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Jacques Talk: Preview of LSU's Spring Game

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Spring football games are rarely exciting or memorable. You can also argue that they are a poor indicator of the future. Matt Mauck threw six interceptions during the 2003 LSU spring game, before firing a school record 28 touchdowns and
leading the Tigers to the 2003 national championship. Last year Brandon Harris easily appeared to outplay Anthony Jennings in this exhibition, yet Harris barely saw the field during the 2014 season while Jennings took an overwhelming majority of the snaps.
Junior Linebacker Ronnie Feist has appeared to be Ray Lewis in recent Purple vs White contests, tackling everything that comes his way. Yet Feist has only made a total of seven stops in his first three years with the program.
 
That being said, LSU's annual spring game is still a major event. People in these parts talk Tiger football 365 days a year and LSU only plays in Tiger Stadium for seven or eight of them. Fans will witness their favorite players in action,
the Golden Band From Tigerland will play and they'll hopefully be a few dazzling performances to enjoy. And admission is free.
 
In actuality, head coach Les Miles just doesn't want to get anyone hurt and likely wants to get this thing over with quickly. Regardless, what should we look for? Here's a few things
 
1.      
Jennings vs Harris (again)
There has been no Everett Golson or Braxton Miller added to the LSU roster. For better or worse, this is what you've got at the moment. Jennings appeared to hit a ceiling last season and failed to progress. Harris apparently was too immature,
the coaches were too stubborn or perhaps a combination of both, for the Shreveport native to be much of a factor. How much have the pair improved since late December? Perhaps we'll get a small idea. Jennings threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns
by linebackers in last year's spring game. Coach Miles said the playbook was extremely limited and that the defense could anticipate those plays. Something to take into consideration while watching Saturday. Harris can throw the football a mile and speaks
like a 5th year senior in interviews. Can he finally be trusted? At least for a series or two this fall?
 
2.      
Chark Attack?
There are plenty of wide receivers that come to mind before sophomore DJ Chark – Travin Dural, Malachi Dupre, John Diarse and Trey Quinn to name several. However Chark has received a ton of praise from Coach Miles during the spring and
according to the press releases distributed by LSU, has also made some huge plays in scrimmage action. We've known about Chark's blazing speed since last season. Now can he make plays in live action with thousands of fans watching? Let's see how many passes
are thrown his way.
 
3.      
Rush Off The Edge
Departed defensive ends Jermauria Rasco and Danielle Hunter were good players and from all appearances nice teammates and people. But they didn't pressure opposing quarterbacks off the edge enough last season, combining for just 5 ½ quarterback sacks. We've heard about Lewis Neal,
Tashawn Bower, Deondre Clark and Maquedius Bain doing good things at defensive end this spring. There won't be any quarterbacks getting crushed Saturday afternoon, but will we some quality rush from any of these guys? It would be nice to see.
 
4.   
Colby Delahoussaye's Return
There will hardly be 102,000 fans in Tiger Stadium Saturday afternoon, probably closer to a fourth or fifth of that. But junior kicker Colby Delahoussaye needs to regain his confidence in a live setting and reclaim the starting spot. Delahoussaye went from an unknown, to a can't miss, to then benched late last season after blowing a handful of chip shot field goals. Trent Domingue was then called on and came
through on a pair of short kicks at Texas A&M, but also missed a 39-yarder vs the Aggies and then was dreadful on a line drive vs Notre Dame that was blocked in The Music City Bowl. We'll see how the kicking plays out in this exhibition. Don't forget about former Catholic High kicker Jack Gonsoulin joining the team this fall.
 
 
5.   
LSU's Defense Under New Assistant Coaches
The defensive schemes will be as vanilla as they come. However it will be interesting to see if there are any noticeable differences in LSU's attack
with new coordinator Kevin Steele and defensive line coach Ed Oregeron. Even there isn't, just watch Oregeron interact with his players and fellow coaches. That should be enough entertainment for the afternoon alone.

 


 
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