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AIR FORCE has suspended 3 starters and 2 backups for the season. Defensively they have lost a pair of Jr starters in FS Wooding & OLB Cooks. Offensively they have lost one starter, Sr WRX Hunter, their deep play threat, along with 3rd string WRX Hirneise and 4th string TE Durden (his loss will not have an impact this season). As far as the WRX position goes, there isn’t much experienced depth there, but there is backup experience at the other WRZ position so it may be mix and match time to replace Hunter. His loss will definitely impact the ability of AF to cash in on the deep pass plays, a staple of their offense in rare passing situations. In addition, they have also lost Jr SS Fullham to a shoulder injury – which means both starting safeties are OUT for the season, and 3 of their starting back 8 will not take the field. Expect Sr Lindsay to step in at SS and play OK, but not to the level of Vanderbilt transfer Fullham. Behind the FS there is little experience to count on, which could turn into a problem.
AKRON incumbent QB Moore has transferred to Jackson State following the news that JUCO Sr Dalton Williams would be taking over the starting QB role. Williams comes from Stephen F. Austin where he was a 3yr backup in a similar offense.
ALABAMA starting RB Lacy is listed as questionable for the opener with knee and ankle injuries. The team is deep at RB with numerous VHT’s just awaiting their opportunity so although Lacy is the starter, I do not expect a big drop off in production or any issues with depth should he miss any time.
ARIZONA LT Baucus has been forced to retire due to recurring injuries. He started all 12 games LY, and will likely be replaced by a younger, greener player which will make the change in schemes that much harder for the OL as a group. Baucus was one of their better players. Expect So Spurgeon, a backup LY who saw time in 3 games, to possibly step into the starting LT spot.
- Also loses their MLB, Sr Wagner who was the nation’s #1 tackler last season with Akron. That leaves the LB corps (3-3-5 base defense) with only one player who has any significant experience at this level, SLB Fischer, who himself is coming back from a torn ACL that cost him all of 2011.
WR/RB Middlebrooks at ARIZONA STATE is still recovering from a dislocated shoulder that was surgically repaired back in April and his status for opening day is doubtful. He is one of their better weapons with ~500 yards LY, so his health and return to the lineup would be a boost to an ASU attack that needs all the help it can get after losing QB Osweiler to the NFL. Also of note with the Sun Devils is leading rusher RB Marshall has not taken part in contract drills of late after complaining of fatigue – he is absolutely critical to any offensive success ASU hopes for this season, so his situation needs to be monitored very closely. If there are any issues with either of these two expect So Lewis to step into the spotlight and perform well. As a true Fr last season he played in 11 games, and rushed for 540 yards with a 5.9 yards per carry average – he has a very bright future ahead of him in Tempe.
- Will go with Taylor Kelly at QB, in a surprise move over RFr Eubank (highest ceiling, most talented) and So Bercovici (who played the most of all 3 LY). Kelly is more of a dual threat compared to the others, an aspect the new coaching staff has mentioned they favor.
Keep an eye on ARKANSAS RB Knile Davis, who is clearly one of the best RBs in the SEC, but is working his way back from an ankle injury that forced him to miss all of last season. He has not taken part in any contact drills as of yet (to my knowledge), and although it seems a lock he will be in pads and playing come the September 1st opener vs. Jacksonville State, the Razorbacks are much more concerned that he is ready to go at 100% come Wk3, September 15th vs. Alabama. I do not foresee any issues with him getting into the lineup, but it’s never a good thing when a player doesn’t practice full speed in pads.
- Starting #2 WR Wade and backup WR Humphrey has been suspended for the season. Combine the status of those two players with the tragic death of TE Uekman, the loss of LY’s top 3 WRs to the NFL, and the loss of HC Petrino and the Razorbacks passing game is facing a lot of adversity before the season even kicks off. Keep an eye on the effectiveness of the Arkansas WRs early in the season as it could very well tell us how good and prolific of an offense they will have once the SEC defenses are opposite them.
AUBURN backup QB Moseley is listed as questionable for Wk1 with a shoulder. He lost the QB battle this summer to So Frazier, but could very well see action, possibly significant action this fall if Frazier gets injured or struggles. Keep an eye on his status on coming weeks.
BALL ST backup TE Mershman has retired from football due to concussions. His loss will be minimal to the team and production from the position.
BAYLOR DE Tevin Elliot has transferred after garnering HM AB12 accolades LY. He was projected first DE off the bench after starting 5 games LY. Jr McCallister figures to step into the #3 DE role as he has the most experience amongst the backups, but he is a definite drop-off in talent.
BOISE STATE starting #3 WR Boldweijn has been suspended for the first 3 games of 2012, eligible to return to action Oct. 3 vs. Southern Mississippi. Although he hasn’t produced much since arriving, he has all the measurables and is perceived as a potential break-out candidate in 2012. There is similar statistical production amongst the backup WRs compared to Boldweijn, but none possess the raw tools he does to potentially turn into a legitimate #1. As far as the WR corps as a whole goes, the more experience BSU can boast outside the easier it will be to break-in new QB Joe Southwick.
- Lost 6th year Sr and starting C Yriarte for the season because of a knee injury. Look for Jr Paradis, who started 1 game as C LY, to step into the open role – which will be a talent drop-off for sure, and will not be of great assistance to breaking in the new QB.
- DL Jungblut has transferred, which is a serious blow to the depth of a DL that already lost all 4 starters, and 1 other player who had 6 starts himself LY. Included in the players lost before Jungblut was a pair of 1T AMW, and one 2T AMW. Starting talent and depth are major concerns at DL this season for the Broncos.
BOSTON COLLEGE lost starting TE Pantale for at least the first half of the season with a broken bone in his foot. That is a big blow to the BC passing game that needs all the help it can get, and it only leaves TEs that have caught a grand total of 1 pass at this level on the 2 deep.
- Starting RB Finch injured his foot in camp and is expected to miss the entire season. The Eagles still have RB Williams, who was #2 LY with 517/4.2 despite missing 2 full games and parts of others. Also out is #3 RB Kimble. Depth takes a serious hit with the loss of Finch & Kimble, which comes on top of the loss of Harris, who was kicked off team and has since transferred to Temple. On a positive note, Williams does have 1,000 yard potential if he can stay in one piece.
- Al Louis-Jean, a So starting CB, will miss at least 2 months and possibly be redshirted for the season following a foot injury suffered in camp. The loss may not be devastating as in his place will be another So who started the first two games LY but was injured and OFY.
BYU has lost RB Quezada, last season’s #3 rusher, to a transfer. Heading into this year BYU has now lost 3 of their top 4 rushers from 2011, with only #2 Alisa back. There are now very big concerns about depth and overall productivity with many unknown quantities about to get significant playing time.
CALIFORNIA’S top backup CB McClure will be out for the season following serious knee surgery. His absence could prove costly as he is their top rated CB despite not being a starter. So Kameron Jackson will now likely be the NB, and top backup CB.
- Cecil Whiteside, a starting OLB, has been dismissed from the team for violating team rules. Although he was a projected starter he didn’t put up big numbers LY, and LB happens to be one of the strongest areas for Cal, including the addition of PSU transfer Fortt.
CLEMSON WR Sammy Watkins, the ACC OPOY and 1ST Team AA, is suspended for the first two games of the season, including the huge opener vs. Auburn. This is a critical loss for Clemson in their hopes to start the season fast against an SEC team following last year’s debacle in the Orange Bowl where they lost to WVU 70-33. What Tiger fans can take some solice in is the fact they return all their key producers and backups from LY sans Mackey winning TE Allen. His loss will be big in the opener (still a game they can definitely win), but will not have an impact Wk2 vs. Ball State.
- RB Bellamy, their #2 behind 2nd Team ACC RB Andre Ellington, is out for the year due to academics. DJ Howard will step into the #2 role, and some decline in production can be expected (but not a huge drop) as Bellamy was a top rated RB out of HS, and LY averaged 6.0 yards per carry.
COLORADO TE/WR Thornton is suspended indefinitely; a blow to the depth of the Buffaloes WR/TE corps considering it had already lost their top 5 pass catchers from LY including top returning WR Richardson, whom was lost earlier in the offseason to an ACL injury. Thornton was projected to be the first WR off the bench or the starting TE – in his Colorado career he has started 3 and played in 23 games, but has under 100 receiving yards. Also lost for 2 games at WR is Fr Thomas. Colorado has issues at WR from both a talent & big play angle, along with a depth perspective, only made worse by these two suspensions.
- Kansas transfer Sr Jordan Webb has beat out Texas transfer So Connor Wood to be the starting QB for COLORADO in 2012. That result was a mini-surprise for sure, but Webb has had pockets of success as KUs QB, while Wood has no experience although he is rated higher. I definitely expect both players will get significant action during the season whether it’s due to injuries or poor performance, and the leash on Webb will be pretty short with such a talented backup waiting for his shot. One thing is certain: Wood did not transfer to CU to sit on the bench.
- Lost backup RFr SS Harlos for the season due to concussions. Harlos has retired from the game. His loss will not be felt much as he only took part in 3 games making 2 tackles.
COLORADO STATE starting WR/KR Coffman is out Wk1 vs. interstate rival Colorado. The Rams still have upperclassmen ready to step in, but he is their big play guy averaging a robust 26.2 yards per catch LY. He also is their starting KR.
- FB Levin is considered questionable for the opener with concussion issues. He is essentially their only FB so keep an eye on his status as the interstate matchup with the Buffs draws closer.
