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  1. Coastal pre-progression: hoping my redshirt 1/3.5 freshman OLB progresses well because I thought my senior OLB last year was a junior for some reason so I didn't really recruit anyone for the position.
  2. I'd love for Iowa State to make the Sweet 16. At their best, this team seems like it could make it to the Final Four, but at their worst they could lose by 15 to OSU, so it's hard to know what to expect.
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South Alabama Conference Rank: 1 National Rank: 76 RB Antowain Lawlor 5-10 221 Fr Jemison (Jemison AL) 1.0 of 5.0 [Power] RB Leonard Williams 6-1 213 Jr Columbus State Community College (Columbus OH) 4.0 of 4.0 [Power] FB Jacob Randolph 5-9 248 Jr Northwest Shoals Community College (Muscle Shoals AL) 4.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] WR Robaire Rivers 6-3 219 Fr Chipley (Chipley FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Target] TE Savion Reese 6-0 243 Fr East Bakersfield (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blocking] OT Alejandro Carmona 6-7 279 Fr Sinton (Sinton TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] OLB Vince Benedict 6-2 237 Fr Druid Hills (Atlanta GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Coverage] OLB Bryce Bush 6-2 225 Fr Jesuit (Tampa FL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Coverage] ILB Nathaniel Harley 6-1 228 Fr Grady (Atlanta GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Mike] CB Tavarreus Hopson 6-2 168 Fr North Hall (Gainesville GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] CB Nat Phillips 6-1 168 Fr Jasper County (Monticello GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] LS Yahir Muniz 6-1 272 Jr Marion Military Institute (Marion AL) 3.0 of 4.0 [specialized] This was a small, but highly talented class for coach rocksaucesundae. Running back Antowain Lawlor will be able to redshirt before running wild on Sun Belt defenses for the next 3-4 years. Columbus State Community College product Leonard Williams looks to carry the load while Lawlor develops. He’ll also have JuCo fullback Jacob Randolph to clear the way for him for the next two years. Offensive tackle Alejandro Carmona and blocking TE Savion Reese look to lighten the load for Lawlor as well. The Jaguars picked up JuCo long snapper Yahir Muniz to buff their special teams play a little bit. Wide receiver Robaire Rivers will be a nice red-zone target in a few years after he develops a bit. The rest of this class will likely redshirt, but will all be at the very least decent starters in their junior and senior seasons, such as cornerbacks Tavarreus Hopson and Nat Phillips, and outside linebacker Vince Benedict. The only troubling aspect of this class is the size, but when you recruit a guy who will be one of the best players in the Sun Belt right away, it’s hard to complain. @rocksaucesundae Coastal Carolina Conference Rank: 2 National Rank: 79 QB Zion Stewart 6-0 190 Fr White Knoll (Lexington SC) 2.0 of 3.5 [Pocket] RB Bronson Pennington 5-11 215 Fr Crescent (Iva SC) 1.0 of 3.5 [Power] WR Shamar Wiggins 5-9 196 Fr Tucker (Tucker GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed] WR Dillon Crocker 6-0 197 Fr Bowman (Bowman SC) 2.5 of 3.0 [Target] TE Eli Corbett 6-3 222 Fr Edisto (Cordova SC) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blocking] OT Jason Lunsford 6-6 332 Fr North Central (Kershaw SC) 1.5 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Zack Berger 6-3 265 Fr Northwest Whitfield ( GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OG Max Crouse 6-2 313 Fr Warner Robins (Warner Robins GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] DE Evander Gilliam 6-7 250 Fr Seneca (Seneca SC) 1.0 of 3.5 [Contain] DE Daleroy Hinds 6-3 268 Fr Druid Hills (Atlanta GA) 2.0 of 3.0 [Contain] DT Jacob Sousa 6-5 309 Fr McCormick (McCormick SC) 2.5 of 3.5 [2-Gap] OLB DeVante Jack 6-3 236 Fr Cardinal Mooney (Sarasota FL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] ILB Joleon Pratt 6-0 227 Fr Lake View (Lake View SC) 1.5 of 4.0 [Will] ILB Quanah Johnson 6-4 259 Fr Westside (Macon GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Mike] CB Mamadou Cooper 5-10 171 Fr Putnam County (Eatonton GA) 3.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] CB Kayden McKinnon 5-10 167 Fr Richmond Hill (Richmond Hill GA) 1.5 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] FS Gregory Jack 6-0 222 Fr Pelham (Pelham GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] SS Nicolas Bullock 6-2 211 Fr Marion (Marion SC) 2.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] K George Bloom 6-1 163 Fr Chapin (Chapin SC) 1.5 of 3.5 [Accuracy] P Lukas Parr 6-3 190 Jr Antelope Valley College (Lancaster CA) 4.5 of 5.0 [Power] P Andrew Fitzpatrick 6-4 188 Fr Thomasville (Thomasville, NC) 1.0 of 3.5 [Power] While it’s somewhat lacking in high-end talent, a majority of Coastal’s players will be solid at the collegiate level. 4.0* prospects Joleon Pratt and Jason Lunsford will likely play as soon as they step on campus. Cornerback Mamadou Cooper projects to be the number one CB right away as current number one John Mitchell will be graduating. There was also a clear focus on improving special teams with this class. Freshman punter Andrew Fitzpatrick will likely redshirt with JuCo product Lukas Parr ready to take over the reins right away. Kicker George Bloom looks to be the starter right away as Coastal was just 54% on field goals this season. Wide receiver Dillon Crocker doesn’t seem to have the potential that fellow receiver recruit Shamar Wiggins has, but he does seem to be more prepared to play right off the bat. And while QB Zion Stewart looks to be decently ready to go, it is assumed he will redshirt his first season in Conway as Roger Reese will be back for his senior season. As stated earlier, there doesn’t seem to be an immense amount of pro talent in this class, but it should be a nice base for coach imerman to build off of in coming years. @imerman Georgia Southern Conference Rank: 3 National Rank: 82 QB Julius Spicer 6-3 220 Fr Westside (Macon GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Scrambling] QB Marcus Keating 6-0 220 Fr North Forsyth (Cumming GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Scrambling] FB Derek Dowling 6-1 259 Fr Biloxi (Biloxi MS) 1.0 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] WR Trevor Hobbs Jr. 6-5 201 Fr Warner Robins (Warner Robins GA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Target] WR Daniel Tinsley 6-4 205 Fr Northwest Whitfield ( GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Target] TE Luca DeVries 6-3 196 Fr Mitchell-Baker (Camilla GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Receiving] OT Marlon Warren 6-2 269 Fr Wilcox County (Rochelle GA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Captain Diggs-Lundy 6-1 302 Fr Northeast (Macon GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] C Antowaine Greer 6-1 277 Fr Druid Hills (Atlanta GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] DE Lamont Pryor 6-1 253 Fr North Hall (Gainesville GA) 2.