Updated Depth Chart: Offense

With spring football in the books, LSU's depth chart going into the 2013 season has more definition. Come inside with TSD to see what's changed on the offensive side of the ball, which players are cementing roles and where there's the most need for incoming freshmen.

Now it's time to see what spring football spit out for LSU.

I released my last projected depth chart on TSD the final day of February, two weeks before the Tigers kicked off spring practice. More than two months later, and with the benefit of having seen 15 practices and a spring game, I've re-evaluated LSU's personnel and pieced together an up-to-date depth chart.

Today we'll run through the LSU offense.

A few notes in advance: The depth chart below only includes players who were enrolled and participated in spring ball. Non-early enrollees from the Class of 2013 will not be found, but I have added sections that identify the biggest areas of need for those players arriving in the summer … Commas between players designate a jump from first string to second string to third string, etc. … "AND" between players means there's not necessarily a difference in the two's spot on the depth chart and that both could play equally, sometimes based on in-game situations … Finally, the year in parentheses behind each player denotes his class standing for the 2013 season.


QB: Zach Mettenberger (Sr.), Stephen Rivers (So.), Anthony Jennings (Fr.)
FB: J.C. Copeland (Sr.), Connor Neighbors (Sr.)
HB: Jeremy Hill (So.)* AND Alfred Blue (Sr.), Kenny Hilliard (Jr.), Terrence Magee (Jr.)
WR (X): Travin Dural (R-Fr.), James Wright (Sr.)
WR (Z): Odell Beckham (Jr.), Kadron Boone (Sr.)
WR (3): Jarvis Landry (Jr.), John Diarse (Fr.)
TE: Dillon Gordon (So.), Logan Stokes (Jr., blocking) AND Travis Dickson (Jr., receiving)
LT: La'el Collins (Jr.), Evan Washington (Jr.)
LG: Josh Williford (Sr.), Jonah Austin (So.)
C: Elliott Porter (Jr.), Ethan Pocic (Fr.)
RG: Trai Turner (So.), Fehoko Fanaika (Jr.)
RT: Vadal Alexander (So.), Jerald Hawkins (R-Fr.)

* = Currently indefinitely suspended from team pending police investigation into misdemeanor arrest


- Yes, according to the list above, there would be 12 players on the field. The primary reason I listed three receiver spots is because there has been an established niche carved out for Jarvis Landry as the third wide receiver. Listing him as second in line behind Odell Beckham at the Z doesn't really do Landry's role on the team justice. Based on various formations LSU could use anywhere from one to five receivers, zero to two tight ends, one or two running backs and could employ a fullback. What's above gives you a full snapshot of all Cam Cameron's options.

- Back to the wide receivers. The top three in the pecking order are set in stone following spring. They are, in no particular order: Beckham, Landry and Travin Dural. Of the other three listed above, Kadron Boone has the most experience and production in an LSU uniform. He's your No. 4. After that true freshman John Diarse, who impressed this spring and started for the purple team in the spring game, will battle with senior James Wright for that fifth spot. Diarse is listed as a third-receiver above, but he's more than capable of playing the X.

- Onto a few close calls. Terrence Magee is listed behind Kenny Hilliard on the running back depth chart, but the truth is Magee's versatile skill set could make him a more valuable weapon in 2013 in Cameron's offense. If things were to go south with Hill's situation, Magee's role this fall would increase dramatically … There's little if anything separating the three tight ends currently on the LSU roster. Cameron has made it clear he'd like to not be as predictable by personnel, meaning Dillon Gordon gives him the best run blocking/pass catching combo option. For now, he's the first-stringer, but Logan Stokes and Travis Dickson each will contribute in different ways.

- Along the offensive line, there are a few clarifications. Jerald Hawkins is listed as the back-up right tackle, an area where he actually started the spring game in lieu of Vadal Alexander. How Alexander progresses from his knee injury will determine a lot about Hawkins' use in Fall Camp and beyond. But it should be noted: If Alexander is healthy and there were an injury to La'el Collins, Hawkins would rotate to starting left tackle before Evan Washington saw the field … Finally, Ethan Pocic is coming along at center, but if a game were played today, it's likely Josh Williford would slide inside to center in the event of an Elliott Porter injury. With more seasoning in August, confidence in Pocic may grow and that situation could change.

Spring Movements

- Dural shook off injury for the most part to claim the starting X receiver position, one Boone was forced into for the majority of the 2012 season.

- Gordon, not Stokes, emerged as the lead tight end after six weeks of practices and the spring game. His touchdown catch in that contest showed that his multi-faceted game will keep him in the mix this fall.

- Young Anthony Jennings stuck his neck ahead of fellow frosh Hayden Rettig and the injured Rob Bolden on the quarterback depth chart. He's currently running as the third signal caller, but I expect competition between Jennings and Stephen Rivers this August for the second spot. Jennings' talent has blown away the staff to date.

- On the line: Collins solidified himself as a left tackle, JuCo transfer Fehoko Fanaika worked out only at right guard, Pocic moved from a tackle in high school to center while Evan Washington worked out primarily as a tackle and Jonah Austin almost exclusively at left guard.

Freshmen Impact Alert

- Look for LSU's newcomers this summer to make the biggest impact at receiver, tight end and offensive guard. JuCo transfer Quantavius Leslie would be thrust right into the mix as an X-receiver – perhaps not supplanting Dural but certainly competing with him, Diarse and Wright – if he qualifies academically … Pass-catching tight end Desean Smith will lack the experience of Dickson, but he will make up for it with athleticism and great hands. Look for him to push for time in year one … Elite prospect Josh Boutte could make a dent in the two-deep at offensive guard. Austin is progressing well on the left side, but there's still a long way to go for Fanaika at right guard. Boutte will have his chances.

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