choices to make, and that's both the fun part, and where coaches make the big bucks. The Seniors would be gone, and assuming somewhat standard progression of +1 for RS, your team page for QBs would be: (FR) 2.5/4.5 (SO) 3/4.5 (SR) 3.5/3.5 I think clearly the SO would start, the SR could back-up, and the FR would be left for later seasons. This is good depth. That's why Redshirts are important. I believe that, barring one great recruit or an initially poor stable of QBs especially, your entire QB depth chart should have parentheses for Redshirts. Other Depth Chart thoughts: If you're a team that is clearly building for a near-term future success year (i.e. have a number of talented Sophomores and Juniors, and you feel like you're 1-2 years away from a solid team), go ahead a Redshirt that unbelievably awesome SR Defensive Tackle that you just signed from the JUCO ranks. Just because they may be your best player doesn't mean that they also won't be amazing next season. IF you can stomach a "rebuilding year," go for it. I also think it's much more valuable to consider depth charts and class numbers (# of Sophomores, Juniors, etc) as they MAIN spreadsheet in your recruiting efforts. I think it's vastly more important to have a balanced team of solid contributors than to have one or two special studs that require so much recruiting effort and money, and then trot out a poor supporting cast. Football is a team game, and this broad-based plan works. What else about depth charts would be helpful? It for now, much more to come...
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    It is way the hell too early to be looking at potential picks in the 2021 draft, but that won't stop me from trying. With draft positions based off Rome's win expectancy stat, here's a look at the players who might be taken in a half a year's time. Only 5.0/5.0 seniors were eligible for being drafted. 1. Tampa Bay DE Josiah Harden 6-3 249 [Blitz], North Carolina 2018: 21 tackles, 11 sacks 2019: 20 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 1 safety Josiah Harden might not have the hype that Tyler Jones or Early Davis had coming into his senior year, but as the only really high upside DE this class don't be surprised if he ends up going early. He struggled last year as UNC was left coachless but he could very well recover and have his best season ever, and if that's the case Tampa would have to strongly consider him as perhaps the best player that fills a need. 2. Arizona QB Tanner Bowman 6-2 203 [Pocket], Penn State -2018: 272 of 455, 3802 yards, 20 TD, 12 INT -2019: 263 of 398, 3380 yards, 23 TD, 4 INT The only 5.0/5.0 senior QB this year is a good one. After struggling under a tumultuous coaching situation in 2018 he came out in 2019 and led the Nittany Lions to a national championship. He's got the poise, he's got the talent, and he will most certainly be a top pick in 2021. And what better team for him to go to than Arizona, who just last year got rid of their franchise QB in Jarius Jones? The only way this isn't a top 5 pick is if an even better QB declares early. 3. LA Chargers WR Luke Cobb 6-5 198 [Speed], Florida State 2018: 81 for 1162, 10 TD 2019: 61 for 1178, 11 TD The hype surrounding Luke Cobb is real, and it's easy to see why. His YPC especially stands out to scouts as unbelievable. He seems like the perfect pick for a team with a struggling WR corps and offense like the Chargers. LA needs a true #1 receiver, and Luke Cobb could very will be that guy for them. 4. Kansas City CB Andrew Boyd 5-10 175 [Man Coverage], Boston College 2018: 16 tackles, 6 INT, 3 TD 2019: 25 tackles, 3 INT, 1 TD Kansas City has struggled this year after trading their star CB George Brady. His loss has been so impactful partly because, without him, the Chiefs really lack a true CB1 option. Andrew Boyd isn't a big name—yet, but he's the best looking man cornerback in the draft class. The question is whether he'll be able to continue being productive as Boston College continues to progressively get less talented. 5. Washington OT Damian Mason 6-3 296 [Pass Blocking], Tennessee -N/A The Redskins' offense has been struggling way more than it should this year. Some point to Javier Fields being washed up, but that's ignoring that the Washington Oline has been terrible this year. Their aging set of offensive tackles could really use a youthful boost, and Damian Mason is just the guy. His illustrious career at Tennessee makes some scouts think he's the #1 guy this draft class, and perhaps that'll be the case. For now he'll settle for #5. 6. New Orleans CB Malachi Douglas 6-1 184 [Zone Coverage], Clemson 2018: 15 tackles, 4 INT, 1 TD 2019: 16 tackles, 5 INT, 1 TD The Saints need help on their secondary and they need it badly. With Aaron Stiles currently starting at CB2 it's easy to see where they'll attempt to upgrade. Malachi Douglas is probably my favorite overall CB in this class at the moment, as he's looked very good despite playing second fiddle to Marquise Reed in the past. Will he shine as he steps into the spotlight as Clemson's CB1? 7. Chicago OT Ben Goode 6-6 312 [Pass Blocking], Kansas -N/A Chicago is another team who, like the Redskins, are having offensive struggles centered around the Oline. Brooksheer has looked bad, but maybe that's because he doesn't have enough time to throw the ball. If so, Ben Goode might just be the answer. 8. Buffalo WR Malcolm Davis 6-6 216 [Target], Kansas 2018: 86 for 1183, 9 TD 2019: 80 for 1254, 9 td The second of three great WR prospects this draft class, Malcolm Davis has led the Kansas offense for years now. Buffalo needs wide receivers desperately, and Davis has a ton of potential. However, it remains to be seen how he'll play without Eric Jennings at the helm. 9. Tennessee CB Kevin McQueen 5-11 176 [Man Coverage], UCF 2018: 31 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 5 INT, 1 TD 2019: 17 tackles, 2 INT, 1 TD The Titan's CB situation is pretty bad at the moment. McQueen isn't a sexy pick by any means, but if UBL can get him to kick it up a notch this year then he might just be who the Titans look to as their savior in the coming draft. 10. NY Giants WR Hakeem Black 6-2 208 [Target], California 2018: N/A 2019: 90 for 1253, 10 TD This one is probably gonna be pretty controversial, but I like Hakeem Black. He looked excellent in his first year out of junior college, and I think he'll look excellent again this coming season. 11. Philadelphia OT Kevin Grey 6-5 260 [Pass Blocking], USC -N/A When Soluna traded Allan Taylor to the Eagles, he made them promise that he would protect the veteran scrambler. So far this year they have failed to do so. Taylor is having PTSD flashbacks to his time with the Jags as he gets pressured constantly thanks to his bottom 3 Oline. What the Philly offense needs and needs badly is a new offensive tackle, and while he's small, Kevin Grey has looked great at USC throughout his career. 12. Minnesota SS Jonathan Norman 6-2 203 [Zone Coverage], Virginia Tech 2018: N/A 2019: 31 tackles, 6 INT The Vikings have had the same problem for a few years now and that is their secondary. By now any even remotely decent Cbs have gone so Minnesota is forced to improvise. Jonathan Norman was an excellent player for the Hokies in his only starting season. 13. New England OLB Brady Christiansen 6-0 249 [Coverage], Mississippi State 2018: N/A 2019: 37 tackles, 1 sack, 2 INTs New England is a pretty well rounded roster, but one place they could definitely use an upgrade is at outside linebacker. Brady Christiansen is probably my favorite OLB prospect of the class so far, so I expect him to go here. However, we'll have to see how he does without Tyler Jones in his front seven. 