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] DE Nathan Dotson 6-1 263 Fr Grady (Atlanta GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] DE Khiry Humphrey 6-1 244 Fr North Atlanta (Atlanta GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] DT Mohamed Dickerson 6-1 280 Fr Irwin County (Ocilla GA) 1.0 of 4.0 [1-Gap] OLB Andrew Dasilva 6-2 221 Fr Redan (Stone Mountain GA) 2.5 of 3.5 [Coverage] OLB Connor Harding 6-3 219 Fr North Forsyth (Cumming GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Coverage] ILB Cooper Mallory 6-4 238 Fr Tucker (Tucker GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Mike] ILB Mayer Moser 6-3 257 Fr Northwest Whitfield ( GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Mike] CB Brayden McLaughlin 6-0 185 Fr Loganville (Loganville GA) 1.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] CB Terrell Edwards 6-2 171 Fr Pope (Marietta GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] FS Dillon Oates 5-11 197 Fr Schley County (Ellaville GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] SS James Giordano III 5-11 192 Fr Warner Robins (Warner Robins GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] The top class in the Sun Belt is large and fairly talented as well. The Eagles scooped up too giant receivers to hold down the group for years to come. Trevor Hobbs will be tough for every corner in the Sun Belt with his monstrous 6-5 frame and Daniel Tinsley isn’t much smaller coming in at 6-4. They also picked up two bookend tackles in 4.0* Marlon Warren and all-name team candidate Captain Diggs-Lundy. Georgia Southern was very defense-focused this class. They picked up a 3.5*+ at every position, meaning this unit will be rock-solid in a few short seasons. OLB Andrew Dasilva has a strong chance to start immediately with current starter Tyron Bonilla heading towards graduation. Lamont Pryor has a chance to crack the starting rotation, but that’s more of a long shot. They also were able to keep DT Mohamed Dickerson in-state, keeping him away from SEC foe South Carolina. This class is very well-rounded, so I feel there’s a good chance we’ll become familiar with most of these names over the coming seasons. @TheWritingWaffle Texas State Conference Rank: 4 National Rank: 86 ATH Kareem Ware 6-0 226 Fr Bryan (Bryan TX) 1.0 of 4.0 [Hybrid] RB Jake Butcher 5-6 207 Fr Roma (Roma TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Power] WR Miguel Madrigal 5-10 193 Fr Robert E. Lee (Midland TX) 1.5 of 4.0 [Speed] WR Shia Gold 6-0 198 Fr Wink (Wink TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Target] WR Bart Oreilly 6-0 172 Fr Bonham (Bonham TX) 2.5 of 3.0 [Speed] TE Troy Nobles 6-2 231 Fr Johnson City (Johnson City TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blocking] OT Brody Reagan 6-1 284 Fr Tarkington (Cleveland TX) 1.5 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] OG Julius Stern 6-5 279 Fr Hico (Hico TX) 3.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] OG Henry Castle 6-3 263 Fr Wink (Wink TX) 1.5 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] OG Jake Seaman 6-4 306 Fr Brackett (Brackettville TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] C Jason Ross 6-2 286 Fr Port Neches-Groves (Port Neches TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] DE Gerald Johnson 6-6 256 Fr Eden (Eden TX) 2.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] OLB Buster McKinnon 5-11 229 Fr Northland Christian (Houston TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] ILB Chris Mullins 6-1 223 Fr Pampa (Pampa TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Will] ILB Isiah Atkins 6-3 227 Fr Willowridge (Sugar Land TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Will] CB Akiem Steward 6-2 170 Fr Riverside (Reserve LA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] CB Olivier Shields 6-2 187 Fr Tarkington (Cleveland TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] FS Joshua Oglesby 5-10 218 Fr River Road (Amarillo TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] FS Keenan English 5-10 204 Fr Rising Star (Rising Star TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] While it may not live up to coach rabidsnowman’s lofty standards, this is still a pretty nice class for Texas State. 4.0*s Kareem Ware and Miguel Madrigal will likely be one of the top QB-WR combos in the Sun Belt in just a couple seasons. The Bobcats added two other solid receiver options: Bart Oreilly is the kind of guy who can make an impact right away, and Shia Gold should be solid after developing for a few seasons. The offensive line is getting a couple of immediate upgrades in tackle Brody Reagan and guard Julius Stern. Texas State also got solid guys at every level of the defense. 4.0* defensive end Gerald Johnson will be a great addition to an offensive line that already includes Sun Belt first teamers Ryan Starling and Jeremy Spears. Will linebacker Chris Mullins and FS Joshua Oglesby will both be relied upon in a few seasons. The Bobcats’ future continues to look bright with two solid classes in a row. It’s hard to believe we won’t see these guys at the top of the Sun Belt West at some point in the next few years. @rabidsnowman Louisiana-Monroe Conference Rank: 5 National Rank: 88 QB Hudson Price 6-7 192 Fr Roscoe (Roscoe TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pocket] FB Javorius Finney 5-10 206 Fr Northland Christian (Houston TX) 2.5 of 2.5 [Pass Blocking] WR Miguel Vargas-Jimenez 6-0 223 Fr Acapulco ( Mexico) 1.0 of 3.5 [Target] WR Vic Parrish 6-1 226 Fr Rayville (Rayville LA) 2.5 of 3.0 [Target] OT DeSean Rice 6-3 278 Fr St. Joseph (Brownsville TX) 2.5 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Jonas Guinn 6-3 307 Fr Franklinton (Franklinton LA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] OG Philip Jackson 6-6 274 Fr Rising Star (Rising Star TX) 3.