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Freshman QB Lowell Narcisse has a bunch to prove during the upcoming bowl practices.

What will we learn about LSU’s QB competition during bowl practices?

Nick Suss

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Let’s talk about quarterbacks … again

It’s that time of year, folks. No, not Christmastime. LSU quarterback competition time. The glorious time when we all gather together and speculate who LSU’s next gunslinger will be.

Senior Danny Etling will start — and presumably finish — the Citrus Bowl versus Notre Dame. After that, the Tigers won’t have a single game of starting experience returning for 2018. This puts a lot of pressure on LSU’s bowl practices and spring camp to figure out which of its returning backups are best suited to start.

So, what can we learn about freshmen Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse this bowl season? Plenty, actually. LSU doesn’t necessarily practice with a first-string, second-string, third-string mentality. So, it won’t be easy to look at the players in a straight line and see who lines up first. But bowl practice is often where younger players assert themselves for the future.

RELATED: Will the Tigers run a 2-quarterback system in 2018?

Coach Ed Orgeron said in a press conference Tuesday that he anticipates giving younger players expanded roles at the end of practices, getting them slightly more prepared for next season. It’ll be in situations such as these where Brennan and Narcisse can prove what they’ve learned.

It’ll also be interesting to see what we learn from LSU’s running backs and receivers. Namely, with DJ Chark and Russell Gage moving on and Derrius Guice likely to do the same, which personnel packages of incoming skill players fit best with Brennan and which are better with Narcisse? Does the better pass catcher Clyde Edwards-Helaire fit better with the spread-strong Brennan? Will deep threats such as Stephen Sullivan and Drake Davis thrive under the big-armed Narcisse?

It’s all a big exercise in observatory learning. One we’ll certainly be keeping an eye on this winter. Enjoy the season!

Speaking of practice …

Tuesday was LSU’s first day of bowl practice. Below are a series of miscellaneous observations from the field:

  • Left tackle K.J. Malone was full-go and cleared for contact Tuesday. This was his first full-speed practice since he injured his left knee versus Florida.
  • Defensive starters Arden Key and Donnie Alexander were absent. Key is listed as questionable for the bowl game as he recovers from a knee injury and finger surgery.
  • Defensive back Ed Paris, who is out for the season with a knee injury, was in uniform but didn’t participate in practice Tuesday. Expect the senior to accept his redshirt and return as a fifth-year senior in 2018.

The countdown

We here at SEC Country are in the middle of a countdown looking back at the top 10 LSU football plays of 2017. In case you haven’t been following along, here are our entries thus far:

Check back to SEC Country around 2 p.m. CT Wednesday for the No. 8 entry of the countdown and around this time every day over the next two weeks for further trips down memory lane.

If this isn’t enough counting down for you, here’s a song called Countdown.

What a guy

Former LSU offensive lineman and Los Angeles Rams star Andrew Whitworth showed what a magnanimous person he is Wednesday with a gesture for the ages.

Whitworth donated approximately 600 bikes and helmets to students at Grape Street Elementary School, all of which he personally purchased. It should be noted that he did all of this on Dec. 12, which happens to be his own birthday.

If that’s how he celebrates turning 36, I can’t wait to see what he does at 40.

Watch me, watch me

Fellow SEC Country reporter Alex Hickey and I did our weekly Facebook Live chat Tuesday as we kicked off bowl practices with a video celebration. To hear what Alex and I had to say about all the questions surrounding the Tigers right now, watch the video below.

And be sure to follow us on Facebook for future editions of our Facebook Live chats. You won’t regret it.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Dec. 13 is “National Violin Day.” I’m not going to pretend I know much about the violin. But I am a huge fan of rock n’ roll, an art form that has borrowed the stringy, twangy sounds of the violin from time to time.

Don’t believe me? Here are two of the most iconic examples:

If those songs are stuck in your head now, you’re welcome.

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