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Deke: LSU Tigers confident on both sides of the ball

Well Tiger fans, we are just days away from the open of the 2013 season!  Each day this week, I’ll give you a little preview of what to expect in this Saturday’s matchup between LSU and the Horned Frogs of TCU. 

With just three returning starters on defense some feel that LSU's Defense may struggle some this season.  However, Tigers Defensive Coordinator John Chavis is confident his group will be just fine.

“It’s natural for some people to think they’re going to be down a little bit,” Chavis said.  “But we don’t think that way, we’re going to work to be the very best we can be.  And certainly, if we reach that level of the potential that we have in terms of the quality of the players, we’re going to be fine.”

LSU linebacker Lamin Barrow says fans will soon find out that there is much more to the LSU defensive line than Anthony “the Freak” Johnson.

 “You hear a lot about Anthony Johnson,” Barrow said, “and like I said, ‘Freak’ is my little brother.  So, you know, he’s proven, he’s going to do what he’s going to do, and he’s going to have a hell of a season.  But I think (other) guys that are going to surprise guys on the D-line.”

Meanwhile on the other side of the ball, with the addition of Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron, some think that the LSU offense is poised for a breakout season.  Offensive lineman La'El Collins says all the Tigers need is a little experience for the youngsters on the squad.

“We have the confidence, we have the potential, we have everything that we need,” he said.  “All we need is the game experience for the younger guys.  And that’s not going to be hard at all because we go up against the best defensive linemen in the country every day.”

Last season, LSU’s offense was inconsistent, to say the least. This year, starting QB Zach Mettenberger says all right components are in place for the Tigers to be successful.

“We got the key ingredients to have a great offense this year,” Mettenberger said. "We’ve definitely been working hard and studying to prepare for the first game against TCU.”

Mettenberger said there are a lot of reasons for excitement about the Tigers offense, including a veteran offensive line, skilled receivers, and the addition of a potent new offensive coordinator.  

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08/26/2013 12:30PM
Deke: LSU Tigers confident on both sides of the ball
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08/26/2013 11:23PM
go tigers!
I am a diehard Lsu fan all the way back to curley hallman days,I swear as long as les miles is the coach Lsu will have winning seasons with no championships! We should have won at least 2 more. He cannot coach and is too stubborn! I'm tired of hearing about his record , with all the talent we have who couldn't win at least 9-10 games!
08/27/2013 6:43PM
He'a great recruiter, thats why we can win 9 or 10 games . It takes some breaks to win them all. Be positive .BY THE WAY ITS GEAUX TIGERS !
08/28/2013 2:37AM
Like calling a spike with one sec left, playing Jordan Jefferson when lee got us to the title game,like calling three straight passes leaving clemson all three timeouts giving them the game, yeah he gets talent,but his decision making is highly questionable!
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