Check out this piece from TSD’s Hunter Paniagua to get a feel for what the Tigers are bringing in on the offensive side of the ball.
The two-deep below (and occasionally three/four-deep, when obvious) factors in the newcomers and should provide an early estimate of where coordinator Cam Cameron’s offense stands.
---------------------------QB: Brandon Harris (So.), Anthony Jennings (Jr.), Justin McMillan (Fr.)
RB: Leonard Fournette (So.), Darrel Williams (So.) AND Derrius Guice (Fr.), Nicholas Brossette (Fr.)
FB: David Ducre (Fr.), Darrel Williams (So.) OR Bry’Kiethon Mouton (Fr.)
WR (X): Malachi Dupre (So.), John Diarse (R-So.)
WR (Z): Travin Dural (R-Jr.), Tyron Johnson (Fr.), Trey Quinn (So.)
TE: Dillon Gordon (Sr.), Desean Smith (Jr.), Colin Jeter (Jr.)
LT: Jerald Hawkins (R-Jr.), K.J. Malone (R-So.)
LG: Ethan Pocic (Jr.), Jonah Austin (R-Sr.)
C: Andy Dodd (R-So.) OR William Clapp (R-Fr.)
RG: Josh Boutte (Jr.), Garrett Brumfield (R-Fr.) OR Maea Teuhema (Fr.)
RT: Vadal Alexander (Sr.), Jevonte Domond (R-So.) OR Chidi Valentine-Okeke (Fr.)
DEPTH CHART NOTES
- The most interesting position battles over the next six to seven months will occur along the offensive line. Alexander is a better guard than tackle, in my estimation, but he’s going to get first crack at right tackle, it appears, so I’ve listed him there. In that event there will be fierce competition for whichever guard spot Pocic is not occupying. Traditionally Les Miles likes his right guards a little bigger, so it would stand to reason that players like Boutte and the newcomer Teuhema will get a long look there while Pocic plays next to Hawkins, another returning starter.
- There are a lot of young options at fullback, including players who may technically fit better at other positions but have enough versatility to pitch in at a spot where the starter from last year (Connor Neighbors) is gone, as is the presumed starter for this year (Melvin Jones). Ducre makes the most sense, but if Guice is commanding carries at running back, Frank Wilson may just decide to slide Williams down to fullback with regularity – he did play there in games last season. One final backfield note: Donte Jackson is not included in the running back depth chart, but Miles indicated yesterday he will get some touches and carries. So keep the frosh from New Orleans in mind when considering playmakers on the offensive side.