Five Questions: LSU

The 2015 college football season draws closer with each passing day. Over the coming weeks, the Ole Miss Spirit will be previewing each of the Rebels’ 12 opponents, starting from the last and working backwards. Today, we take a look at the rival LSU Tigers with Hunter Paniagua of Tiger Sports Digest.


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Most Valuable Player? Leonard Fournette's not just the best player on LSU's team, but he's also the most important. Questions remain whether this team can move it through the air, but with Fournette in the backfield, it's nearly guaranteed that LSU will run it with success. The Tigers love to use its running back by committee approach, keeping guys fresh and giving everyone a near equal share of the reps. But Fournette will be the closest thing to a feature back LSU has had in a long time and he'll be the workhorse for this offense. LSU can go as far as he's able to take them.

Sleeper Pick to Click: Maquedius Bain struggled to find the field in his first two seasons. Now with a new defensive line coach, Bain has reinserted his name in the discussion to start in 2015. He came to LSU as a four-star defensive tackle, but he's made the transition to defensive end, where the competition's wide open. The opportunity is there for Bain to live up to his recruiting hype and make his contribution to the Tigers this year.


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Greatest Preseason Concern: The quarterbacks are more than just a perceived concern. It's a legitimate one and could define the season. LSU didn't settle its quarterback debate between Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris this spring, and the competition will continue into fall camp. The quarterback play held this team back a year ago, and it could again if it doesn't improve in 2015. Most everyone will agree Harris is the more talented of the two, but can he put the rest of his game together to take hold of the starting job? We might not know who does get that starting job until the second game of the season when LSU starts SEC play.

Greatest Preseason Strength: LSU will settle all that offseason DBU debate with its play this season. LSU returns most of its defensive backs from last season, with impact players at every position. Tre'Davious White has started for most of his two years on campus, and Ed Paris will enter the lineup opposite him with a lot of hype. Jalen Mills is the senior leader in the back and can move around to several positions, as can Dwayne Thomas, who'll return from his injury last year. Then there's Jamal Adams, who was electric as a freshman and some think he can have a Tyrann Mathieu-type impact. LSU always has a strong secondary, but this year's can be one of the best.

LSU wins the game if . . . It gets consistent play from the quarterbacks. They don't have set the world on fire. LSU has a strong enough defense and run game to carry this team. If the quarterbacks can just avoid monumental mistakes and provide at least a threat that LSU will move it through the air, LSU is a team that can compete for SEC and national championships.


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