It’s like a rush of adrenaline. It’s Death Valley. It’s Saturday Night. pic.twitter.com/E1sp150NJH
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) April 19, 2017
LSU has released the hype video for their spring game on 22 April 2017. It is narrated by Kevin Faulk, Lamin Barrow, and includes the iconic “It’s Saturday night in Death Valley”. The video gave me chills and really got me ready to run through a fucking wall!
Coming into the spring game, there are still a few questions to be answered.
- This will be Coach Orgeron’s first full season as the Tigers coach. When he replaced Les Miles last season, he really provided a spark for the entire team. From everything that I’ve heard from the locker room, he is a player’s coach and the players responded accordingly. With bringing in Matt Canada as the Offensive Coordinator seems like a smart play. Last year at Pitt, Canada’s offense averaged 227.1 passing yards a game and 2.2 touchdowns, and 225.1 rushing yards a game with 2.8 rushing touchdowns. That seems like a very balanced offense. With Derrius Guice running the ball, anything is possible!
- Speaking of Derrius Guice! Last year the Tigers were fortunate that when Leonard Fournette went down with an injury, Guice stepped in and fill some big shoes. As a sophomore, Fournette broke the LSU single-season rushing record. Last season, Guice ran for 1,387 yards and lead the entire SEC as the leading rusher. He scored 15 rushing touchdowns last year, with 8 of those coming from over 20 yards out. 5 of those were from 40+ yards! He only played in 12 games, only starting 6 of those. He also won these awards last season: 2016 Citrus Bowl MVP, 2016 First Team All-America (Scout), 2016 First Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches, Associated Press), 2016 Second Team All-SEC – All Purpose (SEC Coaches), 2016 Walter Camp National Player of the Week (at Texas A&M), and 2016 SEC Offensive Player of the Week (vs. Missouri, at Arkansas, at Texas A&M) So the two biggest questions are: Can he repeat his performance in 2017, or will there be a regression? If Guice gets injured, who steps up in the rushing game?
- The battle at QB. Reports are saying that it is Danny Etling’s job to lose. With that being said, he is the only rostered QB with 2 or more passes in the NCAA. Also on the depth chart are Justin McMillan, redshirt freshman Lindsey Scott, and true freshman Lowell Narcisse. So who here is the backup? Who plays if Etling begins to falter?
- Will linebacker Arden Key return to the team? Key has stepped away from football for “personal reasons”. No one really knows why, or if they do, they ain’t saying. In 2016, Key broke the all-time LSU sack record with 12. He is a junior this year and is expected to be a “high draft pick” in 2018. If Key doesn’t come back, who replaces him? When he does come back (fingers crossed), how effective will he be after missing all of the spring? He does have returning defensive coordinator, Dave Aranda calling the shots, so he should be able to slide into a defensive scheme that he is already comfortable with.
This season, defensive lineman Christian LaCouture will wear the number 18 jersey.
“Jersey No. 18 was an LSU tradition established in 2003 when Quarterback Matt Mauck guided LSU to the National Championship. After Mauck’s final season, he passed jersey No. 18 to running back Jacob Hester who helped LSU win the 2007 National Championship. The jersey became synonymous with success on and off the field as well as having a selfless attitude. Each season, a Tiger player is voted to wear the No. 18 jersey.