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Clyde Edwards-Helaire could assert himself as the best running back on LSU's roster on Saturday.

Finish line of duty: Predicting breakout stars of LSU’s spring game on Saturday

Nick Suss

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It’s finally here!

After a month and a half of buildup, we’ve finally made it. LSU’s spring game is on Saturday, bringing an end to the spring practice session and giving LSU fans everywhere their first chance to see the 2018 squad in action.

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We here at SEC Country have spent an exhaustive amount of time analyzing LSU’s spring practices, and you can re-familiarize yourself with our stories by clicking here. But for now, in our last Bayou Bengal Briefing before the spring game, let’s put on our predicting hats and try to anticipate what’s going to happen. Here are the Bayou Bengal Briefing’s picks for three breakout performers from the upcoming game:

1. Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire

It’s hard to call sophomore running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire a “breakout” candidate when so many fans expect him to be the Tigers starter this season. But Saturday will be a chance for Edwards-Helaire to solidify his status as, potentially, the best running back on the roster. With the Tigers pursuing a graduate transfer at running back, a big performance from Edwards-Helaire could give coach Ed Orgeron and Co. a little more confidence in their backfield heading into the summer.

2. Safety Eric Monroe

Safety is a stacked position for LSU. John Battle and Grant Delpit return as starters, with Ed Paris, Todd Harris and JaCoby Stevens all competing for playing time. But Saturday could be a chance for Eric Monroe to peek into the starting rotation. Potentially as a nickel safety or perhaps as a true safety, Monroe has the ability to play as well as or better than anyone in LSU’s deep secondary. This could be his showcase game to find some standing in the backfield.

3. Linebacker Jacob Phillips

Based off the way he played in the Citrus Bowl vs. Notre Dame and the rave reviews he’s earned this spring, sophomore Jacob Phillips might already be LSU’s starter at inside linebacker next to Devin White. But a strong spring game could go a long way toward ensuring that. If Phillips gets reps with the No. 1 defense and shows he can shed blocks and make tackles against the offense’s No. 1s, he will be well on his way to writing his name in the starting lineup in Sharpie.

Photos of the week!

In addition to being one of LSU’s starting safeties, did you know Battle is also a talented photographer? Well, he is. And if you need proof, here are some shots of LSU’s players he took at the team’s practice session with LSU students on Thursday:

The quest for a championship

While the football team will be staging a televised practiced five months before the start of the season, the LSU gymnastics team will be competing for a national championship. The No. 2 Tigers will participate in the NCAA semifinals at noon CT Friday and, if they finish in the top 3, the Super Six championship at 6 p.m. CT Saturday.

We’ll be live blogging the semifinals here at SEC Country if you need something to distract yourself at work Friday afternoon. And if you want to learn a little more about the team and its quest for the first championship in school history, click here to read about the girls’ goals for getting the monkey of their back.

In LSU baseball news

Yet another sport to keep up with. The LSU baseball team heads to Columbia, S.C., this weekend to compete against the South Carolina Gamecocks. Game 1 is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. CT Friday, followed by games at 3 p.m. CT Saturday and at 12:30 p.m. CT Sunday.

LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri still hasn’t announced a plan for who his Sunday starter will be this week, leaving the possibilities up to the imagination. Catcher Hunter Feduccia and first baseman Bryce Jordan made the trip to Columbia, leaving open the possibility for either or both players to return from injury this weekend. Shortstop Josh Smith did not make the trip.

ICYMI

It’s easy to miss LSU football news. In case you did, here’s a recap of the biggest headlines from Thursday:

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, April 20 is “National Look a Like Day.” So here’s a television clip about doppelgangers. Better yet, here are a few:

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