Top five offseason issues for LSU 

April, 5, 2012
Tyrann Mathieu Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesLSU in 2012 will lean on Tyrann Mathieu (7) in the secondary, but others need to step up.

It didn't take long for LSU to segue from a disappointing end to a 2011 season to a highly anticipated start of the 2012 season. The day after the Tigers' 21-0 loss to Alabama in the BCS Championship game, ESPN's Mark Schlabach labeled the Tigers his way-too-early preseason No. 1.

LSU did its part to move the story forward by holding spring football earlier than the rest of the SEC and played its spring game Saturday, earlier than any of its conference rivals. Perhaps LSU is hoping that by playing the spring game early, it would help fans turn the page from dissecting quarterback and offensive failures in the BCS game to focusing on new starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger and the offense in the fall.

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No. 2 CB Sheffield Talks Recruiting
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