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April 2, 2011

LSU Football Looking Good After Saturday's Scrimmage!

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The Defense stood strong at the beginning of today's scrimmage but the Offense came on strong in the end.  Defensive linemen singled out for praise included Anthony Johnson and Michael Brockers.  DT Josh Downs missed some playing time because of injury.  When Downs is back to full strength, the inside may be better than last year.  Lamin Barrow and Kevin Minter were singled out as solid contributors at linebacker. The defense got two turnovers.  

New Offensive Coordinator Steve Kragthorpe seems to have worked miracle with Jordan Jefferson.  Jefferson now has an improved ability to accurately describe what is happening on the field.  Jefferson threw 4 touchdown passes, Lee threw 2, and Mettenberger threw 1.  Rueben Randle caught 3 touchdown passes and tight end Deangelo Peterson caught 2. Running backs Spencer Ware, Michael Ford, and Jakhari Gore all did well today.  It is beginning to sound like that LSU may have a more balanced offense this year.  However, I do recall hear and reading quite a bit about how improved Jefferson was about this same time last year.  Let's hope it materializes on the field this year or that another quarterback will be allowed to step up and take over.  I am very surprised to learn that Mettenberger is clearly the #3 quarterback behind Jefferson and Lee.  It does sound like Mettenberger is the QB of the future, it is just that many felt that Mettenberger would be the leader or at least #2 coming out of Spring.

LSU's special teams played a major role in LSU's winning record last year and LSU has lost an outstanding kicker, punter, and return man.  Derek Helton and Josh Jasper pinned opposing offenses deep in their own territory all year last season.  Jasper was "Mr. Automatic" with field goals.  And who can forget the amazing touchdown returns by Mr. Patrick Peterson? With all of the losses of personnel on special teams you would expect a real drop off in special teams play.
There probably will be some drop off, however; Coach Miles is reporting that Drew Alleman is splitting the uprights and appears to have a stronger leg than Jasper.  Miles also seems confident with the punting of our "punter from the land down under"  Aussie Brad Wing.  More good early news for LSU special teams is that Coach Miles is happy with new Special Teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey.  With McGaughey as Special Teams Coordinator I expect to see LSU kick off return and punt return teams to show marked improvement.  From what I am gathering from McGaughey's coaching style, we can expect the coverage teams to come to the field well prepared and fired up.

LSU Football 2011 is looking good after Saturday's scrimmage!      


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