Grab your popcorn LSU fans, 2013 will feature many breakout performances from exciting Tigers.
Some sizzled in 2013. Some barely sizzled at all. And some will make their first appearance on the field. All in all, excitement is in the air, and that gives fans reason to be enthused.
Whether it be one or two exciting plays from a year ago or a well-built high school reputation, these are the players that have LSU fans anticipating kickoff the most in 2013.
Dear Jeremy Hill,
We hope to see you on the field sooner than later. Because of your recent troubles, we simply don't know if you will be in 2013.
It's such a shame too. We all loved your performances last season, especially your 100-yard performances against South Carolina, Texas A&M and Alabama.
Your mix of speed, athleticism and power made us all believe that you were the next great LSU back.
Please get back to the field soon so we can enjoy your talents once again.
The LSU faithful
Here's a redshirt that had folks talking in the spring. His name is Travin Dural.
The redshirt freshman wide receiver impressed many during spring practice, and he even had Dandy Don placing him as a second stringer.
With a broader passing game being implemented by Cam Cameron, Dural's 6'2" length suggests that he should see the field this fall.
If he performs like he did in the spring game, he should do just fine. His 45-yard touchdown reception from Zach Mettenberger was one of the more notable highlights from the game.
An experienced Mettenberger and a proven offensive coordinator should swing the doors wide open for Dural to break through.
Been saying it for years now—Anthony Johnson's game is of a similar makeup to Glenn Dorsey's.
Power and explosion off of the ball makes him reminiscent to the greatest LSU defensive lineman of all time. The stats and consistency remain absent though.
It's time he put it all together, and with all of the absentees on the defensive line, the 2013 season is as good a time as any to do so.
Johnson will be the staple of this defensive line this year, and in a dog fight against names such as Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida and Georgia, he will be heavily counted on.
Penetration and disruption could give LSU the momentum the Tigers need in a pivotal ballgame.
He's quick. He's sudden. He's Tra'Davious White.
Oh yes, LSU fans are all giddy about this new addition to DBU. So much so that there's been a small debate all offseason—who will start opposite of Jalen Mills?
Will it be Jalen Collins or the athletic frosh?
Some are backing White because of his abilities, and what he's already proven—famously intercepting LSU quarterback Hayden Rettig in an All-American Bowl practice. Starter or not, he'll find some playing time.
His talents should see him get some exposure in the return game as well.
Give Kwon Alexander more playing time.
Yes, this linebacking corps is going to be missing a vital piece in Kevin Minter, but with the likes of Alexander, Deion Jones, Tahj Jones and Lamin Barrow coming back, there's plenty to be excited about.
Whenever Alexander touched the field in 2012, he made an impact. That's what playmakers do.
He made eight tackles, one tackle for loss, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and recorded a quarterback hurry. Not bad for a freshman coming off of the bench, right? His speed at the outside linebacker position proved to be worthy of all the preseason hype, but an unfortunate broken ankle cost Alexander nearly half of the season.
Though Alexander may still come off of the bench, he should be dynamic for the Tigers in a spell role. Don't be surprised to see Alexander earn a starting position before the season is over though.
Jarvis Landry is a superstar in the making.
The next Dwayne Bowe, the next Michael Clayton and quite possibly the next Josh Reed. The tools are there.
Speed, good hands, physicality and good ball skills after the catch make him a future All-SEC receiver. It's up to Mettenberger and the offense to get him the football though.
For if they do in 2013, Landry is going to make a splash quite similar to some of his peers last season. Landry's 573 receiving yards and five touchdown receptions showcased his talent, and if Alabama can produce a 1,000-yard receiver in Amari Cooper with a similar scheme to LSU's, then the Tigers can as well.
All signs point to Landry becoming a superstar this fall.