The LSU Tigers enter each season with high expectations, and this coming season is certainly no exception. They will not quite be on part with some other perennial powers in the SEC West, however, so they are picked to finish 4th there and 15th in the nation. The team itself is one of the most talented from a roster perspective, but there are some glaring holes that will keep them from contending for a national title. Last season, the offense was 13th in the entire SEC in scoring, which was a major disappointment, and there is still some uncertainty entering the 2015 campaign. The defense is also a trouble spot, registering only 19 total sacks all of last season, but the hope is that a new defensive coordinator in Kevin Steele can rectify that situation.
The quarterback position is not quite solidified. There is a race to the starting position between Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris, but it appears that the starting nod may go to Jennings. Harris is just not quite mature enough to this point. If Jennings has a rocky start to the season, however, look from Harris to get his shot. The hope is that starting tailback Leonard Fournette is bigger and stronger, so coach Les Miles is looking for him to have a breakout season. The wide receiver position is talented, but poor quarterbacking a season ago gave them little opportunity to showcase their stuff. Travin Dural will be back, fresh from a team leading 37 receptions for 758 yards. He was actually the only receiver to log more than 17 catches last season. Malachi Dupre is back, and if he can stay healthy, look for him to join Dural in making his fair share of catches, if they can only get the quarterback to meet his target. The offensive line lost two key starters, but this still appears to be one of the team’s stronger positions. Jerald Hawkins will be replacing three-year start La’el Colins at left tackle.
LSU should have one of the most talented secondaries in the SEC, led by Jalen Mills at cornerback and Jarnal Adams at safety. The defensive line does have some troubled spots and is plagued by inexperience. Christain LaCouture and Devaon Godchaux should be fixtures at defensive tackle, but the defensive end position is far from being settled, and this is worrying. Look for the Tiger to play more three-man fronts this season as they try to compensate while they find the right mix of playmaking ends. For LSU to have a better than expected season, the quarterback position is going to have to solidify itself sooner rather than later. They need to be able to pass the ball to make use of the prolific wide receivers. If they can do that, and their defense holds up to the test, look for them to finish a respectable 3rd or 4th in the SEC West.
Led by Miles and Fournette, the Tigers will look to dominate against the SEC and other opponents as they look to be nationally recognized as one of the best teams in college football. The Tigers can prove that by beating quality opponents such as Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M. This could be the year that glory is restored to Death Valley.
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