LSU’s highly-anticipated football season gets underway March 7 with the start of spring practices.
Each day, SEC Country will take a look at one key position group on the LSU roster and analyze the talent returning, the departures and the new additions while providing expert analysis on the most prominent storylines to keep an eye on.
The spring football preview series will continue weekdays through March 4.
Running backs coach: Jabbar Juluke
Key returners: Leonard Fournette, Derrius Guice
Other returners: Nick Brossette, Darrel Williams
Newcomers: Devin White
Outlook: The LSU backfield should look remarkably similar to the 2015 version that led the SEC in rushing.
Headlining that group, of course, is Leonard Fournette, the junior who will likely headline numerous preseason Heisman Trophy award watch lists.
Fournette is preparing for his third season with the Tigers after setting multiple records over his freshman and sophomore seasons, which includes leading the FBS in yards per game last season.
Also back are Derrius Guice, Nick Brossette and Darrel Williams. Guice saw an expanded role as the season went on, and the whole collection of backs could find roles under first-year Tigers running backs coach Jabbar Juluke.
Juluke was hired by LSU earlier this month after a short stint at Texas Tech and three years at Louisiana Tech. He previously was a state championship-winning coach at Edna Karr High School in New Orleans, where he coached against the aforementioned Fournette.
The first-year LSU coach has enjoyed success running the ball everywhere he’s been, and with the talent embedded in LSU’s backfield it should be no problem for that trend to continue.
Additionally, it will be interesting to see how Juluke incorporates true freshman Devin White into the mix.
White, who starred at both running back and linebacker for North Webster High School (Springhill, La.), is expected to see action on the offensive side of the ball. At 6-foot-1 and 258 pounds, the four-star prospect will practice with the team this spring and carve out a role.
With the right blend of veterans and newcomers, LSU should take claim to the best backfield in the nation in 2016. The Tigers will have no shortage of talent or depth, and the task will then be making the most out of those advantages.
Here’s a look at our past and upcoming previews:
- Quarterback an area of stability entering 2016
- Feb. 24: Newcomers aim to make instant impact at wide receiver