LSU football: top 10 team in 2015?

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LSU football could return to national prominence in 2015. As Coach Les Miles pointed out in the postgame presser yesterday, the team is very freshmen and sophomore heavy. So they’ll be sophomore and junior heavy next year and figure to be a major power in the always loaded SEC West.

First there are some major questions to be resolved for LSU football.  What happens with their “first day guys” in the 2015 NFL Draft and 2016 NFL Draft? as profiled here?

Last offseason, LSU football lost more players to early NFL Draft entry than any team in college football history.

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They’ll lose some guys this year too. We’re still waiting on the decision of Offensive Guard Vadal Alexander. Still, one publication has ranked LSU football is ranked #11 for next season Here are some major 2015 LSU football storylines to watch out for:

Leonard Fournette for 2015 Heisman

Fournette was as hyped an incoming freshmen as any in college football this year. The five star recruit showed us his potential.

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What he did to that opposing defender in the Texas A&M game on Thanksgiving was just….well my heart bleeds for him. He followed that up with a MONSTER performance in the Music City Bowl. He had 250 all-purpose yards, in very limited touches. You saw his two big runs. Fournette and record setting tailback Samaje Perine at Oklahoma are among your leading Heisman candidates for 2015.

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-Is Defensive Coordinator John Chavis leaving for Texas A&M?

In fact, Miles was rather defensive when asked how it looks for the program if/when the defensive coordinator leaves LSU for Texas A&M.

“Well, I don’t know how it looks to be honest with you, nor do I give a damn!”

As for John Chavis himself he would only discuss today’s game with the media. He would not comment on his future. Mostly, though, the biggest question is at QB. LSU has so much talent everywhere else. If they get anything solid at all out of their signal callers, they would be nationally dominant.

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-Miles, LSU football shuts down dual threat quarterbacks

 LSU football seems to be able to handle. Read this interesting tidbit and insight. The blue print is there.

“The Cincinnati Bengals did something really bright in the game against Johnny Manziel. They looked back at his college career and saw that the worst game he played in college was against LSU last year. The key in that game, don’t let Manziel go left. They forced him to the right.”

The SEC is loaded with amazing dual threat QBs, LSU knows how to handle them.

Paul M. Banks owns, operates and writes The Sports Bank.net ,which is partners with Fox Sports. Read his feature stories in the Chicago Tribune RedEye edition. Listen to him on KOZN 1620 The Zone. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks). His work has been featured in hundreds of media outlets including The Washington Post and ESPN 2

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