Head coach Ed Orgeron previewed the LSU Spring Game on Saturday, saying he wants the game to be as much of a game-like atmosphere for his players as possible.
"I want to see us get after it. I want to see us compete in a game-like atmosphere," Orgeron told reporters on Thursday. "I want our guys going full contact to the ball just like a preseason game. I want to see them perform under pressure, have fun and have energy. Best against the best."
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The biggest news out of Orgeron on Thursday was news that former five-star defensive lineman Rashard Lawrence has taken over as starter for Frank Herron opposite of Christian Lacouture at defensive end.
"Rashard is a starter now. He's solidified that position and along with being a starter, he's a 4.0 GPA, one of the top players in the state," Orgeron said. "I'm excited about him."
Lawrence has been pushing for the starting job all of spring practices and with Herron missing Tuesday's practice, that's now given the Neville product to overtake the fifth-year senior.
Quarterback competition remains open heading into fall
As far as quarterbacks go, Danny Etling remains the starter with Orgeron saying no one has beat him out. That being said, the competition will remain open going into fall camp.
"We're going to keep it open through camp and we'll see what happens," Orgeron said. "Till we feel like it's solidified. We haven't seen Myles Brennan yet. We recruited him and told him we'd give him a fair chance."
While Etling has taken most of the first-team reps this spring, Justin McMillan continues to impress as does Lindsey Scott. How much will LSU give the quarterbacks of the offense on Saturday?
"We've had that discussion, but we want to play too. There's going to be a mix too," Orgeron explained. "We know there's some stuff on tape that people know is there, but there will be some basic things we do and some things we won't do."
Orgeron put a wrap on LSU's spring by praising his staff including the offensive staff, which has had to get to know each other this spring, in addition to installing a new offense.
"Excited about our coaching staff, especially our offensive staff. Matt Canada came by himself, kept the guys that we had and hired two new guys in Tommie Robinson and Mickey Joseph. Thought those guys jelled well."
- LSU held a pass-heavy practice in shorts on Thursday, wanting to focus on perimeter drills, slot skeleton drills, 7-on-7, 3rd down situations and 2-minute drill.
- Orgeron singled out wide receivers D.J. Chark and Russell Gage as having impressed this spring.
- Linebacker Devin White has displayed great leadership and maturity this spring, improving every day, Orgeron said.
- Safety John Battle has a couple nagging injuries that Orgeron said they'll take care of before the fall.
- Fullback J.D. Moore and offensive lineman Will Clapp are going to be back healthy with Orgeron saying he expects his team to be very healthy coming into camp.
- As far as the format goes for the spring game, LSU will pit 1's vs. 1's and 2's vs. 2's in the game. The game will have 12-minute quarters, but the second half will be running clock.
- Drake Davis and Donte Jackson are two names Orgeron threw out there as returners. Jackson is a candidate to play some offense, but Orgeron wants to see more in camp. "Very few guys can go both ways."
- Orgeron echoed what Etling said earlier this week about two-a-days being done, with players being in such good shape now. It's not a big deal to him.