What to watch for: LSU spring game

Positions and players to keep an eye on during LSU’s spring game Saturday:


Elliott Porter is LSU’s starting center. Who lines up behind him to take the first snap Aug. 30 against Wisconsin will almost certainly be sophomore Anthony Jennings or true freshman Brandon Harris. Their competition carries over to the spring game — Jennings with the more experienced White Team, Harris with the Purple. Jennings has more tools to work with, but Harris may have more chances to showcase his strong arm and nimble feet.

Wide receiver

Travin Dural is LSU’s top returning pass catcher — and he caught all of seven passes in 2013. The cavalry’s coming in the fall with freshmen Malachi Dupre, Trey Quinn and others, but for now it’s up to Dural and Co. Will Quantavius Leslie show he’s ready to be a factor as a senior? Can Avery Peterson stay healthy enough to be a factor? And what does former Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden look like split wide?

Kendell Beckwith

After an apparently permanent move from defensive end this spring, the sophomore from East Feliciana is the middle linebacker of the future. At 6-foot-3 and 246 pounds, he’s at least 20 pounds heavier than any other linebacker the Tigers have. Assigned to the Purple Team, like Harris he may have more chances to shine than on the starter-laden White Team.

Ed Paris

Ranked the nation’s No. 4 safety prospect by ESPN, the true freshman has been working out at cornerback. That’s where he’ll play for the Purple Team on Saturday. Meanwhile, be on the lookout for former cornerback Jalen Mills plying his trade at strong safety for the White Team in one of the spring’s most intriguing personnel moves.