This is part of a 10-part series counting down to the start of LSU's preseason camp on July 31. One part is being published each day beginning July 21 and running through July 30.
Candidates: Garrett Brumfield, Jr.; Will Clapp, Jr.; Donavaughn Campbell, So.; Austin Deculus, Fr.
Scoop: The favorite is Brumfield, the former U-High standout who appears to be getting his chance after three years as a reserve. Ed Orgeron said during SEC media days last week that the redshirt junior won the job, but don't think the competition is completely over. If coaches don't feel sure about Brumfield, they could move Clapp from center to left guard and replace him with Lloyd Cushenberry, an option that Orgeron and OL coach Jeff Grimes have both discussed.
No. 2/3 RECEIVER
Candidates: Russell Gage, Sr.; Drake Davis, So.; Stephen Sullivan, So.; Derrick Dillon, So.
Scoop: We all know about LSU's go-to receiver, D.J. Chark, but second, third and fourth options at the position are somewhat unclear. Gage and Davis seemed to separate themselves among the small group of scholarship receivers (7) in the spring. Asked about options behind him, Chark mentioned those two, followed by Dillon and Sullivan. Freshman Mannie Netherly and sophomore Dee Anderson are the only other scholarship guys. Netherly enrolled early and participated in spring. Anderson sat out much of spring for what appeared to be punishment by coaches.
Candidates: Danny Etling, Sr.; Myles Brennan, Fr.; Justin McMillan, So.; Lowell Narcisse, Fr.; Lindsey Scott, RFr.
Scoop: You might be wondering why this is one of three position battles we listed for offense. Remember, the Tigers really only lost three starters from last season (Malachi Dupre, Ethan Pocic and Travin Dural). The starting competitions aren't plentiful. The favorite here, of course, is Etling, the fifth-year senior, but talented rookie Brennan is getting a shot to beat him out — a recruiting promise Orgeron and staff are keeping.
- July 21: Three offensive starting battles
- July 22: Three defensive position battles
- July 23: Three defensive rookies you should know
- July 24: Three offensive rookies you should know
- July 25: Three defensive seniors to count on
- July 26: Three offensive seniors to count on
- July 27: Three defensive reserves pushing to play
- July 28: Three offensive reserves pushing to play
- July 29: Strongest and weakest position groups
- July 30: Three bold predictions