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Les Miles Mentions a Possible Starting Lineup?

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The coach listed some names during his yearly speech before the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge.

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While the headlines out of the talk might have been around the new status change involving the case of Anthony Jennings, Dwayne Thomas and Marquedius Bain, Miles also went into some detail on a possible starting lineup, at least as training camp begins. Ross Dellenger of the Advocate has some details here.

  • QB

    • Anthony Jennings/Brandon Harris

    "Brandon Harris is taking much of the summer snaps and we also think that Anthony Jennings is at a point ... both of those two guys will compete and the best guy's going to be our quarterback."

Nothing much to say here. Everybody knows the story. Jennings' suspension may end soon, but Harris should still have gained something of an edge this summer, and if I'm a betting man, Jennings will likely miss time in the season opener as part of his discipline. Brandon Harris has the opportunity he needs to grab hold of the starting job and not let go, he just has to take it.

WR

  • Travin Dural
  • Malachi Dupre
  • D.J. Chark
  • John Diarse
  • Trey Quinn
The D.J. Chark Hype Train continues unabated since it got up and running this spring. All five of these guys are going to play, it's just a question of roles and rotations for Chark, Diarse and Quinn. They all bring a slightly different look to the table. Dural and Dupre are entrenched in the X and Z positions.


RB

  • Leonard Fournette
  • Darrel Williams
  • Derrius Guice
  • Nick Brossette

FB

Miles flatly said that Moore will be LSU's starting fullback.

  • John David Moore
    Interesting that the staff feels that strongly in John David Moore as the starting fullback over David Ducre and Tony Upchurch. Moore did walk on as a tight end, so you assume he doesn't necessarily have hands of stone, but it's hard to see him having the other two's versatility.

    The tailback pecking order will likely change in camp, if Derrius Guice is as good as we think he is, but the idea of using Fournette and Darrel Williams as a pair of sledgehammers is not a bad one at all.

    OL

    • LT: Jerald Hawkins
    • LG: Ethan Pocic
    • C: Will Clapp
    • RG: Josh Boutte
    • RT: Vadal Alexander
    This is the lineup that I expected based on some conversation with program insiders. I know some were expecting Pocic to man center versus one of the guard spots, but it seems like Jeff Grimes likes the redshirt freshman Clapp in that spot. I'm actually really excited to see how this line gels. Pocic was an absolute mauler of a guard at times last year, and I love Boutte's potential. Hawkins will be a rock at left tackle, and if he can stay healthy, I think Vadal Alexander will do well at right tackle, where it's easier to give him some help in pass pro at times.

    I'm also told Alexander is one of the real leaders of the team.

    DL

    • DE: Tashawn Bower
    • DT: Christian LaCouture
    • DT: Davon Godchaux
    • DE: Lewis Neal

    Curious to see if this grouping holds up once Bain comes back from suspension. Neal is a guy Ed Orgeron absolutely fell in love with in the spring, but there are concerns about his ability to stay healthy. Look for 10 or so guys to rotate here. Hearing some reports that Arden Key will report at around 230 pounds and in good shape as well, and if they feel like Orgeron and Steele feel like he can give them any kind of pass-rush threat, he'll be out there.

    LB

    • SLB: Lamar Louis/Duke Riley
    • MLB: Kendell Beckwith
    • WLB: Deion Jones

    Miles named those four linebackers, grouping together Louis and Riley, suggesting they'll share that starting role and rotate.

    Miles called the group "the glue to the defense."

    "We should have great speed. It's always important in that spot," he said.

    Once again, no real surprises here, although it is interesting that Riley could be considered a co-starter at the SAM position. He's always been productive when he's played, just a little undersized. I'm with Miles -- love the speed of this group. If Debo can learn to play under control, he can be one helluva weapon in that WILL position.


    DB

    • CB: Tre'Davious White
    • S: Jamal Adams/Rickey Jefferson
    • S: Jalen Mills/Rickey Jefferson
    • CB: Donte Jackson/Ed Paris

    Surprisingly, Miles did not mention Ed Paris. That might just be an overlook, but he did specifically mention freshman Donte Jackson. He said Jackson ran a 4.36 40-yard dash recently.

    "We'd expect he be fast enough to play corner," Miles said.

    Miles mentioned three safeties: Jefferson, Adams and Mills. He did not mention suspended DB Dwayn Thomas.

    Agreed with Dellenger that Paris' lack of mention must be an oversight. They were thrilled with him in the spring and I doubt that has changed. Very, very curious to see how the freshmen impact this group, which needs to find a ball hawk.

    P

    • Jamie Keen
    • Josh Growden

    KO

    • Trent Domingue/Cameron Gamble

    Miles specifically said these two will "compete."

    PK

  • Colby Delahoussaye
  • No surprises here really. Curious to see if Delahoussaye is really that entrenched at place kicker after his shaky close to 2014. Although he was pretty rock solid the year before, so if we're looking at the whole body of work, he's clearly got the best of this group.