2004 SEC Football Preview: LSU

2004 SEC Football Preview: LSU

The LSU Tigers are back to defend their 2003 national championship, and Vanderbilt has a date in Baton Rouge on October 30. As part of our 2004 SEC Football Previews, here's a capsule look at Coach Nick Saban's Bayou Bengals.

COACHING

Head Coach: Nick Saban (Career Rec: 82-39-1)
Offensive Coordinator: Jimbo Fisher
Defensive Coordinator: Will Muschamp

2003 Record: 13-1 overall (7-1 SEC)

2003 NCAA STATS RANKINGS

Total Offense: 31st (418.4)
Rushing Offense: 27th (185.7)
Passing Offense: 43rd (232.6)
Scoring Offense: 19th (33.9)
Total Defense:1st (252.0)
Rushing Defense: 3rd (67.0)
Pass Defense: 18th (185.0)
Scoring Defense: 1st (11.0)

STARTERS RETURNING

Offense (6):


LT Andrew Whitworth (6-7, 325, Jr.)
LG Nate Livings (6-5, 313, Jr.)
C Ben Wilkerson (6-4, 296, Sr.)
*RB Justin Vincent (5-10, 208, So.)
TE David Jones (6-4, 259, Jr.)
WR Skyler Green (5-9, 190, Jr.)

Defense (7):


LE Marcus Spears (6-4, 297, Sr.)
LT Kyle Williams (6-3, 288, Jr.)
MLB Lionel Turner (6-2, 257, Sr.)
WLB Cameron Vaughn (6-4, 220, Jr.)
*LCB Corey Webster (6-0, 201, Sr.)
FS LaRon Landry (6-2, 180, So.)
RCB Travis Daniels (6-1, 187, Sr.)
* All-Star Candidates

Roster

TEAM STRENGTHS

Linebacker, coaching.

TEAM QUESTION MARKS

Quarterback, defensive line.

KEY GAME

Oct 2, at Georgia. This will be a matchup of what should be the two top teams in the conference.

HEAD COACH'S COMMENTS

"Any success we've had at LSU is product of lot of people making tremendous commitment, great fans, supporters, administration been fantastic, led by Skip Bertman, who certainly knows how to win been very helpful in what we've been able to accomplish. We feel fortunate to be in situation we're in."

"Our team this year has adopted the LSU way, things like team together, work to dominate the challenges of your opponents, do something everyday to postiviely affect another teammate, be a champion on and off the field. Proud of last year's team for making those goals, all contribute to being successful."

"Would like to explain the challenges of last year vs. this year. Last year was a mountain climb, were fortunate to plant the flag in the mountain and win the national championship, that is history, something will be there forevermore. This year we have won zero games, we are at base camp at bottom of mountain, in the valley, looking up at challenge of the climb, it is treacherous, difficult, our ability to prepare will contribute to the success. That's how we try to couch this to our team."

VandyMania Projection

2004 SCHEDULE AND GAME PREDICTIONS


Sept. 4 OREGON STATE, W 38-21
Sept. 11 ARKANSAS STATE, W 45-7
Sept. 18 at Auburn, L 21-17
Sept. 25 MISSISSIPPI STATE, W 38-7
Oct. 2 at Georgia, L 13-10
Oct. 9 at Florida, L 21-17
Oct. 23 TROY STATE, W 34-13
Oct. 30 VANDERBILT, W 41-17
Nov. 13 ALABAMA, W 24-10
Nov. 20 OLE MISS, W 38-21
Nov. 27 at Arkansas, W 31-21

VandyMania's 2004 LSU prediction: 8-3, (5-3 SEC)

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