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LSU offensive lineman William Clapp (64) and LSU offensive lineman K.J. Malone (63) double team LSU offensive lineman Chidi Okeke (68) during drills at LSU football practice on Thursday August 4, 2016.

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG

LSU does not practice Thursday. It marks the end of the two-week-long preseason camp.

The program won't be releasing a depth chart until the first game week, though. We're too antsy to wait that long.

Here's our projection:



  • Brandon Harris, Jr.
  • Danny Etling, Jr.
  • Justin McMillan, RFr.

You should know... Coach Les Miles made it known during spring that Harris is "ready to be the quarterback," but Etling is a competent backup who's only made Harris better.

Running back

  • Leonard Fournette, Jr.
  • Derrius Guice, So.
  • Darrel Williams, Jr.

You should know... The Heisman Trophy favorite might be out a few days with that sprained ankle, but he'll be back "soon," Guice said Wednesday. 


  • J.D. Moore, Jr.
  • Bry’Kiethon Mouton, So.
  • David Ducre, So.

You should know... Mouton struggled, at times, in replacement of an injured Moore last season. Moore is healthy and ready to serve as Fournette's "flashlight."

X receiver

  • Malachi Dupre, Jr.
  • Drake Davis, Fr.
  • Dee Anderson, Fr.

You should know... Dupre heads into Year 3 with some lofty expectations. Davis is an athletic "freak," Harris said, a big, tall kid with speed.

Z receiver

  • Travin Dural, Sr.
  • D.J. Chark, Jr.
  • Derrick Dillon, RFr.

You should know... Dural is recovered from that gruesome hamstring injury, ready to improve his NFL draft status with a solid senior season.

Y/F receiver

  • Jazz Ferguson, So.
  • D.J. Chark, Jr.

You should know... Chark starts at F, and Ferguson at Y. They're both inside receiver positions. Chark is, again, having another great year of practice, coaches and players say. He still doesn't have a catch in two seasons.

Left tackle

  • K.J. Malone, Jr.
  • Maea Teuhema, So.
  • Chidi Okeke, RFr.

You should know... The offensive line is the toughest to project. Guys are playing at different spots in different practices. Malone is playing at guard, but he's also been playing at left tackle. Teuhema has been playing both left and right tackle.

Left guard

  • Will Clapp, So.
  • K.J. Malone, Jr.
  • Donavaugh Campbell, Fr.

You should know... Clapp will be a starter at one of the guard spots, barring something unforeseen. Which one? That depends on everyone else and how exactly the dominoes fall.


  • Ethan Pocic, Sr.
  • Andy Dodd, Jr.
  • Lloyd Cushenberry, Fr.

You should know... Pocic is up there with Fournette and MLB Kendell Beckwith when it comes to irreplaceable players at their positions. 

Right guard

  • Josh Boutte, Sr./Garrett Brumfield, So.
  • Donavaughn Campbell, Fr.

You should know... If Malone doesn't move inside to a guard spot - and that is a possibility - then Boutte or Brumfield will start at this guard spot. They've been battling all preseason camp.

Right tackle

  • Maea Teuhema, So.
  • Toby Weathersby, So.
  • George Brown, Jr.

You should know... Teuhema, LSU's left tackle in the spring, missed the first week of preseason camp, opening the door for Malone's surge at the spot. Coaches slid over Teuhema, working him some at right tackle. Weathersby was the presumed starter there in the spring, and he'll be there if Malone slides inside to guard and Teuhema returns to left tackle.

Tight end

  • Colin Jeter, Sr.
  • Foster Moreau, So.
  • DeSean Smith, Sr.

You should know... Jeter is the unquestioned No. 1, and Moreau is the definite No. 2. Freshman Caleb Roddy is fighting for playing time as LSU's No. 3 run-blocking tight end. Smith, meanwhile, has been battling a nagging knee injury since the end of last season. 


Defensive end

  • Lewis Neal, Sr.
  • Deondre Clark, Jr.
  • Rashard Lawrence, Fr.

