BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU’s spring football season is winding down, but one question remains unanswered heading into Saturday’s spring game.
What should we expect out of the offense?
Much of the offseason talk has centered around a more pass-centric system. That’s what coach Les Miles has emphasized since the start of spring practices last month, and what’s been scrutinized almost daily ever since.
The Tigers’ spring game should finally provide us with some answers as to what changes we should expect on the offensive side of the ball.
So, Leonard Fournette, should we expect more passing?
“It’s kind of 50-50,” the Heisman Trophy hopeful said after Tuesday’s practice. “Brandon (Harris) and our receivers stay after practice to get work in, and you see it during practice. When they’re throwing the ball to each other and going up and making plays we need them to make. I’d say the hard work is paying off.”
Harris’ work ethic is one of the major storylines of the offseason.
The rising junior signal-caller heeded advice from a trio of NFL quarterbacks as he tries to make the leap going into the 2016 season.
Harris has tried to change his approach to the game, both on and away from the field, and it’s something that’s been noticeable to his teammates.
“He’s doing well,” safety Jamal Adams said of Harris. “Coach Cam (Cameron) is asking them to do some pretty hard things. He’s been taking on the role, stepping up and being a leader for the offense that we need.”
“Brandon is still developing,” Fournette added. “That’s one thing about him. His attitude coming into the huddle, encouraging us even when someone drops the ball or there’s bad communication … he claps his hands, tells us we can be better, and we need that.”
As LSU prepares to open up its aerial attack, it’s to ignore the fact that there’s a proven running back waiting in the backfield.
Fournette has taken on a lighter workload this spring, getting fewer reps than the likes of Derrius Guice and Co. during the Tigers’ previous scrimmages.
When the spring game rolls around, Fournette is unsure how often his number will be called, which he doesn’t feel is a problem at this time of the year.
“I’d say anything to help the team out,” Fournette said. “During practice, not just during the scrimmages, we go 100 percent. We go so hard every time we get the ball (that) we sprint at least 20 yards down the field. (Not getting carries) doesn’t really bother me. At the end of the day, it’s not just me that plays running back. There are other guys on scholarship that have the same ability as me and can probably do better.”
Humility has never been a question for Fournette. His workload on Saturday certainly is.
For now, the junior running back is keeping his expected carries close to the vest.
“I’d ask Coach Miles,” Fournette said. “It doesn’t matter, as long as I’m out there participating.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.