I wanted to write about the LSU Spring Football Game, but not about the stats because it doesn't count anyway. I will instead focus on who made an impression on me.
I was so busy last week and did not get to my football thoughts with the way the baseball team has played the last two weekends and of course the departure of Trent Johnson from the basketball team. Now a busy time for the Tigers has forced me to get off my sofa and in front of my laptop to blog about these events of the last few days.
First up, the departure of Trent Johnson from LSU to TCU maybe did the former a favor. Nobody now has to be embarrased a year later. I never thought after four so-so years at LSU the Johnson would be marketable as a coach, but his style will be a good fit at TCU, a modest private institution like Stanford where he thrived. The move to the Big XII - a change of scenery - will also benefit Trent.
As far as a replacement, Johnny Jones would be a good hire. Yet with all the other names being mentioned, Jones is not my first choice. I'll leave it at that.
Now that the spring is over for the football team, I have a couple of thoughts on seeing Zach Mettenberger as head of the first unit offense as well as some of the players who really impressed me including some of the early entry freshmen.
Mettenberger showed why I thought all along why I felt that he should have been given the opportunity to compete for the starting job last season. Zach really looked good, but I do hope he does calm down the gunslinger mentality a little bit. The interceptions, or a least the first one in the end zone did bother me; the second one was tipped to Lamar Louis, whom I will mention later.
The one thing I did like is the way he was getting all four White Team recievers into the mix. Odell Beckham, Jr. is in prime form already, and Jarvis Landry, when healthy, will be the other guy to watch.
Mettenberger threw a nice pass to Russell Shepard, another potential go to guy, but the one who was finally able to show what he can offer most is James Wright, whom I covered extensively as a reporter and play-by play guy while he was at Belle Chasse.
Wright for the last two seasons has slowly progressed, but it is like a light switch was turned on all of a sudden. His spring action has so impressed Les Miles and the offensive staff enough to make him the "X" reciever going into the fall. He can be the big receiver in size and production even to replace Rueben Randall.
I heard something on the Baton Rouge ESPN Radio affiliate that really stuck in my mind and it is so true. One of the talk show hosts said that he is tired of hearing of James Wright's potential, and that now is the time to put up or shut up. I just ask of Wright to continue on the path he is on now.
The running backs on both teams prove that the Tigers have so many that can do so much, it did not matter what the side they were on in the spring finale. I was the most impressed by Kenny Hilliard because he was able to run all over the first team defense.
The defense will be fine, of course, but the two that showed me that they will get extensive time as true freshmen are the two early entry guys, linebackers Lamar Louis, and Ronnie Feist. The speed Louis had on his pick-six interception, and the play-after-play intensity of Feist will be great additions to the linbacker corps.
The baseball team has been on a tear as of late. After dropping two of three at Auburn, LSU swept then #3 Arkansas at home then went to Gainesville to grab two of three from the top-ranked Gators.
Paul Mainieri has gotten great production out of what he has with all the injuries on the team.
Freshman weekend starter Aaron Nola is scheduled to return on next Sunday against Alabama, but a case has to be made for sophomore Kurt McCune's putting in five good innings against Florida on Thursday night. McCune's name must brought up as far as the rotation possibly in postseason for sure.