LSU Tiger 2008 Football Preview

Tyler CarrCorrespondent IJune 30, 2008

Les Miles held the world of college football in the palm of his hand at certain times during last season. This is the man that made Kirk Herbstreit look like an idiot at the SEC title game.

Was he staying at LSU or going to his alma mater Michigan, the world waited for his answer. This year we will see another side of Les Miles, the side that doesn’t have a safety blanket at quarterback.

The LSU offense was going to be focused around athletic quarterback Ryan Perrilloux; however Perrilloux is no longer at LSU. So Miles looks to hand the reigns over to Jarrett Lee or Andrew Hatch.

Hatch was a junior varsity player at Harvard before serving on a mission trip and leaving. Both players have seen time in spring practice with Lee jumping ahead.

No matter who takes the snaps, they will have some important players helping carry the load.

LSU has had a good ground game and junior Keiland Williams looks to continue that trend. Williams rushed for 478 yards and six touchdowns. With do-everything running back Jacob Hester gone Williams will be counted on to fill his shoes.

The Tigers have been the recent version of Wide Receiver “U”.

Junior Brandon LaFell and senior Demetrius Byrd look to expand their stats.

LaFell hauled in 50 passes for 656 yards. Byrd was a scoring machine last year as he hauled in 35 passes, seven of which were worth six points.

The fans in Baton Rouge are expecting sophomore Terrance Toliver to be a great prospect for years to come. Tight end, Richard Dickson looks to be another option for the young quarterbacks.

The O-line will be mostly intact from last year, only having to replace one player. Center, Brett Helms is the leader of a unit that will protect a first-time starter at QB.

The defense looks to remain stingy and keep the team in close games until the offense catches up.

The unquestioned leader of the Tigers’ defense is senior linebacker Darry Beckwith. Beckwith’s role on the team will be more important now that Miles will have two new starting backers.

Juniors Perry Riley and Jacob Cutrera look to fill the void left by Ali Highsmith and others a year ago.

The D-line has two starters returning at end with Tyson Jackson and Kirston Pittman looking to harass opposing quarterbacks.

The defensive tackle position looks to have three candidates to replace Glenn Dorsey. Charles Alexander, Ricky Jean-Francois, and Marlon Favorite are the main prospects.

The DB’s are young but are scary athletes.

Free safety Curtis Taylor looks to lead the young group and looks to compete for the whole season. Strong safety Chad Jones looks to show the fans in Baton Rouge that his recruiting hype was for real.

The corners are looking to be Chris Hawkins and Jai Eugene.

The schedule for the Tigers does not allow any mistakes.

To open the season: the defending BCS champs will face the defending FCS champs in the Appalachian State Mountaineers.

No one can forget the huge upset in the Big House so the Tigers better not over look the boys from Boone, North Carolina.

The Tigers also welcome Mississippi State, Georgia, Alabama and Ole Miss to Death Valley. The Tigers must travel to face Auburn, Florida and South Carolina.

The season will end with the Tigers going to Little Rock to face the Razorbacks.