The Program: With a New Offense and New Pieces, LSU Starts Path Back to the BCS

Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterMarch 20, 2013

LSU is coming off a disappointing loss, by its standards, as the team not only missed out on a BCS Bowl game, but lost to an ACC opponent in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. This year, it is all about getting back into the spotlight and, as usual, LSU has the pieces to position itself for success.

Opening up with the offense, even as the LSU offensive line loses key pieces, it returns experience. Expect the protection of Zach Mettenberger, and more importantly the run lanes, to be sound. Kenny Hilliard and Jeremy Hill are back in the backfield, along with a now healthy Alfred Blue, and that's a recipe for trouble, if you are the opposition.

Cam Cameron is Les Miles' newest offensive coordinator, and he comes to the team after being fired during the year by the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Look for Cameron to do a lot of what was successful in Baltimore, run play action and then use your weapons to stretch the field on the edge. The former NFL OC meshing with the freaks on the outside in Baton Rouge should make the spring entertaining from an offensive standpoint.

On defense, the Tigers are one of those squads that is a proverbial "re-loader." They have bodies coming off the bench who are ready to play and because there are other players, including freshmen, breathing down their neck, they either perform and fall by the wayside. Look for the defense to find their strength from the interior of the line this season, and for the secondary to be strong, as it has been for quite some time in Red Stick.

Spring in Baton Rouge is going to be about competing. One thing Les Miles has done exceedingly well is get his players ready to earn positions and put playmakers on the field. This year will be no different.