Question--How good can we be?

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Question--How good can we be?

Postby fgs44 on Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:22 pm

Now, I am never into predictions, because you have to play the games, and when you compete all the predictions go out the window. Everyone in our league is working hard to get better. So, the question is not how many games will we win, but how good can we be? In other words, will we be better on offense this year because of returning QB's, skill positions, Oline; Will the defense be better? Who will step up, that is currently unknown? Who believes we can win the SoCon championship? Is Chattanooga now setting the standard for the SoCon, or can we be back in the mix, both league wise, and nationally?

This is the talking season :D
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Re: Question--How good can we be?

Postby mudrat43 on Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:50 pm

Well, we should be better! We're bigger, hopefully stronger, more experienced and (again) hopefully eager to get out there and get at 'em. Maybe some newcomer competition will light a fire in the veterans as well. I like our defensive prospects this year too. We'll need to find that hard charger at defensive end to replace TO, but I think someone will rise to the occasion. And I'm beseeching the football gods to get the coaching staff to let 'er rip this year. Lets go over to Clemson, get our minds right, then dive into the next three games and show the SOCON them short haired dogs are in the hunt for real!!!

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Re: Question--How good can we be?

Postby Ruckus on Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:42 pm

I think the key is staying healthy. I am a little concerned about the DL depth and no TO. Otherwise we should be about the same. OL should be better and offense overall should be in sync with more experience especially at QB position.
We need playmakers on both sides of the ball. Watch for Roach, Patterson, Cornellier, and Ward to have breakout years on D. Offensively, I look for Jacks to step it up along with Gay, Smith, Motes and Taylor to break out. Warhby and Chamberlain both may vie for Jacobs Trophy this year.
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Re: Question--How good can we be?

Postby TerrierbobII on Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:10 pm

How likely is it for Ellis Pace to see playing time?
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Re: Question--How good can we be?

Postby mudrat43 on Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:45 pm

Good question about Pace. High School highlights look really good. Hope to get up to Sparkle City to watch a few early camp practices.....wish him the best!

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Re: Question--How good can we be?

Postby Ruckus on Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:59 pm

Depends on how quickly he picks up our schemes and how well he learns to get people on the ground on the perimeter. Underclassmen typically play a step or 2 slower because they are thinking/making reads and recognizing assignments. Looked impressive in spring (albeit v. 2nd/3rd defense).
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Re: Question--How good can we be?

Postby WoCo NH Dude on Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:06 pm

Todd's article from today's GoUpstate:

http://www.goupstate.com/article/201507 ... k-in-SoCon


Like that of the last 5 games at Gibbs, 3 opponents are favored to finish higher than the Terriers. Time to "Bring it" and blast all the predictions.
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Re: Question--How good can we be?

Postby Ruckus on Thu Jul 23, 2015 6:54 am

TS tweeted yesterday that each of the 4 times we have won SoCon titles, we have never been picked to win it and in 2010 we won yet picked 6th in preseason.
Here is a little red meat warm up interview of MA at the SiCon media day yesterday. Alyce doesn't really ask great questions but the 2 from fans are good (way to go, Talkin' Terriers).
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=53h7BXkCd3Y&sns=tw

8 players were picked all SoCon, 2 first teamers (Warhby and Sanders). Others on 2nd team were Long, Chamberlain, Speller, Michaelson, Morris and Gay as return specialist.
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Re: Question--How good can we be?

Postby ARTerrier on Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:22 am

Appreciated his response and liked hearing what he had to say, but it seems on many subjects pertaining to an upcoming football season, you'll always get about the same answers ("coach talk," if I may) with something like this. It didn't seem to help that it was obviously conducted near or at the end of Media Day festivities (check his reaction when he hears there will be more questions). The interview put out by the conference was pretty good as well, with things mainly about the subpar seasons in recent memory, getting everyone on the same page and to spell out and adhere to the process, taking every game seriously, quarterback questions, etc. Jacks added some stuff about the latter, hinting that the common perception of such a race seems tense, but in reality it's good competition and in the end, everyone has the starter's back (Absolutely the way it should be.) Jaleel Green made a passing reference to the improved state of the Terrier secondary. One quote that was memorable to me from Ayers: "You can't understand the whole playbook, you just hope they understand their part at their time." Green on what to expect this season: "High-energy, execution, making sure we know what we're doing and why we're doing it."
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Re: Question--How good can we be?

Postby walliver on Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:25 pm

I believe this team could be very good.
A win against Clemson would be a near miracle, but every other game on our schedule is winnable.
Idaho may be FBS, but not very good FBS, although the long trip may work against us.
Chattanooga is the cream of the crop in the SoCon this year, but we get them at home.
Of the remaining contenders: WCU, Samford (who we beat last year), and FU are at home. The Citadel is on the road (which tends to help us).
8-3 or even 9-2 is possible. The key is getting past Gardner-Webb. Another bad start and this season could be like the last 2.
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Re: Question--How good can we be?

