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Rutgers & Memphis Football 2014 – Bette...

Rutgers Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE This is the million dollar question.  They have so much talent on the perimeters.  Ralph Friedgen is an elite level offensive coordinator, where due to timing the Scarlet Knights luckily landed.  Leonte Carroo looks to be a Day 1 or 2 NFL draft pick.  Ruhann Peele (although the injury is a mystery) looks too be a serious threat. The offensive line was...

Illinois Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about th...

Illinois Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE The offense was the saving grace of the team last year and should carry the squad again this season. Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit ran fantastic offenses at Western Michigan and that was without players on the talent level of transfer QB Wes Lunt and RB Josh Ferguson. Lunt had the talent to start at Oklahoma State as a true freshman before injuries cost him...

Northwestern Football 2014 – Better, Worse or abou...

Northwestern Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE It’s going to be tough for the offense to be worse than last year’s. At one point, Northwestern ran out of scholarship running backs for a few plays, and quarterbacks Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian both missed games or played hurt for much of the year. Star running back Venric Mark also missed most of the season. However, with Siemian, the top...

Minnesota Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up

Minnesota Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up Strengths & Question Marks I think the obvious strength of this team is the running game.  The Gophers return 4/5 of their offensive line, with some talented underclassmen pushing last year’s starters for reps.  They also return David Cobb who was a 1,200 yard rusher after having a breakout junior season. And they add a couple very talented backs to the crew in Berkley Edwards...

Purdue Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the ...

Purdue Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE It’s tough to imagine an offense any worse than what we watched last season. They had no rhythm, weren’t good at running or passing the ball…had an offensive line that looked overmatched…while play calling was predictable and vanilla. Thankfully, they showed a pulse in the final game of the season…sadly, that was against one of the...

Iowa Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Sa...

Iowa Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE I think there’s a lot of hope on the part of Iowa fans — and not unjustified — that the offense will be better than it was a year ago.  This is year three under Greg Davis as offensive coordinator, he should have a second-year starter at QB (Jake Rudock), and collection of players at RB and WR that are better-suited to the style of offense that...

Boston College, Louisville & Michigan State &...

Boston College Football 2014 - Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE BC lost some of their major contributors on offense with the graduation of Heisman finalist Andre Williams, star receiver Alex Amidon, tackles Ian White/Matt Patchan and quarterback Chase Rettig. However BC reloaded this offseason with the transfer of Florida QB Tyler Murphy, and a stable of young running backs including sophomore Myles Willis and...

Maryland & Southern Miss Football 2014 Spring...

Maryland Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE Better. Maryland will have star wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long back and healthy (as well as a fully functional C.J. Brown at quarterback) and will be adding serious offensive weapons in wide receiver Marcus Leak (returning from a year off), running back Wes Brown (returning from a suspension) and incoming four-star wide receiver Juwann...

Ohio State Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about ...

Ohio State Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE The offense will be as good or better in 2014. Why? Braxton Miller, Braxton Miller and Braxton Miller. Not to mention the running game will still be formidable with a deep stable of backs led by sophomore Ezekiel Elliott. The biggest question will be how soon the newbies on the offensive line gel. The offense will be better at the skill positions. The good...

Wisconsin Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up

Wisconsin Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up Strengths & question marks coming out of spring The Badgers biggest strength appears to be the offensive line and the depth it now has. UW was lucky to get by without major injuries to the O-Line last season, but with some experience and recruiting the Badgers line looked deeper and more steady behind the starters in the spring. Expect more of the same from Wisconsin, but possibly...