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LSU set for satellite camps in New Orleans, Shreveport, including a joint venture with Saints

Les Miles and LSU are scheduled to host satellite camps in New Orleans and Shreveport. (Bill Feig)

Les Miles and LSU are scheduled to host satellite camps in New Orleans and Shreveport. (Bill Feig)

LSU will host satellite camps in both New Orleans and Shreveport, including a joint camp with the Saints in the Crescent City, coach Les Miles said Wednesday.

“First thing we want to do is maintain our presence in the state of Louisiana,” Miles said on the Southeastern Conference’s spring football teleconference. “We turn to the north and turn to the south (of the state) and say, ‘When we can, we’re going to come to you.’”

The Advocate reported Monday that LSU was expected to host satellite camps in New Orleans and/or Shreveport, and 247Sports reported Tuesday that the Tigers were also joining several others schools in attending camps in Houston, Detroit, Atlanta and Tampa.

LSU was prepared to host satellite camps in Dallas, Houston, Detroit and Atlanta, Miles said earlier this spring after the NCAA banned the camps. The governing body repealed the ban last week, and, starting May 30, SEC teams – like its brethren in the Big Ten – can host camps outside of their own campus.

LSU will have two camps in New Orleans, Miles said – a youth clinic and a camp for high school age prospects. The Saints will participate in the high school camp, the coach said.

Miles did not reveal details on LSU’s camp in Shreveport. The program attempted to host spring scrimmages or practices in New Orleans and Shreveport this year, but the SEC has a rule against teams holding spring football events away from their campus.

The program is in the final stages of finalizing satellite camp plans, Miles said.

“The first thing we wanted to do is service the football community in this state,”  Miles said.

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Report: LSU staff bound for Houston, Tampa, Atlanta and Detroit summer camps

The Sound Mind Sound Body Academy's camps include classroom portions. (SMSB website)

The Sound Mind Sound Body Academy’s camps include classroom portions. (SMSB website)

LSU continues to finalize plans for satellite camps, but a national recruiting outlet is reporting a handful of stops for the Tigers.

LSU coach Les Miles and his staff will spend June 6-12 at four different two-day camps in Atlanta, Houston, Tampa and Detroit,  part of the Sound Mind Sound Body Academy summer tour, according to 247Sports. The Tigers will join other college football staffs at each stop, including as many as 60 at the showcase in Detroit.

The Advocate reported on Monday that LSU is expected to host at least one in-state camp in New Orleans and/or Shreveport. LSU was prepared to host satellite camps in Dallas, Houston, Detroit and Atlanta, Miles said earlier this spring after the NCAA banned the camps.

Les Miles and LSU are finalizing their camp plans.

Les Miles and LSU are finalizing their camp plans.

The governing body repealed the ban last week, and, starting May 30, SEC teams – like its brethren in the Big Ten – can host camps outside of their own campus. Teams are allowed to have full control of in-state camps, but must partner with others for out-of-state events – like the Sound Mind Sound Body Academy’s summer showcases.

The school has not announced its camp trips, and a source told The Advocate on Wednesday that the program is finalizing its plans.

Sound Mind Sound Body is a Detroit-based organization that started in 2004 with a goal of increasing the number football players graduating high school and earning college scholarships in the metro Detroit area. The academy now hosts summer camps throughout the nation, including six this year in Atlanta (June 3-4, Greater Atlanta Christian School), Houston (June 6-7, Hall Stadium), Detroit (June 9-10, Wayne State University), Tampa (June 12 , Jefferson High School), Los Angeles (June 16-17, Pioneer High School) and Washington, D.C. (Jun 23-24, Paint Branch High School).

Sound Mind Sound Body campers get on-the-field training and perform in front of college coaches. (SMSB website)

Sound Mind Sound Body campers get on-the-field training and perform in front of college coaches. (SMSB website)

The camps are geared for a two-prong effect for some of the nation’s most highly touted prospects: on-the-field training and off-the-field instruction. The camps offer life skills and positional “chalk talk” classes, while also teaching prospects on-the-field techniques to “get the most out of an athlete’s ability,” the Sound Mind Sound Body website says.

Coaches are allowed to watch prospects showcase their skills during the on-the-field portions of the camp, and some, even, are scheduled to speak with prospects during the classroom portion of the events.

Miles will speak to prospects at the camps in Houston and Atlanta, 247Sports reported. He won’t be alone. For example, the Houston camp will feature Texas coach Charlie Strong and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin.

