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    Re: The All SoCon Preseason Team per SP

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    VMI's Swingle graduated three weeks ago...
    I just checked and see he is no longer on roster. The others from VMI are on it. I have updated my list above by moving up the Wofford and Samford players.

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    Re: The All SoCon Preseason Team per SP

    There is a name that all will be familiar with at the end of the season and his name is Rod Johnson.






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    Re: The All SoCon Preseason Team per SP

    I think a guy that could quietly become one of the most feared offensive threats in the SoCon is Furman WR Thomas Gordon.

    Gordon really didn't get involved in Furman's offense until about 1/3 of the way through the season. He still finished top 10 in all purpose yards as a freshman.

    While there is a lot of speculation about what Furman may do offensively in 2017, I do think Gordon is going to be a big part of whatever it is. With a renewed focus on the running game and play action, Gordon can be a guy that can take the lid off the defense down field. He won't have the sheer number of catches, but I predict he will have an incredibly high yards per catch and a lot of scores.
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    Re: The All SoCon Preseason Team per SP

    Tyler Sexton will be returning at tight end for the Catamounts after missing last year due to injury. He was 1st team all conference in 2015.
    Aubrey Paine is our other TE. He was on the 2016 Freshman All Conference Team.

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    Re: The All SoCon Preseason Team per SP

    Quote Originally Posted by citdog View Post
    There is a name that all will be familiar with at the end of the season and his name is Rod Johnson
    seems a bit redundant...
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    Re: The All SoCon Preseason Team per SP

    Quote Originally Posted by PaladinFan View Post
    I think a guy that could quietly become one of the most feared offensive threats in the SoCon is Furman WR Thomas Gordon.

    Gordon really didn't get involved in Furman's offense until about 1/3 of the way through the season. He still finished top 10 in all purpose yards as a freshman.

    While there is a lot of speculation about what Furman may do offensively in 2017, I do think Gordon is going to be a big part of whatever it is. With a renewed focus on the running game and play action, Gordon can be a guy that can take the lid off the defense down field. He won't have the sheer number of catches, but I predict he will have an incredibly high yards per catch and a lot of scores.
    Gordon was one of the few offensive bright spots in 2016. This pre-season list just shows how far Furman has to go to get back to deserve levels of respect. Schmidt, Bush, Annoor, Reid, Okonya have a pretty good chance of being on some SoCon lists by the end of this season.

    The unknown with the most potential for Furman is a Clay Hendrix offense. Clay's track record at Furman and Air Force speaks for itself when you add Drew Cronic and George Quarles it becomes very interesting. I think it's not too optimistic to think that Furman will have an offensive player or players make some noise in the SoCon in 2017.

    Possible 2017 Offensive Breakout Players
    Blaze might be the most underrated QB in the SoCon… hopefully, Cronic can help him slow the game down and be more consistent.
    Darius Morehead played only one complete game in 2016… MichSt: 20 rushes 83 yards, 2 receptions 25 yards. He's fast!
    Bailey Rogers could be a key piece in the new Furman offense, Rogers reminds me of Christian McCaffrey a little, he can play in the return game, run sweeps, and is dangerous after the catch.
    Finally, Clay Hendrix knows how to develop and coach offensive linemen, all of us Paladins have moaned about our offensive line woes since Clay departed for Air Force. Furman has young offensive linemen they should develop quite well under Hendrix's coaching.

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    Re: The All SoCon Preseason Team per SP

    I don't dicker with pre-season lists much. For instance, Joe Farrar is listed as a second team DB. Farrar has mostly played linebacker (and is listed as an OLB on the current roster). I also think that if you are going to name one Paladin defensive back, it needs to be Aquil Anoor. Anoor had more tackles than Farrar to go along with 7 pass breakups and can play both CB and S.

    I, personally, don't see why Furman should get a ton of "respect." We haven't been good in a while. Even 2013, where Furman won a share of the SoCon title and advanced to the second round of the playoffs, the offense was poor and the team rode an unsustainably high turnover margin and non-offensive touchdowns.

