BATON ROUGE, La. — Spring games aren’t usually a great place to learn much about a football team, but a few nuggets of wisdom worked their way through the pomp of LSU football’s spring game on Saturday.
Quarterbacks Justin McMillan, Lowell Narcisse and Myles Brennan rotated between the first and second teams, switching off drives with each unit. So there wasn’t much to learn on that front. Don’t expect a starting quarterback to be named until the fall.
But LSU’s other position groups showed off what they’re capable of. In particular, LSU showed the areas it has the most depth and where it is the thinnest. Follow below for a stock report on LSU’s best performers, and also the areas where the team needs the most work.
K’Lavon Chaisson: No player on the field Saturday was more noticeable or more of a force than Chaisson, the sophomore outside linebacker. Stepping up as a replacement for Arden Key this season, Chaisson came off the edge unblocked on at least eight occasions, being credited with 1 sack in a game where quarterbacks couldn’t be hit. Fellow edge rusher Andre Anthony also had a strong game, firing into the backfield for two or three would-be sacks.
Justin Jefferson: In case there was any doubt about whether Jefferson belongs in the starting lineup, the sophomore wide receiver erased it Saturday. Jefferson scored LSU’s first touchdown, taking a one-handed catch 94 yards past All-America cornerback Greedy Williams. In all, Jefferson went for more than 100 yards receiving and was the Tigers’ most consistent receiving target. Derrick Dillon also connected on a long pass with Narcisse, turning an acrobatic catch into a 63-yard gain.
With ☝️ hand.
94 YDS TO THE HOUSE.
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— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) April 21, 2018
Neil Farrell: Another sophomore, Farrell was a menace on Saturday. The defensive lineman consistently pushed into the backfield and was credited with 4 tackles and a pass breakup. Rashard Lawrence and Breiden Fehoko seem to have a pretty good grasp on the starting defensive end jobs this year, but expect Farrell to contribute in that rotation. Depth is key on the defensive line.
Offensive line depth: LSU football’s second-team offensive line looked lost on Saturday. Early enrollee center Cole Smith was habitually worked by Tyler Shelvin and Davin Cotton at nose tackle, and Anthony and Travez Moore often had free passes at the quarterbacks off the edge. The line has an excuse. Saahdiq Charles and Austin Deculus are hurt, and those might be the Tigers’ two starting tackles when the season begins. But Brennan, Narcisse and McMillan had virtually no time to pass when they were with the second team, adding to the reasons why the quarterback battle was inconclusive.