LSU Football: Can Tigers Overcome Youth and Inexperience in 2013?

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IApril 3, 2013

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 30:  LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles during practice on October 30, 2012 at the LSU Athletic Building in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The start of spring football always seems to bring out the true, hardcore college football fans. So before we go any further, let's put LSU's upcoming football season into proper perspective.

It's huge.

Absolutely huge.

But why is that the case?

For starters, it's because no one outside of this football program really knows to expect from this team in 2013.

The Tigers lost 10 starters from last year's 10-3 team, including seven on the defensive side of the ball. Of those seven starters on defense, five are expected to be selected in the first two rounds of this month's NFL draft. That right there gives you an idea of what type of talent will be missing from this team in the upcoming season.

But it also gives you an idea of how much this team is going to rely on young, talented players to step in and fill those voids. That right there is huge not only for this season, but for the future of the football program going forward.

Now, before you go telling everyone that the Tigers are going to take a step backwards this season because of their youth and inexperience, take a second to really think about what your saying there.

Remember, the best player throughout all of college football season was—yes, you got it—a freshman.

The most explosive offensive player on Alabama's national championship team're 2-for-2. That's right—a freshman.

This is a new era in college football where youth certainly can't be looked at as a bad thing anymore. Especially when youth is matched with talent, which should be the case in Baton Rouge this season.

Yes, Les Miles' team lost a ton of talent from last year's team, but there are a group of young, talented players ready to step in. Guys like Danielle Hunter, Anthony Johnson and Jermauria Rasco have been waiting in the wings and are poised to make a big impact as potential first-year starters.

This is a season that very well could revolutionize this new era of LSU football.

And that's really what this is all about, right? A revolution. A reformation. The start of something new. And a huge season ahead for this LSU football program.

After a bitter end to last fall, this has been a fantastic start to new spring, and a new era for LSU football.

And don't be shocked if it only gets better.