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2014 LSU TIGERS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

June 30, 2014
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2014 LSU TIGERS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

LSU Tigers (2002 - Pres) 

COACH: LES MILES, 95-24 @ LSU

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: CAM CAMERON

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: JOHN CHAVIS

LAST LEAGUE TITLE: 2011

RETURNING STARTERS: 15, 6 OFFENSE, 7 DEFENSE, KICKER AND PUNTER

OFFENSE PPG: 35.8

RUSHING: 202.3

PASSING: 251.0

TOTAL OFFENSE: 453.3

DEFENSE PPG: 22.0

RUSHING: 143.2

PASSING: 197.5

SCORING: 340.7

 LSU Tigers (2002 - Pres)

Winning 10 games for most college football programs would be deemed an excellent season.  Not at LSU!  The Tigers finished 5-3 in the SEC West losing @ Georgia, @ Ole Miss and @ Alabama.  There was little redemption in winning the Outback Bowl over Iowa 21-14. Les Miles should be optimistic about 2014 with so many talent players returning especially on the offensive line.

For starters return on the offensive line including All-American LT La’el Collins (6-5 315), LG Vadal Alexander, LG DJ Welter and RT Jerald Hawkins. Evan Washington (6-6 334) will step in at right guard. This group will provide protection for either quarterback Anthony Jennings or Brandon Harris. Jennings saw action last year when starter Zach Mettenburger was injured in the final game of the regular season at Arkansas. Jennings also got the start in the Outback Bowl leading the Tigers to a 21-14 when over Iowa. Harris showed signs of making this a quarterback battle after throwing three touchdown passes and ran for another score in the spring game. The running attack will be left up to Terrence Magee and Kenny Hilliard. Magee and Hilliard will have to fill a void left when Jeremy Hill and Alfred Blue left early for the NFL. Hill and Blue combined for 1,744 yards last season. Five star running back Leonard Fournette will get every opportunity to carry the football this season. Many consider Fournette the best running back in the country.

LSU Tigers (2002 - Pres)

The Tigers defense will return seven starters including end Jermauria Rasco and Danielle Hunter. Both will give the Tigers defense plenty of size, athleticism and speed up front. Sophomore Christian LaCouture and Junior Quentin Thomas will get the start inside at the two defensive tackle spots. The linebacking corps could be solid with the return of DJ Welter and Kwon Alexander. Alexander has switched from the strong side to the weak side and last year had 65 tackles and 6 ½ tackles for loss. Welter is solid inside finishing second last year with 80 tackles. The secondary will return to starters and six safeties that will battle for starting positions after suffering through injuries last year. Junior Jalen Mills will be the starter at weak safety after getting the start in the Outback Bowl. CB’s Rashard Robinson and Tre’Davious White will start after gaining valuable experience last season.

LSU has plenty of talent on both sides of the football and this year’s team has depth in key areas including the offensive line and at running back. Losing two receivers, their top running back and their starting quarterback is a concern but with an experienced defense returning that finished 15th in the nation last season, LSU should have every opportunity to play for national playoff spot this season.

LSU will get tested early when they opened up against Wisconsin August 30th in Houston. The next four games are all very winnable before the Tigers had to Auburn October 4th and Florida October 11th.

LSU Tigers (2002 - Pres)

SCHEDULE:

DateOpponentLocation (Arena)Time (CT)ResultsOn the Air 
  AdvoCare Texas Kickoff
  Sat, Aug 30 Wisconsin at Houston, Texas (NRG Stadium)   8:00 p.m.   ESPN, 98.1 FM Live Audio AvailableExternal Live Event Live Stats
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  Sat, Sep 06 Sam Houston St. Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium)   6:30 p.m.   SECN, 98.1 FM Live Audio AvailableExternal Live Event Live Stats
  Sat, Sep 13 UL-Monroe Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium)   6:00 p.m.   ESPNU, 98.1 FM Live Audio AvailableExternal Live Event Live Stats
  Gold Game
  Sat, Sep 20 Mississippi St. * Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium)   TBA   98.1 FM
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  Sat, Sep 27 New Mexico St. Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium)   TBA   98.1 FM
  Sat, Oct 04 Auburn * at Auburn, Ala. (Jordan-Hare Stadium)   TBA   98.1 FM
  Sat, Oct 11 Florida * at Gainesville, Fla. (Ben Hill Griffin Stadium)   TBA   98.1 FM
  Alumni Band
  Sat, Oct 18 Kentucky * Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium)   TBA   98.1 FM
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  Homecoming
  Sat, Oct 25 Ole Miss * Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium)   TBA   98.1 FM
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  Senior Day/LSU Salutes
  Sat, Nov 08 Alabama * Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium)   TBA   98.1 FM
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  Sat, Nov 15 Arkansas * at Fayetteville, Ark. (Razorback Stadium)   TBA   98.1 FM
  Thu, Nov 27 Texas A&M * at College Station, Texas (Kyle Field)   6:30 p.m.   ESPN, 98.1 FM Live Audio AvailableExternal Live Event
  SEC Championship
  Sat, Dec 06 TBD (if nec.) at Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Dome)   3:00 p.m.   CBS, 98.1 FM External Live Event