14. Baltimore C Mendy Morrow 6-4 254 [Run Blocking], Arizona -N/A We need offensive line upgrades pretty badly in order to prepare for the Reelening, so replacing the old and injury prone Jim Boso with the only good center this class makes a lot of sense. 15. Cincinnati DT Hudson Adam 6-0 310 [2-Gap], West Virginia 2018: 9 tackles, 3 sacks 2019: 45 Tackles, 12 sacks Hudson Adam is actually one of my favorite players so far, but DT isn't really a big need for most people nor is it sexy, so he falls down to here. It is no secret that Cincy's defense needs help, and Adam, though not a DB, should be able to provide some. 16. Indianapolis ILB Christopher Clayton 6-0 240 [Mike], Penn State 2018: 53 tackles, 0.5 sacks 2019: 14 tackles Clayton had a mediocre year statistically last season as he was butted out of the stat sheet by other talented Nittany Lions, but make no mistake, he still has the potential to be a pretty great player. Indy doesn't have many needs but again ILB fits as a minor one, and if Clayton can shine through the rest of the PSU defense he'd make a lot of sense here. 17. Houston WR Josiah McCray 6-1 199 [Target], Clemson 2018: 78 for 1020, 5 TD 2019: 63 for 946, 5 TD Houston has helped out their skill position situation on offense and I'm sure they'd like to take a corner here ideally but that's just not really possible in this mock. Instead they'll give Leshoure another weapon in McCray, who quietly was a star receiver for Clemson these last two seasons. 18. Cleveland SS Cameron Riley 6-1 197 [Zone Coverage], Texas Tech 2018: 50 tackles, 7 INT, 3 TD 2019: 12 tackles, 2 INT, 1 TD Cleveland has made a lot of progress with their defense but they still have some holes, including Strong safety. Cameron Riley fell off in 2019 but if he can return to his 2018 form he should turn a lot of heads this draft cycle and he'd theoretically be BPA here. 19. Atlanta DT Joseph Bynum 6-6 298 [1-Gap], Oregon -N/A I mock a defensive tackle to Atlanta every year. Every single year. They still haven't done it, but this year is no different. Bynum has no stats, but historically Oregon has put out some great Olinemen. It's all on Bynum to prove himself as being worthy of this pick. 20. Seattle FS Damani Crump-Jackson 5-11 [Man Coverage], Colorado State 2018: 22 tackles, 5 INT, 2 TD 2019: 29 tackles, 3 INT, 1 TD Seattle is in a similar situation to where Atlanta was a few years ago. They have some elite players in their secondary but a lack of a good free safety really limits their effectiveness. Crump-Jackson has been pretty decent so far at Colorado State and if he can break out this year then I'd really like this pick for Seattle. 21. Pittsburgh DE Javier Grady 6-1 238 [Blitz], North Texas -NA Pittsburgh has a few holes, but none as big as defensive end. With how weak this class looks to be at DE the Steelers will need to move quickly to procure their guy. Grady hasn't played a snap yet but if he can really dominate at North Texas he should be able to overcome the lack of competition and limited sample size to become a first round guy. 22. Oakland OLB John Kearns [Blitz], TCU 2018: N/A 2019: 39 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 FR, 1 TD Oakland is one of those teams that is so solid that it's difficult to mock for them, but one place where they have a slight weakness is OLB. Kearns only has one year under his belt but it was a good one where he had an opportunity to learn alongside Daquan Darcey. It's not sexy but it could be a nice little upgrade. 23. LA Rams RB DeNorris Jackson 6-0 235 [Power], UCF 2018: 330 for 1818, 23 TD, 0 fum 2019: 287 for 1560, 20 TD, 1 fum DNJ is definitely the top RB prospect this coming draft, even with UCF's....history as an RB producing school. One place he could easily end up is Los Angeles, who still have yet to really get a star RB to help take pressure off of Darrell Murphy. 24. Detroit CB Kordell McKinnon 6-0 195 5.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage], Michigan -N/A Mocking a CB with no stats to the team that has Keyshawn Thompson seems stupid, and probably is, but the thinking here is that the Lions still don't really have a lot behind Keyshawn. With the star studded wide receiving corps in the NFC North getting more quality Cbs definitely can't hurt, and there's not a whole lot else they need here. 25. Denver SS Cameron Whitney 6-2 183 [Man Coverage], Connecticut 2018: N/A 2019: 35 tackles, 5 INT, 1 TD Denver has a few places they could go here but one possibility is strong safety, where they have a slight hole. Whitney showed a fair bit of promise in his inaugural season and if he can build off that this season he should be able to make a name for himself in the coming draft's first round prospects. 26. NY Jets OT Shawaun Holsey 6-2 297 [Run Blocking], Virginia -N/A With Joe McCord getting older and his contract expiring this year I could see Jumbo going for the value pick here with Holsey, another seemingly quality senior offensive tackle. With a team as well built as the Jets it becomes all about maintenance, and this is definitely a maintenance pick. 27. Green Bay DT Emanuel Serrano 6-2 320 [2-Gap], Stanford 2018: N/A 2019: 32 tackles, 2.5 sacks The Packers have improved dramatically this past season but they still have a couple openings on their defense, the biggest probably being defensive tackle. With Carter Jackson being fairly medicore and Mark Bassett getting older, they could easily look to Emanuel Serrano here, who played well in his only year in college. 28. Dallas WR Joseph Thurston 6-0 210 [Target], Michigan State 2018: 36 for 466, 2 TD 2019: 60 for 912, 7 TD With Graham Burnett presumably starting next year the Cowboys will probably look to ease him in by providing him with an addition to their currently mediocre WR corps. Thurston doesn't have a lot of hype but part of that was his tumultuous coaching situation throughout his career. If Slinky can turn him around he could be a good looking prospect by season's end. 29. Arizona (from Jacksonville) OG Leon Slack 6-5 263 [Pass Blocking], Wisconsin -N/A Randye has put a lot of effort into upgrading his offensive line in his time at Arizona but it's still not good enough to be comfortable if he decides to take his chances on a new QB this year. Tanner Bowman would really appreciate Slack, the only good guard of this class, being on the frontlines. 30. Carolina OLB Nathaniel Jeffries [Blitz], Tennessee 2018: N/A 2019: 27 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 INT, 1 TD The Panthers are pretty lacking in OLBs, as seen in their attempts to create one using positonal changes, and it's one of the few positions they could really upgrade so they take Jeffries, who has looked quite promising at Tennessee thus far in his career. 31. Miami WR Jamir Blackburn 6-4 196 [Speed], Minnesota 2018: 45 for 566, 6 TD 2019: 56 for 800, 4 td Brian Brown is really good, but even he surely wouldn't mind a new toy on offense. Blackburn may not have the hype now, but if he can have a really good year he might just break into the first round of a WR heavy class. 32. San Fransisco OLB Caleb McNamara 6-2 217 [Coverage], Vanderbilt 2018: 23 tackles, 0.5 sacks 2019: 10 Tackles San Fransisco has more holes than you might expect from a reigning champion, not least of which is at outside linebacker. McNamara hasn't done much through his career but there's always a chance he breaks out this season.
