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    Re: What to expect in 2012

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    If Barrett Jones stays, the OL should be incredible. He'll be a big spot to fill if he departs though. He could declare early, lets not forget that.
    Jones younger brother may get signficant playing time next year, hopefully the opportunity to play while his brother does lures Barrett back.
    Also, with his academic and service background he would make a good Rhodes Scholarship candidate.

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    Re: What to expect in 2012

    One name everyone in the nation will know next year is Williams. That guy is going to be a monster, and our DL looks to be pretty dominating next year.

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    Re: What to expect in 2012

    Jones certainly can declare and would be drafted, but I'm not sure how early. Jones has many strengths but he needs to get physically stronger. If you look at an NFL lineman compared to him it's a pretty big difference. I believe his failure to get through the last two seasons without missing starts due to injury are a negative that will effect any draft position he might have. He's a great player but the NFL is a whole different animal, especially on the line. If he wants to be a player there he needs to get freaky in the weight room this winter. His mentor Mike Johnson hasn't sniffed the field, possibly for the same reason. Johnson was also an All-American but that doesn't mean squat in the NFL.
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    Re: What to expect in 2012

    depends... I say we are on a rebuilding year and if we beat michigan we will be 11- 2 at the end where if we lose it 10- 3 at the end. I think road games against lsu and arky might be out of reach.

    I say BCSNCG will be LSU vs USC (if barkley returns)
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    Big A Re: What to expect in 2012

    Probably another National Championship as AJ McCarron wins Alabama's third Heisman Trophy in Four years.

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    Re: What to expect in 2012

    I'm expecting three losses again. It's very similar to 2010. Lose everything on defense (or close to it). Have a lot of offensive weapons back (minus Trent). We will have some defensive lapses for sure that will cost us games - probably LSU and Arkansas. We will NOT lose to Auburn at home though. Michigan will be a scary game.

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    Re: What to expect in 2012

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    I'm expecting three losses again. It's very similar to 2010. Lose everything on defense (or close to it). Have a lot of offensive weapons back (minus Trent). We will have some defensive lapses for sure that will cost us games - probably LSU and Arkansas. We will NOT lose to Auburn at home though. Michigan will be a scary game.
    it's not quite as bad as after 2009, although the losses are deep. 9 of the 11 guys that started the national championship game were gone in 2010, although we did have some very capable backups in upshaw, dareus and had hightower coming back. I think of the 9, 8 participated in NFL camps and one went into MLB. that amount of talent is hard to replace in a year.

    we'll lose 7 starters this year, assuming that dre goes and lester stays. The thing I feel better about for 2012 than I did about 2010 is that the backups have played a lot more (other than upshaw and dareus) at every position other than one CB and SAM LB. for example, in 2009, we almost NEVER saw RM, MB or Woodall come off the field, even with the game in hand, but this year we saw a lot of Depriest, Sunseri and others against good competition and not just trash time. Getting those reps means a TON - just look at how well Sunseri played against Auburn. we didn't have that in place last year and it really got us with MB trying to play the IB with one arm b/c we didn't have a backup with enough experience to really play.

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    Re: What to expect in 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by 81usaf92 View Post
    depends... I say we are on a rebuilding year and if we beat michigan we will be 11- 2 at the end where if we lose it 10- 3 at the end. I think road games against lsu and arky might be out of reach.

    I say BCSNCG will be LSU vs USC (if barkley returns)
    I agree. I don't know who LSU loses, but I believe we may lose two games next year. I believe we beat Michigan.
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    Re: What to expect in 2012

    We are losing our most experienced linebackers and practically our entire secondary(It would not surprise me to see Lester leave). We will lose our nose and possibly our 2 defensive ends if Williams leaves. We will have a good number of kids behind them with experience that have talent, but they will be somewhat green when the season begins.

    On offense we will lose most of our experienced receivers, our tight ends and our best back. Even so, I think we are fine on offense and may be better with the addition of Duron, Sylve and Bell back. The offensive line will be our strength.

    Overall, I think we are 9-3 to 11-1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 81usaf92 View Post
    depends... I say we are on a rebuilding year and if we beat michigan we will be 11- 2 at the end where if we lose it 10- 3 at the end. I think road games against lsu and arky might be out of reach.

    I say BCSNCG will be LSU vs USC (if barkley returns)
    I can see LSU again, but even if Barkley returns, I don't think they have a .... to get there. USC has no defense at all, and Barkley certainly has had some great games this year, but I think he won't be good enough to carry the entire team to a championship.

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    Re: What to expect in 2012

    If we keep Barrett and Lester I'll feel much better. Those are the only two that I think might come back out of the players eligible to declare and could really help us stay on top if they return.

    Michigan, UGA and LSU all concern me.

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    Re: What to expect in 2012

    If we get Mccellers, Dre and Lester stay, I would say watch out. I have not thought about some of these guys staying. This could get nasty for the west again. If Dre/Lester leave I would assume for CB Millner/Foulton, with all new safties. NT will be Ivory and one of the TF from Feb. Then I will worry but enjoy the ride of watching Coach put the right guys in place. This conversation is not over till what Febuary.

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    Re: What to expect in 2012

    I don't see how we could possibly lose more than 3 games. I think LSU beats us but I'm not concerned about Michigan or UGA. Arky on the road could be tough, but they lose their entire receiving core pretty much.

    BTW, for those predicting USC in the title game, are they even eligible for a bowl game next year?

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