Reid ‘Em & Weep (1.8)

Butkus League Power Rankings (Post-Draft Contenders, Pretenders, & Tankers)

Contenders

1. Jon – 2015 Butkus Bowl Champion

Jon returns plenty of talent in ’16 but can he replace Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry/RB/Alabama? Maybe he can. He made a suave trade, bringing in Royce Freeman/RB/Oregon from Mike for just 2 Draft picks (turned into DeMario McCall/RB/Ohio St. & Devwah Whaley/RB/Arkansas). When you compare Henry and Freeman’s 2015 stats you’ll see somewhat similar numbers: Henry 2219 yds/28 TD vs Freeman 1836/17.

Here’s Jon’s probable starting lineup:

QB1 – Baker Mayfield/Oklahoma

QB2 – J.T. Barrett/Ohio St.

RB’s – Lenny Fournette/LSU, Royce Freeman/Oregon and Samaje Perine/Oklahoma

WR’s – Charles Nelson/Oregon, Josh Reynolds/Texas A&M, and Travis Rudolph/Florida St.

TE – Jake Butt/Michigan

K – Michael Badgley/Miami

D – LSU

2. Brian – 2012 Butkus Bowl Champion, 2015 Real Champion

QB1 – Seth Russell/Baylor – QB’s as good as any

QB2 – Deshaun Watson/Clemon

RB’s – Dalvin Cook/Florida St., Jalen Hurd/Tennessee, and Devine Redding/Indiana

WR’s – Thomas Sperbeck/Boise St., Torii Hunter/Notre Dame, and River Cracraft/Washington St.

TE – O.J. Howard/Alabama OR Jordan Leggett/Clemson

K – Yustin Yoon/Notre Dame

D – Florida

3. Dave

QB1 – Luke Falk/Washington St. OR Chad Kelly/Ole Miss

QB2 – Patrick Mahomes/Texas Tech

RB’s – Christian McCaffrey/Stanford, Wayne Gallman/Clemson, and Corey Clement/Wisconsin – Excellent collection

WR’s – K.D. Cannon/Baylor, Gabe Marks/Washington St., and Simmie Cobbs/Indiana – Excellent again, maybe Dave deserves to be higher

TE – Bucky Hodges/Virginia Tech

K – Austin Seibert/Oklahoma

D – Michigan

Pretenders

4. Derek – 11 Time Champion

QB1 – Mitch Trubisky/North Carolina OR Deondre Francois/Florida St.

QB2 – Trevor Knight/Oklahoma OR Eric Dungey/Syracuse

RB’s – Nick Chubb/Georgia, Jeremy McNichols/Boise St., Myles Gaskin/Washington OR Saquon Barkley/Penn St. – Good depth

WR’s – Artavis Scott/Clemson, Mack Hollins/North Carolina, Steve Ishmael/Syracuse OR DeDe Westbrook/Oklahoma

TE – Jaylen Samuels/N.C. State

K – Greg Huegel/Clemson

D – Ohio St.

5. Simon – 2 Time Butkus Bowl Champion (2000, 2014), 2007 Real Champion

QB1 – Davis Webb/California OR Max Browne/USC

QB2 – Dakota Prukop/Oregon OR Lamar Jackson/Louisville

RB’s – Elijah Hood/North Carolina, Justin Jackson/Northwestern, and Matt Dayes OR Barry Sanders/Oklahoma St. OR Travon McMillian/Virginia Tech

WR’s – JuJu Smith/USC, James Washington/Oklahoma St., and Mike Williams/Clemson

TE – Dalton Schultz/Stanford

K – Andy Phillips/Utah

D – Washington

6. Reid – 2 Time Real Champion (2010, 2014)

QB1 – Jake Browning/Washington OR Skyler Howard/West Virginia

QB2 – Josh Dobbs/Tennessee OR Tommy Armstrong/Nebraska

RB’s – L.J. Scott/Michigan St., Mike Weber/Ohio St., and Ronald Jones/USC OR Jamaal Williams/BYU OR Ke’Shawn Vaughn/Illinois

WR’s – Isaiah Ford/Virginia Tech, Shelton Gibson/West Virginia, Jordan Westerkamp/Nebraska OR Darren Carrington/Oregon

TE – Evan Engram/Ole Miss

K – Eddy Pineiro/Florida

D – Alabama

Tankers

7. Mike – 2001 Butkus Bowl Champion, 2002 Real Champion

Mike’s first 6 Draft selections were Freshmen. In addition to those 6 Freshmen, he took 2 Sophomores and 2 Seniors (one of which was his Kicker). Mike finished in 7th place last year and I foresee another 7th place finish for the Tigers.

QB1 – Josh Rosen – Could be a franchise player

QB2 – Brett Rypien – Another franchise type player but also a QB1. No QB2’s ready to start.

