LSU released its first depth chart of the season, and there's still no named starting quarterback.
The dreaded "—OR—" distinction was still listed between Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings. Though Les Miles has said Harris led the competition, he hasn't officially named a starter. He meets with the media Monday afternoon where he'll likely provide an update, but don't be surprised if he continues to keep his starter close to the vest.
Other notable tidbits from the first depth chart:
---It confirms that Ethan Pocic is back at center after opening fall camp at left guard. He's spent almost all his time the last couple weeks at center though as LSU maintains competition at both guard spots. At left guard, William Clapp and Maea Teuhema are separated by an "—OR—" distinction. At right guard, it's Clapp again with Josh Boutte. It's expected that Clapp will start on the left with Boutte on the right, but that is apparently still up in the air.
---There seems to be a pecking order at running back. It's obvious that Leonard Fournette is the starter, and LSU has Darrel Williams listed as his backup. Behind him is Derrius Guice, followed by Nicholas Brossette and Lanard Fournette. LSU's expected to regularly rotate in four backs.
---Former walk-on John David Moore is the starting fullback as expected. He's backed up by a true freshman, but probably not the one you'd expect. Bry'Kiethon Mouton is listed as his backup, though most expected David Ducre to hold that spot. Ducre's still expected to have a role, as he's said he's getting goalline reps from the fullback spot.
---No surprises at wide receiver with Travin Dural and Malachi Dupre listed as the two starters. D.J. Chark and John Diarse occupy the third and fourth spots followed by Trey Quinn and Tyron Johnson. This is the deepest LSU's been at wide receiver in a while.
---At tight end, Dillon Gordon is listed as the starter, followed by Colin Jeter then Desean Smith. All three are expected to have a role, while Jeter and Smith will be the primary pass catchers.
---Defensively, LSU hasn't officially named a starting corner opposite Tre'Davious White. As expected, Dwayne Thomas is in the mix, but he has an "—OR—" distinction with true freshman Kevin Toliver. That comes as a surprise, as Edward Paris was expected to be the starter entering fall camp. He's listed behind Toliver though. Thomas is expected to move to nickel though in extra-DB situations, and it appears Toliver will be the next guy up.
Freshman Donte Jackson is listed as White's backup at the other corner spot.
---The two starting defensive ends are as expected, Lewis Neal and Tashawn Bower. The competition to fill that rotation is still wide open though, with freshman Arden Key listed as Bower's backup. Behind Neal are the two sophomores Sione Teuhema and Deondre Clark. Isaiah Washington is listed behind those two on the depth chart.
---The depth chart doesn't provide much insight on the rotational defensive tackles behind starters Davon Godchaux and Christian Lacouture. Frank Herron and Greg Gilmore are listed as the two backups, though both share an "—OR—" distinction with Quentin Thomas at each position.
---No surprises at the linebacker spots. The three starters are Lamar Louis (SAM), Kendell Beckwith (MIKE) and Deion Jones (WILL). Riley is listed as Louis' backup, Ronnie Feist behind Beckwith and Donnie Alexander behind Jones. It'll be interesting to see who plays the middle if Beckwith were to go down. Both Louis and Riley have played some MIKE this preseason.
---The safety depth chart has some shakeup after Jalen Mills' injury. Rickey Jefferson as expected is the new starting safety next to Jamal Adams, who is also expected to play dime back. When that happens, Corey Thompson is in line to be the next safety in the game.
---On return duty, Tre'Davious White is listed as the No. 1 punt returner ahead of Jamal Adams. On kickoffs, Leonard Fournette tops the depth chart, ahead of true freshmen Derrius Guice and Donte Jackson, who share an "—OR—" distinction.
---There still seems to be a competition for place kicking duties. Colby Delahoussaye and Trent Domingue are fighting for that. Domingue also shares an "—OR—" distinction on kickoffs with Cameron Gamble. Jamie Keehn is the top punter and Reid Ferguson the long snapper as expected.
Notes from LSU's first depth chart of 2015
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