2013 College Football 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)
WR Jarvis Landry
Running Back

While better running backs may exist elsewhere at other programs, no team has this many quality ball carriers. Hill, Hilliard, Blue, etc. The unit has been taking hits as Michael Ford and Spencer Ware declared early for the NFL while the status of Jeremy Hill may still be in question after some off-the-field issues. Nonetheless, this is still a powerful group with plenty of depth per usual.

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?

DB Craig Loston
Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Zach Mettenberger-Sr (6-5, 230) Stephen Rivers-So (6-8, 230) / Anthony Jennings-Fr (6-2, 205)
FB J.C. Copeland-Sr (6-1, 272) Connor Neighbors-Sr (5-11, 236)
TB Alfred Blue-Sr (6-2, 220) Jeremy Hill-So (6-2, 235) / Kenny Hilliard-Jr (6-0, 231)
WR Odell Beckham-Jr (6-0, 187) Kadron Boone-Sr (6-0, 207)
WR Jarvis Landry-Jr (6-1, 195) James Wright-Sr (6-2, 203)
TE Travis Dickson-Jr (6-3, 230) Dillon Gordon-So (6-5, 280)
OT La'el Collins-Jr (6-5, 321) Evan Washington-Jr (6-6, 324)
OG Josh Williford-Sr (6-7, 332) Jonah Austin-So (6-6, 329)
C Elliott Porter-Jr (6-4, 300) Ethan Pocic-Fr (6-7, 285)
OG Trai Turner-So (6-3, 306) Fehoko Fanaika-Jr (6-6, 340)
OT Vadal Alexander-So (6-6, 350) Jerald Hawkins-RFr (6-6, 300)
K James Hairston-Jr (6-1, 220) Trent Domingue-RFr (6-0, 177) / Colby Delahoussaye-RFr (5-10, 174)
Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Jermauria Rasco-Jr (6-3, 255) Ronnie Feist-So (6-2, 230)
DT Anthony Johnson-Jr (6-3, 294) Christian LaCouture-Fr (6-5, 290)
DT Ego Ferguson-Jr (6-3, 308) Quentin Thomas-So (6-3, 294)
DE Danielle Hunter-So (6-5, 235) Jordan Allen-Jr (6-6, 253)
SLB Tahj Jones-Sr (6-2, 205) Kwon Alexander-So (6-2, 215)
MLB Lamar Louis-So (6-0, 220) D.J. Welter-Jr (6-0, 226)
WLB Lamin Barrow-Sr (6-2, 232) Deion Jones-So (6-2, 202)
CB Jalen Mills-So (6-0, 185) Derrick Raymond-RFr (6-1, 175) / Kavahra Holmes-RFr (6-2, 180)
CB Jalen Collins-So (6-2, 195) Dwayne Thomas-So (6-0, 175)
SS Craig Loston-Sr (6-2, 205) Micah Eugene-So (5-11, 190)
FS Ronald Martin-Jr (6-1, 202) Corey Thompson-So (6-2, 210)
P Jamie Keehn-So (6-4, 222) Trent Domingue-RFr (6-0, 177)


  • The LSU offense is built around its running game and a deep backfield. That formula will continue to be utilized despite some key losses. That's how they roll in Baton Rouge.
  • Quarterback Zach Mettenberger posted three consecutive 250-plus yard passing games down the stretch of 2012.. 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 defensive line has been gutted but there is still talent as always. Getting to the QB hasn't produced the numbers coaches would like.
  • The anchor Kevin Minter took his linebacker skills to the next level. He won't be easily replaced but this unit may turn out to be the strength of the defense especially if Lamin Barrow has a monster campaign.
  • One of the most remarkable concepts in Baton Rouge is the ability to produce extreme top level defensive backs for the NFL. Craig Loston is one of those guys. The rest are still in the learning curve.
  • If every player on defense decided to stick around for another year, this would easily be the most talented defense in America. But they didn't. In fact six of them bolted and now this defense can no longer be looked upon to save the day should the offense continue to sputter.



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