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Deke: LSU returning to field with high expectations!
by Deke Bellavia,posted Mar 30 2012 2:16AM
It’s time to move on! If you have not by now it’s time to let the past go and point towards the future if you’re and LSU Tigers Fans. The Tigers will get to work on the 2012 college football season this weekend as they take the field for the annual Spring Game today.
Simply put, LSU’s cupboard is loaded on both sides of the football and many feel that the Bayou Bengals will be the pre-season #1-ranked team going into the 2012 season. If you look at what the Tigers have coming back this season there are not many holes to fill.
First up: The starting debut of new QB Zach Mettenberger. Zach has as high of credentials as any Tigers quarterback in recent memory and 2012 marks the first year since the 2007 that LSU seems to be on solid ground at the QB position.
The O-Line is back intact with four starters back, and of course, the running back position will feature the best group of backs in the nation. Not many other teams can go five deep at the running back spot but LSU can.
Spencer Ware, Alfred Blue, Terrance Magee, Kenny Hillard and Michael Ford have all made plays for the Tigers, and now with the arrival of former Redemptorist star Jeremy Hill, one would think that one of these players could be the odd man out with the Tigers being so deep at running back.
Now, developing depth at wide receiver will be key this spring with new faces and a new coach overseeing the WR’s. The top two returning players at WR are Odell Beckham Jr. and Russell Sheppard. Tigers Fans have to be upbeat about the development of sophomore WR Jarvis Landry.
Landry was a notable headhunter last year on special teams and he has plenty of skills to be a good playmaker for LSU this season. The wide receiver position and how it unfolds will be interesting this spring.
Over on defense, to give you an idea of how well LSU has recruited and how deep they are, let’s look at the NFL Draft. Last season LSU lost Patrick Peterson to the NFL, while this season All-American and projected top-ten pick in the 2012 NFL Draft Morris Claiborne have departed the LSU Secondary in back-to-back years. But the Tigers will once again be considered to have the best defensive backfield in all of college football.
The Honey Badger returns along with Tharold Simon, as does Eric Reid. Several new faces will emerge this spring to see who helps fill out the rest of the starters in the LSU secondary. Although Michael Brockers is gone, the Tigers still have good depth along the defensive line.
Anthony Johnson should only be better this season, and the return of Sam Montgomery, Bennie Logan and Barkevious Mingo make up one of the better D-Line’s in the SEC. Ego Ferguson is expected to have a good showing the spring, as well as Jermauria Rasco.