SEC Country has taken a close look at each position on the LSU depth chart in the aftermath of spring practices.
Now it’s time to look forward.
Here is a projection of the LSU depth chart as we inch closer toward fall camp.
Editor’s note: This depth chart is based on spring practice, and does not include summer enrollees
Starter: Brandon Harris (JR)
Backup(s): Danny Etling (JR), Justin McMillan (R-FR)
Position breakdown: A new-look offense and a slew of upgraded weaponry sets the stage for Harris to enjoy a breakout season. After his third spring at LSU, his second as the unquestioned starter behind center, Harris is set to lead a balanced offense that will now encompass more spread principles and a short-passing attack. His growth at quarterback could determine LSU’s ceiling as a team.
Starter: Leonard Fournette (JR)
Backup(s): Derrius Guice (SO), Darrel Williams (JR), Nick Brossette (SO)
Position breakdown: Somehow, someway, Fournette has found a way to improve each year at LSU. After leading the country in rushing a season ago, Fournette is bracing for another Heisman Trophy campaign. As a sophomore, he averaged 162.8 yards per game. The LSU coaches are hoping that a more effective aerial attack will open more running lanes for Fournette, as well as his talented backup, Guice, who exploded onto the scene later last season.
Starter: John David Moore (JR)
Backup(s): Bry’Kiethon Mouton (SO), David Ducre (SO)
Position breakdown: With Moore sidelined for the spring, as he recovers from a knee injury that ended his sophomore season prematurely, Mouton and Ducre received the bulk of action in the LSU backfield during spring practices. Moore should regain his starting job when healthy. He took over as the starting fullback early on in the year against Mississippi State and thrived in that role.
Starter: Colin Jeter (SR)
Backup(s): Foster Moreau (SO), Desean Smith (SR), Jacory Washington (SO)
Position breakdown: Jeter emerged as a legitimate receiving threat in the LSU offense last season. The 6-foot-7, 244-pounder started nine games and finished fifth on the team in receiving with 12 receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown. Behind him, Moreau emerged this spring as both a standout blocker and receiver in the short-passing game. Both could be poised for added roles this coming season.
Starters: Maea Teuhema (SO), Toby Weathersby (SO)
Backup(s): K.J. Malone (JR), Chidi Valentine-Okeke (R-FR), George Brown (R-FR), Jevonte Domond (SR)
Position breakdown: Teuhema is the No. 1 candidate to replace Jerald Hawkins at left tackle. The sophomore spent most of last season inside at left guard, but saw extensive action on the outside at tackle this spring. Opposite of him, Weathersby has surfaced as the favorite to nab the right tackle job.
Starters: William Clapp (SO), Josh Boutte (SR)
Backup: Adrian Magee (R-FR), Garrett Brumfield (SO)
Position breakdown: Clapp missed the spring due to injury, but the offensive guard emerged as a solid contributor along LSU’s offensive line during his redshirt freshman season in 2015. When healthy, Clapp should return as a starter, likely taking Teuhema’s spot on the left side. That leaves Boutte as the probable starter on the right side, though Brumfield will push him for the job.
Starter: Ethan Pocic (SR)
Backup(s): K.J. Malone (JR), Andy Dodd (JR)
Position breakdown: The lone senior on the offensive line, Pocic also missed the entire spring as he recovered from surgery. Pocic will anchor LSU up front and could potentially see action at numerous spots along the offensive line. However, his experience at center should benefit LSU as it breaks in at least one new guard and two new tackles.
Starters: Malachi Dupre (JR), Travin Dural (SR)
Backup(s): D.J. Chark (SO), Jazz Ferguson (SO), Tyron Johnson (SO), Dee Anderson (FR), Stephen Sullivan (FR)
Position breakdown: Gone are Trey Quinn and John Diarse, and in comes new receivers coach Dameyune Craig. The former Auburn quarterback and coach has made an immediate impact on LSU’s wide receiving corps. Dural was limited this spring after undergoing surgery, and Dupre continued to separate himself as Harris’ go-to receiver. Ferguson, Chark and Johnson all seem poised for expanded roles in the offense, and even the freshmen showed flashes early on.
Starters: Davon Godchaux (JR), Lewis Neal (SR)
Backup(s): Frank Herron (JR), Tashawn Bower (SR), Sione Teuhema (JR)
Position breakdown: A newly implemented 3-4 front meant a lot of adjustments for the LSU defensive line. That includes Godchaux shifting to defensive end after 20 consecutive starts for the Tigers at defensive tackle. The junior will line up opposite of Neal, who split reps with Herron throughout the spring.
Starter: Christian LaCouture (SR)
Backup: Greg Gilmore (JR)
Position breakdown: Like the defensive ends, LaCouture is in store for a bit of a change as well. LaCouture is now tasked with playing nose tackle and — consequently — anchoring the Tigers’ defensive front. Gilmore saw time as LaCouture’s backup, but LSU lacks depth at this spot … for now.
Starters: Kendell Beckwith (SR), Duke Riley (SR)
Backup(s): Devin White (FR), Devin Voorhies (JR), Donnie Alexander (JR), M.J. Patterson (JR)
Position breakdown: Beckwith’s injury early this spring opened the door for White, an early enrollee, to prove himself in the middle of the LSU defense. White shined and could eventually crack the starting lineup. Until then, Riley will get the nod next to Beckwith as the two seniors will handle key run-stopping roles in Dave Aranda’s defense.
Starters: Arden Key (SO), Corey Thompson (SR)
Backup(s): Isaiah Washington (SO), Michael Divinity Jr. (FR)
Position breakdown: The most important roles in Aranda’s 3-4 scheme, the defensive coordinator switched Key and Washington from 4-3 ends to stand-up outside linebackers. Key, who registered 3.5 sacks over the final five games as a freshman last season, will be critical to LSU’s pass-rushing success. Washington and Divinity could push Thompson, a former safety, for playing time.
Starters: Tre’Davious White (SR), Kevin Toliver II (SO)
Backup(s): Donte Jackson (SO), Saivion Smith (FR), Dwayne Thomas (SR), Ed Paris (JR)
Position breakdown: White’s return for his senior season provides LSU with a veteran presence at the cornerback position. Toliver missed all of the spring due to a shoulder injury, which allowed for Smith, an early enrollee, to take added reps and shine in his absence. The Tigers’ cornerback rotation will include many young contributors.
Starter: Jamal Adams (JR), Rickey Jefferson (SR)
Backup(s): John Battle (JR), Ed Paris (JR)
Position breakdown: With Jalen Mills off the NFL, Adams is tasked with being the leader at the safety position. Jefferson won the starting job opposite Adams during the spring, but will be pushed by true freshmen Eric Monroe and Cameron Lewis for the spot come fall camp.
Starter: Trent Domingue (SR)
Position breakdown: With Jamie Keehn pursuing an NFL career, Domingue will not only handle placekicking, but punting duties as well. A Lou Groza Award semifinalist last year, Domingue connected on 13-of-17 field-goal attempts in 2015 and will be instrumental to LSU’s success yet again this season.