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Game Week: Here Come The Tigers

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Here’s our best guess at what LSU’s opening depth chart might look like.

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Game week is here, y’all.

Ed Orgeron’s first Eating with Ed presser will be around noon time today, and I would expect to get something of an official depth chart — complete with lots of -OR- co-starter types, so not exactly the best primer for what the Tigers’ opening day depth chart might look like on Sunday. Here’s our best guess, along with a few notes on some of the key position battles.

Tiger Two-Deep: Offense/Special Teams

Position First Team Second Team
Position First Team Second Team
QB Joe Burrow Myles Brennan
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire Nick Brossette/Chris Curry
FB Tory Carter David Ducre
WR (X) Ja'Marr Chase Stephen Sullivan
WR (Z) Justin Jefferson Terrace Marshall Jr./Racey McMath
WR (Slot) Jonathan Giles Derrick Dillon
TE (Y) Foster Moreau Thaddeus Moss
LT Saahdiq Charles Badara Traore
LG Garrett Brumfield Chasen Hines
C Lloyd Cushenberry Garrett Brumfield
RG Damien Lewis Donovaughn Campbell
RT Adrian Magee Austin Deculus/Badara Traore
P Josh Growden/Zach von Rosenberg
K Cole Tracy
KOR Clyde Edwards-Helaire
PR Jonathan Giles

Notes:

  • I’ll be very curious to see if Orgeron actually announces Joe Burrow as the starter — and I do believe Myles Brennan has made a competition of it — or tries to leave it to the imagination. Again, I don’t think he came here to sit on the sidelines.
  • Running back will be a relative deal. Clyde Edwards-Helaire seems like the best bet to get most of the work but that will also include returns and passes. Don’t be surprised if Nick Brossette or Chris Curry take up a lot of carries. Especially if things are going well.
  • Right tackle may take a few more weeks to settle out once the action is live, but for now, I think James Cregg starts out with the veteran hand in Adrian Magee. Although I would guess Austin Deculus and/or Badara Traore get some rotational snaps.

Tiger Two-Deep: Defense

Position First Team Second Team
Position First Team Second Team
NT Breiden Fehoko Ed Alexander/Tyler Shelvin
DE Rashard Lawrence Neil Farrell
DE Glen Logan Davin Cotton
OLB (Bench) K'Lavon Chaisson Andre Anthony
ILB Devin White Patrick Queen
ILB Jacob Phillips Damone Clark
OLB (Field) Michael Divinity Ray Thornton
CB Greedy Williams Terrence Alexander
CB Kristian Fulton Kary Vincent/Kelvin Joseph
Nickel Kary Vincent/Kelvin Joseph Eric Monroe
S Grant Delpit Todd Harris
S John Battle Eric Monroe
  • This group is healthy and, as far as I have been told, free of any rumored suspensions.
  • Bit of a surprise to hear that Michael Divinity has held off Ray Thornton as the starting F-linebacker, but I do think both will rotate often. Don’t be surprised if Thornton generally plays in the F-role as a defensive end in the “Peso” nickel package.
  • Newly eligible Kristian Fulton should step right in as the starting corner, pushing Kelvin Joseph to his more natural fit at nickel. Watch for Terrence Alexander to get quite a few snaps as well to give a veteran hand.
  • With all of the reports of Dave Aranda working more schemes and sets into his defense, don’t be surprised if we see some unusual packages at safety, possibly with Eric Monroe or Todd Harris rotating in at nickel, or possibly even Jacoby Stevens. This is Aranda’s first truly hand-picked defense, and most of the players here, even younger ones, are very well-versed in his terminology and reads. So he has a real chance to get weird.