Others committed to being there are Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Houston, Houston Baptist, Iowa State, Lamar, Maryland, Minnesota, Michigan State, Nebraska Oregon, Prairie View, Sam Houston, SMU, TCU, Texas Southern, Texas State, Tulsa, UCLA, Texas-San Antonio and Wisconsin.

The camps are open to players entering 9th to 12th grade, and the cost is contingent on the player’s age. Those entering 9th-grade pay $50. Sophomores, juniors and seniors pay $90. Camps also accept high school graduates, as well as post-graduates with remaining NCAA eligibility.

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LSU gets commitment from St. James dual-threat QB Lowell Narcisse

St. James quarterback Lowell Narcisse get outside of Lutcher's Thaddeus Watis during the Class 3A championship game in December. (SCOTT THRELKELD)

St. James quarterback Lowell Narcisse get outside of Lutcher’s Thaddeus Watis during the Class 3A championship game in December. (SCOTT THRELKELD)

LSU has landed two quarterback commitments for the 2017 class in less than 10 days.

St. James four-star rated QB Lowell Narcisse announced on his Twitter account Monday that he’s committed to the Tigers.

https://twitter.com/JrJr238/status/727194067595993088

“I’ve decided to stay home and play for my home state,” he wrote in the post. He is not doing interviews until the conclusion of St. James’ spring practice.

Narcisse, a one-time Auburn commitment, is the fifth-best dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 group, according to 247Sports.com. He joins St. Stanislaus quarterback Myles Brennan as playcallers in LSU’s 2017 class. Brennan committed on April 23.

Narcisse had offers from Alabama, Clemson, Arizona State and North Carolina. He de-committed from Auburn in January and has visited LSU, unofficially, several times over the last three months.

The Tigers’ 2017 commitment class now stands at seven members and is ranked 22nd nationally, according to 247Sports. Three of the seven are QBs, including Lutcher dual-threat QB Jontre Kirklin, who’s might move position upon his arrival in Baton Rouge.

LSU is expected to have four scholarship quarterbacks on the roster this fall: presumed starter and junior Brandon Harris, junior transfer Danny Etling, redshirt freshman Justin McMillan and signee Lindsey Scott of Zachary.

Narcisse played just four games of his junior season last year, returning sooner than expected from a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in the spring. He helped the Wildcats in their run to the Class 3A state championship game.

As a sophomore in 2014, Narcisse passed for more than 3,000 yards, ran for 1,400 and accounted for 49 touchdowns. He scored 39 touchdowns as a freshman in 2013.

This post will be updated. 

LSU’s 2017 commitment class

  • RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Catholic (Baton Rouge)
  • QB Jontre Kirklin, Lutcher (Lutcher)
  • DT Tyler Shelvin, Northside (Lafayette)
  • OLB Patrick Queen, Livonia (Livonia)
  • QB Lowell Narcisse, Saint James (Saint James)
  • QB Myles Brennan, St. Stanislaus (Bay St. Louis, Mississippi)
  • OG Edward Ingram, DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas)

LSU’s 2018 commitment class

  • DB Kelvin Joseph, Scotlandville (Baton Rouge)
  • DB Corione Harris, Landry-Walker (New Orleans)
  • QB Zadock Dinkelmann, Somerset (Somerset, Texas)
  • WR Devonta Jason, Landry-Walker (New Orleans)

‘We’re Debo Birds': The Atlanta Falcons select LSU’s Deion Jones with the 21st pick of the second round

Deion Jones' aunt, Sheereen Gaines, grabs the former LSU linebacker as he's drafted. Seated on the couch, Jones' father, Cal, is on the right. His mother, Tahonas, is on the left.

Deion Jones’ aunt, Sheereen Gaines, grabs the former LSU linebacker as he’s drafted. Seated on the couch, Jones’ father, Cal, is on the right. His mother, Tahonas, is on the left.

A year ago, Deion Jones had started one college football game, never finished a single game with more than five tackles and never sacked a quarterback.

On Friday night, surrounded by friends and family at his aunt’s home in Harvey, the kid they call “Debo” became an instant millionaire – and a dirty bird, too.

The Atlanta Falcons selected the former LSU linebacker with the 21st pick – 52nd overall – in the second round of the NFL draft, eliciting a mad celebration from the more than 50 gathered at Shelly Hall’s home in this New Orleans suburb.