    Now, I do think Furman is closer to the top of the conference than the bottom. Last year is pretty clear indication of that. We probably should have beaten both Wofford and the Citadel and lost to UTC by a score. Simultaneously, Furman kicked the crap out of VMI, WCU, and ETSU. That, at least to me, indicates Furman is closer to the top of the conference talent-wise. Coaching, I think, has been a big problem.

    In 2017, there are just tons of unanswered questions. Furman lost a lot of players to graduation, and have lost a number of depth chart guys to attrition with the coaching change. I do think that Coach Hendrix's system is going to be tailor made for PJ Blazejowski, who has shown flashes of superb play during his time at Furman punctuated by a lot of head scratching. Darius Morehead looks like a guy that is worth the hype. With Blazejowsi, Morehead, Gordon, and Rogers on the field at the same time, Furman could easily have the fastest team in the conference. All four of those guys can fly.
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    Re: The All SoCon Preseason Team per SP

    Quote Originally Posted by PaladinFan View Post
    I don't dicker with pre-season lists much. For instance, Joe Farrar is listed as a second team DB. Farrar has mostly played linebacker (and is listed as an OLB on the current roster). I also think that if you are going to name one Paladin defensive back, it needs to be Aquil Anoor. Anoor had more tackles than Farrar to go along with 7 pass breakups and can play both CB and S.

    I, personally, don't see why Furman should get a ton of "respect." We haven't been good in a while. Even 2013, where Furman won a share of the SoCon title and advanced to the second round of the playoffs, the offense was poor and the team rode an unsustainably high turnover margin and non-offensive touchdowns.

    Now, I do think Furman is closer to the top of the conference than the bottom. Last year is pretty clear indication of that. We probably should have beaten both Wofford and the Citadel and lost to UTC by a score. Simultaneously, Furman kicked the crap out of VMI, WCU, and ETSU. That, at least to me, indicates Furman is closer to the top of the conference talent-wise. Coaching, I think, has been a big problem.

    In 2017, there are just tons of unanswered questions. Furman lost a lot of players to graduation, and have lost a number of depth chart guys to attrition with the coaching change. I do think that Coach Hendrix's system is going to be tailor made for PJ Blazejowski, who has shown flashes of superb play during his time at Furman punctuated by a lot of head scratching. Darius Morehead looks like a guy that is worth the hype. With Blazejowsi, Morehead, Gordon, and Rogers on the field at the same time, Furman could easily have the fastest team in the conference. All four of those guys can fly.
    If a player has changed positions I did not flip them yet. I'll check the rosters and depth charts in July and put a strong list together based on new positions and players who are no longer eligible, transfers, etc.

    I put this list together as a rough draft based on info I had in January. I figured it would show the level of talent that teams are returning, for the most part.

    I'm also going to add in a few players who were hurt last year and return.

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    Re: The All SoCon Preseason Team per SP

    Quote Originally Posted by SmallCollegeFBFan View Post
    If a player has changed positions I did not flip them yet. I'll check the rosters and depth charts in July and put a strong list together based on new positions and players who are no longer eligible, transfers, etc.

    I put this list together as a rough draft based on info I had in January. I figured it would show the level of talent that teams are returning, for the most part.

    I'm also going to add in a few players who were hurt last year and return.
    Farrar is one of those "tweeners" who gets lost in the world of defensive terminology. He's 5'11 190 lbs and came to Furman as a safety. Bruce Fowler's system tended to heavily use such players as nickles/third safety/undersized linebackers.

    Of course, a lot of Furman's defensive staff has ties to Charleston Southern. The Bucs used an OLB/Safety hybrid player like Farrar heavily in their schemes. So, he may well go from being a tweener role player last year to a central figure in this year's defense.
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    Re: The All SoCon Preseason Team per SP

    I went ahead and checked rosters. ETSU is the only one who has not posted a 2017 roster yet. I put two transfers on the 3rd team.


    2017 PRESEASON ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE TEAMS

    PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: QB Devlin Hodges, Samford, Jr.
    PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: S Kailik Williams, The Citadel, Sr.