RB’s – De’Veon Smith, Marcus Marshall, and Kalen Ballage – I heard they might’ve moved Ballage to TE. The rest of Mike’s RB corps consists mainly of backups and 3rd stringers.

WR’s – Calvin “Showtime” Ridley, Christian Kirk, and Malachi Dupre – 2 really good WR’s, 1 starter, and a few other prospects.

TE – Ryan Izzo

K – Michael Geiger

D – Tennessee

8. Jeff – 2004 Butkus Bowl Champion

QB1 – Brady White/Arizona St.

QB2 – Taysom Hill/BYU

RB’s – Shock Linwood/Baylor, Joe Williams/Utah, and either Bo Scarbrough/Alabama OR Damien Harris/Alabama

WR’s – Mark Andrews/Oklahoma, Noah Brown/Ohio St., and Antonio Callaway/Florida – 3 Sophs and 5 FR in his 8 player WR corps

TE – David Njoku/Miami

K – Aidan Schneider/Oregon

D – Florida St. – This team could easily compete for 7th place if they don’t watch it.

Overall, there are six Contenders for the Butkus League Championship this year. Three teams are really tough and will be hard to beat for a top 3 spot. Then we have three contenders/pretenders looking to get in that 4th playoff spot. Last year Jon finished in the 3rd spot in the regular season and went on to his magical Butkus Bowl triumph. What will happen in 2016? I can’t wait to find out.

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Reid’s Cornhuskers Themes

2003: “Full Throttle”
2004: “Can You Stand the Rain?”
2005: “When It Rains…It Pours”
2006: “The Impossible Dream”
2007: “Shutting Out the Ghost of Autumns Past”
2008: “Forget About Next Year”
2009: “Like a Bolt of Lightning”
2010: “Refuse To Lose: The Scoring Explosion”
2011: “Unfinished Business”
2012: “Echoes of the Mind”
2013: “Forget About Next Year….This IS Next Year”
2014: “It’s All Over But The Shouting”

2015: “We Shall Never Surrender”

And now announcing this year’s theme……….

“Not In This Lifetime”

After all these years of never winning, I’m starting to wonder if I’ll ever break through the ceiling and win a Championship. Well, someday Hell might freeze over. When they asked Axl Rose if GNR would ever get back together, he said “Not in This Lifetime”. That was four years ago. You all know what happened next.

 

The 2016 “Not in This Lifetime” Tour

Week 1 – September 3 – Arlington, TX (AT&T Stadium) – USC vs Alabama

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Natalie posing outside of “Rangers Ballpark in Arlington” and in front of Dallas Cowboys “AT&T Stadium” in 2014.

Week 2 – September 10 – Lincoln, NE – Wyoming at Nebraska – I’m taking my family to see the ‘Huskers in action vs Wyoming. Last time we went out West to Nebraska was November 2, 2013. It was Trev’s 7th Birthday and we saw an incredibly memorable game vs Northwestern. You might recall FR Jordan Westerkamp catching a Hail Mary from Ron Kellogg to win the game for Trev on his Birthday! Later T-Magic was featured in “Hail Varsity” magazine. Can this game top 2013? Never.

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Photo taken just after Jordan Westerkamp’s Hail Mary catch on November 2, 2013.
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Erin Sorensen’s article about Trev in “Hail Varsity” magazine’s November 30, 2014 issue.

 

Week 3 – September 17 – Norman, OK – Ohio St. at Oklahoma

Week 4 – September 24 – Knoxville, TN – Florida at Tennessee

Week 5 – October 1 – Seattle, WA – Stanford at Washington

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Tribute to the ’91 Champs, outside of Husky Stadium in Seattle (2001).

Week 6 – October 8 – Dallas, TX – Oklahoma vs Texas

Week 7 – October 15 – South Bend, IN – Stanford at Notre Dame

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“Play Like A Champion Today” Trev inside the locker room tunnel on the Notre Dame Stadium Tour (2013)

Week 8 – October 22 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Texas A&M at Alabama

Week 9 – October 29 – Tallahassee, FL – Clemson at Florida St.

Week 10 – November 5 – Baton Rouge, LA – Alabama at LSU

Week 11 – November 12 – Eugene, OR – Stanford at Oregon

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The gates to Autzen Stadium weren’t locked on this Summer day in 2001.

Week 12 – November 19 – East Lansing, MI – Ohio St. at Michigan St.

Week 13 – Playoffs! – November 26 Columbus, OH – Michigan at Ohio St. &

December 3 – Indianapolis, IN – B1G Conference Championship Game

Butkus Bowl XVIII – Capital One Bowl Week concluding January 2, 2017

Not in This Lifetime Tour3

 

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