“I am dirty,” Jones’ father, Cal, said after the selection while sitting next to his son. “I’m a dirty bird!”

Deion Jones, his father Cal to his left, gets the call from the Atlanta Falcons notifying him that they plan to draft him with the next pick.

Deion Jones, his father Cal to his left, gets the call from the Atlanta Falcons notifying him that they plan to draft him with the next pick.

That didn’t last long. Minutes later, one of Deion’s relatives thought of a new name for this family.

“We’re Debo Birds!”

Jones, a 6-foot-1, 222-pounder, became the first LSU player selected in the 2016 draft – an impressive feat for a guy who served as a backup until his senior year last season. He broke onto the scene in 2015, leading LSU with 100 tackles as the Tigers’ weak-side linebacker.

His stock climbed over the last four months, too – all leading up to this rocking family affair. Jones will fly to Atlanta on the Falcons’ private jet Friday for a visit.

“I’m gonna get us a parakeet, rub it in some dirt and we’re gonna have us a dirty bird,” one of Jones’ relatives said playfully.

The ex-Jesuit standout excelled during the week at the Senior Bowl in January, performed well at the NFL combine in February and, in March, ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash time – nearly unheard of for a linebacker – at LSU’s pro day.

The speedster entered his senior year known more for his prowess on special teams. He was dubbed “The War Daddy” by some LSU players for his vicious hits on the kickoff team.

Turns out, he can tackle on defense, too. Kwon Alexander’s early departure to the NFL draft opened the door last year for Jones’ starting role.

“He wasn’t even on the radar going into (the 2015 season),” ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper said on the telecast after the selection.

Jones spent Friday watching from a gray sectional couch, flanked by agent Jason Rosenhaus and his mother, Tahonas, and father, Cal – all of them watching a 50-plus inch Panasonic blaring ESPN’s coverage to more than 50 people shoved in the room. An ESPN camera, positioned on a tripod in the middle of the living area, focused on Jones. His reaction to the selection aired on the network in tape delay.

More than 50 family members and friends roared, collapsing upon the ex-Tiger.

Deion Jones during an ESPN interview after he was drafted, his father Cal and mother Tahonas flanking him.

Deion Jones during an ESPN interview after he was drafted, his father Cal and mother Tahonas flanking him.

“Good things happen to good people and this is proof,” an emotional Rosenhaus said off to the side.

“I’m excited, emotional … all wrapped in one,” Tahonas said.

According to spotrac.com, the projected signing bonus for that selection is $1.6 million – quite the boost for this family. Deion’s father, Cal, drove a taxi cab in New Orleans for more than a decade before getting a job with his neighbor’s electrical and AC company recently. His mother is a Subway restaurant manager.

About 10 minutes before the pick was announced on the ESPN telecast, Jones got the call from the Falcons notifying him of the decision. A subdued celebration followed, an opening act to the outburst minutes later.

The Falcons’ call to Jones wasn’t his first of the night, though. An hour into the second round, Jones fielded a call from LSU trainer Jack Marucci. The Falcons had called Marucci just minutes before to inquire about Jones’ shoulder, one that’s previously been injured.

“That was a good sign,” Rosenhaus said.

The night began relaxed but anxious in the home off Destrehan Avenue – especially after five linebackers went in the first 11 picks of the second round. None of them were Jones.

Family members bowed their heads for a prayer just before the telecast began. Soon after, Rosenhaus, brother to Drew Rosenhaus, warned Jones and family of the potential for a long, nerve-filled night ahead.

The Jones family in a pre-draft prayer.

The Jones family in a pre-draft prayer.

“It’s going to be a ride. Buckle in,” he said just before ESPN’s coverage began. “You’re most likely to go in the middle of the second to the middle of the third.”

They didn’t need to wait too long. The Falcons traded with the Rams, moving from 49th overall to 51st.

Not long afterward, at 7:40 p.m., some 90 minutes into the second round, Jones and Rosenhaus received nearly simultaneous phone calls. He was off to the Falcons.

“I saw my phone ringing, and it was from a Georgia number,” Jones said. “I was nervous to pick it up because I didn’t know who it was.”

“Answer it!” his mother, by his side, yelled at him as the phone buzzed on his leg.

Rosenhaus leaped from his seat during his call, pumping his fist toward the white ceiling like a preacher delivering a hard-hitting sermon.

