SDS will be taking a tour around the conference and looking at each team’s progress– or lack thereof – made during spring camp. First up, LSU.
Here’s what we learned during LSU’s spring practice:
Brandon Harris will be a factor: He may not start; that’s altogether a different conversation. The conversation we need to have is whether he’ll play a significant role. He showed in the spring game he would be a factor for the Tigers this year. The job will be up for grabs through fall camp, but one thing is clear: Anthony Jennings has his work cut out for him, and he has ground to make up. Harris could be LSU’s X-Factor in 2014, and it’s his job to lose.
Offensive line will be a strength: Assuming the Tigers find their right guard, this line has a chance to rival any team’s line around the country. Anchored by tackle La’El Collins, this veteran unit is physical and athletic, and they will be the backbone of a vintage LSU rushing attack. Roommates Fehoko Fanaika and Evan Washington will continue to battle for the right guard slot, but regardless who wins, this unit should be nails.
Don’t forget about Dural: Don’t think talented incoming freshmen Malachi Dupree or Trey Quinn will catch all the passes; Travin Dural showed all spring he’d be a factor in the receiving rotation. He ended spring with a five-catch, 130-yard, two-touchdown performance in Saturday’s spring game.
A standout: The time is now for defensive end Danielle Hunter. The 6-6, 245-pound junior is ready to have a breakout season, and he had a big-time spring camp. Les Miles raved about Hunter over the last couple months, and John Chavis is counting on Hunter to be a major factor come fall. Outside of Hunter, LSU has several unproven but talented players ready to contribute. Hunter is the best one and could have the most upside. He needs a Barkevious Mingo-type season, and LSU’s defense would benefit from a better overall pass rush this season.
Secondary a strength: LSU is an NFL defensive back factory, and that’s not slowing down anytime soon. Sophomore corners Tre’Davious White and Rashard Robinson will rival any duo in the league, and safeties Jalen Mills and Ronald Martin settled in nicely, although Corey Thompson is still recovering from surgery and missed spring practice. Safety is the bigger concern for the secondary, but the communication and coverage problems we witnessed some last season should go away.
Let’s break down the biggest takeaways of every spring practice:
- Alabama Crimson Tide
- Arkansas Razorbacks
- Auburn Tigers
- Florida Gators
- Georgia Bulldogs
- Kentucky Wildcats
- LSU Tigers
- Mississippi State
- Missouri Tigers
- Ole Miss Rebels
- South Carolina Gamecocks
- Tennessee Volunteers
- Texas A&M Aggies
- Vanderbilt Commodores
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