Where freshman running back Tae Provens fits in LSU’s offense
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Question of the Day: Tuesday, Feb. 13
It’s Fat Tuesday here in Louisiana, which means you might not be in the holiday spirit if you can still coherently read this sentence.
Our question comes courtesy of a regular reader, Jake Higginbotham.
Where do you see Tae Provens fit in our offense next year?
— Jake Higginbotham (@Jakelsu622) February 12, 2018
As Jake likely noticed in our projected offensive depth chart that probably will be rendered totally moot by the second week of spring practice, we don’t have the incoming freshman running back listed. But that shouldn’t be interpreted as us saying Provens won’t be a factor. We just went three deep on the depth chart, and at the moment we see Provens as the No. 4 running back.
The primary reason for that estimation is quite simple. Of LSU’s two freshman running backs, Chris Curry is a 4-star prospect and Provens is a 3-star one. Until I get a chance to see both perform in person, I’m deferring to what the recruiting experts say.
That said, Provens has provided himself with a chance to move up the charts by enrolling in school early. Unlike Curry, he’ll have the advantage of spring practice at LSU. That is vital because it gives Provens an edge in learning LSU’s pass protections.
It’s worth noting that Provens is listed as an “athlete” by 247Sports rather than a running back. On film, he looks very good at catching the ball out of the backfield. That also happens to be Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s strength. But if Edwards-Helaire wins the competition to become LSU’s primary back, it then could create a spot for Provens to be the third-down back.
Even if Provens does wind up as LSU’s No. 4 back at the start of the season, the Tigers are so inexperienced at the position that it’s inevitable he’ll get some opportunities to prove himself. And it won’t be surprising if many of those opportunities come in the form of receptions.
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