You should know... Don't expect to see Neal on the sideline much. There's a big gap between No. 1 and No. 2 here. Lawrence could creep his way up this depth chart, too, and might play some nose tackle.

Nose tackle

  • Greg Gilmore, Jr.
  • Travonte Valentine, So.
  • Edwin Alexander, Fr.

You should know... Les Miles did not bring back a player who he dismissed a year ago and who got kicked out of a junior college just nine months ago to sit on the sideline. Expect Valentine to push hard for early playing time and, potentially, take the starting gig. This could be a rotating spot, though.

Defensive end

  • Davon Godchaux, Jr.
  • Frank Herron, Jr.
  • Glen Logan, Fr.

You should know... Godchaux is a three-year starter who you shouldn't expect to see off the field too often. Coaches slid him from nose tackle to end after Christian LaCouture's season-ending injury. Herron is a competent backup who got 3-6 series a game last season.

Outside linebacker (Buck)

  • Arden Key, So.
  • Tashawn Bower, Sr.
  • Sci Martin, Fr.

You should know... Key has his sights set on 20 - twenty - sacks this year, a personal goal. He's an athletic, rangy player who should thrive in this hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker spot.

Outside linebacker (F)

  • Tashawn Bower, Sr.
  • Michael Divinity, Fr.
  • Ray Thornton, Fr.
  • Corey Thompson, Sr.*

You should know... This is a young group hurt by the injury to Thompson. He's expected to be out at least six weeks. Bower is splitting his time between here and F-linebacker and playing on the line some, too. Divinity, a mid-year enrollee, could see significant time in Thompson's absence.

Inside linebacker (Mack)

  • Kendell Beckwith, Sr.
  • Donnie Alexander, Jr.
  • Duke Riley, Sr.

You should know... Coaches moved Donnie Alexander to Mack over the summer, providing a more veteran backup to Beckwith than Devin White, a rookie. 

Inside linebacker (Rover)

  • Duke Riley, Sr.
  • Devin White, Fr.
  • Donnie Alexander, Jr.

You should know... Riley's waited three long years for this. A special teams weapon, he's finally getting his crack at a starting job, but he's got competition behind him, especially from White, a rookie who coaches love.


  • Tre'Davious White, Sr.
  • Donte Jackson, So.
  • Saivion Smith, Fr.

You should know... White is the unquestioned starter out wide at cornerback in LSU's base 3-4 defense. With the amount of spread teams the Tigers face, look for them to play more nickel than anything else. That leaves the door open for the speedy Jackson to fill in.


  • Tre'Davious White, Sr.
  • Dwayne Thomas, Sr.
  • Kristian Fulton, Fr.

You should know... The staff moved White to the nickel spot in the spring. He played there in the spring game, moving inside in LSU's five-defensive back set. 


  • Jamal Adams, Jr. 
  • Dwayne Thomas, Sr. 
  • Cameron Lewis, Fr.

You should know... Adams is that hard-hitting safety so many expect so much from this season. New coordinator Dave Aranda is giving his high safeties more freedom this year, players say. That bodes well for Adams.


  • Rickey Jefferson, Sr.
  • John Battle, Jr.
  • Eric Monroe, Fr. 

You should know... Jefferson will have real competition. He struggled at times last season in pass coverage, and, by the end of the season, Battle served as the Tigers' sixth defensive back in the dime package. 


  • Kevin Toliver, So.
  • Ed Paris, Jr.
  • Kristian Fulton, Fr. 

You should know... Toliver, despite a torn labrum in his shoulder, impressed in man-to-man coverage last season as a rookie. He's got a veteran backup, too, in Paris, and a talented rookie behind him.


  • Josh Growden, RFr.
  • Bailey Raiborn, Fr.

You should know... This is Growden's job.


  • Colby Delahoussaye, Sr.
  • Cameron Gamble, Jr.
  • Connor Culp, Fr.

You should know... Gamble and Culp are competing for the kickoff job, but the two are chasing Delahoussaye for the place-kicking gig. 

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