- Backup RB Riddick is out indefinitely as he recovers from a wrist injury. The RFr has played so well in the spring he jumped a couple guys to #2, earning a few touches per game when he gets back. The depth and rotation at RB is still strong and his loss will not have a significant impact, especially including the addition of Texas A&M transfer Mister Jones.
- SS Reilly, either the starter or the #2, has decided to transfer to BYU and will sit out 2012. Annually, pass defense is a weak link for the Rams, and although some increase in performance is expected in 2012, it will not be great and this loss will hurt some.
- Sr DE CJ James has left the team and transferred to Akron, after tying for 2nd on the team LY with 5 sacks. Even with this loss CSU enjoys the return of 6 of their top 8 DL, although the absence of James will certainly be felt when the Rams are seeking to pressure the pocket.
CONNECTICUT QB Nebrich has transferred. He was competing for the #2 role this season after playing in 8 games LY as a true Fr. Not a big impact loss as UConn is deep with QBs although none are a lock to be solid.
- Starting DT Stephen is listed as doubtful for Wk1 Thursday night hosting UMass with a sprained knee. The Jr started 8 games LY and played in all 12 for the 2nd straight season, and is the biggest and best run stopping DT on the roster. There is some experienced depth behind Stephen, but all the backups lack the size he brought to the interior of the OL.
DUKE starting #2/#3 WR Holliday & TE Deaver are both out for the season. Holliday has issues with lingering concussion symptoms, while Deaver has a fractured knee. The Blue Devils are quickly losing pass catchers, as these two losses comes on top of losing the all time career receptions leader who graduated last year (WR Varner), along with 3T ACC TE Helfet. This is a big year for Cutcliffe at Duke, and he needs all his weapons healthy to improve enough so he can keep his job.
- So NG Bruce is out indefinitely with a foot injury. He is not a huge loss as there is sufficient backup experience, production and size behind him.
- Starting WLB Brown is out for the season with an ACL. This is a big blow to the Duke defense as the Jr was coming off a 63 tackle season, which followed up a Fr AA year. Prior to this injury their LB corps was expected to be their best in quite some time, but this injury definitely knocks the unit down a couple of notches. Look for So Helton, who played in 9 games LY, starting 2 (25 tackles) to take over this opening.
FLORIDA CB Brown continues to work his way back from an ACL injury that cost him all of 2011. In 2010 he started 10 games, and this year was being counted on to most likely be a nickel or dime defender. Keep an eye on his status as its unlikely he plays in the opener or possibly the first few weeks, but should be back in time to add depth once the SEC schedule gets rolling.
- Incoming Fr LT Humphries is OUT for 2-4 weeks following a knee injury. He was the #1 rated OL of the 2012 class, slated to be the Gators #2 LT behind incumbent Sr Nixon. Humphries has a very bright future ahead of him in Gainesville, so monitor his status closely as the calendar turns to October.
- DE/BUCK Powell continues working his way back from an ACL injury suffered in the spring. HC Muschamp expects the top flight DE to return to action for the SEC portion of the schedule, and he will be a huge addition along a defensive front that has the potential to be one of the top 5 or so in the country once he gets back into the lineup. He had 6 sacks LY. Sr McCray, a very talented defender himself, will start in Powell’s absence.
FLORIDA STATE Fr RB Pender, a 5* recruit, has a serious groin injury that will force him to redshirt in ‘12. The Noles still have starter Freeman and backup Wilder active, so although early in the season this injury may not have much of an impact, as the season goes on and the RB corps gets banged up, his absence will impact the depth of the unit. Sr Chris Thompson will slide up the depth chart into the #3 spot, and will likely see carries this year.
- RFr DT Mitchell has a lower back disc injury and is out about 8 weeks. Although the youngster is talented, he would not be leaned on much this season as FSU already boasts one of the best DLs in the country.
- Greg Reid, the All Star CB/PR from FLORIDA STATE has been dismissed from the team for violating team rules. This is a big blow to the special teams unit of the Noles, along with impacting a pass defense that severely underachieved LY considering all the individual talent it possesses. Taking into consideration FSU lost a CB who had 6 starts LY to graduation, and the CB spot opposite Jr Rhodes is a question mark right now. FSU has a ton of talent amongst the backups in the secondary, but experience will be an issue – look for So Waisome to take over the vacated gig. As mentioned Reid was an AS KR/PR, which will be sorely missed – the staff is still deciding on who will take over those roles.
FRESNO STATE backup DE Hunt will begin the season unavailable. Although Hunt was not expected to start for the Bulldogs, he did appear in all 13 games LY, and was to provide depth to a unit that is replacing two starters, and does not have much experience amongst the 2s. This loss will not have a huge impact on the Fresno DL.
GEORGIA will not have starting OLB Vasser & starting CB Commings for the first two games due to suspension. The Sr CB Commings started all 14 games LY and is the bigger loss of the two, while Jr Vasser only started 3 but played in 12. There is plenty of returning experience to fill the LB hole, but concerns are rampant in the secondary especially with a road trip to new SEC member Missouri on the docket for Wk2.
- Starting RT Houston still has issues with the NCAA in his attempt to return from taking a banned substance that cost him all of 2011. The So’s status is unknown and warrants continued attention; there is little to no experience amongst the backup OT’s, so any extended absence, especially if it continues through September 8 when the Dawgs travel to Mizzou, will have a huge impact on the OL.
- So CB Harrow and So RB Crowell have both been dismissed for violating team policy. The loss of Crowell is massive, as he is one of the most skilled RBs in the country; there is experience however to replace him, but they will not be as dynamic. Harrow’s loss will not be that impactful, however, early in the season when there are a few players out of the lineup due to suspensions, his absence will be felt some from a depth perspective.
- A pair of incoming Fr DL have failed to qualify academically and will attend prep school for a year to get their grades in order. Although the pair is talented, UGA already features one of the best DLs in the country, so their delayed joining of the team will not be felt at all.
GEORGIA TECH Jr ILB Drummond will miss the key ACC opener at Virginia Tech, along with the first half of the following game vs. Presbyterian due to an off the field incident. He started 6 games and appeared in 11 LY, and had 44 tackles. GT has depth at LB with five returning who have started, and 3 who started 6+ games LY, so while he is a projected starter and his absence will be felt in the opener in Blacksburg, there is experience and talent that will fill in admirably.
HAWAII has named Jr Duke transfer Sean Schroeder their starting QB for 2012. This was a surprise for certain as heading into spring the starter figured to be either incumbent Jr Graves or So Utah State transfer Higgins. This situation warrants close attention as these three players are very close to each other in skills and performance, and the position could be a merry go round all season. Remember, HAW has a new HC Norm Chow, who will attempt to bring more of a pro style, balanced attack to the team – HAW has historically always been almost exclusively a passing team – so he may have made this decision based on Schroeder being the better game manager vs. being able to pass the ball all over the yard.
- Jr WR Sampson will miss 2012 due to a knee injury he suffered in Wk5 of 2011. His loss will be most felt with the deep pass as he was one of the Warrior’s fastest players. However, this is not a huge loss, especially also considering the new offense will use more of a balance, along with targeting the TE on pass plays.
IDAHO as expected has named Jr Blackman their starting QB for 2012. Blackman was an original Washington commit, who then RS for a year at Old Dominion. He will now lead the Vandals offense – and he should be an upgrade over LYs QB.
- #4 WR McRoyal passed away in the offseason. He caught 35 passes LY, but only averaged 8.5 per reception. His loss will not be that impactful, but could have an emotional impact on the team as a whole.
ILLINOIS starting SS Hull is still recovering from a shoulder injury and has not been involved in any contact drills during camp to this point. The Jr started 12 games LY and figures to be one of the leaders for an underrated Illini secondary that ranked #22 LY and returns 7 of their top 8 for a second straight season. There however is no depth at SS, but look for possibly FS backup Sr Nixon-Youman to step in if Hull cannot go.
- Backup LT Lewis is still attempting to come back from a knee injury that cost him both of the last two seasons. He is unlikely to be a starter even if he returned 100%, but could add some depth and leadership. He has not participated in any contact drills this camp, and his status remains questionable and really unknown.
- RFr Fuller, the backup STAR (hybrid DB/LB), remains out with a broken hand. The STAR starter is in excellent hands with Sr Williams, but Illinois would like to get Fuller back in the lineup as soon as possible to soak in all the knowledge he can from Williams as he will take the spot over next season.
INDIANA has dismissed the following players: WR McCants (So) – played in 12 but only 6 receptions, was slated as a backup; WR Young (So) – played in only 2, was slated on 3RD team; S Jefferson (So) – 3RD team SS. None of these players were expected to have a significant impact this season.
- Has suspended the following players: Jr WR Hughes, who was the team’s best WR last season, will miss one game that has yet to be announced for violating team rules – although he likely misses a rare game that Indiana is favored in, when he isn’t on the field the IU passing attack takes a definite hit; Jr Barnett, who was the incumbent at one CB position but appears to have been passed by Jr Marshall, will miss one game the team has yet to announce for violating team rules; So S Hardin will miss one unannounced game – he appeared in 10 games LY, starting 2, and appears to be the 3RD team SS currently. Of this list only Hughes is a true big time impact player.
- 3RD team RB Perez has an undisclosed injury that has kept him out of camp and his status is unknown. The So was not slated to have a big role this year with a pair of RBs clearly ahead of him on the depth chart, even though he did play in 12 games LY.
