LSU players report for fall camp on Aug. 5 so we’re counting down to that day with a daily blog series on things to watch during camp. Traditionally, the media has been cut off from viewing practices at some point during camp so we might have to be quick with the observations.
No. 2: Starting battles at both defensive end spots
Who’s Involved: Tashawn Bower, Lewis Neal, Sione Teuhema, Deondre Clark, Arden Key
The Scoop: Among all of the battles in preseason camp, these two are at the top of the list, excluding the QB competition, of course. Coach Les Miles said last week that Bower and Neal are LSU’s starters, but he stressed that the staff won’t be scared to play young players.
That list includes highly touted signees Arden Key and Isaiah Washington – both four star guys. Miles compared Key to Keke Mingo.
“This Arden Key, I think, is a guy we’re going to have to give a look to,” Miles said.
Teuhema and Clark, both once highly regarded prospects who head into their sophomore seasons, are expected to be the backups to Neal and Bower. They are guys who will challenge for starting spots as well as any other backup on LSU’s team.
Bower and Neal seem unsettled in the No. 1 spots. After all, Bower only played as a backup last season and struggled at times. Neal, meanwhile, was a defensive tackle for much of last season who seldom saw playing time.
What Will We Watch Happen: One of the younger guys – among the pair of sophomores and pair of freshmen – might see their name on the top line when game week arrives.
They’re clearly pushing Neal and Bower. For instance, Clark was in the No. 1 role for the first part of spring practice, and Miles and the staff are obviously high on Key.
No. 9: Fournette returning kicks
No. 8: OL Maea Teuhema and Toby Weathersby
No. 7: Malachi Dupre’s emergence
No. 6: Interior O-line battle
No. 5: Kendell Beckwith and Jamal Adams
No. 4: Battle at CB
No. 3: Freshmen RBs Nick Brossette and Derrius Guice
No. 2: Battle at both DE spots
No. 1: ? (Wednesday)