    First Team Offense
    QB Devlin Hodges, Samford, Jr.
    RB Detrez Newsome, Western Carolina, Sr.
    RB Cam Jackson, The Citadel, Sr.
    OL Josh Cardiello, Chattanooga, Sr.
    OL Roo Daniels, Wofford, Sr.
    OL Matthew Schmidt, Furman, Sr.
    OL Ross Demmel, Wofford, Jr.
    OL Jared Jacon-Duffy, Wofford, Jr.
    TE Chandler Gouger, Wofford, Sr.
    WR Kelvin McKnight, Samford, Jr.
    WR Marquise Irvin, Mercer, Jr.

    First Team Defense
    DL Miles Brown, Wofford, Jr.
    DL Tyler Vaughn, Wofford, Sr.
    DL Isaiah Buehler, Mercer, Jr.
    DL Ahmad Gooden, Samford, Jr.
    LB Shaheed Salmon, Samford, Sr.
    LB Dale Warren, Chattanooga, Sr.
    LB Ryan Francis, VMI, Sr.
    DB Kailik Williams, The Citadel, Sr.
    DB Omari Williams, Samford, Sr.
    DB Lucas Webb, Chattanooga, Sr.
    DB Devin Watson, Wofford, Jr.

    First Team Specialists
    K JJ Jerman, ETSU, Jr.
    P Ian Berryman, Western Carolina, Jr.
    RS Mason Dermott, VMI, Jr.


    Second Team Offense
    QB Alejandro Bennifield, Chattanooga, Sr.
    RB Rod Johnson, The Citadel, Soph.
    RB Jajuan Stinson, ETSU, Jr.
    OL Malcolm White, Chattanooga, Soph.
    OL Antwan Johnson, Samford, Jr.
    OL Zach Weeks, Western Carolina, Jr.
    OL Tyler Davis, The Citadel, Jr.
    OL Nick Nixon, Samford, Soph.
    TE Tyler Sexton, Western Carolina, Sr.
    WR Terryon Robinson, Western Carolina, Sr.
    WR Thomas Gordon, Furman, Soph.

    Second Team Defense
    DL Ken Allen, The Citadel, Jr.
    DL Jaylan Reid, Furman, Jr.
    DL Isaiah Mack, Chattanooga, Jr.
    DL Mikel Horton, Wofford, Soph.
    LB Dylan Weigel, ETSU, Jr.
    LB Alan Cratsenberg, VMI, Sr.
    LB Datavious Wilson, Wofford, Soph.
    DB Greg Sanders, VMI, Sr.
    DB George Gbesee, Wofford, Soph.
    DB Trevor Wright, Chattanooga, Sr.
    DB Tyriuq Trotman, VMI, Jr.

    Second Team Specialists
    K Cole Fisher, Mercer, Jr.
    P Austin Barnard, Samford, Sr.
    RS Detrez Newsome, Western Carolina, Sr.


    Third Team Offense
    QB Tyrie Adams, Western Carolina, Soph.
    RB K’rondis Larry, Samford, Sr.
    RB Daz Palmer, VMI, Soph.
    OL Brendan Loftus, Samford, Soph.
    OL Drew McEntyre, The Citadel, Soph.
    OL Nathan Dalton, Western Carolina, Jr.
    OL Ben Blackmon, ETSU, Soph.
    OL Walker Lanning, Western Carolina, Soph.
    TE Sam Walker, Mercer, Jr.
    WR James Stovall, Chattanooga, Sr.
    WR Chandler Curtis, Mercer, Sr.

    Third Team Defense
    DL Tremond Ferrell, ETSU, Jr.
    DL Xavier Forrest, Samford, Sr.
    DL Nasir Player, ETSU, Soph.
    DL Taylor Reynolds, Chattanooga, Sr.
    LB Daniel Riddle, Western Carolina, Sr.
    LB Myles Pierce, The Citadel, Sr.
    LB Deion Pierre, Samford, Sr.
    DB C.J. Fritz, Chattanooga, Jr.
    DB Kareem Orr, Chattanooga, Jr.
    DB Paul Hunter, ETSU, Sr.
    DB Aaquil Annoor, Furman, Jr.

    Third Team Specialists
    K Jacob Godek, The Citadel, Soph.
    P Colin Brewer, Chattanooga, Soph.
    RS Quinlan Washington, The Citadel, Jr.

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