Here’s our first milestone of the college football offseason, Tiger Nation: The 2013 edition of the SEC’s media days is coming up just around the corner, beginning on July 16.
While LSU will not actually be taking the podium until the third day of the event, on July 18, we now know the three players who will be representing the 2013 Tigers squad.
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Mettenberger, who spent time at Georgia and then at the junior college level before transferring to LSU prior to the 2012 season, disappointed in his first year under center. You can bet that with only one more season to make his mark on the Tigers record books – not to mention try to beat Bama – most questions directed his way will be on his relationship with new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Hopefully, we as fans can glean some real insight into how working with the former NFL assistant has improved his abilities as a passer.
With all the ability in the world, even receiver Jarvis Landry can’t guarantee he’ll make a grab as spectacular as the one depicted in the photo above. That touchdown catch was one of the highlights of the entire 2012 college football season. Expect questions about his practice time working with both Mettenberger and Cameron. Yes, the Tigers boast a stable of talented running backs, but the entire nation is moving to a more passing-oriented mindset. Eventually, Landry’s No. 80 is going to be called upon, and he can impress everyone watching with a confident showing at Media Days.
Finally, safety Craig Loston. Coach Les Miles watched a record number of underclassmen leave Baton Rouge for the NFL, but the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder was not among them. His 55 tackles were good for fifth on the team a year ago, but he is going to be asked to take on a larger captaincy role in 2013. How he is handling the responsibility in the film room, the weight room and on the practice field will go a long way towards a successful 2013 season. Expect questions on how he has developed as a leader.