July 10, 2007

Countdown to 2007: Offense


1. Oklahoma State
The Cowboys are L-O-A-D-E-D on offense in 2007. Third-year starter Bobby Reid will have weapons at every position at his disposal behind a solid offensive line.
2. Missouri
Chase Daniel's second season as the starter in Columbia should be even more productive than his last with almost everyone back in 2007.
3. Oklahoma
With the offensive line and stars all over the place, does it really matter who the quarterback is? Sam Bradford could be this year's Colt McCoy.

4. Texas
The receivers are there and Jamaal Charles is back, but can Colt McCoy survive behind a suspect offensive line?
5. Texas Tech
Seeing the Raiders at No. 5 is strange, but they lost four starters on the offensive line and the three most productive receivers from 2006. They'll put lots of numbers like usual, but they have a lot of questions that are yet to be answered.
6. Nebraska
The fact that Joe Ganz could beat out Sam Keller is a concern, and the Husker have question marks at running back and on the offensive line.
7. Miami
The running game is going to be solid, but the receiving corps is very suspect and neither quarterback is consistent.
8. Kansas
Making up for the loss of Jon Cornish won't be easy. Depth at receiver is a concern as is a revamped offensive line. At least both quarterbacks are looking good.
9. Fresno State
The offensive line is young and talented, the receiver have talent as well, but who will run the ball and will a Todd Brandstater be consistent under center?
10. Louisiana-Monroe
The Warhawks can run and pass and have a mobile quarterback in Kinsmon Lancaster.
11. Baylor
The Bears were 59th in the nation in scoring in 2006 with the new spread offense and lost everyone. Texas Tech they most definitely are not. The offense is a one big question mark.
12. Montana State
The Bobcats lost their top two receiving threats, and are very vanilla on offense.

Texas A&M returns an offense that is stacked in the running game. The Aggies have arguably the best running back tandem in the Big 12, and possibly the nation with Mike Goodson and Jorvorskie Lane. The offensive line is also arguably the best in the conference with four seniors and one junior bringing tons of experience into the 2007 season, and quarterback Stephen McGee is one of the most consistent signal caller in the nation.

While A&M will havoc for opposing defenses this fall, so will plenty of other offensive on their schedule. The Aggies defense will face some extremely solid rushing offenses, the pass-happy spread and a couple of the most balanced offenses in the nation.

Needless to say, the improving Aggie defense will have their hands full all season long.

Montana State

The Bobcats don't have an offense that is going to put fear into any Division I-A opponent, especially not Texas A&M. Montana State returns both quarterbacks in Cory Carpenter and Jack Rolovich who basically platooned last season as each had over 110 pass completions. Rolovich is a transfer from Hawaii who will most likely be the opening day starter in College Station.

Rolovich and Carpenter's favorite targets in the passing game are gone, however. Both Mike Jefferson and Donnell Wheaton exhausted their eligibility in 2006. They represent 60.5-percent of the Montana State's receiving yards, 54-percent of receptions and 13 of 17 receiving touchdowns in 2006.

The Bobcats aren't a tricky offense that mainly employs a variation of the west coast offense. Both Rolovich and Carpenter are pocket passers, and neither are threats to run outside of the pocket. The offensive line is rebuilding after losing two extremely valuable veterans after leading the Big Sky conference is sacks allowed last season.

Running backs Aaron Mason and Isaiah Taito are decent backs, but are mainly north-south runners between the tackles. Overall, the offense has been very vanilla and doesn't do too much out of the ordinary.

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