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] OG Kasper Andersen 6-1 326 Fr Aarhus ( Denmark) 2.5 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] C Arno Degenaar 6-1 303 Fr Port Elizabeth (South Africa) 1.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] DT Brian Zaragoza 6-4 315 Fr Hahnville (Boutte LA) 3.0 of 3.5 [2-Gap] DT Lese Polumanialu 6-4 283 Fr Mandeville (Mandeville LA) 1.0 of 3.5 [2-Gap] OLB Christian Walker 6-2 227 Fr J.S. Clark (Opelousas LA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Coverage] ILB Reece Matthews 6-2 249 Jr Wallace State Community College (Hanceville AL) 3.5 of 4.5 [mike] ILB Jason Harmon 6-1 228 Fr W.B. Travis (Austin TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Mike] ILB Nicholas Seitz 5-11 212 Fr Robert E. Lee (Baytown TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Will] ILB Eli Kendricks 6-3 246 Fr Woodsboro (Woodsboro TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Mike] CB Adrian Joyner 6-1 176 Fr Central Catholic (Morgan City LA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] FS Buster Myles 6-2 220 Fr Mission San Jose (Fremont CA) 2.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] SS Odel Goins 5-11 205 Fr Greenhill (Dallas TX) 1.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] K Robert Mccauley 6-1 170 Fr Taylor County (Butler GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Accuracy] LS Louis Wahl 6-1 237 Fr Prestonwood Christian Academy ( TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Traditional] Coming in with the fifth ranked class in the Sun Belt is jared2001usa and the ULM Warhawks. There was a clear emphasis on bringing guys in that could play and make an impact right away. Offensive guards Phillip Jackson and Kasper Andersen are players that will be immediate upgrades for the Warhawks in the trenches. Defensively, there are multiple immediate impact players: DT Brian Zaragoza, OLB Christian Walker, and JuCo stud ILB Reece Matthews. While all will likely be starting, Matthews will be an absolute force for the Warhawks these next two years. In the secondary the Warhawks nabbed CB Adrian Joyner and SS Odel Goins who project to be solid starters. If it weren’t for freshman starter FS Lamont Brooks having a breakout year, incoming recruit Buster Myles could have a chance at starting, but looks to just be a steady backup at this point. Overall, this was a very good class for the Warhawks, as they’ll be making an impact from 2023 all the way until they graduate. @jared2001usa Georgia State Conference Rank: 6 National Rank: 92 QB Miles Parnell 6-3 235 Fr Loganville (Loganville GA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Pocket] RB Wendell Simpkins 5-9 175 Fr Hatton (Town Creek AL) 1.5 of 3.0 [Speed] ATH Aaron Piper 6-3 245 Fr Wayne County (Jessup GA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] WR Bill Myers 6-0 220 Fr North Forsyth (Cumming GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Target] WR Shawntez Monroe 6-2 167 Fr North Atlanta (Atlanta GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Speed] TE Matthew Hanna 6-2 240 Fr Warner Robins (Warner Robins GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blocking] OG Jonas Rushing 6-3 305 Fr North Atlanta (Atlanta GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] DT Logan Purvis 6-1 281 Fr Northside (Jacksonville NC) 1.0 of 3.5 [1-Gap] DT Jamari Moses 6-2 297 Fr Seneca (Seneca SC) 1.0 of 3.5 [1-Gap] OLB Dontae Willis 6-2 234 Fr Irwin County (Ocilla GA) 3.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] OLB Amara Bennett 5-11 218 Fr Thomas County Central ( GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Coverage] ILB Ben Massey 6-2 232 Fr Putnam County (Eatonton GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Mike] CB Keenan Chavis 6-0 195 Fr North Atlanta (Atlanta GA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] FS Brian Wiley 5-10 193 Fr North Atlanta (Atlanta GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] Georgia State picked up a solid class this time around, despite not having a coach for about half of the season. The best player in this class is also the most confusing. 4.5* athlete Aaron Piper is a great blocker, but seems a little light to be placed on the offensive line. It will be interesting to see where new coach AYoung21 wants to play him. There will be two spots opening on the offensive line that graded out as best in the Sun Belt in 2022, so it seems as though one may be Piper’s for the taking. 4.0* QB Miles Parnell is a nice pickup, but is raw and probably won’t see the field for a few seasons as Zachary Mattson will likely be a four year starter. Outside linebacker Dontae Willis a guy who should be able to step on the field and play right away with GSU losing current starter Jasiah Lovett to graduation. And while CB Keenan Chavis doesn’t look to have a very high ceiling, he will be able to step in and be a number two corner right away. Despite only getting 14 recruits, most of this class should see the field in their Panther careers, even if that just means special teams action. @AYoung21 Louisiana-Lafayette Conference Rank: 7 National Rank: 93 RB Hunter Spears Jr. 5-6 193 Fr LaSalle (Olla LA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Speed] WR Rakeem Brown 6-2 230 Jr Northwest Florida State College (Niceville FL) 4.0 of 4.5 [Target] WR Hayden Shanks 6-2 207 Fr Eden (Eden TX) 2.5 of 2.5 [Target] TE JaWuan Darby 6-5 196 Fr Farmerville (Farmerville LA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] OT Ned Murdock 6-2 288 Fr Baker (Baker LA) 1.5 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Omar Baron 6-1 274 Fr Huntsville (Huntsville TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] C Tank Smallwood 6-3 299 Fr Riverside (Reserve LA) 1.