The biggest position groups of interest on the LSU football team took center stage on Monday at the Tigers’ first day of spring practice.
Linebacker and offensive line both received plenty of attention, for good reason, and the two positions saw plenty of turnover from the end of the 2015 season until now.
Kendell Beckwith is lone starter returning to LSU’s linebacking corps.
Depth behind and around Beckwith is certainly a question mark surrounding the second layer of Dave Aranda’s unit.
With that in mind, the first-year Tigers defensive coordinator addressed the subject by inserting M.J. Patterson, Donnie Alexander and Devin Voorhies at inside linebacker on Monday, per The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger.
As expected, Duke Riley was one of a handful of veterans to receive reps at outside linebacker. But in a more surprising turn of events, rising sophomore defensive end Arden Key also saw action at the position.
As a freshman in 2015, Key registered 3.5 sacks over LSU’s final five games at defensive end. However, perhaps Aranda envisions the 6-foot-6, 231-pounder better suited for outside backer in his new system.
Additionally, Isaiah Washington and Tashawn Bower also saw reps at outside linebacker, according to Dellenger.
Change is imminent along LSU’s offensive line as well.
The Tigers are without both of their starting tackles from a season ago, and in their place was Toby Weathersby, George Brown Jr. and Maea Teuhema.
Teuhema, who started 11 games at left guard last season, garnered most of the snaps at left tackle. Weathersby and Brown both shared time on the right side.
LSU’s starting right guard, William Clapp, filled in at left guard in place of Teuhema, and Andy Dodd saw time at center in place of an injured Ethan Pocic.
Garrett Brumfield and Josh Boutte received snaps at right guard with Clapp tending to other duties.