I used to start getting jacked up for football about May. I used to spend countless hours watching old games, reading all the different magazines, and absorbing whatever nuggets I could.
Now, I generally try to wait until August before I start getting giddy. I figured, if the players are getting into game shape now, it was good enough for me to wait also. Plus, having a kid makes you devote your time to Elmo and Doc McStuffins. And there is this pesky thing called a job…
At any rate, players reported yesterday and fall camp begins tomorrow, so consider this Thanksgiving with Christmas just around the corner. The calendar is playing a cruel joke on us this year, with Labor Day being as late as it possibly could be. Just another week of anticipation!
Here are some thoughts as we begin the preseason in earnest:
- How will Schottenheimer run the offense? If there is one thing about an NFL offensive mind, compared to a college offensive mind, it doesn’t get too creative. Now, Richt (and Bobo) aren’t exactly Picasso when it comes to offensive creativity, but they have their moments. One thing I have noticed about LSU the past couple of seasons is gone are the days of LSU doing anything too crazy on offense. I remember watching the LSU-Ole Miss game last year, and although LSU won, it was an ugly game. For long stretches, it was like watching the LSU tailbacks run into a brick wall. I kept on waiting for one of those crazy Les Miles plays. It never happened. Ricobo (we’ll see how this sticks) were more traditional in their approach, but at times did do creative things to spark the team. Remember that long run by Aaron Murray against Tennessee in 2013 when everyone got hurt and nothing else seemed to work?
Scoring a ton of points is the new normal in the SEC…but there is inevitably going to be a 24-17 kind of slugfest game, and if the offense is stagnant, will Schotty’s mind be able to dial up a play to get something going?
- Someone new at wide receiver? The receiving corps talent and depth is at low point. Sure, there are some talented guys there. Malcolm Mitchell and Isaiah McKenzie have explosive speed, and Justin Scott-Wesley has been a target in the past. But gone are sure-handed Michael Bennett and Chris Conley. I don’t have stats to back me up, but it seemed like every single reception for Bennett converted a first down. Of the newcomers coming in, the most highly touted recruit is 5 star Terry Godwin, but he seems like he is more like McKenzie with speed but not a lot of size. I’d be curious to see if Michael Chigbu from New Orleans can be that guy. Not often LSU lets one of their in-state guys get away, and he has good size at 6’2″ and 211 lbs.
- Obligatory Quaterback thoughts: This is the talk of the offseson, but I think Brice Ramsey is the man. He has highly sought after coming out of high school. If Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and other big time programs want someone, they are generally pretty good. And Ricobo have a good track record of developing quarterbacks. I think Grayson Lambert will provide good depth, but when it comes crunch time, Brice Ramsey is the man.
Surely there are more thoughts, but these are the pressing ones. Just a little while longer now…