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LSU counting on youth to stay in contention

3 years 9 months 1 week ago August 12, 2013 Aug 12, 2013 Monday, August 12 2013 August 12, 2013 2:11 PM in LSU Sports
Source: Associated Press

The reasons to doubt LSU's ability to contend for Southeastern Conference and national titles this season start with the 11 regulars who left school early last winter to turn pro.

The Tigers had a school-record eight defensive players drafted, and will have four new starters on the defensive line alone.

Coach Les Miles says the Tigers are counting on major contributions from incoming freshmen who were recruited to play right away and chose LSU for such an opportunity.

The offense has retained many skill players, including quarterback Zach Mettenberger, as well as top receivers and running backs, and hopes new coordinator Cam Cameron can make the passing game more productive in 2013.

As for LSU's underdog status, Miles responds that he likes his team's chances "in every game."

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