|It's Monday and I'm depressed about going back to work after a five day weekend. Thankfully I have the LSU Golden Girls to brighten my mood.|
For most teams an 11-2 mark would be a good season, but last year's LSU Tigers seemingly underachieved into a two loss season, dropping a game at Auburn that saw LSU pile up 382 yards of offense and six drives inside Auburn territory on their way to a single field goal, despite a roster laden with current and future first round NFL draft picks. Though a number of high profile names are gone, many have LSU picked to not only win the SEC, but to earn a date with Southern Cal in the BCS Championship Game. This week, we'll take a look at LSU; what's changed, what's the same, and how they are going to fare this season.
Though several of the big names from last year's LSU offense will be playing on Sunday this season, there is more than enough talent, both returning and stockpiled, to equal or surpass last season's more than impressive production.
|Red Zone Offense||3rd|
|QB Matt Flynn|
|WR Early Doucet
|FB Jacob Hester|
Joining him in the backfield are the team's three other top rushers from last season, Keiland Williams (the projected starter at RB), Alley Broussard, and Charles Scott. Williams especially should have a breakout year, after he fell just short of Hester's 457 yards with 452 and 6 TDs with 5, but surpassed him with a 5.7 ypc. Also helping the ground game is an O-Line that returns mostly intact, with starters at C Brett Helms, RT Herman Johnson, and LT Ciron Black all coming back, and the return of potential star Will Arnold at LG after he missed more than half of last season due to injury. O-Line coach Stacey Searles left for Georgia after last season, prompting the hire of Greg Studrawa, who has served at OC at Bowling Green for the past four seasons. His experience running Bowling Green's wide open offense should make him an excellent fit with Gary Crowton.
Even though some of the more important faces have changed on this side of the ball, look for LSU to finish at or near the top of the conference once again in every category. Tomorrow we'll break down a defense that returns 8 starters from a monster unit, and is the biggest reason this team should go undefeated this year.