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  • Early preseason look at the most talented college teams in the country

    Early look before the preseason college football magazines come out on the most talented teams in the nation and how they might fair during the season. It was based on the number of quality prospects the team has across the board at each position. Only listed were proven or talented players off of last years teams or highly rated incoming recruits.


    * = indicates highly ranked incoming prospects.

    Note: This is just an early projection, I do not have up to date depth charts for each team.





    1)
    QB Barkley, Scroggins*
    RB Bradford, Gable, Tyler
    FB Havili
    WR Johnson, Woods*, Ausberry, Butler
    TE Grimble*, Ayles
    OL O'Dowd, Henderson*, Smith, Lewis
    DL Perry, Casey, Tupou, Jackson, Armstead
    LB Morgan, Smith, Galippo, Kennard
    CB S. Wright, TJ Bryant
    S
    Extremely talented group overall, if they highly ranked freshman play up to their ranking, they could easily be one of the best offenses in the country now with Barkley having a year under his belt. The defense is not bad either, especially if potential star corners Wright and Bryant play up to their potential.




    2)
    QB McElroy, Sims*
    RB Ingram, Richardson
    FB Dial
    WR Jones, Maze
    TE Williams, Smelley
    OL Carpenter, Vlachos, Fluker
    DL Dareus
    LB Hightower, Johnson, Upshaw
    CB Kirkpatrick, Milliner*
    S Barron
    Have a lot of talent coming back, will still physically dominate people on offense and run over everyone with Ingram and Richardson. The defense will have to adjust those but if unproven corners Kirkpatrick and Milliner can play up to their ability and dominate, they should be right where they left off as a defense.




    3)
    QB Stanzi, Vandenberg
    RB Wegher, Robinson
    FB
    WR McNutt, Johnson-K,
    TE Fiedorowicz*
    OL Rieff, Ferentz, Vandervelde
    DL Clayborn, Binns, Ballard, Klug
    LB Hunter, Coleman
    CB Bernstine
    S Sash, Greenwood
    Should be a fine year for Iowa, they have a star quarterback, always have solid offensive line play and have weapons at receiver and running back. The defensive line will flat out dominate potentially and they have solid defensive backs as well.




    4)
    QB Moore
    RB Avery, Martin, Harper
    FB
    WR Pettis, Young,
    TE Efaw
    OL Byrd, Slater
    DL Winterswyk
    LB Venable, Acrey
    CB Thompson
    S Iloka, Johnson
    Talented team for one, second they play almost no one so they will be up there again this season. Dominating rushing attack with a stable of good backs, Pettis and Young are one of the best receiver tandems in college by far. The defense is solid, especially with solid safeties in IIoka and Johnson coming back.





    5)
    QB Gilbert
    RB Newton, Whittaker
    FB Johnson
    WR Chiles, Williams, Kirkendoll, Davis*
    TE Buckner
    OL Hix
    DL Acho, Jeffcoat*, Wilson*
    LB Robinson, Hicks*
    CB Williams, Brown, Brown
    S Gideon, Brewster, Cobbs*
    Last year Gilbert gave Texas fans something to be excited about in that championship game. He should lead a very solid Texas offense that has weapons and running back and receiver especially. The offensive line will have to improve but the defensive front will lean heavily on incoming star freshman. If they play up to their ability that outstanding defensive backfield will lead the way for a special defense.





    6)
    QB Pryor
    RB Saine, Herron
    FB Boren
    WR Posey, Sanzenbacher
    TE
    OL Boren, Browning, Brewster, Norwell*
    DL Heyward, Larimore, Simon
    LB Rolle, Homan, Moeller, McVey*
    CB Chekwa, Torrence
    S Hines
    Pryor is the big reason Ohio State is this high, he can do so many things for them. They have a very solid ground game and a very fine offensive line led by star Justin Boren. The defensive line will not be as good as last year but they have the best player from that line coming back in Heyward. The linebackers are very solid led by Rolle and Homan. The defensive backs will have to improve but they do have experienced players back there.




