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 Who do you predict will be the starting DB's for the opening game vs Wisconsin?
— LSU Tigers (@Johsc24) April 6, 2016
Corey Raymond told us last week that, in his mind, there are three starting “cornerbacks”: Donte Jackson, Kevin Toliver and Tre’Davious White. Now, LSU won’t have Jackson for the rest of spring practice (here’s that story), and the Tigers won’t have Toliver (shoulder surgery) for spring.
Will that affect the starting rotation at cornerback come September? Maybe. Dwayne Thomas and Ed Paris are certainly receiving more first-string reps than they were expected to get.
Let’s look at safeties before we list a projected depth chart. There are two clear and obvious starters: Jamal Adams and Rickey Jefferson, with Dwayne Thomas serving as a potential No. 3 safety along with John Battle, who’s also missing spring while recovering from shoulder surgery.
Here’s a projected secondary depth chart for LSU’s season opener against Wisconsin, assuming the Tigers play a lot of nickel:
- Kevin Toliver
- Ed Paris
- Tre’Davious White
- Saivion Smith
- Donte Jackson
- Dwayne Thomas
- Jamal Adams
- John Battle
- Rickey Jefferson
- Dwayne Thomas/Xavier Lewis
@RossDellenger in your opinion, who will be the most productive out of Dee Anderson, Stephen Sullivan and Drake Davis next season?
— Cai (@Cai_Avfc) April 6, 2016
Davis, according to recruiting rankings and scouts’ opinions, might be the most talented, but Sullivan and Davis have a massive advantage: They both enrolled early in January and are participating in spring practice.
Our answer to your question is Dee Anderson, but it’s just a guess, really, based on the paragraph above and what little time we see of practice. Either way, all three will find it tough to crack the top two guys in Travin Dural and Malachi Dupre.
@RossDellenger any timeline on when Quinn will make his decision on where he is going to transfer
— Chris (@cwhutton1) April 6, 2016
Nope. His father recently told us that Quinn continues to visit schools (he declined to reveal where he’s gone on visits and where he plans to go). A decision won’t need to be made until May. Summer semester at most schools begins in early June.
@RossDellenger what do you think is a good o/u for the passing game this year?
— Tanner Martin (@tmart325) April 6, 2016
I’m not sure if you’re referring to a specific stat. Yards? Completion percentage? How about we do each of those:
Averaging 200 yards a game passing would be a good start. LSU hasn’t done that since 2013 (251 yards a game). The Tigers averaged 180 last season and 162 in 2014.
Reaching a completion percentage of 58 is another good benchmark. As a team the last two years, the Tigers have completed 50 and 52 percent of their passes.
@RossDellenger What is the punter/kicker situation? I know Les really likes Connor Culp and LSU needs someone that can kick consistently
— Pretty Flacko (@Tyler_Capone) April 6, 2016
There hasn’t been a ton of talk about kicker and punter. After all, it is spring practice. Culp is certainly someone Miles likes, something that emerged on national signing day. He was asked which LSU signees could play early, and Miles responded with Culp.
How real is that? We don’t know, especially since Culp isn’t even on campus yet. It’s tough to see any one other than Aussie Josh Growden handling the punting duties, and Trent Domingue and Colby Delahoussaye will likely battle in preseason camp for the field goal/kickoff position with Cameron Gamble potentially getting some kickoffs.
@RossDellenger what changes & what stays the same with Cam Cameron this year? Will they finally get over the hump & beat Bama?
— Pat Welford (@mp5W) April 6, 2016
One change: He’ll be down on the sidelines calling plays, according to quarterback Brandon Harris. I know – you want to know scheme changes. I don’t have them.
There are signs, though, that LSU is tinkering with the offense.
LSU broke down tape of some of the nation’s most successful passing attacks during the off-season, Miles said, adding some to their system.
They’ve spent more time with quarterbacks on pocket-passing and less on QB runs, Cameron said last week. There’s extra emphasis on the passing game during meetings and walk-throughs. There’s less teaching in front of video and more teaching on the field, he said.
Dameyune Craig arrived with some new passing drills that he’s instituted, and quarterback Danny Etling says the Tigers are tinkering with some new offensive plans.
On Bama: LSU returns 18 of 22 starters and gets Bama at home. If the Tigers can’t topple the Tide this season, well ….
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