Where They Stand
LSU completed its first week of fall practice on Saturday with the team’s first two-a-days (both practices were completely closed to reporters). The Tigers are one-quarter of the way through preseason practices and will have their first scrimmage (closed) Saturday.
Three Questions Answered
- Who has the edge at right guard? It appears that senior Hoko Fanaika has, at least, a slight edge in the battle with Evan Washington for the starting right guard spot. Still, there’s a way to go with this competition.
- How much will freshman WR Malachi Dupre be involved in the offense? A lot. We’ve seen Dupre working with the veterans/starters during the first four days of split-squad scrimmages. He’s impressed teammates and coaches.
- Who among the young defensive tackles will step up? Frank Herron. Coach Les Miles called Herron a “beast” earlier this week, and players have raved about Herron’s non-stop motor. He appears to be the favorite to take over for injured Quentin Thomas.
Three Questions Unanswered
- Who’s ahead in the starting quarterback race? Good luck. Players and Miles are coy when discussing the battle between Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris. Folks inside the program say it’s a tight tussle that might not end until midseason.
- Who will replace Odell Beckham Jr. as the return man? Miles would not reveal any names when asked this week, and reporters aren’t privy to those portions of practice. Travin Dural and Terrence Magee are listed on the depth chart, but that’s not in stone.
- Is Leonard Fournette living up to the hype? The No. 1 question fans want answered. Stop asking. We might not know until Aug. 30. Reporters have only seen him for a brief time in full pads. One thing’s clear – he’s a big guy, especially in pads.
Best Of Week 1
- Mills returns: Jalen Mills, booked on a felony, was charged for misdemeanor simple battery. That was enough for Miles. He allowed Mills to return to a D that needs him. He knows every position, is expected to start at safety and be the secondary’s signal-caller.
Worst Of Week 1
- Thomas out: Projected starting defensive tackle Quentin Thomas tore his biceps and is out for the season. A redshirt junior, Thomas leaves the tackle position low on experience. The Tigers have just one other tackle who’s played meaningful game snaps.
- Defensive line: Thomas’ injury is a hit to the depth and experience at tackle.
- Offense: Miles said earlier this week that the D is head of the O. Time to get it in gear.
- Leonard Fournette: His pure size is enough to have fans drooling about the prospects.
- Linebackers: This deep, strong unit is full of experience and talent.