LSU's offensive line is taking shape, and Garrett Brumfield is a part of it.
Brumfield, the former University High standout, has a "hold" on the starting left guard position, coach Ed Orgeron said, but the competition isn't over. The fourth-year junior started with the No. 1 offense during Saturday's spring game in Tiger Stadium.
Brumfield is thought to be battling freshman Austin Deculus and sophomore Donavaughn Campbell for Will Clapp's old spot. Clapp "is going to be our starting center," Orgeron insisted Saturday.
"Garrett has a hold on it right now," Orgeron said. "I think he’s going to be the starter, but it’s not guaranteed."
As for Deculus, a midyear enrollee, "He’s a second-teamer now. He’s just growing. I think he should be at the prom."
Adrian Magee filled in for injured starter Toby Weathersby at right tackle, and Lloyd Cushenberry, as he had all spring, started at center. Cushenberry has developed into a "solid backup" for Clapp, Orgeron said.
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Behind the shroud
LSU has adopted a new "kicking scheme," Orgeron said Saturday, so the Tigers kept it hidden Saturday night. Just one person took the field for kickoffs: the kicker. And just two players took the field for punts: the punter and snapper.
A light at least was shone on the kicking battles, which Orgeron has skirted around this spring. Walk-on Jack Gonsoulin, from Catholic High, kicked off, as did senior Cameron Gamble. Connor Culp and Gamble were the place-kickers.
Receivers D.J. Chark, Drake Davis and Derrick Dillon rotated as the return men.
Defensive end Frank Herron appeared to sprain his ankle during the indoor portion of Saturday's spring game; the Tigers played the second half in their indoor facility after lightning chased them from Tiger Stadium.
It was the only known injury suffered Saturday. Herron walked off the indoor field under his own power after rolling his ankle.
Several did not play in the spring game. The list included defensive end Christian LaCouture (knee), safety John Battle (unspecified), tight end Jamal Pettigrew (ankle), fullback J.D. Moore (wrist), linebacker Donnie Alexander (shoulder), offensive linemen Clapp (shoulder) and Weathersby (ankle), wide receiver Dee Anderson (coach's decision) and defensive end/outside linebackers Sci Martin (knee) and Isaiah Washington (academics).
Orgeron said all players are expected back to start preseason camp, if not by summer workouts.
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There's a long break coming.
LSU players will be off for final exams and for much of May starting Wednesday, Orgeron said. Coaches and players will break down the spring game Monday before players meet with their position coaches Tuesday for exit interviews.
Orgeron is heading to Philadelphia on Wednesday to attend the NFL draft's first round Thursday.
"What an honor," said Orgeron, a guest of Jamal Adams, the former LSU All-American and a projected top-10 pick. "I’m glad they asked me to go. To be honest, Les Miles coached them for three years. He recruited them. Frank Wilson and Corey Raymond recruited those guys. Got to give them the credit."
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Thornton to play 'a lot'
Redshirt freshman Ray Thornton wasn't ready last season, but he's ready now.
Thornton, the chiseled Texan, started with the first-string defense at outside linebacker Saturday. Thornton cross-trained this spring at outside linebacker and at the edge-rushing position manned by Arden Key, who's expected back this summer.
"Physical, fast, hard-playing outside linebacker," Orgeron said of Thornton, who redshirted in 2016. "Great young man. Wants to get better. He will play a lot for us, a lot for us on special teams. I believe Ray is going to be an outstanding player for us."
Lowell Narcisse, the midyear enrollee, might be the most talented quarterback on the roster, but he's not ready yet, Orgeron said.
"He’s an excellent talent. (Needs more) learning of the offense, timing of the receivers," he said. "He definitely has one of the strongest arms we have and probably is one of the better athletes."
Narcisse entered late in the portion of the spring game that unfolded in the indoor practice facility. He showed off a strong arm but threw wide and high of a host of targets.