Photos, video: LSU students show their football moves, then Leonard Fournette, others show their dance moves _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --LSU running back Leonard Fournette, (7), signs autographs for students after the annaul LSU Football Student Practice where ordinary students got to compete in drills in Tiger Stadium Thursday.

The LSU beat LSU 17-7 in the spring game Saturday, but who really cares, right?

You want to know about Dave Aranda’s new defense, the Tigers’ quarterback competition and any offensive changes. Here’s what we learned about all of that and more during the Tigers’ spring game.

That New Defense

Dave Aranda flashed some of his new defense. It looks like what you’d expect, and here’s a photo of it with a list of those who started:

LSU didn’t always play this formation. Against a three-plus receiver set, the defense switched into its nickel formation (they rarely if every went into the 6-DB Dime). Saivion Smith entered, and Tashawn Bower (F-LB) exited for a 3-3-5 look in the nickel.

Duke Riley appears to be the leader to replace Deion Jones at weak-side linebacker (the new Rover). He started there with the first string.

LSU showed its long-yardage pass-rush formation a few times. That group included Davon Godchaux, Tashawn Bower, Arden Key (standing up in his Buck role) and Lewis Neal. Basically, Chrisitan LaCouture exited and Bower shifted from F-LB to defensive end.

Of note: Donnie Alexander did not participate in the spring game. It’s unclear why. In his place, a walk-on played the Rover role with LSU’s second-string defense.

Risky Business

You might have seen more Leonard Fournette on Saturday then you thought you would. LSU’s staff let him have nearly 10 carries. He carried eight times, including four straight during the first drive of the game. He ran for 49 yards, a long of 16 and a 6.1-yard average per carry.

Mid-year guys

Dee Anderson and Saivion Smith led the group of five LSU mid-year enrollees. Anderson, running with the second-string unit, caught a 70-yard touchdown pass from Danny Etling. Smith served as the cornerback on LSU’s first-string defense, entering on nickel (five-DB) formations. Tre White would then slide from cornerback to nickelback to cover the inside receiver.
Devin White served as the Mack inside linebacker in LSU’s second-string defense. It appears he’s Kendell Beckwith’s backup.

Stephen Sullivan played with the third-string receivers, and Michael Divinity was with the third-string defense as F-linebacker.

The QBs

LSU struggled to hit the long ball. Danny Etling and Brandon Harris missed a host of long attempts – either wide passes or underthrown. Etling’s 70-yarder to Anderson was by far the farthest pass thrown.

Harris finished 8-of-12 for 56 yards, and Etling finished 4-for-7 for 93 yards. Isaiah Washington picked off an Etling pass intended for RB Darrel Williams. It ricocheted off of Williams’ hands, landing into those of Washington.