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] C Kai Avery 6-4 280 Fr Amite (Amite LA) 1.0 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] DE Benjamin Sample 6-6 269 Fr Brackett (Brackettville TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Contain] DT Alepati Aveau 6-2 317 Fr Goliad (Goliad TX) 2.0 of 3.0 [1-Gap] ILB Oscar Harkins 6-0 222 Fr Woodsboro (Woodsboro TX) 1.0 of 2.5 [Will] CB Terrell Small 6-0 181 Fr Rayville (Rayville LA) 1.5 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] CB DeSean Davis 6-1 170 Fr Hazel Green (Hazel Green AL) 1.0 of 2.5 [Man Coverage] FS Reshad Small 6-0 219 Fr Comanche (Comanche TX) 1.5 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] SS Jeremiah Willingham 5-11 215 Fr Eden (Eden TX) 1.0 of 2.5 [Man Coverage] P Daniel Switzer 5-8 179 Fr Metairie Park Country Day ( LA) 2.0 of 2.0 [Accuracy] Louisiana-Lafayette’s 16-man class looks to be pretty good at the top, headlined by JuCo WR Rakeem Brown. Texas State coach rabidsnowman put it well when he said “Brown is practically a TE playing WR. He’s going to be a difficult assignment for any Sun Belt corner to cover” . ULL signed a pair of 4.0*s to the offense as well. OT Ned Murdock has a good shot at starting right away. His competition will be 3.0* sophomore Peter Cook, so it will be interesting to see if coach Dr_Novella values more: experience or potential? Tight end JuWuan Darby is the other 4.0* who also looks like he’ll have a good shot at starting. Current starter George Green will be graduating, leaving the position open for Darby’s taking. 3.0*/3.0* RB Hunter Spears will be a nice game-ready backup for senior-to-be starter Raymond Herrera. The rest of this class is fairly underwhelming. There are a couple guys who should be solid starters at some point in their Cajun careers, but there are also a couple who shouldn’t see the field. Coach Novella will have to make the most of his high-end talent. @Dr_Novella Arkansas State Conference Rank: 8 National Rank: 113 RB Quincy Key 5-11 214 Fr Watertown (Watertown TN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Power] RB Peter Woodward 5-7 212 Fr Chalmette (Chalmette LA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Power] FB Nigel Stewart 5-10 241 Fr Lake Highland Prep (Orlando FL) 1.0 of 2.0 [Pass Blocking] WR Abe Levesque 6-2 174 Fr Copiah Academy (Gallman MS) 2.0 of 3.0 [Speed] WR Elijah Stephens 6-0 201 Fr Pineville (Pineville LA) 2.0 of 3.0 [Target] WR Quincy Yarbrough 6-1 218 Fr Mandeville (Mandeville LA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Target] WR Antonio Montgomery 6-1 219 Fr Central (Little Rock AR) 1.5 of 2.5 [Target] WR Brayden Riley 6-4 176 Fr Broomfield (Broomfield CO) 1.0 of 2.5 [Speed] TE Anthony Dunbar 6-4 213 Fr Marlboro County (Bennettsville SC) 1.0 of 2.5 [Receiving] OT Solomon McConnell 6-1 287 Fr William Blount (Maryville TN) 1.0 of 2.0 [Pass Blocking] OG David Eller 6-5 298 Fr J.D. Leftwich (Magazine AR) 1.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] OG Adrian Driver 6-5 323 Fr Whitehaven (Memphis TN) 1.5 of 2.0 [Pass Blocking] DE Malachi McCain 6-6 257 Fr Central (Little Rock AR) 1.0 of 4.0 [Contain] DT Ibrahima Spikes 6-7 333 Fr Senatobia (Senatobia MS) 2.0 of 3.0 [2-Gap] ILB Nathan Addison 6-2 237 Fr Troy (Troy OH) 1.0 of 2.5 [Mike] CB Hakeem Mayberry 6-1 203 Fr Dardanelle (Dardanelle AR) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] CB Steven Pickens 6-0 194 Fr Central Arkansas Christian ( AR) 1.5 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] ATH Javorius Eason 5-10 191 Fr Central Catholic (Morgan City LA) 2.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] FS Roman Noonan 5-11 190 Fr Lake Providence (Lake Providence LA) 1.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] FS Lamont Berry 6-2 186 Fr Deer Park (Cincinnati OH) 3.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] P Shane Whittington 6-2 155 Fr Carroll (Monroe LA) 2.0 of 3.0 [Accuracy] After having a solid year on the field, Arkansas State was able to pull in a full 21-man recruiting class. The crown jewel of the class is DE Malachi McCain who should hold down the defensive line for years to come. As of right now it looks like McCain should have a good chance to start in his freshman season. He could be joined by monstrous DT Ibrahima Spikes. With current starter Omari Chaney graduating, this behemoth has a great opportunity to jump in right away. The Red Wolves’ secondary will be rock solid for the next few years because of this class. Free safety Lamont Berry and athlete Javorius Eason look like guys that can step in and make an impact right away, while FS Roman Noonan and CB Hakeem Mayberry look like guys that will be good starters in a season or two. Arkansas State also pulled in a nice power back from Tennessee in Quincy Key. He should be a nice workhorse back for the Red Wolves after likely redshirting in the 2023 season. The rest of this class should provide nice depth for the Red Wolves as they look to remain near the top of the Sun Belt West. @Youngdunc15 Troy Conference Rank: 9 National Rank: 120 QB Theodore Bartlett 6-1 212 Fr Spain Park (Hoover AL) 3.0 of 3.5 [Pocket] RB Dillon Shaver 6-1 205 Fr Westbrook Christian ( AL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Power] WR Julian Warren 6-5 224 Fr Shades Valley (Irondale AL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Target] TE Lukas Harlow 6-1 204 Fr Warren County (McMinnville TN) 1.0 of 3.0 [Receiving] OT Wesley Westbrook 6-7 297 Fr Spring Hill (Columbia TN) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Jon Marks 6-1 326 Fr Whitefield Academy (Mableton GA) 2.5 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] OT Oliver Crook 6-2 290 Fr North Forsyth (Cumming GA) 2.5 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] OT Garrett Christianson 6-6 321 Fr Moss Point (Moss Point MS) 2.0 of 2.5 [Pass Blocking] OG Lukas Warren 6-6 320 Fr Prattville (Prattville AL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] DE Michael Stubbs 6-6 254 Fr Jemison (Jemison AL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] DE Adrian McNeil 6-6 259 Fr Lawrence County (Moulton AL) 2.0 of 3.0 [Contain] DE Warwick Dunbar 6-1 263 Fr Wenonah (Birmingham AL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Contain] DE LaRon Rouse 6-3 246 Fr Slocomb (Slocomb AL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Contain] DT Ronnie McClain 6-5 332 Fr R.E. Lee (Montgomery AL) 1.0 of 3.5 [2-Gap] DT Avery Guillory 6-3 306 Fr Brentwood Academy (Brentwood TN) 1.0 of 3.0 [1-Gap] ILB Shawn Gamble 6-1 263 Fr LaFayette (LaFayette GA) 2.0 of 3.5 [Mike] ILB Nathan Pease 6-2 244 Fr West (Knoxville TN) 1.0 of 3.0 [Will] FS Rocco DeLaney 5-10 205 Fr Sullivan East (Bluff City TN) 1.5 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] K Ryan Fatu 5-7 221 Fr Taylor County (Butler GA) 1.5 of 3.0 [Power] P Franklin Reynolds 5-7 163 Fr Curry (Jasper AL) 1.5 of 3.0 [Accuracy] PR Brandon Rosenthal 6-1 205 Fr Fayette Academy (Somerville TN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Specialist] Troy hit the