Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday or Wednesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football team. Readers submit their questions through Twitter each Tuesday, and the best are posted here with answers. Follow us on Twitter at @RossDellenger to submit a question.
@RossDellenger Has Divinity and Arden Key been able to put on some weight ?
— LSU Tigers (@Johsc24) March 7, 2016
Divinity’s parents told us last week that he’s gained about 15 pounds in his two months in Baton Rouge. He’s up to about 235-240, his mother said in this story. That’s where coaches wanted him.
I’m not sure on Arden Key. As a freshman, Key was not available for interviews last fall so it’s tough to answer that question. Also, Key was not approved to speak with reporters this week despite requests to speak with him.
@RossDellenger who stood out the most?
— Joshua Romero (@JReaux4) March 7, 2016
Reporters only got about 25 minutes at each of the two spring practices so it’s tough to really answer that.
I’ll say this: QB Danny Etling is, indeed, challenging incumbent starter Brandon Harris. There is real competition there, especially with Anthony Jennings absent from the first two days of drills. It’s pretty obvious that even if Jennings were there, he’d likely be third in the rotation behind Harris and Etling.
Other players who appear to be standing out: rising sophomore Toby Weathersby, who’s competing at right tackle with redshirt freshman George Brown Jr.; receiver Dee Anderson, who’s running, at least during drills, as the No. 3 receiver.
@RossDellenger were receiver and QB drills any different from past springs? How does the WR group look, especially the big guys?
— Ian Cannon (@neovenator250) March 7, 2016
Again, with just a few minutes to watch and just two practices in, it’s tough to say. I haven’t necessarily noticed LSU running different drills from any other practices we’ve seen, but that’s not to say they’re not doing it.
Les Miles said Monday that LSU is spending more time on the passing game during this spring practice, working on it from start to finish. We can’t say for certain that’s happening because we only get to watch about 25 minutes of individual drills. But Miles seemed adamant Monday that the staff is pouring more time and energy into the passing unit.
As for the receivers, there are certainly some big guys. Mid-year enrollees Dee Anderson and Stephen Sullivan are 6-5 and 6-6, respectively. They tower over LSU’s other receivers, and they seem to be high in the very early rotation.
Anderson was running third and Sullivan fifth during receiver drills. What’s that mean? Maybe nothing, but, usually, the order in which players conduct drills gives you an idea of a pecking order or depth chart. Malachi Dupre, for instance, ran first, and D.J. Chark was second. Tyron Johnson ran behind Anderson at fourth.
@RossDellenger How did the TEs look out there? Were they mostly in receiving or blocking drills?
— KS (@KThaKid) March 7, 2016
The tight ends were performing multiple drills – blocking, receiving, etc. Remember, spring practice, especially early on, is more about teaching than anything else.
It should be noted that a couple of tight ends have not participated in practice, including DeSean Smith and Foster Moreau. Smith was spotted during practice with one of his knees wrapped. He’s recovering from a knee operation/injury, it appears.
@RossDellenger Status update on Ed Paris & Xavier Lewis. Safeties? Corners? Nickels?
— Ryan Dewey (@t_ryandewey) March 8, 2016
We’ll be able to tell you more about this next week after we get a few more looks at practice. Xavier Lewis, at least last season, played mostly nickel and dime. Ed Paris isn’t expected to move from his spot as a reserve cornerback, and, with Kevin Toliver out this spring, you can expect him to see more opportunities this spring.