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Andre Anthony missed last season, but he'll be counted on this spring with Arden Key gone. 

LSU coach Ed Orgeron praised several players on defense Tuesday, saying they've stood out to him during the offseason and even on Day 1 of spring practice.

In an interview on "Off the Bench" on 104.5 FM ESPN, Orgeron named defensive end Andre Anthony and linebackers Corey Thompson, Sci Martin, Ray Thornton, Devin White and Donnie Alexander.

Anthony is a redshirt freshman from Edna Karr in New Orleans.

"He's a good athlete. Really strong. Quick. Can rush the passer. We're excited about Andre, no question," Orgeron said.

White, along with Alexander, will play pivotal roles for the Tigers in the fall. The high school running back-turned-linebacker will help fill voids left by Kendell Beckwith and Duke Riley.

Orgeron said he and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda were talking Tuesday morning about White, "how much he has matured; how much he's studying on his own; how much he's commanding a presence out on the field ... last year he was just a true freshman."

A few other notable items from Orgeron...

On freshman offensive lineman Austin Deculus: "Austin Deculus is a man, now. He can lift a house. He's strong; a great guy"

On changing routine from perhaps sometimes "boring" spring practices in past: "That word 'boring' doesn't exist in this building, I can promise you that."

On offseason program: "Our guys are in shape ... We're a lot better football team than we were than last year at this time."

Click here to listen to full ESPN radio interview.