The Tigers had two visitors in 2018 defensive lineman Jeffery Johnson and offensive lineman Trace Clopton on Tuesday and 2018 Armwood (Fla.) linebacker James Miller on Thursday but there was plenty more to talk about that went on during the few minutes reporters were allowed into practice during the week.
Offensive coordinator Matt Canada worked with the receivers and quarterbacks together, running all five quarterbacks on the roster through routes on air to get as many reps as possible. The timing and work done on the playbook is evident, helping the players pick up the new scheme quickly.
Tiger Blitz spent plenty of time watching the LSU offense this week. Here's what we picked up.
Scouting Report on the Quarterbacks
When you peel the layers back of LSU's quarterback battle after watching practice, you can find out pretty quickly that Danny Etling is the quarterback. The incumbent starter for the Tigers is the most consistent of the group and can make every throw that Canada is asking of the group. That being said, there's still room for improvement.
Etling showed better downfield command of his balls when Canada was able to watch him 1-on-1 and remind him to put air under the ball. Etling has shown the consistency to put the ball where he wants it, rather than suffer the consistency problems that a lot of the other quarterbacks have had. http://www.scout.com/college/lsu/story/1763452-secondary-taking-shape-fo...
Lowell Narcisse is really impressive when he puts it all together in his delivery. The early enrollee has a strong arm and can put a lot of juice behind his throws. As he continues to get back into football shape, he will improve his consistency and accuracy, but the pop in his balls are already there.
While Narcisse hasn't jumped Justin McMillan or Lindsey Scott in the pecking order just yet, there's concern over consistency from the two other returning quarterbacks on the roster. Both have not shown the consistency in basic routes to give reason to believe that they will challenge for the starting job. Caleb Lewis continues to struggle with consistency during the media portion, but all the quarterbacks get all of the attention from Canada during drills.
It's Etling's job to lose and as media gets more time to watch the quarterbacks, it's becoming apparent why.
Wide receivers pecking order becoming clear
LSU's receiving corps led by new receivers coach Mickey Joseph is one of the more intriguing position battles on the team during the spring. D.J. Chark is the unquestioned leader of the group, but aside from him, it's a mix of veteran receivers vying for playing time. Here's the run down of the groups in 4-wide sets in routes on air.
First Group: Chark, Moreau, Russell Gage in the slot, Drake Davis
Second Group: Dee Anderson, David Ducre, Derrick Dillon in the slot and Stephen Sullivan
Third Group: Michael Ostrom, Jacory Washington, Tiger Scheyd and Mannie Netherly
Behind those groups, J.D. Moore works himself in while continuing to rehab his wrist and Caleb Roddy gets reps as well.
What it's going to take to separate themselves from each other is consistency. For example, Anderson caught a hitch route and didn't finish all the way through his route. That caught Canada's eye and he gave him an earful for it, saying that great players have to make all the little plays.
With Gage and Dillon battling it out in the slot, that position is one that will see a lot of attention as Canada finds out how much he can get from the pair that are vying to get jet sweeps and get the ball in space.
Nuts and Bolts:
- Tight end Jamal Pettigrew was absent from practice on Thursday with an injury. Jacory Washington and Caleb Roddy saw extended reps in his place behind Foster Moreau.
- The running backs are working in order of Derrius Guice, Darrel Williams and Nick Brossette during drills.
- LSU signee Saahdiq Charles continued to take in practice as he's in Baton Rouge all week.
- Linebacker Michael Divinity looks more and more comfortable when watching drills at inside linebacker.
- Tight ends continue to work with fullbacks as Moreau told reporters on Tuesday that players have to know every position on offense so they can better understand their roles and why they're doing certain things.
- Greg Gilmore was back at practice on Thursday after appearing to be missing on Tuesday.