QB Mettenberger hopes to jumpstart LSU offense

By David Brandt/The Associated Press

HOOVER, Ala. — Les Miles admits he has watched the tape of LSU’s disastrous performance in the BCS championship game a few times during the offseason.

It didn’t take very long. After all, the Tigers didn’t run many offensive plays.

But Miles said Wednesday that LSU has learned from the 21-0 loss to Alabama, and expects to be better on offense this fall thanks to a veteran offensive line, four experienced running backs and new starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger.

Miles says Mettenberger can “make all the throws” and should allow the offense to be more balanced than last season, when the Tigers had to rely on their running game and punishing defense.

That defense is expected to be very good again. The secondary is led by safety Eric Reid and cornerback Tyrann Mathieu.