LSU defensive end Frank Herron (97) watches drills during LSU football practice Thursday March 30, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La..


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

Right End

  • 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

Nose tackle

  • Greg Gilmore, RS senior
  • Ed Alexander, sophomore

Summer arrival: Tyler Shelvin

Left End

  • 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 

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.

Camp glance

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

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