Baton Rouge, LA – Encouraged as an LSU Coach Brian Kelly By his first year at the helm of the Southeastern Conference’s traditional powerhouse, he didn’t appear to downplay the relative uncertainty surrounding the Tigers when fall camp opened.
The coaching staff, which has only one returned assistant – the coach of the offensive line. BradDavies – there are many decisions to be made about the roster, consisting of many new players.
LSU opens its season against Florida State in New Orleans on September 4th. But when camp opened, Kelly said he couldn’t even outline yet which likely starting players would be quarterback, cornerback, or most of the offensive line.
“There are a lot of good and bad things going on in these units, and there are questions that need to be answered,” Kelly said. “Now I’m standing here in front of you feeling pretty good about the players we’ve brought together in a very short amount of time who can go out and play at a very high level in the SEC. But the point is, we have to figure out who these guys are.”
At the end of last season, the Tigers were so weak at quarterback that they had to start at wide receiver. Jontre Kirklinformer high school QB, in Texas Bowl loss to Kansas State.
They now have four QBs to choose from, including two — 23-year-old graduate Mayles Brennan and a redshirt freshman. Garret Nussmeier – who has already played under the center for LSU. They compete with the transfer Jayden Danielswho was a three-year starter at Arizona State, and Walker Howarda desirable freshman recruit.
None of last year’s full-backs returned – not many minor players, for that matter. But Kelly tried to solidify his position by moving the elder to Oklahoma State. Jarrick Bernard-Converse and Ohio State Alumni Transfer Sevyn Banksamong others.
After losing three offensive linemen in the NFL Draft, this division needs to be redesigned. Among those who returned from last season, Cameron Wire is the most experienced with four starts, but was plagued by injuries last season.
“We’re going to make it through camp and have to make some tough decisions and frankly rely on grades at camp to make it through,” Kelly said. “At my age, things are a little different. We used to have guys like that – you know, everyone talks about the depth chart, it’s always open – but you always have a guy assigned somewhere. There aren’t many pencils out there yet. So yes, there is work to be done.”
This uncertainty follows last year’s record of 6-7 in the final season under the coach of the 2019 national champion. Ed Orgeronis the reason that expectations for LSU are lower than usual.
The Tigers finished fifth in the seven-team SEC West Division in the league’s preseason media poll.
But if Kelly gets the starting QB right and the lanes block for him, passing play can become elite. Kelly said Caishon Buttewho wears the number 7 jersey, traditionally awarded to the most talented Louisiana native on the list, looks good when he returns from ankle surgery.
“He’s an explosive player,” Kelly said. “I’m very happy for him because you can see his potential is one of: can he be the best receiver in the country? I think he might be.”
Jack Beck, one of LSU’s top tight end receivers last season, returned as a wide receiver this year. He is recovering from the injury, but Kelly hoped to be back in training a few days after the calf injury.
The current game should be reinforced by a return John Emery A junior who didn’t fit last season. But the band won’t be as deep as expected; Kelly said Three Bradfords was no longer on the team or enrolled at LSU.
Still, Kelly seemed emboldened by the running back corps that had swelled since the Penn State handover spring. Noah Cain.
“I really like the depth of the band when you add Cain to the mix,” said Kelly. “They all have the opportunity to contribute. … I agree with it. I think it’s great. They are all very competitive and all bring something different to the game.”