Why LSU Will Win the West (and Possibly SEC) in 2009
LSU in 2009 will have just come off a season where they let in 314 points, twice gave up 50+ points, and only won three conference games. Many people in 2008 began to doubt Les Miles as a head coach and saying he was reverting to his ways at Oklahoma State of mediocrity.
LSU in the offseason hired new defensive coaches that have SEC experience. LSU has all the talent in the world and it can easily win at least 10 games with all the talent they have. LSU also in 2008 had serious immaturity at QB which lead to an offense, which did not accomplish nearly the yardage or points accumulated by the offense from 2007.
LSU's new defensive coordinator is John Chavis. He is backed up by Ron Cooper, the defensive coach back, and Brick Halley the D-Line Coach. Chavis lead a Tennessee defense, which consistently ranked as one of the top in the country even when the Tennessee offense was not a strong unit.
He also is a specialist at the linebacker position, which has been one of the weak links of LSU usually strong defense.
Ron Cooper has turned out several great defensive players into the NFL from South Carolina. He has always had one of the best secondary units in the country over his tenure.
Brick Halley was a coach in the NFL and looks to be a great fit to coach the LSU D-line. Nothing LSU does this season can be much worse than what many Tiger fans witnessed last season as they watch Tebow, Stafford, and even John Parker Wilson have their way with the LSU defense.
Les Miles mistake last year by using a Co-Defensive coordinator system has been fixed and the stagnant 2008 defense seems something of the past as a ferocious 2009 defense looks ready to prove something.
Charles Alexander, the only player left from the time of Saban said the LSU defensive practiced feel more like they did when Saban ran the show, words that should concern the rest of the SEC.
LSU's offense also should be greatly improved. They return Charles Scott who rushed for 18 Touchdowns and 1000+ yards. They return other key players like Kieland Williams, Brandon Lafell, Trindon Holiday, Chad Jones, and Ciron Black.
LSU's O-Line and running game should be nothing less than stellar and should be able to gain decent yardage on even the best defense like Alabama and Florida will have. Also in 2009, Les Miles and the LSU staff seem to have things much more figured out at QB.
Jordan Jefferson came in during the Old Miss game for his first amount of substantial playing time where on his first drive of being “the man” he lead LSU to it only TD of the game. He then came out and lead LSU to a 20 point second quarter over Arkansas.
Jefferson’s grand finale to give all Tiger fans hope was when he came out and pounded heavily favor Georgia Tech 38-3 completing his first nine passes. Through his first three games of major time on the field, Jefferson only threw one INT and threw four TD passes. He also rushed for a TD during the comeback win over Troy on fourth down.
LSU also has several new comers that should contribute this season too. Russell Shepard is a stellar athlete who will be on the field somewhere whether at QB or in more of a Percy Harvin type style. No one really knows where, but many are sure he will be one of the 11 on the field.
Reuben Randle chance to come in and be the Jones of Greene of '09 has only increased with the injury to Tim Molton. Randle could be the difference between a decent LSU receiving group versus a stellar group of receivers.
On defense look for Craig Loston(who appears to have qualified) to get on the field. He is the cousin of Russell Shepard and looks like a beast. He is by far one of two candidate to be considered the next big safety at LSU(Chad Jones being the other but he’s not new).
The final thing between LSU and a championship is their schedule. They have the players and coaches to compete with anyone, even Florida. LSU main test are Ole Miss, Bama, and UGA on the road. Then the cherry on top in Florida at home.
LSU is the only obstacle really in the way between Florida and an undefeated season, and winning in Death Valley at night is no easy task for the Florida gators so I would not say an LSU win here would be considered an upset.
And people saying LSU is at a disadvantage because they get Ole Miss and Bama on the road need to look at the past. LSU has not lost in Tuscaloosa since 1999, and hasn’t lost in Oxford since 1998 in a 37-31 OT loss. And overall throughout the past decade, LSU has only dominated the West in Odd years.
LSU overall looks poised to accomplish great things this year and all of Tiger nation should and cant wait until September 5, especially since the LSU baseball season just ended. Look for LSU to have a stellar 2009 campaign
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