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|Stand up and what?|
Stand Up and Roar.
Seriously LSU? That's the best you've got for a slogan for this season.
I can think of a lot better slogans that start with the letter R.
How about Redemption. Reprieve. Revenge. Rejuvenated.
Sad thing is, the last year's regular season was a good as any other team's in several, several years.
But it's that black mark at the end of the season that taints it all.
LSU could have lost to Alabama during the regular season, but beat the Crimson Tide in the BCS game and it would have been a great year (ask Tide fans).
LSU could have lost to Oregon in the season-opener and then run the table, including beating Alabama twice, and it would have been a great season.
But losing to Alabama in the national championship game, especially the way they lost, makes last season a painful one to remember.
Actually, LSU coaches should have gotten a clue how bad it could get in the BCS game after the SEC Championship Game against Georgia.
The Bulldogs raced to a 10-0 lead that could've been even bigger if they hadn't dropped a pair of potential touchdown passes in the first quarter. LSU looked downright awful on offense, going three-and-out on all seven of its possessions before halftime.
The Tigers didn't even have one first down, finishing the half with just 12 total yards.
But Tyrann Mathieu (uh-oh, so much for roar) saved the day, running back a punt 62 yards for a touchdown, setting up another score with a fumble recovery and finally finishing off Georgia with his best play yet — a whirling dervish of a return that led to the decisive TD in a 42-10 victory in the Southeastern Conference title game.
Of course, Mathieu will be running around in something besides purple and gold this year after being dismissed for reportedly failing another drug test. Big loss, but hopefully a more potent offense will pick up that slack.
Getting back to last year, following the Georgia game the offensive troubles were forgotten. Until January, when LSU's offense failed to cross midfield and finished with 92 total yards and five first downs.
But that was then. And this is now, as in Zach Mettenberger.
Now if LSU coaches will just back up their talk from LSU Media Day, such as Offensive Coordinator Greg Studrawa saying:
"I think you'll see play action with different two tight end sets which gets back to involving Chase (Clement), Tyler (Edwards) Nic Jacobs and Travis Dickson. We want to do more of those things and get more of those 1st-and-10s and 2nd-and-medium to get the long rage passes. In third downs it will be more drop backs, and we will let Zach do his thing but still get him involved in first and second down passing and also taking advantage of play action. Zach has the confidence to zip that ball and make those throws, which is what we want to see. We added periods in practice with a play action period, deep ball period and a period specifically to create those situations for Zach and the receivers."
On Mettenberger's confidence ...
"The vertical passing game is part of anyone's passing game but that is where we have struggled. Two shots where we had (Odell) Beckham and Jarvis Landry come down the middle one time, and if you stand in the end zone it looks like it's covered. In the past we check it down, but Zach zipped it right in there through the linebackers and were 60-yard touchdowns. Before, we would never have thrown those balls because it would have been a struggle. That kid sits back there and he will make that throw because he has the confidence to do it. The kids are excited now because he has the confidence to make those throws."
C'mon 2012, Time for some Retribution.
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