While the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrate another national championship, the LSU Tigers yet again are left wonder why not us. Its one thing to lose due to a talent gap, but to fall short year in and year out due to a lack of execution is completely unacceptable. Les Miles two yards and a cloud of dust philosophy simply will not cut it in 2016.
Its no surprise that the Tigers have the talent to contend for a national title, despite the ongoing uncertainty at quarterback, the offense is loaded with NFL Ready talent. Heisman frontrunner Leonard Fournette led the nation in rushing with 1,953 yards despite missing one game due to the weather and sharing carries with freshman phenom Derrius Guice whose poised to be the next great LSU running back.
Although the Tigers finished last in the SEC in passing yards (179 yd per) and yards per attempt (5.7 yd per) it certainly was not due to a lack of talent at wideout. Plagued by inconsistency at quarterback wideouts Malachi Dupre & Travon Duval were only able to show us glimpses of the impact their size and speed can cause when defense dare too stack the box.. Despite the speed and talent, the Tiger offense will only be as good as the quarterback under center allows them to be. Quarterback Brandon Harris showed glimpses, but can he finally put it together when it counts most in November or is Purdue transfer Danny Etling the answer?
Despite the annual NFL exodus on defense the cupboard is far from bare. The defensive line combined for 34 sacks last year and the depth the Tigers boast in the trenches is downright ridiculous. This talented d-line goes three deep and takes a back seat to no one. Opposing offenses will think twice before testing a back seven that is littered with All American candidates. All SEC linebacker Kendall Beckwith and safety Jamal Adams said no to the NFL and returned for their senior seasons to make 2016 a season to remember.
Nine years ago LSU won a national title, what that team lacked in talent it made up for it with leadership and execution. Last season LSU had the talent but lacked the execution. Fournette may be the unquestioned star, but Harris is the key. The key to the Les Mile era. The key to #BEATBAMA. The key to winning a national championship. Will the Tigers be able to put it all together ? Stay tuned…I know I will.
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