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That should get us nine wins, for a start.  The defensive line looks stout, lot of quality depth there.  In the SEC, that is always good, they say the difference for SEC teams is on the line of scrimmage.  We look stocked at WR.  OL could use a player or two, depth is not great.  I think we'll find a good one-two punch at RB.  I wonder just how good Elias Ricks will be at corner.  With the exception of Stingley, we are mighty young and it is not usually good to be real young at CB.  True there is talent, but it is young talent.  You can't assume that Ricks would approach what Stingley did last year as a freshman, guys like Stingley just don't come along every year.  Much will depend on how effective Brennan is, and I am hoping for a lot from him.

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16 hours ago, houtiger said:

That should get us nine wins, for a start.  The defensive line looks stout, lot of quality depth there.  In the SEC, that is always good, they say the difference for SEC teams is on the line of scrimmage.  We look stocked at WR.  OL could use a player or two, depth is not great.  I think we'll find a good one-two punch at RB.  I wonder just how good Elias Ricks will be at corner.  With the exception of Stingley, we are mighty young and it is not usually good to be real young at CB.  True there is talent, but it is young talent.  You can't assume that Ricks would approach what Stingley did last year as a freshman, guys like Stingley just don't come along every year.  Much will depend on how effective Brennan is, and I am hoping for a lot from him.

I was surprised to see Ricks over Raydar, and look forward to seeing that play out

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Guess I can put this one here. On the O side of the ball, LSU will have the best Receiving Unit in the Nation. Last season we were ranked #10 by Phil Steele and Athlon's had us #4 in the SEC, with in order InbredGumps, Fla and aTm all ranked higher. Last year the OL was Pre season by Steele #11 in the nation and Athlons had us 5th in the SEC. I've said this before, before the 2018 season, the Spring Game seeing Cush play, I said, they need to find someone else to play the position. After the Miami game, I had never seen an OL make that big of a jump in the off season.

We will look into the OL first, Deculus will hold down the ROT position, the ROG position is up for grabs, but having Deculus there for this new player, helps when he has questions. Some talk Hines 57 will be the center, I hope to see an improvement out of him in spring and once the season starts. Next to him, Ingram. If some will remember, late in the season when Lewis went down, Magee, moved over to ROG, moving Ingram to the left side, a place he's comfortable. Plus, Ingram can assist whomever the LOT is. Rosenthal is out for the Spring, Wire should get in some time at the position.

As for the WR/TE's, we know what we have at WR. For the folks thinking the addition of Scott Linehan will some how change much of the offense, he will only add to it. A couple things. Scott will use what we have. He loves mismatches, with the talent we have returning and what we have coming in, this will be fun to watch. First, TE's, Pettigrew returns, having played mostly Special Teams. Incoming Gilbert and Cole Taylor will both get playing time. Gilbert having to sit out the Spring, word out, Taylor looks the part and watching film, can play the position. As for Scott, he has used 2TE formations, 02 personnel before. Scott has used 20 personnel, two RB's, with both being Half Backs. Steve like making use of the TE position. Remember, LSU was thought not to be in the running for Gilbert, up until he made his announcement.

To go a little further into what Scott will add to Steve's playbook, answer this question. When was the last time Tom Brady or Drew Brees threw over 700 passes in a season? How about never. Drew had 673 attempts in 2016, Brady 637 in 2012. In that 2012 season, one QB had 727 attempts, that was Scott calling the plays for 4 year NFL QB Matt Stafford. Scott with the Lions, had a former DC at the head coaching position, allowing him to chunk the ball all over the field. Some say, well he got fired by the Cowboys. A head coach letting a coordinator go, can mean his days are numbered. An they were.  Then again, the HC with the Cowboys, a former OC, sohow much was he into what was called?

Too add, Stafford played high school ball with Phil Bennett's son Sam. Sam last year was with the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL. Sam was on the staff with former Tiger Kevin Mawae at Zona St, along with Herm Edwards. Sam is now on the staff with University of Hawaii, RGC/OL.

As for the RB's, three will play in the Spring, a good battle, then bringing in Kevontre Bradford, someone who looks to get into the mix, once on campus. 

As for the early guys on campus:

Early-Enrollees: LSU Spring Practice

ByShea Dixon Mar 7, 12:30 PM

The LSU football team was back on the practice fields in Baton Rouge on Saturday for the first time since the run to a National Championship and 15-0 season, which culminated with wins over Georgia and Oklahoma in December ahead of January's title game victory over Clemson.

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron took the Tigers back to the practice field this weekend for the first of 15 practices that span the across the months of March and April.

