1. What we learned
The competition continues into the offseason at quarterback. The spring game gave some hopeful signs of improved play from Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris, but we’ve seen this act before. Harris looked like he would claim the starting job after last year’s spring game but ended up an inconsistent backup, while Jennings was basically the starter by default. Both made nice passes Saturday and had some rocky moments, but the fact that much of their work was against LSU’s reserves doesn’t provide a true picture of where this position battle stands.
2. Trending now: LSU’s wide receivers
This inexperienced group was a bigger part of the Tigers’ passing game woes last season than most people gave it credit for. But Saturday, the receivers looked like part of the solution. Travin Dural and Malachi Dupre are LSU’s 1 and 1A options at receiver with four catches and two touchdowns apiece. Sophomore D.J. Chark was the talk of spring practice in terms of his improvement and didn’t disappoint with two catches for 53 yards, and John Diarse had four receptions as well. Even the tight ends, an overlooked group in 2014, caught five passes.
3. Final thoughts
It would be nice if Saturday’s game wrapped up spring practice in a neat little report card, but as usual, many of the Tigers’ grades remain incomplete. LSU still hasn’t answered the starting quarterback question, the offensive line needs to build depth, and the defensive line looks like it is more effective under new D-line coach Ed Orgeron but could certainly use more seasoning. Les Miles likes his team and believes it’s ready to contend again, but the quarterback position remains the key. That will make the difference between another eight-win season and CFP contention.