Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday or Wednesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football team. Readers submit their questions through Twitter each Tuesday, and the best are posted here with answers. Follow us on Twitter at @RossDellenger to submit a question.
@RossDellenger any info on Gordon's redshirt?
— Llewyn Davis (@Thatknicker) April 12, 2016
Nope. Nothing yet. We’ll ask after the spring game. Les Miles said in February that he felt 50-50 regarding Gordon’s waiver to the NCAA for a fifth-year of eligibility.
Gordon said last month that he expected to receive a ruling in “2-3 weeks.” Miles said he thought it could be longer.
@RossDellenger 3rd WR? chark? tj3?
— Redsox 159-3 (@jakerichjr) April 12, 2016
I think it’s Chark right now. A lot can change by August, but here’s our projected two-deep depth chart we posted earlier Wednesday.
Reporters are allowed to watch small portions of practice, mostly individual drills. The order in which players run through drills is often an indication of the pecking order at each position. Also, reporters sometimes get a glimpse of full team reps, which also can give us a good idea of a pecking order.
The top three during spring practice are clear: Malachi Dupre, D.J. Chark and Jazz Ferguson. Ferguson has been the slot receiver. When Dural returns, you could see him bump Chark out of the group or bump Dupre from outside to in the slot, replacing Ferguson.
The pecking order behind those top four is jumbled. Derrick Dillon might be next, but the two, tall mid-year guys (Stephen Sullivan and Dee Anderson) also seem to be high in the rotation. During drills Tuesday, Tyron Johnson was running last, just in front of the two walk-on receivers.
@RossDellenger What do the starters look like at the 4 linebacker spots?
— Blake DeArmond (@BDear42) April 13, 2016
Again, here’s that two-deep depth chart, but linebacker was the toughest to project. We’ll know much more after the spring game.
We’re pretty certain on two positions: Arden Key at Buck and Kendell Beckwith at Mack.
The other inside linebacker next to Beckwith (Rover) is uncertain. Donnie Alexander and Duke Riley appear to be battling for that spot. Devin White might be playing there as well. The two roles (Mack and Rover) seem somewhat interchangeable.
The F-linebacker role might be the hardest one to project. A lot of players are working there, most notably the two listed on that depth chart (Tashawn Bower and Corey Thompson, two guys who moved positions). Michael Divinity is expected to play in that spot, too.
@RossDellenger how big is Harris' lead over Etling? Not that he'll be overtaken before season but how long is Harris' leash? Will we see DE?
— Scott Falgoust (@falgoust) April 13, 2016
It didn’t seem that large until Les Miles’ comment over the weekend. Brandon Harris is “ready to be the quarterback,” he said.
That coupled with the scrimmage stats from Saturday – Harris easily out-gained all other QBs and worked mostly with the starters – leads us to believe that Harris’ lead is greater than maybe first thought.
Either way, don’t count out Etling. He’s pushing Harris and challenging him. That should continue through the summer and fall.
How long is Harris’ leash? Pretty long unless he starts throwing interceptions. That’s a quick way to the hook.
@RossDellenger what the injured players out, what's the cb depth chart and rotation ?
— Dirty Danky (@NOLA_Danky) April 13, 2016
Good question. LSU is missing two starting cornerbacks (Kevin Toliver and Donte Jackson) and an immediate reserve at safety (John Battle).
We’re unsure how LSU will split the starters for the spring game, but here’s a spring game depth chart for the secondary:
- Ed Paris
- Saivion Smith
- Tre’Davious White
- Dwayne Thomas
- Jamal Adams
- Dwayne Thomas
- Rickey Jefferson
- Xavier Lewis
@RossDellenger Will our D run more zone or man? If more zone, what makes you think the coverage will improve from last year?
— Derek Hannaman (@Derek_Hannaman) April 13, 2016
Man. Definitely, definitely man. Dave Aranda has been very clear on that – the Tigers will be a man-to-man pass coverage team.
@RossDellenger Mailbag: With NCAA ruling on electronic devices on hold, Cam Cameron is a lock to coach from sidelines this season. Agree?
Great point. Agree completely.
I think Cam would be on the sideline either way, based on QB Brandon Harris’ comments. The NCAA delaying the policy makes it all the more certain that Cameron, if Harris is the starting quarterback, will be on the field calling plays.
@RossDellenger I was under the impression a big reason Pocic was staying was because he was planning to move out to LT. Am I wrong?
— Connor Bear Deneau (@Beardeneau) April 13, 2016
You might be. I think plenty of people thought that and some still do. We discussed that with Jeff Grimes in this Q&A. There are disadvantages to moving a smart and veteran player like Pocic from center, the quarterback of the line.
Just a guess, but if coaches think Maea Teuhema is good enough to hold down the starting left tackle position, then Pocic stays at center.
@RossDellenger could you see both fournette and guice getting to 1k yd just to lessen the work load on fournette?
— Tanner Martin (@tmart325) April 13, 2016
Having two running backs reach 1,000 yards is tough. I can’t see that happening. It’s possible, but it’s difficult. Guice was more than 500 yards from doing that last year, and, you’d think, Fournette may get even more carries in 2016.
LSU hasn’t accomplished such a feat under Les Miles, and it really hasn’t been close. In 2011, Michael Ford (757 yards) and Spence Ware (727) got the closest.
@RossDellenger Garrett Brumfield… What's ur impression of him. We'll need him more this Season.
— Tasha W. Thibodeaux (@FlyflossyTiger) April 13, 2016
We wrote about Brumfield in this notebook. He’s recovering from an ankle injury that sidelined him for the second and third week of spring practice.
With Pocic and Will Clapp sidelined, Brumfield is working with the first-string at both guard spots. He seems to be LSU’s No. 3 guard behind Clapp and Josh Boutte. Brumfield and Boutte appear to be in a battle for a starting gig at right guard.
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