LSU Football 2019 Preview
By Mario Jeréz
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Not much was expected from the LSU Tigers last season, but they posted an impressive 10-3 record, nonetheless. The reigning Fiesta Bowl champions finished last season ranked number six in the final rankings, the Tigers’ highest finish since 2012. Several contributors are back for 2019 and multiple players from the incoming freshmen class could make an impact right away.
LSU will return eight of its offensive starters, including quarterback Joe Burrow. LSU fans have waited a long time for its next championship-caliber QB, and they might finally have him. The Ohio native is the second player in school history to lead the Tigers to 10 wins in his first year as a starter and the first to lead LSU to four wins over Top Ten ranked teams in a season.
Now, Burrow’s had a full offseason to build on his success, and he’ll be happy to have some of his friends back. LSU’s top five receivers from 2018 are all back and the offensive line will return four out of five starters.
On defense, LSU will have big shoes to fill as linebacker Devin White and cornerback Greedy Williams have made the leap to the NFL. However, the unit still returns eight starters and has potential to be one of the nation’s best.
Grant Delpit is a star at safety and will continue to wreak havoc on opposing offenses after his five interceptions led the Southeastern Conference last season. The Tigers also have experience along the defensive line, with seniors Rashard Lawrence and Breiden Fehoko leading the way.
LSU also has high hopes for its most recent recruiting class. Rivals.com ranked freshman cornerback Derek Stingley the number one recruit in the class of 2019, and he’ll join Delpit in LSU’s defensive backfield.
Destrehan High Schools’s John Emery, Jr. also has lofty expectations at running back. And Baton Rouge native Kardell Thomas has all the tools to become an elite offensive lineman.
Ed Orgeron also expanded his coaching staff when the Tigers hired Joe Brady away from his assistant coaching job with the New Orleans Saints. Brady is LSU’s new passing game coordinator and will heavily influence LSU’s offense.
The Tigers have the talent and the depth to compete for a national championship this year. They’ll will try to take the first step towards that on August 31, when LSU hosts Georgia Southern.