LSU Tiger Football 2006
BATON ROUGE -- LSU football is once again featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the Tigers' are one of six regional covers that the magazine showcases for its annual 2006 College Football Preview, which hits the newsstands this week.
The Tigers, who are coming off an 11-2 mark a year ago, are ranked No. 4 in the Sports Illustrated preseason poll. LSU is the highest ranked team in the Southeastern Conference.
Ohio State tops Sports Illustrated’s preseason Top 20, followed by No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 3 Texas, No. 4 LSU and No. 5 Southern Cal. Other SEC teams in the SI Top 20 include Auburn at No. 7, Florida at No. 9, and Georgia at No. 11.
The LSU SI cover features Tiger defensive backs LaRon Landry and Chevis Jackson along with linebacker Ali Highsmith. Landry, a consensus preseason All-America pick heading into the 2006 season, returns for his fourth season as a starter in the Tiger secondary. Jackson joins Landry, Jessie Daniels and Jonathan Zenon for what is being touted as the No. 1 defensive backfield in college football.
Highsmith returns as LSU’s leading tackler having totaled 75 tackles and 9.5 tackles for losses for a Tiger defense that ranked among the top six in the nation a year ago in four categories.
LSU opens its season on Sept. 2 when the Tigers host Louisiana-Lafayette at 7 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.
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Here we are again... football season already! After a resounding 40-3 victory over Miami in the 2005 Peach Bowl to cap off an exciting 11-2 season, the Tigers are thirsty for more! They're ranked #8 in the AP Poll, #9 in the Coaches Poll, and even higher in some other minor polls around the country.
Coach Miles does have a few gaps to fill, but that won't be a problem. LSU is stacked deep with talent, as much as any team in the country could hope for. And they're going to need every bit of it... for the first time ever, LSU has to travel to Auburn, Florida and Tennessee in the same season.
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