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LSU Spring Game 2013: What to Watch for in Tigers' Split-Squad Matchup

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - NOVEMBER 23:  Head Coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers leads his team in the fight song after a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on November 23, 2012 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Tigers defeated the Razorbacks 20-13.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IApril 20, 2013

Saturday begins the road to a new season in Baton Rouge for Les Miles and the LSU Tigers, who are looking to improve upon a 10-3 season in 2012.

With a new offensive mind at the helm and a senior quarterback under center, the Tigers are looking for big production out of their offense here in 2013.

But what are fans looking for, aside from a national championship for their beloved LSU Tigers?

Here are three things to watch for in LSU's spring game on Saturday.

 

Cam Cameron Offense

New offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will bring his NFL talents to LSU's campus in 2013 and Saturday will be the fans' first chance to see the Tigers' new-look offense.

With NFL experience from the Washington Redskins, San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens, Cameron's offense figures to be more geared toward passes out of the flat to running backs and more utilization of the tight ends. Cameron is a creative offensive mind who likes to keep opposing defenses on their toes and should bring more of an exciting and dynamic offense to LSU.

That said, look for players like Jeremy Hill and Travis Dickson to see an increased workload in the Tigers offense, and it all starts on Saturday.

Mainly a defensive-minded team, the Tigers could be the complete package in 2013 with Cameron running the offense.

 

QB Zach Mettenberger

Looking to build off of a decent junior season, senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger is the key to LSU's offensive success in 2013.

While the Georgia native is working with a new offensive coordinator this season, Mettenberger has all of his receivers back from the 2012 season and has a solid offensive line, which should lead to a career year for the quarterback.

Mettenberger finished last season with more than 2,600 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions to go with a 58.8 completion percentage. The 6'5" QB should see more high-completion attempts in Cameron's offensive scheme, leading to a better year for the Tigers offense this season.

With three defensive starters reportedly out for the spring game (according to Matthew Harris of The Advocate), Mettenberger should be in for a big day on Saturday. 

 

Who Will Kick?

Kickers aren't often considered a big part of an offense for a football team, but the Tigers have some serious questions at placekicker entering the 2013 season, judging by the fact that none of the three candidates have ever attempted a field goal in college.

Sophomore James Hairston should have the edge over redshirt freshmen Trent Domingue and Colby Delahoussaye, but as I stated above, none of these guys have experience kicking at the college level.

A tough SEC schedule awaits the Tigers in 2013, meaning they'll likely find themselves in close games where field goals will be the difference-maker.

With Drew Alleman long gone from the Tigers, LSU has a glaring question at kicker, which should start to be answered on Saturday in LSU's spring game.

 

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