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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
SEC bounce-back players: LSU

By Edward Aschoff

We are headed down to check out the Bayou Bengals for our next installment of bounce-back players around the league:

OFFENSE

Jordan Jefferson, QB, Sr.: This is the final chance for Jefferson. And while he led the Tigers to 11 wins in 2010, his statistics were laughable. Jefferson ranked 92nd in the nation with a passing efficiency of 114.65, completed 56.5 percent of his passes and threw seven touchdowns to 10 interceptions. Now, Jefferson has a new offensive coordinator in Steve Kragthorpe and some improved confidence. The Tigers will run a more pass-friendly offense this fall and that has Jefferson giddy in Baton Rouge. He, his teammates and his coaches expect a better year out of Jefferson. If the Tigers want to make it to their goal of a national championship, they'll have to ride Jefferson's shoulders. And faltering won't be an option with talented junior college transfer Zach Mettenberger breathing down his next.

DEFENSE

Sam Montgomery, DE, So.: Montgomery entered the 2010 season with a load of hype attached to his name, and for the first part of the season, he lived up to it. Montgomery started the first five games of the year before sustaining a season-ending right knee injury in the first quarter against Tennessee. Before his injury, he recorded 18 tackles, including six for loss, and two sacks. Montgomery missed the final eight games and still earned Freshman All-SEC honors by the league's coaches. Montgomery is back from his injury, and the feeling at LSU is that he's ready to assert himself as a top end in this league. If Montgomery regains the playing legs he had at the beginning of last season, he should provide a tenacious pass rush for the Tigers this fall.