LSU Sporting New Look On Offense
That tends to happen when you lose your starting quarterback, starting running back, and top two wide receivers.
Gone is quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who saw a resurgence under offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Gone is running back Jeremy Hill, who chose to enter the 2014 NFL draft after a 1,400-yard season. And gone are Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham, Mettenberger's top two targets that both went over 1,100 yards receiving.
So, what does LSU do now?
Luckily for Les Miles and company, there is a crop of young offensive talent ready to break through and pick up where the previous group left off.
At quarterback, sophomore Anthony Jennings will look to clinch the starting spot, but he'll have plenty of competition from freshman Brandon Harris. The four-star dual-threat quarterback has a ton of upside, and that's exactly why Miles may choose to insert him into the starting role given the complete offensive overhaul that the Tigers are facing.
LSU's second-leading rusher from 2013, Terrence Magee, returns to lead the running back core. Of course, the most intriguing running back this spring is Leonard Fournette, the top overall player in the nation in the 2014 recruiting class.
As for the receivers, well, there is a whole lot of production to make up for in losing Landry and Beckham. Reports suggest that the receiving core hasn't been all that great thus far during the spring, with drops all over the place. But, the potential is there.
What does all of this mean?
Well, we know that the LSU defense will be the foundation of this team. There's simply too much talent on that side of the ball for this team to struggle in that area. So, that's one thing we're sure of.
But as for the offense, there's too many unknowns right now. Will Jennings or Harris be able to limit mistakes? Will the receivers be able to help them do that by catching the ball? And so on, and so on.
Those unknowns are what makes it hard to accurately predict how well LSU will do in 2014.
The offense is going to face its struggles. If you think that the new quarterbacks, running backs, and receivers are going to come right in and immediately replace the product from a year ago, you're wrong. There are going to be bumps in the road.
However, the Tigers have the type of defense to win a national championship. The question is, can the offense progress enough to keep pace with the defense? That may be a long shot with so many changes.
But hey, defenses win championships, right? Miles will need that to be the case if LSU wants to hoist the national championship trophy in Arlington come January.
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