    7)
    QB Brantley
    RB Demps, Rainey
    FB
    WR DeBose, Thompson
    TE Christian*
    OL Gilbert, Pouncey, Johnson, Hurt
    DL Marsh, Trattou, Howard, Sanders, Powell*, Easley*
    LB Hicks, Edwards, Jones
    CB Jenkins
    S Black, Hill
    Still a lot of talent on that offensive and defensive line, loaded on both with some very good players. The defensive backs have star players back their so they will be fine and the linebackers are solid. The defense will lead the team, and on offense outside of rushers Demps and Rainey they will depend greatly on the success of DeBose to create plays as a receiver.




    8 )
    QB Harris
    RB Cooper, Berry
    FB James
    WR Hankerson, Benjamin, Byrd, Johnson
    TE
    OL Franklin
    DL Bailey, Robinson, Forston
    LB Spence, McCarthy, Brown
    CB Harris, Van Dyke
    S Armstrong, Telemaque, Nicholas
    They have a star quarterback in Harris and a great group of receivers for him to throw too. The running backs are ok but will have to improve and they will need a lot more from their offensive line if they want to be a good team. On defense they will depend on Bailey to dominate up front and Spence to lead the linebackers. The defensive backs are very talented and if they play up to their potential, watch out.




    9)
    QB Shinskie
    RB Harris, Haden
    FB
    WR Momah, Larmond
    TE McMichael
    OL Costanzo, Claiborne, Goodman, Richman, Lapham
    DL Albright, Scafe
    LB Herzlich, Kuechly, Morrissey
    CB Fletcher, Gause
    S
    Very solid team overall, best offensive line in the country arguably, Harris will dominate running the ball because of it. Not a star quarterback but he is solid. On defense if Herzlich comes back healthy look out because Kuechly is already a star. Solid corners as well make the potential season for Boston College pretty special.




    10)
    QB Lee
    RB Helu, Burkhead
    FB
    WR Paul
    TE McNeill
    OL Burkes, Jones
    DL Crick, Steinkuhler, Allen
    LB Compton, Fisher
    CB Amukamara, Dennard
    S Gomes, Hagg
    Solid group coming back, defense will lead them and anything the offense can give is a plus. If they get a group game and find a consistent back to run the ball taht will help a lot. On defense the front four will be good for sure and the defensive backs are outstanding. If they find and develop a few more talented young players they could be a fine football team.






    11)
    QB Garcia
    RB Lattimore*, Miles
    FB DiMarco
    WR Jeffery, Gurley, Barnes
    TE Saunders
    OL King, Cann*
    DL Matthews, Ajiboye, Taylor,
    LB Jeffery, Wilson
    CB Gilmore, Auguste Whitlock
    S Culliver, Holloman
    Could finally break out, they have outstanding young talent in the defensive backfield, some real star players. The defensive line and linebackers are solid. On offense they have a lot of weapons and depending on how good #1 rated RB Lattimore is, that could greatly improve Garcia's play with a solid ground game. Oh and do not forget star receiver Jeffery and the big tight end Saunders. Outstanding recruiting by SC the past two years.





    12)
    QB Parker
    RB Ellington, Harper
    FB
    WR Dye, Ashe
    TE Allen
    OL Walker
    DL Bowers, Jenkins, Cumbie
    LB Maye
    CB Gilchrist, Maxwell
    S McDaniel, Hall
    Very talented team, star quarterback in Parker with very good running backs that should help take the place of Spiller. The defensive backfield is full of star players potentially, so that will really help them and the defensive line should be very good as well.




    13)
    QB Yates
    RB Draughn, Houston
    FB Elzy
    WR Little
    TE Barham
    OL
    DL Quinn, Austin, McAdoo
    LB Sturdivant, Carter,
    CB Burney, Brown
    S Williams, Searcy
    Never seem to live up to expectations, but this year they have a very solid defensive backfield, a lot of good players, fine linebackers and really good defensive lineman. The defense should carry the team and on offense they have a star player in Little, if they get the ground game going more, improve offensive line play and get more out of their quarterback they should be a really good team.




