The Tigers were the best team in college football every week until the national championship took place. They hope to erase those memories as soon as possible with a fast start in 2012.
LSU returns 13 starters, including eight on the offensive side of the ball. The defense should reload and remain a top-10 unit, while the offense may have gotten even better, with Zach Mettenberger taking over at the quarterback position.
Some would say that this year’s team is more talented than last seasons, but all of that begins with great preparation in fall camp.
As we are just three weeks away before the season beginning, here are the latest updates, news, injuries, and more involving your LSU Tigers in fall camp.
With the news of Tyrann Mathieu not being a member of the LSU Tigers this season, it seems that a few are not so sure if this will be the same team in 2012. LSU opened up at No. 3 in the AP Poll, which may have a lot to do with the loss of the Honey Badger.
Head coach Les Miles says his team should be just fine in 2012. (Via Brett Martel of the AP)
There's a limitation to what loses we can sustain, but I think there's a strength and foundation in this program. LSU coach Les Miles said. That allows us to have depth, play a quality player and step the next guy on the field that really is expected to play big.
One of the players that will like to step up this season is defensive end Barkevious Mingo. Although he finished the year with 46 tackles and seven sacks, he only started four games. (Via Steve Robertson of Scout.com)
"I see myself as an every down guy," said Mingo. "It's going to take a lot more work and a lot more dedication and I am ready to step up to that.
"Add in that we have a good rotation of guys that can come in and give somebody a blow, and I feel like everything will be just fine."
It looks like Tyrann Mathieu has made his decision and it is one that nobody was expecting. Instead of holding out and hoping to play for LSU next year, or transferring to an FCS school, Mathieu will not attend college or play for a different team in 2012.
The Honey Badger will instead attend a rehab center to get his life on track. We wish Mathieu nothing but the best and hopefully there is a happy ending to this story eventually.
Who says LSU is a defensive team? That is not what we saw in a recent scrimmage the Tigers held.
How about five touchdown passes from quarterback Zach Mettenberger? The running game combined for 300 yards as well. Still, Les Miles said the defense won the scrimmage. (Via Jim Kleinpeter of NOLA.com)
"Offensively, we're a little early in development, I like where we're at. We had big plays in the throwing game, and some really sharp runs. We had some execution faux pas that we need to get fixed.
"Defense probably won the day, but there was enough offense."
You can say whoever you want won the scrimmage, but if the offense can continue to produce like that, the Tigers will be alright this season.
The Tryann Mathieu story seems to get stranger as the days go by. Already released from the football team, Mathieu was expected to make a decision on his football career yesterday. Instead, we have yet to hear a peep from the Honey Badger.
There are now reports that up to 20 schools have contacted LSU for permission to speak about the Heisman finalist. Meanwhile, head coach Les Miles has said he has washed his hands with the entire situation and is focused on the upcoming season. (Via Randy Rosetta of Scout.com)
I am certainly rooting for Ty and whatever his future is, but I'm not focused on that. Miles said. I've got games to play and I’ve got 104 guys I have to be ready for. I know this is a key time in his life, and I hope the decisions that he makes are in his best interests for the long term. We'll help any way we can.
Of course we will keep you updated with whatever happens with Mathieu the minute we find out.
Tyrann Mathieu will make a decision on what he will do next with his football career on Wednesday. Some reports out there believe that he will end up transferring to an FCS school so he becomes eligible to play football right away, while some sources think he is trying to make a comeback to LSU in 2013, which means he would sit out the entire 2012 season.
Stay tuned for all of the latest updates on the Honey Badger.
Tigers must move on
With Tyrann Mathieu no longer on the roster, the team must expect that and begin to look forward to the 2012 regular season. Sure, he was a difference maker on defense, but crying over it is not going to get this LSU team anywhere.
I certainly recognize there were some emotional feelings in this building. I think they understand that they have to go on. … There was nobody in the room who was happy, including me. There’s also an understanding that this team has gotta go on. Les Miles said. (Via Randy Rosetta of Scout.com)
And while the defense may have taken a hit, the Tigers defense is still national championship quality. And no, the goals of winning the big game have not changed since Mathieu has been dismissed.
It’s a tough thing to deal with. We’re sorry it happened and we’re going to miss having him around because of what he meant to us as a person, but we have to keep moving on. We have the same goals for this season as before. Defensive end Barkevious Mingo said. (Via Randy Rosetta of Scout.com)
Jalen Collins ready for bigger role
Now that Mathieu is not in the picture, another corner must step up for the Tigers to fill in his shoes. Redshirt freshman Jalen Collins is one of those guys that sees an opportunity for him to earn significant playing time now. (Via Steve Robertson of Scout.com)
"The older guys and Tharold Simon have helped me out a lot," said Collins. "I have gained about 30 pounds since last summer, so I know I am a lot stronger too.
"I have listened to what all of the older guys have had to say and it's made me a better player."
Another player that will be competing for the role is true-freshman Jalen Mills, who is a 3-star recruit out of Desoto, TX.
Tyrann Mathieu, also known as the "Honey Badger" has been dismissed from the football team. (Via LSU Football News)
Coach Les Miles just announced Tyrann Mathieu is no longer on the LSU football team due to a violation of team rules. #LSUFootball— LSU Football News (@LSUFootballNews) August 10, 2012
Talk about shocking news to begin the season. We all know the impact Mathieu had on the football team, and this is certainly going to crush a defense that has lost many starters from a year ago to begin with.
Tharold Simon hungry for more
Defensive back Tharold Simon had a solid 2011 season, finishing with two interceptions, 42 tackles and a team-leading 10 pass deflections. But he is not at all satisfied with those numbers and says he can play much better this year.
“Most of those pass deflections should have been interceptions,” Simon said, via Scott Rabalais of The Advocate. “I’m not at all (satisfied). I have to come down with those.”
The good news is that Simon should get much more playing this year after starting just two games last season. He will have plenty of opportunities to improve those numbers that he is not proud of.
LSU will take advantage of Zach Mettenberger
The Tigers have not had a great passing game the last couple of years, to put it lightly. That could change with an actual true quarterback in Zach Mettenberger leading the way. He has all of the tools to become a very successful quarterback in this conference, but with a loaded backfield, many are wondering just how much they are going to use his strong arm.
“We’re going to throw the ball down the field more with Zach,” Offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa said (via Les East of The Advocate) “We’re going to be efficient in the passing game, and we’re going to make big plays in the passing game.”
Barkevious Mingo is fine despite injuries and weight loss
Mingo is one of the best defensive ends in the entire country, so it is no shock that Tiger fans were a little worried when they heard he was wearing a green no-contact jersey.
He is recovering from neck issues and an injured left arm. He has also lost 12 pounds, but head coach Les Miles says there is no worries about him missing playing time.
"He'll gain some weight," Miles said (via Jim Kleinpeter of NOLA.com). "We'll take care of Keke. He'll be OK, he just needs to regear his eating apparatus."
This article will be updated throughout fall camp to provide you with the latest news, injuries and everything else that involves your LSU Tigers.