trail hard this season, pulling in a full class of 3.0*s and 3.5*s. Quarterback Theodore Bartlett is the kind of guy that could step in and play right away, but with Jose Lynn returning for his senior season it seems unlikely that he’ll play his freshman year. Troy currently is not very talented at the receiver position meaning big-bodied target Julian Warren could see playing time immediately. Same goes for incoming mike linebacker Shawn Gamble. Troy’s top two ILBs are graduating, meaning he’ll likely have to step up. The Trojans got quite a bit better at defensive end, adding raw 3.5* Michael Stubbs and game-ready 3.0* Adrian McNeil. While they are used to different schemes, they are upgrades to what Troy currently has, so I’m sure coach Maverick is thrilled. Overall this was a really solid class for Troy. There isn’t really any top-end, pro-potential talent, but most of the class will likely make some sort of impact in their Trojan career. @Maverick Appalachian State Conference Rank: 10 National Rank: 133 QB Skah Brink 6-4 224 Fr Union City (Union City TN) 2.5 of 3.5 [Pocket] QB Brandon Moody 6-5 224 Fr Hertford County (Ahoskie NC) 1.0 of 2.5 [Scrambling] RB Ajani Martin 5-10 190 Fr Fairmont (Fairmont NC) 1.0 of 3.0 [Speed] WR Andrew Dawkins 6-1 209 Fr Cummings (Burlington NC) 1.0 of 3.5 [Target] WR Dominique Mayberry 6-1 153 Fr Male (Louisville KY) 1.0 of 2.5 [Speed] TE Julius Person 6-0 243 Fr Lamar (Lamar SC) 1.5 of 2.5 [Blocking] TE Tanielu Fatu 6-3 201 Fr Thomasville (Thomasville NC) 1.0 of 2.5 [Receiving] OT Bobby Keller 6-4 278 Fr Western Alamance (Elon College NC) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Luca Warner 6-1 321 Fr Dreher (Columbia SC) 1.5 of 2.0 [Run Blocking] DE Anquan Bonner 6-0 266 Fr McCormick (McCormick SC) 1.0 of 3.0 [Contain] DE Dylan Madrid 6-6 236 Fr Jacksonville (Jacksonville NC) 1.0 of 2.0 [Contain] DT Amral Glover 6-2 295 Fr Schley County (Ellaville GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [1-Gap] DT Mateo Benson 6-3 309 Fr Calhoun Falls (Calhoun Falls SC) 1.0 of 3.0 [1-Gap] DT Jonathan Winslow 6-6 273 Fr Calhoun Falls (Calhoun Falls SC) 1.5 of 2.5 [1-Gap] DT Alan Burgos 6-4 292 Fr Coshocton (Coshocton OH) 1.0 of 2.5 [2-Gap] OLB Jayden Tillman 6-0 242 Fr Eastern Guilford (Gibsonville NC) 1.5 of 3.0 [Coverage] ILB Kayden Whitfield 6-1 216 Fr Grady (Atlanta GA) 2.5 of 3.5 [Will] ILB Adam Kirk 6-3 214 Fr Lake Highland Prep (Orlando FL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Will] CB Hakeem Redd 6-0 185 Fr Dreher (Columbia SC) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] K Jack LeBlanc 5-7 200 Fr Orangeburg-Wilkinson (Orangeburg SC) 1.0 of 3.0 [Power] LS Shane Block 6-2 267 Fr North Forsyth (Cumming GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Traditional] As is the theme for a lot of Sun Belt teams, there isn’t much top-end talent in this Appalachian State recruiting class. Quarterback Skah Brink is a really nice pickup, but he will have to battle current starter Hernando Cortez and Connecticut transfer Kareem Witherspoon if he wants to be the starter right away. Inside linebacker Kayden Whitfield should be a day one starter if Zach McNeal stays at OLB in 2023. Ajani Martin could start at tailback from day one as their current top two running backs are graduating and the next best on the roster is just a 2.5*. Dawkins should be a solid receiver after a year or two of development. This class should be slightly concerning to the Mountaineer faithful as they were able to reel in just three 3.5* players with the rest being 3.0* or below. Hopefully the next App State head coach will be able to make the most of the least talented class in the Sun Belt. @ Someone please apply
  4. About where I figured I'd be
  5. Hard to be upset with this result. I knew I wouldn't be able to stop both Thibodeaux and Flowers and I didn't really stop either. My offense played alright given the circumstances. GG
  6. Sun Belt Conference Awards Player of the Year - QB Eugene Salas, 358-604, 59.27%, 3,924 yards, 35 TDs, 7 INTs, 130.65 QBR Offensive Player of the Year - QB Eugene Salas Defensive Player of the Year - CB Jason Morton, 24 tkls, 9 ints, 5 PD, 2 TDs Freshman of the Year - RB Amadou Jackson, 962 yards, 4.72 YPC, 15 TDs, 1 FUM, 4 100 yard games Offensive Freshman of the Year - RB Amadou Jackson, 962 yards, 4.72 YPC, 15 TDs, 1 FUM, 4 100 yard games Defensive Freshman of the Year - DT Jeremy Spears, 27 tkls, 8 tfl, 7.5 sks Offensive Lineman of the Year - OT Ben Boggs, 3.96 OL rating Defensive Lineman of the Year - DT Jeremy Spears, 27 tkls, 8 tfl, 7.5 sks Coach of the Year - imerman, Sun Belt East champion Quarterback of the Year - QB Eugene Salas Running Back of the Year - Ray Jay Dougherty, 1,084 yards, 4.54 YPC, 14 TDs, 4 FUM, 7 100 yard games Defensive Back of the Year - CB Jason Morton Linebacker of the Year - OLB Jeff Evans, 50 tkls, 1 sk, 7 PD Receiver of the Year - Roscoe Bishop, 104 catches, 1,302 yards, 14 TDs, 10 drops, 0 FUM Tight End of the Year - Abdoul Brinson, 41 catches, 471 yards, 7 TDs, 3 drops Kicker of the Year - Phillip Long, 100% XP, 78.6% FG Punter of the Year - Gregory McGowan, 38.45 average Return Specialist of the Year - WR Jermaine Jennings, 1,137 total return yards Media of the Year - Sun Belt Title Scenarios, @jared2001usa Media Writer of the Year - @imerman All-Sun Belt Teams 1st Team QB: Eugene Salas RB: Ray Jay Dougherty RB: Amadou Jackson WR: Roscoe Bishop WR: Troy Buckley TE: Abdoul Brinson OT: Ben Boggs OT: Sawyer Dobbs OG: Terrell Oliver OG: Matthew Jones C: Samuel Cornell DE: Thomas Newsome DE: Ryan Starling DT: Jeremy Spears DT: Caleb Chavis OLB: Jeff Evans OLB: Tristan Norman ILB: John Small ILB: Kareem Fulton CB: Jason Morton CB: Zahir Vereen FS: Lamont Brooks SS: Daniel Crawford K: Phillip Long P: Gregory McGowan KR: Jermaine Jennings PR: Thomas Hough 2nd Team: QB: Martin Johnson RB: Cesar Tellez RB: Raymond Herrera WR: Peter Kolb WR: Lawrence Strange TE: Cyrus Christensen OT: Nicholas Forrester OT: Patrick Britton OG: Eddie Montalvo OG: Elliot Jensen C: Thomas Dougherty DE: Adam Wright DE: Damian Saenz DT: Shane Gallegos DT: Donald Lynch OLB: Kenneth Jones OLB: Tyron Bonilla ILB: Julien Grubb ILB: Carl Booth CB: Henry Parker CB: Corey Flaherty FS: Samuel Hobson SS: John Clark K: Jeremy Adams P: Felix Branham KR: Lavonte Stovall PR: Armani Toledo
  7. Congrats @Dr_Novella! While the loss stings, winning two conference championships in a row is a huge deal. Best of luck in your bowl game!
