BATON ROUGE, La. – For sports media and hard-core fans, the release of depth charts before a first game is akin to Christmas morning for anybody who still believes in Santa Claus. You can almost hear the squeals of excitement and see the wrapping paper flying.
When LSU coach Les Miles held a news conference to kick off game week for the Tigers’ season-opener against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field, the pages in the LSU notes package were flipped quickly to the depth chart.
And there certainly were some interesting items to absorb on those pages.
* The offensive line is set – at least on paper – with K.J. Malone penciled in as the starter at left tackle, Toby Weathersby at right tackle and Maea Teuhema listed as the backup at both spots. It seems likely that all three will see time, perhaps on a rotational basis and perhaps all three at each spot.
* One of the most notable listings shows true freshman Michael Divinity as the starter at outside linebacker, which is one of the key spots in the Tigers’ new 3-4 defense. Equally as intriguing is that another freshman, Ray Thornton, is listed as the first backup. It’s conceivable that veteran Tashawn Bower will see time at the position, as well; he is listed as the backup to Arden Key at the other outside linebacker spot.
* Young receivers D.J. Chark and Jazz Ferguson, as expected, are listed as the primary backups to the talented tandem of Travin Dural and Malachi Dupre. Chark appears poised to make an impact.
* What isn’t a shock, and never seems to be when you take a glance, is just how deep the LSU secondary is. The four starters have NFL talent – Tre'Davious White, Jamal Adams, Ricky Jefferson and Kevin Toliver. And backups Ed Paris, Dwayne Thomas, Donte Jackson and Savion Smith also have the skill set to start for most teams.
(Randy Rosetta covers LSU for GN. You can follow him on Twitter @RandyRosetta)
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