Postby Ruckus on Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:09 pm

Chatty is very likely the second best team on our schedule. From there, Idaho, GW, WCU and Sammy are prolly pretty close with the Reese Hannon led Furples really close behind. CID will be even better and could be the surprise of the conference. This is a tough slate. Glad we have the tougher ones at home (except CID whom we historically play better on the road).
On another topic, where are us B-lotters going to park?
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Re: Question--How good can we be?

Postby Tnterrier2 on Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:38 pm

Hello Terrier Fans! This is my first post on the message board. I have been reading all of the good and sometimes not so good posts on here at arms length for the last 3 years. I have enjoyed the enthusiasm of the group!

Full disclosure: I am cornerback Chris Armfield's #2 dad. Don't let that stop anyone from saying what they want on here, it won't hurt my feelings 1 bit.

Chris has truly had a great experience at Wofford, and it has been the absolute best choice, considering he was committed to another SoCon school at first. Truly a blessing! We have nothing but great things to say.

I just had to reply to this post, and there was one a while back that also caught my eye.

From my son's and all of his friends on the team, and the defensive coaches that I talk to at length at different times. They all believe THIS is the year. More experience, lots of playmakers, getting the 4 hardest Socon games at home instead of all on the road, should equal a return to prominence. They are fired up and ready to get after it. My son wished the season started the day after Spring camp broke! If we execute (and a little luck) we can beat anyone on the schedule, (realistically not Clemson), no predictions here. I say win them all!

Awhile back there was a post that seemed to question the commitment level of wanting to win of the team, the coaches, and MA himself. I can only speak for my son and his friends, and all of the coaches including MA, who I've had extensive conversations with. There's not one of them that doesn't want to win every single game. Like anything else in life, work, school, family, some are more committed to other things than others. But I would say the general feeling is most are committed to excellence, and coaches included, believe this is the year we got back to being Wofford football, at least from a win-loss perspective.
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Re: Question--How good can we be?

Postby lawdog on Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:05 pm

Thanks TnT2, great to hear from you. From the outside looking in, this does appear to be a more experienced and deeper group than we have had in a while. Some of the new players appear unusually promising as well. Our DB's should be an important factor this year.
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Re: Question--How good can we be?

Postby Ruckus on Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:13 am

Glad to have you on here, Tnterrier. I must say that I was surprised Chris was not on the preseason All-SoCon list. He is very talented and is the "old man" in the secondary. It's been fun watching him mature and get better each year.
I have for 3 years circled this year as "the year". But it will take some luck and keeping everyone healthy for us to make a run. The excitement and enthusiasm feels kind of like 2010-2011, pretty good years for us.
Glad to hear Chris is having a great experience at Wofford.
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Re: Question--How good can we be?

Postby Tnterrier2 on Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:34 am

Thanks Ruckus and Lawdog. Chris and our family have truly enjoyed it! There's nothing like a game at Wofford on a cool Saturday afternoon.

Ruckus I appreciate you saying that about Chris. He is the "old dog" of the group now. He has certainly matured and become an even finer young man, because of his Wofford experience. He's certainly not the same 5'10" 160 pound guy that was mainly a running back and return guy in high school that stepped on campus 3 years ago. We were not surprised at all that he didn't make the preseason list. He had a solid year but not a great one. He knows you can't finish at the bottom of the pass D stats and expect to be on any list. He knows he has to be better and make the plays when the opportunities come. He has garnered the rep of being a pretty good cover guy, and one of the fastest guys in the country, so the plays will not come often, but when they do he has to make them. Ruckus you've said it a thousand times, and he knows, he has to tackle better. He is determined to help make the entire secondary better. He knows if he does that, the real lists that everyone keeps saying he should be on will come, the post season ones. Plus a little birdie told me, we will see him become a big part of our return game, utilize a little of that speed.

Here's my two cents of how good the secondary can be this year: We will be vastly improved because for the first time in 2 years we shouldn't have guys walking out the very first game making their first career starts. 2 years ago both corners and 1 safety, and our new D coordinator were making their first career starts against Baylor. Last year both safeties and 2 lb's and another D coordinator were making their first career starts against GT. Plus we lose Travis Thomas for the season, and Bernard Williams for half the season, so it meant another corner was making his first career start. With that kind of turnover there's no way any team is going to start that strong. They finished both seasons well, but the damage had been done. That strong finish included both corners and a safety virtually not practicing the last 4 games of the year due to injury, and they were saving them for the games. This year with 3 of the 4 starters back, the other safeties have valuable experience, and all of the lb's have experience. Jaleel has become a stud, and my man Brion has definitely solidified his spot and has become a steady hand. Ward and Cole have improved and should be solid. If we stay healthy the pass D will be greatly improved. I hate to say it if we lose a key guy or 2 again it will be a long year. Plus not having Cole Higbie is a big loss too. I cannot begin to tell you how much injury affects our ability to compete. Our scheme dictates giving up a lot of yards, but if we can keep people out of the end zone this has all of the makings of a great year.
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