Paris led LSU in spring picks

Safety Jalen Mills tells TSD that sophomore Ed Paris enjoyed a successful spring and is poised for a big season at corner for LSU.

One of the main goals for position coach Corey Raymond and the secondary this spring was to begin identifying Jalen Collins' replacement as the starting cornerback opposite mainstay Tre'Davious White.

There's been plenty of chatter the last few months about sophomore Edward Paris ("Ed") having the upper hand on freshman Kevin Toliver, who enrolled early to participate in spring drills.

Adding to that sentiment, and providing some reassurance for LSU fans about the position in general, safety Jalen Mills told TSD publisher Ben Love on Tuesday that Paris really shined when given his opportunity this spring as a first-teamer.

"Ed had a great, great spring," Mills explained on "Bumper to Bumper Sports" on 103.7 FM (KLWB) in Lafayette.

"He led the secondary in picks this spring with either six or seven interceptions. That shows he can play at a high level with the amount of talent we have on offense, going against them every day. He's a competitor. I mean we all are. I just can't wait to see what he's going to do on Saturday nights in Death Valley."

Paris (6-1, 208) played sparingly in all 13 games as a true freshman last season, registering three tackles while primarily playing special teams.

He arrived at LSU as a four-star cornerback from Arlington, Tex., but Paris is originally a New Orleans native who fled the Crescent City following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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