No. 1: Quarterback
The Contenders: Anthony Jennings, junior; Brandon Harris, sophomore
The Scoop: Head coach Les Miles was adamant after the Tigers’ Music City Bowl loss to Notre Dame that the quarterback position would be open for competition in the spring. Expect this battle, for the second straight year, to carry over into fall camp.
No. 2: Left tackle
The Departure: La’el Collins
The Contender: Jerald Hawkins, junior; Vadal Alexander, senior; Ethan Pocic, sophomore
The Scoop: Hawkins is primed to make the more from right to left tackle. Expect the 6-foot-6, 310-pounder to be the starter this fall. Alexander, likely to play left guard and/or right tackle, and Pocic, likely to play center or right tackle/guard, are reserves at left tackle.
No. 3: Defensive ends
The Departures: Jermauria Rasco; Danielle Hunter
The Contenders: Tashawn Bower, junior; Sione Teuhema, sophomore; Deondre Clark, sophomore; Lewis Neal, junior
The Scoop: One of the top contenders won’t arrive until the fall, in four-star signee Arden Key. For now, Bower and Clark seem to be the favorites to secure the starting roles, but LSU has a new defensive line coach in Ed Orgeron. This battle is very much open.
No. 4: Center
The Departure: Elliott Porter
The Contenders: Ethan Pocic, junior; Andy Dodd, sophomore; Will Clapp, redshirt freshman
The Scoop: This will be one of the most hotly competitive spots. Dodd seems to have the edge, especially if coaches want Pocic to play what many believe is his more natural position: tackle. But coaches clearly weren’t sold on Dodd last season. They used Pocic instead.
No. 5: Cornerback
The Departures: Jalen Collins; Rashard Robinson
The Contenders: Ed Paris, sophomore; Kevin Toliver II, freshman; Dwayne Thomas, junior; Jalen Mills, senior
The Scoop: Toliver might be the favorite to claim the starting job, but don’t expect a starter to be announced by the end of spring practice. Paris didn’t play last season as much as some would have thought, and coaches could move down Mills from safety.