- Backup WLB Thomas, who was named Co-DPOY for the Scout Team LY, has missed camp with an injury and his status is unknown. The So was currently listed behind the leader of the defense, Jr ILB Alexander.
- Also has injuries to their two backup TEs, RFr Jackson and So Phillips. Neither did much from a pass catching perspective LY, and Jr Bolser is firmly entrenched as the starting TE for 2012. However, the two can provide depth, and Jackson may also see some time at WR, especially with the two transfers of McCants and Young mentioned above.
- Apprentice DT Singer, the Sr that backs up the best player on the Hoosiers defense Adam Repogle, has a knee injury that is leaving his status unknown for Wk1. This injury could cost him 1-3 weeks, or it may even force him to miss the entire season. He is definitely expected to contribute along the DL rotation this season, and if he misses any extended time it will have an impact on the Hoosiers DL, specifically at DT.
IOWA has big concerns at RB after losing 5 RBs from last season’s team! Coker is the biggest loss as he was the Hawkeye’s #1 RB LY (281 attempts #11 in FBS, 1,384 yards for a 4.9 average per carry); McCall also transferred after playing in just one game LY before breaking his ankle and missing the season; Jr Canzeri tore his ACL in the spring and is out for the season; So Johnson has been dismissed from the team due to off the field incidents; and So Binns was also released from the team although he did not have any appearances in 2011. That leaves Iowa with Greg Garmon and Barkley Hill, a pair of incoming Fr, who appear will get the ball early and often this year. The Iowa running game and RB situation warrant attention week to week to check the status of who will be playing, and who will be the featured back.
KANSAS starting RB Sims has been suspended for the first 3 games for a violation of team rules. The Jr has been the leading rusher for KU the last two seasons, and figures to do so again in 2012 following his return.
- PK Mueller has transferred. He was not good on FGs LY only going 3-8 including just 1-6 from 30+ yards. Currently the only scholarship PK on the roster is P Doherty, who was 3-4 LY with a long of 37 on FGs. Keep an eye on the KU kicking game as I expect the Jayhawks to be improved this season, but if they do not have anything close to a reliable kicker, that could be a huge hit to an offense that figures to struggle some matching the output of opponents in the robust Big 12.
- Backup LT Kolumber has transferred. The So was slated to be LT #2 behind perhaps KU’s best OL, Sr Hawkinson. Behind Kolumber is a lot of youth, so if an injury was to strike Hawkinson this transfer could prove costly.
KANSAS STATE was dealt a significant blow when it was announced their top recruit for this year, JUCO transfer Marquez Clark, has been ruled academically ineligible. Clark is coming off a season where he set JUCO records with 98 receptions for 1,639 yards! This is a massive blow to the KSU passing game that has been rumored as potentially ramping up significantly this season behind 2nd year starter Collin Klein. So Tyler Lockett, a good player in his own right but not in the same category of Clark, will likely step into the starting gig that has been vacated.
- Suffered another significant loss when Sr LT Foketi announced he would transfer. KSU is currently blocking the request, but nevertheless, his loss will be massive to an OL that already lost 3 starters from LY – 1T B12 RT, 2T B12 LT, and RG. Foketi missed LY with an ACL, and the drop-off in talent behind him is huge. The loss of Foketi and Clark are two of the biggest losses among contending teams heading into the 2012 season.
KENT STATE has lost 5 players this offseason, none of which were starters or true impact players: RFr WR McCoy (2nd team), Sr SLB Petraitis (4th team), So CB Meadows (2nd team), Sr FS Winland (4th team), and RFr backup PK Kerns. Of those 5 McCoy may be the biggest loss since State lost 3 of their top 5 WRs from LY while Meadows was also expected to contribute in the secondary after appearing in 11 games LY.
KENTUCKY has named QB Maxwell Smith their starter, not too much of a surprise as he played the best of their trio of possibilities LY – but he is extremely injury prone, so I look for Sr backup Morgan Newton to also get a lot of snaps, just like last season.
- RB Clemons injured his knee in camp, and although an MRI showed no structural damage, he is still not 100% and his status is in question. He was projected to be the UK starting RB this season. There are a pair of upper classmen who have produced some in their collegiate careers attempting to pick up the slack, but Clemons was the most talented of the trio and his absence or lack of being 100% if it occurs will have an impact on the Wildcats offense.
- Starting CB Caffey, a RFr, has been ruled academically ineligible and will miss the season. The current plans for the depth chart are to slide Sr SS Neloms to the vacated CB spot. It then looks like either backup So FS Lowery, or backup So SS Faulkner will start at the SS position. This injury comes at a position UK could ill-afford any further losses as their starting CB tandem from LY both graduated. There leaves big concerns at CB this season, but at least the ‘Cats reside in the SEC, where throwing a forward pass is often quite a challenge.
- Backup C Jr Sampson has been forced to retire from playing football due to recurring back issues. This loss will not have a big impact as he only played in 1 game LY.
- 3rd team Jr WR Adams has left UK to pursue a MLB career. He made limited contributions during his time in Lexington, and although his size and speed measurables will be missed, his production will be replaced rather easily.
LOUISVILLE WR Harris is out for the season after tearing ligaments in the same knee that he tore his ACL LY. He was the leading returning & probably best WR for the Cardinals, and although there is some experienced depth behind him, he will be sorely missed.
LSU has lost CB Tyrann Mathieu for the season, a big concern not only because he obviously is one of the more dynamic defensive players in NCAAF, but they had already lost a pair of CBs from LY’s team. Looks like a bunch of RFR will be stepping in and playing significant roles they may not have before this suspension.
- On top of the fact LSU lost 2 CBs due to graduation/NFL draft after LY and the loss of Tyrann Mathieu in August, the Tigers have also lost So CB Vinson, who played in 10 games over the L2Y’s. It is getting extremely thin in the LSU secondary, particularly at CB, and this position warrants extra evaluation prior to the start of the season by checking the updated depth chart – especially with the fun and gun high octane passing attack of Washington coming to Death Valley in Wk2.
MARSHALL co-starting RBs Tron Martinez and Travon Van are out with knee injuries. I have not seen a timetable for the return of either. These losses will be softened some by the addition of Miami, FL transfer Kevin Grooms, who figures to be in line for plenty of touches this fall, but losing your top 2 backs from LY is never a good thing, and Grooms although talented, is an unproven commodity.
MARYLAND lost QB CJ Brown for the year with an ACL tear – their only backups are a pair of 3* true Fr, not looking good for the offense and the chances HC Edsall keeps his job for a third season in 2013.
- So SS Robinson is expected to miss 1-3 weeks due to an ailing left shoulder – keep in mind he missed the last 9 games of 2011 because of a right shoulder issue. Robinson was the #1 tackler on team at time of LYs injury and is considered one of the leaders of the defense. UM does return 4 starters in the secondary from LY, so the loss of Robinson for a few weeks will not be killer. Fr Sean Davis is expected to fill the SS role. I would imagine the Terps are targeting Robinson’s return September 22nd, their Wk4 game at West Virginia.
MEMPHIS Jr CB Nixon has transferred. He was in contention to start at CB, but the team still feels confident about the position and secondary overall as 6 players return from LY that have starting experience.
MIAMI FLA Sr FS Armstrong has been dismissed from the team following multiple violations over the last couple years. Even though he was clearly very talented, he was never able to put it all together on the field, and his loss may be addition by subtraction – I do not anticipate much of a negative impact on the UM secondary, especially with Jr AJ Highsmith ready to step in and play.
MIAMI OHIO has lost MLB Tucker to a shoulder injury. The So was expected to at the very least be part of the rotation at the MLB position along with FS turned MLB Pat Hinkel. Hinkel is only 205lbs, extremely light for a MLB, even in the MAC – so the chances he makes it through the season unscathed seems slim to none – and that is where Tucker would have stepped up. His loss will be felt for certain after starting 3 and appearing in 11 LY, making 18 tackles. A pair of RFr figure to step up a level and grab that vacated spot.
MICHIGAN starting RB Touissant is listed as questionable for the opener vs. Alabama because of a DUI arrest earlier this offseason. This situation warrants close monitoring as he was a huge surprise impact RB last year for the Wolverines, and although RBs Smith and Rawls feel they are ready to be the main guy, FT is a key piece of the Wolverines offense that must be working close to full throttle vs. the Tide to have any chance at coming out with an upset win.
- Starting WR Roundtree is questionable for Wk1 vs. Alabama. He had surgery earlier in August, and although he is expected to be in the lineup, it remains uncertain at this point.
- Fr DT Pipkins is recovering from a neck injury and is listed as questionable to start the season. The Wolverines lost a lot of man power on the DL from LY, and Pipkins has the size and talent to potentially be a part of the rotation – maybe not to start the season, but by October it should certainly happen. Even if he misses early action his loss will not have a profound impact on the Michigan defense.
MICHIGAN STATE has a pair of incoming Fr WRs that were considered likely to make impacts this season that are on the mend currently. Monty Madaris has a high ankle sprain and is considered questionable for the big opener vs. Boise State. Aaron Burbridge had surgery on his knee and is out for at least 4 weeks. The Spartans still have ample talented bodies to rotate, as these two would see limited action, instead spending the season learning and soaking in as much knowledge from the veterans as possible.
