The LSU Tigers 2022 offense will look a lot different in Brian Kelly’s first season. The unit is losing a plethora of players to the NFL Draft and the program itself has hit the transfer portal hard in search of additions. In part one of a two-part series, we will look at the transfers on the offensive side of the ball for the Tigers. Which players have the most impact potential and can start immediately when the season begins?
LSU Tigers 2022 Offense Transfers With Most Impact Potential
When Kelly was hired, one aspect of the team that was highly talked about was the transfer portal. LSU is losing a ton of talent on both sides of the ball. Whether that be via the portal or to the NFL, the program will be rebuilt with a lot of new faces. After LSU went 6-7 in 2021, Kelly and staff will have to implement new schemes that many of the transfers should grow accustomed to quickly. As of this writing, the Tigers have just three players on the offensive side of the ball that are finding a new home in Baton Rouge. However, all three players have experience and should see viable playing time.
Running Back Help
Once Tyrion Davis-Price announced he was leaving for the NFL Draft, the Tigers took a big hit in the backfield. Already without John Emery Jr., LSU needed help at the position going into 2022. Noah Cain, a former tailback at Penn State, is heading to LSU for the 2022 season. He is from Baton Rouge and a former five-star prospect. Cain will have two seasons of eligibility left. LSU does have Corey Kiner, Josh Williams and Armoni Goodwin on the roster. But Cain brings three years of experience with him. At Penn State, the Senior tailback rushed for 12 total touchdowns and 794 yards.
Should he earn the starting role, that provides LSU with a big time tailback in the backfield with so many other questions still yet to be answered surrounding the outlook of the team.
Wide Receiver Depth Boosted
The Tigers also picked up a transfer from former Louisiana wideout Kyren Lacy. At ULL, Lacy caught 10 total touchdowns in two seasons. He had 22 catches for 304 yards and six touchdowns in 2021. With Kayshon Boutte and Jack Bech back, Lacy’s addition gives the program another threat on the outside. Lacy is a lengthy receiver at 6-foot-3, 212 pounds. His athleticism will provide a big momentum boost to a talented wideout depth. The Louisiana transfer will compete for a starting role immediately. With Bech being more of a hybrid player, that opens the door for Lacy to play opposite of Boutte on the outside.
More Help To Protect The Quarterbacks
LSU has three potential starters under center in 2022 with Myles Brennan, Garrett Nussmeier and Walker Howard. Last season, the offensive line dealt with many injuries and had to utilize inexperienced players. The addition of former Florida International tackle Miles Frazier provides an instant boost up front. The Tigers also added former East Tennessee State interior offensive lineman Tre’Mond Shorts as a transfer. Frazier is entering his Sophomore season and has three years of eligibility left. As for Shorts, he will have two years left on the roster with the Tigers.