Missouri wrapped up spring football last week and until the transfer portal opens for May 1-15, things may enter a lull around the schedule. So while we give the Tigers a break for a while, nothing is stopping us from seeing what their opponents’ Power 5 2023 rosters look like.
We’ve already covered Mizzou’s first two Power 5 opponents in kansas state and vanderbilt. The LSU Tigers will be Mizzou’s second conference opponent in the 2023 season and will mark the first time the teams have met since Brian Kelly took over as head coach.
LSU is currently halfway through spring football and there have been a number of roster changes since their 63-7 win over Purdue in the Citrus Bowl.
Record of the last season: 10-4
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LSU lost three top 100 transfers according to rivals.com in quarterback howard walker (24), wide receiver jack bech (97th) and linebacker Demario Tolan (44th).
The most surprising outing is that of Howard, who was a five-star prospect and Rivals’ 20th pick in the nation coming out of St. Thomas, La., in 2022. He was buried on the depth chart behind the starter. jayden danielsas well as Garrett Nussmeier. Howard would go on to complete two of his four passes for seven yards in two games. Since then he has transferred to Ole Miss.
The hit doesn’t do much to the current state of affairs at the quarterback since jayden daniels He’s Coming Back Daniels completed 68.9% of his passes for 2,913 yards, 17 touchdowns and three interceptions in 14 games. He also led the team with 885 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 186 carries (4.8 yards per carry).
Bech, a former four-star prospect who was also Howard’s high school teammate, transferred to TCU this offseason after recording 16 receptions for 200 yards and a touchdown in 2022. This was a nice-sized drop in production after recording 43 receptions for 489 yards and three touchdowns as a true freshman under former head coach ed orgeron.four p
Tolan may be a name some Mizzou fans are familiar with. After recording 10 tackles in his true freshman season, Tolan decided to transfer to Auburn over Missouri this offseason.
wide receivers Kayshon Boutte and jaray jenkins, right guard anthony Bradford, defensive backs Jarrick Bernard-Converse, Mekhi Garner and Jay Ward, EDGE BJ Ojulari and defensive lineman jaquelin roy all declared for the NFL Draft.
The best of the bunch is Ojulari, who recorded 58 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery last season. He’s likely to be a first- or second-round pick.
Boutte has a decent amount of intrigue after dazzling in six games in 2021. He didn’t have the same level of activity in 2022 recording 48 receptions for 538 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games. He said he would return to LSU next year before changing his mind soon after and declaring for the draft. He is believed to be a day two or early day three pick.
Jenkins was the team’s fourth-leading receiver with 27 receptions for 404 yards and a team-high six receiving touchdowns in 13 games.
Bradford played in 13 games last season, but started 12 of them with all but one at right guard.
Bernard-Converse tied for the team lead in interceptions with two and also had 44 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss of three pass deflections and one fumble recovery in 13 games a season ago.
Garner had 43 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss and tied with a team-high eight pass deflections. He is projected to be a late round pick.
Ward recorded 60 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, four pass deflections, one interception and one fumble recovery for a touchdown in 13 games in 2022.
Roy recorded 49 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks and one fumble recovery in 13 games a season ago. He is likely to be a mid-round pick.
So the Tigers lost their fair share of talent, but 36 scholarship players are still returning, including 26 who started at least one game.
For all that LSU lost on the portal and in the draft, they also brought in a decent pool of transfers and some of them were expected to instantly have massive roles on the team in 2023, according to tiger details.
“It’s pretty clear that some of the defensive players that we brought in (the linebacker from Texas) ovie oghoufo(Oregon State supporter) omar spights(West Virginia defensive tackle) jordan jefferson They’re going to be awesome guys,” Kelly said after the Tigers’ first spring practice. The depth at cornerback, they’re all really talented players.
“(Alabama wide receiver aaron anderson) is coming back from surgery, so we haven’t seen him yet. But we know his story and how great he was as a high school player here in state.”
Anderson comes from Alabama and was ranked a four-star transfer and the No. 2 overall transfer in the most recent portal period. The 5-foot-9 wide receiver out of Edna Karr (La.) was a five-star prospect and the No. 23 overall recruit in the class of 2022.
Speights arrives after four seasons with the Beavers. He recorded 83 tackles, eight tackles for loss and one pass deflection last season and ranked as the No. 59 overall transfer.
Jefferson, who was ranked the No. 137 overall transfer, also moves to Baton Rouge after four seasons with the Mountaineers. Last season he recorded 31 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and five batted balls.
Oghoufo will enter his sixth season in college football with his third school after previous stops at Notre Dame and Texas. In 2022, Oghoufo recorded 53 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three batted balls, and one forced fumble. He was ranked the No. 293 overall transfer.
denver-harris, who is another former five-star prospect from the class of 2022, only played five games for Texas A&M last season, but was still able to record 14 tackles and three pass deflections. He was the No. 19 overall transfer available.
chestnut duce transferred from Syracuse after two seasons with the Orange. He had 40 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one pass deflection and one interception returned for a touchdown. He was a second-team freshman All-American in 2021.
jk johnson represents the Tigers’ third top-60 defensive transfer, as he was ranked 57th after recording 20 tackles for Ohio State in 2022.
shand of paris joins Jefferson on the defensive line and comes from Arizona after three seasons with the Wildcats. He had 23 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 2022. He was ranked the No. 137 available transfer.
bradyn swinson joins LSU after three seasons at Oregon. He had eight tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in 2022, but in 2021 he recorded 24 tackles and three sacks. He was ranked the No. 156 transfer available overall.
jalen leewho was ranked the No. 265 overall transfer, went to LSU after three seasons with Florida and recorded eight tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss a season ago.
Alexander transferred to state and decided to join LSU after three years at Southeastern, where he helped lead the Lions to the second round of the FCS playoffs the past two years. Last season, he recorded 24 tackles, four pass deflections and three interceptions, two of them returned for touchdowns. He was ranked the No. 474 available transfer.