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Derrick Dillon, far left, is one of just three receivers on the roster who has caught more than 10 career passes. Russell Gage, far right, graduated last year.

This is a 12-part daily series counting down the days until LSU football begins spring practice on Sunday. 

Days until spring: 3

Returning receivers who've caught at least 10 college passes: 3

And you thought LSU returned little production at receiver last season. The experience and returning production this season is so low that a transfer, Jonathan Giles, is expected to immediately start at the position. 

For a second straight year, the Tigers lost their top two wideouts. In spring, LSU will have eight scholarship receivers on the roster, with three more joining over the summer. Let's take a look at the eight and their career production.

 Receiver

 Year

 Catches

 Yards

 TDs

 Starts

 Games

 Jonathan Giles

 Junior

 84

 1,301

 16

 7

 23

 Stephen Sullivan

 Junior

 11

 219

 1

 8

 21

 Derrick Dillon

 RS Junior

 14

 125

 0

 3

 21

 Dee Anderson

 Junior

 7

 118

 0

 2

 13

 Drake Davis

 Junior

 4

 153

 2

 1

 19

 Justin Jefferson

 Sophomore

 0

 0

 0

 0

 6

 Racey McMath

 Sophomore*

 0

 0

 0

 0

 2

 Terrace Marshall

 Freshman

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 *potential redshirt for 2017

Last season, LSU listed three receiver positions on its depth chart. More often than not, they played just two. That could change this season from the way coach Ed Orgeron and offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger tell it. The coaches have preached a three and four-receiver set, using more of a standard one-back formation. 

So who are those top three or four receivers? You can pencil in at least one: Giles. Orgeron proclaimed him in January as a starter, a fast, strong player who's biggest strength is what you'd like in a receiver - he catches the ball. 

The other two spots will likely be more of a rotation. Members of that rotation will depend a lot on spring practice, summer workouts and preseason camp. The top candidates are returning guys who showed flashes last season: Derrick Dillon and Stephen Sullivan.

Dillon developed into QB Danny Etling's go-to third-down wideout, running crisp routes and hardly if ever dropping a pass. Sullivan evolved into a deep threat, averaging nearly 20 yards a pop, and his 6-6 frame proved tough to guard.

Dee Anderson and Drake Davis seem to be on the next rung. The two have shown flashes, but they've not consistently played. Anderson spent most of last spring watching drills from the sideline, a coach's decision, and he missed the first portion of last season. Davis' 2017 season went in opposite fashion. He exploded for the first few games before his playing time was significantly trimmed.

Young guys Justin Jefferson and Racey McMath have a fight on their hands for any playing time, though coaches showed their trust in Jefferson late last season, even giving him a jet sweep. 

The real wild card at this position is Terrace Marshall, the highly touted 2018 signee who enrolled in January. He's expected to participate in spring practice, though he's not 100 percent recovered from a severe ankle injury he suffered last fall. Many around the program expect him to see serious playing time in 2018. 

Countdown to LSU spring practice 

Follow Ross Dellenger on Twitter, @RossDellenger.