This is the second in a seven-part series being published this week ahead of LSU's spring game Saturday.
Projected post-spring depth chart
- Christian LaCouture, RS senior^
- Rashard Lawrence, sophomore
- Justin Thomas, freshman
Summer arrival: Aaron Moffitt
^Been limited for much of spring while continuing recovery from ACL injury
- Greg Gilmore, RS senior
- Ed Alexander, sophomore
Summer arrival: Tyler Shelvin
- Frank Herron, RS senior
- Deondre Clark, senior
- Glen Logan, RS freshman
Summer arrival: Neil Farrell
- Arden Key, junior*
- Andre Anthony, RS freshman
- Ray Thornton, RS freshman
- Sci Martin, sophomore^
- Isaiah Washington, RS sophomore"
Summer arrival: K'Lavon Chaisson
*Out for spring because of "personal reasons"
^Missed most of spring with knee injury
"Out for rest of spring because of academic ineligibility
LSU’s brutal honesty with defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko paid off.
The old guys
LSU is not missing experience at this spot. The three projected starting linemen are all fifth-year seniors. Christian LaCouture redshirted last season while out with an ACL injury, and Greg Gilmore and Frank Herron redshirted as freshmen. The trio has played in a combined 72 games with 36 starts. Sure, much of that is LaCouture (37 games played with 23 starts), but the Tigers aren't short of veteran guys who know what SEC ball takes.
The Key to it all
We know that Arden Key is progressing well despite his absence from the team this spring for "personal reasons." How do we know this? He's gained more than 15 pounds to 255 (a goal of his that he stated this fall), coach Ed Orgeron says he's on track to rejoin the team this summer, and Key watched LSU's last scrimmage April 6. Key's presence this fall is a must, especially given LSU's inexperience and depth at the buck position, the edge rusher in Dave Aranda's 3-4 scheme.
Four signees join in June — one at each of the four D-line spots. That's great for depth, but it's too early to say if any of these guys will really challenge for playing time, especially at end and nose tackle. They'll have to jump some veterans and talented sophomores to do it. Buck is another story. Key is the obvious starter, but a host of inexperience follows. Highly touted signee K'Lavon Chaisson could make a run at moving up the depth chart.
LSU Spring Position Recaps
- Monday: Quarterback
- Tuesday: D-line
- Wednesday: Backfield
- Thursday: Linebacker & Offensive line
- Friday: Secondary
- Saturday: Receiver
This is the first in a seven-part series being published this week ahead of LSU's spring gam…