It has been six months and 14 days since LSU defeated Notre Dame in the Sugar bowl, but it feels like it has been much longer. The good news is we only have 45 days to wait for the start of the 2007 season.
For the actual football team, the season starts on August 03 when the team reports for Fall practice. It appears at this time that the team will be in great health to start Fall practice. Will Arnold and Keith Zinger missed the 2006 season because of Arnold's knee injury and Zinger's stomach illness, but both will report to Fall practice at near 100 percent health. Charles Alexander and Ryan Miller each missed part of last season because of injuries but should be ready to go full speed when Fall practice begins.
LSU returns a veteran team on both offense and defense, but the team is still considered a young team in my opinion with only six seniors on offense and six seniors on defense in the two-deep depth chart. The seniors on my two-deep depth chart on offense, which is not official, are Matt Flynn, Jacob Hester, Early Doucet, Will Arnold, Keith Zinger and Carnell Stewart. I guess that one could make a case for Alley Broussard and Mit Cole on the two-deep depth chart. The seniors on the two-deep depth chart on defense are Glenn Dorsey, Ali Highsmith, Luke Sanders, Jonathan Zenon, Chevis Jackson and Craig Steltz. Defensive Tyson Jackson will only be a junior in the 2007 season but is projected to be a first round draft pick and, in my opinion, will likely go pro. I really like this LSU football team and the good news is that the 2008 team will be just as talented, and if recruiting continues to go well LSU will be very good for a long time.