by Lee Brecheen
September 7, 2010 – Southeastern – The team showed everyone again that their Defense is for real by almost beating DI Tulane, and RB Zeke Jones will be tough to Stop in the Southland Conference.Tulane – Needs the Defense to get better for some upcoming tough Conference USA games. East Carolina, Houston, Tulsa, Southern Miss and SMU are a lot better than last year.
LSU – Running Backs Richard Murphy and Stevan Ridley need to step it up for the Tigers to win some SEC games. If they don’t you might see a lot of Michael Ford, Alfred Blue, and Ware pretty soon. The defense wore out in the fourth Quarter against an average North Carolina Offensive Line. I would like to see someone else return kickoffs so Patrick Peterson can at least play DB for 4 quarters. He’s super man for the team, but he can only do so much. How about Tyran Mathieu, Russell Shepard, or Rueban Randle on kickoffs, and Patrick Peterson returning punts.
McNeese State – The Cowboys held own to beat a brand new IAA program in Lamar, out of Beaumont, TX. I think they will be ok, but not as good as 2009. It’s tough to replace a veteran QB over night and a lot of experience from the defense.
NIcholls State – I actually thought the new coaching staff did a great job in the loss to San Diego State, giving up under 50 points considering Nicholls has no depth and very little size right now to compete with a DI school. I think this team might upset someone in the Southland this year.
Grambling – Grambling came very close to beating LA Tech this weekend. It shows Grambling will be tough in the SWAC again. This team can play two different QB’s at any time and beat you. Grambling has a defense that is very underrated in IAA football.
ULL – This team needs to find a running game and Wide Receivers who can catch a football. None of the backs showed they could break tackles and to me were slow hitting the holes that were there against Georgia early on. I love the defense, but they were on the field way too long. QB Chris Masson needs help with a running game to be successful this year, and his WR’s need to catch key passes on third down. Several passes hit players right on the money, but where dropped against Georgia.
Southern – New Head Coach Stump Mitchell showed that a tough off season program will help you in the fourth Quarter, and it showed this past Saturday against Delaware State. Southern had more speed in their step compared to a year ago. They looked faster and showed effort for 60 minutes. The freshman you could tell were well prepared and well coached. Freshman QB Dray Joseph (6-1, 195) came in for a injured Jermiah McGinty, and was calm and collective ran and passed for Touchdowns for the team in his first game ever. True Freshman TE Kesean Peterson also looked great catching the ball in key moments.
La Tech – The team just needs to find a QB for the season, and I think they could be ok in the long run. They have some talented RB’s and very experienced Offensive and Defensive Lines. The Boise State and Fresno State games will be tough this year for them.
ULM – Team was off, because of an open date.
Northwestern State – Team gave up 65 points, but Air Force is a tough DI team to defend with the run game. Northwestern needs to step up at the LB position and on defense this week for their first conference game. Paul Harris might break all the records before he leaves in total offense. WR Bradly Brown was really good and had over 100 yards as a WR.