  8. Great write-up. I'll be very surprised if this game is decided by more than one possession for either team.
  9. imerman

    TheSam

    This seems like a much better option
  10. What has Wake Forest been putting in their gatorade the last couple weeks?
  11. imerman

    [2022] Week #15 - FNF

    Wow took a huge second half comeback but we're officially Sun Belt East champs! Couldn't be prouder of how this team performed this season.
  12. imerman

    [2022] Week #15 - TNF

    Congrats @Dr_Novella on two division championships in a row! Hopefully we'll meet again in the title game.
  13. imerman

    [2022] Week #13 - TNF

    That's a huge win for us. Now just need to win one of App State and Georgia Southern to go bowling
  14. Vote here for the Week 12 Sun Belt power rankings! https://goo.gl/forms/b89xdmZCfq94HL4w1 Here are the updated standings with last week's results: East Troy 3-6 (3-2) Bye Coastal Carolina 4-5 (2-3) vs. Georgia State W 31-13 Georgia State 3-6 (2-3) at Coastal Carolina L 13-31 Appalachian State 1-8 (1-4) vs. Texas State L 20-24 Georgia Southern 1-8 (0-5) at Arkansas State L 10-35 West Louisiana-Lafayette 4-5 (4-1) Bye South Alabama 5-4 (4-1) at Louisiana-Monroe W 24-16 Arkansas State 6-3 (4-1) vs. Georgia Southern W 35-10 Texas State 3-6 (3-2) at Appalachian State W 24-20 Louisiana-Monroe 2-7 (2-3) vs. South Alabama L 16-24
  15. imerman

    [2022] Week #12 - FNF

    Wasn't expecting that at all, but it's definitely exciting to see my team dominate. GG @JustinQuan
  16. 1. (40) Arkansas State Red Wolves (5-3, 3-1 Sun Belt) Change: 0 Last week: Bye Positives: Arkansas State continues to look the part as the top dog in the conference (although there are a couple teams catching up). Georgia Southern should pose almost zero threat to the surging Red Wolves. Negatives: They did have a bye week, so maybe there's a little lost momentum, but I just don't see any way they fall to the Eagles at home. What’s next: vs. Georgia Southern 2. (36) Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (4-5, 4-1 Sun Belt) Change: 0 Last week: vs. Texas State W 31-17 Positives: The Cajuns are really starting to hit their stride in conference play. After the devastating Troy loss, they've gotten two big wins in a row. The offense wasn't going to let anyone get in their way in this one. Andrew Ruiz was an efficient 20/30 for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns. Running back Raymond Herrera posted a nice line of 23/125/2 including a 38 yard touchdown in the third quarter. And the defense stayed strong enough to ensure victory for Lafayette. ULL is now in sole possession of first place in the West division race. Negatives: Louisiana-Lafayette has some tough games to end the year. After the bye week, they have away games against Coastal Carolina and Arkansas State and then get heated rival Louisiana-Monroe at home. They should have an easier time against Coastal and ULM than Arkansas State, but they are anything but guaranteed victories. Lafayette should be able to make a bow as long as they don't make any mistakes. What’s next: Bye 3. (32) South Alabama Jaguars (4-4, 3-1 Sun Belt) Change: 0 Last week: Bye  Positives: South Alabama is still a really solid team despite falling to ULL two weeks ago. They should have their heads on straight following the bye week and I expect them to come out angry against ULM. Negatives: The game is on the road which may make things slightly tougher for the Jaguars. A loss here would essentially eliminate them in the Sun Belt West race.  What’s next: at Louisiana-Monroe 4. (26) Georgia State Panthers (3-5, 3-2 Sun Belt) Change: +2 Last week: vs. Appalachian State W 24-9 Positives: After I had been bashing him the first few weeks of the season, Zachary Mattson has started to look really good for the Panthers. He totaled 239 total yards by himself to go along with 2 touchdowns in this one. Running back Samuel Coyne added 111 yards and a touchdown of his own to solidify the overall offensive performance. Georgia State is now in a decent position for a bowl game if they can navigate the rest of their schedule without tripping up more than twice and I think they'll be able to do just that. Negatives: They didn't score as many points as I would've expected, but they played fairly conservatively in order to make sure they wouldn't lose. Although the rest of their schedule looks pretty friendly, three of their last four are on the road. So far the Sun Belt has shown that anybody can beat anybody so it'll be tough to make it through that schedule unscathed. They start with what looks like the Week 12 Sun Belt game of the week as they take on Coastal Carolina. What's next: at Coastal Carolina 5. (22) Troy Trojans (3-6, 3-2 Sun Belt) Change: +2 Last week: vs. Georgia Southern W 28-18 Positives: Troy has started to look really good at just the right time. This win puts them in first place in the East division. The offense looked almost unstoppable as they gained 371 yards of offense and didn't turn the ball over at all. Jose Lynn looked like a true dual threat, gaining 190 yards with 2 touchdowns through the air and 72 yards and a touchdown on the ground. They won't be out disciplined either as they were penalized just 4 times for 26 yards. Negatives: They weren't able to do much of anything in the first or fourth quarters. If they can't start fast or finish strong, it may hinder their ability to win the East. They also gave up quite a few yards to a pretty bad Georgia Southern offense. Their last three games they play some pretty solid offenses so they'll have to shore that up pretty quickly. It's unfortunate they have a bye this week as they have started to build some momentum. What’s next: Bye 6. (21) Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (3-5, 1-3 Sun Belt) Change: -2 Last week: Bye Positives: The bye week gives the sputtering Chanticleers a chance to regain some momentum and go for bowl eligibility. They're lucky that they get Georgia State at home otherwise I'd be pretty pessimistic in their chances. Negatives: The offense has not been good as of late and Georgia State has got some momentum coming into this one. Coastal will have to be on their A-game to beat the Panthers at home. What’s next: vs. Georgia State T7. (14) Texas State Bobcats (2-6, 2-2 Sun Belt) Change: -2 Last week: at Louisiana-Lafayette L 17-31 Positives: While the results of the games haven't exactly went in Texas State's favor, they've had some young players stand out this year to give fans hope for the future. One of these players is monstrous freshman defensive tackle Jeremy Spears. I know I've talked about him before, but it's impressive how much he appears on statsheets as a DT in a 3-4 scheme. The 6-7 334 Woodsboro, TX native had 4 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and a sack agains the Cajuns. Even if the Texas State faithful don't have much to praise this season, they have plenty to look forward to. Negatives: I'm not sure the defense was aware when this game started as ULL jumped out to a 14-0 lead almost immediately. As the game went on they started to play better, but at that point the offense was too far behind and was forced to be one dimensional and David O'Rourke does not thrive in those situations. I'm sure coach rabidsnowman wasn't expecting a bowl at this point, but this loss pretty much guarantees the Bobcats won't be bowling this year. What’s next: at Appalachian State