Burning Questions for LSU's Spring Game
Miles dominated the recruiting trail this off-season by landing plenty of top-notch talent that will be looking to contribute right away in Baton Rouge.
While LSU lost playmakers on the offensive of the ball, new faces bring a lot of intrigue in terms of what the Tigers could be able to accomplish in the upcoming season. On defense, Miles and company look to have one of the strongest in the country on paper.
But will LSU be able to catch Auburn and Alabama in the SEC West race? This question will be answered when the season rolls around, but for now, let's take a look at five burning questions heading into the Tigers' spring game.
1. Who will emerge at quarterback?
Zach Mettenberger had a phenomenal resurgence under offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, but with him now gone, who will fill the void under center? Sophomore Anthony Jennings and true freshman Brandon Harris seem to be the front-runners for the job, and it will certainly be intriguing to watch the progression of these two. Jennings filled in for Mettenberger when he tore his ACL, so he has a bit more experience than Harris. But Harris certainly has all the tools to overtake Jennings at starting QB once the season rolls around.
2. How improved is Terrence Magee?
The answer is probably much improved since Leonard Fournette (the top overall recruit in the 2014 class) isn't even on campus yet. Magee is getting a ton of carries this spring due to the absence of Fournette and fellow freshman running back Darrel Williams, but the positive side of that is that he is undoubtedly getting better. There would obviously be more intrigue if Fournette was competing in practice and playing this weekend, however, Magee is getting valuable reps at the moment.
3. Can LSU find a playmaker at wide receiver?
Losing your top two receivers always hurts. So when Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. left, it opened up opportunities for new players to step into their spots. But filling those spots will be extremely difficult. Spring practice reports suggest that the wide receiver play hasn't been the greatest thus far this spring. Honestly though, that's to be expected. Travin Dural is the leading returner at the position, and for now, he'll be the target of most of the balls in the passing game.
4. Just how good is this LSU defense?
It's too early to have a definitive answer on that, but we should expect the defense to shine in the spring game. That's normally the case since the offense is still learning plays and such, so that's not exactly a surprise. But this LSU defense is loaded with talent on the line and in the secondary, and it should win up being one of the best in the league once the season rolls around. It should be fun to watch young talents like defensive tackle Maquedius Bain and linebacker Kendell Beckwith progress.
5. Will we really be able to gauge much from Saturday?
Spring games are just the appetizer for the main course. There are still a lot of question marks surrounding key positions on this team, so it's way too early to predict how things will shake out. Not having a for sure starting quarterback and not having a talent like Fournette on the field might give us more questions than answers this weekend, but it will still be worth the watch to focus on players that may be in for breakout seasons when the Tigers take the field in August.
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