Offensive linemen Austin Deculus (76, left) is a contender on LSU's line, despite his age.


This is part of a 10-part series counting down to the start of LSU's preseason camp July 31. One part is being published each day from July 21 through July 30.

Two freshman DBs will hold starting roles

This might not happen by the season opener, but at some point during the year, we could see this materializing. LSU lost two first-round NFL draft picks from the secondary and signed a whopping five DBs in 2017. Coaches have raved about a handful of them, including safeties Grant Delpit and Todd Harris, and cornerbacks Kary Vincent and Jontre Kirklin.

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Neil Farrell could see significant playing time in LSU's rotation at defensive end.

Freshman DL Neil Farrell will see significant time

It's the player no one is talking about, but this 290-pound defensive end from Alabama impressed coaches and teammates during summer drills and workouts. On an LSU defensive line that's expected to have substantial rotation, Farrell is a guy to watch potentially make strides over more veteran players through the season.

Freshman OL Austin Deculus will find a starting spot

This is our boldest prediction. The Tigers' offensive line is stacked with veterans and returns four of five starters. Though Deculus enrolled in January and participated in spring, it's tough to see him slipping into the starting five. But, hey, they don't call'em "bold" for no reason. Deculus is a highly touted player who coaches moved around in spring. He saw time at left guard and left tackle.

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