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Spotlight in LSU spring football game will be on quarterbacks, newcomers

Arkansas vs. LSU

LSU wraps up spring practice Satuday in Tiger Stadium with the National L Club Spring Game. With more than a dozen starters and key contributors from last season gone and a new offensive staff in place, there is plenty of curiosity surrounding the action.

Here’s what I’ll have my eye on:

Quarterbacks

Shocking, right?

All throughout spring, Ed Orgeron, his players and even the quarterbacks themselves have declared the race among the three to be dead even. Saturday, we will all get to see for ourselves.

With new offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger still installing his offense—Orgeron said that process is about 35% complete—we surely won’t see the entire package. However, the exhibition will provide clarity on which of the three functions best within the style of offense Ensminger wants to run.

Sophomore Myles Brennan is the odds-on favorite to win the job, and while a controlled scrimmage in April isn’t exactly national TV against Miami in Arlington, he could take a big step toward solidifying his hold on the job.

Center

Sure, it’s not the sexiest position to watch, but it is one of the most important.

JUCO transfer Damien Lewis has been the breakout star of this spring camp and has seemingly cemented his status as one of the best five lineman on the team. He admitted this week that he has not worked at center, which means guard is his likely spot. If Lloyd Cushenberry or freshman Cole Smith struggle in the middle, Lewis or senior Garrett Brumfield might be a candidate to kick inside in the fall just like Will Clapp did a season ago.

RELATED: Hall of Famer expects Ensminger to excel in offensive coordinator role at LSU.

Tyler Shelvin

Depending on which scouting service you read, the massive defensive tackle was arguably the top player in Louisiana in 2017. He was academically ineligible last season, but is looking to make an impact in 2018.

While his weight has been an issue—he’s listed at 6-foot-3, 378 pounds—he has the potential to be a dominant interior player for Dave Aranda’s defense.

The font seven will have to compensate for youth and lack of numbers in the secondary and Shelvin should be a big—literally—part of that.

Cornerbacks

It’s is mind-boggling to think that DBU only has four scholarship cornerbacks on its roster, but attrition and recruiting misses have left LSU in a bind.

Greedy Williams is back and will be in the running for All-America honors, but others need to emerge. Ensminger says his receivers are the strongest part of his offense. If that’s true, Saturday will be a nice test for the inexperienced corners to try to lock down LSU’s pass catchers.

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