LSU Tigers (2002 - Pres)

ROSTER:

2014 Rosters
Previous Season | Next Season
 
No.
Name
Pos.
Ht.
Wt.
Cl.
Exp.
Hometown (High School/Previous School/Club)
1   Rob Bolden WR 6-4 209 Sr. SQ Orchard Lake, Mich.  (Orchard Lake St. Mary's HS/Penn St.)
2   Avery Peterson WR 6-2 189 Fr. RS Pompano Beach, Fla.  (Ely HS/Hargrave Military (Va.))
3   Clifton Garrett LB 6-3 220 Fr. HS Plainfield, Ill.  (Plainfield South HS)
4   Kwon Alexander LB 6-2 218 Jr. 2L Oxford, Ala.  (Oxford HS)
6   Brandon Harris QB 6-2 184 Fr. HS Bossier City, La.  (Parkway HS)
7   Leonard Fournette RB 6-1 224 Fr. HS New Orleans, La.  (Saint Augustine HS)
8   Trey Quinn WR 6-0 192 Fr. HS Lake Charles, La.  (Barbe HS)
9   John Diarse WR 6-1 207 Fr. RS Monroe, La.  (Neville HS)
10   Anthony Jennings QB 6-2 211 So. 1L Marietta, Ga.  (Marietta HS)
10   Austin Suits S 6-1 199 Fr. RS Baton Rouge, La.  (Parkview Baptist HS)
11   Micah Dickens CB 5-10 181 Fr. RS Dry Prong, La.  (Grant HS)
12   Corey Thompson S 6-2 212 Jr. 2L Missouri City, Texas  (Lawrence Elkins HS)
13   Jake Clise QB 6-2 202 Fr. RS Baltimore, Md.  (Loyola Blakefield HS)
13   Chris LaBorde WR 5-11 192 Jr. SQ Lafayette, La.  (Westminster Christian Academy)
13   Dwayne Thomas CB 6-0 181 So. 1L New Orleans, La.  (O.P. Walker HS)
14   Terrence Magee RB 5-9 214 Sr. 2L Franklinton, La.  (Franklinton HS)
14   Lionel Williams S 6-2 205 Fr. RS Chesterfield, Va.  (Lloyd C. Byrd HS)
15   Luke Boyd DB 5-10 170 Sr. SQ Stafford, Va.  (Colonial Forge HS/Fairleigh Dickinson)
15   Malachi Dupre WR 6-3 188 Fr. HS New Orleans, La.  (John Curtis HS)
16   Brad Kragthorpe QB 6-0 177 Jr. SQ Tulsa, Okla.  (Holland Hall HS/Idaho St.)
16   Tre'Davious White DB 5-11 177 So. 1L Shreveport, La.  (Green Oaks HS)
17   Brandon Bergeron QB 6-2 187 So. TR Lafayette, La.  (St. Thomas More HS/Highland CC)
17   Myles O'Brien LB 6-2 210 Sr. SQ Metairie, La.  (Archbishop Rummel/BRCC)
19   Jeff Lang WR 5-11 190 Sr. SQ Benton, La.  (Benton HS)
19   Quantavius Leslie WR 6-4 175 Sr. SQ Hogansville, Ga.  (Callaway HS/Hinds CC)
21   Trent Domingue PK/P 6-1 165 So. SQ Mandeville, La.  (St. Paul's HS)
21   Rashard Robinson DB 6-1 163 So. 1L Pompano Beach, Fla.  (Ely HS)
22   Ronnie Feist LB 6-2 225 Jr. 1L Edgard, La.  (West St. John HS)
23   Lamar Louis LB 6-0 216 Jr. 2L Breaux Bridge, La.  (Breaux Bridge HS)
24   Ed Paris DB 6-0 189 Fr. HS Arlington, Texas  (Mansfield Timberview HS)
25   Reshaud Henry RB 5-8 201 Fr. RS Ponchatoula, La.  (Ponchatoula HS)
26   Ronald Martin S 6-1 218 Sr. 3L White Castle, La.  (White Castle HS)
27   Kenny Hilliard RB 6-0 233 Sr. 3L Patterson, La.  (Patterson HS)
27   Brandon Surtain DB 5-9 177 So. RS Baton Rouge, La.  (McKinley HS)
28   Jalen Mills S 6-1 189 Jr. 2L DeSoto, Texas  (DeSoto HS)
29   Rickey Jefferson S 5-11 199 So. 1L St. Rose, La.  (Destrehan HS)
30   John Battle S 6-0 179 Fr. HS Hallandale, Fla.  (Hallandale HS)
30   Kyle Pfau PK 5-11 188 Fr. HS Spring, Texas  (Klein HS)
