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  • Most talented college football teams with SOPH, JR and SR talent.

    Looking at the best collective teams with top SOPH, JR and SR talent coming into next season. Here are my top 10, no mind you I probably left a few players out but the ones I included are players that stood out last year. I did not include any incoming freshman that could be impact players next season.


    1)
    USC: Sure the quarterback position is inexperienced but they have arguably the best receiving core in the nation, one of the best offensive lines in the nation and possibly the best defensive backfield in the nation, let us not even start with their core of running backs. Linebacker will take time but they have great young players at that position and the defensive line will have to rebuild a little as well.
    QB Mustain, Crop,
    RB S. Johnson, McKnight, Gable, Tyler, Havili, Bradford
    WR R. Johnson, D. Williams, Ausberry
    TE McCoy, Ayles
    OL Brown, Lewis, O’Dowd, T. Smith, Kalil, Byers
    DL Griffen, Tupou
    LB Morgan, Galippo
    CB Wright, Thomas, Pinkard
    S Mays, Harris


    2)
    Oklahoma: Loaded at key offensive positions like QB, RB and TE however the offensive line will really be different this year and the receivers are not really deep either. On defense that defensive line is probably the best and the linebackers are damn good as well. At corner they are solid but will have to fill holes at safety.
    QB Bradford
    RB Murray, Brown
    WR Broyles
    TE Gresham, Eldridge
    OL T. Williams
    DL Granger, McCoy, English, Taylor, Beal, Alexander
    LB Reynolds, Box, Lewis, Clayton
    CB Jackson, Franks, Holmes
    S


    3)
    Florida: The best group of defensive players by far, stacked at linebacker and the entire secondary is very good as well as the defensive line. They should flat out dominate. On offense they have holes to fill but still have solid running backs and potential playmaking receivers but they will have to grow up a lot and get better. On the offensive line they will need more than just the Pouncey boys that is for sure.
    QB Tebow
    RB Demps, Rainey, Moody, James
    WR Cooper, D Thompson
    TE Hernandez
    OL Pouncey, Pouncey
    DL Dunlap, Cunningham, Sanders
    LB Spikes, Stamper, Hicks, Doe
    CB Haden, Jenkins
    S Black, Wright, Munroe


    4)
    Texas: Have arguably the two best safeties on any one team in Gideon and Thomas, they are flanked by two very good corners. The defensive line is weak outside of Kindle however, they lost a lot and the linebackers are not real great. On the offensive line they have some players but not many. At RB and WR they have the most depth, some real good young receivers potentially and even at quarterback they have a lot of quality players.
    QB McCoy, Chiles
    RB Whittaker, C. Johnson, McGee
    WR Shipley, M. Williams, Buckner
    TE
    OL Ulatoski, Allen
    DL Kindle
    LB Muckelroy, Norton
    CB Beasley, C. Brown
    S Thomas, Gideon


    5)
    LSU: Very talented in the offensive line and have two potential stars there. The receivers are talented and LaFell should be an absolute monster this season. At quarterback they will have to improve but they have experience there and at running back they are loaded again. On defense the linebackers are inexperienced but they have a solid secondary with talented players. On the defensive line they have some real nice prospects as well.
    QB Lee, Hatch
    RB Scott, Williams, Holliday
    WR LaFell, Toliver, Mitchell
    TE Dickson
    OL Black, Barksdale
    DL Alem, Woods, Nevis
    LB Sheppard
    CB Hawkins, Eugene
    S C. Jones Coleman


    6)
    Ohio State: Clearly Pryor is an elite talent but he will need the offensive players around him develop. Saine and Herron are two talented backs but have to prove they can produce. Small has talent but has never lived up to it and they have good young players on the offensive line. The defensive line might be the best strength of the team, a lot of big guys on that front, all they have to do is all stay healthy. At linebacker Homan will carry them and should have a fine year. They have nice young safeties with talent and Chekwa at corner could be a real star.
    QB Pryor
    RB Saine, Herron
    WR Small, Sanzenbacher
    TE Ballard
    OL Brewster, Browning
    DL Gibson, Heyward, Wilson, Worthington, Rose
    LB Homan, Moeller
    CB Chekwa
    S Hines, Coleman, Russell


    7)
    Miami FL: A very talented team defensively, a lot of athletic quick defensive lineman, especially Moncur and Robinson. At linebacker they have a lot of real talent, leading the way for that group is Spence. In the defensive backfield they are solid as well with potential stars in Harris and Nicolas. On offense they have playmakers in Johnson and Cooper but a lot will depend on Harris’s development at quarterback.
    QB Harris
    RB Cooper, James
    WR A. Johnson, Benjamin
    TE Epps
    OL Fox, Franklin
    DL Moncur Bailey, M. Robinson, Forston,
    LB Spence, McCarthy, Sharpton, A. Brown
    CB B. Harris, Grant, Van Dyke,
    S Nicolas, Phillips