“Tonight begins a dream,” Rosenhaus said. “It’s a beautiful thing.”

Jones’ mother, Tahonas, milled around outside an hour after the celebration. She smiled when a reporter walked up.

“Debo Birds!” she said. “The shirts are in the making now.”

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LSU Spring Position Recap: Linebacker

Devin White impressed new DC Dave Aranda (background) during spring. (Travis Spradling)

Devin White impressed new DC Dave Aranda (background) during spring. (Travis Spradling)

LSU Spring Position Recap is a 7-part series highlighting each position’s performance during spring and outlook heading into summer workouts.

Position: Linebacker

Spring Depth Chart (immediate backup):

  • Mack (ILB): Kendell Beckwith (Devin White)
  • Rover (ILB): Duke Riley (Donnie Alexander)
  • F (OLB): Tashawn Bower (Corey Thompson)

Projected Fall Depth Chart:

  • Mack (ILB): Kendell Beckwith (Devin White)
  • Rover (ILB): Duke Riley (Donnie Alexander)
  • F (OLB): Corey Thompson (Michael Divinity/Rahssan Thornton)

Three Things Learned

  • Impressive rookie: Devin White was on campus all of two months when LSU cranked up spring football practice. A week into drills, new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda told a couple of reporters that White had impressed him. Coach Les Miles, later during spring, praised White, too. The freshman even led LSU in tackles during one scrimmage. It’s clear White will have a role this upcoming season as the immediate backup to Kendell Beckwith and a key special teams player.
  • The F: LSU’s two new outside linebacker positions are the F (most similar to a strong-side linebacker) and the Buck (a defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid). The Buck is included in our Spring Position Recap for defensive line. Why? Buck players practice during individual position drills with the D-line. The F is more of a traditional outside linebacker, dropping into coverage often, whereas the Buck rushes more often. You see a change in our F linebacker depth chart above. We eliminated Tashawn Bower, who was moved there midway through spring practice. I’m not certain Bower remains in that position, and coaches really like Thompson.

    Deion Jones is expected to be picked in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday. (BRIANNA PACIORKA)

    Deion Jones is expected to be picked in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday. (BRIANNA PACIORKA)

  • Duke, the new Deion: The Rover role in LSU’s new 3-4 defense is similar to a weak-side linebacker, a versatile player who can blitz, play the run and cover in space – the same one Deion Jones did so well last year and Kwon Alexander held the season before. Can Duke be the next Deion? He’s a four-year player finally getting his chance to star.

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LSU Spring Position Recap: Defensive line

Davon Godchaux and Lewis Neal close in on QB Danny Etling. (Bill Feig)

Davon Godchaux and Lewis Neal close in on QB Danny Etling. (Bill Feig)

LSU Spring Position Recap is a 7-part series highlighting each position’s performance during spring and outlook heading into summer workouts.

Position: Defensive line

Spring Depth Chart (immediate backup):

  • DE: Lewis Neal (Deondre Clark)
  • NT: Christian LaCouture (Greg Gilmore)
  • DE: Davon Godchaux (Frank Herron)
  • Buck (OLB/DE): Arden Key (Isaiah Washington)

Projected Fall Depth Chart:

  • DE: Lewis Neal (Deondre Clark)
  • NT: Davon Godchaux (Greg Gilmore/Rashard Lawrence)
  • DE: Christian LaCouture (Frank Herron)
  • Buck (OLB/DE): Arden Key (Tashawn Bower)

Three Things Learned:

  • In search of a nose: Two weeks before LSU’s spring game and more than halfway through the Tigers’ spring practice, the coaching staff moved Davon Godchaux from end to nose tackle and Christian LaCouture from nose tackle to end. It’s a sign of the team’s situation at nose tackle. LSU is in search of a nose – one of the must-have positions in the 3-4 defense. The search continues in preseason camp. Is it Godchaux? Do they move LaCouture back? Will a freshman like Edwin Alexander or Rashard Lawrence take over?
  • The Key spot: Arden Key is a strong fit for his new role as an outside linebacker/defense end. That was made abundantly clear during spring practice – from interviews with players and coaches. There’s more hype around this rangy, athletic sophomore than any other player as the Tigers break in new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s 3-4 scheme. Key is one of the primary
    Arden Key, in the background, during a Leonard Fournette run in the spring game. (Bill Feig)

    Arden Key, in the background, during a Leonard Fournette run in the spring game. (Bill Feig)

    playmakers in the restructured front seven. He’ll drop into coverage some (he had an interception in a spring scrimmage), rush the passer (Les Miles says he was in the backfield more than any other player this spring) and play the run, too. Why did we list Key’s position with the defensive line and not the linebackers? During practice, the Buck players still work with the D-line during individual position drills. Why did we include Tashawn Bower as Key’s backup in the fall depth chart? We’re assuming that Bower will move from his OLB position (the F) to the Buck. It’s just a guess.

