Best LSU Offensive Player
WR Jonathan Giles, Jr.
The 6-0, 193-pounder sat out last year after transferring over from Texas Tech, and now he’s about to be the No. 1 guy who can be the exact sort of volume catcher the offense needs.
The star of the Red Raider passing game in 2016, he led the team with 69 grabs for 1,158 yards and 13 touchdowns after making three scoring plays as a freshman.
A high school quarterback, he figured out how to work as a wideout right away. Now he’ll step in and be a terrific route runner and go-to target who should take the LSU passing game up a notch or two.
2. OT Saahdiq Charles, Soph.
3. QB Joe Burrow, Jr.
4. OG Garrett Brumfield, Sr.
5. RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Soph.
Best LSU Defensive Player
LB Devin White, Jr.
The 6-1, 240-pounder had a nice freshman season with 30 tackles and a sack, and then he got his opportunity last year and ran with it. He came up with double-digit tackles in eight games, highlighted by a 15-stop day against Auburn and with 14 against Arkansas, finishing with 133 tackles with 4.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss in his all-star season.
With outstanding speed and the ability to play a bit heavier if needed, he’ll be a star at the NFL Combine next year. For now, he might just be the best linebacker in the SEC.
2. CB Greedy Williams, Soph.
3. LB K’Lavon Chaisson, Soph.
4. S John Battle, Sr.
5. DT Ed Alexander, Jr.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Joe Burrow, Jr.
Okay, son. You wanted to play for a big-time program and be a star? Here’s the chance.
The star recruit for Ohio State didn’t want to sit behind Dwayne Haskins, so he turned into one of the hottest grad transfers on the circuit when he decided he was leaving the program.
He’s smart, has 6-3, 214-pound size, and has the good, accurate arm to put up bigger yards for a passing attack that came up with just 2,645 yards. However, Danny Etling threw just two interceptions, and Burrow still has to earn the job. But for a team that needs a difference-maker at quarterback, Burrow has to rise up and be the one.
Key Game To The LSU Season
Miami (in Arlington), Sept. 1
LSU hasn’t beaten Alabama since that 9-6 classic in 2011 – losing seven straight since then – and it has to deal with Georgia at home and Auburn on the road. But for a team that no one will expect much out of, everything changes if it can pull off a huge win in AT&T Stadium to kick off the 2018 season.
The last time LSU and Miami played, the Tigers came up with a 40-3 walloping in the 2005 Sugar Bowl. This time around, a win would do wonders for a young team that’ll look for any sort of a spark after closing out last season with that ugly finish against Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl.
With those road games at Auburn, Florida, Arkansas and Texas A&M to deal with, and again, Georgia and Alabama, too, lose to the Canes and this might just be a rough year.
2017 LSU Fun Stats
– Time of Possession: LSU 32:35 – Opponents 27:25
– Fumbles: Opponents 14 (lost 6) – LSU 10 (lost 4)
– Interceptions Thrown: Opponents 12 – LSU 4