SPRING PREVIEW: LSU Position by Position

The defending national champions open spring drills this afternoon as Les Miles and the Tigers take to the practice fields at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

Here, TigerRag.com breaks down the Tigers on both sides of the ball, position-by-position as they head into spring drills.



With Ryan Perrilloux serving yet another suspension, Jarrett Lee finally gets the time to shine. There are those who do not think he is ready to be the man, time will tell. Harvard transfer Andrew Hatch will get some snaps as well


Jacob Hester is gone, but don't get too down in the dumps. It is quite the crowded cabin in the back field with Keiland Williams, Charles Scott and Richard Murphy being the primary ball carriers. Look for Steven Ridley to have a big spring.


With the nation's top fullback on his way in Karnell Hatcher, Quinn Johnson will be a busy man as the lone returning fullback.

Wide Receiver

It will seem strange without Early Doucet for the first time in four seasons, but look for Demetrius Byrd to become an ever bigger star. Also, this should be about the time Terrance Tolliver will begin growing into that every-down type receiver.

Tight End

The Richard Dickson show continues. LSU has a sluice of tight ends, but no one is better than Dickson. The junior is likely headed toward an All-American season.

Left Tackle

Ciron Black is back as the Tigers top offensive linemen. Coach Greg Studrawa welcomes back Mark Snyder, who missed last season with a knee injury.

Left Guard

Big Herm will be on a mission to cap off a career with his best year yet. Louisiana's largest baby ever is now the veteran leader of this o-line.


Brett Helms will anchor the middle of the o-line for the fourth straight season. T-Bob Hebert has made a huge climb up the depth chart though.

Right Guard

Lyle Hitt was one of the biggest question marks last season at right guard. He turned out to be one of the most pleasant surprises.

Right Tackle

Replacing Carnell Stewart is the only move among the starting front five on offense. Joseph Barksdale worked as the No. 2 right tackle last season, but keep an eye on Jarvis Jones.

* - currently serving indefinite suspension, spring status unknown


Left End

Has there ever been a better story than that of Kirston Pittman. Patient sixth-year senior was granted another year of eligibility.

Left Tackle

The hero of the BCS National Championship Game, who knows just how good Ricky Jean-Francois really can be when he is able to play the whole season.

Right Tackle

Charles Alexander likely won't go in the spring after nursing that knee injury sustained last season. Al Woods and Drake Nevis will battle it out for first-string reps.

Right End

Tyson Jackson didn't have the kind of junior season that could have forced early entry to the NFL Draft. He won't make the same mistake again.


Darry Beckwith is the lone returning starter in a very thin linebacking corps. He is a hard hitter, but is going to need some help from the youngsters.


LSU has all kinds of talent and right now it looks as if jai Eugene and Chris Hawkins get the early nod. But keep an eye on John Williams, Phelon Jones and Ron Brooks to make their move.

Strong Safety

Chad Jones is the heir apparent at strong safety. Following in Craig Steltz's hard-hitting mold, Jones made quite an impact as a true freshman. But baseball will limit his snaps this spring, so watch out for Harry Coleman.

Free Safety

Curtis Taylor is the lone returning starter in the secondary. As the old man roaming the defensive backfield, he'll get ready to welcome brothers Brandon and Jhyryn to the team.


Place Kicker

Colt David will be eyeing the SEC and national record books next season. There are still serious issues as to who will kickoff as it proved to be up for grabs as late as the BCS title game.


Replacing all-SEC punter Patrick Fisher will be tough and Andrew Crutchfield has some big shoes to fill.

Kick Returner

Trindon Holliday will be busy running track this spring so expect Keiland Williams to get a lot of extra reps. Also, new special teams coordinator Joe Robinson will look to solidify a third kick returning

Punt Returner

Like at kick returner, Chad Jones and Jared Mitchell will miss a lot of practice playing baseball. The Tigers never settled on a full-time return man and lost early Doucet. The job is wide open.

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