Editor's note: This week we continue to break down each of LSU's position groups as we prepare for the Tigers to open preseason practice in early August. After examining the offensive positions last week, today we focus on the secondary.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- For most LSU fans, there is only one spring storyline that matters: the quarterback battle between Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris. Indeed, the competition between junior Jennings (1,611 passing yards, 11 TDs, 7 INTs in 2014) and sophomore Harris (452 yards, 6 TDs, 2 INTs) might determine whether the Tigers re-emerge as legitimate contenders in the SEC West or remain in the middle of the pack like last season's 8-5 club.
With three new assistant coaches and four early enrollees in the fold, LSU is scheduled to open spring practice on Saturday. As is the case each spring, there are a number of positions that are up for the grabs for the Tigers.
BATON ROUGE, La. - Plenty of true freshmen played in LSU's 63-7 rout of New Mexico State on Saturday, but it was Brandon Harris' night. The young quarterback led the Tigers' offense to touchdown in all seven of his possessions after replacing a slumping Anthony Jennings.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- In the first, second and fourth quarters last Saturday, Mississippi State's offense converted just one out of nine third downs. But in the Bulldogs' key third-quarter run - a stretch where they pushed their lead from 17-10 to 34-10 - State's offense didn't just convert on third down, it made some of its biggest plays of the entire game.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- If LSU's history against FCS opponents is any indication, Saturday night's game against Sam Houston State probably will not be particularly competitive. The Tigers are 9-0 all-time against FCS teams, including 6-0 since Les Miles became LSU's coach in 2005, and winning by an average score of 38-10 under Miles.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- When he and his teammates traveled to Houston last weekend, LSU safety Jalen Mills had no idea whether he'd actually play against Wisconsin. It wasn't until the final moments before his team took the field that Tigers coach Les Miles informed the junior safety of his decision.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU's reputation as "Defensive Back University" might have slipped a bit in the last couple of years. Tre'Davious White and Rashard Robinson are intent on restoring the Tigers' secondary to its previous glory.