2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 13 LSU Tigers
The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the LSU Tigers
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No. 13: LSU Tigers
LSU Tigers Prespring Status
LSU had one of the most talented, experienced teams in the country coming into last season, but national title dreams went bye-bye almost immediately in a disappointing 8-4 campaign.
Fortunately, after all the drama and all the issues, the coaching situation was settled in a hurry, Ed Orgeron is injecting a new energy into the program, and he’s working with enough talent returning to potentially make a run for the season the 2016 team should’ve had.
Yeah, five starters are gone from an offense that was good enough against the okay teams – but non-existent against some of the top defenses – and six are finished on a defense that finished tenth in the nation and only allowed 15.8 points per game, but there’s reason to expect no less than another very good season.
Remember, LSU was one Florida goal line stand away from going 7-1 after Coach O took over – with that one loss coming in a fight against Alabama.
LSU Tigers Biggest Issue
The top defensive producers are gone. Granted, most teams would kill for the talent LSU has coming back – getting a huge boost with DT Christian LaCouture returning after missing last year hurt – but including S Jamal Adams and DT Davon Godchaux leaving early for the NFL, and with linebackers Duke Riley and Kendall Beckwith done, the top five tacklers are gone. That doesn’t count star pass rusher Arden Key, who’ll be back, but likely won’t be around this spring after taking a break for personal reasons.
LSU Tigers Biggest Positive
The offensive backfield should be solid. Danny Etling isn’t going to be the next Aaron Rodgers, but he’s a proven, competent veteran quarterback who knows what he’s doing. To put it nicer than it sounds, LSU isn’t going to lose because of Etling. Meanwhile, Derrius Guice is looking like the next great Tiger running back, cranking out close to 1,400 yards and averaging 7.6 yards per carry with Leonard Fournette fighting through injuries.
Really, Why Are The LSU Tigers Ranked Here?
There will be few more interesting or important spring sessions than LSU’s. The Tigers need the entire offseason to get the right rotation in place on the defensive front seven – with several young prospects about to get time to show what they can do – and the receiving corps and O line could use a bit of a boost, but this could and should be the second-best team in the SEC West with a few breaks.