And part of that is because of how few skill players return. Terrence Toliver does come back after a solid 2009 campaign: 53 catches, 735 yards and 3 TDs; he’ll have to take over for the very good Brandon LaFell, who moves to the NFL after 57 catches for 792 yards and 11 scores last year. No other returning receiver on LSU’s roster had more than 173 yards or 2 TDs last year.
The loss of Charles Scott is not as bad as might be expected; his 550 yards last year amounted to a bit more than a quarter of LSU’s rushing last year. But Stevan Ridley is an open question as a replacement, rushing for 180 yards and 3 TDs on 45 carries while starting two games last year; if he can keep up that 4.0 ypc average, it should be good enough to give Jefferson and Toliver and Co. the room they need — but if not …