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LSU returns virtually its entire offense and should have one of the best offensive lines in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers were hands-down the media favorite to win the West this year.
It seems a no-brainer that quarterback JaMarcus Russell would be the starting quarterback after splitting time last year with Marcus Randall and passing for more than 1,000 yards a year ago. However, he’s been challenged in the spring and fall by sophomore Matt Flynn. Miles said he would name a starter in the week before the Tigers’ first game.
Miles said he believes in physical football and that the Tigers will be balanced between the run and the pass.
“I look for the ability to have big plays and the ability to control the ball on the ground and have a nice, efficient throwing game,” Miles said.
Defensively, the Tigers return seven starters, although they lost two top-notch cornerbacks. Former Opelika High standout Melvin Oliver will be an anchor on the defensive line. LaRon Landry and Jessie Daniels will hold down the safety spots, giving the Tigers a formidable duo there.