31   Bennett Schiro FB 5-11 214 Fr. RS New Orleans, La.  (Jesuit HS)
31   D.J. Welter LB 6-1 235 Sr. 1L Crowley, La.  (Notre Dame HS)
32   Jalen Collins CB 6-2 195 Jr. 2L Olive Branch, Miss.  (Olive Branch HS)
33   Jamal Adams S 6-0 207 Fr. HS Carrollton, Texas  (Hebron HS)
34   Jordan Triche DB 5-10 162 Jr. RS Edgard, La.  (West St. John HS)
34   Darrel Williams RB 5-11 209 Fr. HS Marrero, La.  (John Ehret HS)
35   Devante Meullion FB 5-10 240 Jr. SQ Seattle, Wash.  (Chief Sealth International HS)
35   Devin Voorhies S 6-1 197 Fr. HS Woodville, Miss.  (Wilkinson County HS)
36   Cameron Gamble PK 5-9 182 Fr. HS Flower Mound, Texas  (Flower Mound HS)
38   Jamie Keehn P 6-4 218 Jr. 2L Miners Rest, Australia  (The Rock Hampton GS)
39   Lenny Breda WR 5-9 167 Fr. RS Lake Charles, La.  (St. Louis Catholic HS)
39   Russell Gage DB 6-0 175 Fr. HS Baton Rouge, La.  (Redemptorist HS)
40   Duke Riley LB 6-1 208 So. 1L Buras, La.  (John Curtis HS)
40   Abraham Wallace WR 5-11 182 Fr. HS Baton Rouge, La.  (Dumham School)
41   Travis Dickson TE 6-3 230 Sr. 2L Ocean Springs, Miss.  (Ocean Springs HS)
41   Tommy LeBeau S 6-1 190 Jr. 1L Monroe, La.  (Ouachita Parish HS)
42   Colby Delahoussaye PK 5-10 169 So. 1L New Iberia, La.  (New Iberia HS)
43   Jordan Harper TE 6-3 212 So. SQ New Orleans, La.  (Archbishop Rummel HS)
43   Connor Neighbors FB 5-11 239 Sr. 2L Huntsville, Ala.  (Huntsville HS)
44   Tre' Sullivan DB 5-9 182 Sr. SQ Donaldsonville, La.  (Donaldsonville HS)
45   Deion Jones LB 6-2 208 Jr. 2L New Orleans, La.  (Jesuit HS)
45   Josh Tharp TE 6-3 209 Fr. RS Erin, Tenn.  (Houston County HS)
46   Tashawn Bower DE 6-5 243 So. 1L Somerville, N.J.  (Immaculata HS)
47   John David Moore TE 6-3 214 Fr. RS Ruston, La.  (Ruston HS)
48   Donnie Alexander LB 6-1 201 Fr. HS New Orleans, La.  (Edna Karr HS)
48   Jake Franklin TE 6-5 260 Sr. SQ New Bern, N.C.  (New Bern HS/William & Mary)
49   Melvin Jones FB 6-3 245 So. 1L Lake Charles, La.  (Washington-Marion HS)
50   Reid Ferguson SNP 6-2 230 Jr. 2L Buford, Ga.  (Buford HS)
50   Christian Pittman LB 6-0 208 Jr. SQ New Orleans, La.  (Brother Martin HS)
51   John Ballis SNP 6-1 215 Jr. TR Houston, Texas  (Episcopal HS/Kentucky)
51   Jonathan Rucker LB 6-0 218 Fr. RS Ponchatoula, La.  (Ponchatoula HS)
52   Kendell Beckwith LB 6-3 246 So. 1L Jackson, La.  (East Feliciana HS)
53   Logan Boudreaux SNP 5-11 215 Jr. SQ St. Amant, La.  (St. Amant HS)
53   Grant Leger LB 6-2 210 Jr. SQ Metairie, La.  (Jesuit HS)
54   Justin Maclin DE 6-4 242 Sr. SQ Memphis, Tenn.  (Ridgeway HS)
55   Elliott Porter C 6-4 300 Sr. 2L Waggaman, La.  (Shaw HS)
56   Trey Lealaimatafao DT 6-0 300 Fr. HS San Antonio, Texas  (Warren HS)
57   Davon Godchaux DT 6-4 271 Fr. HS Plaquemine, La.  (Plaquemine HS)
57   Cody Townsend OL 6-1 278 So. SQ Marrero, La.  (John Ehret HS)
58   Sione Teuhema DE 6-4 215 Fr. HS Keller, Texas  (Keller HS)
59   Jermauria Rasco DE 6-3 262 Sr. 3L Shreveport, La.  (Evangel Christian Academy)
