Only two days separate us from the beginning of LSU football, which takes the field Thursday for its first practice of the 2015 season.
With Fall Camp on the brink, TSD examines the three biggest position battles for the Tigers on the defensive side of the ball, led by first-year coordinator Kevin Steele.
Along the defensive line LSU will have to replace two starters at end. Tashawn Bower feels like a lock for one spot, but can fellow junior Lewis Neal hold down the other? He'll have plenty of competition in sophomores Deondre Clark and Sione Teuhema as well as highly touted freshman Arden Key, set to report to campus for the first time this week.
In the linebacking corps, coached by Steele, strongside starter Lamar Louis is back from last season, but now he may have to fend off Duke Riley to keep his playing time. The two are drastically different style-wise, with Riley quicker and faster and Louis bigger and a harder hitter. Which way will Steele go?
Finally, how secure is Edward Paris in the second cornerback spot? Tre'Davious White is the first man on the corner totem pole, but Kevin Toliver and Donte Jackson will charge hard to cut into the lead Paris gained during a solid spring camp.