Da Boot Sports
By: Michael Lanclos
Its that time again for another year of LSU football. Last year was not easy as the Tigers had to win their final two games to end the season with a disappointing 5-5 record following the Championship season in 2019. So far this preseason most of the major polls rank LSU in the top 15. I believe that LSU can finish much higher.
LSU has the talent to be a championship team. I predict they will finish the season 10-2. Hopefully with some luck, 11-1 and land in the playoffs. Time will tell what's in store for this LSU team. The offense will hopefully have a familiar look with Jake Peetz installing a offense resembling the 2019 attack. Daronte Jones should do the same for the defense. Both of these new, young coordinators will need to be the difference makers if the Tigers are to rebound big in 2021.
Quarterback Myles Brennan was ready for a strong campaign this season but an arm injury will sideline him for up to two months. Hopefully he can return by the Auburn game. Last season he put up great numbers before falling to injury early last season. Max Johnson who replaced Brennan last season looked good at times, then finished the season strong going 2-0 as a starter. He should be ready to lead the Tiger offense this season. Hopefully he can stay healthy until Brennan's return as only true freshmen Garrett Nessmeier would be the Tigers only other option.
The running back position should be just as good as it was last season. Injuries and inconsistent play set the team back most of the season. Tyrion Davis-Price and John Emery are the returning veterans hoping to lead the ground attack. Newcomers Corey Kiner and Armoni Goodwin are two dynamic true freshmen who can help spark the running game and add a lot of depth.
The LSU receiving corps is ready to make a statement this season as Kayshon Boutte will be the top target. Jaray Jenkins and Jontre Kirklin are expected to have a big season as well. Koy Moore, Alex Adams, Trey Palmer, and Davonte Lee will get playing time. The Tigers have other options with an impressive group of freshmen wide outs. Newcomers Chris Hilton Jr., Brian Thomas Jr. and Malik Nabers are opening eyes in practice. The tight end position could be the team's only weakness. Jack Bech and Kole Taylor should see several snaps there throughout the season.
LSU returns a veteran offensive line that looks very solid. New Offensive line coach Brad Davis is working hard to get the second unit improved before the season begins.
The LSU defense struggled last season giving up an average of almost 35 points a game before showing improvement in the final two games. The Tigers will need to win the turnover battle all season long. Andre Anthony and BJ Ojulari return to lead a very deep defensive front. Derek Stingley Jr. and Eli Ricks give the Tigers the best cornerback tandem in the nation.
Cade York returns giving LSU one of the best kickers in the nation. He had a great season last year including the winning 57 yard kick against Florida. Senior Avery Atkins was a walk on in the past and has earned a scholarship. His ability to boom a kickoff through the end zone is a valuable special teams weapon.
LSU is very talented with several experienced players. Coach O has been working hard to make sure the team avoids last season's mistakes and bring back the "One Team, One Heartbeat" atmosphere. All of us are hoping and praying that the new surge of COVID doesn't effect games or stadium attendance for an upcoming season that should be a special one.