Offensive guard competition shaping up to be intense

But at the one open spot, right guard, the battle to replace the departed Trai Turner is an intense one.

Senior Evan Washington, who spent last season as one of LSU’s top backups, was running with the No. 1 offensive line Tuesday as the Tigers practiced in shoulder pads, helmets and shorts outdoors on day three of spring drills.

Fellow senior Fehoko Fanaika was running with the first-string group Monday.

“We want the best out there,” said Fanaika, a junior-college transfer last year from the College of San Mateo (Calif.). “If someone is beating me out, that’s probably going to be hard to do, but I want him on the field more than me.”

Washington got a chuckle when he heard what Fanaika said.

“I hope he has that mentality,” Washington said. “It needs to be a tough battle.”

Sophomore Ethan Pocic, who played mostly last year as backup center, said he is also focusing on the guard and tackle spots.

He said the prime backups to senior center Elliott Porter are K.J. Malone and Andy Dodd, a pair of redshirt freshmen.

Peterson limps off

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Avery Peterson limped off the practice field during early drills after he pulled up with some sort of leg injury running a deep fly route.

Peterson, younger brother of former LSU All-American cornerback Patrick Peterson, redshirted last season after he suffered a broken ankle during August preseason practices.

Wide receiver Kevin Spears was not at practice. He tweaked a hamstring during Monday’s practice.

Also not seen at practice was Rob Bolden, the former Penn State transfer who recently made the move from quarterback to receiver.

Dynamic duos

The quarterback battle continues to rage on with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron juggling the pairs of quarterbacks.

Tuesday it was Brandon Harris and Outback Bowl starter Anthony Jennings dropping back in the pocket together, while Hayden Rettig worked along walk-on Jake Clise.

LSU ticket, parking requests

LSU announced its football season ticket and parking request lists are now open for fans interested in new or additional tickets and/or parking for the 2014 season.

Fans can submit their requests at

Deadline for both lists is March 31.

LSU is expected to make about 1,000 new season tickets available in the lower southeast bowl of Tiger Stadium because some visiting team seating there will be moved to the new south upper deck.

Monday, LSU said one new suite was available in the south stadium expansion as well as a limited number of club seats.

Up next

The Tigers will take a break Wednesday before resuming practice Thursday afternoon.

LSU’s first scrimmage is set for March 22, while the annual Spring Game is April 5.

Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger contributed to this report.