    14)
    QB Bostick
    RB Lewis, Graham
    FB Hynoski
    WR Baldwin, Shanahan
    TE
    OL Pinkston
    DL Romeus, Sheard, Clemmings*, Caragein
    LB Williams, Gruder
    CB
    S
    Should be fine on offense, especially with Lewis running the ball, Baldwin catching the ball and having an experienced quarterback coming back to prove himself in Bostick. The defensive line will dominate again, and the linebackers are solid but they better fine some defensive backs if they want to be elite.




    15)
    QB Jefferson, Lee
    RB Ridley
    FB
    WR Toliver, Shepard, Randle
    TE
    OL Barksdale, Hebert
    DL Nevis, Levingston
    LB Sheppard
    CB Peterson, Eugene
    S Loston, Brooks
    Quarterback play will mean a lot, but if Jefferson develops watch out. Ridley should be a star at running back and if Shepard develops at receiver he should be a great player. They have a decent offensive line led by Barksdale. On defense they have star defensive backs, especially with Peterson and Loston. The defensive line has ok players, but not as strong as years past.




    16)
    QB Luck
    RB Taylor
    FB Marecic
    WR Owusu, Whalen, Baldwin
    TE
    OL DeCastro, Martin, Phillips,
    DL Keiser
    LB
    CB Bademosi
    S
    That offensive line will lead the way and if they find another punishing running to run the ball behind that great offensive line and full back, they will be fine. Luck will carry them a lot way as well, especially with a lot of solid receivers coming back. Defense they need help however, but have star players potentially in Bademosi and Keiser.




    17)
    QB Cousins, Nichol
    RB Caper, Baker, Leggett
    FB
    WR Dell, Cunningham, Martin
    TE Linthicum, Gantt
    OL Foreman
    DL Gholston*
    LB Jones, Gordon
    CB Rucker
    S Trawick
    Very talented receiving group, a lot of targets to throw to for a fine quarterback in Cousins. The running game should be outstanding as well with a very talented group of backs. On defense is where they need help, they have a star in Jones at linebacker but they need more out of the other positions to be an elite team.




    18 )
    Wisconsin
    QB Tolzien
    RB Clay, Ball
    FB
    WR Toon, Anderson, Gilreath, Jefferson
    TE Kendricks
    OL Carimi, Moffitt, Oglesby
    DL Watt
    LB St. Jean
    CB Henry
    S Valai
    Very solid team for them, great running game with Clay and that fine offensive line. Kendricks is a star player as well at tight end and their receiving core is very deep and talented. Tolzien is a solid quarterback as well for them. On defense they have a few ok players but need some stars for them to reach their potential as a team.



    19)
    QB Prince
    RB Franklin
    FB
    WR Rosario, Embree
    TE Pressley
    OL Sua-Filo
    DL
    LB Ayers
    CB
    S Moore, Dye
    Extremely talented team in terms of a few prospects, Moore, Ayers and Sua-Filo are some of the most talented players at their respective positions in the nation. They will carry the team. They have experience at quarterback but need more, some talented pass catches as well with Rosario, Embree and Pressley. They will need to find more talent on defense though for them to really dominate and be a successful team.




    20)
    QB Ponder, Manuel
    RB Thomas
    FB
    WR Forston, Reed, Green*
    TE
    OL Hudson, Datko, Sanders
    DL
    LB Bradham, Luc*, Jones*
    CB Joyner*, Reid
    S
    Solid offense coming back, good ground game, experienced and talented offensive line and two fine quarterbacks in Ponder and Manuel. A decent group of receivers as well. On defense they have to improve though and will depend greatly on incoming freshman I believe. If they get anything out of that defense this could be a good team, if not, they will not.
    Last edited by Ozzy; 05-26-2010, 12:30 PM.

  • #2
    Here is an early list of top position cores around college football.


