This is a 12-part daily series counting down the days until LSU football begins spring practice on March 11.
Days until spring: 7
fully healthy mid-year enrollees expected to participate in spring: 7
Nine 2018 signees enrolled in January but two of them are recovering from significant injuries they suffered in the fall. That doesn't mean Evangel defensive end Davin Cotton and Parkway receiver Terrace Marshall won't participate some in spring.
In fact, we do expect Marshall to practice, but he's not just yet 100 percent. Last month, Marshall was at about "90 percent," he told Lawann Latson, a former college receiver who served as Terrace’s personal coach the past two years. Cotton is further off, it seems. He'll join practice toward the end of spring, DC Dave Aranda said in an interview last month.
Both suffered season-ending injuries during the first couple weeks of their senior seasons. Cotton ruptured the ACL in his knee, and Marshall fractured and dislocated his ankle.
Now on to the guys who are expected to be fully healthy and some inside scoop on how each one has fared in their first two months in Baton Rouge.
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- OT Badara Traore: No mid-year enrollee arrived with more expectation. Traore is competing with Jakori Savage to be LSU's starting tackle, and many feel like the top-ranked JUCO OT will do just that.
- OG Damien Lewis: This kid might be one of LSU's best five offensive linemen, and strength coach Tommy Moffitt says he may also be the strongest guy on the team. He's making real waves early.
- DE Travez Moore: A potential replacement for Arden Key, Moore is a physical specimen who coaches are working with mentally. He must learn the defense to play early and often, Aranda said.
- ILB Micah Baskerville: Aranda says Baskerville has the mental side down. He's a smart and serious kid who, one day, could leave LSU's inside linebacker group. He's, for now, down the depth chart.
- TE Zach Sheffer: Sheffer will be cross-trained at both H-back and TE, Steve Ensminger has said in the past. He'll have it tough finding playing time behind Foster Moreau, Thaddeus Moss and others.
- RB Tae Provens: Like Lewis, Provens is making some offseason noise in workouts. He's gained 8 pounds of muscle since arriving in early January, Moffitt said. He's in the mix in the return game.
- C Cole Smith: Like Traore, Smith is a new guy who could see starting time. He's competing with Lloyd Cushenberry and Lewis to replace Will Clapp in the center of LSU's offense.
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Countdown to LSU spring practice
- 12: number of starters lost from 2017
- 11: number of LSU D-linemen in spring
- 10: combined number of college seasons for Ed Paris and John Battle
- 9: where Johnathan Giles' 2016 season ranked all-time at Texas Tech
- 8: combined regular season starts for returning O-tackles and centers
- 7: fully healthy mid-year enrollees expected to participate in spring