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2004 LSU Tigers Football Season Preview
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Posted Aug 13, 2004
Last Season's Record:
: 13-1 (SEC Champions, No. 2 AP, No. 1 ESPN/USA Today)
Last Bowl Appearance:
2004 Sugar Bowl BCS National Championship game (21-14 victory over
Sept. 18 @Auburn; Oct. 2 @Georgia; Oct. 9 @Florida
are pre-season all-SEC picks; OT
are future NFL players;
is among the nation’s best punt returners
The Tigers signed the top two receiver prospects in the country in
was a Parade All-American, and OL
was on the second team.
entered the NFL a year early as was a first-round draft pick. DE
also left with a year of eligibility remaining. The outgoing senior class included draft picks WR
, Sugar Bowl and SEC Championship game MVP, returns after one of the most memorable freshman seasons in college football. Spears and Webster would probably have been drafted had they opted to skip their final year of eligibility. LB
is an unsung element on the
defense, and FS
is the next up-and-coming player.
2004 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
The focus is on who will replace Mauck. Senior
has been given the reins and will have to stay ahead of the learning curve for redshirt freshman
. Although Clayton and Henderson are gone, there is more big play potential among younger receivers like Amp Hill,
and the true freshmen. Look for the Tigers to be effective on the ground with Vincent, which should open things up for the passing game as the QBs develop.
The vacancies along the defensive line are most glaring, but the reserves have seen a lot of playing time. The development of new backups in the trenches will be important. The linebacking corps should be solid with Turner leading the way, and the secondary is the unit’s strength.
Special Teams Overview:
Skyler Green is a threat to score on punts, and there may be another promising returning among the freshmen. Place-kicking may be a rotating task again between
, and a new punter will have to replace four-year starter and NFL draft choice Donnie Jones.
The Tigers could have another run at the SEC Title if...
they can erase question marks with respect to consistency at quarterback and a young wide receiver corps. Defensively, the Tigers return 7 starters but some talented young players are going to have to show their mettle early for LSU to play well on that side of the ball.
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