    RB
    1) Alabama: Ingram, Richardson, Dial
    2) Boise State: Avery, Martin, Harper
    3) USC: Bradford, Gable, Tyler, Havili
    4) Pitt: Lewis, Graham, Hynoski
    5) Penn State: Royster, S. Green
    6) Florida: Demps, Rainey
    7) Clemson: Ellington, Harper
    By far the most talented in Alabama in this group, in terms of depth hard to beat USC but their production is not really there. Penn State should be higher but they do not get as much out of Green as they should.



    WR/TE
    1) South Carolina: Jeffery, Gurley, Saunders, Barnes
    2) Miami FL: Hankerson, Benjamin, Byrd, Johnson
    3) USC: Johnson, Woods*, Ausberry, Butler, Grimble*, Ayles
    4) Notre Dame: Floyd, Rudolph, Kamara
    5) Georgia: AJ Green, T. King, O. Charles, M. Brown
    6) Boise State: Pettis, Young, Efaw
    7) Texas: Chiles, Williams, Kirkendoll, Davis*
    8) Michigan State: Cunningham, Dell, Linthicum, K. Martin, Gantt
    Not a really strong list, South Carolina has elite talent with Jeffery, Saunders and Gurley potentially but still up in the air, same with Miami. USC could be higher if their highly ranked players play well.



    OL
    1) Boston College: Costanzo, Claiborne, Goodman, Richman, Lapham
    2) Florida: Gilbert, Pouncey, Johnson, Hurt
    3) Georgia: Sturdivant, Glenn, J. Davis, Boling, Jones
    4) Ohio State: Boren, Brewster, Norwell*, Browning
    5) USC: O'Dowd, Henderson*, Smith, Lewis
    6) Stanford: DeCastro, J. Martin, Phillips
    7) Wisconsin: Carimi, Moffitt, Oglesby
    8) Alabama: Carpenter, Vlachos, Fluker
    By far it is Boston College at the top, Florida is quite talented and Georgia surprisingly has a lot of very good players. Very good overall group with a lot of talented offensive lines.



    DL
    1) Iowa: Clayborn, Binns, Ballard, Klug
    2) Pitt: Romeus, Sheard, Clemmings*, Caragein
    3) Florida: Marsh, Trattou, Howard, Sanders, Powell*, Easley*
    4) USC: Perry, Casey, Tupou, Jackson, Armstead
    5) Nebraska: Crick, Steinkuhler, Allen
    6) UNC: Quinn, Austin, McAdoo
    Iowa at the top by far, then takes a step down, Pitt is good but have to replace some solid defensive tackles. USC could be great but need to be consistent. UNC could be at the top but need to fill spots of two seniors that left.




    LB
    1) Boston College: Kuechly, Merzlich, Morrissey
    2) USC: Morgan, Smith, Galippo, Kennard
    3) Alabama: Hightower, Johnson, Upshaw
    4) Ohio State: Rolle, Homan, Moeller, McVey*
    Not a strong overall group, after BC and USC it takes a little bit of a drop, Alabama is solid but need some young players to greatly improve.



    DB
    1) Texas: A. Williams, Ch Brown, Cu Brown, Gideon, Brewster, Cobbs*
    2) Florida: A. Black, W. Hill, Jenkins
    3) Clemson: McDaniel, Hall, Gilchrist, Maxwell
    4) LSU: P. Peterson, Eugene, Loston
    5) South Carolina: S. Gilmore, Culliver, Auguste, Whitlock, Holloman
    6) Miami FL: R. Armstrong, Telemaque, B. Harris, Van Dyke, Nicholas
    7) UNC: Burney, D. Williams, Brown, Searcy
    8 ) Nebraska: Amukamara, Dennard, Gomes, Hagg
    9) Alabama: Kirkpatrick, Milliner*, Barron
    10) Boise State: Iloka, J. Johnson, B. Thompson
    Great overall collection, Texas is at the top by far however, Florida could be but they need more depth. Clemson is surprisingly talented, especially at safety and LSU have some star players as well, same with SC. Great overall collection and that is a very good sign.



    * = indicates highly ranked incoming recruit.
    Last edited by Ozzy; 05-26-2010, 12:28 PM.

