Les Miles: Rasco out for spring, Bolden moving to WR, talks QB competition

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This is a big spring for Les Miles and LSU.

The Tigers are coming off another 10-win season, but replacing key components to the roster is first on the agenda this spring. One player who needed this spring perhaps more than any other defender is DE Jermauria Rasco, but Miles informed the media that Rasco is out this spring after having surgery to “clean out” his left shoulder, according to NOLA.com.

“Rasco will be out,” Miles said. “If we can get him back late it might be worth it, but not likely.”

Rasco is an important piece to LSU’s defensive puzzle, and the defensive end position has to improve this season.

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Reserve dual-threat quarterback Robert Bolden will practice at receiver this spring due to being shorthanded at that position. 2014 receiver signees Malachi Dupree and Trey Quinn won’t hit campus until this summer. Besides, Bolden has been virtually buried on the depth chart, and with the addition of early enrollee quarterback Brandon Harris, Bolden will go further down on the depth chart. A move to receiver may help him get onto the field.

Miles talked briefly about the quarterback battle that will ensue this spring, and he made it clear the competition is wide open.

“The idea that you make the decision early is foolish,” he said. “There’s always going to be that point in time a young guy gains speed late, or an injury makes the decision or the more-veteran guy shows he’s worthwhile.”

“I want them to both, three of which, all the quarterbacks to know, it’s going to be given to no one, earned by the one that plays,” he said.

“The older guys know cadence, there’s some comfort there. We want to allow a quality competitive environment for Brandon Harris and the other quarterbacks. We have to bring Brandon to speed, a comfort of the offense. Let’s have at it, let’s see who is best.”

LSU opened spring practice Saturday and will play in their annual spring game on April 5th.

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