We are counting down the five spring position battles to watch starting Monday and ending on Friday, a day before LSU starts spring drills.
- Elliott Porter: Porter exhausted his eligibility after last season. He served as LSU’s starter at center for the last two years. A Kentucky transfer, the Louisiana native wasn’t a dominant blocker, but he was a vocal leader and the captain of the line.
- Andy Dodd, sophomore: Dodd played in four games last season, his redshirt freshman campaign. He’s a former four-star prospect out of Georgia who has experience at each O-line position and was listed as the backup center for much of 2014.
- Ethan Pocic, junior: Pocic started a handful games at center last season, but primarily played at right guard. Pocic’s future may be at tackle (right tackle in the immediate future or left guard). He’s the ace in the hole at center if all else fails.
- Will Clapp, redshirt freshman: Clapp redshirted during his true freshman season last year, in which he was moved from guard to center. He’s another former four-star recruit.
- Not even line coach Jeff Grimes could honestly tell you who will be LSU’s starting center next season. This will be one of the most hotly competitive spots of the spring. Dodd seems to have the edge, especially if coaches want Pocic to play what many believe is his more natural position – tackle. But coaches clearly weren’t sold on Dodd last season. They used Pocic instead and brought in Evan Washington to fill Pocic’s void at guard.
Five Spring Position Battles To Watch
- No. 5: Cornerback
- No. 4: Center
- No. 3: ? (Wednesday)
- No. 2: ? (Thursday)
- No. 1: ? (Friday)