Tuesday, August 12, 2008

LSC Football - Texas A&M Kingsville Preview

2007 Recap
For the second season in a row, Texas A&M Kingsville started the season with a true freshman under center, not a good omen. After 8 games, the Javelinas found themselves at 1-7 and coming off the worst defeat in the program's history, a 73-6 rout that saw them outgained by a 600-161 margin. Instead of packing it in for the season, they closed out their season winning two of their last three games, and hanging tough with ACU for 3 and a half quarters before falling in Abilene. The offense finally came around - 457 yards 39 points per game over the last three weeks. For the season the Javelinas were 11th in both scoring offense and defense, 9th in total offense and 10th in total defense.

2008 Outlook
Out with the old
RB Raymorris Miller (HM LSC-South)
OL Jeff Terry
DT Chris Williams
DB Clayton Cretors (1st LSC-South)
DB Rod Mosley (1st LSC-South)

Others missing from this year's roster TE's Rony Perard and George Reyes, OT George Nobles, and DB Corey Robertson

Welcome Back
QBs David Garza and Daniel Ramirez
RB Joe Williams (move from CB)
WR Ryan Lincoln
WR Clavens Charles (move from DB)
OT Jorge Guerra
OG Markeith Wesley
OG Colby Lowry
OC Tim Byerly
DE Tyrell Herndon
DE Jimmy Lugo
NT Jimmy Saddler-McQueen
LB Mike Martinez
LB Arlen Childress
DB Stuart Moffitt
DB Derrick Carter (move from WR)

In with the new
QB Billy Garza (transfer from Illinois)
WR Jareko Taylor (sat out last year, 2nd team LSC South in 2006)
RB Myron Brew (redshirt freshman)
OG Chris Hudgins
OT Michael Mosmeyer

All Conference Candidates
WR Jareko Taylor
WR/RS Clavens Charles
OT Jorge Guerra
DE Jimmy Lugo
LB Arlen Childress
P Cody Smith (All-American candidate)

Big Games
Week 1 at North Dakota - annual playoff contender in D2, the Sioux are moving to FCS (IAA)
Week 2 at East Central - If the Javelinas are to have a successful season, this is a game they need to win
Week 5 - West Texas A&M - Javelinas will hope to use this game the same way WT did in 2005.
Week 8 - Midwestern State - The Mustangs have outscored the Javelinas 158-37 the last three games.

Best Case Scenario
7-4 - The offense continues its late season performance, defense plays like they did early last year. Another year of experience eliminates youthful mistakes.

Worst Case Scenario
4-7 - Running game does not improve, forcing offense to be one dimensional. Defense, especially run defense, remains in bottom half of LSC. Turnover margin and time of possession remain in favor of opposition.

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