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  • #76
    Originally posted by Sniper View Post
    Well, they're no '07 Illinois.
    Hah, I said the same thing when I saw them on the list.
    Virginia Tech.
    ACC Champions 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010

    Next Up: 2012

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    • #77
      I mentioned two squads, 2005 and 2006.

      But hey, if you don't have a 2006 VT squad on your list, that just hurts your credibility. Not that they had the number one ranked defense nationally in points allowed, yards allowed, and passing yards allowed. Not that we held 10/13 opponents to thirteen or less points or anything. And not to mention our offense often put the defensive unit in horrible situations. But whatever :).

      2006
      Virginia Tech.
      DE C. Ellis, O. Martin
      DT B. Booker, K. Robertson
      DT C. Powell
      DE N. Burchette, N. Brown
      ILB X. Adibi
      ILB V. Hall
      WHIP B. Hill
      CB V. Harris
      CB B. Flowers
      SS A. Rouse
      FS D. Parker
      Again reading would be key, I said before I do not duplicate rosters with players that over lap year by year. I try to pick the best of the group and select that year.

      Thanks for the comedy though, still moderately disappointed about the lack of knowledge involving many of the fine older defenses, what most people only started watching college football in 2003?

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      • #78
        Seeing how I'm 18, I started watching around 2005.

        Not only that, I would take the 2006 defense over the 2005 unit (if taking one, which sounds ridiculous to me, considering a year of returning players and a few different starters is a stark contrast), considering we returned sevenish starters and that DJ Parker/ Macho Harris were upgrades over their 2005 counterparts (Jimmy Williams and Justin Hamilton).

        Tapp and Anderson were players, but a year of experience on seven players + two upgrades overshadows two downgrades.

        JMO.
        Virginia Tech.
        ACC Champions 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010

        Next Up: 2012

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        • #79
          Just found another outstanding defense, watched them on tv recently and I remember how great they were. Outstanding linebackers, Simoneau was just wonderful. Solid corners and big time safeties, not to mention a solid defensive line with outstanding big tackles in McIntosh and Rowe.



          With those big time linebackers, outstanding safeties and size up front I would say they barely crack the top 25, a very rare defense they were.

          1998 Kansas State Wildcats

          DE D. Howard
          DT D. McIntosh
          DT A. Rowe
          DE J. Clements, C. Johnson
          OLB M. Simoneau
          ILB J. Kelly
          OLB T. Ochs, B. Leber
          CB G. Neasman
          CB D. Carter, J. Butler
          SS J. Cooper
          FS L. Chapman, C. Scott
          Last edited by Ozzy; 08-03-2010, 09:24 PM.

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          • #80
            Well another season of college football has gone. Not sure any new teams can be included into the list of top defensive units over the past few years. TCU was a fine defense but most of that was because of poor competition, however they did play great against Wisconsin. Ohio State had a fine defense but not sure they stack up depth wise against some of their defenses of the past. Auburn and Oregon had good defenses but both had holes in them and were all around not as solid as some.

            Iowa sure did underachieve in 2010 with the depth they had, their defensive line did not play up to expectations. And it was too bad UNC was not able to play as a unit last year, they could have really been great.




            Here is a early look at the potential top defenses next year in college football. Which could change clearly greatly seeing how what new freshman make an impact.

            2011 College Football potential top defensive units:



            DE B. Jenkins
            DT J. McDaniel
            DT D. McAllister
            DE D. Hicks
            OLB N. Bradham
            ILB J. Luc
            OLB N. Carr
            CB G. Reid, L. Joyner
            CB X. Rhodes, M. Harris
            SS N. Moody
            FS T. Parks, G. Demps



            DE D. Square
            DT Chapman
            DE
            OLB D. Hightower
            ILB C. Mosley
            ILB N. Johnson
            OLB C. Upshaw
            CB D. Kirkpatrick
            CB D. Milliner
            SS M. Barron
            FS R. Lester



            DE C. Meredith
            DT J. Crick
            DT B. Steinkuhler, T. Moore
            DE E. Martin, J. Williams
            OLB S. Fisher
            ILB L. David
            OLB W. Compton
            CB A. Dennard
            CB
            SS A. Cassidy
            FS PJ. Smith



