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Finally, some good news.
LSU offensive guard Josh Dworaczyk has been granted a sixth year of eligibility.
Dworaczyk, the longtime starting left guard, missed all of last season due to a knee injury.
So everybody, back in the boat, back on the bandwagon. Next year looks just as promising.
The return of Dworaczyk solidifies what was already a really good offensive line.
The front fortress will be made up of center Dworackzyk, P.J. Lonergan, guards Josh Williford and La'el Collins, and Alex Hurst and Chris Faulk at the tackles.
I named six because LSU rotated so much last year. True freshman Vadal Alexander may be a surprise.
At tight end, Chase Clement will be the starter.
Clement takes over for DeAngelo Peterson. The quarterback controversy kind of overshadowed how Peterson completely disappeared after a great junior season.
For some reason he did not appear to be in the game plan as much this season.
At the running back position, LSU returns Spencer Ware, Michael Ford, Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard. These four, combined with Jeremy Hill, will provide the top backfield in the country.
Hill will be tough to keep out of the lineup (OK, OK, if anybody can do it, Les Miles can).
LSU returns senior Russell Shepard and does have several very talented young receivers on the roster, the most notable of whom are Odell Beckham, Jr. (5-11, 183) and Jarvis Landry (6-0, 190).
Hopefully, with Zach Mettenberger calling the signals, the passing game will not disappear halfway through the season.
There are also three very good receivers in this year's signing class – Kavahra Holmes (6-1/2, 165), Travin Dural (6-1, 170), and Avery Johnson (6-1-1/2, 185).
Speaking of Mettenberger, I really like this guy's style. If you tweet, you really have to follow this somewhat brash, yet comical junior-to-be. He has a swagger that I believe he will back all year.
I also like Steven Rivers, and hopes he gets plenty of attention in September when LSU will be blowing away a cupcake early season schedule.
The defensive front of Sam Montgomery, Barkevious Mingo, Bennie Logan and Anthony Johnson will be impressive.
Kwon Alexander, who looks like he is shot out of a cannon on each play, will see playing time as a true freshman at linebacker. Kevin Minter will have an all-SEC season, Lamin Barrow will step up and Trevon Randle will see a lot of time.
Watch out for true freshman Trey Granier, as well.
Despite losing Morris Claiborne and Brandon Taylor, the Tiger defensive backfield will still be every bit as good with Tyrann Mathieu, Craig Loston, Tharold Simon and Eric Reid.
Some true freshmen to keep an eye on in the defensive backfield are Derrick Raymond, Jerqwinick Sandolph, Dwayne Thomas and, especially, Corey Thompson.
What I also expect is that near the end of next season players will be talking more and more about how much closer this team is and about the chemistry.
So relax out there Tiger fans. The cupboard is just fine. Bring on spring practice.
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