Spring football practice has been about improvement for LSU’s quarterbacks, says Cam Cameron.
For the Tigers offensive coordinator, Saturday’s spring game will be about results.
“It’s a leadership position,” Cameron said Thursday after LSU’s final pre-spring game practice. “Lead your group. Get your group in the end zone.
“One thing we’ve done is charted guys ability to get their unit in the end zone. That’s the bottom line. Take care of the football, get your team in the end zone. Obviously completion percentage is something we’re looking for, staying away from the negative play, and just consistency. Consistency is probably going to be the most important thing in the spring game.”
Cameron said the productiveness of junior quarterback Anthony Jennings and sophomore Brandon Harris — both expected to captain a side Saturday in their most visible competition of the spring — has been abetted by improvement from LSU’s receivers, running backs, tight ends and offensive line.
Perhaps just as importantly, both players have matured.
“One’s not a teenager any more; the other one still is,” Cameron said. “Like most young players they’re going to get better, especially against our defense.”
Cameron said in addition to scrutinizing his players this spring he’s also turned the spotlight on himself and the offense he’s running.
“We’ve looked at our scheme to make sure we’re not asking guys to do things they can’t do,” Cameron said. “I think the fact that we’ll improve in all those areas is going to add up for us.”
Clapp to start at center
Though the rosters have not yet been announced for Saturday’s game, Cameron said redshirt freshman Will Clapp will likely start at center for one team opposite sophomore Andy Dodd, the projected starter this fall.
“His improvement has been tremendous,” Cameron said about Clapp.
Spears set for Saturday
Former LSU All-American and SEC Network football analyst Marcus Spears will help call Saturday’s spring game.
Beyond the obvious spotlight on the quarterbacks, Spears has several key areas he will be watching Saturday.
“I just want to see how the offense operates,” Spears said. “Without La’el (Collins at left tackle), you want to see what the offensive line is capable of doing with guys in new spots.
On defense, Spears said he wants to see what kind of stamp new coordinator Kevin Steele and line coach Ed Orgeron have put on that unit.
Orgeron’s group is a big point of emphasis with new ends Maquedius Bain and Tashawn Bower likely to start.
“I want to see these guys get after the quarterback,” Spears said. “Pass rush was a little bit of a problem last year.”
The spring game is set for 1 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium. The game will be shown live online on SEC Network+ (WatchESPN).
The ‘fastest’ No. 7
Thursday’s practice was definitely looser than most, as for the fourth straight year coach Les Miles admitted LSU students into practice for “Student Appreciation Day.”
Despite rainy weather that forced workouts into the indoor practice facility, hundreds of students mixed on the field with the Tigers, coaches and LSU cheerleaders then queued up for autographs.
“It’s good for them to see the work that goes into Saturday nights,” junior middle linebacker Kendell Beckwith said.
There were contests and a few agility drills for the students, though perhaps the biggest highlight was a “race” between sophomore tailback Leonard Fournette and Colton Etheredge, the young son of LSU team doctor Stephen Etheredge.
Colton, wearing a big No. 7 LSU jersey like Fournette and a bigger smile, beat his hero to the finish line.
“You know, he’s pretty fast,” Fournette said. “I’m just out here trying to make his day. He says he loves No. 7.”
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