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By Slams76

Defensive Ends
 
First Team: Quinton Coples, North Carolina… Coples was forced onto the scene a year ago with Robert Quinn’s suspension. Coples offers rare size and plays with solid athleticism and strength. Generally speaking 6’6 285lb. Defensive Ends are destined to end up inside at the five technique, but Coples brings experience and ability to a weak ACC schedule where his top opponent for the season will be a true sophomore (S. Henderson, Miami) who he should easily handle. 
 
First Team: Brandon Jenkins, Florida State… Jenkins is the next in line of Florida State pass rushers. Jenkins had 13.5 sacks as a Sophomore and with an easier schedule and improved play from his teammates, he should acheive those numbers again. Jenkins is a bit shorter than many NFL GM’s would say is ideal…but at 6’2 265, he does have enough size to hold up against the run in college and the pass rush arsenal to get around the corner.  (more…)

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By The Lion

1. Alabama – The Tide come in with the #1 overall ranking to start the year next year.  If you want to talk about loaded, you can start right here in Tuscaloosa.  Alabama had a couple early departures to the NFL, but no team returns more All-Conference players in the entire nation, and to do so in the SEC speaks volumes.  Nearly half of the 17 returning starters the Tide return won the honor last season and they come from both sides of the ball.  That’s actually pretty scary.  But it gets even better for Tide fans.  They’ve had three consecutive impact recruiting classes to supplement this loaded roster, including a top 3 class a few seasons ago that will further reinforce that loaded lineup with another round of super talent.  Scary to think that despite a preseason ranking of #1 in the country last year that the Tide were really built to make a run this year.

2. Oklahoma – Welcome back, Sooners.  While Oklahoma wrapped up the 2010 season with a top 10 ranking, their inconsistency all season long was their downfall.  Expect that to be corrected in 2011.  They return a decent number of elite level players, a boatload of starters (17 in all) including players like Ryan Broyles at key positions, and they two have had a few very impressive recruiting classes over the past three seasons, including last year’s class which was top 5 in the nation.  All in all, Oklahoma will give just about everyone a run for their money in 2011 and will be a strong National Title contender.

3. Oregon – The mighty Ducks are your #3 ranked football team for the upcoming College Football season.  With the return of the key cogs that made this Offense go, including a Heisman candidate in LaMichael James, the Ducks strength is in the present.  They have elite players back that fit into a system that was practically designed for their skill sets.  They return a decent number of starters and in terms of recruiting, this season and last season have been their best over the past several years, continually getting better and better.  The depth may be young, but you can bet it will fit into that system like a well cut puzzle piece.

4. Stanford – No Jim Harbaugh?  No problem.  Perhaps the biggest loss for the Stanford Cardinals was their Head Coach, but his replacement is none other than the team’s Offensive Coordinator, so the return of Andrew Luck should make that Offense one of the best in the nation.  Luck’s return is clearly the primary driver behind this ranking.  He’s probably the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy to start the season, will see a fair amount of talent return to this team, and will see the program’s top recruiting class over the past five years just starting to emerge as Juniors in the program for the upcoming season.  They should be able to fill holes, recharge, and follow Luck into what is still a top heavy PAC-10 that will require just a couple key wins to do the unthinkable and put the Cardinals in the National Title Game. (more…)

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