• Danny Etling, RS senior
  • Justin McMillan, RS sophomore
  • Lindsey Scott, RS freshman
  • Lowell Narcisse, freshman
  • Myles Brennan, freshman
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Danny Etling has a big edge as LSU enters camp.

How it enters camp: Etling is the clear favorite. No presumed starter on the team has more experience over his backups. 

How it could leave camp: Brennan is the challenger here. No other QB could beat out Etling during spring practice, but the highly touted freshman now gets his (long) shot.


  • Derrius Guice, junior
  • Darrel Williams, senior
  • Nick Brossette, junior
  • Lanard Fournette, RS sophomore
  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire, freshman

How it enters camp: Guice is a Heisman Trophy contender who's already got one school record (single-game rushing) and is poised to attain more during what's expected to be his final college season.

How it could leave camp: The real battle might be down the pecking order. Brossette and Fournette are fighting for that third rotational spot behind Williams and Guice.


Left tackle

  • K.J. Malone, senior
  • Adrian Magee, RS sophomore
  • Austin Deculus, freshman

How it enters camp: Malone has a stranglehold here. He's the senior leader of a line that returns four starters and a combined 60 starts.

How it could leave camp: Finding a backup is imperative. Magee has made strides, and Deculus is talented.

Left guard

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Will Clapp is projected to start at center this year for LSU.

  • Garrett Brumfield, RS junior 
  • Will Clapp, RS junior

How it enters camp: Brumfield won the starting battle during spring, coach Ed Orgeron said. Entering his fourth season on campus, the ex-University High star is poised to finally make an impact.

How it could leave camp: No one's job at the two guard spots feels guaranteed, so changes are possible. Brumfield must stay consistent in camp, or Clapp could end up here.


  • Will Clapp, RS junior
  • Lloyd Cushenberry, RS freshman

How it enters camp: Clapp is poised to be the starter. He already landed on the Rimington Trophy watch list (which honors the nation's top center) despite not having taken a game snap at center.

How it could leave camp: If coaches feel unsure about Brumfield or Maea Teuhema at guard, you might see Clapp move to guard and Cushenberry play center.

Right guard

  • Maea Teuhema, junior
  • Donavaughn Campbell, sophomore

How it enters camp: Teuhema has 21 starts in two seasons, and he's the presumed starter here. That said, this could be a battle to watch.

How it could leave camp: Campbell is a talented sophomore who coaches feel can push Teuhema. Also, remember that Clapp is an option here, too.

Right tackle

  • Toby Weathersby, junior
  • Maea Teuhema, junior
  • Jakori Savage, RS freshman

How it enters camp: Weathersby fought through an injury-plagued season as a sophomore and missed spring practice while recovering from surgery, but he's the guy.

How it could leave camp: Young guys like Savage and Deculus are there if needed, and so is Teuhema.

D. J. Chark

D.J. Chark represented LSU at SEC media days.

WIDE RECEIVER (combined X and Z)

  • D.J. Chark, senior
  • Russell Gage, senior
  • Drake Davis, sophomore
  • Derrick Dillon, RS sophomore
  • Stephen Sullivan, sophomore

How it enters camp: No one is toppling Chark. The Alexandria native is the clear favorite to be LSU's go-to receiver, and Gage and Davis are clear Nos. 2 and 3.

How it could leave camp: Camp allows more opportunity for Dillon and Sullivan to solidify their place in LSU's rotation. Squeezing into the top four is important.


  • Foster Moreau, junior
  • J.D. Moore, senior
  • Caleb Roddy, sophomore
  • Bry'Kiethon Mouton, junior

How it enters camp: Moreau and Moore are smart, veteran players who aren't afraid of contact. They'll lead a somewhat newfangled position that merges the tight ends and fullbacks.

How it could leave camp: It's tough to see anyone bypassing Moreau or Moore, but Mouton, Roddy, David Ducre and even freshman Tory Carter will have their opportunities.

Christian LaCouture

Christian LaCouture will wear No. 18 for the Tigers in 2017.



  • Christian LaCouture, RS senior
  • Frank Herron, RS senior
  • Justin Thomas, freshman

How it enters camp: LaCouture is the unquestioned starter. He'll wear the honored No. 18 jersey this season, his fifth in Baton Rouge.

How it could leave camp: Starter or not, LaCouture will rotate with several guys, most notably Herron, a fellow fifth-year senior who could see significant time.

Nose tackle

  • Greg Gilmore, RS senior
  • Ed Alexander, sophomore
  • Tyler Shelvin, freshman

How it enters camp: A fifth-year senior, Gilmore heads into his second year as the Tigers' starting nose guard. He's an experienced, dependable player whom coaches trust in the center of the defense.

How it could leave camp: Gilmore might have the starting gig solidified, but the two guys behind him are young, talented players who will spend camp fighting for rotational time.


  • Rashard Lawrence, sophomore
  • Frank Herron, RS senior
  • Neil Farrell, freshman

How it enters camp: Lawrence wowed coaches and teammates during a spring that won him the starting gig. He's a 4.0 student whom Orgeron raved about all summer.

How it could leave camp: Barring injury, Lawrence is the guy, but Farrell is an underrated rookie who's challenging to move up in the pecking order.