T7. (14) Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (2-6, 2-2 Sun Belt) Change: +1 Last week: Bye Positives: Getting a bye week to prepare for one of the best teams in the conference is never a bad thing. They also get the Jaguars at home, so anything could happen. If Martin Johnson has a big day, I could see ULM having a chance. Negatives: South Alabama also had a bye and have also been a much better team to this point, so I'd be surprised if Louisiana-Monroe pulls this one out. What’s next: vs. South Alabama 9. (7) Georgia Southern Eagles (1-7, 0-4 Sun Belt) Change: 0 Last week: at Troy L 18-28 Positives: The offense actually played fairly well despite not having a coach. Ian Sorensen threw a pick, but also went 20/38 for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns. Freshmen Ali Still and Jude Herring were disruptive, with each sacking Troy quarterback Jose Lynn once. Despite their troubles this season, Georgia Southern has the top recruiting class in the conference and should look good for years to come. Negatives: Well despite the optimism last week about the Eagles having a new coach, he has yet to appear on the job. This showed defensively for the Eagles as Troy ran and threw all over them. While I don't think I've talked about him much, JUCO product Messiah Sheppard has been anything but spectacular this year and this game added to that. He carried the ball 13 times for just 44 yards. And while I'm certain they weren't expecting a bowl, this loss officially eliminated them from contention. What’s next: at Arkansas State 10. (5) Appalachian State Mountaineers (1-7, 1-3 Sun Belt) Change: 0 Last week: at Georgia State L 9-24 Positives: They scored a touchdown and freshman LB Zach McNeal had 6 tackles. They didn't give up as many points as I thought they would. There's always next year. Other than that, this team is bad and there are few positives. Negatives: We'll start with special teams. Kicker Gary Smith missed an extra point and a field goal. The offense was anemic yet again. When you get just 159 total yards on offense it's going to be hard to win football games. It's a shame stud receiver Jermaine Jennings doesn't have a solid QB to throw him the ball as he could be a very special talent. It's probably time to start worrying about the future of Mountaineer football as they don't have much talent on the team and rank just 130th in recruiting rankings. Hopefully they can turn it around. What’s next: vs. Texas State
  17. I'm not sure if you were looking at the wrong row, but these aren't right. Goodson is my backup TE and has 21 yards on the season. Other than that, this is really awesome to get a glance at who some of the premier guys in the sun belt are!
  18. Hello everyone! Here's the poll to vote for this week's Sun Belt power rankings: https://goo.gl/forms/VWmczGKa7uCbJ66y2 And here's the updated standings with last week's results: East Troy 3-6 (3-2) vs. Georgia Southern W 28-18 Georgia State 3-5 (2-2) vs. Appalachian State W 24-9 Appalachian State 1-7 (1-3) at Georgia State L 9-24 Coastal Carolina 3-5 (1-3) Bye Georgia Southern 1-7 (0-4) at Troy L 18-28 West Louisiana-Lafayette 4-5 (4-1) vs. Texas State W 31-17 South Alabama 4-4 (3-1) Bye Arkansas State 5-3 (3-1) Bye Texas State 2-6 (2-2) at Louisiana-Lafayette L 17-31 Louisiana-Monroe 2-6 (2-2) Bye
  19. Woo bowling! I'd love to play to UAB, I think that'd be a fun matchup. Now it's time to take care of business the last few weeks so it becomes reality.
  20. imerman

    [2022] Week #11 - TNF

    Sun Belt games went pretty much as I expected them too. Georgia State's offensive line rating was unusually low for some reason though. Only surprising thing from this slate to me is the UTEP loss.
  21. I think Arkansas State will take the division and the championship too. I personally think Georgia State will take the East, but too close to tell at the moment. Right now I see you, South Alabama, Arkansas State making bowls for sure and then one or two of the five loss teams. Probably Georgia State and possibly me if I can put together an offense for the last few games.
  22. 1. (40) Arkansas State Red Wolves (5-3, 3-1 Sun Belt) Change: +1 Last week: vs. Coastal Carolina W 24-14 Positives: Salas and Bishop had yet another efficient outing for the Red Wolves. The Arkansas State defense completely shut down the Chanticleer offense, giving up less than 200 total yards. The Red Wolves really closed the game out well in the second half. It was only a 10-7 game at half, but they tightened up their defense and kept the offense humming on their way to the victory. This win sets up the Red Wolves nicely for the rest of the season. After the bye three of their last four games are at home. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Red Wolves finish with a nice nine win season. Negatives: It seems like Arkansas State should've been able to put up more points on Coastal Carolina, given how well their offense has played in previous weeks. Some of this may be due to the offensive line having just a 2.9 rating and giving up a pair of sacks. It's hard to complain too much about this offense and their defense could do no wrong in this one. Hopefully they don't lose any momentum with the bye week coming up. What’s next: Bye 2. (35) Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (3-5, 3-1 Sun Belt) Change: +3 Last week: at South Alabama W 27-16 Positives: What big win for the Ragin' Cajuns. Going into Mobile and coming out with a win was a tough task, but they got it done. ULL clearly came in with a plan to not allow the Jaguars to have anything on the ground. This plan worked out very well as they held USA running back Ray Jay Dougherty to 30 yards below his season average going into the game. With the Jaguar offense neutralized, all the Cajuns had to do was be safe with the ball on offense to win the game. This win significantly helps ULL's chances of a bowl and potentially winning the division. Negatives: With the all-out gameplan against stopping the run, Louisiana-Lafayette did give up some big plays in the passing game. Rafael Higgins was able to pass for 209 yards and a touchdown with relative ease. Coach Dr_Novella might make a point to his team to cut down on penalties too. They were penalized 7 times for 65 yards, and a reduction in that department could lead to more comfortable victories down the road. These were really sort of nitpicky things, because ULL honestly played very well this week. What’s next: vs. Texas State 3. (31) South Alabama Jaguars (4-4, 3-1 Sun Belt) Change: -2 Last week: vs. Louisiana-Lafayette L 16-27  Positives: There's no reason to panic in Mobile. The Jaguars still have the make-up of a solid team and as long as they continue to play their game the rest of the season they'll be fine. Their defense was still fairly disruptive, sacking Andrew Ruiz twice and intercepting him once. Higgins didn't have a bad day, even with Dougherty having a lousy one. They were able to find some big plays over the top of the Lafayette defense and I'm sure this is something head coach rocksaucesundae will look to continue. Negatives: This loss hurts South Alabama quite bit. They are now tied for the lead in the division and do not currently hold the tiebreaker. They'll have to win out and hope ULL loses again if they want to take the West and go to the Sun Belt championship game. Kicker Jeremy Adams missed a second quarter field goal following an interception that killed some momentum they were starting to build. It seems that if Dougherty is shut down, the offense will not function as smoothly and I'm sure this is something future opponents will take note of.  