    8)
    Notre Dame: Very talented offensive team, real good players at the receiving positions, outstanding weapons there. They have good running backs as well who just need to produce and Clausen should continue his solid development. On defensive the front and linebackers have a lot to prove but the defensive backfield is solid as can be. Potential stars of that group could be Blanton and Smith.
    QB Clausen
    RB Allen, Hughes, Aldrige
    WR Floyd, G. Tate, Grimes, Parrish, Kamara
    TE Rudolph
    OL Young, Olsen
    DL
    LB
    CB Gray, Blanton, Walls
    S H. Smith. McCarthy


    9)
    Alabama: They have outstanding defensive backs and two of the best corners around in Arenas and Jackson, then you have Woodall who is a beast at safety. The linebackers are more than just good with McClain and Hightower. The defensive line will lean on Cody who should be in much better shape than last season. On offense they have some talented running backs that will have to lead the way and Jones is a special weapon at receiver. But they have to fill major holes in the offensive line and at the quarterback position.
    QB
    RB Upchurch, Grant, Ingram
    WR Jones
    TE
    OL M. Johnson
    DL Cody, Deaderick
    LB McClain, Hightower, Hall
    CB Arenas, Jackson
    S Woodall


    10)
    UNC: A talented football team, on defense they have a lot of good young defensive lineman, leading the way is Austin. At linebacker they have a star in Sturdivant and in the defensive backfield Burney and Williams are real playmakers. On offense the line is a little questionable but they have a lot of good solid running backs, experienced quarterbacks and a great project receiver in Little.
    QB Yates
    RB Draughn, Elzy, R Houston
    WR G. Little
    TE
    OL
    DL Austin, McAdoo, Quinn
    LB Sturdivant, Carter,
    CB Burney
    S D. Williams
    Last edited by Ozzy; 06-29-2009, 07:22 PM.

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    Top position cores in college football

    Top running back cores
    1 USC: S. Johnson, McKnight, Gable, Tyler, Havili, Bradford
    2 LSU: Scott, Williams, Holliday


    Top receiving cores
    1 USC: R. Johnson, D. Williams, Ausberry, McCoy, Ayles
    2 Notre Dame: Floyd, G. Tate, Grimes, Parrish, Kamara, Rudolph


    Top offensive line cores
    1 Boston College: Claiborne, Castanzo, Lapham, Elliot
    2 USC: Brown, Lewis, O’Dowd, T. Smith, Kalil, Byers


    Top defensive line core
    1 Oklahoma: Granger, McCoy, English, Taylor, Beal, Alexander
    2 Ohio State: Gibson, Heyward, Wilson, Worthington, Rose


    Top linebacker cores
    1 Florida: Spikes, Stamper, Hicks, Doe
    2 Oklahoma: Reynolds, Box, Lewis, Clayton


    Top defensive back cores
    1 USC: Mays, Wright, Thomas, Pinkard, Harris
    2 Florida Haden, Black, Wright, Jenkins, Munroe

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    • #3
      I like our defensive line core. Not top-2 material, but neither is OSU. UF immediately comes to mind, and I'm sure there are others.

      Speaking of UF, their LBs are overrated.

      USC RBs :-O! I'd like to have CJ Gable as my "3rd best" back.

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      • #4
        I like our defensive line core. Not top-2 material, but neither is OSU. UF immediately comes to mind, and I'm sure there are others.
        It is potentially top two material, if Bailey and Forston play up to par. I have Ohio State on there because potentially they could be outstanding, Heyward and Wilson are monster defensive ends, Gibson was a star pass rusher last year and the have tall big tackles as well that could be good. However yes last year they were very disappointing but I would hope they would improve and be real terrors this year. Florida has a good DL I agree and yes it could be argued they are near the top but OU is hands out the best without question in my book.

        Speaking of UF, their LBs are overrated.
        How are they overrated? Who is better than they are? Spikes played out of his mind last year and was the best ILB in the country hands down, then you have Hicks who was a real athletic force outside and Stamper who played great in run support. I did not find many groups better than them, Miami has a good group but they do not have the star and talent power Florida has. Mostly because of McCarthy's injury issues and the lack of Brown coming into his own.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ozzy View Post
          Ohio State: Clearly Pryor is an elite talent
          How is this "clearly"? What has he done to prove he's elite? Sam Bradford's elite. Tim Tebow's elite. Colt McCoy's elite. Pryor is good, not elite.

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          • #6
            How is this "clearly"? What has he done to prove he's elite? Sam Bradford's elite. Tim Tebow's elite. Colt McCoy's elite. Pryor is good, not elite.
            In terms of prospects, who as a sophomore is more promising than Pryor? Sure he is a project but his upside is second to none in his class.

            Maybe Robert Griffin but ultimately Pryor's potential is the best out of those young QBs in my book.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Ozzy View Post
              In terms of prospects, who as a sophomore is more promising than Pryor? Sure he is a project but his upside is second to none in his class.

              Maybe Robert Griffin but ultimately Pryor's potential is the best out of those young QBs in my book.
              So, tell me again how that means he's elite? He has elite potential, but he's far from elite right now.

