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LSU's Tiger Stadium remains bathed in blue Tuesday night, March 21, 2017, honoring the memory of fallen East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office Sgt. Shawn Anderson, who was killed in the line of duty on March 18, 2017.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

Ed Orgeron's first spring game will kick off at 7 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium. 

From Matt Canada's new offense to Dave Aranda's new front seven, here are a few things to watch.


Derrius Guice carries: 7½

  • You don't want your Heisman Trophy hopeful running back injured in a meaningless spring game, right? Orgeron skirted a question regarding that Thursday. Let's look the past, though. Leonard Fournette had eight carries in LSU's spring game last year.

Jet sweep handoffs: 12½

  • The sweep — call it what you want: speed sweep, jet sweep, fly sweep — is essential to Canada's new offense. Guys like D.J. Chark, Derrick Dillon, Russell Gage and even Donte Jackson are expected to be sweep guys. 

Andre Anthony + Ray Thornton sacks: 3½

  • You might see these two hybrid position players — basically edge rushers — on the field at the same time Saturday if they're both with the No. 1s. Thornton is emerging as a significant player, and Anthony is filling in for Arden Key. 


OL Austin Deculus

  • The 2017 signee will likely participate with the second-team offense, but keep your eye on how he handles LSU's No. 2 D-linemen. The highly rated Texan appears to be challenging for a starting spot. His performance Saturday could go a long way in that.

DE Rashard Lawrence 

  • Orgeron announced Lawrence as a starter Thursday. The sophomore from Monroe usurps Frank Herron. He'll be running up against a young right tackle with Toby Weathersby out (he's recovering from a procedure). 

WR Drake Davis

  • Davis has been the talk of spring practice. The athletic sophomore has a strong, powerful build, but he's also speedy. When the bright (spring game) lights are on, how will be perform against LSU's talented and experienced defensive backs?


CB Donte Jackson

  • Jackson could see some time Saturday as LSU's sweep man on offense. He practiced some with the offense Tuesday, and Orgeron said Thursday that coaches would like to use his track speed on the other side of the ball. 

QB Danny Etling

  • Something fairly monumental would have to happen for the senior to not be LSU's starting quarterback in the season opener. He can show Saturday what coaches and teammates have seen in practice this spring — that he has digested Canada's scheme quickly.

S Ed Paris

  • Paris started spring as LSU's No. 1 safety opposite John Battle, and he'll end spring in the same position. The senior, moved from cornerback last fall, is settling into that starting spot, holding off rookies like Grant Delpit and Jacoby Stevens.


  • No. 1 offense vs. No. 1 defense
  • No. 2 offense vs. No. 2 defense
  • Quarters 1 and 2: 12 minutes each (with normal stoppage)
  • Quarters 3 and 4: 10 minutes each (running clock)
  • Halftime: 15 minutes


  • DE Christian LaCouture (knee) — Questionable 
  • S John Battle (unspecified) — Questionable
  • OL Donavaughn Campbell (shoulder) — Probable
  • TE Caleb Roddy (unspecified) — Probable
  • FB J.D. Moore (wrist) — Out
  • LB Donnie Alexander (shoulder) — Out
  • DE/OLB Arden Key (leave of absence) — Out
  • OL Will Clapp (shoulder) — Out
  • OL Toby Weathersby (ankle) — Out
  • TE Jamal Pettigrew (ankle) — Out
  • OLB/DE Sci Martin (knee) — Out
  • DE/OLB Isaiah Washington (academics) — Out

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