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2010 Sun Belt Preview - Unit Rankings
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Posted Aug 12, 2010


2010 CollegeFootballNews.com Preview - Sun Belt Unit Rankings


Preview 2010

Sun Belt Unit Rankings


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Sun Belt Overall

Based on how good each team is and NOT the predicted finish

1. Middle Tennessee
2. Arkansas State
3. Troy
4. North Texas
5. ULM
6. Florida Atlantic
7. FIU
8. Louisiana
9. WKU

Offenses

1. Troy
After finishing third in the nation and fourth in passing, the Troy offense will undergo a little bit of a change under new offensive coordinator Kenny Edenfield. With Neal Brown off to Texas Tech, Edenfield will still try to keep the passing game going with the Sun Belt’s best receiving corps and two excellent backs, DuJuan Harris and Shawn Southward, who can catch as well as run well in space. The key will be replacing QB Levi Brown, who bombed away for 4,254 yards and 23 touchdowns, and there’s going to be a fight for the job with Jamie Hampton and Corey Robinson battling it out early into the season. The line will be fine even with a few key losses, but it could struggle at guard with star Tyler Clark moving to center.

2. North Texas
3. Middle Tennessee
4. Arkansas State
5. ULM
6. Florida Atlantic
7. Louisiana
8. FIU
9. WKU

Quarterbacks

1. Middle Tennessee
Even with a new offensive coordinator in place, there won’t be too many changes to Dwight Dasher’s game. He’s the star of the show and he’ll be turned loose as the leader of the veteran attack. Logan Kilgore should eventually bring more of a passing element to the attack, but he’s it for the backups. If injuries hit, look out.

2. Troy
3. Arkansas State
4. Florida Atlantic
5. Louisiana
6. North Texas
7. ULM
8. FIU
9. WKU

Running Backs

1. North Texas
Dunbar, Dunbar, Dunbar. Lance Dunbar is the team’s featured star and could be used until he drops. A talented playmaker who’s a threat for well over 1,500 yards if he can stay healthy, he has Sun Belt Player of the Year potential if he can stay healthy. James Hamilton and Brandin Byrd need action early on to keep the tread on Dunbar’s tires.

2. WKU
3. ULM
4. Troy
5. Arkansas State
6. Florida Atlantic
7. Middle Tennessee
8. Louisiana
9. FIU

Receivers

1. Troy
The receiving corps is the best in the Sun Belt by a ten-mile wide margin. Jerrel Jernigan will be an all-star again, while Tebiarus Gill and Jason Bruce are fantastic. There’s speed, size, depth, and options. The receivers will make the mediocre quarterbacks look better than they are.

2. North Texas
3. FIU
4. ULM
5. Middle Tennessee
6. Arkansas State
7. Florida Atlantic
8. Louisiana
9. WKU

Offensive Lines

1. North Texas
After building over the last few years, the line could turn out to be the strength of the team and it could be among the best in the Sun Belt if everyone stays healthy. With a great mix of experience and athleticism, this should once again be among the league’s top pass blocking units and it should be great at paving the way for Lance Dunbar and the ground game.

2. Middle Tennessee
3. Louisiana
4. Troy
5. Arkansas State
6. ULM
7. WKU
8. Florida Atlantic
9. FIU

Defenses

1. Arkansas State
The Sun Belt’s top defense last year both in yards and points allowed has enough pieces back to be among the best in the league again. There might not be a tremendous pass rush after the loss of Alex Carrington to the next level, but the ends are solid and there’s enough experience and athleticism among the outside linebackers to expect more plays in the backfield. The secondary is the weakest part of the D, but it’s not all that bad with some good options at safety, especially if M.D. Jennings is back from a knee injury, and good prospects at corner. It’s not going to be a brick wall of a pass defense, but it’s going to good enough to win with considering the defensive front seven isn’t going to let much happen against the run.

2. Middle Tennessee
3. FIU
4. ULM
5. Troy
6. Florida Atlantic
7. Louisiana
8. North Texas
9. WKU

Defensive Lines

1. Middle Tennessee
The Blue Raiders will sell out and fly into the backfield to make big plays, lots of sacks, and plenty of tackles for loss, but anyone who wants to power the ball should be able to. A steady rotation has to be found early on, but more importantly, a dangerous pass rusher has to take attention away from Jamari Lattimore.

2. Arkansas State
3. ULM
4. Troy
5. North Texas
6. FIU
7. Louisiana
8. WKU
9. Florida Atlantic

Linebackers

1. Arkansas State
Last year’s corps was a strength, and this year’s group has the potential to be even better with two great options for all three spots including three for the middle. While this might not be the Sun Belt’s best group of linebackers, it should be able to clean everything up that the front four doesn’t get to.

2. Troy
3. Florida Atlantic
4. Louisiana
5. North Texas
6. ULM
7. FIU
8. Middle Tennessee
9. WKU

Secondaries

1. Middle Tennessee
This should be the best secondary in the Sun Belt with Jeremy Kellem, Kevin Brown, and Rod Issac almost certain to finish with all-star honors. The reserves should be good, but there’s not a ton of experience and everyone fits the type. MTSU has a slew of fast, decent-sized defensive backs and they can all wreak havoc.

2. Arkansas State
3. FIU
4. Florida Atlantic
5. Troy
6. Louisiana
7. ULM
8. North Texas
9. WKU

Special Teams

1. Louisiana
The kicking game is excellent and the coverage teams are fine. If the return game, specifically the kickoff return game, can be better, there’s a chance the Cajun special teams could be among the best in the Sun Belt. For a team with no defensive production, having a punter who can pin teams deep is a godsend. Spencer Ortega is one of the most valuable players on the team. Veteran kicker Tyler Albrecht is back after coming up with a decent 8-of-11 season including an impressive 4-of-6 shots from beyond 40 yards.

2. FIU
3. Troy
4. WKU
5. Middle Tennessee
6. Arkansas State
7. ULM
8. Florida Atlantic
9. North Texas

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- Troy Preview | ULM Preview | WKU Preview

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