LSU football Q&A: Talking special teams, cornerback depth, a 6-3, 310-pound freshman and more _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles has an animated discussion with the officials during LSU football's spring game.

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LSU’s punter is expected to be Josh Growden, an Australian who redshirted last season while practicing behind Aussie starter Jamie Keehn.

Trent Domingue is LSU’s backup punter.

I’m not sure this ever really happened. Les Miles in January said he planned to do this – send coaches to spring practices to learn from successful spread offenses.

Miles said later this spring that LSU coaches did not visit other schools but that coaches from other schools visited LSU and the Tigers staff studied film of successful spread offenses.

You forgot Kevin Toliver, too. Dwayne Thomas has been working mostly at safety, but he’s a do-it-all guy who can play cornerback if LSU needs him. Here’s what appears to be the pecking order heading into preseason camp: Tre White, Kevin Toliver, Donte Jackson (Corey Raymond calls that trio all “starters”), Ed Paris, Saivion Smith, Dwayne Thomas.

Remember that Smith, a mid-year enrollee, played cornerback with the first-string in the nickel package during LSU’s spring game. The Tigers were without Jackson and Toliver during that game.

Either way, Fulton has work to do to crack LSU’s four-to-five man cornerback rotation.

Rashard Lawrence and Drake Davis are two names who immediately come to mind. Lawrence, the highest rated player in the Tigers’ 2016 signing class, is listed as a 6-3, 310-pound defensive tackle on the team’s updated roster. He’s a big body who can play a variety of positions, including end and nose tackle. The Tigers have been searching for a nose tackle. Is he the guy?

Davis is an athletic freak, a former Dunham product who graduated from IMG Academy. The 6-3, 212-pounder ran a 4.31 40-yard dash recently at IMG.

Keep your eye on a guy like Devin White, a mid-year enrollee out of North Webster. He’s playing both inside linebacker positions (Rover and Mack) while also expected to be on special teams. LSU loves putting young, aggressive linebackers on the kickoff team. White fits that bill.

Freshman kicker Connor Culp is high on Les Miles’ list of freshman breakout players. In fact, asked during signing day for a signee who could immediately see time, Miles said Culp, an Arizona native. He’s expected to battle for place-kicker and kickoff duties.

I hate to give odds or a percentage, but I’ll refer you to our latest story on Valentine’s situation, which can be found here. LSU requested a ruling from the SEC on Valentine and received an all clear from the league. That should tell you how serious the situation is.

I’ll refer you to a full-time recruiting reporter for the second questions – like Shea Dixon or Mike Scarborough.

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