Top of the chart: Of all the positions on defense for LSU, the linebacker corps is by far the most experienced. Both starters D.J. Welter and Kwon Alexander return after combining for 145 tackles (10.5 for a loss) and two sacks in 2013, and they are expected to be the top two on the depth chart again when LSU opens its season against Wisconsin on Aug. 30. Junior middle linebacker Lamar Louis also should battle for playing time after making 25 tackles last season.
On the move: After dropping roughly 10 pounds and moving from the defensive line to linebacker, sophomore Kendell Beckwith has risen up the depth chart since the start of fall camp. Beckwith has worked out exclusively at middle linebacker, and he could very well challenge Welter for the starting job as the season progresses.
Waiting in the wings: Freshman linebacker Clifton Garrett has been one of the talking points at linebacker early in fall camp. The rookie registers as the biggest linebacker on the corps at 6-foot-2, 242 pounds, and he could see snaps during nonconference play.
Camp Developments: With Beckwith’s switch to middle linebacker, it may not take long before he takes over the starting job next to Kwon Alexander. Welter has shown leadership during fall camp, and he’ll be the veteran presence the Tigers need at the position throughout the season, but Beckwith’s physical ability will make it difficult for defensive coordinator John Chavis and head coach Les Miles to keep him off the field.
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— Jevonte Domond, LSU sophomore offensive lineman
According to Les Miles, freshman running back Leonard Fournette will face live competition during Saturday’s scrimmage. It will be Fournette’s first time going up against LSU’s defense in a game setting after being “nicked up” prior to last Saturday’s scrimmage. With only a few weeks remaining before the season opener, Miles wants to see his stud freshman work in a more fast-paced environment before taking any carries against Wisconsin.
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Practices and scrimmage are closed to the public.
Scrimmage at 10:45 a.m. in Tiger Stadium
Break camp — no practice
Full squad practice at 8:45 a.m. followed by a walk-through practice at 4:15 p.m.
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