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papz 08-08-2012 12:40 PM

Tigers confident they can finish on top
Everything about LSU’s offseason has been a reminder of how close the Tigers came to greatness last season, right down to the now famous No. 2 on the side of their Southeastern Conference championship rings.

“We use that No. 2 on our rings as motivation,” defensive tackle Bennie Logan said. “We learned from that loss and we’ve built from that. We also had a great summer workout and camp, and our guys are just eager to go and be successful this year.”

As good as the Tigers were last season — 13-1 but with that sobering BCS championship game shutout loss to Alabama — there is still room for improvement.

It big ways and in small, LSU players and coaches exuded the kind of confidence Tuesday that said they believe this year’s team can reach even higher than the 2011 team did.

A team that can change that No. 2 to a No. 1 on the side of their championship rings.

“I feel we have more leadership,” All-American defensive end Sam Montgomery said, “that we’re closer and we’re happier. If you don’t say you can be better than last year’s team, you’re not pushing for greatness.

“I believe this year’s team can be better.”

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