Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the LSU Tigers season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– LSU Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 10-3 overall, 5-3 in SEC
Head Coach: Ed Orgeron, 4th year, 25-9
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LSU OFFENSE
– The offense wasn’t always explosive, and the stats are a tad bit askew thanks to the seven overtime thriller against against Texas A&M, but it was effective enough to come through when needed while not making a whole slew of mistakes.
This year, expect the offense to get more through the air under new passing game coordinator Joe Brady, but it’ll be more about efficiency than winging it deep. Getting back almost all of the key parts should lead to an even stronger, more consistent season, helped because …
– Joe Burrow has experience now. He wasn’t good enough to get the starting quarterback job at Ohio State – things worked out just fine for the Buckeyes with Dwayne Haskins putting up historic numbers – but he stepped in and became the perfect fit to settle the LSU situation.
He wasn’t accurate enough – he only completed 58% of his throws on the season, but he got better as the year went on – but he didn’t throw a pick in the first five games and gave up just five overall. Expect better numbers in a refined passing game that won’t ask him to take many chances. The 6-4, 216-pounder can run, too.
6-5 sophomore Myles Brennan is the main man in the near future and can step in for Burrow and be fine, and star recruit Peter Parrish will be groomed for 2020.
– Burrow added 399 rushing yards and seven scores to the mix, but leading rusher Nick Brossette is gone after rumbling for 14 scores. It’s now up to 5-9, 212-pound Clyde Edwards-Helarie to be the veteran to work around after coming up with 658 yards and seven scores.
Edwards-Helaire will be the reliable all-around No. 1, but superstar recruit John Emery will be expected to produce early on along with fellow big-time get Tyrion Davis. Senior Lanard Fournette got in a little work and will be a part of the rotation.
– Paving the way is a line that struggled last season, but is loaded with veteran talent. The Tigers finished second-to-last in the SEC in sacks, and they allowed way too many tackles for loss.
Four starters return, beginning with the tackle jobs held down by 6-5, 305-pound junior Saahdiq Charles on the left side and 6-7, 321-pound Austin Deculus is back on the right side … maybe. There’s enough depth to make the right tackle job a wee bit of a fight in fall camp.
Guard is the main question mark, at least on the left side. The right side is solid with 6-3, 332-pound senior Damein Lewis a rock, but the left guard gig is open with 6-4, 335-pound senior Adrian Magee and 6-4, 336-pound sophomore Chasen Hines battling it out. 6-4, 309-pound Lloyd Cushenberry is a potential all-star center.
– The six top receivers are back and the tight end situation is great, too. 6-7, 232-pound Stephen Sullivan finished second on the team with 23 catches for 363 yards and two scores. He’s a good deep threat tight end who can hit, and 6-7, 241-pound junior Jamal Pettigrew has the talent to become a major factor.
Justin Jefferson is a 6-2, 185-pound next-level talent averaging over 16 yards per catch with a team-high 54 grabs for 875 yards and six scores. After getting their feet wet, big sophomores Ja’Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall are ready to blow up. Seniors Derrick Dillon and 6-6 Dee Anderson are reliable veterans.