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LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda leads a drill, Thursday, March 16, 2017, at LSU's practice facility in Baton Rouge, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

This is the fourth in a seven-part series being published this week ahead of LSU's spring game Saturday.

Projected post-spring depth chart


  • Ray Thornton, RS freshman
  • Corey Thompson, RS senior
  • Devin Voorhies, senior
  • M.J. Patterson, RS senior

Summer arrival: Patrick Queen


  • Devin White, sophomore
  • Jonathan Rucker, senior

Summer arrival: Jacob Phillips


  • Donnie Alexander, senior^
  • Michael Divinity, sophomore
  • Layton Garnett, RS freshman

Summer arrival: Tyler Taylor

^Missing last two spring practices and spring game while recovering from shoulder surgery

Paper thin

Here's how thin LSU's inside linebacker depth is: Earlier this spring, Donnie Alexander missed a practice, and his replacement with the starting group was Layton Garnett, a walk-on and solid high school linebacker at West Monroe but still a walk-on. The Tigers played spring with just two true scholarship inside linebackers in Devin White and Alexander. Michael Divinity has elevated to a starting stop in place of Alexander, who's recovering from shoulder surgery and will miss the final week of spring. 

Rushing Ray

Ray Thornton, the redshirt freshman with an eye-popping physique, is developing into a hybrid player for the Tigers and a guy you can expect to see on the field, potentially, a significant amount come fall. He's been playing outside linebacker (F) and the edge-rushing position (buck) this spring. Earlier this week, we saw him on the field in what looked to be a pass-rushing package with Andre Anthony, playing the No. 1 buck with Arden Key out. 

Camp glance

Jacob Phillips and Tyler Taylor arrive this summer. The duo might just be the most highly rated inside linebacker signees in the nation for 2017. Aranda and Orgeron have both insisted that Taylor and Phillips will compete for a starting job the moment they set on campus. At the least, the pair of players will supply much needed depth behind White and Alexander. 

LSU Spring Position Recaps

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