- Starting LG (was a C in 2010) Treadwell is out at least 4 weeks with a broken bone in his leg. The Jr missed all of LY with a knee injury. It appears as of now he will be replaced in the starting lineup by RFr Jack Allen, a significant drop-off in proven production. In addition to the loss of Treadwell MSU also lost backup John Deyo to a transfer. The Sr Deyo was a career backup, although he has appeared in 34 games during his career. Those two OL losses will partially offset the positive that 4 returning starters bring. Over the first month of the season MSU has 3 critical games, the aforementioned opener vs. Boise State, hosting Notre Dame 2wks later, and hosting Ohio State on September 29th. At least 4 of the first 5 and 5 of the first 7 are at home, with the only road games during those stretches Wk2 @ Central Michigan, and Wk6 @ Indiana.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE has lost 3 WRs to various reasons in the offseason, which comes on top of losing 5 from graduation following LY. That is a total of 8 WRs & also 1 TE that were on the team LY who will not be catching passes this year in Murfreesboro! The three that were lost this offseason were starter Sr Gray, and backups Sr Brown & Jr Bennett. The MTSU passing game at least returns Jr QB Kilgore, but who will he pass to? That remains a big question for the Blue Raiders, and a situation that needs to be updated before the games begin.
MINNESOTA has lost starting RT Gjere to recurring concussion like symptoms that has ended his career. The So started the first 5 games LY before suffering a concussion and missing the rest of the season, and he since hasn’t been able to recover enough to get back on the field. As of now it appears RFr Campion will slide into the vacated spot, and although there will be a modest drop in talent and experience, I do not believe it will be significant.
OLE MISS has three players listed as questionable for Wk1: Fr DE Ward, a highly touted signee for the Rebels, has to get his academics in order before taking the field – he is expected to be included in the rotation but not a starter, as the Rebs lost a pair of DEs off LY’s squad; Sr DE Rivers, who is listed as a starter, also has academic issues and his story is the same as Ward; and Sr TE Mosley was arrested for an off the field incident and his status is unknown for the opener vs. Central Arkansas. Their #2 TE is not much of a drop-off at all to Mosley, so the suspension will have limited impact if any game time is missed.
- Has also lost 4 players in the offseason that were originally part of the 2012 plans: WR Moore, who was expected to have limited impact; Jr LB Shackelford, who missed all of LY, is still trying to recover from multiple knee surgeries and is out for the season – he was not considered an impact player in 2012; So starting WR Brassell, who had a big impact on LYs team playing both WR & CB, was having academic issues and has transferred; and lastly 3rd string QB Stoudt has retired from football.
- Charles Sawyer, the Jr starting FS, has a torn quad muscle and is expected to miss at least 4 weeks possibly 8. This is a huge loss for the Rebels as Sawyer is flat out one of the best players on either side of the ball for them. Look for the experienced Jr Frank Crawford to see some of the playing time at FS, along with a pair of RFr Elston & Burdette. Whoever slips into the lineup will unfortunately be a huge drop off from the production and experience of Sawyer.
MISSISSIPPI STATE TE Johnson will be out for at least the first few weeks after an off the field injury of which no details were given. He was expected to be their starting TE, and considering they are transferring to a new offense that is to rely on passing the ball more than recent Bulldog history, this cannot help. His backups have a combined 1 reception amongst them. Keep an eye on further developments here, and an announcement on when he will be back on the field.
- 3RD string QB Fr Schuessler has transferred. The move will not impact the team as he was not expected to play at all this season.
MISSOURI QB Franklin had a shoulder injury in the spring and is working his way back now. It sounds like Franklin will be fine by September 1st, but keep an eye on any possible setbacks he encounters as there is no experience behind him on the Tigers roster, and they need him to be 100% when the Georgia Bulldogs roll into Columbia in Wk2 – the SEC opener for Mizzou.
- Starting TE Jr Waters is questionable with a knee injury. There is no other TE on the roster who caught a pass LY, which will hurt the Tigers if Waters misses more than 1 game with Georgia next up.
- Has a TON of key departures and injuries heading into the season. WOW. They have among the most of any BCS team. Here they are – #1-5 are projected starters, #6-8 are backups who are/were expected to contribute:
- Sr starting LG Ruth is out with an arm injury and is likely to RS this season. Expect Jr Copeland to step into the open spot and fill in admirably.
- Jr starting RT Britt is listed as questionable as he continues to recover from a broken foot. He started all 13 games LY. So Chris Freeman would likely step in for Britt with the first team if Britt is shelved, as Freeman played in 3 games LY. That switch would be a loss in experience, but talent level between the two isn’t massive.
- So starting DT Vincent is questionable for the opener after not taking part in many contact drills during camp. There is a pair of Sr backups itching to get into the lineup if Vincent is not ready to go.
- Sr starting CB Edwards is similar to Vincent, having not played in many contact drills in camp and is listed as questionable for Wk1. If Edwards cannot go expect Jr Ponder to roll with the first team, and be a more than capable replacement.
- So starting FS Webb (HM AB12 LY) had minor knee surgery and is expected to be ready if not Wk1 by Wk2. Jr White will step into Webb’s starting role if he cannot go, which will obviously be a drop in talent but White is more than capable on his own to produce at a solid level, perhaps not All SEC however.
- RB Josey, the talented Jr, is still trying to comeback from a terrible knee injury suffered late LY. It is very possible LY’s leading rusher takes a RS this season, which would leave starter Kendial Lawrence with only one experienced backup in Sr McGriff-Culver. If an injury was to strike Lawrence, the Tigers rushing attack would take a serious hit – and keep in mind the Tigers are joining the SEC, with much bigger, physical defenses compared to the B12 – and Lawrence is only 5’9 195.
- Backup LT Chappell, a RFr, tore his ACL and will be out for the season. So Gatti slides into the backup spot after appearing in 2 games LY.
- Backup SS Bolden, who missed all of 2011 due to disciplinary issues, has been kicked off the team permanently. Sliding up to the 2nd team is So Easterly, who played in 10 games LY and isn’t much of a drop of from Bolden should an injury strike the starter, Sr Kenronte Walker.
NAVY starting WR Aiken injured his knee recently and is awaiting the results of an MRI. He still hopes to be ready for the opener in Dublin vs. ND, and if he is not there will be a big drop-off to the next guy up, whoever that is (Lynch, O’Boyle, Bolena). Aiken is arguably the most talented WR Navy has on its roster. But let’s also remember, Navy does not pass the ball often, finishing 119th last year in FBS in passing yards.
99. NAVY has 4 players who are out for the year that were on the original 2 deep for the 2012 season:
- FB Mike Patrick has academic issues. He was slated to be the backup FB, a role that will now be owned by So Polamalu.
- OLB Cummings has academic issues. He was the #2 OLB behind So Tate. That role will be filled by So Drake now, which is not much of a drop-off if any at all.
- ILB Brewer, a Sr who ran with the 2s and started 10 games LY. Sr Nurthern will reprise the backup role now, but that is a big drop-off if anything happens to French, the starter.
- Starting CB Sperry was dismissed because of rules violations. He is a big loss as he was HM INDY LY. At this point it is unknown who will step up and secure the starting CB gig opposite Gaines, but the leading candidates appear to be Jr Felder or Jr Graham.
NEBRASKA has lost starting RT Moore to personal reasons. Last season he was the first true Fr to start on the NU OL. He will likely be replaced by Jr Qvale, who played in 11 games LY at RT. In addition, also on the OL, 3rd team RG Klachko has transferred to Illinois. That move will not have a profound impact on performance or depth on the Huskers OL.
NEVADA RB Tony Knight has been in and out of the lineup during camp due to an undisclosed injury, and as of 8/20 is listed as questionable for Wk1. This warrants attention as Knight is the projected starting RB for the Pack, and is very talented being an original NCST commit. Nevada rarely sees talent like this at RB, and although there are proven veterans behind Knight that will be effective in the Pistol, he could make a big impact and possibly lead them to the WAC title with a big season.
- JUCO transfer WR Westbrooks, one of the 3 likely starters this year, has been lost for the season with an ACL injury. That loss comes on top of the Pack losing their top 2 WRs from LY to graduation, along with 3 other WR/TE who started games LY. This is a definite impactful loss for the Nevada passing attack as they look to challenge Boise State in the MWC this season.
NEW MEXICO starting WR Adams has left the Lobos and transferred to Maryland. The So had limited experience, and since the Lobos do have some depth here (not all that talented but there are bodies), the loss will not be enormous.
- Backup LT Oldenkamp is academically ineligible for the upcoming season. He played extensively LY at the JUCO level, and now the backup will be RFr Romine, who is a big drop off in talent and experience. If Sr starter Chambers gets injured this will be a major area of concern for the Lobos – but as of now, NM has 4 starters and 65 career starts returning, so this should be one of the better OLs NM has sported (at least from an experience standpoint) in some time.
NEW MEXICO STATE starting RB Traxler has left the team. He did not record any stats LY, but is listed as the starting FB so when NMST goes with a running formation he would be the lead blocker. Typically the Aggies go with 3-4 WRs in the lineup, as they had the #26 passing game in the country LY.
- Backup LG Sr Heimuli, who played in 11 games LY but didn’t start any, has left the team. The new backup will be Fr Rhaheed, who has no experience at this level but at least brings some size. It is still a huge drop-off in estimated production and if the starter Cunningham gets injured it will be a huge sore spot for the Aggies.
NORTH CAROLINA has a pair of injuries in their WR corps. Sr Harrelson, who was listed as 1 of 3 starters, was dismissed from the team for violating team rules. He will likely be replaced by Sr Boyd, as the two are similar in measurables with Boyd having a slight edge in past production. So Thorpe, an HM All ACC player LY, is out indefinitely after breaking a bone in his foot earlier this month. Not only was he also listed as a starting WR, but he led the ACC in KO returns LY which was a big part of him earning ACC honors. He will be replaced by either So Tapley or So McNeill, both of whom will be a drop-off to his production. UNC was suppose to have a very potent passing attack once again this season, led by LY’s top ACC passer Bryn Renner; however, with these issues, it will be more of a struggle in the first year under new HC Larry Fedora, with a few injuries and installing a new scheme.
