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Now that Ryan Perrilloux's never-ending troubles are once and for all in LSU's rear-view mirror, the next question becomes: What will the Tigers' offense look like next fall?
For starters, whoever wins the starting quarterback job will be taking his first meaningful snaps at LSU. Redshirt freshman Jarrett Lee will likely get first crack at the job. He and junior Andrew Hatch, who played on the Harvard freshman team before transferring to LSU, split reps in the spring while Perrilloux was suspended.
Lee has the stronger arm, whereas Hatch is a better runner. The real problem for the Tigers, though, is what happens if either QB is injured. Remember, Perrilloux filled in for the injured Matt Flynn last season in the SEC championship game win over Tennessee.
The good news for the Tigers is that nobody on the team should be shocked when preseason practice resumes in August. Lee and Hatch took all of the snaps in the spring, and senior center Brett Helms said then that they were preparing as if one of those two guys would be the quarterback in the fall.
Look for LSU to lean even harder on its offensive line. Four of the five starters from last season are back, and several other promising younger players are pushing for time.
"We've got to be leaders up front and lead by example," Helms said. "It's going to be a lot of hard work, leading by example, and hopefully we can get everybody to come along with us. But that's where it all starts, up front."
In short, don't look for LSU to make as many plays at the quarterback position now that Perrilloux is gone. But any hint of a distraction is also gone ... for good.
-- Chris Low