Plenty remains unresolved in battle for LSU’s starting running back spot
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Question of the Day: Friday, April 13
It’s Friday the 13th — the ideal day for hockey mask-wearing slashers, Stevie Wonder songs and questions about running backs.
Who do you think will start at RB Clyde Edwards helaire , nick brossette , Lanard Fournette , or Chris Curry?
— Skillz 2 real (@Skillz_2_real) April 11, 2018
Spring practice may only be a week away from completion, but the matter of who will start at running back for the Tigers this fall still won’t be resolved until after the spring game.
Part of the reason for that is because one of the candidates for the job hasn’t arrived — the aforementioned Chris Curry. Curry, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound back from Lehigh Acres, Fla., doesn’t get to campus until this summer.
However, I think the two favorites for the job are already here. Nick Brossette is the most likely candidate to start, though it seems clear Clyde Edwards-Helaire is gaining ground.
“I don’t know if it’s called progress, but every day Clyde Edwards-Helaire does something impressive,” coach Ed Orgeron said last week. “Every day. Every day he makes a run and you go, ‘wow, look at that.’ Tremendous change of direction, tremendous vision.”
Edwards-Helaire has been a little banged up lately, missing three of the last four practices, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he has the bulk of the carries by midseason.
I still expect Brossette to be starting Week 1, though. In an ideal world, I think the Tigers would like Brossette to be their feature back while Edwards-Helaire serves as an explosive third down back who can be a factor in the passing game.
Lanard Fournette, already fighting an uphill battle, missed several practices earlier in the spring and is continuing to make up ground. There’s also freshman Tae Provens, who was neglected from the question either by design or accident. Either way, by all accounts Provens is a speedy talent who has some catching up to do when it comes to the little things. He may end up a factor in August, but it doesn’t seem like he’s there yet.
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