2023 College Football Catalog: Previewing the LSU Tigers


Oct 22, 2022; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Mississippi Rebels during the second half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Just like the NFL season is right around the corner, college campuses are preparing to welcome back their football squads for the fall season.

As the summer progresses we will be taking a look into how many of the FBS college football programs fared in 2022, what they did during the offseason, and how they can find success during the 2023 season. Today, we move deeper into the SEC, discussing the LSU Tigers.

Other SEC previews:

Big 12 previews:

Big 10 previews:

Overview

LSU Tigers
Tigers Head Coach Brian Kelly during the LSU Tigers Spring Game at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA. SCOTT CLAUSE/USA TODAY NETWORK. Saturday, April 22, 2023. Lsu Spring Football

2022 Results

  1. L vs. Florida State, 23-24
  2. W vs. Southern, 65-17
  3. W vs. Mississippi State, 31-16
  4. W vs. New Mexico, 38-0
  5. W @ Auburn, 21-17
  6. L vs. (8) Tennessee, 13-40
  7. W @ Florida, 45-35
  8. W vs. (7) Ole Miss, 45-20
  9. W vs. (6) Alabama, 32-31
  10. W @ Arkansas, 13-10
  11. W vs. UAB, 41-10
  12. L @ Texas A&M, 23-38
  13. L vs. (1) Georgia, 30-50 (SEC Championship)
  14. W vs. Purdue, 63-7 (Citrus Bowl)
    Overall Record: 10-4 (6-2)

2022 All-SEC Members

  • OL Will Campbell (Second-Team)
  • DL B.J. Ojulari (First-Team)
  • LB Harold Perkins (Second-Team)

Recent Vikings Draft Picks

  • DB Jay Ward (2023 Draft; R4, P134)
  • DL Jaquelin Roy (2023 Draft; R5, P141)
  • OL Ed Ingram (2022 Draft; R2, P59)
  • WR Justin Jefferson (2020 Draft; R1, P22)
  • EDGE Danielle Hunter (2015 Draft; R3, P88)

2023 Draft Selections

  • R2, P41: DE B.J. Ojulari (Arizona Cardinals)
  • R4, P108: OL Anthony Bradford (Seattle Seahawks)
  • R4, P134: DB Jay Ward (Minnesota Vikings)
  • R4, P141: DL Jaquelin Roy (Minnesota Vikings)
  • R6, P187: WR Kayshon Boutte (New England Patriots)
  • R6, P204: CB Jarrick Bernard-Converse (New York Jets)

2023 Schedule

  1. 9/3 @ Florida State
  2. 9/9 vs. Grambling State
  3. 9/16 @ Mississippi State
  4. 9/23 vs. Arkansas
  5. 9/30 @ Ole Miss
  6. 10/7 @ Missouri
  7. 10/14 vs. Auburn
  8. 10/21 vs. Army
  9. 11/4 @ Alabama
  10. 11/11 vs. Florida
  11. 11/18 vs. Georgia State
  12. 11/25 vs. Texas A&M

Notable Additions

Denver Harris 11 makes a catch during the LSU Tigers Spring Game at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA. SCOTT CLAUSE/USA TODAY NETWORK. Saturday, April 22, 2023. Lsu Spring Football
  • QB Rickie Collins (four-star recruit)
  • RB Logan Diggs (transfer portal, Notre Dame)
  • RB Kaleb Jackson (four-star recruit)
  • WR Aaron Anderson (transfer portal, Alabama)
  • WR Jalen Brown (four-star recruit)
  • WR Kyle Parker (four-star recruit)
  • WR Khai Prean (four-star recruit)
  • WR Sheldon Sampson (four-star recruit)
  • TE Ka’Morreun Pimpton (four-star recruit)
  • OT DJ Chester (five-star recruit)
  • OT Zalence Heard (five-star recruit)
  • DL Jordan Jefferson (transfer portal, West Virginia)
  • DL Paris Shand (transfer portal, Arizona)
  • EDGE Jaxon Howard (four-star recruit)
  • EDGE Ovie Oghoufo (transfer portal, Texas)
  • LB Christian Brathwaite (four-star recruit)
  • LB Omar Speights (transfer portal, Oregon State)
  • CB Zy Alexander (transfer portal, Southeastern Louisiana)
  • CB Duce Chestnut (transfer portal, Syracuse)
  • CB Denver Harris (transfer portal, Texas A&M)
  • CB JK Johnson (transfer portal, Ohio State)
  • S Andre Sam (transfer portal, Tulane)

