If you've logged onto TigerRag.com lately, you've undoubtedly noticed that our staff has covered the Tigers in camp from virtually every angle. Every practice, every press conference, we've been there to bring you the best coverage of LSU football anywhere.
Heading into Fall Camp, we produced
a list of questions to which Miles and his staff would be looking for answers in
the first two weeks of practice. Now two weeks in, we offer up our observations
from camp so far and provide you with a new list of questions about this team as
they begin making preparations for the season opener with
Matt Flynn and the quarterbacks
From the onset of practice, there
was never a question as to who is LSU's No. 1 quarterback. Matt Flynn nailed
down the job in 2005 when he led LSU to its 40-3 win over
The third and fourth wide receivers
There has been lots of focus on the
wide receivers, especially since LSU lost its top two wideouts from a year ago
in the first round of the NFL Draft. Early Doucet is clearly the best wide
receiver on the team, maybe in the country, and he is followed by No. 2 wideout
Brandon LaFell. But the question has surrounded the third and fourth spots.
After the Tigers' first scrimmage two Saturdays ago in Tiger Stadium, Miles said
true freshman Terrance Toliver and junior transfer Demetrius Byrd were three and
four. But after a slow first week in which Jared Mitchell sat out with a bum
shoulder, Chris Mitchell battled inconsistency and Ricky Dixon failed to make an
impact, the playing field is leveling up a bit. Jared Mitchell is likely the
receiver who is apply the most pressure on the two newcomers for the third or
fourth spot. Chris Mitchell had a better week of practice and
Offensive line depth
This is where it is getting sticky.
Coming into the 2007 season, everyone would have agreed the offensive line was
the biggest question mark surrounding this team. LSU had to replace two starters
from a year ago and attrition and injuries haven't helped to boost confidence.
The Tigers took a hit before the season even started when Steve Singleton left
the team. He was slated as the backup left tackle. Then redshirt freshman Mark Snyder went down with a knee injury and is likely lost for the season. Will Arnold, who has been named a preseason all-American, is questionable as he
struggles with a nagging right ankle. The coaching staff had moved
As harrowing as the situation is on the offensive front, it is completely different across the defensive line. The Tigers' front four is as deep and talented as any D-Line in the country. Opponents are going to have a hard time running against this dominating unit. The question is, could the offense raid the defensive line for another body. The O-Line has already staked claim to true freshman Joe Barksdale. Could the offense snag another body to provide depth?
Injury at linebacker
The Tigers lost two linebacker sin the first scrimmage two Saturdays ago when Perry Riley and Jacob Cutrera both went down with shoulder injuries. Riley has already returned to action, but Cutrera remains out of commission. Miles said he could be back for the season opener. Time will tell though.
LSU survived the money of Major League Baseball when true freshman safety Chad Jones spurned a 13th round selection to arrive at LSU and play football. Last Wednesday was the deadline to sign with the ‘Stros and Jones passed on their offer. Now that Jones is officially here to stay, at what position will this phenom play? An impressive athlete standing 6-3, 222 pounds, Jones was rated by Scout.com as the nation's best safety in 2006. But last Friday, Jones went through individual drills with the running backs. Coach Larry Porter was seen with Jones working on ball handling and security drills. The general consensus was Jones is being talked up as punt returner and the ball handling drills will be necessary. There are also rumors that he could line up as a slot receiver at times. At any rate, Jones has already shown he will definitely contribute as a rookie.
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Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag. Reach him at email@example.com.