this is the current starting team as Buddy Songy sees it: Offense LT: Whitworth LG: Peterman C: Wilkerson RG: Sale RT: Reed TE: Edwards WR: Robinson/Myers WR: Clayton QB: Mauch RB: Toefield/Davis FB: Lee ---------------------- Defense DLE: Spears LT: Dawson RT: Lavalais RDE: Hill SAM LB: Lawrence MIKE : James WILL : Turner LC: Hoofkin FS: James SS: LeJeune RC: Gay Other thoughts (all JMO): This looks like an excellent team to me, and there is depth sprinkled in everywhere, especially at RB and WR. IMO LSU will be: BETTER on the OL (than last year). SAME at WR BETTER at RB LESSER at QB SAME on the defensive line LESSER at LB BETTER in the secondary BETTER on special teams Other thoughts, JMO: Wilkerson has added 30 pounds, and maintained his agility. He could be one of the best OL in the league this year. With Smalling off the team, and Comeaux out because of medical reasons, there will be healthy competition for one of the tackle slots between Whitworth, Niswanger, and maybe one of the true freshman (McGill or Wibel) Even with losing a talent like Josh Reed, LSU has 6 WR's who can play. Lindy's rates LSU's receiving corp the best in the SEC. LSU's RB trio are as good as LSU's had since the 80's, with the exception of Faulk/Collins/Mealey. The coaches are very high on Joe Addai, but he may have a tough time getting on the field if Toefield can remain healthy. Mauch is piloting a steamliner. He should be successful this year, and his leadership skills have impressed his coaches and teammates. The team achilles without question is an injury to Mauch. Spears should have a breakout year. He wasn't a top 10 recruit nationwide for no reason. He is an awesome physical specimen. Cameron Vaughn may be the true freshman who gets the most playing time in 2002. Saban has commented on his intelligence, and attention to detail. LSU will dramatically improve in the secondary in 2002. Travis Daniels will be on the field a lot. Ronnie Prude, Keron Gordon, and Jason Spadoni have impressed the coaches in camp. Adrian Mayes may be the team's best special teams coverage player, but Ryan O'Neal will have something to say about that. Shyrone Carey or Bennie Brazell will return a kickoff for a TD this year. Saban won't redshirt as many players as he did last year, and with the 12 game season (and possibly 14) there will be more true and RS freshman seeing playing time.