BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU football’s 2018 spring practice session began Sunday, with the Tigers taking the field as a team for the first time since the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day.
Of course, a lot has changed about the Tigers roster since then. Gone are former fixtures of the offense and defense such as quarterback Danny Etling, running back Derrius Guice, center Will Clapp and cornerbacks Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver. In are nine early-enrolled signees from the Class of 2018 and a slew of potential new starters, not to mention a new offensive coordinator and a handful of changes among position coaches.
With all these changes, it’s been hard to predict a preseason depth chart. Luckily, based off the media viewing period from Sunday and LSU football coach Ed Orgeron’s Sunday press briefing, we have a pretty good idea of where the Tigers stand.
Here is SEC Country’s best approximation of what the LSU football depth chart looks like as of the start of spring practice:
- Myles Brennan, sophomore
- Lowell Narcisse, redshirt freshman
- Justin McMillan, junior
Orgeron was quick to point out that Brennan has received most of the first-team reps, but he’s by no means the starter. The coach said he’s been impressed by all of his quarterbacks and thinks all three have a chance to start. LSU likely won’t name a starting quarterback until the fall.
- Nick Brossette, senior
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire, sophomore
- Tae Provens, freshman
- Lanard Fournette, junior
- David Ducre, senior
Brossette is LSU’s starter as of now, but Orgeron was surprisingly candid when talking about his running backs on Sunday. When speaking about the group, Orgeron said: “Until we find a feature back, the offense will not be featured by a running back.” He did gush about the freshman Provens, though, saying he “made some outstanding plays” and “had a tremendous day.”
- Jonathan Giles, junior
- Justin Jefferson, sophomore
- Stephen Sullivan, junior
- Drake Davis, junior
- Dee Anderson, junior
We don’t know much about LSU’s wide receiver depth chart other Giles being at the top. Orgeron did mention Jefferson made some plays in practice on Sunday, but other than that, not much was discussed. Freshman 5-star receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. is practicing this spring, but Orgeron listed him at 75-80 percent health as he’s still rehabbing from his season-ending left leg injury last September.
- Foster Moreau, senior
- Jamal Pettigrew, sophomore
- Jacory Washington, senior
- Zach Sheffer, freshman
Moreau is LSU’s unquestioned starter at tight end, a fact Orgeron couldn’t deny on Sunday. Tight ends might be better featured in the LSU offense this season with Steve Ensminger, a former tight ends coach, running the show. Coach O said Ensminger will try to get the ball into the hands of his playmakers, which likely includes Moreau, LSU’s leading returning receiver by receptions, yards and touchdowns.
- Ed Alexander, senior
- Glen Logan*, sophomore
- Tyler Shelvin, redshirt freshman
With Alexander injured right now, Logan is getting first-team reps at nose tackle. When Alexander returns, Logan will move back to defensive end and Alexander and Shelvin will assume nose tackle responsibilities. The depth chart will fill out much more at nose in the fall when Chasen Hines, Dominic Livingston, Dare Rosenthal and Nelson Jenkins enroll.
- Rashard Lawrence, junior
- Breiden Fehoko, junior
- Glen Logan, sophomore
- Neil Farrell, sophomore
- Justin Thomas, redshirt freshman
Lawrence and Fehoko are among the most solid starters on the LSU defense. With Logan playing nose for the time being, Class of 2017 products Farrell and Thomas will have to slide in as the backups, especially with early enrollee Davin Cotton still healing from an ACL injury.
- K’Lavon Chaisson, sophomore
- Ray Thornton, sophomore
- Andre Anthony, redshirt freshman
- Travez Moore, junior
With Arden Key on his way to the NFL, LSU has a vacuum off the edge. Expect Chaisson to fill the role, with Ray Thornton potentially slotting in as the run-stopping specialist. After missing 2017, Anthony is back and practicing this spring, and Moore, a junior college transfer, is explosive but raw as a potential contributor, according to Orgeron.
- Devin White, junior
- Tyler Taylor, sophomore
- Jacob Phillips, sophomore
- Patrick Queen, sophomore
- Micah Baskerville, freshman
A likely preseason All-America linebacker and near lock to appear on every preseason awards watch list, White will be one of LSU’s starting linebackers. The other? That likely will come down to a competition between Taylor and Phillips. Queen and early-enrollee Baskerville are competing to back up White.
- Greedy Williams, sophomore
- Jontre Kirklin, sophomore
- Kary Vincent Jr., sophomore
- Mannie Netherly, redshirt freshman
- Kristian Fulton, sophomore
No Tigers player has a safer starting job than Williams. The All-SEC cornerback headlines a position group riddled with question marks, not the least of which being the Fulton’s eligibility. Kirklin earned starting reps opposite Williams, but Vincent and Netherly, a converted receiver, could challenge Kirklin for time this spring.
- John Battle, senior
- Grant Delpit, sophomore
- JaCoby Stevens, sophomore
- Ed Paris, senior
- Eric Monroe, sophomore
- Todd Harris, sophomore
As it was a season ago, LSU is loaded at safety. Battle and Delpit return as starters with former 5-star players in Stevens and Monroe backing them up. Paris is back for his fifth season after earning a medical redshirt for his torn ACL a year ago and will be limited in practice this spring, but as soon as he’s healthy, he will compete for starting reps.