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Potential starters for 2014:
LEO: Corey Vereen, So
DT: Trevarris Saulsberry, (R)Jr
NT: Danny O'Brien, (R)So
DE: Davante Lambert, Jr
OLB: Curt Maggitt, Sr
MLB: AJ Johnson, Sr
OLB: Chris Weatherd, Jr/Jalen Reeves-Maybin, So
CB: Justin Coleman, Sr
CB: Cameron Sutton, So
FS: Brian Randolph, (R)Jr
SS: LaDarrell McNeil, Jr
Nickel: Devaun Swaufford, So
QB: Justin Worley, Sr
RB: Marlin Lane, Sr
X WR: Kameel Jackson, Jr
Z WR: Eric Lauderdale, Jr
Slot WR: Pig Howard, Jr
TE: Brendan Downs, Sr
LT: Antonio Richardson, Sr (yes, I think Tiny stays)
LG: Marcus Jackson, (R)Jr
C: Mack Crowder, (R)Jr
RG: Dylan Wiesman, So
RT: Kyler Kerbyson (R)Jr
By position vs 2013:
DL - Improvement (Lambert and Vereen will be game-changing DEs and Saulsberry was playing better than Big Dan until he got hurt)
LB - Improvement (I think AJ returns and with a healthy Maggitt and the addition of Weatherd, we improve a lot here)
CB/S - Improvement (Getting every starter back on this secondary will make it a formidable one as they continue to develop)
QB - Improvement (I really do think that Worley will improve or that one of the freshmen will step up)
RB - Improvement (Hurd and Paulk along with Lane will be a force to be reckoned with)
WR - Improvement (Jackson and Lauderdale are immediate starters IMO and the rest of the guys will improve over time)
TE - Improvement (Downs will be a senior and Wolf and Helm will be a strong 1-2 punch along with Quinn and Branisel)
OL - Slight regression (Losing Fulton, Stone and Juwaun is going to hurt, but I think Crowder, Wiesman and Kerbyson can step up. They won't be as good as what we've had, but they'll get the job done)
***EDIT*** Schedule :
8/30 - Utah State - W (close, but I think we pull it off)
9/6 - Arkansas State - W (could be tricky for a few quarters, but we win going away in the 2nd half)
9/13 - Oklahoma - L (right now I don't think we win at their place, but anything is possible)
9/27 - Georgia - L (another loss to Mark Richt, but this one is going to be close...very close)
10/4 - Florida - L (until we win another game in this series, it's an automatic loss to me)
10/11 - UTC - W (do I really need to explain here?)
10/18 - Ole Miss - W (this series has been good to us over the years, and I think we win a close one in Oxford)
10/25 - Alabama - L (similar to Florida, until we win in the series, it's a chalked-up L every time)
11/1 - South Carolina - L (I've gone back and forth on this one but I think the Gamecocks will be too tough in Columbia)
11/15 - Kentucky - W (The Cats are two years away from being competitive in this series again)
11/22 - Missouri - W (The Tigers will not get a second consecutive win in Knoxville, mark that down)
11/29 - Vanderbilt - W (Butch re-asserts Tennessee's dominance in the series with a blowout win in Nashville)
Record: 7-5 (4-4 SEC)
Overall, I think next year's team will be better. The BIG improvement is gonna be 2015 when all these new guys have some experience, but 2014 is going to be a good year. At least to me. The future is bright, folks
This post was edited by Fear_Smokey 7 months ago
"What did he do? All he did was score!" - John Ward
Good stuff, but I think Ferguson or Dobbs will pass Worley. He may improve, but his arm is insufficient.
I wouldn't be surprised if TKjr starts a true freshman.
Jackson and Lauderdale will not start over Marquez North
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I disagree. I think Jackson and Lauderdale (Lauderdale in particular) are better than anyone we have at this point. I think Marquez will be good down the road, but I think the JUCOs pass him up. JMO.
About Worley, I wouldn't be shocked at all if Dobbs or Ferguson won the job, but for now I'm just going to bracket him in simply because he will be a year better and he'll be a senior.
And Todd Kelly could very well beat McNeil out, but McNeil's experience makes it hard for me to predict for sure that that will happen
Fair enough. Agree to disagree on North.. the others are bascially a coin toss IMO. Good topic, +1
"When we step on that football field, everyone flips a switch. And it's on..." - Butch Jones
- Lambert is a DT. He will start there.
- J. Williams will start oppo of Vereen
- If JRM looks good like he did on ST, I could see him working at OLB this year. If that's the case and he impresses I'd move Maggitt to DE, and have Bates and Weatherd fight for the last OLB spot.
- Todd Kelly or Gaulden will surpass McNeil, both are much better athletes.
- Swaufford will get passed by a better athlete, probably Evan Berry.
- Hopefully Ferguson or Dobbs beat out noodle arm.
- Jalen Hurd BETTER start over Lane. Lane and Neal are soooo mediocre.
- I think North keeps his job, but Lauderdale sounds like a stud.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by hdrizzle21 7 months ago
Agree with all of this except the Maggitt comment. Why wouldn't you want Williams and Vereen starting @ DT, with Maggitt and JRM at OLB?
I'm not the biggest Jordan Williams fan. I think Maggitt is at his best getting after the QB not playing in space running down TE's.
Ok. I guess we just disagree on Williams, then.
Other than that I thought your post was spot on.
I don't hate him, I think he's better than Jacques, I just think Maggitt could be a really good DE.
Yep, he's definitely better than Smith, and I think Maggitt would be a good pass rusher, too, I just don't know that we will have a great answer at OLB next year to replace him if he moved up to the line.
Regardless, I think Williams and Vereen (when fully healthy) should increasingly put Smith on the bench throughout this year.
I think landing the JUCO OL Blair hopefully happens. No one can tell me they feel good about our OL situation. No guarantee Tiny sticks around!
I agree. And I think it is very unlikely that Tiny stays next year.
The issue is his legs, not his arm.
I agree. I actually think AJ would be better off rushing the passer. His speed would turn into an asset.
Both IMO. His lack of mobility is a thorn in the side of this offense, but his lack of accuracy has caused us to miss several 1st down opportunies and on several occassions, the WRs have had to break stride or jump to make a catch.. where an accurate throw would have been good for additional yardage. He throws lasers when he's able to set his feet, but he doesn't have the arm strength to make up for poor mechanics when he is rushed. This is JMO. GBO
Overall I think you're a little overly optimistic. We lose more talent than we gain overall and I believed that will be magnified by lack of experience. Our schedule is nuts next year too. Being slightly better or slightly worse though means another frayed nerve season on these here boards, ugh. I believe we are two more seasons from being competitive and 4 from being serious challengers in the SECE. This is a long term rebuild based on where we are. I hope we don't run off Jones before that can happen, but you know us.... :-(
Good post +1. IMO both AJ and Tiny are gone after this season. Todd Kelly will challenge McNeil for the starting job at safety. North will start. Hurd will be our number #2 RB and Medley will be handle all kicking duties including punts.
AJ & Tiny are not playing like players that should leave early. They need to start playing better or their stock will drop.
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