Even though the LSU Tigers were 10-3 in 2013, the program didn't reach the standards most expect out of Baton Rouge each year. The three regular-season losses were the most the program has had since 2009.
As the spring game approaches, head coach Les Miles and his staff are putting the final touches on the preparation for the upcoming campaign. There's obviously still a lot of moving parts. The current recruiting class will be a factor in the spring game and the season.
Per David Ching of ESPN.com, Miles said:
I think we’re trying make a determination as we design the summer plans that, 'This is where this guy’s going to be, this is where this guy’s going to be’ and how to operate it.
I think the skill players on offense are going to be musts and I think the skill players on defense, with the safeties stepping in there and being able to play -- I just think the recruiting class will hit us just where we need to be hit.
With uncertainty at quarterback, the team may have to lean on its running game and defense even more than normal. All of the positions will be of interest to fans, but undoubtedly, the quarterback hopefuls will be under a microscope at the spring practice.
What comes of this situation will likely dictate how far the Tigers can go in the rugged SEC.
Here's the date and time for the spring game:
|Sat, Apr 5||Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium)||1 p.m.|
Players to Watch
With Zach Mettenberger moving on to the NFL, the QB torch is being passed in Baton Rouge. Who will carry it? That's exactly what Miles must figure out before the start of the 2014 season.
In relief of an injured Mettenberger, Jennings led a game-winning comeback against Arkansas. He also started the team's 21-14 win over Iowa in the Outback Bowl.
With that experience, he should be able to hold off early enrollee Brandon Harris. Miles would probably prefer to hand the ball over to a player who has had some major experience. In the spring game, Jennings needs to show his growth from last year and lock down the position.
Bain redshirted last season, but he has the size, strength and quickness to be a major force in the middle of the defensive line.
"Maquedius Bain has the talent to be the next great LSU defensive tackle."
The Tigers have a long lineage of dominant defensive tackles. Bain has the physical tools to become another link in the glorious chain. We'll see if he can flash some of his abilities during the spring game.