NC STATE has lost both of its backup QBs. #2 Brosius, a So, and #3 Taylor, a RFr, have left football to pursue careers in MLB. No word on who will step into these roles, but suffice it to say, if Glennon gets injured, HC O’Brien likely loses his job because it will be a terrible season for the Pack, one he can ill afford at this point. At least the OL returns 112 career starts and O’Brien calls it his best at NCST, which increases the chances he plays every snap in ‘12.
- Starting So WR Underwood is out indefinitely with an undisclosed injury. His status going forward is unknown, so keep an eye on him. LY he played in 13 games, had 226 yards, and was expected to enjoy a greater role in the offense this year as their big play threat (averaged 14.2 yards per reception LY). NC State has already lost 3 of LY’s top 4 WRs from 2012, so although there is some depth, whoever steps into his spot will have little to no experience and will likely be a drop off in production.
- The defense lost 3 backups for the season, all due to different reasons. Backup MLB Peek, who played in 9 games LY as a true Fr, tore his ACL. The SS position lost its #2 and #3 with Jr Haynes injuring his left arm (he took snaps at RB LY but was expected to be part of the secondary rotation this season) and Jr Coleman leaving the team for unknown reasons. That leaves the Wolfpack with zero experience among the backups at S, and is an immediate blow to depth, and could be significant if either SS Wolff or FS Wilson get injured this season.
NORTH TEXAS has lost two starters on defense for at least the start of the season. Jr DT Boatwell tore his pectoral muscle and will miss at least the first two games of the season – he will likely be replaced by Jr Abbe, who has some experience and will add more size but is a drop off in talent and production. So OLB Stojakovic will miss the entire season dealing with personal issues. Jr Wright will step in to replace him – there shouldn’t be a ton of drop-off with this injury.
- Backup CB So Warner is out for the season after suffering a knee injury in camp. He was also OFY LY after 7 games, but did have some experience which is more than all the remaining backup CBs for the Mean Green.
- Offensively, they’ll lose a pair of 2nd stringers. TE Sr Prior, who appeared in all 12 games LY, will miss the year because of a shoulder injury. His replacements will not have any experience. Backup C Feldt, a true Fr, will likely miss the season with neck and shoulder issues. Although the new backup C Summerfield will be a slight drop in talent, he will bring more experience to the table should anything happen to starting C Fortenberry.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS has lost starting LG Sr Pegram to a fractured leg suffered in camp earlier this month. This is a big blow as Pegram was the only returning starter on the Huskies OL, and NI is also breaking in a new QB following the graduation of 2 time MAC OPOY Chandler Harnish. I expect Jr Volk to step into the starting LG spot as he played in 9 games LY, but was also banged up as well and missing the spring. He should be ready to go now, behind him is zero experience. It looks like it will be an uphill battle for the NI offense this season with a new QB and no OL returning starters.
NORTHWESTERN starting TE Watkins is listed as questionable with a hip injury. The Jr is the only TE on the roster with past production, and will be key to breaking in new QB Kain Colter who doesn’t have the biggest arm and will often look for the TE’s in the middle of the field.
NOTRE DAME QB Rees is suspended for the opener vs. Navy. There is a relatively open competition for the Irish starting QB gig this season, and Rees has done himself no favors with HC Kelly since arriving in South Bend between turnovers on the field, and off the field issues.
- Has announced QB Golson, the RFr, will be the starter for the opener vs. Navy, and possibly for the season. ND has 4 QBs on the roster who all have similar talent and outside Rees similar experience, so keep an eye on this position as it could change week to week, and even possibly game to game.
- Lost starting CB Wood for the season. That is a huge blow to ND’s secondary considering they already lost both starting CBs from LY.
- Has 2 players suspended for Wk1 following an off-campus incident. Incumbent QB Rees (mentioned above) and backup LB Calabrese will miss the Dublin trip when the Irish face Navy.
- Also lost a pair of backups for an indefinite amount of time, which may not be the season. Jr OLB Spond is suffering from concussion symptoms and his time table for a return is unknown. Outside Spond there are no experienced backups at OLB for the Irish. In addition, Jr S Collinsworth, who played in all 13 games LY, underwent shoulder surgery which puts him out until at least early November. That is a big blow to the Irish secondary as that leaves only 1 experienced S backup, Sr McCarthy. Keep an eye on this position as the season unfolds – depth could become a serious issue, especially considering the schedule ND faces.
OHIO has only suffered one injury loss to a starter in camp thus far, but it is a big one. Starting CB Sr Carrie, who was 2ND Team All MAC LY, has been sidelined with a shoulder injury and his status remains unknown, especially for the early portion of the season. Currently, HC Solich is using a combination of 5 players to fill-in, while hoping one of them steps up enough to take over this role on their own. Considering their only secondary loss from LY was CB Leftwich, this position now seems like it has a lot of uncertainty surrounding it, in what many believed could be the best secondary in the MAC.
- Backup PK Yazdani is out for the season with a knee injury.
- 3RD string WR So N’goumou has retired from playing football. His loss is not significant at all since he was injured and out for the season LY.
OHIO STATE starting RB Hall suffered a foot surgery over the summer and will miss at least the first two games of the season, possibly more considering CAL & UAB are games 3&4 in the Shoe. The Buckeyes already lost RB Boom Herron from LY, so that leaves Jr Carlos Hyde to step in for Hall, which will not be a big drop off in talent or production especially considering the schedule.
- Released starting MLB Klein earlier this summer following violations of team rules, but then reinstated him last week. He will at least miss two games, possibly more but figures to at worst be back by the B10 schedule. Look for top rated recruit, So Curtis Grant, to take over in his absence.
- Starting DE Sr Williams is still working his way back from microfracture surgery that forced him to miss all of LY, and his status remains questionable for Wk1. Also at DE incumbent starter Jr Bellamy has left the team for personal reasons – he was slated to either start if Williams could not, or be the first DE off the bench and a key part of the rotation. With these two injuries there is no doubt from a talent and experience standpoint OSU takes a hit. While there are highly rated players waiting to slide up the depth chart, these two losses will be felt for certain especially if Williams is not able to come back, or at least get close to 100%. Keep an eye on Williams’ status updates as September rolls around.
- Has also lost a trio of 3rd team players I will just list here, as they were expected to have minimal, if any, impact this season but did provide depth, which could become an issue with the scholarship losses they will suffer from shortly: So Boubek, a C, has transferred to Minnesota after falling down to #3 on the depth chart; Fr O’Connor, a RT, injured his left knee recently and will sit out the season as a RS; RFr NT Hayes has transferred to Michigan State.
OKLAHOMA has been hit very hard with injuries and suspensions so far prior to the season, especially on offense. Here are all the issues offensively:
- They have lost a pair of Sr starting OL for the season. C Habern has been forced to retire from the game due to lingering neck and shoulder issues. RG Evans tore his ACL in camp and will miss the entire season. Evans was HM AB12 LY, and combined with the loss of Habern makes the OU OL that I had ranked as Top 5 in NCAAF significantly worse. That leaves the OL with only 2 returning starters from LY (also lost LT Stephenson), and their career games started drops from 102 to ~43! Their replacements have yet to be named, but rest assured they will be a significant drop-off – maybe not so much talent wise as it is Oklahoma, and they recruit talented players across the board – but losing ~60 career starts plus Stephenson is a big hit to the chances OU finally makes it back to the BCS Championship game. As a footnote to the OL, the Sooners also lost 3RD string LT RFr Dismuke due to a knee injury which has forced him to transfer. By itself that is not a huge loss, but depth wise, when considering all the OL is currently going through, it is a loss that must be mentioned.
- A pair of WRs will also miss time. Starter Jr Jaz Reynolds will miss multiple games due to a suspension, while the #1 backup Jr Trey Franks is also suspended for multiple games. It has not been announced how many games or which games these players will miss, but it will definitely be a big hit to their passing game when they are out. Considering they open @ UTEP then host Florida A&M before a bye week followed by their B12 opener vs. Kansas State, I expect both players to be in the lineup vs. KST, possibly for the first time all season. As a footnote to the WR corps, Fresno St transfer Jalen Saunders still has not been given the OK by the NCAA to participate in games this season. Saunders is attempting to get the mandatory 1 year sit out period waived due to personal issues, so keep an eye on this. In addition, WR Jackson has been dismissed from the team following off the field issues. He caught 12 passes LY and was expected to see a slight increase in PT this season. While neither of those guys was expected to make a huge splash in a deep and talented WR corps, they would certainly provide depth.
- Defensively, the Sooners have two issues of note. Backup Sr DT McGee has been suspended, just like the WRs mentioned above, and his status is unknown but he will be in the lineup after at worst missing a few games. He is projected as the #3 DT in the rotation for 2 spots. Backup So SS Hayes has also been suspended like McGee. He is the only backup S that has extensive experience, which will leave the secondary a little thin to start the season.