What’s next: Bye 4. (25) Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (3-5, 1-3 Sun Belt) Change: -1 Last week: at Arkansas State L 14-24 Positives: Holding Arkansas State's potent passing attack to just 24 points is no small feat. The Chants were also able to cause some disruptions in the passing game, sacking Salas twice and picking him off once. Of Coastal Carolina's four remaining games, the two toughest are at home, which helps considerably. The loss against Troy makes it tough, but this team is still fighting for bowl eligibility and this bye week should give them some time to get their heads on straight. Negatives: This offense has been bad pretty much all year, save for the Texas State game. This contest was no different. Coastal failed to muster up even 200 yards of offense and that's just not a winning formula against arguably the best offense in the Sun Belt. Reese threw two more costly picks, giving Arkansas State great field position. It may be time for Coach imerman to question whether Reese is the right guy for the job. If Coastal drops their next game, it may be hard for them to stay motivated the rest of the year. What’s next: Bye 5. (23) Texas State Bobcats (2-5, 2-1 Sun Belt) Change: +3 Last week: vs. Louisiana-Monroe W 24-14 Positives: This was a win Texas State really needed to keep motivation through the rest of the year. The defensive line and secondary played very well, allowing Warhawk QB Martin Johnson to throw for just 209 yards and forced two interceptions. O'Rourke and Tellez were efficient enough for their offense to put up 24 points, while only giving the ball away once. Things were really not looking good for the Bobcats to start the season, but this might be the beginning of a big turnaround for them. Negatives: The offensive line play wasn't great, posting just a 2.6 rating. RB Cesar Tellez still was only able to run for four yards a carry despite ULM having one of the lousier defenses in the league. Even with this big win for Texas State, I think their chances of winning the division or competing for a bowl game are low. They still have ULL, South Alabama, and Arkansas State left on their schedule and it'll be tough to make it through those three unscathed. What’s next: at Louisiana-Lafayette 6. (18) Georgia State Panthers (2-5, 2-2 Sun Belt) Change: +1 Last week: at Georgia Southern W 31-10 Positives: This was quite the statement game for the Panthers. They could do no wrong offensively and defensively on their way to an easy victory over their in-state rival. Georgia State raced out to a 21-3 halftime lead and never looked back. Freshman QB Zachary Mattson had a nice performance. He had 170 yards and a touchdown through the air and added 32 and a touchdown on the ground as well. This big win ties Georgia State with Troy for the lead in the East division. Negatives: Georgia State didn't really have any negatives in this one, but it's really no surprise that a team with superior talent was able to blow out a team without a coach. While this is a big win, I would pump the brakes a little bit on the Panthers. They've got five tough games remaining so there's plenty of time for something to go wrong. What's next: vs. Appalachian State 7. (17) Troy Trojans (2-6, 2-2 Sun Belt) Change: -4 Last week: vs. BYU L 10-41 Positives: This loss obviously doesn't count against them in the Sun Belt standings and that's all that really matters. The team actually played with a lot of discipline this week despite going up against a vastly superior opponent. They only committed four penalties and turned the ball over just once. Troy hosts Georgia Southern next week, who is reeling after a blowout loss to Georgia State. This is a great opportunity for Troy to stay at the top of the East division race. Negatives: It would've been nice to see Troy be a little more competitive in this one, seeing as they were starting to gain some momentum with a big win over ULL the week prior. The offense was pretty stagnant, putting together just 182 yards of offense. Jabari Sneed and the Cougar offense didn't have to try too hard to gain any yards against the Trojan defense either. They were very efficient as RB Adarius Galloway averaged over five yards a carry and Sneed throwing just ten incompletions. Fans shouldn't be too worried as this is a top 35 team they faced this week. What’s next: vs. Georgia Southern 8. (16) Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (2-6, 2-2 Sun Belt) Change: -2 Last week: at Texas State L 14-24 Positives: Freshman receiver Peter Kolb had quite nice day posting a line of 8/85/1. On a day when nobody on the offense could do much, Kolb was a nice beam of hope. Kolb wasn't the only freshman making an impact either. On the defensive side of the ball, OLB Elliott Messer totaled 6 tackles and made a stop behind the line as well. ULM gets a bye next week to prepare for a tough South Alabama team. At least they can hope for some home-field advantage. Negatives: Man oh man this offensive line needs some help. They couldn't get any sort of movement up front against these Bobcat defensive linemen. While Martin Johnson has typically been the leading playmaker for this offense, he let them down in this one. He threw for just 209 yards and turned the ball over twice. As usual, he received no help on the ground with Tion Mays carrying the ball 9 times for just 21 yards. The Warhawks now have to win out to have any chance at a bowl and I just don't see that happening. What’s next: Bye 9. (8) Georgia Southern Eagles (1-6, 0-3 Sun Belt) Change: 0 Last week: vs. Georgia State L 10-31 Positives: Three of the four defensive players are all underclassmen. Once these guys get some more experience, this Georgia Southern defense could terrorize the East division for years to come. Another good thing is that these awful performances shouldn't persist too much longer. After being coachless for just a week, Georgia Southern welcomed in a new, but experienced coach. Best of luck to him as he takes over the reigns for the Eagles. Negatives: Getting trounced by your in-state rival at home is obviously not ideal. The offense couldn't get anything going as RB Messiah Sheppard had just 3.5 yards per carry and QB Ian Sorensen threw two picks. The defense also had absolutely no answer for the Georgia State offense. By halftime the game had basically already been decided. If Georgia Southern has any aspirations of salvaging this season, there needs to be better performance on both sides of the ball starting at Troy next week. What’s next: at Troy 10. (7) Appalachian State Mountaineers (1-6, 1-2 Sun Belt) Change: 0 Last week: Bye Positives: Appalachian State got a bye week to prepare for Georgia State, who are coming off a huge rivalry win against Georgia Southern. Negatives: The Mountaineers are now coachless. This typically means teams perform worse, but Appalachian State already wasn't great so it'll be interesting to see how this turns out. What’s next: at Georgia State
  23. Base starting skills Offense: 10 Defense: 10 Special Teams: 10 Clock Mgmt: 10 Discipline: 10 Youth Mgmt: 10 CFBHC Career: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (2022-present) NFLHC Career: Los Angeles Rams Scout (2022-present) Achievements: N/A
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