2008 Media Days: Legge's Look at LSU

BIRMINGHAM – Here's a look at the day LSU Head Coach Les Miles and the Tigers had at the SEC's annual Media Day event. LSU finished first in the SEC West last season and won the National Title.

Last season: 12-2
Last game vs. Georgia: 34-14 loss
Series Record: LSU leads 11-14-1

Most memorable Georgia win: 2005 – D.J. Shockley and the Bulldogs pound LSU relentlessly to win their second SEC crown in four seasons.
Most painful Georgia loss: 2003 – Georgia, the defending conference champs, are thrashed in the Georgia Dome at the hands of the eventual national champions.
Starters returning: 12

Best player: Darry Beckwith
Biggest Weakness: Quarterback
2008's big questions: Who will be the starting quarterback all season?

Inside the numbers vs. Georgia (as seen in the Dawg Post Season Preview):
56
Since 2003 LSU has won more total games than anyone in the SEC – 56. The Tigers have finished in the top 25 every season and have won two SEC titles in that half-decade span. The 85% winning percentage is one of the best in the country. At home the Tigers have only fallen three times in the last five years – twice to SEC East schools. Still, LSU's tear over the last five seasons is impressive. They have more SEC and National Titles than anyone.

Recruiting Implications:
Picking up. The Bulldogs are always going to struggle to get the top players from Louisiana to come east and play Between the Hedges. Louisiana kids want to play for LSU – pretty much end of story. That's not necessarily the case with Georgia kids – many of them want to play for Georgia, but there is so much talent to be had in-state that often players get away. Still, the recruiting fight between Georgia and LSU which is "picking up" is more for regional- and national-level players in states around the South. Georgia and LSU are going to be in the fight for the top players in Florida and Tennessee. Those two states have become fertile recruiting areas for both. Atlanta, however, has been identified by the Tigers as a place they feel they can get a top player or two. Alabama feels the same way. And while SEC West schools may come in and grab a player or two from time to time from the big city – it's still Georgia's back yard. With an exception here or there, Georgia is going to get who they want out of Atlanta – particularly in the suburbs. Notable Georgians on the LSU Roster: Five LSU players are from the Peach State. Notable Louisianians on the Georgia Roster: None.

Last year's prediction (vs. Ole Miss): Be ready. Ole Miss is young, but they have enough talent to upset the Dawgs, particularly if Georgia is looking ahead at Tennessee or behind at Alabama. Georgia played around at the start of the game and allowed Ole Miss to stay in it until a second half surge which featured Thomas Brown exploding on the Rebels to put the game away. It was also the start of "Soldier Boy" being played at Sanford Stadium.

Legge's projected SEC finish: 1st SEC West
Legge's must-win game: at Auburn
Legge's All-SEC Tigers: Herman Johnson, Tyson Jackson, Darry Beckwith and Colt David


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