              Also, Ohio State's DL belongs nowhere near a top 2 in the country list.
              Last edited by Sniper; 06-30-2009, 10:32 AM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by etk View Post
                I like our defensive line core. Not top-2 material, but neither is OSU. UF immediately comes to mind, and I'm sure there are others.

                Speaking of UF, their LBs are overrated.

                USC RBs :-O! I'd like to have CJ Gable as my "3rd best" back.
                @ LB's: I lol'd. The only one people even care about is Brandon Spikes who is the best ILB in the country. The others are in constant rotation. Nobody is in love with Ryan Stamper, Dustin Doe, A.J. Jones, Hicks, etc. They go in and do their job and the next comes in. I'm going to love this year, as both Jelani Jenkins and Jon Bostic will find their way into the rotation, so we'll have continuously fresh guys to put in. Spikes is the only every down player in there.

                And Florida also has hands down the best secondary in College Football. Haden, Jenkins, Black, Wright, and they're good enough to keep Will Hill and others on the bench.

                And if I see one more person talk up Javier Arenas... he's not a good corner, he's decent, but he makes his name as a return man. Florida borderline abused him without even having Percy on the roster.
                Last edited by sbh15; 06-30-2009, 10:56 AM.

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                • #9
                  So, tell me again how that means he's elite? He has elite potential, but he's far from elite right now.
                  By the end of next year he will be elite, simple as that.

                  As for their DL, quite an impressive list of large players here. Yes I admit last year they did not play well outside of Gibson but they have a lot of physical size and talent and should be much better this season. Players like Heyward you do not find in too many places.
                  Cameron Heyward 6-6 287
                  Robert Rose 6-5 285
                  Doug Worthington 6-6 276
                  Lawrence Wilson 6-4 270
                  Thaddeus Gibson 6-2 240
                  Willie Mobley 6-3 265
                  Todd Denlinger 6-2 292


                  Like with any projection however, they could not live up too they talent or ability. Thus it is clearly speculation at this point.

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                  • #10
                    And Florida also has hands down the best secondary in College Football. Haden, Jenkins, Black, Wright, and they're good enough to keep Will Hill and others on the bench.
                    That could be argued easily. Mays is by far better than any player in the Florida secondary. If Will Harris plays up to his ability he could be something special. Then you have Pinkard who has worlds of experience and can play almost any position in the secondary. Do not forget Wright a talented corner who got injured last year and Thomas who had a solid season. Florida has a great secondary obviously but I think Mays star potential puts the USC group over Florida.

                    Also didn't Jenkins get in some trouble this off season? I always hate when I hear that and usually that kind of stuff shows it self on the field at some point in a negative way.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Ozzy View Post
                      By the end of next year he will be elite, simple as that.
                      You said Pryor IS elite, not WILL BE elite.

                      As for their DL, quite an impressive list of large players here. Yes I admit last year they did not play well outside of Gibson but they have a lot of physical size and talent and should be much better this season. Players like Heyward you do not find in too many places.
                      Cameron Heyward 6-6 287
                      Robert Rose 6-5 285
                      Doug Worthington 6-6 276
                      Lawrence Wilson 6-4 270
                      Thaddeus Gibson 6-2 240
                      Willie Mobley 6-3 265
                      Todd Denlinger 6-2 292


                      Like with any projection however, they could not live up too they talent or ability. Thus it is clearly speculation at this point.
                      Besides being big, what have they done, you know, on the field to merit being called a top 2 DL? Or is this like Pryor where you say they're "elite" now and actually mean that you think they'll be elite with nothing to back it up?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Ozzy View Post
                        That could be argued easily. Mays is by far better than any player in the Florida secondary. If Will Harris plays up to his ability he could be something special. Then you have Pinkard who has worlds of experience and can play almost any position in the secondary. Do not forget Wright a talented corner who got injured last year and Thomas who had a solid season. Florida has a great secondary obviously but I think Mays star potential puts the USC group over Florida.
                        So, again, you'd rather take potential over someone who's already done it? Makes a whole lot of sense.


                        Also didn't Jenkins get in some trouble this off season? I always hate when I hear that and usually that kind of stuff shows it self on the field at some point in a negative way.
                        Yeah, he did. Remind me again how that affects his play?

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                        • #13
                          I don't believe for one second that Oklahoma is more talented than Florida. And I don't believe that UNC is more talented than FSU either, but that's the homer in me.

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                          • #14
                            he said pryor is an elite talent, he is. just not an elite player yet.

                            and as far as DLine, one name that you leave out is true sophomore DE Nathan Williams. He should emerge as the nickel rush end opposite Gibson this year. Williams-Heyward-GIbson plus a bunch of seniors in Worthington, WIlson, Denlinger, and Rose makes for a very talented, deep line. That said, the top 2 defensive fronts this year are clearly Oklahoma and Florida IMO. Mississippi's is pretty good too.

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                            • #15
                              USC is always suppose to be loaded with talent and all they do is bully the pathetic PAC1 then their players go to the NFL and flop hard. When will people learn ? USC overrates the f*#% out of their players. Anyway, Florida Gators are clearly the most talented team in NCAA. Anybody who has another team over them is a moron straight up.

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