LSU AD Joe Alleva: 'If we get good quarterback play and stay healthy we can beat and compete with anyone in the country' _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Les Miles, left, shakes hands with Athletic Director Joe Alleva, right, in 2012.


LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva sees two big keys to the Tigers’ football success this season.

Avoiding injuries. And, of course, having improved quarterback play.

“If we get good quarterback play and stay healthy we can beat and compete with anyone in the country,” Alleva said Friday morning on “Culotta & The Prince” on 104.5/10.49 ESPN in Baton Rouge.

Sophomore running back Leonard Fournette, junior middle linebacker Kendell Beckwith and senior right tackle Vadal Alexander are scheduled to accompany LSU coach Les Miles to SEC Media Days next week in Hoover, Alabama.

LSU’s session will be Thursday, the final day of this year’s activities. Thursday will also be the day the media preseason All-SEC team and predicted order of finish will be released.

“I think we're going to have a really good team,” Alleva said. “When you look at our talent across the board, I think we can matchup with anybody in the league if we stay healthy.”

Alleva also had high praise for the trio of new coaches – defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, defensive line coach Ed Orgeron and wide receivers coach Tony Ball.

“They're outstanding..,” he said. “We improved our coaching staff -- and that's not to say anything bad about the guys that are not here anymore because they were outstanding coaches also. When you have a really good group of coaches, then you can bring in three that, in my opinion are even a little bit better, that's pretty special.”

The Tigers open the season against McNeese State on Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m.

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