Gone to the NFL are a 3,000-yard passer and a pair of 1,000-yard receivers, so what will LSU's offense look like this year?
"We really don't know yet," senior running back Kenny Hilliard said. "That's why we're here for the Spring, kinda like to see where we're at."
Under first-year coordinator Cam Cameron last fall, a high-flying passing attack shined with Zach Mettenberger threading needles to Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham, Jr., but in 2014, the Tiger "O", featuring inexperience at quarterback and wide receiver, will have to rely even more on a physical, ground-and-pound running attack.
"We're ready for it," senior running back Terrence Magee said. "They're doing a great job of getting us reps, Coach Frank doing a great job of explaining things to us. We know that in the backfield and on the offensive line up front, we're gonna have to carry our weight because we're gonna be the strength of the team. We're looking forward to embracing that challenge."
Senior left tackle La'el Collins added, "This running game is going to be a dominant aspect of our team because we've got great backs, great offensive linemen, we're learning a lot as a unit from technique things to small things. It's all just kinda coming together, and I just think that with the experience we have in the backfield, that's definitely going to help us out."
Veteran running backs Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee will shoulder the load, after combining for 936 yards and 15 touchdowns last fall, along with highly-regarded incoming freshman and New Orleans native Leonard Fournette. The trio will try to replace the production of NFL-bound Jeremy Hill, who rushed for 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns last year.
"We have a great tradition of backs here, and each one of us has to be mentally prepared to play," Hilliard said. "I think when Fournette gets here, it's gonna be great. It will be me, him and Terrence back there, and with our gifts and talent, we can just handle our offense and just run it."