Published August 15, 2011 - 11:18am
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The LSU Tigers are just a mere two weeks and some change away from facing Pac-12 opponent Oregon in Dallas at JerryWorld.
LSU has three hot issues they need to get worked out in Fall camp:
1. Transition From Kragthorpe To Studrawa
Former offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe resigned from his position due to health issues; however, he will stay on board to coach the quarterbacks. Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa will take over the play-calling duties. Kragthorpe has had this offense all through the spring, and I would imagine they are very used to his tempo and play calling. Now, it does become a slight issue with Studrawa taking over this duty. It is important that Kragthorpe is still coaching the quarterbacks because he has already elevated the play of Jordan Jefferson. This will be an interesting combination moving forward.
2. Figure Out How To Get Russell Shepard More Involved
Russell Shepard has been vastly underused since he arrived on campus in Baton Rouge. This kid has all the talent in the world, but he has been very non-involved when he should be making an impact. He needs to touch the football a minimum of 10-12 times per game to have an effect. If I’m LSU, I game plan around Shepard similar to Florida game planned around Percy Harvin. I would give Shepard the football in every different position, whether it be at wide receiver, Wildcat quarterback and even some tailback.
3. Figure Out Special Teams Issues
Josh Jasper is now gone, and so is Patrick Peterson. Peterson was so dynamic at flipping field position, and it became very important because the Tigers were playing a ton of close games. Jasper’s foot made a difference in some of those close games, too. Whether it’s Tyrann Mathieu, Morris Claiborne, Rueben Randle or anyone else, this position has to have an impact for field position purposes.