LSU may not have any off the field controversies to start this season but a lot of fans have a problem with the way the Tigers finished last season against Alabama in the BCS Championship. The big question going into this year is, do we have enough to win it all this season?
Of course we still have the usual suspects like the Honey Badger or King, Eric Reid, Spencer Ware, Russell Shepard, Keke Mingo, and big Sam Montgomery. But what about the players that your not familiar with.
At receiver this year look for Jarvis Landry and Kadron Boone to help Beckham and Shepard from being doubled this season. Last season Rueben Randle caught 53 passes and Odell Beckham had 41, the next best receiver Shepard only had 14 catches, while the tight end Deangelo Peterson had just 18. We should also see Chase Clement the new starting tight end get a lot of good looks from the new starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger who has the arm to throw the ball all over the field.
But this is not LSU football if we do not pound the ball with running backs and LSU has a stable full of them. I would like to see Coach Miles pick two starting backs and run them the majority of the time. Michael Ford led the team in rushing last season with 772 yards despite having fifty less carries than that of Spencer Ware. Alfred Blue only had 78 carries all year but averaged more yards per rush than both Ford and Ware. LSU is not lacking for talent in the backfield the only problem they have is who do you play?
Craig Loston and Tharold Simon will also be hearing there names called a lot more in Death Valley. Loston will be in the secondary with junior safety Eric Reid. Tharold Simon will be opposite of the Honey Badger so you they will try and target Simon more than Mathieu this season.
This is team is poised to become better than last years team because the players have realized that you have to give it your all every play and every game. They learned last season just how easily all your accomplishments can be forgotten. But this team knows what it takes and I have no doubt we will see our guys in South Florida for the BCS National Championship game on January 7th, 2013.
Tags: Alfred Blue Barkevious Mingo Chase Clement Craig Loston Eric Reid Football Jarvis Landry Kadron Boone Les Miles LSU Michael Ford Odell Beckham Jr Receiver Russell Shepard Sam Montgomery Spencer Ware Tharold Simon Tyrann Mathieu Zach Mettenberger