Blog... LSU – Calm Before The Storm

College Football News
Posted Jul 24, 2008

Les Miles did not open his media session with any lingering talk of the recent National Championship earned by the Tigers last season.

By: BE Coleman

Hoover, AL. - Les Miles did not open his media session with any lingering talk of the recent National Championship earned by the Tigers last season. Instead the Tigers coach said, "I don't want to spend a lot of time talking about that. I want to go on."

There is plenty of speculation in Baton Rouge; losing troubled Ryan Perriloux at QB is an issue that has not died in the press. Miles knew questions upon his choice to lead the program on offense would be forth coming.

"The '08 is where we're at. We're not defending. We're not dealing with rankings. This is a brand new year," added Miles. The Coach said he had three quarterbacks with Jarrett Lee, Andrew Hatch and freshman Jordan Jefferson - a true freshman, a guy who Miles says just may have to play.

Is It Former Crimson Hatch?

You get the feeling that Miles and O-C Gary Crowton's first choice may be to go with Hatch in game one versus Appalachian State. Miles tiptoed through his words during his turn at the podium, carefully choosing his each phrase.

"The most consistent performer, the guy that makes the play, the guy that is least likely to turn it over, least likely to make poor decisions, that will be, in my opinion, the first that will allow them to get to the field," said Miles.

Hatch, previously a JV quarterback at Harvard – that's right – Harvard was the Tigers most consistent QB playing in the spring and heads into August tabbed as the squads number one. While Miles was quick to point out all three would get a chance to prove themselves when two-a-days begin, that there is another side too.

The signal caller is also connected to Crowton via his stint at BYU where he recruited him, but the redshirt freshman Lee will contend with his speed. The player to run the option at full speed will get a step up on the other one, with Hatch being the faster of the pair - may be another sign.

As a general rule, what Miles says has pretty much has come forth without a blanket approach while in Baton Rouge. All three will get opportunities to play early on as the Tigers open with three straight home games insisted Miles.

Miles Feels Tiger D-Line Will Be Okay

Losing Glenn Dorsey was a question that Miles did not by step in Hoover. He simply stated that, "I don't know that that piece of Dorsey will be replaced, but I think that as a group they may well play as well statistically as that defensive front did a year ago with Ricky Jean Francois and (Charles) Alexander," and DE Tyson Jackson.

Jackson was asked about Francois and noted, "It was very encouraging to see him play the last two games last year after the suspension. He brings a lot to our team and I knew he could do it all along, but it will be a big boost having him to start the season."

He also thinks that sophomore Al Woods at 6"4" 350 lbs., will be a plus by giving a visual definition. "He's massive," said Jackson, "but he moves like a defensive end. He's going to be a big asset for us this year."

It is true losing Dorsey is a negative, but there appears to be more than enough on the interior front to make sure the Tigers offense has a chance to get on the field. One cannot discount what 07 had, but this 08 unit certainly does not drop off that much.

If the defense sets a tempo early, should be of benefit as the offensive backfield gets it's feet back under itself. It certainly helps if LSU is as fully poised as they indicate.

Are The Tigers Really Over The National Title Gleem

It is hard to repeat as National Champion in college football. It can happen, but it is not very often. Coming off a high such as that, is hard to fully keep contained when the essential nucleus of the title team returns with some depth.

Jackson spoke up once again by saying; "It's out of our system now. When we got our rings in June, Coach (Les) Miles told us to move on and put it behind us. It's really not hard to move forward if you have a team that is hungry like we are. We know what we have to do."

In ‘99 Tennessee returned its National Title team nearly enact, but ended up at 9-3, while Florida the 06 National Champion ended up at 9-4 with Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.

Both coaches were first time national title winners; Miles is also a first time winner.

Tiger Fun Stat

It has only been four years since the Tigers took their first title of the new century, LSU now leads the nation with two Crowns since ‘96 - it's a weight to carry. The last teams to do so were Nebraska with three, Florida State with two in the 90's.

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