60   Luke Gomez OL 5-11 261 Fr. HS Baton Rouge, La.  (Parkview Baptist HS)
61   Alex Cheramie OL 6-0 280 Fr. RS Cypress, Texas  (Cypress Ranch HS)
62   Justin Mikush OL 6-4 346 Fr. HS Tomball, Texas  (Klein Oak HS)
63   K.J. Malone OL 6-3 290 Fr. RS Ruston, La.  (Cedar Creek HS)
64   William Clapp OL 6-4 275 Fr. HS New Orleans, La.  (Brother Martin HS)
65   Jerald Hawkins OT 6-6 301 So. 1L Baldwin, La.  (West St. Mary HS)
66   Grant Harmon OL 6-3 232 Fr. HS Spring, Texas  (Klein HS)
67   Trey Gallman OL 6-1 253 Fr. HS Prairieville, La.  (Dutchtown HS)
69   Hoko Fanaika OG 6-6 348 Sr. 1L Sacramento, Calif.  (Florin HS/College of San Mateo)
70   La'el Collins OT 6-5 315 Sr. 2L Baton Rouge, La.  (Redemptorist HS)
71   Jonah Austin OG 6-6 324 Jr. 1L New Orleans, La.  (St. Augustine HS)
72   Andy Dodd OL 6-4 322 Fr. RS Lindale, Ga.  (Pepperell HS)
74   Vadal Alexander OT 6-6 342 Jr. 2L Buford, Ga.  (Buford HS)
75   Evan Washington OT 6-6 334 Sr. 1L DeSoto, Texas  (DeSoto HS)
76   Josh Boutte OL 6-4 333 So. SQ New Iberia, La.  (Westgate HS)
77   Ethan Pocic C 6-7 301 So. 1L Lemont, Ill.  (Lemont HS)
78   Garrett Brumfield OL 6-3 285 Fr. HS Baton Rouge, La.  (University HS)
79   Travonte Valentine DT 6-3 325 Fr. HS Hialeah, Fla.  (Champagnat Catholic HS)
81   Tony Upchurch WR 6-2 228 Fr. HS Pearland, Texas  (Glenda Dawson HS)
82   D.J. Chark WR 6-1 176 Fr. HS Alexandria, La.  (Alexandria HS)
83   Travin Dural WR 6-2 182 So. 1L Breaux Bridge, La.  (Breaux Bridge HS)
84   Logan Stokes TE 6-5 251 Sr. 1L Muscle Shoals, Ala.  (Muscle Shoals HS/NE Mississippi CC)
85   Dillon Gordon TE 6-5 286 Jr. 2L Edgard, La.  (John Curtis HS)
86   Miguel James WR 5-8 160 Fr. RS Kentwood, La.  (Jewell Sumner HS)
87   Kevin Spears WR 6-3 189 Fr. RS New Orleans, La.  (Holy Cross HS)
88   Jacory Washington TE 6-5 215 Fr. HS Westlake, La.  (Westlake HS)
89   DeSean Smith TE 6-4 241 So. 1L Lake Charles, La.  (Barbe HS)
90   Maquedius Bain DT 6-4 308 Fr. RS Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.  (Univ. School of Nova Southeastern)
91   Christian LaCouture DT 6-5 298 So. 1L Lincoln, Neb.  (Lincoln Southwest HS)
92   Lewis Neal DE 6-1 238 So. 1L Wilson, N.C.  (James B. Hunt HS)
93   M.J. Patterson DE 6-3 215 Fr. RS Winnfield, La.  (Winnfield HS)
94   Danielle Hunter DE 6-6 241 Jr. 2L Katy, Texas  (Morton Ranch HS)
95   Quentin Thomas DT 6-3 290 Jr. 1L Breaux Bridge, La.  (Breaux Bridge HS)
96   Mickey Johnson DT 6-1 307 Jr. SQ Covington, La.  (St. Paul's HS)
97   Frank Herron DT 6-5 275 Fr. RS Memphis, Tenn.  (Memphis Central HS)
98   Deondre Clark DE 6-2 238 Fr. HS Oklahoma City, Okla.  (Douglass HS)
99   Greg Gilmore DT 6-4 311 Fr. RS Hope Mills, N.C.  (South View HS)
   Jevonte Domond OT 6-6 305 So. JC Glendale, Ariz.  (Maricopa HS/Glendale CC)
   Colin Jeter TE 6-6 240 So. JC Longview, Texas  (Longview HS/Kilgore College)


 


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