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    HOUSTON, TX - As of April 18th the University of Houston athletic department is excited to announce they've hired Noodlz2 as Head Coach of it's football program. It is his first season as a Head Coach at the FBS level and it's a challenge Head Coach Noodlz2 is ready to take on. The department as a whole decided that the program needed a young and energetic coach that would bring in young talent that would draw recruits with the ability to compete at high level early in their career. There's a lot of anticipation as the Cougar fan base waits to see what Coach Noodlz2 has to offer for this upcoming season. New Head Coach issued the following statement after signing his undisclosed contract deal: "I'm excited to be apart of a program that has the potential to be a top G5 program, and well known name nationally. I've met with the current coaching staff and seniors and they're all on board. With that being said there are some things that need to be worked on during the remaining spring practices and fall camp. I, and the rest of the Houston program are excited to get to work for our first game at Louisiana Tech.". Please feel free to ask as many questions as you wish.
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    Here's some more OL stats for you: Average starting LT: 88.5 overall rating, 3.87 years pro, 69% are pass blocking/31% are run blocking, 44th pick Average starting LG: 84.9 overall rating, 2.97 years pro, 59% are pass blocking/41% are run blocking, 58th pick Average starting C: 82.5 overall rating, 3.00 years pro, 65% are pass blocking/35% are run blocking, 84th pick Average starting RG: 84.5 overall rating, 3.74 years pro, 50% are pass blocking/50% are run blocking, 75th pick Average starting RT: 84.0 overall rating, 3.06 years pro, 55% are pass blocking/45% are run blocking, 73rd pick
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    The first ever game played in CFBHC was a 52-28 victory by the FSU Seminoles over the Syracuse Orange. It featured Christian Skaggs, Nick Hall, Tony Peaks, and David Gaines among others. I figured for the first Spotlight Tuesday it would be great if everyone that was around in 2013 could feature a bit about their team that year, whether it be a player or an amazing game they had that newer people might not know about. Additional question: If you were already coaching in 2013, who was your first favorite player? What happened to that player?
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    1st Team Offense QB Donald Culver 6-1 192 (Jr) Manti (Manti, UT) 4.5 of 5.0 [Pocket] RB Jesus Cordero 5-8 220 (Sr) Shoshone (Shoshone ID) 4.5 of 4.5 [Power] RB Shane Strong 5-6 204 (Jr) Malvern (Malvern, AR) 4.5 of 4.5 [Power] FB Angelo Paul 5-8 206 (Sr) Desert Edge (Goodyear AZ) 5.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] WR Hakeem Black 6-2 208 Sr Mesa Community College (Mesa, AZ) 5.0 of 5.0 [Target] WR Joshua Freeman 6-2 233 (Jr) Manchester Central (Manchester, NH) 4.5 of 4.5 [Target] WR Sean Waller 6-2 167 (Sr) Argonaut (Jackson CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Speed] WR Samuel Gulla 6-3 189 So Harper (Harper, OR) 4.0 of 5.0 [Target] TE C.J. Hickman 6-0 231 (Sr) Adams City (Commerce City CO) 4.5 of 4.5 [Blocking] TE Eduardo Cantu 6-1 237 (Jr) Eastlake (Chula Vista, CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blocking] OT Kevin Grey 6-5 260 (Sr) Renton (Renton WA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] OT (ATH) Darius Waters 6-1 202 Jr West Valley (Hemet, CA) 4.5 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Angelo Denny 6-6 268 (Jr) Newberg (Newberg, OR) 4.5 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Ethan Champion 6-7 259 (Jr) Montesano (Montesano, WA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] C Mendy Morrow 6-4 254 (Sr) Colbert Heights (Tuscumbia AL) 5.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] 1st Team Defense DE Miles Slater 6-1 248 (Jr) Richland (Richland, WA) 4.5 of 5.0 [Contain] DE Ilan Kuhn 5-11 261 (Sr) Ravenwood (Brentwood TN) 4.5 of 4.5 [Blitz] DT Joseph Bynum 6-6 298 Sr Jackson College (Jackson, MI) 5.0 of 5.0 [1-Gap] DT Emanuel Serrano 6-2 320 (Sr) Newberg (Newberg OR) 5.0 of 5.0 [2-Gap] OLB Patrick Haines 6-2 244 (Jr) Elizabeth (Elizabeth, CO) 4.5 of 4.5 [Coverage] OLB Griffin McElroy 6-3 237 (Jr) Service (Anchorage, AK) 4.0 of 4.0 [Coverage] ILB Garrett Holliday 6-3 234 (Sr) Little Big Horn College (Crow Agency MT) 5.0 of 5.0 [Mike] ILB Louis Landry 6-0 223 (Sr) North Lincoln (Denver NC) 4.0 of 4.0 [Will] CB Eric Hall 5-11 177 (So) Eastern Guilford (Gibsonville, NC) 5.0 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] CB Blaine Lewis-Thompson 5-11 193 So Monterey (Monterey, CA) 4.5 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] FS Damani Sheppard 5-11 214 (Jr) Horizon (San Diego, CA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] SS Dylan Mosley 5-11 202 (Sr) Walter Wellborn (Anniston AL) 4.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] K Sam Walsh 6-4 203 (Jr) Venice (Venice, CA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Power] P Patrick Wolff 6-1 187 Sr Konawaena (Kealakekua, HI) 5.0 of 5.0 [Power] LS Omar Reynolds 6-0 253 Fr Dallas (Dallas OR) 2.0 of 3.5 [Specialized] KR Derek Payton 5-11 197 (Jr) Georgia Military College (Milledgeville GA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Hybrid] 2nd Team Offense QB Nicholas Garland 5-10 210 Sr Decatur (Federal Way, WA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pocket] RB Latavious Murray 5-6 210 (So) Lund (Lund, NV) 4.5 of 4.5 [Speed] RB Trevon Yeldon 6-0 233 (So) Powers (Powers, OR) 4.0 of 5.0 [Power] FB Marc Carlisle 5-8 232 (Sr) Watsonville (Watsonville CA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] WR Max Bakhtiari 6-3 189 Jr Vernonia (Vernonia, OR) 4.0 of 4.0 [Target] WR Brandon Vaughn 6-1 205 (Sr) Mohawk (Marcola OR) 4.0 of 4.0 [Target] WR Luke Guy 6-1 182 (Sr) Vernonia (Vernonia OR) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed] WR Elijah Talley 6-2 226 (Sr) Oakdale (Oakdale CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Target] TE Ibrahim Herbert 6-3 191 (Sr) Ten Sleep (Ten Sleep WY) 4.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] TE Omeri Maimoana 6-3 204 (Jr) Needles (Needles, CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blocking] OT Elias Roman 6-1 332 (Sr) The Orme School (Mayer AZ) 4.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] OT Riley Greenfield 6-7 311 (So) Mid-Pacific Institute (Honolulu, HI) 4.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Silolo Siula 6-1 333 (So) Woods Cross (Woods Cross, UT) 4.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Mateo Renteria 6-2 331 (Sr) Corvallis (Corvallis OR) 4.