3 things we probably learned from LSU’s spring game on Saturday
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3 things: LSU spring game edition
Spring games are great for making snap judgments, and not necessarily judgments that’ll be correct come the fall. But observations based on one scrimmage five months before the season starts can hold some value.
So, with LSU’s spring game in the books, here are three things we learned from the Tigers scrimmage on Saturday. Probably.
- The pass rush just might be great: K’Lavon Chaisson was unblockable Saturday. Andre Anthony and Travez Moore had their moments in the backfield, too. LSU’s edge rushers were the standout performers this weekend, and Jarell Cherry and Dantrieze Scott haven’t even enrolled yet. It’s hard for a team to lose a player like Arden Key and get better in that phase, but LSU just might.
- LSU’s running backs are explosive: Clyde Edwards-Helaire seemingly proved to be LSU’s most effective running back, rushing 14 times for 74 yards and a touchdown. But early enrollee Tae Provens also showed off his wheels, bursting well into the open field. Provens may not be as effective between the tackles, but get him in space and he’s a home run threat. He might be precisely the change of pace LSU needs in its rushing game to replace Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams.
- Saahdiq Charles and Austin Deculus will be critical: LSU’s offensive line looked spotty at best. Some of that might have to do with Chaisson, Anthony and Moore off the edge. But a lot of it revolved around a lack of depth. Saahdiq Charles was on the SEC All-Freshman team a year ago and is the presumed starter at left tackle, while Austin Deculus has a chance to start at right tackle.
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Even if Deculus doesn’t, he’ll provide better depth than the Tigers showed on Saturday. Because if the spring game was any indication, LSU won’t be able to afford injuries up front.
Some bad news
You never want to see a player get injured in a spring game, and unfortunately for LSU, one key contributor did just that.
Sophomore safety Grant Delpit sustained an apparent shoulder injury on Saturday, and was out for the rest of the game. On Sunday, Delpit tweeted that he’ll have surgery to repair the injury, which The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger and NOLA.com’s Andrew Lopez confirmed was a broken collarbone.
It’s always unfortunate when a player gets injured, but doubly so when it comes competing against teammates. Don’t expect Delpit to miss time when the team returns to practice in the fall, but he’ll have to work hard to stay in shape and continue a strength and conditioning regimen once he’s fully healed from the surgery in about two months.
In case you missed any of it, here is SEC Country’s complete coverage from LSU’s 2018 spring game:
- What we learned, and didn’t learn, from the spring game
- Quarterback competition remains unresolved
- What Coach O said after the game
- Recap, analysis from Tiger Stadium
- Stock report: Pass rush, deep passing game stars
4 out of 6 ain’t bad
In what can only be described as a bittersweet turn of events, the LSU gymnastics team finished in fourth place at the 2018 Super Six championships on Saturday. This was the Tigers’ worst finish in three seasons, but also the team’s best score at the Super Six in school history.
Senior Myia Hambrick finished her college career on great terms, logging 9.95 scores in her last two events — floor and vault — to keep the Tigers in contention. LSU was in second place heading into the last event behind No. 1 Oklahoma, but both schools were passed by eventual champion UCLA, led by a perfect 10 on beam from Peng Peng Lee.
LSU should return a lot of talent in 2019. Hambrick and fellow senior Erin Macadaeg are the only contributors leaving, meaning the Tigers will have to replace Hambrick in the all-around and Macadaeg on beam. All-around competitors Sarah Finnegan and Kennedi Edney, as well as major contributor Lexie Priessman and rising sophomores Sarah Edwards, Sami Durante, Reagan Campbell and Christina Desiderio will be back. Plus, LSU will return McKenna Kelley from injury, adding a key cog from the team’s runner-up finish in 2017.
Forget bittersweet, this part is just bitter
For the first time since 2014, the LSU baseball team got swept in a weekend SEC series, losing three straight games to South Carolina this weekend.
We’ll talk more about the series and what went wrong for LSU in the Monday edition of Out of The Box, SEC Country’s weekly LSU baseball column, at 10:30 a.m. ET. But for now, just know the Tigers return to action on Tuesday against Lamar. Until then, the world is not ending. It’s just changing slightly. Don’t panic.
Today in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, April 23 is “National Take A Chance Day.” So go for it. Roll the dice. Take a risk. The only thing holding you back is you.
I’ve run out of stale platitudes. But you get the point. Take a chance. I know I’ll try to do the same.
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