            DE D. Taylor
            DT T. Robertson
            DT
            DE B. McKnight
            OLB A. Allen, D. Jeffery
            ILB R. Paulk
            OLB S. Wilson
            CB S. Gilmore
            CB A Auguste, CC. Whitlock
            SS DJ Swearinger
            FS D. Holloman, A. Winfield




            DE W. Gholston
            DT J. Worthy
            DT Rashad-White
            DE T. Hoover
            OLB C. Norman
            ILB
            OLB
            CB J. Adams
            CB T. Robinson
            SS J. Jones
            FS



            DE F. Alexander
            DT S. McGee
            DT J. McFarland
            DE J. Chaisson
            OLB T. Lewis
            ILB A. Box
            OLB R. Lewis
            CB T. Jefferson
            CB J. Fleming, A. Colvin
            SS
            FS S. Proctor



            DE Lewis- Moore, Cwynar
            DT H. Williams
            DE E. Johnson
            OLB P. Shembo
            ILB M. Te'o
            ILB C. Calabrese
            OLB D. Fleming
            CB R. Blanton
            CB
            SS H. Smith
            FS Z. Motta, J. Slaughter



            DE Q. Coples
            DT T. Powell
            DT
            DE Paige- Moss, M. McAdoo
            OLB Z. Brown
            ILB K. Reddick
            OLB
            CB T. Boston
            CB C. Brown
            SS
            FS
            Last edited by Ozzy; 04-26-2011, 06:38 PM.

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            • #81
              Your ND roster is jacked up. Here's how it goes, with positions that are up for grabs listed with the people fighting for the spot:

              DE K. Lewis-Moore
              DT S. Cwynar, L. Nix
              DE E. Johnson
              OLB P. Shembo, D. Spond
              ILB M. Te'o
              ILB C. Calabrese, D. Fox
              OLB D. Fleming
              CB R. Blanton
              CB G. Gray
              SS H. Smith
              FS Z. Motta, J. Slaughter

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              • #82
                Your ND roster is jacked up. Here's how it goes, with positions that are up for grabs listed with the people fighting for the spot:

                DE K. Lewis-Moore
                DT S. Cwynar, L. Nix
                DE E. Johnson
                OLB P. Shembo, D. Spond
                ILB M. Te'o
                ILB C. Calabrese, D. Fox
                OLB D. Fleming
                CB R. Blanton
                CB G. Gray
                SS H. Smith
                FS Z. Motta, J. Slaughter
                Wow, Gray is back? They really could have a up start defense that will shock a lot of people. They could be very solid, will wait and see how they do.

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                • #83
                  Originally posted by Ozzy View Post
                  Wow, Gray is back? They really could have a up start defense that will shock a lot of people. They could be very solid, will wait and see how they do.
                  Wait, ND with high expectations and hype coming into a season? Weird!!!



                  Originally posted by 49erNation85
                  I wouldn't be sir prized if he passed McCoy on the depth chart. I think he might have a better arm and accurate arm then him from the highlights I thought. He also got some wheels too help us prepare for QB's as Wilson , RG3 and other runners etc.

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                  • #84
                    i would be surprised if there is any defense better than this one come next year, though I guess maybe Alabama could give them a run:

                    DE-John Simon Beast
                    DT-Johnathan Hankins Beast in waiting
                    DT-Garrett Goebel/Adam Bellamy
                    DE-Nathan Williams Beast
                    WLB-Andrew Sweat
                    MLB-Etienne Sabino
                    SLB-Dorian Bell
                    CB-Travis Howard BIW
                    CB-Dominic Clarke
                    S-Orhian Johnson
                    S-CJ Barnett
                    STAR-Tyler Moeller Beast

                    depth is ridiculous.