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LSU edge rusher Arden Key's status for the season opener remains in doubt. 

  • Arden Key, junior
  • Ray Thornton, RS freshman -OR-
  • Andre Anthony, RS freshman -OR-
  • K'Lavon Chaisson, freshman

How it enters camp: The Tigers will miss Key, their All-America returning starter, for at least half of camp. Anthony and Thornton replaced him in spring.

How it could leave camp: Chaisson has an opportunity to surge up the depth chart. Anthony and Thornton have zero college game experience, and Key's out — for now.



  • Corey Thompson, RS senior
  • Ray Thornton, RS freshman
  • Michael Divinity, sophomore

How it enters camp: Thompson is likely LSU's F-linebacker for pass coverage, and Thornton may be the guy for pass rushing. They should both play.

How it could leave camp: Thompson's career has been full of injuries. Avoiding those are crucial for the sixth-year player. Divinity was moved back to the outside after spending spring on the inside.



Devin White, left, is poised to start for LSU at inside linebacker.

  • Devin White, sophomore
  • Jacob Phillips, freshman
  • Patrick Queen, freshman

How it enters camp: White emerged as a serious player late in 2016, and he has taken on a loud leadership role over the spring and summer. He's poised for a big year.

How it could leave camp: There are challengers aplenty. The Tigers signed two linebackers in 2017 ranked in the top 10 at their position nationally (Phillips and Tyler Taylor).


  • Donnie Alexander, senior
  • Tyler Taylor, freshman
  • Layton Garnett, RS freshman

How it enters camp: Despite missing much of the summer recovering from shoulder surgery, Alexander is the primary guy in the middle. 

How it could leave camp: Alexander's position as a starter feels solid, but don't overlook the freshmen challenging him.



  • Donte Jackson, junior
  • Andraez Williams, RS freshman
  • Jontre Kirklin, freshman

How it enters camp: A speedster known at LSU as "the fastest man in football," Jackson is the clear No. 1 at outside cornerback in the Tigers' base defense.

How it could leave camp: No one's beating out Jackson; he has 24 games of experience with 12 starts. Williams and Kirklin haven't played in a game yet.

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Donte Jackson could fill many roles for the Tigers this season, including cornerback, nickelback and kick returner.


  • Kevin Toliver, junior
  • Kristian Fulton, sophomore
  • Kary Vincent, freshman

How it enters camp: Toliver recovered from a shaky sophomore season with an explosive spring that had coaches raving about his play. He's No. 1 entering drills.

How it could leave camp: Can Toliver maintain consistency and push past any off-the-field issues? If not, young guys are there to take his spot.


  • John Battle, RS junior
  • Eric Monroe, RS freshman
  • Jacoby Stevens, freshman

How it enters camp: A senior who excelled while replacing Rickey Jefferson last year, Battle is a solid, reliable veteran at an important position.

How it could leave camp: Battle's job feels as safe as any presumed starter's, but he has injury issues. He had hip surgery late in the spring. 


  • Ed Paris, senior
  • Grant Delpit, freshman
  • Cam Lewis, RS freshman

Defensive back Grant Delpit catches the ball during a drill at LSU's first spring football practice on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

How it enters camp: Paris left spring practice as the No. 1 opposite Battle, but Delpit is charging hard for that position. The two feel inches apart, and don't count out Lewis.

How it could leave camp: This is the most likely position where a rookie could overtake a projected starter. Delpit, an early enrollee, made waves in the spring. 


  • Donte Jackson, junior
  • Xavier Lewis, RS junior
  • Kristian Fulton, sophomore
  • Kary Vincent, freshman 

How it enters camp: One of the more fluid spots, Jackson finished spring as LSU's nickel. Orgeron recently said Williams is replacing Jackson when he shifts inside to nickel.

How it could leave camp: Vincent is the guy to watch. Coaches have suggested he could take the nickel role, allowing coaches to leave Jackson out wide.



  • Connor Culp, RS freshman
  • Jack Gonsoulin, sophomore
  • Cameron Gamble, senior

How it enters camp: Orgeron has not discussed this position much, side-stepping the question when asked. Culp and Gonsoulin, a walk-on from Catholic High, appear to be Nos. 1 and 2.

How it could leave camp: Gonsoulin has a shot to start; he nailed a 49-yarder during a spring scrimmage. Gamble has been LSU's kickoff guy, on and off, for three years.

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LSU punter Josh Growden (38) watches as LSU student Sai Vemulapalli punts during LSU football's Student Day at Tiger Stadium this past spring.


  • Josh Growden, RS sophomore
  • Zack Von Rosenberg, RS freshman

How it enters camp: Growden boomed 10 punts of at least 50 yards last year. He averaged 41.4 yards a boot. Von Rosenberg is a walk-on and a former minor league pitcher.

How it could leave camp: It would be a surprise for anyone other than the Aussie to handle LSU's punting duties come Game 1.


  • Donte Jackson, junior
  • Drake Davis, sophomore
  • Derrick Dillon, RS sophomore
  • Derrius Guice, junior

How it enters camp: The Tigers appear to be toying with the idea of not using Jackson and Guice as return men because of their substantial roles on defense and offense.

How it could leave camp: Dillon and Davis must show during camp that they can be trusted in the high-pressure jobs of catching punts and kickoffs.

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