Will Kelvin Kight and Carlos Perez step it up this season? Who are my SEC picks? What freshmen could impact this season? All that and more in today's installment of Ack's Insights.
Running off the keypad...
After analyzing all
the SEC schedules this past week, I believe LSU's set's up the best
out West and Georgia in the East. Now both teams play Florida, but
both open with name opponents who have question marks as they enter the season.
LSU will be 5-0 before they play the Gators and get Alabama at home and Arkansas
to finish the season. 10-1 is not a stretch if Matt Mauck can develop.
Mauck could make or break the Tigers
Georgia (who I am not sold on) gets a troubled Clemson team and a South Carolina team that is slightly rebuilding. If they continue
their recent dominance of Tennessee then they could be 8-0 when they play
Florida. Imagine that two of the top 5 preseason teams in September and a
couple of possible undefeated teams in October and November plus FSU. All
this schedule talk this preseason brings my ultimate college football schedule
Texas Tech at Ohio State
August 31 Washington
September 7 Miami
September 14 Texas at
Florida at Tennessee
September 26 (Thurs)
FSU at Louisville
September 28 South
Florida at Oklahoma
October 5 Georgia at
October 12 FSU at
October 19 South
Carolina at LSU
Nebraska at Texas A&M
November 2 Florida
November Miami at
at Kansas State
November 23 Auburn at
November 29 (Fri.)
Colorado at Nebraska
Florida at FSU
That is a regular
season schedule that is hard to beat.
No Notre Dame?
Well since it is all expenses paid maybe seeing Mack Brown in Chapel Hill
isn't as appealing as Michigan at Notre Dame September 14.
Danny was wonderful in Japan
The Washington Gators
were impressive in their opener in Japan. Most
preseason games players don't care and Steve Spurrier
created a game
atmosphere and his backups responded. Danny Wuerrfel
sharp and comfortable and Sage Rosenfuls
certainly has talent. The key is
blitz pickup which will matter when the regular season begins and offensive line
play. Early, when the 49ers had there starters in, they did disrupt the
passing lanes for Rosenfuls. The critics will be out but I think Spurrier
like to win. So what if it was a preseason game. Shane Matthews
starts against Carolina this week and look for Stephen Davis
to get the
Freshmen report for
fall practice this week and the coaches will get to work them into the system
without the veterans. My five impact freshmen of this year's class (in
no particular order) are Ciatrick Fason (running back), Dallas Baker (wide
receiver), Tauren Charles (defensive end), Tremaine McCollum (cornerback) and
Steven Harris (defensive end).
receivers have picked it up a notch in the summer passing drills with Rex
Grossman. Look for Carlos Perez and Kelvin Kight to
start out with more confidence in the fall drills. It appears that the tight
end position will be a point of emphasis for the passing game but the Gators
will still only keep one back in the backfield at most times. Freshmen
battles to watch as far as red-shirting versus contributing are going to be at running
back (with Jimtavis Walker, Ciatrick Fason and DeShaun Wynn), defensive back (McCollum's
and Nick Brooks), quarterback (with Gavin Dickey and Patrick Dosh) to see who
may dress out every game and challenge Ingle Martin for the backup spot.
Perez & Kight should have big seasons
Next Week we will
keep you up to speed on the Freshmen camp as well as media day Saturday August