LSU Football's Starting Lineup

Jacob KerrContributor IJanuary 8, 2009

The LSU football lineup, only for offense, defense, and kicker, may be up for discussion by most. As an LSU fan, I believe that some spots are secure for the season opener, while some are still up for grabs.

The spot for field goal kicker is reserved for none other than Josh Jasper. He has shown that he is an excellent kicker. For example, in the one game he started, which was a winning effort against Appalachian State by the score of 41-13, Josh was a perfect 2-2 on field goals and a perfect 5-5 on PATs.

Now the secondary concern, which is the offense. As most people would imagine, Jordan Jefferson would be the opening day QB starter after his performance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. He was able to lead the LSU football team up and down the field against Georgia Tech, but you should not just look at that game, but also the other games in which he played substantial amounts of time, Ole Miss and Arkansas.

We also have Russell Shepard, a dual threat QB, coming to LSU, who LSU will either redshirt or use as the QB in the Wild Tiger formation. 

Now, most people would not be surprised if "Chuck the Truck" Charles Scott got the starting RB job. For the WRs, the ones that look most likely to start would be Brandon LaFell and Terrance Toliver.

Now we get to the blockers of the offense. First, the fullback would probably be Stevan Ridley. The offensive line will be composed of three returning starters, Joseph Barksdale, Lyle Hitt, and Ciron Black, and two possible starters, Thomas Parsons and Richard Dugas. Finally, to close out the offense, the starting TE will most likely be Richard Dickson.

Now, the part in which most people are talking about, the defensive starting lineup. LSU needed to find a new defensive starting and backup line because most were seniors, but one decided to leave school early and go to the NFL draft, and that was Ricky Jean-Francois. However, we do return three skilled veterans known as Al Woods, Rahim Alem, and Drake Nevis.

We will possibly be starting a man by the name of Lazarius Levingston, who has seen little playing time but could very well bring a big impact to the defensive line.

The linebacking corps may consist of Kelvin Sheppard, Jacob Cutrera, and Perry Riley. The secondary of the defense is still up for grabs, but LSU has great talent there. The starters could very well be Jai Eugene, backup projected to be Phelon Jones, and Chris Hawkins' backup, in my opinion, could be Patrick Peterson.

The last part of the defensive secondary is the SS and FS, and the opening day starters should be Chad Jones and Harry Coleman, but rotate Craig Loston and Danny McCray.

The safety positions might be argued, but John Chavis, the new LSU defensive coordinator, will find a good way to help the team win.

That's it for my article, and just comment on what you like and what you don't like. I'm up for constructive criticism, so feel free to comment.