OKLAHOMA STATE has dismissed starting Sr LT Bowie for violation of team rules. Considering the State OL already lost 3 starters from LY, this is a big blow as he was to be the anchor of the unit – allowing ZERO sacks and limited QBHs LY – protecting the blindside of Fr QB Lunt. We will either see Jr RT Graham slide into the vacated LT spot, or backup T So Koenig take over at LT. It has not been announced yet who is officially taking over, but this is a big blow to an already shaky unit, especially considering they are a pass happy team and are breaking in a brand new Fr QB.
- 3rd string DT Mustafa has left the program for personal reasons. He did not appear in any games LY, and as a RFr was considered to potentially be a part of the DT rotation. Not a huge loss here for 2012.
OREGON backup WR Sr Hoffman has retired from football and will join the coaching staff for this season. This is not a huge blow for a deep and talented WR corps as he was slated on the 3rd team.
OREGON STATE has the biggest losses in terms of #s in the entire FBS. They have lost 16 players for the season since the end of LY. There is a huge cause for concern for anyone who supports Oregon State as Mike Riley’s job appears on the line, and they have lost so much depth it will be a big time struggle to secure a bowl bid in an improving Pac 12. Here is a look at each one of them:
- Offensively, the Beavers have lost a pair of starters for the year. Sr WR Bishop has retired from football due to recurring ankle injuries – he was slotted to be one of 3 starters this year coming off a 31/384 season which had him #3 on the team. Jr Cummings will likely step into his role, who only has 10 receptions in his career. Also, JUCO transfer LG Hasiak has issues with his transcript and will miss the entire season. He was to step right in and be a starter on a line that returned 3 starters and 50 career starts from LY. The big issue with this loss is not so much its Hasiak, but State also lost their top 2 backup G’s in So Beaton and RFr Vieru. They have now lost 3 G’s including 1 starter from that rotation, and it will certainly be an area of concern and require additional follow-up to see how the depth chart shakes out. Also along the OL they have lost a pair of T’s in backup LT RFr Jackson and 2nd string T Weinreich. In total, of the 10 OL that were part of the original 2 deep, 4 of them are out for the season – and they also lost 3 starters from LY, though do add Phillips who was a starter in 2010. The OL originally appeared to be the strength of the offense, but now is full of question marks as the season draws closer – the more help they can provide their 1st team All American Sophomore QB, the better he will play.
- Providing depth offensively as part of the backup units OSU has lost multiple players. 3rd string QB Lomax has transferred in search of more PT – but this move should not have a great impact on the Beavers as their #1 and #2 are both experienced signal callers. 3 backup WRs were lost in 2nd string RFr Trosin, 3rd string Sr Munoz, and deep backup RFr Ferrell. None of those three were expected to have a big role in this year’s offense, but losing 3 bodies from the depth chart is never a good thing, especially considering one starter was also lost.
- Backup PK Mikkelsen has left for a 2yr mission and will likely return to the team for the 2014 season. So Trevor Romaine remains the starter, and Fr Owens is now in the mix as well.
- Defensively the Beavers only have one issue with a starter. SS Watkins, who led the team with 85 tackles in 11 games LY as a Jr, missed the spring and has still not taken the field in camp as of yet. He is questionable to start the season. So Zimmerman has taken over that role, but has limited experience and would be a significant drop-off from possibly the defense’s best player.
- There are 3 players suspended for the opener, all on defense: 3rd string DE Barnett, deep on the depth chart DE Gonzales, and backup CB Martin. Of the trio Martin is the only one expected to make a significant contribution this season as the Jr is working his way back from an injury that cost him the last 9 games of 2011.
- There are also 5 defensive players that were listed as part of the original backup unit who are out for the year. Backup DT So Tuivailala has left the program for personal reasons, but his loss will not be of great impact as there are other experienced backup DTs to step up; 2nd string LBs RFr Storey, Jr JUCO transfer Cowdin and 3RD stringer Jr Sanders have all left the program seeking more PT – those losses are huge for the LB corps as that only leaves 2 backup LBs on the entire roster with experience – this situation warrants close attention, especially as the season wears on and depth becomes more of a critical factor; lastly, backup CB Parker, a Sr who has played in 10 games over the last 2 seasons, has decided to bring his talents to the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL – outside Sean Martin, mentioned above, the Beavers have no other experienced backup CBs.
We all know PENN STATE has lost a lot of players to transfer following the NCAA sanctions. Here are the key ones whom they lost, where they went, and who are likely to have an impact for their new team: RB Redd to USC, he will combine with McNeal to form one of the better 1-2 punches in the country; LC Fortt who was unlikely to crack the lineup at PSU since they are stacked with one of best LB corps in the country moves on to CAL where he will at least be a part of the rotation, possibly picking up a starting gig especially following the injury to one of the Golden Bears projected starting OLBs Whiteside; QB Bolden moves on (finally) to LSU, where he will likely be the #2 behind starter Zach Mettenberger; PK/P Fera goes to TEXAS where he will likely be the starter at PK, and possibly at P – he is above average in both areas, but is listed as out for the opener with a groin injury that definitely requires weekly monitoring; WR Brown, likely to be PSU’s #1 this year transferred to OKLAHOMA where he will definitely get some playing time as part of the rotation.
- On top of all the transfers listed above, the Nittany Lions have also lost 3 additional guys due to a variety of non-football issues. Starting WR Smith, the Sr who had 402 yards LY, is gone and will be replaced by a variety of guys who will be a small drop-off from what Smith brought to the table. Starting CB Jr Drake is also off the team along with #1 backup CB Thomas. Those two issues dwindle down the talent at CB, a spot that already lost both of LY’s starters due to graduation in May. All 4 starters were being replaced in the secondary, and with the loss of these two players it makes it that much tougher to be talented enough on the back end to have a consistent pass defense. Huge area of concern for the Nittany Lions.
Stud PITTSBURGH RB Ray Graham still is not 100% following an ACL injury LY and is listed as questionable for their opener vs. Youngstown State on 9/1. Graham has returned to practice which is a good sign, and Pitt may just be extra careful with him in the opener with @ Cincinnati coming up in Wk2 off a short week in what could turn out to be a critical conference clash (Thursday night game).
- Two of Pitt’s 3 starting WRs are listed as questionable for the opener. Street (knee) and Shanahan (hamstring). I wouldn’t be shocked if neither played in the opener, but there is practically zero production amongst all the backups as one played defense LY, one sat out due to a transfer, and 2 others were primarily kick returners since stepping foot on campus.
- Has lost a pair of keys to their passing game for the entire season. Backup QB Myers has moved on in search of more playing time, which will leave the backup duties to a duo that has zero experience (Myers only had 4 career attempts himself to be fair). But the bigger loss is LT Hollins – the Jr started 7 games LY, 6 at LT, played in 12, and was scheduled to protect Sunseri’s blind side. His replacement is a big area of concern as none of the current backup T’s has any experience. This will be an area to watch very closely.
PURDUE RB Bolden is still recovering from an ACL he tore LY, and will definitely miss the opener. He is a legit 1,000 yard All Big Ten type back if 100%, but with 3 ACL tears since arriving in West Lafayette, it appears most of the ground game will fall on the shoulders of Shavers who has a history of his own injury wise, but rushed for 519/4.7 LY including missing a lot of time. Purdue has a chance to be a sleeper Big Ten team in ’12, but they need to find consistency in the running game to provide the balance needed to potentially sneak up on the conference.
RICE 3rd string WR So Hull is out for the season after tearing his pectoral muscle. He had 181 yards LY, but will not be a big loss especially considering the Owls have moved former Michigan RB McGuffie to WR this season in an attempt to keep him on the field and get him into open space more often.
RUTGERS will go with Gary Nova at QB over Chas Dodd. Both played LY, Dodd is generally viewed as having the higher ceiling, but Nova is a better game manager which the new coaching staff wants.
- Starting SS So Waters is listed as questionable for Wk1 with an undisclosed injury. He played in 11 games LY, but there is experience behind him such as Sr Warren.
- Starting WR Sr Wright is listed as questionable for Wk1 with a dislocated finger. He appeared in 12 games LY but did limited damage on the field; look for Jr Pratt to step into his open spot if he is unable to go and produce about the same.
- 3rd string TE Jr Bush has transferred. He was expected to have limited opportunities this season, hence the transfer in search of more playing time.
SAN DIEGO STATE has named Oregon State transfer Ryan Katz it’s starting QB. He will be backed up by So Dingwell.
- Backup DT Galea’i is listed as doubtful for the opener as he recovers from a broken foot. That could be a big loss as the players behind him on the depth chart do not have much size for the 3-4 DT position. The rotation without him may be weak, especially with a So starting that only made 4 tackles LY.
SMU starting CB Richardson has been lost for the season due to a torn ACL. He had climbed all the way to a starting role in the secondary after being projected a 3rd teamer when spring camp commenced. There is similar talent on the roster to replace his production, so this loss should not be huge.
SOUTH CAROLINA RB Lattimore looks very good little lingering issues from his ACL last season. I think he will be fine and have a monster season.
- RB continues to be an area surrounded by question marks. Lattimore has looked fine in camp with only a little lingering issues showing up from his torn ACL, but keep in mind he is still coming back from a serious knee injury that was suffered less than a year ago. In addition, RB Wilds, LY’s #2 rusher among RBs, is listed as doubtful for their opener at VANDERBILT with an ankle injury. What’s still more, 4th string RB Carson is out with a wrist injury that recently required surgery. Lastly, as far as RBs go, two incoming Fr will also not be available this year. That leaves SCAR with a non 100% Lattimore, and Sr Kenny Miles for the tough road opener at conference foe and possibly sleeper Vandy. This position is definitely something to keep an eye on as the Gamecocks rely on their rushing attack offensively – they finished #95th in the country in passing yards, and lost their better passing QB Garcia, along with NFL draft pick Alshon Jeffery.
