LSU Football: The State of the Program After 2013

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LSU Football: The State of the Program After 2013
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Contention for a 2014 SEC championship is on the horizon for the LSU Tigers.

Wins, lots of 'em, and an SEC-championship berth are on the docket in 2014. That, of course, would not be possible without some solid brick-layering on the foundation of LSU football in 2013.

Yes, a 9-3 season is a bit of a disappointment for a spoiled fanbase wanting to win them all. And though the season provided unquestionable frustration with the defense allowing 22.7 points per game, a promising future was revealed through freshman performances on that same defensive side.

Offensively, Zach Mettenberger, Jeremy Hill, Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry became the first quartet of Tigers to provide a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers in one season. Because of the NFL draft, the Tigers will likely have to replace each of them.

So here we are. What's the state of the program after the Tigers lose their top stars on offense? Can the defense get back to its old ways? Will solid recruiting fill the holes these great LSU players left? Take a closer look inside.

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