Expect LSU's Offense To Produce
The 2014 Tigers offense is considered to be in a rebuilding year, but that will not stop this team from putting up some serious numbers. This 2014 group will be losing their starting quarterback, running back, and two leading receivers from last year's roster. That is going to force some inexperienced players to step up and fill the void. And with four starting linemen returning this year it should really take a load off for the new guys at the skill positions.
Brandon Harris is going to be the play caller this year and has a ton of potential. The 4-star recruit enrolled early this spring and was able to show the LSU faithful what he is capable of during the L-Club Spring Game. He is a dynamic play maker that possesses the ability to manage the game. Not only does Harris have a rocket arm, he is very mobile. With the ability to make plays in the air and on the ground opposing defenses are going to have to watch him closely.
Passing - 2,400 yards, 17 TDs
Rushing - 600 yards, 4 TDs
Harris can throw bombs and blaze past defenders so expect him to put a good amount of points on the board. And with plenty of talent around him, he will have players to finish off drives. The only thing holding him back from scoring more is LSU's ground game. in the red zone, LSU tends to rely on the ground and pound which will take away from Harris' attempts.
The fun with LSU and running the ball is that multiple players haul the load. Terrance Magee will take most of the touches, but expect Kenny Hilliard to grab the touchdowns. Hilliard will be the main back in the red zone and goal line situations so he may not gain a lot of yards, but he will score.
I know people are expecting a lot from Leonard Fournette, myself included, but he will not be receiving immediate action. I thought he would be step in and take control of the backfield, but with such limited time to prove that he is the best back, he will have to wait and prove his worth on the field. He will gradually receive more and more carries as the year goes on so expect some decent numbers this year. Darrel Williams is a name that will not be uttered too much this season, but remember it for years to come. He's a big back with a lot of upside that is shadowed by Fournette so he will be underrated.
Magee - 1,200 yards, 10 TDs
Fournette - 1,200 yards, 10 TDs
Hilliard - 450 yards, 8 TDs
Williams - 300 yards, 2 TDs
Odell and Jarvis are gone, but there is no need to worry. Malachi Dupre and Trey Quinn will step in and see immediate playing time with such an inexperienced receiving corps. Dupre will be the main target next to Travin Dural and Quinn will get a lot of work in the slot. After those three players it is pretty much a guessing game. Guys Like Tony Upchurch and D.J. Chark will come in the fall and state their case amongst the returning guys like John Diarse. It will be interesting to see which players step up into that four or five spot since it is wide open.
Dupre - 850 yards, 7 TDs
Dural - 700 yards, 3 TDs
Quinn - 500 yards, 5 TDs
With such a young group of players on offense, most people would think this team will not have the talent to be as exciting as they were last season. But i think this talented bunch can and will be scary good. I'm so excited to see what this offense has in store for us LSU fans next season and I hope you will be able to see what I had the pleasure of seeing during the spring.