Monday, August 18, 2008

LSC Preview - Tarleton State

2007 Recap
After eight games, the Texans were cruising - undefeated, and with wins over two ranked teams, plus IAA Stephen F Austin, and found themselves ranked number 8 in the nation. Then came week nine and Abilene Christian. In a game that should go down as an all-time LSC epic, Tarleton State rolled up 602 yards of offense and scored 63 points....AND LOST 70-63. Two weeks later, the Texans lost to West Texas A&M 37-14 and failed to qualify for the playoffs despite a 9-2 record.

2008 Outlook
Out with the old
OL Mike Jones (1st LSC)
DT Tywain Myles (1st LSC)
DL Chris Bacak
LB Vernon Smith (1st LSC)
LB Trey Lewis
DB Blake Bueltel
DB Raymond Long
DB Ranardrick Phillips (1st LSC)
DB Keaton Daniels (1st LSC)

Welcome Back
QB Scott Grantham (HM LSC)
RB Michael Sampson (2nd LSC)
RB Travis Evans (HM LSC)
RB Roderick Smith
FB George Murray (2nd LSC)
WR Devin Guinn (2nd LSC)
WR Shamarr Prentice (2nd LSC)
OL Devin Livingston (HM LSC)
OL Jimmy Fox (1st LSC)
DL Jamaal Steamer (1st LSC)
DL Jacob Rowe (out 4+ weeks)

In with the new
QB/WR Eric Foreman
QB Kelan Luker
DL Dominic Smith
DL Steven Welch
LB Cortney Vincent (starter at Clemson)
LB Brock Hesse
LB Gary Ragston (torn ACL)

All Conference Candidates
WR Devin Guinn (All American Candidate)
WR Shamarr Prentice
RB Michael Sampson
RB Roderick Smith
RB Travis Evans
QB Scott Grantham
OL Jimmy Fox
OL Greg Dolan
DE Jamaal Steamer
LB Cortney Vincent

Big Games
Week 9 - Abilene Christian - See the 2007 recap for why this is a big game
Week 11 - West Texas A&M - Much like last year, this could be a de-facto playoff game and possibly decide the LSC title

Best Case Scenario
11-0 The offense is actually better than last year, and the defense, with solid newcomers, has time to gel. The schedule lends itself to building the team early in the year and peaking at the end of the season. Senior leadership is instrumental in pulling out close games.

Worst Case Scenario
7-4 With so many newcomers, the defense never develops chemistry, and the Texans are forced to win games with only offense.

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