LSU Football: 5 Things to Expect from the Tigers' Spring Game

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IApril 16, 2013

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When the LSU Tigers take the field on Saturday for their annual spring football game, there will be plenty of new faces on the field for Les Miles' team.

LSU will be looking to replace 10 starters from last year's team, including seven on the defensive side of the ball.

The offense remains intact for the most part, so what improvements should we be looking for on that side of the ball?

Perhaps the better question is—what new players will we be looking at on the defensive side of the ball?

Let's go ahead and point out five things we should expect from Satuday's LSU spring game.

1. Zach Mettenberger will show signs of leadership and improvement

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenbeger had a roller coaster season last year. At times, he looked like an All-SEC signal-caller. At other times, he looked like a first-year QB getting his first taste of college football, which essentially he was.

This is a new year for Mettenberger, and with a year's experience under his belt look for him to improve on the field, especially from a leadership standpoint.

This is Mettenberger's senior year, and this is his offense to run. Look to see how his leadership has improved this offseason, and keep an eye how he handles the huddle this Saturday.

My guess is that Mettenberger is in for a great senior season, and that starts with his performance at this Saturday's spring game.

2. Defensive Line will look better than expected

The hottest question for this LSU football team heading into the 2013 season is what the defensive line will look like.

The Tigers lost all four starting defensive linemen from last year's team, including all-conference performers Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo.

Because of that, expectations aren't exactly soaring high with this defensive line. But don't be surprised if this line impresses a lot of people on Saturday.

Danielle Hunter is a raw, but talented, defensive end who has a knack for getting after the quarterback.

Anthony Johnson could be an all-conference defensive tackle despite never being listed as an official starter before this season.

This defensive line will show LSU fans that this unit should be just fine this upcoming year.

3. Freshmen quarterbacks will get some action

As it stands right now, Stephen Rivers is the backup quarterback of this LSU football team, but how long will that last?

True freshmen Anthony Jennings and Hayden Rettig both enrolled early and have been impressive in practices leading up to this spring game.

Look for both Jennings and Rettig to get reps in this game, and don't be surprised to see at least one, if not both, play well on the big stage.

Both of these kids were mega-recruits, and both have made it clear that they want a role on this team.

They will each get their chance to shine this weekend.

4. Jarvis Landry will be the star on offense

LSU has been known as a run-first, pound-the-ball offense under Les Miles' guidance.

Look for the Tigers to air it out a lot more this season.

One major reason for that is the emergence of upcoming junior receiver Jarvis Landry.

Landry has been an absolute stud thus far this spring. He has been the star of every scrimmage LSU has had up to this point, and that should continue at this Saturday's spring game.

With Landry, Odell Beckham Jr. and Quantavious Leslie, this could be the best receiving group LSU has had in a long time.

5. We will see at least one unexpected player star in this game

Spring football is a chance for fans to get a glimpse at what is to come in the upcoming college football season.

But for the players themselves, spring football is a chance to stand out and make a name for themselves.

Don't be surprised to see at least one unexpected player steal the show in this game.

Keep an eye on guys like Terrence Magee, Travin Dural and Anthony Johnson—all exceptional players, but ones who aren't exactly big names on campus up to this point.

At least not yet....