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.
G Donavaughn Campbell
Pushing whom: Maea Teuhema and Garrett Brumfield
The scoop: The sophomore from Ponchatoula appeared to lose the left-guard battle to Brumfield during spring, but he'll restart his push for a starting spot in camp. And don't rule out the potential for him to see time at right guard. The interior offensive line is a fluid situation; Brumfield and Teuhema aren't necessarily guaranteed a spot. Will Clapp could be moved from center to a guard position if coaches like Lloyd Cushenberry's play at center.
WR Derrick Dillon
Pushing whom: Drake Davis and Russell Gage
The scoop: A third-year sophomore from Franklinton, Dillon feels like the D.J. Chark of old — a guy coaches rave about during spring practice and camp but who hasn't recorded a single catch. That'll probably change this season. Dillon is a speedy, reliable weapon who's pushing for a spot in the top group of receivers, and he should see significant time. He's a potential weapon in the return game, too. Dillon accounted for nearly 5,000 yards of offense during his final two years of high school.
C Lloyd Cushenberry
Pushing whom: Will Clapp
The scoop: He's not necessarily going to beat out Clapp at center, but he could do well enough, as he did during the spring, that coaches move Clapp to guard. That would bump Brumfield, Campbell or Teuhema out of the starting lineup. It's a concept that coach Ed Orgeron and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes have mentioned during interviews. Cushenberry impressed coaches and teammates with the first string in spring while Clapp recovered from shoulder surgery.
- July 21: Three offensive starting battles
- July 22: Three defensive starting battles
- July 23: Three defensive rookies you should know
- July 24: Three offensive rookies you should know
- July 25: Three defensive seniors to count on
- July 26: Three offensive seniors to count on
- July 27: Three defensive reserves pushing to play
- July 28: Three offensive reserves pushing to play
- July 29: Strongest and weakest position groups
- July 30: Three bold predictions