For the first time in years, LSU’s depth chart wasn’t decimated by the NFL draft. Yes, three players did leave early and several more graduated, but the Tigers return a team that is simultaneously young and experienced.

There are still some spots on the two-deep not totally nailed down. Quarterback is the biggest of those, but there could still be shifting on both the offensive and defensive lines come fall practices.

With summer around the corner, here is our best guess at what LSU’s two-deep depth chart will look like at the start of fall practices.


QB1: Brandon Harris
QB1a: Anthony Jennings

At this point, there’s no differentiating between LSU’s two quarterbacks. Based on what we saw last year, the Tigers will be in trouble if Jennings is once again the guy. Unless Jennings has improved by leaps and bounds, LSU needs Harris to seize this job.

RB1: Leonard Fournette
RB2: Darrel Williams

FB1: David Ducre
FB2: John David Moore

There’s no question Fournette is the guy at running back, and he’ll get support from fellow sophomore Williams and incoming freshmen Nick Brossette and Derrius Guice. Ducre, an early enrollee is an interesting prospect at fullback, capable of running out of the upback spot while packing a punch in run blocking.

X WR1: Travin Dural
X WR2: D.J. Chark

Z WR1: Malachi Dupre
Z WR2: Trey Quinn

TE1: Dillon Gordon
TE2: DeSean Smith

Dural is back as LSU’s best deep threat on the outside, and it appears Dupre will be playing both in the slot and out wide this fall. Chark was one of the breakout stars of spring, vaulting up the depth chart after seldom seeing the field as a freshman. Quinn should see time in the slot, while John Diarse and incoming five-star freshman Tyron Johnson will both have strong cases to see the field as well.

LT1: Jerald Hawkins
LT2: Jonah Austin

LG1: Ethan Pocic
LG2: Garrett Brumfield

C1: William Clapp
C2: Andy Dodd

RG1: Josh Boutte
RG2: K.J. Malone

RT1: Vadal Alexander
RT2: Cody Townsend

Offensive line isn’t a real concern for LSU, but the Tigers will have new full-time starters at all five spots. The tackle positions are locked down, but the interior of the line is subject to change this fall. Pocic was excellent filling in at center last year and could move back there if need be. Boutte emerged as a starter during spring practice, but Brumfield and Malone could both find themselves starting by fall.


DE1: Lewis Neal
DE2: Tashawn Bower

DT1: Christian LaCouture
DT2: Greg Gilmore

DT1: Davon Godchaux
DT2: Frank Herron

DE1: Maquedius Bain
DE2: Sione Teuhema

LSU returns both starting defensive tackles, while they can count on added depth from a group of redshirt sophomores, as well as senior Quentin Thomas when he’s back from injury. Ed Orgeron has a group of fresh faces at defensive end, including converted DTs Bain and Neal (who came in as a DE but played some DT due to depth issues last year). Expect Arden Key to contend for a spot in the two-deep at defensive end when he arrives this fall.

SAM1: Lamar Louis
SAM2: Duke Riley

MIKE1: Kendell Beckwith
MIKE2: Clifton Garrett

WILL1: Deion Jones
WILL2: Donnie Alexander

Linebacker is the thinnest group on the defense with just seven scholarship players. Beckwith will be the undisputed leader of the defense after taking over as starter midway through last year, while Jones, Louis and Riley are all experienced players. Kevin Steele coached a 3-4 scheme at Alabama, so that depth could be an issue for him.

LCB1: Tre’Davious White
LCB2: Dwayne Thomas

RCB1: Ed Paris
RCB2: Kevin Toliver

SS1: Jamal Adams
SS2: Russell Gage

FS1: Jalen Mills
FS2: Rickey Jefferson

White returns at corner after locking down one starting spot for much of last season. While Paris beat out Toliver in spring practice, you can still expect to see plenty of the five-star freshman this fall. Thomas will be back from an ACL tear this fall and should resume his role as a nickel corner. Mills returned for his senior year after flirting with the NFL, but expect Adams to break out as the biggest star in the secondary this year.

Special teams

K: Colby Delahoussaye
P: Jamie Keehn

KR: Trey Quinn
PR: Tre’Davious White

Both LSU specialists return for 2015. For Delahoussaye, LSU will need major improvement after he struggled toward the end of last year. Fournette was LSU’s primary kick returner last year, but it’s safe to assume he’ll be off that duty now that he’ll be the workhorse at running back. White handled punt return duties last year, but he could be replaced by incoming freshman Donte Jackson.