  • Much more to install: Miles said Aranda installed only about 60 percent of his defense during the 14 spring practices, spread over five weeks. Talk to Aranda and he’ll say he installed even less. The new DC says he implemented just three packages. D-line coach Ed Orgeron said there could be 20-plus more packages. It’ll be a long summer and preseason camp – mentally – for coaches and players. Summer workouts begin in early June. Coaches can meet with players for two hours each week for an eight-week period starting then.

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LSU Spring Position Recap: Backfield

Leonard Fournette signs autographs after LSU's student day at spring practice. (Patrick Dennis)

Leonard Fournette signs autographs after LSU’s student day at spring practice. (Patrick Dennis)

LSU Spring Position Recap is a 7-part series highlighting each position’s performance during spring and outlook heading into summer workouts.

Position: Backfield

Spring Depth Chart (immediate backup):

  • RB: Leonard Fournette (Derrius Guice)
  • FB: Bry’Kiethon Mouton (David Ducre)

Projected Fall Depth Chart:

  • RB: Leonard Fournette (Derrius Guice)
  • FB: John David Moore (Bry’Kiethon Mouton)

Three Things Learned:

  • Break time: Leonard Fournette got a break during spring practice. Fearing injury, coaches let Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams do much of the running in spring. For example, Fournette carried the ball just four times in one spring scrimmage and “a couple” in another, Les Miles said. He toted the rock eight times in the spring game – probably even more than expected.
  • Guice is No. 2: If, before spring, you thought Derrius Guice wasn’t the immediate backup to Fournette, you should believe it after spring. Guice only received 3 carries (for 17 yards) in the spring game – more a product of LSU passing the ball so much – but the former Catholic high standout got many of Fournette’s carries in spring scrimmages and in normal practices while coaches rested their Heisman hopeful.

    David Ducre, center back, warming up with LSU running backs. (Bill Feig)

    David Ducre, center back, warming up with LSU running backs. (Bill Feig)

  • Ducre moving up: The No. 1-ranked fullback in the 2015 signing class, Ducre played sparingly as a freshman last year, as coaches needed to burn his redshirt after the injury to starter J.D. Moore. Ducre’s spring was strong enough to have new running backs coach Jabbar Juluke raving about him. Ducre slid into the No. 2 FB spot with Moore missing spring. His role appears to be growing for this upcoming season. Juluke said he was getting some running back carries, too.

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LSU TE Dillon Gordon’s college career over after NCAA decision

Dillon Gordon.

Dillon Gordon.

LSU tight end Dillon Gordon’s request for a fifth year of eligibility was denied, and he’ll enter the NFL draft, he announced on his Twitter account on Friday.

Dillon Gordon's message on Twitter.

Dillon Gordon’s message on Twitter.

Gordon, a 310-pound run-blocking senior from Edgard, was appealing to the NCAA for an extra year of eligibility. Gordon played in just three games of his senior season last year before rupturing his Achilles tendon in the sixth game of the season against Florida.

According to the NCAA rule, a player can receive another year of eligibility if they played less than one-third of the season – all of it coming in the first half of the season (excluding bowl games). Gordon played in part of three games, and the Tigers’ game against Florida was the sixth in an 11-game regular season.

An LSU spokesman had no comment when reached Friday.

LSU wasn’t necessarily hopeful. Miles said a few months ago he was “50-50″ on the waiver. The coach said two months ago at LSU’s pro day that Gordon was healthy enough to participate in spring practice if cleared.

Dillon Gordon after rupturing his Achilles. (Bill Feig)

Dillon Gordon after rupturing his Achilles. (Bill Feig)

“He’s physically capable,” Miles said.

Gordon served as LSU’s key run-blocker, walling off the edge with his 300-pound frame. He started 13 and 12 games as a junior and sophomore in 2014 and 2013.

