At LSU's first "veteran" practice, it was the influx of younger talent that turned heads with 10 true freshmen in action.
"Just to have that many guys out there, you can tell, some of those guys are going to be playing this year," senior linebacker Lamin Barrow said. "It's hats off to recruiting, these guys are ready. They're coming in young, fast and hungry."
The offensive pace was quick under first-year LSU coordinator Cam Cameron. His job is to bring out the best of senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger, and make the Tigers offense less predictable.
"He's real detailed oriented, and that makes me as a quarterback, I have to be the exact same," Mettenberger said. "Really we have to be the same person, when he's in the Box and I'm on the field."
Junior wideout Odell Beckham Jr. added, "Little bit more of a pass philosophy, more downfield, a lot of stuff that's new, that we just have to keep working on and get used to that pace."
"It's great to be back," said running back Kenny Hilliard. "We're looking to really throw the ball this year. Zach is becoming a great leader to this offense, and we just gotta go off his lead and be ready to play."
And even though they lost a school-record nine players to the NFL draft, and despite LSU being ranked just 13h in the USA today preseason poll, the Tigers say they embrace the underdog mentality.
"Every year you lose people, and they try to count you out," Barrow said. "But it's all about what we do in the locker room and on the field, we know what we're capable of, and the guys we have are great, and I think we'll go a long way."
Senior running back Alfred Blue added, "We're not worrying about that, we like to be the underdog. We want to shock the world, so us not being a top five team, us being 13, it don't even matter. When we line up against TCU August 31st, we're gonna bring it, and every team after that we're gonna bring it."
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