2014 LSU: A Team To Be Reckoned With?
By Dan Harralson
Year number 10.
That's right, it's the tenth season for Les Miles on The Bayou. It's been an enjoyable first nine seasons covering Miles – and his quotes.
95 wins, two SEC championships and one national championship later, Miles is still enjoyable at SEC Media Days.
Miles talked about anything and everything Wednesday at Media Day, from a family vacation, to his cable provider finally carrying the upcoming SEC Network, to his love for this year's LSU team.
Zach Mettenberger gone. Jeremy Hill gone. Odell Beckham, Jr. gone. Jarvis Landry gone.
Okay, you get the picture that LSU loses a lot of talent from last year's team, but Les Miles and his players came to Hoover, Ala. and told the SEC that they will be a force to be reckoned with.
The quarterback race will be interesting and appears to be between sophomore Anthony Jennings and true freshman early enrollee Brandon Harris.
"It will be an exciting race from start to finish," Miles told reporters at SEC Media Days.
Miles did not talk much about the quaterback race, but he did talk mostly about the incoming freshman that should make an early impact. Leonard Fournette, Brandon Harris, Malachi Dupri and Clifton Garrett were all mentioned by Miles.
LSU running back Terrence Magee was also in Hoover representing the Tigers, and he had strong words for fellow running back Leonard Fournette – calling him the next Adrian Peterson.
The praise did not end there. Miles brought up the MJ discussion – yes that MJ.
"Leonard Fournette is doing exactly what he should be doing – quiet, not assuming. Humble in his approach," said Miles. "Michael Jordan wasn't coached to be Michael Jordan."
Fournette is a reason why Miles and his LSU team feel that they are a sleeper in the conference this year. "Look at the preseason picks for Auburn in 2013," Miles said. "While you're at it look at the preseason picks for (Texas) A&M in 2012. "I like us, I like us in every game. Fournette will have a big impact year for us. We're on the cusp of competing for championships. Turnovers played a big part in keeping us from doing that last year."
Magee concluded LSU's Media Days session with his prediction of the highly touted freshman running back that may stick in the heads of SEC opponents. "Fournette will be one of the best to ever wear an LSU uniform."
2014 LSU Schedule Breakdown
Wins: Wisconsin, Sam Houston State, UL-Monroe, New Mexico State, Florida, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Texas A&M
Toss-ups: Mississippi State, Auburn, Alabama