Just prior to ESPN’s coverage of the LSU Spring Game Saturday, analyst Jesse Palmer indicated the Tigers and Oklahoma were his choices to meet in the next BCS title tilt.
While college Spring Games are conservative in play calling, hitting…and rules…there appeared to be enough indication the Tigers will be up to the challenge again this year…coming off an 11-2 campaign where they gave away a berth to a BCS Bowl at season’s end. It won’t be easy evading the multiple land mines on the SEC plains, not to mention a September 3rd opener with the Ducks of Oregon in Big D.
Defense was the stalwart of Tiger football in 2010 …which was most convenient since their offense – particularly in the passing game – was anemic. This year the “O” may hold up their end. RB Spencer Ware was most impressive Saturday, scoring a touchdown in each half. He’s also a top-notch outfielder on the LSU baseball squad and the broadcast team of Chris Fowler, Todd Blackledge and Jenn Brown were generous in their praise on his ability to do both well. Liked how he looked.
While QB Jordan Jefferson may still lead the Tigers into battle once more (which won’t please most of Tiger Nation), he has had multiple chances to put the position out of reach. A chance to take his job will surely be offered to transfer Zach Mettenberger…a second chance for him even though he just arrived.
Mettenberger’s story runs eerily parallel to Auburn’s Cam Newton…trouble at a rival SEC school, banishment to a junior college, a return to the SEC…all Zach needs now is (in order) the starting job, another scandal and wham-o…Heisman Trophy and National Championship. He did display some accuracy and arm strength. Having entered school early, he had a chance to work with the squad during their bowl prep last year and that should certainly help accelerate his chances for the Fall.
The most surprising part of the telecast was “foodie” Blackledge, known far and wide as having the largest and most diverse appetite of ESPN’s analysts…saying sideline reporter Brown ate more crawfish at Friday night’s cookout than anyone else…including himself. I don’t know the caloric content of crawfish but Jenn does not look to be someone who would win any type of competitive eating contest regardless of the calories.
It was the warmest day yet this year in Baton Rouge…and the expectations for another great season at LSU heated up as well.