This is the first of a seven-part series starting Sunday and ending Saturday, the first day of LSU's spring football practice.
- Danny Etling, senior
- Justin McMillan, RS sophomore
- Lindsey Scott, RS freshman
- Others: freshman Lowell Narcisse, preferred walk-on Caleb Lewis
- Lost from 2016: Brandon Harris (transferred)
Spring movement: LOW
Don't expect much to change from that depth chart above after the spring game. Etling is the obvious favorite to win what offensive coordinator Matt Canada calls a "wide open" competition for the starting quarterback gig.
Brandon Harris' transfer announcement only increased Etling's shot at keeping the job he took from Harris last season. Three of the other four quarterbacks listed above have never played in a college football game and a fourth, McMillan, has thrown one pass in a college game.
It doesn't mean that a meaningless spring is about to unfold for this spot. After all, these guys have to learn a brand new offensive scheme, something Etling and others already began absorbing in January after the Citrus Bowl victory. Also, Canada must prepare a backup, or two, in case Etling suffers an injury.
Harris supplied the Tigers with an experienced No. 2 and a guy who some thought, because of his sheer talent, would challenge for the starting job over the offseason. Canada is now left with a group of QBs with little to no experience.
The competition will increase by one when fall arrives. Myles Brennan, one of the nation's top pocket passers in the 2017 class, joins the group.
Brennan suggested in interviews with The Advocate last month that he could redshirt as a freshman. It seems like a likely scenario, but nothing is a certainty. For the most part, this starting job should be solidified after spring, and that's what the program needs to happen. The starting quarterback must lead drills during player-only summer workouts.
LSU Spring Practice Position Previews
- Sunday: Quarterbacks
- Monday: Defensive line
- Tuesday: Receivers and tight ends
- Wednesday: Secondary
- Thursday: Backfield
- Friday: Linebackers
- Saturday: Offensive line