Archive for July, 2012

Syracuse Basketball: 5 Reasons the Orange Are Fine Without Nerlens Noel

Posted by Jay Schaeffer on July 31 2012 Add Comments
Many Syracuse fans had high hopes when they learned that the top recruit in the 2012 class had Syracuse in his top three schools. The scene in the Carrier Dome when he arrived for his official visit can only be described as a frenzy. People believed that they were looking at the next great Syracuse big man.Orange fans were crushed, however, when he elected to attend the University of Kentucky instead of suiting up for ...

Ohio State Football: What You Need to Know About Buckeyes’ SS C.J. Barnett

Posted by Tim Bielik on July 31 2012 Add Comments
Ohio State had a very good strong safety for a few seasons in Kurt Coleman, who is now a starter with the Philadelphia Eagles even after being drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft.Coleman's replacement is a player who is eerily similar to him in playing style. In fact, they both went to the same high school, Clayton Northmont near Dayton, Ohio.C.J. Barnett was the guy who filled in for Coleman at ...

Tennessee Volunteers Football: Analyzing Tyler Bray’s Strengths and Weaknesses

Posted by Daniel Hudson on July 31 2012 Add Comments
Tyler Bray is the most important player on the Tennessee Volunteers. The junior quarterback has shown a ton of potential in his two years, but he's not without his faults. Here are his strengths and weaknesses.The California native used to sport one of the most awkward frames in college football. He was 6'6" and 210 pounds, a very slight body for an SEC starter. But all signs point toward a commitment level that has seen ...

College Football 2012: 10 Underclassmen with Best NFL Potential

Posted by Lafe Peavler on July 31 2012 Add Comments
Move over, seniors. This one is all about the underclassmen.Don't worry, fans of Matt Barkley. There will be plenty of time to swoon over the senior quarterback and presumably the No. 1 pick of the 2013 NFL draft. However, as fewer and fewer of the most talented players wait until their senior year these days to join the NFL, it's fitting to examine the best prospects of perhaps the not-so-distant future.So, who are the top 10 ...

LSU Football: What You Need to Know About Tigers’ CB Tharold Simon

Posted by Sean Merriman on July 31 2012 Add Comments
It's not everyday that you see a college football team lose their best player to the NFL Draft and then go ahead and replace him with another stud.However, that is the case this year with LSU as junior-to-be Tharold Simon will now take over a starting role for the Tigers and face the challenge of replacing All-American cornerback Morris Claiborne.Claiborne, who was selected sixth overall by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2012 NFL Draft, was ...

Alabama 2012: Tide Receivers Need a "Game Manager" Like McCarron

Posted by Bryan Powers on July 31 2012 Add Comments
Just what qualifies a quarterback as a "game manager" anyway?Somewhere along the line, labeling a quarterback as a game manager became somewhat of a derogatory comment. Where it once was a compliment of sorts, giving this title to a quarterback now seems to be the equivalent of saying he has little or no talent. It appears that any time a team rises to national prominence without an elite level quarterback, he immediately morphs into a game manager in the eyes ...

College Football 2012: Ranking Every ’11 Conference Champ’s Chances of Repeating

Posted by Carl Stine on July 31 2012 Add Comments
Repeating as champions of a college football conference is no small feat.Oklahoma, USC, Oregon, Wisconsin and Virginia Tech are all teams that have won consecutive conference titles at some point in the past decade, and Wisconsin and Oregon are looking for their third and fourth straight conference titles, respectively.So which of last season's conference champs has a chance at actually repeating?This list judges each teams that won a conference title last year and ranks their ...

Big Ten Breakdown 2012: Ohio State Buckeyes, Part 1, Overview

Posted by David Fidler on July 31 2012 Add Comments
Team OverviewBetween 2001-2009—Jim Tressel's tenure at Ohio State, minus the forfeited 2010 season—the Buckeyes went 94-21.That marks the most successful nine-year stretch of the fifth-winningest (FBS) college football program in history.Then Tatoo-gate happened (via The Toledo Free Press), Jim Tressel was forced to step down, the Buckeyes faced a number of sanctions—some self-imposed, some imposed by the NCAA—and the team topped it off with their worst season since 1999.This year, the Buckeyes will continue to ...

Rob Bolden: Former Penn State QB Will Reportedly Transfer to LSU

Posted by Tim Keeney on July 31 2012 Add Comments
Former Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden is taking his talents to LSU. The news comes from ESPN:Former Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden has told LSU coaches he will report to the Tigers' practice Wednesday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Tuesday, citing an anonymous source close to the situation.The sophomore out of Orchard Lake, Mich., follows Silas Redd as the latest player to leave Penn State because of the NCAA sanctions, although others are still expected follow.Let's take a look at this newest ...

Georgia Football: What You Need to Know About Bulldogs DB Branden Smith

Posted by Brian Jones on July 31 2012 Add Comments
There are certain players that may not have the most impressive numbers, but are very valuable to a team because they can do so much on a football field.Branden Smith is one of those guys that is not going to put up big numbers, but will always be a player a coach can count on to get the job done.When he came out of high school, Smith was considered one of the best, if not ...