BATON ROUGE, La. — One of LSU football’s more intriguing springs in recent memory comes to a conclusion Saturday with the annual LSU spring game.
The game, which will feature the No. 1 offense against the No. 1 defense and the No. 2 offense against the No. 2 defense, gets underway at Tiger Stadium at 5 p.m. CT. For fans able to attend the game, all players will be available on the field afterward for an autograph session.
Here are the five storylines that LSU fans will want to pay the most attention to in the Tigers’ final practice before August camp.
Where else did you expect us to start?
LSU is in the midst of a full-fledged quarterback competition, and it is one that does not figure to be decided until August camp. But the spring game will give us an idea of where the competition stands at this point between Myles Brennan, Lowell Narcisse and Justin McMillan.
It’s a similar story in the backfield as LSU looks to replace its top two running backs for the first time since 2010. Sophomore Clyde Edwards-Helaire has made most of the noise this spring, so look for him to get a shot at LSU’s No. 1 defense. Senior Nick Brossette is out to prove that he’s still a factor to start. Fans will also get their first look at early enrollee Tae Provens.
What’s a Steve Ensminger offense look like?
In 2016, Steve Ensminger retrofitted Cam Cameron’s offense into something closer to his own image when he took over as LSU’s offensive coordinator on an interim basis. Now we will learn what an Ensminger offense looks like when assembled from scratch for the first time since 1998, when he was at Clemson.
Expect multiple sets with quite a few spread formations. Also be aware that less than half of the offense is said to be installed. It shouldn’t be a surprise if moving the ball is an issue at times.
Who steps up at wide receiver?
In case replacing a quarterback and two running backs wasn’t enough, the Tigers also have to find replacements for their top two receivers — DJ Chark and Russell Gage.
Texas Tech transfer Jonathan Giles is expected to be “the man,” having already been bequeathed Chark’s former No. 7. But it will be interesting to learn which wideouts from a long list of candidates will join him as starters. Justin Jefferson has garnered plenty of attention this spring, but all the other spots in the pecking order seem to be wide open.
Sophomore cornerback Greedy Williams is among the surest position holders on the entire LSU roster. Who plays opposite him is among the most uncertain.
Not all the candidates are here yet. Graduate transfer Terrence Alexander joins the program this summer, as will 4-star signee Kelvin Joseph. In the meantime, we’ll see how deep the Tigers are at corner, and whether the nickel position is likely to be occupied by a third safety rather than a third corner.