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

Oregon Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? Oregon Update: The Year of the Duck How often does your favorite college team have three high NFL draft picks (Two would have been first round) that decide to return for a final year?  Oregon fans are thrilled to have a veteran team returning that can legitimately point to the National Championship Playoff as a realistic goal.  This team has done a ton of winning over...

USC Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Sam...

USC Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE In order to answer this question, one would first have to decide which team they were asking about. The offense should certainly be better than the Lane Kiffin-coached and Ed Orgeron-coached squads, but it’s hard to know if they will be better than the Clay Helton-coached squad we saw in Las Vegas. Helton returns as OC and certainly inherits an up-tempo offense...

Oregon State Football 2014 – Better, Worse or abou...

Oregon State Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE The running game showed signs of life in the last two games of the year (Civil War, Hawaii Bowl), but before that as completely moribund, even against awful teams. Some of that was just because they didn’t have to run the ball a lot, given the prolific nature of the passing offense, but a larger element was just because they were terrible at it....

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

Utah Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE Better. The most glaring statistic that has doomed the University of Utah football program since 2008? Not one quarterback has started and finished a season as the Utes lead signal caller since Brian Johnson led the Utes to a 31-17 Sugar Bowl win over Alabama. To say the Utes have had bad luck with all the injuries to QBs recently would be a severe understatement....

Washington State Football 2014 – Better, Worse or ...

Washington State Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE It’s going to depend on the offensive line. Connor Halliday returns at quarterback and nearly everyone returns at running back and receiver with a few promising freshman added to the mix. Halliday was really good during the second half of the season, if he plays like that for the year, the offense could take a massive jump forward.  None of that...

Arizona State Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up

Arizona State Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up Strengths & question marks coming out of spring The Sun Devil offense is loaded with dynamic playmakers. The explosive D.J. Foster takes over as the lead back after two excellent years spilt at running back or receiver. Behind him are speedy veterans Kyle Middlebrooks and Deantre Lewis, and three highly-touted recruits—Demario Richard, Kalen Ballage, and De’Chavon Hayes—are...

California Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up

California Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up Strengths & question marks coming out of spring The team’s strength is clearly the wide receiver position. They could still use more consistency, but they’re legitimately two-deep at all four positions with starter-level talent. The biggest question mark is the Dline, specifically defensive tackle. Projected starters Jacobi Hunter (personal reasons) and Mustafa Jalil...

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

UCLA Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE The offense will be better, and it’s not just because of returning QB Brett Hundley, though he’s a very big reason. There is no questioning Hundley’s athletic ability, and the coaching staff is raving about his mental development in the off season in terms of his understanding of the offense, seeing coverages, reading keys, and having confidence...

Arizona State Football 2014 – Better, Worse or abo...

Arizona State Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? Offense The offense will be better. There are rumblings around the program that DJ Foster is an improvement over Marion Grice at running back (although nobody will say it out loud because Grice was a great player and well liked) and the receiving corps is deeper and more talented than last year, especially when Juco transfer Eric Lauderdale arrives this summer....

Utah Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up

Utah Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up. Strengths & question marks coming out of spring Spring practice didn’t answer a lot of questions for Utah, just based on some injuries to some key players, as well as the program awaits some additions in the fall. With that said one thing we learned about the team is that there is some serious depth at running back. There could be easily four contributing running backs next season. I...