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Garrett Brumfield to Return for 2018; Resetting the Offense

LSU will return the junior guard — so how does the depth chart stack up for the spring?

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Well, by now the news is out — LSU will keep at least one of the underclassmen on offense that requested an evaluation from the NFL’s advisory committee: fourth-year junior Garrett Brumfield.

Bruiser was a second-team All-SEC selection by the conference coaches last season, starting all 13 games. He’ll be set up to serve as the 2018 offensive line’s veteran anchor, along with fellow returning starters Saahdiq Charles and Ed Ingram.

Although they won’t have much company in terms of fellow returning starters.

Spring Football Depth Chart - Offense

Position No. 1 No. 2 No. 3
Position No. 1 No. 2 No. 3
QB Myles Brennan (So.) - OR - Lowell Narcisse (RS-Fr.) Justin McMillan (Jr.) Andre Sale (Jr.)
RB Nick Brossette (Sr.) Clyde Edwards-Helaire (So.) Tae Provens (Fr.)
FB Tory Carter (So.) David Ducre (Sr.) Zach Sheffer (Fr.)
TE Foster Moreau (Sr.) Jamal Pettigrew (So.) - OR - Thaddeus Moss (So.) Jacory Washington (Sr.)
WR1 Jonathan Giles (Jr.) Dee Anderson (Jr.) - OR - Terrace Marshall (Fr.)
WR2 Stephen Sullivan (Jr.) Drake Davis (Jr.) Racey McMath (So.)
Slot Derrick Dillon (Jr.) Justin Jefferson (So.)
LT Saahdiq Charles (So.) Jakori Savage (So.)
LG Garrett Brumfield (Jr.) Damien Lewis (Jr.)
C Lloyd Cushenberry (So.) Cole Smith (Fr.)
RG Edward Ingram (So.) Donovaughn Campbell (Jr.)
RT Badara Traore (Jr.) Austin Deculus (So.) Adrian Magee (Jr.)
Returning starters in bold.

While players like Stephen Sullivan, Derrick Dillon, Tory Carter, Drake Davis, Jamal Pettigrew and Nick Brossette have all seen enough time over the years to at least understand the speed of the college game, tight end Foster Moreau is the only other true returning starter on this team.

Granted, Jonathan Giles and Thaddeus Moss are expected to play major roles after sitting out their transfer years — Giles will almost certainly be the team’s No. 1 target as a former All-Big-12 receiver.

Still, let’s crystallize how little production the Tigers return:

  • 182 passing yards and one touchdown;
  • 215 total rushing yards and one touchdown; and
  • 67 total catches for 930 yards and seven touchdowns (from a combined 10 players).

That is to say, there should be plenty of competition and plenty of opportunity up for grabs when spring practice starts in a few months. To say nothing of the big giant blinking quarterback sign that we’ll all certainly be pointing at.

Still, you have to look at this alignment and see that the changes that Steve Ensminger discussed last week don’t sound all that radical. They may fit LSU’s roster.