Talent remains at reloaded LSU

Posted: July 30, 2013 at 12:37 a.m.

LSU coach Les Miles speaks Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, on the sidelines during the second quarter against Arkansas at Razorback Stadium.

LSU’s defense took a big hit in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Tigers At a Glance

LAST SEASON 10-3, 6-2 (tied for second) in SEC West

COACH Les Miles (85-21 in eight seasons at LSU, 113-42 in 12 seasons overall)

RETURN STARTERS 8 offense, 3 defense

KEY PLAYERS QB Zach Mettenberger, RB Alfred Blue, LB Lamin Barrow, SS Craig Loston

SEC TITLE SCENARIO LSU could be a surprise contender for the SEC title if Mettenberger has a big senior season and the defense gets a lift from several new, but talented starters. It should be helpful the Tigers have open dates before playing Alabama and Texas A&M.

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