After what many considered a disappointing season in 2014, LSU came into this spring with high hopes and plenty of work to do. With an abundance of talent as usual, LSU has the makings of a contender in 2015 if they can straighten out some issues before fall. At the start of spring practice, we looked at what the Tigers should have worked to address this spring. How did they do?

1. Develop the quarterbacks

Addressed?: Yes

Both Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris are much improved from a year ago, to hear Cam Cameron and Les Miles tell it. Jennings has significantly improved his poise under center, while Harris has a much firmer grasp of the playbook than he did last fall. The problem, of course, is that there’s still no separation between the two. Both performed adequately in the spring game last Saturday, but neither did enough to firmly establish themselves as the starter. This battle will once again go into the fall, with a clear-cut winner hopefully emerging by Week 1.

2. Tailor the offense to the quarterbacks

Addressed?: To be determined

We won’t see LSU’s full offensive repertoire for months, but what’s most important seems to be the way Cameron is teaching his quarterbacks how to operate an SEC offense. Last fall, he copped to not doing a good enough job of that after working with high-level NFL talent for the previous dozen years. Now, Harris talks about “over-utilizing” Cameron, something that is welcome news to the LSU faithful. Early in spring practice, defensive players told the media that Cameron was throwing all kinds of new wrinkles at them. That should be considered a good sign that he’s working to adapt his offense to the personnel he has.

3. Sort out the offensive line

Addressed?: Yes

With a big group of departing seniors that included stud left tackle La’el Collins, LSU had to reshuffle its front five. The two tackles and center positions are all well taken care of; Jerald Hawkins moves from right to left tackle, Vadal Alexander moves from left guard to take Hawkins’ old spot and Ethan Pocic will be the center full time after serving on fill-in duty there last year. While there is a group of young players to pick from for the guard spots — K.J. Malone, Garrett Brumfield and Andy Dodd, as well as incoming freshman Maea Teuhema — there is plenty of depth to eliminate any cause for concern.

4. Bring along the defensive line talent

Addressed?: Yes

While Travonte Valentine remains suspended from the team, LSU’s defensive line appears to be in good shape under Ed Orgeron’s direction. Maquedius Bain will move from defensive tackle to end, while Lewis Neal has progressed nicely as another candidate to replace LSU’s two outgoing DE starters. In the middle, Davon Godchaux and Christian LaCouture form an excellent duo at DT, while Greg Gilmore has reportedly impressed the coaching staff this spring. Neal, LaCouture, Godchaux, Sione Teuhema and Tashawn Bower all earned recognition from the coaching staff for their strong spring performances, and with Orgeron in charge, the pass rush — one of the worst in the SEC last fall — should take a sizable step forward.

5. Settle the second cornerback spot

Addressed?: Yes

This was viewed as a competition between Ed Paris and early enrollee Kevin Toliver. By all accounts, both players impressed, but it sounds like it’s Paris who is emerging from spring ball as the leader for the starting job. Miles likes the size and physicality both possess, with both standing taller than 6-feet and weighing more than 200 pounds. Paris showed his abilities in the spring game, draping himself all over receivers and effectively shutting down LSU’s playmakers out wide. Even if Toliver manages to claim the job come fall, LSU has two excellent players to play opposite of Tre’Davious White.