We spoke to defensive line coach Ed Orgeron about this Tuesday at the LHSAA coaches clinic. Check out the second note in this notebook for what Orgeron said.
Basically, he doesn’t seem too concerned, but there’s no denying the fact that LSU is low on DTs. The team has five scholarship defensive tackles: starters Christian LaCouture and Davon Godchaux and reserves Quentin Thomas, Frank Herron and Greg Gilmore.
LSU is an injury away from having a starter and backup at each DT spot and nothing more. And two of the five scholarship DTs are Herron and Gilmore, who played sparingly as redshirt freshmen last year. However, there are other possibilities. For instance, Maquedius Bain, moved from DT to DE during the spring, could move back and play some DT.
Depending on your definition of weak, the DT spot could be seen as the weakest behind QB – if you’re talking about depth. LSU has just three scholarship QBs. As for its starters, the DT position could be seen as a place of strength with LaCouture and Godchaux.
Things are set at the tackle positions. Jerald Hawkins is at left tackle and Vadal Alexander is at right tackle. Ethan Pocic will start somewhere – either at center or left guard. That depends on a group of three others: Will Clapp, Andy Dodd and Josh Boutte. Those three, it seems, are in the mix for two jobs, with Dodd seemingly as a center-only option.
How will it shake out? Who the heck knows? OL coach Jeff Grimes on Tuesday didn’t offer much insight except to say that Pocic’s position depends on other players.
Remember, offensive linemen are prone to injury. The Tigers need to have seven to eight guys ready to play. Throw redshirt freshman Garrett Brumfield into the mix of those above, too. He seems to be just outside of that group.
I’ve had so many press box meals I really can’t say a favorite. LSU offered a few pregame football meals last season that were great. I like the good Cajun stuff – gumbo, crawfish etouffee, shrimp pasta.
Among my recent trips: Athens, Georgia. It’s a great town, one of my favorites. I got to spend about four days there this spring covering LSU baseball and had a grand time. Bars, restaurants and shops cover a large swath of what is a chill but lively downtown. The beautiful Georgia campus runs along the downtown entertainment scene to make for a great setting.
Tampa – for the Outback Bowl a year and a half ago – finishes a close second. After all, who doesn’t love palm trees, 80 degrees and beaches in December?
Plenty of people think true freshman Kevin Toliver, top 3 nationally at CB in the 2015 class, will start at cornerback eventually this season. He’ll have to beat out sophomore Ed Paris to do it, though.
Tre’Davious White has one cornerback spot locked down, and Paris is manning the other. There’s a pretty intense battle going on between Paris and Toliver, an early enrollee who participate in spring practice. That will ramp up when highly touted signees Donte Jackson and Xavier Lewis will start practice this fall.
Paris told us in the spring that this is “my time” with regards to thestarting CB job.
Common sense would say yes. Jennings has now missed about five to six weeks of summer workouts for a suspension that stems from his arrest last month for unauthorized entry into a dwelling.
Coach Les Miles said Monday that Jennings’ arrest will end in a “positive” way and that he expects the QB to return to the team and the QB competition soon enough. But, still, Harris has run the voluntary 7-on-7 workouts with the team during the last several weeks, and players say he’s doing well.
You have to give the edge to Harris as fall camp looms, but it’s not a huge edge. It’s a tight starting battle with no real end in sight.