BATON ROUGE -- The first of many preseason football publications has hit the newsstand and Athlon Sports has tabbed LSU as the nation's No. 11-ranked team heading into the 2006 season.
Tiger quarterback JaMarcus Russell is featured on the regional issue that is being distributed throughout the southeastern portion of the United States.
The Tigers, who are coming off an 11-2 season a year ago under Les Miles, are picked to finish second in the Southeastern Conference Western Division by Athlon.
Other predictions for Athlon Sports has LSU senior LaRon Landry being named a first-team All-America as well as first-team All-SEC.
Will Arnold, a returning starter at offensive guard, and Chase Pittman, the lone returning starter on the defensive front, are both preseason first-team All-SEC picks. Russell, along with wide receiver Craig Davis, linebacker Ali Highsmith and strong safety Jessie Daniels, are second-team All-SEC.
Athlon Sports has tabbed the Tiger defensive backs as the nation's No. 1 unit, while the LSU receivers are ranked No. 1 in the SEC.