- Lost CB Auguste, a projected starter, for at least 4-5 weeks, probably longer. Big loss as that comes on the heels of losing 3 CBs who started at least 6 games LY, including NFL draftee Gilmore. LY SC had the #2 passing defense in the entire country – this year, CB appears to be somewhat of a concern, at least early in the season.
- 4th string QB McEvoy has transferred in search of more playing time. The loss is not significant obviously.
- Backup SPUR Golightly, who appeared in 12 games LY, has been suspended for the first three games this year. The Gamecocks would like to get him back on the field as soon as possible so he can soak in all he can from starting Sr Holloman. In the meantime, the backup role will be taken over by RFr Roberts, which is a big time drop-off, especially if anything was to happen to Holloman.
SOUTH FLORIDA 3rd string FS Boyd has transferred, which does not have much of an impact on their secondary.
SOUTHERN MISS backup DE Thomas will miss the entire season due to academics. He is the most experienced of the Golden Eagle DE’s, having appeared in 23 games over the last 2 years. His loss will have an impact on their DL, especially generating pocket pressure.
- Backup QB Favor is still trying to recover from knee surgery. He was expected to challenge for the starting QB role, but will now possibly take a RS and get healthy to challenge for next year’s starting gig. None of the SM backups have experience, so from that perspective, this isn’t that big a loss. But it only leaves 2 backups on the active roster, 1 of which is a true Fr – on a team that has a new coaching staff, and lost one of their better all time QBs.
STANFORD backup RB Gaffney has decided to pursue a baseball career. This is a big loss for the Cardinal from a depth perspective – Sr Taylor returns and is a stud, no doubt one of the best RBs in the entire country. But if he was to get injured, there now isn’t that one highly talented player behind him. It will be RBC as a backup to Taylor now, and with the loss of top draft pick QB Luck, Stanford must keep its fingers and toes cross Taylor stays healthy, or they will struggle mightily offensively.
SYRACUSE starting WR Foster is out Wk1 with a lower body injury. This injury will not be of great impact to the Orange as they have many interchangeable pieces in their WR corps.
- Will be without starting LT Pugh in at least their opener vs. Northwestern with a shoulder injury. Pugh is being touted as the best OL to ever wear the Orange, so obviously his loss will be significant for Cuse. They have not yet announced who will slide into his spot, but whoever it is will be a big time drop-off as there isn’t much outside depth to the Orange OL. At least Syracuse returns QB Nassib, who is entering his 3rd and final year as starter.
- Starting Sr WR Lemon is listed as questionable for Wk1 with a leg injury. He figures to be one of the leaders of the WR corps coming off a 2nd Team All Big East season in 2011. Syracuse really lacks depth on the outside, which takes another hit with Jr Fleming being listed as questionable for Wk1 with an ankle injury. If either or both of these guys cannot go, combined with the LT issues, Syracuse could have trouble moving the ball via the air in their home opener vs. Northwestern, although the Wildcats lose 3 of 4 starters from a secondary that ranked #71 in the country LY.
- Starting DT Bromley is listed as questionable for the opener with a sprained foot. He has been seen around campus wearing an air-cast, which really puts his status in doubt for a game some 10 days away. The Orange do have some depth on the interior of their DL, so while his loss would hurt from a rotational perspective, it appears talent wise there are more than enough bodies to throw in there and produce at a similar level.
TENNESSEE starting Jr WR Da’Rick Rogers is likely to miss the entire season due to issues with team policy and the coaching staff. LY he posted the 5th best #’s ever for a WR @ Tennessee, leading to 1ST team All SEC. No matter who steps in the loss of Rogers is immense for the Vols, who many (including myself) fancied as a sleeper SEC East team this season. WR Hunter and TE Rivera still form a solid pass catching duo, but the passing game takes a big hit with this loss.
- Backup TE Clear has been dismissed from the team and will transfer. He played in 12 games LY as a true Fr, and will be supplanted on the depth chart by either So Summers or So Plumlee. Both of those So’s are a drop off in talent from Clear, and if starting TE Rivera – one of the best in the SEC – happens to miss a significant amount of time, the production will noticeably drop off.
- Backup CB Lanier is out for the season due to academics. Although he was the incumbent starter at one CB position after starting 9 LY, he was overtaken by Sr Waggner and So Coleman and was resigned to being the top backup off the bench, and NB. He played well LY, but there is a lot of depth for the Vols at CB and overall in the secondary, so while you don’t lose a player of his talent and experience and get better, there is more than enough to cover up his loss.
Although it initially was announced TEXAS would start QB Ash and he would be their QB this season with no worries of being yanked mid-game for poor performance, it has now been announced that once again he will rotate with McCoy – at least initially – when they open the season against Wyoming.
- Top backup WR Miles Onyegbule could miss the beginning of the season with a chest injury. Although the Horns are set with their 3 starters, Onyegbule will have a significant role in the passing game this fall.
TEXAS A&M has lost backup TE Prioleau, who decided to leave the program due to personal reasons. The Aggies have 3 solid TE’s who, for the most part, are interchangeable, so while this loss affects the #’s at the position, the production shouldn’t fall, and the two deep remains at the same level w/o Prioleau.
TEXAS STATE starting SLB RFr Robinson is listed as questionable for Wk1 with an ankle injury. Jr David Mayo is expected to reprise his role if he is unable to go @ Houston in their opener. I must admit I am not overly familiar with the 2 deep @ Texas State, but from what I read, it doesn’t seem this will be a huge drop off – and if anything, it at least adds some experience putting a Jr in there for a RFr.
TEXAS TECH explosive starting Sr RB Stephens is listed as questionable for the start of the season with a knee injury. He is the Tech ground game, so if he was to miss any significant time, the pressure will really be on the unproven backups, and Sr QB Doege to move the ball and score the points needed to succeed in the high powered B12.
- Sr FL Moore is listed as questionable for Wk1 due to personal reasons. It sounds like he is likely to play; but nevertheless, it warrants note and following leading up to game time. He is certainly one of the better if not the best TT WR this season.
- Has suffered numerous losses on their OL heading into 2012. In particular, the G position is an absolute mess. With the injuries listed below the line falls to only 1 returning starter Sr C Gallington, and about 50 returning career starts. Here are the issues:
- Starting RG McDaniel (Sr) is out indefinitely due to lingering concussion symptoms. Starting LG Carpenter (So) is also out indefinitely due to the same problem, too many concussions. As if that wasn’t enough of an issue at G, top backup Sr Thomas has decided to transfer. There are only 3 remaining G’s listed on the depth chart, and they have a combined 4 starts between them. This is a massive issue for the Red Raiders this season. The status of McDaniel and Carpenter need to be monitored on a weekly basis as until they come back, the front wall will be extremely leaky, especially on the interior.
- Backup RT Wilson has a torn ACL and is out for the year. Since he was just a RFr the drop off in experience is null to the next backup, Fr Keenan, but the size and talent drop off is measurable.
- 3RD string FS Johnson has decided to take his talents to Southern Miss. His loss will be minimal.
TOLEDO starting RB Fluellen is listed as questionable for Wk1 with a foot injury. He hasn’t practiced recently, but the Rockets are hoping their leading returning rusher can get back to practice soon in time for their opener at Arizona.
TROY top backup WR Johnson was booted from the team because of poor grades. The Trojans start 4 WRs, and he was their top guy off the bench so it is a relatively significant loss since the team relies so much on WR production to move the ball and score points. However, on a positive note, he did not play at all LY as he went the JUCO route to work on his grades ironically enough, and in 2010 he only had 258 yards receiving. The team will fill in for his absence without missing a beat, but the lost body could be of concern at some point during the season.
TULANE starting RB Darkwa has been upgraded to probable for Wk1 vs. Rutgers. He is coming off back to back 1st Team CUSA years. His backup Dante Butler is also listed on injury report as probable with a hamstring issue.
- Suffered a HUGE blow to their defense when preseason CUSA DPOY Sr MLB Mackey was suspended indefinitely after being arrested for an armed robbery plot. His return is absolutely critical to the Green Wave, who yielded 37.5 ppg LY – which was an improvement over recent seasons! Looking at who will replace him is a useless exercise as he is that much better than anyone else Tulane could possibly put on the field to replace him.
- Starting DE Pierce has been ruled ineligible because of poor grades. He played in all 13 games LY, and made the CUSA Freshmen Team. There is little DE depth, but it looks like Jr Bechwith will slide into the starting role as he is the only backup DE with any playing experience for the Green Wave.
- Starting Sr C Morgan will miss the entire season due to a shoulder injury. He was one of 3 new starters on the Tulane OL. Keep an eye on Jr Henry, who may be his replacement and would not be that great a drop in production as he is experienced after serving as a backup interior linemen the L2Y’s.
UCLA starting RG Baca is questionable for Wk1 @ Rice with a concussion. The Sr figures to be one of the leaders of a solid OL this year in Westwood, but there are experienced backups the Bruins can lean such as Jr Ward and Jr Cid. There will not be a significant drop in production with either of those two, but there will be some leadership loss w/o Baca.