His departure leaves LSU with Colin Jeter – 60 pounds lighter than Gordon – as the Tigers’ starting tight end. Rising sophomore Foster Moreau is expected to be the backup. He weighs 260 pounds.

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LSU Spring Position Recap: Receiver

Malachi Dupre ran into an old friend at LSU's spring game. (Bill Feig)

Malachi Dupre ran into an old friend at LSU’s spring game. (Bill Feig)

LSU Spring Position Recap is a 7-part series highlighting each position’s performance during spring and outlook heading into summer workouts.

Position: Receiver

Spring Depth Chart:

  • X: Malachi Dupre (Dee Anderson/Tyron Johnson)
  • Z: D.J. Chark (Tyron Johnson)
  • Y: Jazz Ferguson (Stephen Sullivan)

Projected Fall Depth Chart:

  • X: Malachi Dupre (Dee Anderson/Tyron Johnson)
  • Z: Travin Dural (D.J. Chark)
  • Y: Jazz Ferguson (Malachi Dupre)

Three Things Learned:

  • Jazz and Dee: Jazz Ferguson and Dee Anderson are expected to have bigger roles than many might have thought. That’s at least according to what we saw during spring. Ferguson, a sophomore who played very little last year, served as LSU’s No. 3 receiver during the spring, mostly lining up in the slot. Coach Les Miles said the staff is”turning to Jazz and seeing what he wants to accomplish.” Anderson, a mid-year enrollee, played WR with the second-string during the spring game and had one of the better catches of the day. He’s 6-foot-5.
  • Tyron has work to do: Tyron Johnson, the state’s No. 1 player last year, needs a great summer and solid preseason camp to work his way into LSU’s typical three-receiver rotation. He appears to be behind, at least, Malachi Dupre, Travin Dural, D.J. Chark, Jazz Ferguson and, possibly, Dee Anderson. Johnson participated with the second-string offense in the spring game. During spring practices, Johnson was often toward the back of the rotation during individual drills – behind, even mid-year guys like Anderson and Stephen Sullivan. That’s usually a sign of the pecking order.
  • Craig’s influence: Dameyune Craig is bringing a physical brand to
    Dameyune Craig watches D.J. Chark during a Big Cat drill.

    Dameyune Craig watches D.J. Chark during a Big Cat drill.

    LSU’s receiver group – at least that’s what he wants to bring, as he told us in this Q&A. Did he accomplish that during spring? It’s tough to tell just yet, but he’s determined to have his receivers be just as physical as any other position, and he gets excited when they flash that during the Big Cat drill. Craig’s influence doesn’t stop there. Receivers, OC Cam Cameron and QB Brandon Harris have all agreed that the former Auburn QB is helping LSU’s passing game, too.

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LSU Spring Position Recap: Quarterback

Brandon Harris is the presumed starter for 2016.

Brandon Harris is the presumed starter for 2016.

LSU Spring Position Recap is a 7-part series highlighting each position’s performance during spring and outlook heading into summer workouts.

Position: Quarterback

Spring Depth Chart:

  • Brandon Harris
  • Danny Etling
  • Justin McMillan
  • Caleb Lewis

Projected Fall Depth Chart:

  • Brandon Harris
  • Danny Etling
  • Justin McMillan
  • Caleb Lewis

Three Things Learned:

  • Harris clear leader: The rising junior receiver took all, if not most, of the snaps with the starting group in the spring game and in the final spring scrimmage a week earlier. Also, coach Les Miles, after that final scrimmage, said this of Harris: “He’s ready to be the quarterback.” In a Q&A, Cam Cameron raved about Harris’ progression over the last few months, his maturity and growth. It’s pretty clear that Harris will have to get beat in camp not to start the season.

    Cam Cameron and Danny Etling. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

    Cam Cameron and Danny Etling. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

  • Etling the perfect backup: Smart, consistent, hard-worker. Those are words people use to describe Purdue Transfer Danny Etling, and they’re why many believe he’s the perfect backup quarterback to have if Harris were to go down with injury or if he were to have a struggling stretch in 2016.
  • A different QB  battle: Don’t only think Etling is there to back up Harris. He’s trying to win the starting job, and that’s exactly what coaches want – a QB battle, for someone to push Harris to work harder, longer, etc. This is a different QB battle than the one Harris and Athony Jenning were locked in over the previous two years. This competition seems more cordial and friendly. For example, quarterbacks are gathering off the field to study tape and the playbook, Cameron said.

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