What to watch for during LSU’s spring game

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Purple and Gold Spring Game

When: Saturday, April 20th
Where: Baton Rouge, LA
Time: 2:00 PM

Here’s what we’ll be watching Saturday:

A new-look defense: Gone are Sam Montgomery, Barkevious Mingo, Bennie Logan, Kevin Minter and Eric Reid, and gone with them are four first-round talents and a ton of SEC experience. Thankfully though, LSU has recruited exceptionally well and has several star players waiting to get their opportunity. Defensive tackles Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson will be a force, and we’ll get a look at how well they play together Saturday. With defensive end Jermauria Rasco out with a shoulder injury, we’ll get to see converted linebacker Ronnie Feist play end. Fellow end Danielle Hunter will be intriguing Saturday, too, as he has all the makings of the next great defensive player for the Tigers’ defense. DJ Welter is slated to replace Kevin Minter at middle linebacker, with Kwon Alexander and Lamin Barrow on the outside. This front seven is very talented but vastly inexperienced compared to previous John Chavis-coached defenses. Craig Loston is the veteran of a very talented Tigers’ secondary.

Airing it out: Finally we get to see LSU’s new-look passing game, featuring a more mature and developed Zach Mettenberger and a new offensive coordinator in Cam Cameron. Les Miles has been pleased with the offensive progress over the last two months. Cameron should get the running backs and tight ends more involved in the passing game, letting Mett have easier throws on 3rd and medium. Mettenberger has had a great spring, and everyone will be glued to see how the Cameron-Mettenberger marriage looks Saturday. In addition to Mett, receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham have had great springs, and both have to be more reliable than last season. Landry looks like a future All-SEC receiver.

One player to keep an eye on: Aside from the offense and Zach Mettenberger, middle linebacker DJ Welter is one to watch. Welter is the first-team middle linebacker after only playing in one game in 2012, thanks to an academic suspension. Welter is a big key to LSU’s defense this season. If he can hold down the middle, it allows LSU to slide Lamin Barrow outside, where he excelled last season.

Photo Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

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