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    • #3
      Iowa the third-most talented team in the country...hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahaha. They're good as a team, but the sum is greater than the parts. They play well as a team, but in terms of individual talent, they're not top-three.

      Michigan State the 16th-most talented team in the country...what...the...****. Ease up on the crack pipe.

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      • #4
        If Parker is the QB at Clemson this fall then I'll lick a bum's ass crack. Kid is a 1st rounder in the MLB draft this summer without a doubt.


        Originally posted by Morgan Freeman
        Titty sprinkles

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        • #5
          I think Ohio State has the second best stable of RB's in the country.

          Herron, Saine, Hall, Berry, Rod Smith, Carlos Hyde

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          • #6
            If Parker is the QB at Clemson this fall then I'll lick a bum's ass crack. Kid is a 1st rounder in the MLB draft this summer without a doubt.
            That is too bad to hear, I am not a fan with regards to talented prospects picking America's Nap time over the American football. ;)

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Ozzy View Post
              7)
              QB Brantley
              RB Demps, Rainey
              FB
              WR DeBose, Thompson
              TE Christian*
              OL Gilbert, Pouncey, Johnson, Hurt
              DL Marsh, Trattou, Howard, Sanders, Powell*, Easley*
              LB Hicks, Edwards, Jones
              CB Jenkins
              S Black, Hill
              Still a lot of talent on that offensive and defensive line, loaded on both with some very good players. The defensive backs have star players back their so they will be fine and the linebackers are solid. The defense will lead the team, and on offense outside of rushers Demps and Rainey they will depend greatly on the success of DeBose to create plays as a receiver.
              Defense is definitely not going to lead this team. If anything, I expect it to resemble the 07 team (Tebow's Heisman year) more than anything - explosive offense and very young and average on defense.

              With Brantley handling the offense, I expect the running game to start taking a back seat to the passing game. Brantley is a much more talented pure passer than Tebow, so I'm interested to see how Meyer molds his offense to fit around Brantley's talents.

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              • #8
                I highly doubt Kyle Parker is drafted in the 1st round of the MLB Draft this year.

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                • #9
                  yourfavestoner: Defense is definitely not going to lead this team. If anything, I expect it to resemble the 07 team (Tebow's Heisman year) more than anything - explosive offense and very young and average on defense.

                  With Brantley handling the offense, I expect the running game to start taking a back seat to the passing game. Brantley is a much more talented pure passer than Tebow, so I'm interested to see how Meyer molds his offense to fit around Brantley's talents.
                  I disagree totally, how could the offense lead this team? Heck they were suspect at times last year with Tebow, and had no real receiving weapons outside of Hernandez and Cooper, now both are gone and all you got flat out is DeBose, that is it unless some other player really steps up they are in big trouble. As for the running game, they lost their best power running back last year with Tebow clearly. So how is that speed game going to work when they have to get the tough yards and make the defense respect that fake draw? They better get a QB that can do what Tebow did because if not that offense will not work the way it did and Demps and Rainey will not be that productive. The offensive line is all that offense has as of right now, if they did not have that OL that offense would be horrible. And again in terms of Rainey and Demps, let us be serious, they are scat backs with no real shot at being a starter in the NFL, they are not Sproles type of backs, they are speed only and do not touch me or I will go down backs. T. Holiday this past year was drafted on speed and return ability, not being a RB, very similar to these two guys potentially. Will see what happens. Maybe I am wrong but I cannot see an NFL team being like, hey let us build our running game around Jeff Demps and or Chris Rainey.

                  However I do not see how that defense will not be the strength of the team, at least they have weapons coming back and depth and almost each position, along with a few stars. Could argue, outside of that offensive line and DeBose Florida's offense has no stars at all at this point in time based off what they showed last year.

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                  • #10
                    TheRoo: I think Ohio State has the second best stable of RB's in the country.

