NCAA Preview 2019: PAC 12 – South Division
So, like last year, in addition to the preview of the teams in the NFL we also offer those of the major conference NCAA. The fifth episode dedicated to the PAC 12 and more precisely in the South Division of the Conference.
For every College in the PAC 12 – South Division, we indicate the ranking of the preseason (Athlon Sports), Head Coach, record of the year 2018, the most interesting matches, strengths and weaknesses, analysis of attack, defense, and the best prospects.
Preseason Ranking: 46
Head Coach: Kevin Sumlin (2nd season, 5-7)
Record 2018: 5-7
Games not to be missed: Colorado, (October 5), at ASU (November 29th)
Strengths: With the arrival of Sumlin arrived also the first major investment in the home Wildcats: facilities and stadium have been refurbished, a sign that growth is positive. The team will count on the arrival of two assistant coaches from the NFL: DeMarco Murray for RB and Kyle DeVan for the men of the line. There is also some talent in the backfield, and especially the LB.
Weaknesses: Khalil Tate is a QB expected to make much but that is shown here too discontinuous. If you are still not convince, the place holder is not insured although behind there are no big names. Even among the WR, there is little choice and the defense needs improvements after the middle of the disaster of last year. A schedule to say the least, challenging (at Texas Tech, Utah, Washington, Oregon) does not augur well for a positive record.
The attack: Said of the situation in Tate, at least, next to him you can count on the tailback J. J. Taylor (1400 yards in 2018): it's up to him to take upon his shoulders the greater part of the production offensive. Also, because the WR is more experienced is Cedric Peterson with 18 receptions this past season. The OL, however, of the good players: C Josh McCauley and Donovan Laie provide a tandem reliable.
Defence: Justin Belknap, and Finton Connolly will be the leader of the DL, however, the department does not have any guarantees of depth so strong. The LBS are the strength of the group: eye to Colin Schooler and Tony Fields (119 and 89 tackles, respectively). The CB Jace Whittaker is a veteran but he comes back from a heavy injury and will be assisted by S Scottie Young, and Tristan Cooper.
Prospects: In attack eyes on possible confirmation-J. J. Taylor and defence spotlight on Jalen Harris, a pass rusher who can make the leap.
Preseason Ranking: 45
Head Coach: Herm Edwards (2nd season, 7-6)
Record 2018: 7-6
Games not to be missed: at MSU (September 14), Arizona (November 30)
Strengths: Herm Edwards went beyond expectations in his first year at the helm of the Sun Devils: it is a coach is reliable and can rely on one of the connectors of the race, the most explosive of the conference. The RB Eno Benjamin to play on the blocks of an OL expert, while the defence has matured and has very few losses among the owners.
Weak points: Losing, and N Keal Harry, who was the quarterback Manny Wilkins is a blow; the experience of the WR and of the playcaller will be a problem. Some departments have problems of depth, and the DL will need a couple of adjustments if you want to be competitive.
The attack: The quarterback will be, presumably, Jayden Daniels, a true freshman who is proving to have potential; at her side as said Eno Benjamin, while looking at those launch here are the names of Brandon Aiyuk and Frank Derby, from which you expect a large maturation. The C-Cohl Cabral is an All-Pac 12 and together with Zach Robertson and Steven Miller seals the department.
Defence: Merlin Robertson and Darien Butler the LB best of the team, both sophomore; Tyler Johnson of the potential while in the secondary there are the CB Kobe Williams and S Ashari Crosswell to lead the department. The major difficulties are in line, where someone is still immature, as the NT D. J. Davidson; it focuses on Jermayne Lole, T. J. Pesefea and Stephon Wright.
Prospects: the Eye at the races Eno Benjamin, who can definitively consecrate; also Darien, Butler, and promises great things among the LB.
Preseason Ranking: 69
Head Coach: Mel Tucker (season 1)
Record 2018: 5-7
Games not to be missed: Colorado State (August 30), at Utah (30 November)
Strengths: The QB Steven Montez is improving year on year and has his right arm in the WR Laviska Shenault, Jr, among the best not only in conference but in the nation. The park receivers is varied and reliable and in the defense and there is some good talent on which the new head coach Mel Tucker may put his hand.