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                    • #85
                      keylime_5 i would be surprised if there is any defense better than this one come next year, though I guess maybe Alabama could give them a run:

                      DE-John Simon Beast
                      DT-Johnathan Hankins Beast in waiting
                      DT-Garrett Goebel/Adam Bellamy
                      DE-Nathan Williams Beast
                      WLB-Andrew Sweat
                      MLB-Etienne Sabino
                      SLB-Dorian Bell
                      CB-Travis Howard BIW
                      CB-Dominic Clarke
                      S-Orhian Johnson
                      S-CJ Barnett
                      STAR-Tyler Moeller Beast

                      depth is ridiculous.
                      Are you serious? This could be the best Ohio defense in over a decade? Please that is just wrong in my opinion. Moeller, how is he still a Buckeye, what is this his 10th year of eligibility? The defensive line, Williams is ok but it is just incorrect to say they will be better than last year, much less the year before that. All of their fine linebackers are gone, these young guys could be good but then again they might not be. The corners are very suspect and need to prove themselves a lot. To call this a deep defense? Why, depth is with experienced proven players, Ohio State barely has any of those on this defense outside of Nathan Williams and John Simon.

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                      • #86
                        Originally posted by Ozzy View Post
                        Are you serious? This could be the best Ohio defense in over a decade? Please that is just wrong in my opinion. Moeller, how is he still a Buckeye, what is this his 10th year of eligibility? The defensive line, Williams is ok but it is just incorrect to say they will be better than last year, much less the year before that. All of their fine linebackers are gone, these young guys could be good but then again they might not be. The corners are very suspect and need to prove themselves a lot. To call this a deep defense? Why, depth is with experienced proven players, Ohio State barely has any of those on this defense outside of Nathan Williams and John Simon.
                        Agree that the depth outside of LB isn't there.

                        Dunno about how they will rank overall. There are some talented players that were in the wings last year. Rawness is their biggest issue.

                        They will be very good by the end of the season.

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                        • #87
                          I didn't mean in the past decade, I meant this season. Hankins, Howard, Goebel, Bellamy, Sweat, Moeller, S.Thomas and Bryant have played a lot of minutes. Injuries last year led OSU to see a lot of their young players in crucial situations. Simon and Williams had about as good of springs as any OSU defensive lineman since Tressel has been here, and both were very good in 2010. Hankins looks like what dominant players look like before they break out, and he should break out this fall. The defensive line is about 8 or 9 deep with 3 guys who will be dominant players (Hankins, Simon, & Williams) with Goebel, Bellamy, and Thomas rotating in doing the dirty work, and that is why the defense will be so good.
                          Last edited by keylime_5; 04-26-2011, 05:38 PM.

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                          • #88
                            Originally posted by keylime_5 View Post
                            i would be surprised if there is any defense better than this one come next year, though I guess maybe Alabama could give them a run:

                            DE-John Simon Beast
                            DT-Johnathan Hankins Beast in waiting
                            DT-Garrett Goebel/Adam Bellamy
                            DE-Nathan Williams Beast
                            WLB-Andrew Sweat
                            MLB-Etienne Sabino
                            SLB-Dorian Bell
                            CB-Travis Howard BIW
                            CB-Dominic Clarke
                            S-Orhian Johnson
                            S-CJ Barnett
                            STAR-Tyler Moeller Beast

                            depth is ridiculous.
                            Im honestly not even sure if yall have a better D than we do next year. Not saying your D is bad or anything but its not gonna be special by OSU standards


                            Saints 2014 draft wish list:
                            - No pass rusher till the fourth round (or preferably at all)
                            - Corner or Wideout in the first
                            - No reaching
                            - No Kelvin Benjamin

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                            • #89
                              Originally posted by SickwithIt1010 View Post
                              Wait, ND with high expectations and hype coming into a season? Weird!!!
                              no worries, just defense, offense is gonna blow


                              Saints 2014 draft wish list:
                              - No pass rusher till the fourth round (or preferably at all)
                              - Corner or Wideout in the first
                              - No reaching
                              - No Kelvin Benjamin

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                              • #90
                                trust me, it won't be any worse than it's been since 2005. They get faster at linebacker and on the defensive line and they have lots of depth in the front seven. Those elite recruiting classes we had in 2008 and 2009 will start showing up on that side of the ball this year. The 3rd stringers aren't much less talented than the 1st stringers on our D. If only we recruited the same kind of depth on the O-Line.

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