By Jeff Kubiszyn @JeffKubiszyn on April 9, 2014
The LSU Tigers will need to replace several key players in 2014. LSU fans have been spoiled the last few years watching the likes of Zach Mettenberger, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry and Jeremy Hill lead the offense. On defense, defections to the NFL have left the Tigers thin on experience. Fans will be watching these five players develop for the 2014 season.
Leonard Fournette is the No. 1 rated running back in the country. He is an explosive and exciting player on offense, and he will probably start the season running behind Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee. Don't be surprised if the talented true freshman overtakes Hilliard and Magee, and is a key contributor this fall.
Tiger fans have been spoiled with the likes of Patrick Peterson and Tyrone Mathieu patrolling the secondary in the last few years. Coaches are hoping Tre'Davious White can be the next lockdown corner on campus; White had seven pass breakups and an interception last season. He will most likely draw the opponent's No. 1 receiver.
LSU needs to replace both starting safeties, and one of the top candidates is Jalen Mills. Mills moved from cornerback to safety for LSU's bowl game, and he is a favorite to play there this season. Life will be much easier for LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis if Mills can make a smooth transition.
Anthony Jennings was thrust into the spotlight when Mettenberger went down with a knee injury against Arkansas. Who could forget his game-clinching 99-yard drive in his first significant action of the season? Despite that, Jennings has a lot to prove in 2014. His bowl performance – just 7-19 for 82 yards – leaves much to be desired. He will be under quite a bit of scrutiny this season.
How do you replace stars like Beckham and Landry? With a potential superstar like Malachi Dupre. Dupre comes to Baton Rogue as the nation's top receiver, and he will have a chance to make an immediate impact. His time on the field should only be limited by his ability to pick up the offense. LSU fans are excited about what Dupre can bring to the offense.
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