Weaknesses: Colorado has many weaknesses: the OL has remained a problem and will find it hard this year while in the backfield you will seek someone that can emerge after a year to forget. The schedule is challenging, since the trips in Oregon and Washington: point to a positive record will not be easy even this year.
The attack: in Addition to Montez and Shenault Jr there are WR K. D. Nixon (636 yards) and Tony Brown; from Auburn arrived the TE Jalen Harris, on which the very tip. Alex Fontenot is the RB designated with Deion Smith although there are many variations. The line is the department the most rain; the senior Tim Lynott, who can play center or guard and tackle Colby call pursell are the key men.
The defense: inside LB Nate Landman is emerging as the leader of the department, even if the experience around him is lacking. In the DL eye to Mustafa Johnson and Terrance Lang, who continues to improve, the rest is very bitter. The CB Delrick Abrams and Chris Miller have talent while between the S and the freshman Mark Perry may be the revelation.
Prospects: Shenault is a great player and comes back with the idea of being able to show more. Mention also to dan Landman who can dedicate themselves to leading the defensive.
Preseason Ranking: 42
Head Coach: Chip Kelly (2nd season, 3-9)
Record 2018: 3-9
Games not to be missed: at Stanford (17 October), at USC (November 23), Cal (30 November)
Strengths: the first year of The Chip Kelly did not go as hoped for the Bruins, although UCLA had started to play well only, however, towards the end of the season. The QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, and the revelation Josuha Kelley between the RB are the elements from which to start. The secondary has a lot of potential and also between the LB there is talent to work with.
Weak points: The two lines of attack and defense are the departments most in need, even if are expected this year, of the improvements. The schedule is quite demanding, and Kelly will have to engage if it wants to bring a positive record, or at least the best of last year.
The attack: The senior Theo Howard is a receiver that is solid (677 yards and 4 TD in 2018) and TE Devin Asiasi and Jordan Wilson will also make their contribution. The centre Boss Tagaloa is the pillar of the line, and Sean Rhyan is a statement interesting. However, there are problems of depth.
Defence: Darnay Holmes, Quentin Lake, and Elijah Gates are the stars of the secondary and LB the senior Keisean Lucifer-South will be the leader along with Josh Woods. In the line there is not much as mentioned: Osa Odighizuwa and Antonio Mafi the most important names.
Prospects: all Eyes especially in the attack: the QB, Thompson-Robinson, and the RB Kelley are two potential breakout from the which made will depend much on the season of UCLA.
Preseason Ranking: 43
Head Coach: Clay Helton (5th season, 32-17)
Record 2018: 5-7
Games not to be missed: Stanford (7 September), at Notre Dame (October 12), UCLA (23 November)
Strengths: USC is one of the teams with the most talent in the entire Pac-12 and the arrival of offensive coordinator Graham Harrell will be good for the environment. The schedule is, yes, tough but not prohibitive, so much so, that many give the Trojans among the pretenders to the title of the conference along with Oregon.
Weak points: There is, yes, lots of talent but also a lot of unripe in the one that can produce USC. The secondary remains the department with the most freshmen ever, and also the OL is not placed very well, taking into account the bad results of last year (the 107th against the races). Oregon is far ahead at the moment.
The attack: J. T. Daniels is the new Darnold? It will still take the time to say for sure, however the potential is not missing. The package WR is among the best of the west coast: Amon-Ra St. Brown, Michael Pittman, and Tyler Vaughns will give thread to twist to the secondary opponents. RB Vavae Malepai and Stephen Carr are also reliable, while the real problem remains the line.
The defense: The DL is here, however, the strong point of the department: Jay Tufele and Brandon Pili ensure continuity of performance. Gaoteote is a LB promising and with John Houston the form of a pair reliably. Less ready the secondary: Greg Johnson is the only CB with experience, however we expect big things from the S Talaona Hufanga.
Prospects: J. T. Daniels is expected to the gap of the possible consecration together with Amon-Ra St. Brown: on paper, the duo is explosive.