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] C Richard Guthrie 6-1 280 Sr Erie CC (Buffalo, NY) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] 2nd Team Defense DE Blake Tipton 6-0 264 (So) Hilltop (Chula Vista, CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Blitz] DE Nasir Womack 6-2 249 (Jr) Logan (Lgan, UT) 4.5 of 4.5 [Contain] DT Constantine Burnham 6-1 285 (Sr) Eaglecrest (Centennial CO) 4.5 of 4.5 [1-Gap] DT Aidan Dotson 6-6 315 Sr Mohawk (Marcola, OR) 4.0 of 4.0 [2-Gap] OLB Maxim Hillman 6-1 238 (Jr) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] OLB Riley Nicholas 6-0 216 (So) Mitchell-Baker (Camilla, GA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Coverage] ILB Jared Clay 6-0 235 Sr Adams City (Commerce City, CO) 4.0 of 4.0 [Mike] ILB Norris Toney 6-2 226 Sr Eastern Arizona (Thatcher, AZ) 4.0 of 4.0 [Will] CB Nigel Strong 6-0 166 (Sr) Mountain Pointe (Phoenix AZ) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] CB Jabari Thorpe 5-10 162 (Sr) Renton (Renton WA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] FS Seth Scott 6-2 193 (Jr) Colorado Northwestern Community College (Rangely CO) 4.5 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] SS Dwayne Tatum 6-1 189 Sr Valley (Bakersfield, CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] K Benjamin Gray 5-9 197 (Fr) Shelton (Shelton, WA) 4.0 of 4.5 [Power] P Giuseppe Bernstein 6-1 194 (Sr) St. Mary's College (Berkeley CA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Power] LS Bryce Holt 6-0 263 Fr Belle Plaine (Belle Plaine MN) 1.0 of 5.0 [Traditional] Totals: 1st: 3, 2nd: 2 1st: 3, 2nd: 1 1st: 4, 2nd: 1 1st: 1, 2nd: 3 1st: 2, 2nd: 3 1st: 1, 2nd: 0 1st: 2, 2nd: 3 1st: 2, 2nd: 2 1st: 7, 2nd: 6 1st: 2, 2nd: 1 1st: 2, 2nd: 3 1st: 1, 2nd: 5
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    QB: Paul Davenport RB1: Chad Dess RB1: Asante Sowell From a theorycrafting standpoint, I think this is who I would select for my ideal 2RB system. Davenport is my selection at quarterback for his great efficiency in the passing game, and his dual threat capabilities. Dess and Sowell are two guys that are very similar. Two big, powerful runners that look to punish opposing defenders. The gameplan would ideally be a Flexbone 2RB set. This would only be the building blocks for the rest of the offense. A strong offensive line would be required, ideally top guards to pave the way. A tough, run blocking fullback, and two physical target receivers that can out jump opposing corners and block them into the ground. A strong, physical run blocking tight end to set the strongside edge is important as well. This team would be relatively one dimensional, but it brings a few major advantages over most pro style offenses. 1. Ball Control - Dess and Sowell along with a strong offensive line should be able to plow through defenders, and should the rare passing down be necessary, Davenport's arm should be more than enough to get the first down. Whats the best way to keep an opposing offense from scoring? Keep them off the field. The fatigue build up for opposing defenses should see this offense find better results in the second half of games. 2. Fresh Defense - keeping opposing offenses off the field means your defense stays fresh as well. I think this aspect is highly underrated in today's NFLHC. 3. Smash and Smash Combo - While it is true that having a speed/power combo could stretch opposing defenses a lot, having a duo power combo running into a defense over and over again must be one of the more demoralizing offenses to play against. You know exactly whats going on, but it hurts to stop it. Meanwhile, when Dess gets tired, you only drop it off to Sowell, who is more than enough to keep the pain coming. As defenses wear down, we can see bigger and bigger runs from Dess and Sowell. This team would also have significant disadvantages. 1. Run Game Dependent - Should this theoretical team fall to an early deficit, they'll likely have a hard time keeping up with an opposing offense's firepower. As good as Davenport is, he is not my ideal shootout quarterback. This also means that if an opposing defense specializes against the run, this team could be in a world of hurt. 2. Putting Fans in Seats - Seeing a team execute the run-run-run/maybe pass offense is one of the most painful things to watch in my opinion. Could it be ruthlessly effective, sure! But is winning really important at the expense of entertainment? Isn't the point of watching football to be entertained.
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    Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 2019 Record: 5-8 (4-3 ACC) 4th in the ACC Coastal 2019 was a year of growing pains down in Atlanta. The Touchdown Duo of Josh Beckett and Anthony Swanson finally got their time in the spotlight and played above standards, with Swanson earning the ACC Offensive Freshman of the Year. Woes in the running game bogged down the offense however, and Georgia Tech struggled to a 5-7 season record, including an embarrassing loss to rivals Georgia with bowl eligibility on the line. Fortunately, they Jackets were one of four teams with losing records to play in a bowl game. Unfortunately, the Jackets dropped yet another bowl game to an AAC foe, this time being UCF. While the offensive side of the ball gets older in most positions, a few key departures on the defensive side could make for another nervy season. Notable Losses: RB Victor Hill 5-6 221 (Sr) Loyola (Shreveport, LA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Power] OG Daniel Lujan 6-6 272 (Sr) Seminole County (Donalsonville, GA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] C Charlie Millard 6-3 271 Sr J.S. Clark (Opelousas LA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] ILB Devin Aguilar 6-2 237 (Sr) Lee Academy (Clarksdale, MS) 4.0 of 4.0 [Mike] CB Sean Benson 5-10 178 (Sr) Bayou Academy (Cleveland, MS) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] FS Steve Williams 6-0 201 (Sr) Hunter-Kinard-Tyler (Neeses, SC) 4.