Take a big sigh of relief everyone, and let that smile shine bright.
Spring football is officially under way, and the LSU Tigers held their first intersquad scrimmage on Saturday afternoon.
With many new faces expected to play big roles in Baton Rouge this fall, fans are waiting in anticipation to see what this year's LSU football team will look like. This spring should give us all a better idea of that, as several intriguing position battles are taking place.
With that said, let's take a look back at this weekend's scrimmage and point out which players shined the brightest.
1. Zach Mettenberger
Mettenberger is a kid who has a lot of pressure on him heading into this 2013 college football season.
He had an up-and-down 2012 campaign, but that was to be expected as a first-year starter in the SEC. Now, with a year of starting experience under his belt, expectations are extremely high for Mettenberger and this LSU offense in 2012.
The Tigers starting quarterback gave fans plenty of reason to be optimistic heading into this season. He completed 20-of-30 passes for 200 yards and two touchdown strikes in the team's opening scrimmage session.
Most importantly, Mettenberger had control of his offense and didn't turn the ball over, which was something he had trouble with last season.
This is a great sign for LSU fans going forward.
2. Jarvis Landry
Landry continued to get better and better as last season went on—and now, this kid has the look of an All-SEC wide receiver heading into his junior season.
Landry hauled in 10 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's intersquad scrimmage. One of those touchdowns was a 35-yard strike from Mettenberger, which is something LSU fans should get used to seeing a lot of this upcoming season.
If Landry can continue to develop, he could form one of the best quarterback-wide receiver combinations in the SEC with Zach Mettenberger.
3. Jeremy Hill
When Alfred Blue went down with a season-ending injury last season, Hill was the guy who stepped up and filled the void admirably.
Now, one year later, Blue and Hill are going to be looked upon as a dominant one-two combo in this LSU backfield.
Hill looked very good on Saturday, rushing for 60 yards and a touchdown.
Is it too early to start calling this duo Thunder (Hill) and Lightning (Blue)?
I think not...
4. Lamin Barrow
When Kevin Minter made the decision to leave early for the NFL draft, it left many people wondering who would take over the middle linebacker spot for LSU in 2013.
There are several options, but right now, the option that looks most likely is Lamin Barrow sliding over from his outside linebacker spot to man the middle of the LSU defense.
Barrow had an exceptional 2012 season, but it was often overshadowed by how dominant Minter was in the middle of this defense.
With Barrow sliding over to the middle, and a bevy of talented, young linebackers holding down the outside spots, this could be yet another exceptional linebacking corps for LSU.
5. Ego Ferguson
The one area that was absolutely rocked by early departures to the NFL draft was on LSU's defensive line.
The Tigers lost all four starting defensive linemen from last year. Fortunately, for this team, there are plenty of talented replacements waiting in the wings.
One of those talented defensive linemen who has been waiting their turn is Ego Ferguson.
The Tigers defensive tackle was a force in Saturday's scrimmage, racking up two big sacks in the game. That is an aspect where LSU desperately needs some production, and if the Tigers are getting two sacks from a defensive tackle, that is a great sign.
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