The Tigers welcomed eight early-enrollees to campus in January to join the 85-man roster ahead of the arrival of the entire 2020 signing class this summer, and the freshmen - who normally would be finishing up their final semester of high school - got the chance to hit practice with the veterans on Saturday.

8 early-enrollees in Baton Rouge

LSU welcomed eight early enrollees to campus in January, a group that was headlined by five-star Arik Gilbert - who is the highest-ranked tight end in the history of 247Sports. 

In addition to Gilbert, LSU signed two more five-star prospects in cornerback Elias Ricks and wide receiver Kayshon Boutte, and Ricks is already on campus and participated in practice on Saturday.

Other Top 100 signees included defensive end BJ Ojulari and safety Jordan Toles, and both were a full-go at practice this weekend as part of the group of early-enrollees.


JUCO defensive end Ali Gaye was also participating in practice with the defensive linemen on Saturday, as was tight end Kole Taylor out of Colorado. 

The two quarterback signees from LSU's 2020 class are both early-enrollees, as well. Both Max Johnson and TJ Finley were at practice on Saturday and worked behind Myles Brennan when the quarterbacks went through drills. LSU redshirt freshman quarterback Peter Parrish was not at practice, leaving Johnson and Finley as the lone other scholarship quarterbacks after Brennan.

Elias Ricks - CB


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The five-star cornerback out of the IMG Academy was a standout on the West Coast since he emerged as a recruit out of Mater Dei. He committed to LSU more than a year ago, then signed with the Tigers in December before enrolling in January. Ricks is recovering from shoulder surgery and will not be a full participant in spring practices just yet, but he did go through all non-contact drills at the first practice on Saturday.



BJ Ojulari - DE


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The Georgia Top 100 prospect impressed recruiting analysts with not only his production out of Marietta High, but also his way-above-average testing results. Ojulari played both ways en route to a state title this past season, and with LSU's shift to a 4-3 base defense, Ojulari is starting out spring practices working with the defensive ends. His speed is evident even in individual drills, and Orgeron said this week that he expects Ojulari to be an NFL-caliber player for the Tigers.



Jordan Toles - S


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LSU needed safeties in the 2020 cycle, and Toles was about as good as it came - ranked by 247Sports as a top five safety and Top 100 prospect. Toles played basketball and football and had scholarship offers for both sports coming out of high school in Baltimore, but he decided his focus was on football first and foremost, and he inked with the Tigers. Orgeron showered Toles with praise earlier this week for his work in the weight room, and he's getting some valuable safety reps in spring practice ahead of his freshman year.



Ali Gaye - DE


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LSU wanted to find some immediate help at defensive end in the 2020 recruiting class, and Orgeron locked in on JUCO defensive lineman Ali Gaye and landed his commitment last summer. Orgeron worked Gaye through a number of individual drills on Saturday, putting him with the group of defensive ends as the Tigers look for new faces to emerge at the position. Gaye's size and college-ready frame stand out at practice as the LSU staff moves into spring practices.



Max Johnson - QB


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The Georgia standout made it all the way to the state title game with Oconee County this past season, then turned around and enrolled at LSU in January. Parrish was not at practice on Saturday, so after Brennan took first-team reps, Johnson was able to get some second-team reps in. The southpaw has football ties running throughout his family, and the staff in Baton Rouge has high hopes for Johnson's future at the position. In January, Joe Burrow praised Johnson for how impressive he was drawing up plays on the white board just days after arriving to campus and joining the quarterback room.



TJ Finley - QB


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Want size in your quarterback? Look no further than Finley, who joined Johnson as practice on Saturday as the two quarterbacks who the Tigers signed in the 2020 class. Finley is listed at 6-foot-6, 257 pounds, and he's got a huge arm that he's flashed both on Friday nights in the fall and at Elite 11 competitions over the past year. With Parrish absent from practice, Finley was able to get even more work in on the opening day of spring practices. Finley also joined LSU for some practices during the team's bowl season preparations.



Kole Taylor - TE


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The tight end out of Colorado joined on with LSU last summer and stood firm by his commitment, eventually inking with the Tigers in December. Taylor then enrolled at LSU in January and will be a full-go in spring ball the next month-plus. That's good news for a program looking to replace the production of Thaddeus Moss and moving through the 15 practices ahead without one of the other tight end signees in heralded freshman Arik Gilbert. Taylor's size jumps off the page at 6-foot-7, 232 pounds.



Arik Gilbert - TE


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The highest-ranked signee in LSU's class was Gilbert, but he's the lone early-enrollee who won't be able to participate in spring practices. Gilbert underwent shoulder surgery after arriving to campus, and he's now sidelined for the next month as he wraps up his rehab process this spring. By summer, Gilbert should be a full-go, and there's little doubt that he's going to find his way onto the field as a true freshman this season. Fall camp will be key for the former five-star prospect.