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] FS Bradley Vaughn 41791 224 Sr Durant (Durant MS) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] K Clyde Smith 5-8 207 (Sr) Elkins (Elkins, AR) 4.0 of 4.0 [Power] Offensively, losing Victor Hill isn't huge in the sense that he wasn't a large part of the normally pass-heavy Yellow Jackets; however, losing an experienced play like Hill and replacing him with the young and inexperienced Bob Squires cannot possibly be any better. Losing two members of the offensive line also hurts, although Ronan Messina will be able to slide over and fill in for Lujan. The big losses come on the defense, where the Jackets lose their top cornerback in Sean Benson, their top safety-turned-third cornerback in Steve Williams, their starting free safety in Bradley Vaughn, and the lynchpin of their defense in Devin Aguilar. Aguilar and Benson in particular were huge contributors to a solid defense, and the defense will show some growing pains with subpar replacements. Smith was a decently reliable kicker, but the Jackets do have five other kickers to fill in (none with the power found in Smith's leg, however). Notable Returners: QB Josh Beckett 6-3 211 (So) Manchester (Manchester, GA) 4.0 of 5.0 [Pocket] FB Anthony Langley 6-1 219 (Jr) Crestview (Crestview, FL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] WR Anthony Swanson 6-0 229 (So) Schley County (Ellaville, GA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Target] TE Jahmir Rolle 6-1 216 (Jr) White Hall (White Hall, AR) 5.0 of 5.0 [Receiving] OT Victor O’Connell 6-7 271 (Sr) Pope (Marietta GA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] OG Ronan Messina 6-7 312 (Jr) Loganville (Loganville, GA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] OT Dylan Vaughn 6-4 269 (Sr) West Monroe (West Monroe LA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] DE Josh Fenton 6-0 251 (Sr) Calhoun Falls (Calhoun Falls SC) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] DT Tasura Lesa 6-6 303 (Sr) Athens (Athens AL) 4.0 of 4.0 [2-Gap] DT Noel Oliver 6-1 287 (Jr) Calhoun Falls (Calhoun Falls, SC) 4.0 of 4.0 [1-Gap] OLB Julian Tolbert 6-2 221 (Sr) Calhoun (Letohatchee AL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Coverage] SS Victor Browne 6-2 183 (Sr) Minor (Adamsville AL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] What will make the Jackets scary this year is the offense. Beckett and Swanson were rumored to have spent the entire summer together to strengthen an already powerful connection, and the tandem will be ready to show that off this season. Rolle returns as a solid option underneath once again for Beckett, and three outstanding members of the offensive line will be able to give Beckett all the time he needs to make an impact. All-ACC selections Josh Fenton and Tasura Lesa will look to wreak havoc on offensive lines for the last time together; the tandem combined for 21.5 sacks last season. Tolbert and Oliver round out some needed experience in the front seven, and Browne looks to be the captain of a weakened secondary, though his impact will be needed after accounting for two interceptions last season (both returned for touchdowns). Potential Strengths: Pass, Pass, Pass - Few quarterbacks in the conference were as productive as Beckett, with the former freshman throwing for 3,631 yards (2nd ACC) and 24 touchdowns (5th ACC). His receiving corp remains mostly the same with the exception of Alexander Bundy being redshirted and Victor Hill graduating, meaning we should hopefully see Beckett complete more passes and throw less interceptions (his 15 were topped only by Kyle Jefferson). The experience offensive line will give Beckett more than enough time to find some openings, meaning this passing attack could be a lot deadlier than in previous years. Pass Rush - This is pretty much a given, with the defense returning the top two players in sacks recorded last season. Fenton was a beast off the edge, racking up 10.5 sacks and 36 tackles, while Lesa was a monster up the middle, picking up 11 sacks and 34 tackles. Noel Oliver should see more playing time this season, adding potentially another big body to this bulldozer of a pass rush. Offensive lines in the conference haven't gotten that much better, so expect Fenton and Lesa in particular to do their thing and hopefully sway games in favor of Georgia Tech. Potential Weaknesses: Run, Run, Run - For as good as this passing game is expected to be, the running game will be the complete opposite. Victor Hill wasn't great running the ball, only seeing 211 carries and getting 771 yards and 5 touchdowns off of them. Bob Squires will not be any better at picking up yards on the ground. Squires is a pretty big step back from Hill, and that's saying something. Tech should pull a 2019 Syracuse and turn to their fullback, Anthony Langley, to carry the load, but the ground game will still be another weakness yet again in what needs to be a year of improvement for the Jackets. Cutting Corners - Losing Sean Benson hurts, and when your best replacement is sophomore Dwayne Lloyd, you're going to run into some problems. When you're second cornerback is actually a free safety, you're going to run into some more problems. Tech is not deep at corner, and they're not very talented there either. With Josiah McCray, Adam Coles, and Sean Spaczek on the schedule, the defense is going to be scorched. The skill at safety isn't that great to cover for the corners, even if Browne is one of the better strong safeties in the conference. The pass rush might force a few bad passes here and there, but if they're unable to make an impact, Georgia Tech is going to see the ball fly. 2020 Schedule: Week 1: Georgia State (Atlanta, GA) Week 2: at Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL) Week 4: at Clemson (Clemson, SC) Week 6: North Carolina (Atlanta, GA) Week 7: Wake Forest (Atlanta, GA) Week 8: at Miami (FL) (Miami Gardens, FL) Week 9: at Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) Week 10: Virginia Tech (Atlanta, GA) Week 12: Auburn (Atlanta, GA) Week 13: Pittsburgh (Atlanta, GA) Week 14: at Duke (Durham, NC) Week 16: Georgia (Atlanta, GA) The Jackets are blessed with 7 home games, but they certainly won't come away with a perfect home record. Pittsburgh, Auburn, and Georgia seem slightly out of reach, though the rest of the home slate should be very manageable, with games against the always struggling Wake Forest and a rapidly declining North Carolina team on that slate. Virginia Tech loses a lot from last season, so that should be a strong rivalry win for the Jackets, and Miami both loses a lot and has a lot of young talent. I foresee wins against Georgia State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Miami (FL), Virginia Tech, and Duke. Tech should fall against Alabama, Clemson, Virginia, Auburn, Pittsburgh, and Georgia, meaning the Jackets should finish at 6-6 (5-3 ACC), good enough for 3rd in the Coastal. Best Case Scenario: The pass rush more than makes up for the secondary's woes, and Langley gets put in at running back and adds a very important element to the offense. Georgia and Virginia are overcome by strong passing performances and a powerful pass rush, and the Jackets pull off upsets to finish at 8-4, still 3rd in the division. Worst Case Scenario: The running game goes nowhere, and the offense becomes too predictable for teams with above average secondaries. Evan Grant runs into a weaker linebacker corp and tears off huge chunks of yards in another upset of an in-state team, and Duke's thriving expected aerial assault from Kyle Jefferson burns a subpar secondary, leaving the Yellow Jackets at 4-8, actually looking worse than they did a year ago.
