2013 College Football Early Preview
OFFENSE: Chase Clement-TE, Josh Dworaczyk-OT, P.J. Lonergan-C, Alex Hurst-OT, Drew Alleman-K, Michael Ford-RB (NFL), Spencer Ware-RB (NFL)
DEFENSE: Josh Downs-DT, Lavar Edwards-DE, Bennie Logan-DT (NFL), Barkevious Mingo-DE (NFL), Kevin Minter-LB (NFL), Sam Montgomery-DE (NFL), Eric Reid-FS (NFL), Tharold Simon-CB (NFL), Brad Wing-P (NFL)
RB Spencer Ware
- declared for NFL -
Running Back / NFL Defense

While better running backs may exist elsewhere at other programs, no team has this many quality ball carriers. Ware, Hill, Hilliard, Blue, Ford, etc. Perusing this defensive depth chart (below) may cause some confusion as to whether we are talking college or NFL football. The sheer amount of superior experience and talent on this side of ball is absolutely insane.

Quarterback / Passing Game

The long term issues and question marks behind center in Baton Rouge just don't make sense. Les Miles is undoubtedly a great coach but producing quality quarterbacks has been his downfall. Zach Mettenberger transferred into the program and offered a ray of hope. Thus far the experiment still has no concrete answers for the SEC's second worst passing attack. However there was some promise down the stretch of 2012. Can it continue?

LB Kevin Minter
- declared for NFL -
* DEPTH CHARTS were only designed as a simplistic gauge for listing players that departed and players that received the most playing experience (consistent starters). NationalChamps.net recognizes the importance of missing personnel data not listed such as redshirts, transfers, injuries, incoming recruits, back ups and alternates. Their coverage will begin with our full 2013 Preseason Preview due out this coming spring.
Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Zach Mettenberger-Sr Stephen Rivers-So
FB J.C. Copeland-Sr Connor Neighbors-Jr
TB Jeremy Hill-So Kenny Hilliard-Jr / Alfred Blue-Sr
WR Kadron Boone-Sr James Wright-Sr
WR Odell Beckham-Jr Jarvis Landry-Jr
TE Travis Dickson-Jr Nic Jacobs-Jr
OT .. ..
OG La'el Collins-Jr ..
C .. ..
OG Trai Turner-So Josh Williford-Sr
OT Vadal Alexander-So ..
K .. ..
Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Jermauria Rasco-Jr ..
DT Anthony Johnson-Jr Ego Ferguson-Jr
DT .. ..
DE .. ..
SLB Lamar Louis-So Luke Muncie-Sr / Kwon Alexander-So
MLB .. ..
WLB Lamin Barrow-Sr Deion Jones-So
CB Jalen Mills-So Jalen Collins-So
CB .. ..
SS Craig Loston-Sr Micah Eugene-So / Corey Thompson-So
FS Ronald Martin-Jr ..
P .. ..


  • The LSU offense is built around its running game and a deep backfield. That formula will never be more evident than what 2013 is likely to offer as literally six different players can carry the rock on any given day.
  • Quarterback Zach Mettenberger posted three consecutive 250-plus yard passing games down the stretch of 2012 before struggling in the finale. LSU must continue to build on these positives in order to get his team back to an SEC title.
  • Receivers have developed a horrible case of the drops. They make spectacular plays and then botch the simple ones. Without some improvement with the guys catching passes LSU will continue to be what it is...a low scoring, defensive minded operation.
  • The rotation of fresh faces on the defensive line will continue to make LSU a run stuffing machine. Getting to the QB hasn't produced the numbers coaches would like but that aspect should be a bright spot if guys like Mingo and Montgomery decide to stick around for their senior year.
  • All-American middle linebacker Kevin Minter is impossible to block and doesn't miss tackles.
  • One of the most remarkable concepts in Baton Rouge is the ability to produce extreme top level defensive backs for the NFL. Eric Reid is one of those guys. Loston and Simon are not far behind.
  • If every player on defense decided to stick around for another year, this would easily be the most talented defense in America.



Aug. 31 - TCU @Arlington, TX
Sept. 7 - UAB
Sept. 14 - Kent State
Sept. 21 - Auburn
Sept. 28 - at Georgia
Oct. 5 - at Mississippi State
Oct. 12 - Florida
Oct. 19 - at Ole Miss
Oct. 26 - Furman
Nov. 9 - at Alabama
Nov. 23 - Texas A&M
Nov. 30 - Arkansas