Editor's note: This week, we'll take a quick look at each of LSU's position groups as the Tigers prepare to open preseason practice next week. Up next are the wide receivers. WIDE RECEIVER Returning starters: None.
Editor's note: On Thursday, we examined LSU's success on third down last season (the Tigers led the nation by converting 57.1 percent of the time) and the importance the quarterbacks will play in remaining successful.
LSU's spring practice ended two weeks ago, leaving a full 15 weeks before the Tigers return to the practice field. The position battles that started in the spring will continue through summer workouts before resuming in front of coaches in August.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Barely three months removed from surgery to repair the torn ACL and MCL in his left knee, Zach Mettenberger hardly took it easy in his first public throwing session before NFL talent evaluators.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The race to become the first quarterback selected in next month's NFL draft is apparently down to three players: Central Florida's Blake Bortles, Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Let's get this out of the way first: Rob Bolden might be playing receiver now, but he hasn't completely abandoned the idea of playing quarterback. "I'm still open to quarterback," he said last week, only a few days into his first-ever attempt at playing wideout.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Of the six receivers listed on the depth chart for LSU's Outback Bowl win over Iowa, only two of them are still on the Tigers' roster this spring. The returning duo -- Travin Dural and Quantavius Leslie were in their first season of SEC competition.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- We're closing in on the start of spring practice at LSU, so this week let's take a look at five position battles worth watching this spring. We begin today with the wide receivers, which lost two phenomenal players and a senior, essentially forcing the group to start from scratch this spring.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The damage wasn't as significant as a year ago, but early entries into the NFL draft will again hit LSU hard this season. The Tigers lost seven players who had eligibility remaining -- five of whom came from the offense, a year after seven of LSU's 11 early entries were defensive players.
As expected, LSU junior wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry are making the early jump to the NFL, a source confirmed to ESPN's Joe Schad. For all of us who enjoyed watching these two light up the stat charts, it's a sad day.