                    Herron, Saine, Hall, Berry, Rod Smith, Carlos Hyde
                    Yeah you can argue that, however Hall, Berry, Smith and Hyde are all unproven players. Saine is very good and Herron is ok, Boren and or Martin can be great full backs as well. But until those last few players you mentioned actually perform, the jury is still out on them and just based off Saine and Herron they are close but Pryor is their best runner more often than not.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Ozzy View Post
                      And again in terms of Rainey and Demps, let us be serious, they are scat backs with no real shot at being a starter in the NFL, they are not Sproles type of backs, they are speed only and do not touch me or I will go down backs. T. Holiday this past year was drafted on speed and return ability, not being a RB, very similar to these two guys potentially. Will see what happens. Maybe I am wrong but I cannot see an NFL team being like, hey let us build our running game around Jeff Demps and or Chris Rainey.
                      Which has absolutely zero relevance to the college game, furthering the belief that you're a ******* idiot.

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                      • #12
                        Is one sad about a team being left off the list? If Michigan recruited a position outside of quarterback that might help. Warren does not help their overall pedigree however, note his game against Ohio State which apparently was amazing according to one individual, right....
                        Last edited by Ozzy; 05-26-2010, 02:35 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Nice job, as usual Ozzy.

                          Iowa should be a good-really good team this year, but overall I don't think they are as talented as you rate them. They are probably tops in the country in DL talent, they have a pretty talented WR corps, and their DBs are pretty good. Other than that, their OL could be good but is unproven (granted, based on potential, they have a lot of "talent") and their RBs will need to improve a lot.

                          Are you basing this on potential talent, proven talent, or a combo of both? Because like I mentioned, Iowa's OL is going to be very inexperienced but has a lot of potential.

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                          • #14
                            Are you basing this on potential talent, proven talent, or a combo of both? Because like I mentioned, Iowa's OL is going to be very inexperienced but has a lot of potential.
                            It is a little of both. Yes it looks odd but the defensive line is a huge part of being ranked that high, plus the fact they have one of the best safety combos in the nation. Along with that easily one of the best quarterbacks in the country, and a fine backup behind him. Sure their running backs are not great but they are very solid and they have three of them at the least. As for the offensive line, Rieff I think very highly off, one of the best young lineman in the nation, he was better than Bulaga at times last year in my opinion. That is why I consider that offensive line so talented because of him, and I am sure others will develop as well. Overall I think they should have a fine season and will produce in the end more than a few solid NFL players potentially. That DL, Stanzi and Rieff are the difference for them in my opinion.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Ozzy View Post
                              It is a little of both. Yes it looks odd but the defensive line is a huge part of being ranked that high, plus the fact they have one of the best safety combos in the nation. Along with that easily one of the best quarterbacks in the country, and a fine backup behind him. Sure their running backs are not great but they are very solid and they have three of them at the least. As for the offensive line, Rieff I think very highly off, one of the best young lineman in the nation, he was better than Bulaga at times last year in my opinion. That is why I consider that offensive line so talented because of him, and I am sure others will develop as well. Overall I think they should have a fine season and will produce in the end more than a few solid NFL players potentially. That DL, Stanzi and Rieff are the difference for them in my opinion.
                              Thanks for the explanation. I can see where you're coming from, and while it's awesome to see the Hawks that high, even as a fan I don't think they are that talented comparitively. But, I can definitely understand how you put them there.

                              Really, the OL this year might not be the greatest, but if you take into account the OL we have coming up as Freshman and Sophomores, in 2-3 years we should have a dominant OL. I think our DBs are more or less solid, with Sash being ************* Tyler Sash. Greenwood is pretty good, but benefited in large by having Sash next to him and Spievey shutting off one side of the field. I think he will regress this year nad show that he really isn't all that talented. And our CBs will be solid, with Micah Hyde having the potential to be a super freak at CB. I honestly think WR is our 2nd most talented position behind DL, with McNutt and DJK both expected to have huge years to the tune of at least 700-1000 yards and 8-10 TDs a piece.

                              If I had to rank our positions, it would be DL, WR, QB, OL, DB, RB, LB, all based on production and potential.

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