The list of entries for the NFL draft is impressive: Brandon Lafell, Chad Jones, Charles Scott, Rahim Alem, Keiland Williams, Trindon Holliday, and Richard Dickson, among others.
But what’s left in the wake of those players’ departures remains somewhat of a mystery as Les Miles and the Tigers attempt to climb back to the top of the ultra-rugged SEC West.
Is junior Jordan Jefferson capable of handling the leadership requirements of being the No. 1 quarterback?
And, if he stumbles, will Miles feel confident enough to pull the trigger on super sophomore Russell Shephard or junior Jarrett Lee, who has experience but played in only six games a season ago?
There’s definitely depth to fill holes on both sides of the ball. According to the count on ESPN.com, LSU’s roster included 87 underclassmen last season, or nearly 70 percent of the total of 126. But how ready is that unproven talent?
It’s probably too much to ask LSU to leapfrog Alabama for the divisional title in 2010, but plenty of good things could happen if the Baby Tigers undergo a growth spurt.
Over/under on wins for 2010: 9