Top 5 Questions for LSU Spring: No. 4 – What’s the linebacker rotation? _lowres

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Top 5 Questions is a five-part blog series, starting Monday and ending Friday, counting down the top five questions LSU must answer during spring football practice, which begins March 7.

What needs answering: Who is in LSU’s linebacker rotation and what’s the linebacker depth chart look like?

Key Players: Kendell Beckwith, Corey Thompson, Duke Riley, Donnie Alexander, Michael Divinity, Devin Voorhies, Arden Key, Isaiah Washington, Sione Teuhema

Donnie Alexander saw minimal playing time last year as a sophomore under DC Kevin Steele. (Travis Spardling)

Donnie Alexander saw minimal playing time last year as a sophomore under DC Kevin Steele. (Travis Spardling)

The Skinny: The first six players listed above seem to be the only full-time scholarship linebackers scheduled to participate in spring practice. How’s that? This story will explain deeper, but the Tigers lost senior Deion Jones from last year, didn’t sign any linebackers in 2015 and just one of two linebackers signed in 2014 remain on the team.

It’s a slim position group, and LSU adds just two linebackers from the 2016 class – only one of them a mid-year enrollee who will participate in spring practice (Divinity). LSU’s rotation will, of course, depend on new DC Dave Aranda’s scheme. Will the Tigers play four linebackers? Will they often move guys like Arden Key and Isaiah Washington from defensive end to linebacker?

A certainty we know, Beckwith will be out there in the middle of it all, likely surrounded by veterans in Duke Riley and Donnie Alexander, at least early on. Don’t be surprised if Divinity is the No. 2-3 linebacker in the pecking order by the end of spring. Also, don’t be shocked to see Thompson slide from his safety spot to linebacker – something that may happen this year after discussion on it lats year.

Top Five Questions

  • No. 5: How will LSU’s D look?
  • No. 4: What’s the linebacker rotation?
  • No. 3: Wednesday
  • No. 4: Thursday