Spring Game Storylines

To get you ready for Saturday's Spring Game, TSD's Hunter Paniagua has five storylines to watch during the Tigers' exhibition. TSD will also have coverage before during and after the game, which starts at 2 p.m.

How much of the new offense are we going to see?

Cam Cameron and the new passing game are going to put the butts in the seats on Saturday, but how much of that playbook are the Tigers going to show? It's standard procedure that a team doesn't expose much in a spring game, but with so much excitement surrounding this side of the ball, most are hoping we see some fireworks. With Zach Mettenberger in a green jersey, we aren't going to see how he handles pressure, but we will at least get to see his comfort level with the offense at this point.

Things have certainly changed, and it's evident in practice. The tempo has picked up and the receivers are spread across the field. That alone will be fun to watch. Anymore would just be lagniappe. At the very least, if the fans can pick up a difference from the status quo of the last few seasons, that will sate their thirst for the next few months.

Jennings will get meaningful snaps

Anthony Jennings as been the talk of the spring as one of the biggest surprises thus far. The coaches have raved about his ability, and his style of play is a perfect fit for what Cameron likes to do on offense. On Saturday, we'll get a chance to see what he can do in a live setting and find out if he's worthy of the praise he's received this spring.

Jennings won't be wearing a green jersey, so he's fair game to the opposing defense. That will give us a real idea of where he is at this stage in his development, and will allow him to make some plays with his feet, which is where he'll make his mark in 2013. As the starting quarterback for the purple team, he'll get plenty of reps on Saturday to prove the kind of player he is.

Pocic working with the first-team

Another early enrollee will grab fans' attention on Saturday as Ethan Pocic is set to start at center for the white team. With Elliott Porter struggling with injuries throughout most of the spring, Pocic will have an opportunity to run with the first-team in the biggest moment of his early LSU career. Pocic came in as a highly-rated tackle, but the coaches put him at center to get him into the two-deep.

His talent is evident, but he's still raw in his ball-exchange skills. We've seen several botched snaps during the Big Cats drill, but the coaches have paid him a lot of attention during practices. As someone that will fight for playing time starting with Week 1, an impressive performance on Saturday will go a long way in establishing himself as a future starter.

Which linebackers will win the day?

There's little question that LB is the deepest position for LSU heading into the 2013 season, and that will make for an intriguing battle on Saturday. Starting for the white team are the three veterans — Tahj Jones, D.J. Welter and Lamin Barrow — who comprise the first-team LBs, and for the purple team will be the three rising sophomores — Kwon Alexander, Lamar Louis and Deion Jones — who are providing plenty of competition for the three ahead of them.

Not only will the Spring Game go a long way in determining which youngsters will press for playing time, but watching the purple team will give fans a glimpse into the future of the position. Those three could very well be in the starting lineup for LSU by 2014 and that combination of speed and talent will be fun to watch on Saturday.

Young guys in the secondary will get their chance

Injuries have taken their toll on the LSU secondary throughout the spring, as Jalen Mills and Ronald Martin will be held out of the Spring Game. With several others missing significant time throughout the spring, the young DBs have had plenty of opportunities to cut their teeth with the first-team. While the young secondary struggled with consistency in 2012, the defense's success could very well depend on how much they impress heading into 2013.

In the Spring Game, several young players will get their chance to shine. Guys like Corey Thompson, Derrick Raymond and Micah Eugene will have opportunities to make their case for playing time this season, and those reps will only help the secondary's depth come August.

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