Recruit/transfer information can be found at 24/7 Sports

Notable Losses

Nov 5, 2022; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Kayshon Boutte (7) is tackled by Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Jordan Battle (9) during the second half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
  • QB Walker Howard (transfer portal, Ole Miss)
  • RB Derrick Davis (transfer portal, Pittsburgh)
  • WR Kayshon Boutte (NFL Draft, New England Patriots)
  • OT Cameron Wire (transfer portal, Tulane)
  • OL Anthony Bradford (NFL Draft, Seattle Seahawks)
  • OL Xavier Hill (transfer portal, Memphis)
  • DL Jaquelin Roy (NFL Draft, Minnesota Vikings)
  • EDGE B.J. Ojulari (NFL Draft, Arizona Cardinals)
  • LB Zavier Carter (transfer portal, UNLV)
  • LB DeMario Tolan (transfer portal, Auburn)
  • CB Jarrick Bernard-Converse (NFL Draft, New York Jets)
  • DB Jay Ward (NFL Draft, Minnesota Vikings)

Transfer information can be found at 24/7 Sports

Keys to 2023

Dec 3, 2022; Atlanta, GA, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first quarter of the SEC Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

More Growth from QB Jayden Daniels

The Tigers were the surprise winners of the SEC-West last season, largely because of their new QB Jayden Daniels. A transfer from Arizona State, Daniels burst onto the scene during his first season, passing for nearly 3000 yards and rushing for an additional 885. He totaled 28 TDs between passing and rushing, and he threw just 3 interceptions over the course of the year.

The big improvements needed from Daniels are accuracy on his deep passes as well as continuing to grow more comfortable in the pocket. If he accomplishes both of those things, LSU can be a contender in the SEC this season, and Daniels could be a first-round draft pick next spring (can I interest any Vikings fans in an LSU QB?).

LSU’s Veteran Leadership on Offense

The Tigers return a grand total of eight starters on the offensive side of the ball, including the entirety of their offensive line. They were a juggernaut on that side of the ball throughout the 2022 season, averaging nearly 35 points per game, and that should continue in 2023.

The one flaw with this group last year came at the running back position. Daniels led the team in both rushing yards and rushing TDs (885 yards, 11 TDs) while the next leading rusher was Josh Williams with 535 yards on the ground. Additions of Logan Diggs and Kaleb Jackson will hopefully help in that department.

What Does Maason Smith Look Like?

Maason Smith burst onto the scene during his freshman season of 2021, totaling 5 tackles for loss with 4 sacks over the course of the year. However, he injured his knee during the season opener against Florida State last year, and he missed the rest of the season as a result.

Now, Smith makes his much-anticipated return to the field in 2023, and with the loss of Jaquelin Roy to the NFL, he will play a prominent role in making sure LSU’s defense is able to put pressure on opposing QBs.

Prediction

  1. W @ Florida State
  2. W vs. Grambling State
  3. W @ Mississippi State
  4. W vs. Arkansas
  5. W @ Ole Miss
  6. W @ Missouri
  7. W vs. Auburn
  8. W vs. Army
  9. L @ Alabama
  10. W vs. Florida
  11. W vs. Georgia State
  12. W vs. Texas A&M
    Overall Record: 11-1 (7-1)

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.





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