5 things to watch in LSU Spring football game

Kristian Garic
April 04, 2019 - 4:37 pm

Ready for some football?  Well, the spring edition.  Coach Ed Orgeron and the LSU Tigers will hold their annual spring game Saturday in Tiger Stadium.  The Tigers close out the spring session in front of fans and the media at 1pm.  As usual, it’s a chance for Purple & Gold fans to see the new faces that will replace the outgoing starts headed for the NFL.   Here are some area’s to watch: LSU’s annual spring game kicks off shortly after 1 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.

Joe Brady:  While you won’t see the entire playbook from the LSU offense, the rave in Baton Rouge is what Joe Brady brings to the Tigers offense with a quick passing game and very imaginative play design.  Brady was hired as the team’s offensive passing game coordinator and receivers coach.  Coach O is effusive in his praise for Brady, calling him a “future super star.”  After two years as an offensive assistant under Saints head coach Sean Payton, the sky’s the limit with this guy. 

Joe Burrow and Myles Brennan:  I’m curious to see the impact of Brady’s wizardry on the two signal callers for the Tigers.  Burrow is the entrenched starter, after coming to LSU from Ohio State last summer.  Brennan is the starter in waiting, and should see some time under center this season.  Burrow is as tough as overcooked stake; his teammates adore him and this is now his second season as LSU’s triggerman.  How much has Burrow grown from year one to year two?  We’ll get a good glimpse Saturday. 

Middle Linebacker:  Devin White is off to the NFL, leaving a big void in the middle of LSU’s defense.  Who’s going to fill White’s massive shoes?  Right now it’s a battle between Michael Divinity, Patrick Queen, and Jacob Phillips.  My guess is Divinity ends up winning that job.  But, Patrick Queen will get plenty of snaps in August to prove he can be the leader of the defense and allow Divinity to kick back to outside linebacker.

Derek Stingly, Jr:  The true freshman is the prize of the 2019 recruiting class, and the early returns on the talented cornerback seem as advertised.  Stingley enrolled early after committing to LSU, and has been the talk of Tigers spring football, making plays in the secondary and the return game.  He’s wearing the legendary No. 7 jersey as a true freshman!  That tells you a little about how good this guy is.

Stay healthy:  Perhaps the most important thing that could come out of LSU’s spring game is the team’s overall health.  While it’s beneficial to get some extra reps, spring games are dangerous.  It exposes players to higher risks of injury.  So, the hope on spring football Saturday…is to impress a football hungry fan base, but make sure the Tigers come away no injuries that could impact fall camp in August. 

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