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    The Boise State Broncos were 5-7 record last year with believer at the helm but even though they were bowl eligible, they failed to be selected to a bowl game. They'Ve gotten new players that can help along with their key returners. So with that said, Will the Broncos be able to win a bowl game and better yet, win their division? ROSTER Notable Offseason Additions: WR Jayson Geary 5-10 191 Fr Decatur (Federal Way WA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Speed] QB Roman Green 6-2 239 Jr Lewis & Clark Community College (Godfrey IL) 3.0 of 4.0 [Scrambling] KR Hayden Walls 5-10 176 (Jr) North Idaho College (Coeur d'Alene ID) 4.5 of 4.5 [Specialist] TE Atamu Niumatalolo 6-5 194 Fr East (Cheyenne WY) 1.5 of 4.5 [Receiving] OLB Aboubacar Chester 6-4 233 Fr Shoshone (Shoshone ID) 1.5 of 4.0 [Blitz] OLB Javorius McNeil 6-0 235 Fr Murtaugh (Murtaugh ID) 1.5 of 4.5 [Blitz] QB Ian Hansen 6-5 234 Fr Decatur (Federal Way WA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Pocket] Key Returners: RB Marquise Allen 5-7 198 (Sr) Madison (Rexburg ID) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed] OT Sebastian Parra 6-7 333 (Sr) Murtaugh (Murtaugh ID) 4.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] C Ari Powers 6-1 303 (So) Thunder Ridge (Highlands Ranch, CO) 3.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] DT Kaden Oglesby 6-3 291 Jr Madison (Rexburg, ID) 4.0 of 4.5 [1-Gap] ILB Phillip Gillis 6-3 221 (Sr) Provo (Provo UT) 4.5 of 4.5 [Will SS Jonah Parker 6-3 208 Sr Alta (Sandy, UT) 5.0 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] FS Justin Ivy-Sewell 6-1 210 Sr Incline (Incline Village, NV) 4.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] Notable Offseason Subtractions: WR Kevin Garvin 6-4 224 Sr Sterling (Sterling CO) 5.0 of 5.0 [Target] WR Eric Watson 5-10 181 (Sr) McQueen (Reno, NV) 5.0 of 5.0 [speed] DE Declan Culver 6-0 256 Sr Dawson Community College (Glendive, MT) 4.0 of 4.0 [Contain] TE Samuel Summers 6-6 225 (Sr) Juab (Nephi, UT) 4.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] Quick Thoughts: They got some very good redshirts for next year, Green is a very good QB but without Garvin and Watson, he won't be able to amount to much with this recieving corps. Their safety core is back but only for one season and theyneed to find big replaceents for Parker/Ivy-Sewell. Also Allen will have to carry the load for that offense. Three Key Storylines 1. Can these Safeties show that they're the top of the class Parker/Ivy-Sewell are probably the best SS/FS combo there is in the MWC, maybe in the whole CFB league, But, can they improve and have a elite season? Jonah Parker who played four games had 20 tackles and 3 INTs and one of those was a Pick 6. Justin Ivy-Sewell who also played four games had 17 tackles and 2 INTs. Both of these players are Sr. and have reached their full potential, Parker and Ivy-Sewell both are projected to be selected in the upcoming NFLHC draft. If they want to increase their stock, they're going to increase their production but can they? 2. Will their offense be able to hold their ground even though they lost key pieces on offense? They've recruited Roman Green to lead this team in the air, problem is, timing was bad, and now their two 5* recievers have graduated and their best WR is a 3* player. So can their offense hold up? For starters, Allen is a more than capable RB but the offensive line is only solid, Green is a very good QB but without the help at WR, how are they going to get better on offense if they've only taken a step back, If they want to compete, Boise State has to figure out a way that the WRs and TEs can be really productive for Green and hope that Allen has a big senior year. 3. Will Boise State be able to compete with Air Force Boise State still has a lot of talent and in a weak division, it's very possible that they could win the division, but can they overcome the reigning MWC Conference Champions Air Force to win their division? Air Force has very good players, and their offense is close to elite, but the Falcons defense is where they have lost some key players on defense, including Prince Willams, that's where Boise State strong suit comes into play. Boise has a decent offense but a terrorizing defense, their secondary is elite, A team like Air Force or Boise State can compete and Air Force has the experience, but can Boise State overcome that and be division champs? Scenarios Best-Case Scenario: Boise State is able to overcomes their short comings on offense and finish with a winning record, winning the division, then the MWC Conference Championship, they make a bowl, but they were unable to win their bowl game, but started to make strides, Harden had a Blakely-esque season and is projected to be a 1st round pick in the 2021 NFLHC Draft, Green had a solid year and Allen had no trouble on the ground. Worst-Case Scenario: The complete opposite happened, Boise State finishes with a 5-7 record, they finish 3rd in the division, Harden doesn't perform to the hype, Green struggles with no capable WRs, Allen's ground game suffers due to the face that that's what they did all the time, and this go-around they don't make a bowl game from a at-large bid, therefore they don't go bowling Does Boise State Progress or Regress?
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    Trevon Yeldon just came into the Hatfield-Dowling Football Complex all kinds of pissed off for his 2nd Team placement. In fact, I'm pretty sure I just saw him walking towards the Nutrition Station with two pin-cushion dolls in his hands, and tiny signs that say Jesus Cordero and Shane Strong on them. I wouldn't want to be a Linebacker or Cornerback trying to tackle this dude this season. Neither Jason Baum nor Tre' Davius Dykes are thrilled about being left off both preseason teams, but they understand that they have to show out to be called out. The University of Oregon is pleased to see 5 student-athletes selected for the preseason honor by the Conference of Champions. RB Trevon Yeldon, 2nd Team All-Pac-12, Preseason
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    Virginia Tech Hokies 2019 Record: 6-7 (5-2 ACC) 3rd in the ACC Coastal It was all talk but little walk for the Hokies last season; with many talented pieces being saved for a 2019 run, it's safe to say that the end result fell very flat. While the offense came and went in strides, a leaky defense ultimately doomed the Hokies to a .500 regular season record, including a sad loss to rivals Virginia to end the season. 2020 was known to be a rebuilding year as early as the 2018 season, and now that it has finally arrived, we can fully understand why. The Hokies lose quite a few important pieces from last season, including the heralded Matthew Dobbs, and they lack the immediate talent to reload. Notable Losses: QB Matthew Dobbs 6-1 213 (Sr) Landstown (Virginia Beach, VA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Scrambling] RB Willie Lopez 5-11 199 (Sr) Kahuku (Kahuku, HI) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed] WR Joseph Dickerson 5-11 158 (Sr) Sayre Area (Sayre, PA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Speed] OT Donald Reed 6-5 293 (Sr) Lakeland (Lakeland, FL) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] OLB Dean Minter 6-1 238 (Sr) West Central (Hartford, SD) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] OLB Richard Ryan 6-3 230 (Sr) Theodore Roosevelt (Washington, DC) 4.5 of 4.5 [Coverage] At first it doesn't seem like a large quantitative amount, but the impact that these players left on the team is enormous. Dobbs is the obvious big name after being Tech's starter for four of the past five years, but Dickerson was his #1 target for most of that time. Donald Reed was a 1st-round offensive tackle, and the offensive line will take a huge loss with him gone. Both starting outside linebackers are gone, with Ryan being the more technically skilled and efficient of the two. Notable Returners: FB Maurice Ervin 5-8 207 (Sr) Patrick Henry Community College (Martinsville, VA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] TE Darnell Pierre 6-1 223 (Jr) Pleasant Grove (Pleasant Grove, UT) 4.