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|Looking ahead to 2008 at LSU|
Wow, that didn't take long.
Just a couple of hours after LSU put the final touch on its BCS win over Ohio State, ESPN's experts (you know, the ones who picked Ohio State) were looking to next year.
And guess who happens to be at the top of their 2008 poll?
You guessed it — Southern California seems to be the top pick of most of the guys. Although, Florida and Georgia were both receiving a heap of praise.
Wow, poor Tennessee, South Carolina and Kentucky might as well not make any plans for Atlanta next year.
Missouri and Ohio State also got some love.
LSU was nowhere to be found in the top five - and for that I say thank you.
Ever since the Tigers were ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll it's been hold your breath each week.
It will be nice to see the Tigers come in as an apparent longshot next year. I wouldn't be surprised to see some folks put Alabama and Auburn ahead of LSU in the Western Division in their prognostications.
Hey, going in as an underdog will be nice for a change. That big ol' bull's eye will be on Florida, Georgia and even Nick Saban.
But, then again, the cabinet is now bare.
Sure, Matt Flynn is gone, Guess what, Ryan Perrilloux is more than capable and I believe Jarrett Lee is going to be a good one.
LSU will certainly miss Jacob Hester, but look for Keiland Williams, Charles Scott, Richard Murphy and Trindon Holliday will return a potent backfield.
Richard Dickson returns at tight end. Enough said there.
Brett Helms, Lyle Hitt, Herman Johnson, Ciron Black, Joseph Barksdale and Josh Dworaczyk will make up a very talented offensive line.
Early Doucet is gone, but returning are Demetrius Byrd, Brandon Lafell, Terrance Tolliver and Jared Mitchell.
On defense, a stout line of Tyson Jackson, Ricky Jean Francois, Rahim Alem, Al Woods, Marlon Favorite and Drake Nevis will be hard to move. And that will be even more stout if Kirston Pittman is granted another year after sitting out two seasons with injuries.
Linebackers Darry Beckwith Jacob Cutrera, Ace Foyil and Kelvin Sheppard will be adequate. There is also talk that Stevan Ridley, who prepped at Trinity Episcopal in Natchez, will be moved from running back to linebacker.
A defensive backfield of Kelvin Sheppard, Jai Eugene, Chris Hawkins, Chad Jones, Curtis Taylor, Harry Coleman and Danny McCray will get better as the season goes along.
Two redshirt freshmen, Phelon Jones and Ron Brooks, are considered stars of the future and will push Eugene and Hawkins for playing time, and there is help on the way from this year's recruiting class. Patrick Johnson, the nation's top high school cornerback prospect, will enroll at LSU Monday plus Les Miles has received commitments from five other highly recruited defensive backs.
Colt David returns as kicker, while Patrick Fisher will be missed in a big way.
Fisher was probably the unsung hero on this team and I can't believe he was not a serious contender for the Ray Guy Award (Durant Brooks of Georgia Tech won that) or is competing in an all-star game.
And some guys like Patrick Johnson have the chance to come in and make a difference.
Starting out against North Texas and Troy will help prepare for games at Auburn, Florida, South Carolina and Arkansas, as well as home games against Georgia, Alabama and Ole Miss.
And don't think Les Miles will rest on his National Championship laurels. This is his first team without a Nick Saban player.
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