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Parrish suspended indefinitely, Brennan impresses in early spring work

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The LSU quarterback room is a little less crowded these days, and it’s apparently been that way through off-season workouts.

Tigers’ coach Ed Orgeron announced Tuesday that redshirt freshman quarterback Peter Parrish has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

Parrish, one of four scholarship quarterbacks, was in the mix behind projected starter Myles Brennan. True freshmen Max Johnson and TJ Finley are already in camp getting backup QB snaps.

“I don’t know when he’s going to be back,” Orgeron said of Parrish. “Peter hasn’t been with us for a while.” 

Orgeron complimented Brennan’s improvement from Saturday’s practice.

“He was good on Saturday, he was even better today,” Orgeron said of the fourth-year junior. “Today, there were more completions. Saturday first day, there were more drops though the ball was on the money. I think he adjusted his long ball today. I bet you he was at least 12 of 14.

“I’m really impressed with the way he’s running our offense, the way he’s changing protections. He’s vocal.”

Orgeron also likes what he sees in new defensive coordinator Bo Pelini’s 4-3 defense.

“I love what we’re doing on defense, the attacking, the blitzes, the coverages,” Orgeron said. “Everybody is running to the football.”

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2 hours ago, LSUDad said:

I like an O press conf. better than a Miles one, because it always seemed like Les intentionally didn't want to actually say ANYTHING.  He would mouth a lot of words, some in unusual juxtaposition, but in the end, he just didn't give us anything.  O, on the other hand, he knows what he CAN'T say, but aside from that, he doesn't seem afraid of actually telling us how it is going.  He may use this to send a message to a player, you need to pick it up!  I find that refreshing.  And as they say, at least he doesn't have an accent!

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On 3/12/2020 at 9:10 AM, Hatchertiger said:

Ok makes sense, had never seen LSU put out a depth chart in the spring.

Usually for the Spring Game, some folks will release a chart. This is early, but the way things are going, not early enough to start talking LSU Football. 

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LSU's staff confident Joe Evans can battle at center

ByBILLY EMBODY Mar 13, 10:55 AM 

LSU made the move with former Haynesville defensive tackle Joe Evanssliding across the line from battling Lloyd Cushenberry to trying to replace him at center. After only a couple days of spring ball, it's apparent to the staff he and Chasen Hines will be locked in a competition at center.

"Offensive line has a ways to go," Orgeron said on Tuesday. "Guys that impressed me is Joe Evans. Joe got better at center today. He's going to push Chasen Hines."

Evans ranked on 247Sports as the No. 38 defensive tackle nationally and No. 20 overall prospect in Louisiana in the 2019 class. Now, he'll look to apply that same talent to more of a measured approach on the offensive side.

"Pass protection. Setting his feet," Orgeron said of what impressed him. "He was over-extending like a typical defensive guy would and today, he set his feet and played with a base. He's learning how to play offensive line. Offensive line, you back up. Defensive line, you attack. So he just can't get over-extended every time and play with a base. Joe's very smart. He will have no problem learning the offense. I think by the end of the spring, we're going to have us one good center."

One of LSU's most highly-touted prospects in the 2019 class was former Southern Lab standout Kardell Thomas, who missed much of his freshman season with an injury. As he recovers, he'll get into better shape and Orgeron said he's still adjusting to the college game since he lost much of his first year on campus.

"Kardell has to learn his place," Orgeron said. "Very aggressive, very strong. Just consistency and getting healthy again and getting in shape. More or less, learning the offense and being able to adjust to the speed of the game. He's strong, he's a big bull in there and he should vie for some playing time."

Thomas ranked as the No. 97 overall prospect in the country and No. 4 offensive guard nationally on the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.

James Cregg's offensive line has to replace four starters with Saahdiq CharlesAdrian Magee, Damien Lewis and Cushenberry out the door. Returning players include starting right tackle Austin Deculus, guard Ed Ingram, Cam Wire, Anthony BradfordThomas Perry, Charles Turner and Hines.

Offensive tackle Dare Rosenthal took a personal leave from school for the spring, but the staff is confident he'll return this summer.

This summer, the staff will add more competition to the mix when four-star offensive tackle Marcus Dumervil, three-star offensive tackle Marlon Martinez and three-star offensive guard Xavier Hill enter the picture for the 2020 season and will try to push for playing time.

Stick with Geaux247 as we continue to monitor the competition along LSU's offensive line.

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