At media day, an LSU insider said, "I don't know how many games we are going to win, but we are really good."
At LSU, Les Miles and the Tigers have an embarrassment of riches.
Lacking any experience at the backup quarterback position, LSU welcomed quarterback Rob Bolden who transfered from Penn State days before the start of fall practice. Bolden comes to Baton Rouge knowing that the starting job belongs to Zach Mettenberger, who is likely penciled in for the next two seasons.
Mettenberger would have to play poorly, get injured or declare for the NFL draft for Bolden to be the starter at any time in the next two seasons.
Offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa calls the 2012 LSU offensive line the best since he's been here. The two tackles, Alex Hurst and Chris Faulk of Northshore High, appear to have NFL futures.
LSU's depth at running back is downright crazy. The Tigers return Spencer Ware, Michael Ford, Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard. More than a few eyebrows have been raised this summer when head coach Les Miles says he would like to pare his running back rotation to two, with a third "fresh" runner for late in the game.
If Miles sticks to his plan, where does that leave true freshman Jeremy Hill of Redemptorist? Hill is 230 pounds of pure wrecking ball. When asked to describe his running style, Hill said he's more of a "slasher."
When we get to see Hill is anybody's guess.
On defense, LSU lost cornerback Morris Claiborne to the NFL (Cowboys, 6th pick overall). Yet, LSU's starting corners are Tyrann Mathieu of St. Aug and Tharold Simon.
Eric Reid is one of the best safeties in America.
The defensive line is led by two stars, Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery.
The field goal kicker, Drew Alleman, returns after a 16 for 18 performance last season.
Punter Brad Wing was named first-team All-American as a redshirt freshman in 2011.
After a very fast start at LSU, Les Miles' program took a dip in 2008 and 2009. Recruiting, the defense, the offensive line and quarterback play all slipped.
Miles has a record of 75 wins, 18 losses at LSU. Nine of those losses came in those two years. Miles is 31-14 against the top 25. Six of those defeats occurred in the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
But, Les has righted the ship. He hired John Chavis as his defensive coordinator and then keeps raising his pay so no other school will pilfer him.
And LSU recruiting has ramped up considerably.
The Tigers have produced three first round picks the past two seasons (Patrick Peterson, Morris Claiborne, and Michael Brockers).
But that could pale to what might happen in the 2013 draft. Mathieu, Mingo, Montgomery and Reid could be first round picks.
If Mettenberger has a stellar season, he is also draft eligible.
Much this offseason has been made of a possible LSU hangover from the 21-0 whipping the Tigers suffered at the hands of Alabama in the BCS championship game.
But Les Miles has long since put that game in the rearview mirror.
All the LSU head coach has to do is peruse his roster to understand that another chance or two at the national title could be in his immediate future.
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