Derrius Guice was the US Army All-American Game MVP. (AP)
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It sure sounds like Jerald Hawkins will play left tackle next season. In fact, he said that last month at the press conference announcing his decision to remain in school.
And it sure sounds like Vadal Alexander will replace him at right tackle. That, though, isn’t so much of a certainty. But LSU coach Les Miles did suggest Alexander could move over to the right side of the line at tackle.
Ethan Pocic is described by most as a natural tackle and a guy who can play every position on the line. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Alexander remain at left guard and for Pocic to move to right tackle. I think that’s what happens, but who the heck knows. There’s a ton of time between now and Sept. 5.
I’m not sure there is just one player, especially since the 2016 class is so full of top-tier talent (read more about that here).
That said, LSU’s 2016 focus is expected to be on linebackers and defensive tackles. So, a guy like Edwin Alexander, a five star defensive tackle out of Hammond, is a must, you’d think. There’s Rashard Lawrence, too, a four star defensive tackle from Monroe.
I’m sure LSU would love to get both of those guys. Getting one of two will probably be a minimum-case scenario.
You’d think LSU would get as many of its best players on the field as it can. New signees Derrick Dillon and Donte Jackson are thought of as slot-type receivers. And then you have the big bodies outside: Travin Dural, Malachi Dupre, Tyron Johnson.
Les Miles isn’t going away from the I-formation, two tight-end set quickly, but I think you can expect to see more receivers on the field than, say, last season.
According to Cam Cameron and Les Miles, you can expect to see a ton of improvement. Cameron said recently on the radio that the two quarterbacks have grown and that LSU fans will see that.
Who really knows, though? There’s no denying that Brandon Harris has more upside and talent, Miles has admitted that in the past. I’d expect to see more change from him this year than anyone else.
I kid, of course. But it’s clear that LSU’s offense will be built around the nation’s former top-ranked talent. Cameron said last week that they want Fournette to get at least 15-20 touches in a game.
He also said LSU needs to spread the ball around more and that the Tigers will need all four scholarship running backs on their roster: Fournette, Darrel Williams, Derrius Guice and Nick Brossette.
To get back to your question: Derrius Guice. You’ll know why if you watched the US Army All-American Game. The kid has serious speed and play-making ability. Can he be mature enough to handle it is the question.