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] C Aaron Petersen 6-4 255 (Sr) Jackson State Community College (Jackson, TN) 4.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] OG Cole Fay 6-7 271 (So) Saint Albans (St. Albans, WV) 4.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] DE Mahamadou Chavis 6-0 250 (So) Tucker County (Hambleton, WV) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] CB Lucas Freeman 6-1 197 (So) Cummings (Burlington, NC) 3.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] SS Jonathan Norman 6-2 203 (Sr) Nassau CC (Garden City, NY) 5.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] P Erik Kline 6-2 169 (Sr) Cary (Cary NC) 4.5 of 4.5 [Accuracy] Ervin returns as Tech's leading rusher, and the fullback-turned-running back will be looked towards to carry the offense while breaking in a senior quarterback and a set of new receivers. The line looks stable however, with Peterson and Fay among a talented group of linemen, and Pierre provides reliable outside blocking and a solid target underneath for new quarterback Ralph Westfall. There are a few holes defensively again, but Chavis heads a slightly above average defensive line, and Freeman and Norman take charge of a young secondary that includes top corner recruit Trevor McKinney. Tech also returns one of the top punters in conference in Erik Kline, meaning the Hokies should win the field position battle more often than not. Potential Strengths: Ground Pound - Ervin was efficient on the ground in the Hokies' tumultuous 2019 campaign, and with an experienced offensive line in front of him (only two non-seniors), he should be gifted plenty of holes to gain chunks of yardage. The running game has to be as good as anticipated; the passing game won't do Ervin and Co. any favors. Pinning Them Deep - In a season where the offense is expected to do far less, Erik Kline might have the most important job on the team. If the offense is going to be predictable and/or runs into a team with a solid front seven, then Kline is going to have to put his leg to work, and he could do the defense many favors by consistently punting the ball 40-45 yards a kick. Of course, the defense will have to do their job, but it helps if they're not backed against the wall early. Potential Weaknesses: They Can Throw The Ball? - No Dobbs? No Dickerson? The situation is similar to that of last year's Miami, only way worse. Westfall doesn't have the arm that Dobbs had, nor does he have the game experience, and his receivers are a massive downgrade from last year's group (former RB Willie Lopez was the WR3 in a less than stellar passing game). As stated before, the running game will be leaned on to carry the offense, but that becomes too predictable all too often. Westfall has to prove the naysayers wrong if Tech is to find decent success on the offensive side of the ball. Youth in the Middle - With the departure of linebackers Minter and Ryan, Tech junior Ousmane Redding and freshman Jeffrey Benton to replace the two seniors. With Benton, you have a talented but very young player, and with Redding, you have a player that hasn't quite developed as expected, leaving two very vulnerable positions in the middle of the field. Redding, the more experienced of the two, will be tasked with helping the defensive line in pressuring the quarterback more often than not, and Benton will likely sit back in coverage to aid the secondary. Their inexperience could prove costly at times, especially considering some of the experience in the secondary. They have to be ready to fill in and play comfortably immediately, else teams could find success harassing the second layer of the field. 2020 Schedule: Week 2: Eastern Michigan (Blacksburg, VA) Week 3: Pittsburgh (Blacksburg, VA) Week 4: at Oklahoma State (Stillwater, OK) Week 5: North Carolina (Blacksburg, VA) Week 7: Nevada (Blacksburg, VA) Week 8: at Texas A&M (College Station, TX) Week 9: Clemson (Blacksburg, VA) Week 10: at Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA) Week 11: at Miami (FL) (Miami Gardens, FL) Week 13: Duke (Blacksburg, VA) Week 14: at Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA) Week 16: at Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) What To Expect: It's going to be rough in Blacksburg. The OOC is a little more favorable with EMU and a rebuilding Texas A&M on the schedule, but the cross-divisional slate is absolutely brutal, featuring a date with Clemson and a road trip to Boston College. I could foresee wins over EMU, North Carolina, Texas A&M, Miami, and Duke. Losses should come against Pittsburgh, Oklahoma State, Nevada, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Boston College, and Virginia, leaving the Hokies at 5-7 (3-5 ACC) and at 4th in the Coastal. The offense is going to struggle mightily this season, and the defense isn't strong enough to win games by themselves. Best Case Scenario: Westfall makes a lot of plays in the passing game, and the younger players in the defense play up to their potential. Trevor McKinney is a fantastic corner, creating a relatively tough secondary. Oklahoma State and Nevada suffer Top Player Loss Syndrome (Raheem and Akeel, respectively), and Matteo Rook (UVA) and Josh Beckett (GT) can't throw on this defense, resulting in a 9-3 record for the Hokies, finishing 2nd in the Coastal. Worst Case Scenario: The offense stalls as teams figure out that the Hokies really cannot throw the ball. Inexperience at linebacker and Trevor McKinney's growing pains lead to a leaky defense once again, and the Hokies lose close games to Duke and Texas A&M, finishing at a lowly 3-9 and in desperate need of a refresher on the offensive side of the ball.
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    I think you hit everything pretty well on the Depth Chart front. I think the only thing I'd say is that a 3.0 player is a passable player - I mean a team full of 3.0s isn't ideal, but it's a passable starter for 85% of teams.
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    Pick 21 Javier Grady's 2019 Stats: 31 tackles, 14.5 sacks Pick 24 Kordell McKinnon's 2019 Stats: 10 tackles, 1 interception Pick 30 Nathaniel Jeffries's REAL 2019 Stats: 44 tackles, 3 INTs, 3.5 Sacks, 1 TD Also I don't believe in defensive tackles. I can almost guarantee you we won't take a DT, maybe in the entire draft Really happy that two Vols were highly rated enough to make the preseason 2020 mock draft first round! Go Damian! Go Nathaniel!
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    I've never tried a 2RB set. A scrambling QB seems like a more reliable way of keeping 2 running threats on the field. We've never had 2 RBs that I would want to feature anyway. If I were building a 2RB team from scratch I'd roll with Todd Lester, Asante Sowell, and Jaz Durant. I don't think there's a defense in the sim that could stop that group. Sowell can pick up yards up the middle even when everyone knows he's getting the ball. Durant has great agility and is probably the best pass catching RB ever in the sim. Picture this: play action fake to Sowell up the middle. Durant slips out into the flat behind a WR streak as Lester rolls out underneath. Who do you cover? Touchdown.
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    Somewhere Chad Dess is still running his 40. Chad Dess gets where he wants on his time not on anyone else.
