LSU’s spring football practice get underway at 5 p.m. ET in Baton Rouge, La.
The start of a promising 2016 is officially kicking off, and we’ll have live updates from the first day of action.
Here are some stories related to the Tigers’ spring session and a timeline of the day’s updates.
4:55 p.m. Position change alert!
M.J. Patterson saw action at inside backer, per The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger. Inside linebacker is a major position of need for LSU as the team lacks depth behind incumbent Kendell Beckwith.
4:45 p.m.: We’re beginning to see the plan of attack for LSU’s new offensive line.
Toby Weathersby and George Brown Jr. saw action at right tackle, and last year’s left guard, Maea Teuhema saw action on the left side.
Garrett Brumfield and Josh Boutte saw time at right guard, per The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger.
William Clapp, who thrived at right guard as a freshman last season, is taking some of Ethan Pocic’s reps at center as the senior sits out of spring practice.
4:40 p.m. Another first-year coach made his debut today.
New LSU receivers coach Dameyune Craig was spotted at his first LSU practice, brought to us by Emily Villere Dixon.
During his introductory press conference last month, Craig told SEC Country he did not view the shift from Auburn to LSU as “a lateral move,” citing LSU’s SEC and national championship aspirations this season.
4:39 p.m.: Leonard Fournette sighting!
The Heisman Trophy hopeful was caught on camera during running backs drills on Monday by LSU coordinator of offensive operations, Emily Villere Dixon.
4:37 p.m.: Jersey number change alert!
Backup running back Darrel Williams looks to be donning No. 28 after wearing No. 34 his first two seasons in Baton Rouge, La.
The change was first reported by NOLA.com’s Jerit Roser.
4:35 p.m.: LSU backup quarterback Anthony Jennings will miss the first day of practice due to obligations in the classroom, NOLA.com’s Jim Kleinpeter reported.
Jennings is trying to stave off former Purdue transfer Danny Etling, who projects as one of Brandon Harris’ primary backups.
Arden Key, Isaiah Washington and Tashawn Bower have seen time at outside backer.
Key, a freshman sensation down the stretch of the 2015 season, registered 3.5 sacks in LSU’s final five games. The pass-rusher played as a traditional defensive end — and had success there — so it’ll be interesting to see Aranda’s vision for the 6-foot-6, 231-pounder as perhaps a stand-up rusher.
Washington and Bower are reserve ends entering the 2016 season, so experimenting with their talents seems like an obvious choice as Aranda looks to build depth at the linebacker position.
4:44 p.m.: LSU wide receiver Travin Dural and fullback J.D. Moore are sitting out of spring practice as they recover from injuries, per the Advocate’s Ross Dellenger.
Dural injured his hamstring against Ole Miss and required surgery, which put on track for a five-month recovery. In other words, April is a more logical target date for the senior receiver.
Leg injuries derailed much of Moore’s sophomore season.
4:33 p.m.: LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is spending much of the team’s first spring practice with the linebackers, as detailed here by The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger.
That is Aranda’s forte, but it’s also fitting considering it’s one of the more polarizing units on the team entering the 2016 season.
4:28 p.m.: ESPN’s David Ching posted a video of LSU early enrollee Stephen Sullivan.
The Donaldsonville, La., native committed to LSU in December over Ole Miss and TCU, and could contribute as a true freshman with a lot of turnover at receiver this offseason.
Ching’s video of Sullivan is a good indicator of his size, as he takes reps behind New Orleans’ Malachi Dupre and Tyron Johnson during drills.
4:25 p.m.: Aranda is taking in his first practice with the Tigers.
Aranda, who replaced Kevin Steele as LSU’s defensive coordinator, comes to the SEC after an impressive tenure at Wisconsin, who the Tigers will see in their season-opener at Lambeau Field.
The Advocate’s Scott Rabalais provided this video of Aranda working with his players.
4:19 p.m.: Spring practice is officially underway. The LSU football Twitter account posted video footage of defensive back drills.
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) March 7, 2016
Some the participants featured are Jamal Adams (33), Xavier Lewis (17) and Ed Paris (21) making catches.
4:18 p.m.: Some LSU veteran wide receivers that could be in line for expanded roles in 2016 were on hand.
The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger posted a video of D.J. Chark and Tyron Johnson working on their craft during drills.
4:15 p.m.: LSU early enrollee Devin White is taking reps at linebacker, per The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger.
White, a four-star prospect out of Springhill, La., was the nation’s No. 5 running back, but saw time as both a running back and linebacker his senior season.
LSU’s backfield is obviously loaded with Leonard Fournette, Derrius Guice and others. Linebacker is the Tigers’ more dire need with Lamar Louis and Deion Jones out of the picture, and Beckwith as the only returning starter.
3:19 p.m.: Early LSU enrollee Michael Divinity Jr. posted a photo of his uniform as he prepares for his first practice as a Tiger. Divinity is among many true freshman that will be competing for playing time in 2016.
First Spring Practice As A Tiger ❗️?? pic.twitter.com/H0L7zrUIUW
— Michael Divinity (@Tht_Boy_Mike) March 7, 2016