LSU will need players to step up now more than ever.
The Tigers lost their starting quarterback, running back, right guard, weak-side linebacker and safety. They also saw their two best receivers and defensive tackles leave despite having eligibility remaining.
Fans point to the Tigers' elite recruiting class as a saving grace. But the truth is that only a handful of incoming freshmen will make an impact next season.
Les Miles needs his returning players to lead the charge and take their game to the next level. Here are a few that will be called upon to do so.