Ack's Insights (8/5/02)

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

August 24 Texas Tech at Ohio State

August 31 Washington at Michigan

September 7 Miami at Florida

September 14 Texas at North Carolina

September 21 Florida at Tennessee

September 26 (Thurs) FSU at Louisville

September 28 South Florida at Oklahoma

October 5 Georgia at Alabama

October 12 FSU at Miami

October 19 South Carolina at LSU

October  26 Nebraska at Texas A&M

November 2 Florida vs Georgia

November Miami at Tennesee

November 16-Nebraska at Kansas State

November 23 Auburn at Alabama

November 29 (Fri.) Colorado at Nebraska

November 30 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 looked very 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 ball more.

Snippets and Tidbits...

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). 

Perez & Kight should have big seasons

The returning 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.

Next Week we will keep you up to speed on the Freshmen camp as well as media day Saturday August 10 .

ACK


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