Fall Camp is underway for LSU football as excitement builds toward the 2015 season.
To preview the upcoming campaign TSD's Ben Love spoke Thursday with award-winning radio and television sports broadcaster Lyn Rollins on "Bumper to Bumper Sports" on 103.7 FM (KLWB) in Lafayette.
Rollins acknowledged that quarterback play will determine a lot for the Tigers, but he's keeping an eye peeled on the other side of the ball as well, particularly on the pass rush.
"I think Kevin Steele and Ed Orgeron are going to dial up some schemes and some pressures," explained Rollins. "And even though LSU denies it, I think you're going to see a fair share of 3-4 defense to give a different look and perhaps apply some more pressure to quarterbacks. LSU last year was 102nd out of 125 teams in total sacks generated, so that has to improve."
Among the other topics discussed in the 13-minute-plus interview was Les Miles beginning his 11th year leading the LSU program.
In Rollins' estimation Miles still has some left in the tank, and could be on the verge of a bounce-back season, despite diminishing returns in each of the last three falls.
"I like him generically. I don't think you can help but like him. If you've ever been with him one on one, you can easily, easily understand why he's considered one of the best recruiting closers in the country. I don't think that's an idle claim," began Rollins.
"There have been some issues, of course, with clock management. There are some issues philosophically offensively that he still has to work through.
"Before last year, before the 8-5 season, Les Miles had the second-highest winning percentage after 10 years of any coach in the SEC in history. So while it's been since 2007 since the national championship, and while the last three years LSU has backed up in SEC win totals, that can't be changed, but I don't think Les Miles is done. I don't think he's lost his acumen and his effectiveness as a football coach. Obviously he's on his last contract at LSU, but I think this could be a special year."
Check out the entire audio interview below, including Rollins' take on the LSU schedule and which sport of the big three for the Tigers - football, men's basketball and baseball - will go the farthest in its postseason this year.
Lyn Rollins on 2015 season, Miles' tenure
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