Many are seasoned veterans and a select few are new to the roster, but all 50 Tigers figure to make an impact on the gridiron in 2015.
So we hope you enjoy this list, updated once each weekday and compiled by the TSD staff of Ben Love and Hunter Paniagua (who, naturally, had disagreements of their own along the way).
The countdown comes to a former junior college transfer that figures to have a bigger impact in his second year with the Tigers — Colin Jeter.
REASON FOR OPTIMISM
Colin Jeter came out of nowhere to have a legitimate role with the Tigers in 2014. The coaches discovered him at their first ever junior college prospect camp. His performance landed him an offer and within a month he had moved to Baton Rouge and started going through workouts with the team.
LSU had several more veteran tight ends on the roster in 2014, guys like Travis Dickson and Logan Stokes, but Jeter managed to carve out a place on the offense. He played in 11 games last year, including all but one against conference opponents. He served primarily as a blocker — he didn’t record a reception — and that’s always going to be important in LSU’s offense.
With such a short time to transition to the next level, Jeter adapted well and proved his worth quickly. Another year to grow and develop should make him even more valuable in 2015.
STILL LEFT TO PROVE
Jeter doesn’t have the size of someone like Dillon Gordon, so he’ll never be that sixth offensive lineman. He’s also not as athletic as a pass-catcher like Desean Smith, so you wonder whether he’ll put up the numbers to gain much recognition.
With a guy like Dickson not graduated, there’s a spot available to be LSU’s “well-rounded” tight end. One that can be on the field for run situations and open holes, but also stick around on passing downs and attract attention from the defense.
Jeter hasn’t really proven yet that he can be a legitimate threat in the passing game. He seems to have the blocking game down at this point, but he’ll need to add that other dimension to be a weapon for Cam Cameron to utilize in his offense.