2014 LSU Tigers football team
|2014 LSU Tigers football|
|2014 record||8–5 (4–4 SEC)|
|Head coach||Les Miles (10th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Cam Cameron (2nd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||John Chavis (6th season)|
|Home stadium||Tiger Stadium|
|2014 SEC football standings|
|No. 14 Missouri x||7||–||1||11||–||3|
|No. 9 Georgia||6||–||2||10||–||3|
|No. 4 Alabama x$^||7||–||1||12||–||2|
|No. 11 Mississippi State||6||–||2||10||–||3|
|No. 17 Ole Miss||5||–||3||9||–||4|
|No. 22 Auburn||4||–||4||8||–||5|
|Championship: Alabama 42, Missouri 13|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 2014 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by tenth-year head coach Les Miles and played their home games at Tiger Stadium. They were a member of the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
Previous season and offseason
LSU finished the 2013 regular season with an overall record of 10–3 and SEC record of 5–3. All three losses occurred on the road - narrow losses against Georgia and Ole Miss, as well as a loss against #1 ranked Alabama. The Tigers were undefeated in Tiger Stadium, including a victory over the national runners-up, the Auburn Tigers. With its victory against Texas A&M, LSU became the only team to defeat Johnny Manziel twice in his college career. Despite losing starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger to a knee injury in the closing minutes of the regular season finale against Arkansas, the season ended with a win against Iowa in the Outback Bowl.
Shortly after the bowl game, LSU issued a statement that offensive line coach Greg Studrawa would be leaving the team. After a brief search, coach Les Miles announced the hiring of Jeff Grimes to replace Studrawa. Grimes served as the offensive line coach for Virginia Tech in 2013. Prior to Virginia Tech, Grimes spent four years at the same position at Auburn, where he helped that team win the national championship in 2010. LSU was also in need of a new special teams coordinator after Thomas McGaughey left to take the same position with the New York Jets. The Tigers hired Bradley Dale Peveto, who previously spent four seasons as an assistant at LSU from 2005 to 2008, as his replacement.
For the second year in a row, LSU had more underclassmen declare for the NFL Draft than any other team in the country. Key losses included Mettenberger, third-team All American Odell Beckham Jr., and second-team All-SEC players Jarvis Landry, Jeremy Hill, Anthony Johnson, and Lamin Barrow.
The Tigers' 2014 recruiting class was considered one of the top in the nation, bolstered by several top prospects from the state of Louisiana, including New Orleans running back Leonard Fournette, River Ridge wide receiver Malachi Dupre, and Lake Charles wide receiver Trey Quinn. The class was considered the consensus #2 class by all the major recruiting outlets.
|Odell Beckham Jr.||3||WR||6'0"||193||Junior||New Orleans, Louisiana||1st round draft pick (12th overall) of the New York Giants|
|Alfred Blue||4||RB||6'2"||222||Senior||Boutte, Louisiana||6th round draft pick (181st overall) of the Houston Texans|
|Craig Loston||6||S||6'2"||209||Senior||Houston, Texas||Undrafted free agent signing of the Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Zach Mettenberger||8||QB||6'5"||235||Senior||Watkinsville, Georgia||6th round draft pick (178th overall) of the Tennessee Titans|
|Ego Ferguson||9||DT||6'3"||309||Junior||Mims, Florida||2nd round draft pick (51st overall) of the Chicago Bears|
|Lamin Barrow||18||LB||6'2"||232||Senior||Marrero, Louisiana||5th round draft pick (156th overall) of the Denver Broncos|
|Jeremy Hill||33||RB||6'2"||235||Sophomore||Baton Rouge, Louisiana||2nd round draft pick (55th overall) of the Cincinnati Bengals|
|J.C. Copeland||44||FB||6'1"||270||Senior||LaGrange, Georgia||Undrafted free agent signing of the Dallas Cowboys|
|Trai Turner||56||OG||6'3"||316||Sophomore||New Orleans, Louisiana||3rd round draft pick (92nd overall) of the Carolina Panthers|
|Jarvis Landry||80||WR||6'1"||195||Junior||Convent, Louisiana||2nd round draft pick (63rd overall) of the Miami Dolphins|
|James Wright||82||WR||6'2"||203||Senior||Belle Chasse, Louisiana||7th round draft pick (239th overall) of the Cincinnati Bengals|
|Kadron Boone||86||WR||6'0"||202||Senior||Ocala, Florida||Undrafted free agent signing of the Philadelphia Eagles|
|Anthony Johnson||90||DT||6'3"||294||Junior||New Orleans, Louisiana||Undrafted free agent signing of the Miami Dolphins|
Class of 2014 signees
|Les Miles||Head coach||10||Michigan (1976)|
|Cam Cameron||Offensive coordinator, Quarterbacks||2||Indiana (1983)|
|John Chavis||Defensive coordinator||6||Tennessee (1979)|
|Frank Wilson||Running backs, Recruiting coordinator||5||Nicholls State (1997)|
|Steve Ensminger||Tight ends||5||LSU (1982)|
|Brick Haley||Defensive line||6||Alabama A&M (1989)|
|Adam Henry||Wide receivers||3||McNeese State (1998)|
|Bradley Dale Peveto||Special teams||5||Southern Methodist (1987)|
|Corey Raymond||Defensive backs||2||LSU (1992)|
|Jeff Grimes||Offensive line||1||Texas - El Paso (1991)|
The official opening day depth chart was released on August 22, 2014.
|August 30||8:00 p.m.||vs. No. 14 Wisconsin*||No. 13||ESPN||W 28–24||71,599|
|September 6||6:30 p.m.||Sam Houston State*||No. 12||SECN||W 56–0||100,338|
|September 13||6:00 p.m.||Louisiana–Monroe*||No. 10||ESPNU||W 31–0||101,194|
|September 20||6:00 p.m.||Mississippi State||No. 8||ESPN||L 29–34||102,321|
|September 27||6:30 p.m.||New Mexico State*||No. 17||SECN||W 63–7||101,987|
|October 4||6:00 p.m.||at No. 5 Auburn||No. 15||ESPN||L 7–41||87,451|
|October 11||6:30 p.m.||at Florida||SECN||W 30–27||88,014|
|October 18||6:30 p.m.||Kentucky||SECN||W 41–3||101,581|
|October 25||6:15 p.m.||No. 3 Ole Miss||No. 24||ESPN||W 10–7||102,321|
|November 8||7:00 p.m.||No. 4 Alabama||No. 14||CBS||L 13–20 OT||102,321|
|November 15||7:00 p.m.||at Arkansas||No. 20||ESPN2||L 0–17||70,165|
|November 27||6:30 p.m.||at Texas A&M||ESPN||W 23–17||105,829|
|December 30||2:00 p.m.||vs. Notre Dame*||No. 22||ESPN||L 28–31||60,149|
- Schedule Source:
|CFP||Not released||19||16||17||NR||NR||24||23||Not released|
|2||42||Jalen Collins||Defensive Back||Atlanta Falcons|
|3||88||Danielle Hunter||Defensive Lineman||Minnesota Vikings|
|4||124||Kwon Alexander||Linebacker||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|7||235||Kenny Hilliard||Running back||Houston Texans|
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