Underdog Dynasty: 2019-AAC positional previews (June 20- updated w DL)

QB
“1. Houston:** No one belongs in the same tier as D’Eriq King in this conference. Houston’s star accounted for 50 touchdowns last year, and deserves more respect than he’s getting. Competing for the backup position will be Clayton Tune and coach’s son Logan Holgorsen. If King shows that he’s completely recovered from his knee injury last year, it will be tough to stop him again in 2019. A tougher schedule awaits both King and the Cougars, so a decline in his production might be possible. Still, he’s the only one that belongs in this category.”

https://www.underdogdynasty.com/2019/5/27/18530582/2019-aac-preseason-position-previews-quarterback-deriq-king-houston-ucf-usf-temple-navy-ecu-smu-navy

RB
" 7. Houston: Four seniors return for the Cougars, but only two will see time regularly. Patrick Carr took over the starting job last year, and looked solid. Mulbah Car isn’t a bad backup to have, but it’s the transfer that might beat out both of them. Texas transfer Kyle Porter decided to join Dana Holgorsen in Houston, and has the skills to win the job. D’Eriq King and the receivers will receive plenty of attention, so a dangerous running game only makes this offense more terrifying."

https://www.underdogdynasty.com/2019/5/31/18638928/2019-aac-preseason-position-previews-running-back-greg-mccrae-patrick-taylor-michael-warren

WR/TE
“1. Houston:** No debate here. Houston’s talent and depth are far above anyone else in this conference. Marquez Stevenson, Keith Corbin, and Courtney Lark give the Cougars one of the best trios in the entire country, even if they don’t seem to get much respect. After that, there’s a ton of talent to go around. Bryson Smith’s one of the most versatile players in the AAC, and Jeremy Singleton and Terry Mark round out a great two-deep. D’Eriq King’s the man, but his receivers also help him out. After getting a full year of experience under their belt, they’ll really hit their stride in 2019.”

https://www.underdogdynasty.com/2019/6/4/18647561/2019-aac-american-athletic-conference-preseason-position-previews-wide-receiver-tight-end

" 4. Houston: The rushing numbers can be a bit skewed with a talent like D’Eriq King at quarterback, but the Coogs have the beef up front to wear down opponents. Josh Jones, Braylon Jones and Jarrid Williams, all entering their senior seasons, will have an opportunity to showcase themselves against Oklahoma in Week 1."

https://www.underdogdynasty.com/2019/6/11/18652321/2019-aac-american-athletic-conference-preseason-position-previews-offensive-line

" 7. Houston: It’s weird to see the Cougars so low, and even more strange to not see Ed Oliveron their roster. Isaiah Chambers showed in just four games that he can be an elite defensive end. He produced six tackles for loss, including 4.5 sacks in those first four games before being injured. Payton Turner and Aymiel Fleming also return, but need to show improvement. Dana Holgorsen brought in a few junior college transfers to help boost this group."

5 Likes

King throws the best deep ball in the conference and these guys definitely did their job on the other end with that top end speed. Something we lacked during Ward’s years at the helm. I hope King can improve on short and mid-route accuracy because I think Lark can absolutely destroy opponents over the middle if King can get the ball to him consistently. This is the most talented group of receivers I’ve seen come through here sans maybe Avery, Aldridge, and Harvey

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Our 2nd string receivers would start for most teams in the AAC. With King healthy the offense will roll.

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Cleveland, Carrier, and Edwards were pretty good. Patricks senior year he was looking like jerry rice out there.

8 Likes

AAC OL preview is out

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We’ve got some strong players in the mix on the OL, but very worried about our Guards.

We are going to be a top 5 offense this year. We’re elite everywhere.

Updated w defensive line. The 3 JUCO DTs & 2 DEs (each w a high SEC offer) should have a huge impact. I expect this ranking to be much higher at the end of the season.

I think we are elite at receiver and possibly the depth there. Question: How will we use Bryson Smith and are our 4 RS FR going to make an impact?
I think we are elite at QB
Like our backup situation.
Hope here is that we can get both backups in their 4 games and use a RS for both.

RBs I.like the 3 we have but would not call them elite. The 3 we figure are going to play should be anle to make plays and will run hard…
Question will be if anyone else emerges either for the rotation or as situation players.

The OL still has much to prove and I cannot.call them.close to elite until I see it, even the 3 returning starters. This does not mean I do not feel good about this position…I think the 3 returning can each be all conference performers. We need to cover the two guard spots of course. To me if we cannot find two good guards from our previous recruits and two grad transfers than that means we have done nothing the past few years.
My question will be to get our best 5 on the field what combination will we use and how far will we take it if it means players switching positions?

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