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    Maryland Terrapins 2019 Record: 7-6 (4-3) 3rd in B1G East Key Losses: WR Norman Spencer 5-9 159 (Sr) Wayland (Wayland, MA) 4.0 of 4.0 [speed] OT Mason Maguire 6-2 294 Sr Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens FL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OG Spencer Dunn 6-5 328 Sr Ringgold (Ringgold LA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] K Ilan Youngblood 5-10 160 Sr San Juan (Blanding UT) 4.5 of 4.5 [Accuracy] Key Returners: QB Marquise Simpkins 6-4 225 (Jr) Suitland (District Heights, MD) 4.5 of 4.5 [Scrambling] RB Samir Hatcher 5-10 217 (Jr) Good Counsel (Wheaton, MD) 4.0 of 4.0 [Power] WR Ayden Coley 6-4 189 (Jr) Middletown (Middletown, DE) 4.0 of 4.0 [Target] DT Keith Small 6-4 334 (Sr) Lund (Lund NV) 4.0 of 4.0 [2-Gap] ILB Jason Hopkins 5-11 234 (Jr) Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, PA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Mike] CB Abdoulaye Aiken 5-10 168 Sr T.C. Roberson (Asheville, NC) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] FS Joshua Wesley 5-10 218 (So) Elkton (Elkton, MD) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] SS Abdoul Childs 5-10 198 (Jr) South Brunswick (Southport, NC) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] Strengths: Running Game - Simpkins and Hatcher last season combined for almost 1800 yards and 24 Touchdowns. Both players are now at their full potential and the offensive line has the chance to be potentially better than it was last season, I expect similar or even greater production from the Maryland run game. Secondary - Maryland boasts a strong back 4 in the secondary with 3 4.0/4.0 players and one 2/4 Freshman at CB. Most teams would love to have this as their secondary. The 3 returning starters combined for 6 interceptions last season, and with all of them having strong progressions expect to improve. I anticipate most teams to try and establish the run or attack linebackers in the passing game versus the Terrapins. Weaknesses: Young & inexperienced O-Line: Only one starter older than (So) in the starting lineup and only one player at full potential starting. There could be plenty of games where the offensive line plays closer to their skill level than their potential. When that happens, expect the Terrapins to lose, as they will try to rely on their run game to win games. Defensive Line: Their DL is very average in my opinion especially in the B1G. Starting a 3.5/3.5, a DT out of position at DE, and a 4/4 DT won't strike fear in RB's in the B1G and force teams to pass which the Terrapins are hopeful for, given their strength in the secondary. I expect most teams to favor the run versus the Terrapins and it's easy to see why, I believe it is the weakest part of their defense. Season Expectations: I think Maryland will end up with a similar record to last season 6/7 wins sounds about right for this team in the tough B1G Season Prediction: Best case scenario: The Dynamic rushing attack and secondary pull surprises similar to the Alabama upset last season leading the Terrapins to around 9 wins in the B1G Worst case scenario: The inexperience in the OL leads to a struggling offense, and an average DL makes it difficult for the defense to get off the field, leading to a disappointing 4 win season Realistic prediction: 6-5, I think Maryland will be relatively average this season, they aren't terrible, but I don't believe they have enough to compete with the top teams in the B1G. Their secondary and rushing attack should keep them in most games, but only enough to be a middle-of-the-pack team in the East.
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    David Oates is going to kill all of you again for this snub
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    I took over Nebraska in mid-2013. Was told the position was "cursed" and that every coach had taken the job and then left the site. Everyone wondered aloud if I'd stick around. Did pretty well that first year with a 3.5 QB (Pat Bostic) and a 4.5 RB (Keena Kane, who spent several years in Green Bay). Ran the Option all year. I think my favorite thing from back then was the attitude of the people on the site. It wasn't about "who's the shittiest coach today" all the time. It was more about player hype. Or at least that's how it seemed from my perspective.
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    My favorite players from 2013 were Spec Davidson and Skip Gibson. Both were standouts at UGA and continue to have strong NFLHC careers. The 2013 season felt a lot like an IRL UGA season - close to breaking through, but too many close losses to win the SEC East
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    Just wanna point out that Douglas has been CB1 for going on 3 years
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    I currently use a 2RB set. I definitely prefer using 2RBs only with a run heavy scheme, it splits the carries too much if we don't have ~30 carries a game. Same goes with using a running QB and a 2RB scheme tbh. It seems to me that the offense is most effective in helping lighten the workload of a feature back, and a scrambler can do that by himself. To me the important part of running a 2 RB system is RB depth. I don't think it would work well without having a pair of good RBs, two average guys would be pretty ineffective.
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    I ship it Okay, but for some actual commentary: Georgia Tech looks like they could be very boom-or-bust. Lots of teams in transition on their schedule, and having a dynamic passing attack gives them a puncher's chance. Not expecting a lot from them, but it's the Coastal so...
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    This was really helpful, thanks for posting this.
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    Defensive line in the 1st for a 3rd straight year is highly unlikely. Especially for a guy that you list as having no stats
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    I think we'll be mocked OT in the first round for the next 1,000 years lol
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    Since there's probably not a ton about my team I can say that I haven't said before a hundred times, I'll bring up one of my favorites. I didn't take over until week 8, and my first game was something else. Trace Buchanan ran for 6 TDs and 300 yards against me and I was toast, even with a stunning performance from Ray Lee Coia. In honesty, not a ton happened for me with that team because of how horrifically bad it was generated, but they did manage to pull one stunning performance: TCU-Boise State week 3. The elite QB Brian Brown against TCU's porous defense. The result? Brian Brown, BSU, 11 of 43 for 86 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT FINAL SCORE: (1-2) Boise State 7-24 TCU (1-2) at the time, nobody knew how insane of a performance that was, but they learned. It's also cool because BB did that AND had a 68 yard TD pass. Also this is a hilarious statline Paul Pierce, BSU, 7 for 3 yards, 0 TD
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    Thank you I'm enjoying CFBHC a ton already. Good luck at Baylor this season! As for the ups and downs I intend to recruit well during the off season so that success is more common than the down years every program faces. I really appreciate the support. This upcoming season I'm ready to see how well the offense can perform with the amount of depth we have on that side of the ball. I'm also hoping for a strong performance from the front 7 despite the lack of depth and experience.
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    Welcome to the CFBHC world! Houston's had a bunch of success in their history, good luck! If questions arise, don't hesitate to reach out...someone will help out.
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    TuscanSota of the Baylor Bears, I just wanted to welcome you to CFBHC! I was a former coach at Houston a few seasons ago, but am now at Baylor. Since my time at Houston, one thing I've noticed is that coaches who take up the Houston job seem to come and go - some find success, and some have trouble finding it. If you have any questions about CFBHC, feel free to ask me or any of the other coaches. We're more than happy to help newcomers. I have a soft spot for this program, and I hope that you find success with the Coogs. Is there anything you're looking forward to this upcoming season?
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    Sorry he was accidentally put as USC and I noticed it but fixed with the wrong one. Fixed now
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    And this is why San Fran is currently on a gigantic win-streak and the current favorite for the title. I agree almost completely, minus the bit about the running threat at QB. We have been experimenting with it all season (preseason as well) and it can work with either a pocket or scrambling QB, just depends on your preferred run/pass ratio. For us, Blacknall has succeeded a bit more as a solo back, but we're moving Kenneth Farr into the RB2 spot to take advantage of a) our lines' zone-blocking strength; and 2) the inside/outside slider. Jerry Rambo simply was not effective going between the tackles. He was a solid pass-catching back, but Blacknall has showed him up there as well. I think 2RB is helpful to keep RB1s fresh and provide a different look for the defense, but ultimately is too personnel-dependent to be of value universally. The options it creates are advantageous, but only with the right personnel, and against a poor run defense, like ours. Here's what I would do, in the NFLHC. If it were available in CFBHC, it would be a different plan: Pistol 2RB, Balanced OLine (run/pass pro); Pocket/Hybrid QB; two Speed backs, hopefully with pass-catching skills, and at least one that has shown he can run inside the tackles well (Chet Henson), rating should be 82+ for each, and within 5 points of each other. Your Oline could suck a lot, and this would cover up for them plenty. You'd need 1 good WR, and 1 decent slot WR.
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    ive tried it with a speed / power back and pocket passer. Didn't like the production I got out of it so decided to stick with just one back. I think it could work if you have two similar backs and a pocket passer, but you really have to build your team towards it if you don't have a scrambler I think. Dallas is running it this year to great success, but they have the ideal team to run it. Not everyone is gonna be able to emulate that.
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    Fun Belt pls

    Fun Belt pls
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    This meme will never get old. I'm gonna go and read that thread again right now.
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