- Defensively, there are a lot more concerns. It all starts with team captain, defensive MVP, and possibly best player on the team Sr MLB Patrick Larimore, who has given up football due to repeated concussions. Obviously that is a killer loss for the Bruins defense. SS Riley, a likely starter, is also out for the season with neck issues. Sr Andrew Abbott is likely to take his spot and fill in at a level similar to Riley, so not a big loss there but it hurts depth, especially when combined with the loss of a deep depth chart guy, SS Mascarenas. In addition, a pair of backup DEs has been lost for the season in Tai and Tepa, while another, very highly regarded true Fr McCarthy, is listed as questionable for Wk1 with a knee injury. Those losses come to a deeper position on the UCLA defense, but losing 2 bodies for the season and another for the early part of the year really will test the depth of the unit.
UCONN QB Cochran, a true Fr, broke his wrist and is out indefinitely. He was unlikely to get the starting gig as that seems to be incumbent Johnny McEntee, and/or possibly transfer Chandler Whitmer.
UMASS starting QB Pagel is suffering from post concussion syndrome and his status is out for the early part of the season, and unknown moving forward. Although he was the projected starter there isn’t much difference between him and his competition, so the drop-off in production should not be significant.
UNLV has lost a pair of backup WRs who are no longer with the team. Jr Davis and RFr Thompson provided some depth as they were both listed as 2s on the depth chart, so those losses will no question impact the depth and rotation at WR. On top of those 2 losses, the unit already lost the top 4 receivers from LY, so the corps is a massive question mark going into 2012.
- Has also lost a pair of backup OL that were listed as 2s on the depth chart. RFr RG White & Sr Carroll are both no longer with the team. This area is actually one of the strongest units on the Rebels team, and the loss of these guys will not have a profound impact on the team considering neither has played a down for UNLV in their career.
- Has lost two starters on defense. Jr DT Holloway & Jr CB Spigner have both left the team for unknown reasons. Look for Jr Korman to fill in for Holloway – while he will be giving away nearly 100lbs, the talent and experience difference will be marginal; the replacement CB is a little dodgier as there isn’t much experience in the backups, and Spigner played in 11 games LY. Figure the CB loss to weigh more on the team.
USC has lost a pair of DL for basically the season, a position they could ill afford to lose both a starter and a Fr who was expected to provide quality depth. Starting DE Kennard tore his pectoral muscle and is listed out until at least November. The Sr has been playing a ton since coming to LA, and his absence will be huge since there is limited experience behind him. In addition, the Trojans also lost Fr Wilson, who was expected to provide quality depth and be a nice part of the rotation.
UTAH backup RT Sai has left the program and gone to Hawaii to play for his former OC Chow, now the HC at Hawaii. He was either 2nd or 3rd string, and is not considered a key piece of the OL puzzle.
- Backup RB So Langi has gone on his 2yr mission and will now miss the next 2 seasons. Langi was a decently rated recruit out of HS but contributed minimally in his Fr campaign. He was slotted as the 3rd string RB behind starter Sr White and Jr York. There will not be much of an impact this season because of his decision, but next year there could be depth concerns.
UTAH STATE starting WR Jordan Jenkins is listed as questionable for the Aggies opener vs. Southern Utah with a shoulder injury. He is a JUCO transfer that was expected to start his first game with the team; there is experienced depth behind him in case he cannot go led by Jr Travis Reynolds.
- Has a pair of 2nd string OL that are likely out for the season. So Walker, a RG, broke his leg and is out indefinitely. Likely to step up to the 2nd team is Joe Summers, a JUCO transfer who played in 10 games LY at that level. In addition to Walker, LG Vavau, another JUCO transfer, is having issues with his transcript and it appears more and more likely he will miss at least the beginning of the season, and quite possibly the entire year. Behind him is Jr Whimpey, who transferred into USU from Idaho St. Since neither of the injured players are starters, their impact will be limited as it doesn’t appear there is a massive drop off from the 2s to the 3s in this case. What’s more, Utah State has either the best or the 2nd best OL in the WAC, so as long as the starters stay healthy, this will definitely not be even a small issue.
UTSA backup ROVER Adekeye has been dismissed from the team and will be replaced by PENN ST transfer Sean Luchnick. It doesn’t seem like that injury will have much of an impact at all.
- Starting LT Phillips has left the program after starting 10 games LY. There is no depth behind him whatsoever as all the backup T’s have no experience at this level, so his loss will definitely be felt, especially as a LT. On the plus side for UTSA, he only weighed 265lbs, and many of the backups that could potentially step in weigh closer to 300. Phillips is the only starter from LY’s UTSA offense that is not back starting this season.
- Backup TE Morgan, who played in 10 games as a Fr LY and had 215 yards, suffered a leg injury and is out for the season. He had better #’s than the starting TE, which is odd in itself, so it appears this loss will also impact the UTSA passing game for certain.
WASHINGTON WR corps has a couple injuries of note. Two of the three listed starters will not be ready for opening day. WR Smith is still recovering from an ACL tear LY, and has not participated in contact drills yet. WR Johnson, the veteran leader of the group, broke his wrist in camp and is out 4-6 weeks. They still have one of the most talented WRs in the Pac Ten sans USC in Williams, but the talent level drops severely after him. On a good note, TE Sefarian-Jenkins is ready to go and could see more work due to these injuries – he is one of best TEs in the country. And on the plus side, Washington had 7 players LY with 200+ yards receiving, and only lost two of them (3 with Johnson) so there remains ample depth in the corps.
- Has four injuries to their LB corps, impacting the 2s and 3s but no starters. A pair of backup ILBs are out at least 4-6 weeks: Sr Fellner broke his foot recently and will miss at least 4 weeks – he has switched positions for this season from S to ILB, and has a lot of experience with the Huskies including 20 starts and 130 tackles. His loss obviously impacts the LB rotation pretty significantly. Also at ILB Jr Gilliland has retired from football – he has significantly less experience than Fellner, but was still listed as a backup and his loss will be missed modestly. At OLB, So Kearse, who is listed as a 3rd stringer, had surgery on his shin and will be out 4-6 weeks; while 4th string RFr Lyons has decided to transfer and his loss will not be of great impact at all. The Huskies do return 5 of their top 6 LBs from LY, so there is obvious depth at this position, however, the loss of Fellner specifically, and to a lesser extent Gilliland will impact the position early in the OOC portion of their schedule.
- Has 2 additional starters and one additional 2nd teamer listed as questionable for their opener hosting San Diego State on September 1st. Starting RG Kohler dislocated his knee the first day of camp and his status is unknown, although HC Sarkisian believes he will be in the opening day lineup. The Jr started 13 games LY, and if he is unable to go, there is little to no experience amongst the interior backup OL. Defensively, starting DE Jamora tore his ACL in game four LY and is still attempting to come back. Although he is listed as questionable, I have another source who advised me he will be out at least 3 weeks. In his place if he cannot go will be Sr Crichton, who has started 13 games in his Washington career so can bring ample experience, albeit a drop off in talent to the starting lineup. Also along the DL, backup DT Tokolahi, the incumbent starter from LY who was passed on the depth chart in camp by Shelton, is listed as questionable with a foot injury. He is the only experienced backup among the interior DL, so his loss will have an impact if he is unable to go.
- 3RD string RB Cooper has torn his ACL for the third time and will miss the season, and his career could be over. The RB corps suffered a huge loss from LY with Polk moving on, so although Cooper was only 3rd string, the position is very much open to competition and his injury will impact the depth.
WASHINGTON STATE has a pair of injuries at their NT position. Starter Laurenzi, the Sr, was dismissed from the team earlier this summer due to an off the field incident. He had started 21 games during his career and was considered the anchor on a very thin DL, which is now especially thin at the all important NT position in their 3-4. Also impacting the same position is 3rd string RFr Barber, who has a leg injury and was unable to practice this week. His status for the opener is unknown, but it’s safe to say even though he had no experience, he did have nice size and was definitely going to be a part of the rotation even before Laurenzi went down. These injuries will have a big impact on the WSU defense in 2012, and additional follow-up on the status of the position and who takes over is necessary week to week.
WISCONSIN will start QB O’Brien, their transfer from Maryland this season. In addition to that announcement at QB, the Badgers have suffered 3 season ending injuries/transfers to backups. #2 Brennan has decided to leave the program in search of more playing time following the staff anointing O’Brien the starter. 3rd string Jr Budmayr has hip issues and will miss the entire season. Also, incoming Fr Houston had shoulder surgery and will RS the 2012 season. That leaves the Badgers with 3 QBs – O’Brien the starter, and backups RFr Stave and Jr Phillips. It will be a massive issue if O’Brien gets injured this season.
- Depth providing backup So WR Willis has decided to leave the team. His absence will not have a great impact on the WR corps as a whole this season.
- Has lost a pair of backup defensive players for the season due to injury. Jr DT Kohout has retired from football as an MRI revealed he has had a few minor strokes in his life – he had 40+ tackles in his career at Wisconsin as a backup. Backup SS Singleton, a Fr, has not been cleared academically and will miss the entire season. He was one of the top recruits of the 2012 class for the Badgers, and his loss will lead to a medium talent drop-off to the next player ready to step in, but nothing significant, and he remains a key piece of the Badger secondary going forward.
WYOMING starting DE Durbin has transferred to Iowa St for his Sr season. This is not a huge loss for the Cowboys as this transfer comes at a unit, the DL, which returns 7 of their top 9 from LY. Expect Jr Puletasi to step into the vacated role, with not too much of a drop in production.
- Top backup WR Stratton will miss the entire season due to an undisclosed injury. The So played some QB LY, and was to be the top backup WR for the Cowboys that start three. His loss, although he didn’t play WR LY, will have an impact as there are no other backup Wyoming WR’s who have any experience playing offense at this level.