The LSU Tigers 2021 Spring game kicks off from Tiger Stadium on Saturday at 12 pm CST on SEC Network+. This will be the first time fans will get to see the new-look offense and defense under the new coordinators. Both Jake Peetz and Daronte Jones will have the chance to showcase just a little of what the units could look like this season.
Throughout practice, the Tigers have been working on getting back to the normal program that they were before the 5-5 finish in 2020. But with nearly every player coming back, this team has the chance to be something great. Saturday will give the fans a first look at what is to come in 2021 for this LSU program.
Here are three things to watch on Saturday in LSU’s National L Club Spring Game.
LSU Tigers 2021 Spring Game Preview
The quarterback play will be key this season as the Tigers used three signal-callers last year. Myles Brennan returns after an abdominal injury sidelined him for the season in week three against Missouri. The senior will look to finish what he started last year.
One thing to note for Saturday is that LSU will use all four quarterbacks on the roster. Brennan, Max Johnson, TJ Finley, and Garrett Nussmeier will all see playing time. The situation in which each one plays has yet to be determined. However, fans will get a sense of what all four players can bring to the team in 2021.
The ongoing competition between Brennan and Johnson will likely continue into the Fall. Saturday’s final scrimmage won’t give the coaches a clear-cut answer to make a decision on the starting quarterback. The staff will likely drag out the competition up until late August.
LSU lost Ja’Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall Jr. to the NFL Draft. That leaves open holes at the starting positions. Sophomore receivers Kayshon Boutte and Koy Moore are the favorites to win the outside receiver positions. But at the slot, the Tigers have a handful of players that could be used.
Devonta Lee has been turning heads in practice throughout the Spring. For his career, he has two catches for 27 yards. But, he has a chance to have a breakout season with many spots at the position. Two more receivers that could be in play are Jaray Jenkins and Jack Bech. Bech is a star-studded freshman that holds the right skills and attributes to be a future star in Baton Rouge.
Losing Arik Gilbert to the NCAA Transfer Portal put a dent in the tight end role in Baton Rouge. Now, the Tigers have former baseball players Nick Storz and Kole Taylor competing for the starting spot.
There is always the option that Gilbert returns to LSU, as he visited the campus back in March. But, for now, the position is down to two players. Expectations are that the tight ends will get more reps this season in the new offensive scheme. If that is the case, Storz and Taylor could both play a role on the field.
It will be interesting to see how the tight end competition plays out towards the start of the 2021 season.
The LSU Tigers 2021 Spring Game will answer a lot of questions, specifically at the quarterback position. While LSU won’t showcase a whole lot of the new offense, there will be enough to evaluate the position battles that need to be addressed.