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No. 1 reason for optimism and concern as LSU looks forward to 2018 season

Ed Orgeron

LSU will enter the 2018 season as one of the most puzzling teams to predict in the nation. No power program may have more major questions to answer than the Tigers.

No. 1 Reason for Optimism:

If the old saying “Games are won or lost in the trenches” holds true, LSU could be OK in 2018. Ed Orgeron made fortifying both lines of scrimmage a priority from the day he got the LSU job and he has delivered.

Two of the top JUCO offensive lineman in the country—Damien Lewis and Badara Traore—were on campus for spring practice, joining a group that is two-deep across the board. Freshmen standouts Saahdiq Charles and Ed Ingram are a year older and Garrett Brumfield returns for his fifth season.

Replacing Will Clapp at center will be difficult, but there are at least three guys that will battle for the honors this fall.

Defensively, you didn’t really think Orgeron, a former D-Line coach, would neglect that unit did you?

Junior Rashard Lawrence should be a candidate for national awards and Texas Tech transfer Breiden Fehoko is eligible and has already been named the starter opposite Lawrence. Ed Alexander and Tyler Shelvin—who was academically ineligible in 2017—will provide the beef on the interior while K’Lavon Chaisson looks like the heir to Arden Key coming off the edge.

This unit is big, talented and deep.

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No. 1 Reason for Concern:

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