The 2008 season began to sour fans and local pundits on Crowton. Optimists pointed to the departure of veteran quarterback Matt Flynn as a reason for the slide. True, the Tigers did lose a lot of veterans, but they had enough talent to do better than 8-5. Fortunately for Crowton, new quarterback Jordan Jefferson showed promise in LSU's 38-3 bowl game blowout of Georgia Tech. A month-long break to study the Yellow Jackets' option offense didn't hurt, either.