By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on September 2, 2014
In a lot of ways, the LSU Tigers were fortunate to come away with a win in their season opener against the Wisconsin Badgers. They did not look good in the first half and needed a second half comeback against a one-dimensional Wisconsin team to secure the win. Nevertheless, we did learn a great deal about the Tigers, and here are five things we can take away from their win over Wisconsin.
The LSU secondary may have been the team's most impressive unit in the opener against Wisconsin. Granted, Wisconsin's receivers aren't that good, but Tre'Davious White looked great in coverage, while both Ronald Martin and Jalen Mills had interceptions. When Rashard Robinson returns to the playing field, the Tigers should have one formidable secondary.
Some were calling Fournette the next Adrian Peterson prior to his first collegiate game, and he's obviously not to that level yet. Of course, the LSU running game as a whole struggled to get going until the fourth quarter, which is part of the reason why Fournette finished with 18 yards on eight carries. He'll obviously get more chances, but he's not yet the star many predicted he would be after his first game.
There's a chance that all of the great defensive linemen the Tigers have sent to the NFL in recent years may be catching up with them. John Chavis always has small but speedy linebackers, but the Tigers may be lacking enough big bodies up front to protect those linebackers against the run. Wisconsin had no trouble running between the tackles until LSU moved more people into the box, and this is a concern worth watching in the weeks to come.
There's little experience among the LSU wide receivers but there's definitely talent, and this is going to be an exciting group to watch. Travin Dural could be a big playmaker and may have the most experience of the group with 10 career catches. Redshirt freshman John Diarse has good size and a great set of hands, which could make him a receiver to look for in key spots. Trey Quinn also flashed his talent and ability in the season opener.
Anthony Jennings made a couple big throws against Wisconsin, but that hides the fact that he completed just nine of his 21 passes, which isn't going to be good enough in the SEC. Jennings needs to be more efficient, especially on short passes, and if he can't do that he'll keep true freshman Brandon Harris in the competition for the spot. Harris' drive in the season opener didn't go too well, so he has a lot of work ahead of him as well.
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