So you’re saying there’s a chance: QB Matt Flynn didn’t play much last year after backing up the biggest holdout around for two years, but after making Miami look like a high school team in the 2005 Peach Bowl, there’s not much that points to a huge drop-off at QB. And if that doesn’t work out, they’ve got Ryan ‘If I hadn’t changed my mind about Texas, Colt McCoy would be playing at Baylor’ Perrillioux, who might be the biggest waste of talent holding a clipboard in the country (see below), as your backup. The O-Line returns three starters to block for a stable full of talented RB’s, and a WR corps headed by senior AA candidate Early Doucet. The defense returns 8 starters from last year, including All-American Glenn Dorsey and Butkus Award hopeful Ali Highsmith, and should dominate again.
Hey, what was all that one and a million talk: It’s hard to find a flaw on this team other than a new QB who happens to be a RS Senior. Their punter is gone, but he’s replaced by another 5th year senior. The biggest hurdle the Tigers will have to deal with is themselves. If they can manage to not beat themselves, look out.
Schedule: Last year, LSU had to travel to Auburn, UF, and UT for the first time in school history. This year, the big games are home games, and the “gimme” games are on the road. At Alabama for the first ever Saban/Satan Bowl is the toughest road game they have (sorry Commonwealth). The Virginia Tech game makes a tough SEC schedule even tougher.
Giving back to the community: You’d think that being the #1 recruit in the country would make someone realize they would be a celebrity in Baton Rouge, but Ryan Perrilloux was suspended by the team earlier in the summer for using his brothers ID at a riverboat casino in the Red Stick. Like all good SEC programs though, Coach Miles saw it in his heart to reinstate the only other QB on his roster. Miles did show how much of a disciplinarian he is when kicked three walk-ons off the team for breaking and entering in May.
What’s in a name? Legacy: Newcomer T-Bob Hebert had a two things destined for him at birth: country accent and a few extra pounds. Son of former Saints and Falcons QB Bobby, Hebert weighs 260 and goes by T-Bob. Two for two.
In conclusion: Another year and the Tigers are contenders. The schedule is there to make a run at the National Title game, which happens to be in the Superdome this year. Last time that happened, Saban ascended to legend status and I was on Sportscenter. Anything less than an SEC championship and a berth in the Sugar Bowl (the second one) will be a disappointment for Tiger fans. As talented as they are on paper, LSU never fails to disappoint their diehards, but this year, its their SEC to lose.
The study body is smart too!