SPRING FOOTBALL QUICK COUNT

WHAT WE’VE LEARNED

It’s only been three practices, but new LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has transformed the way the Tigers practice, at least offensively.

New drills and a new urgency abound, with players saying they are getting in more reps per practice than they did in springs gone by.

THE WEEK AHEAD

After getting in three of their 15 practice dates, the Tigers will take off Sunday and Monday before returning to the practice fields Tuesday.

Saturday brings the first landmark of the spring as LSU players go through the first of three major scrimmages.

NUMBERS GAME

6 to 4: LSU has more quarterbacks (six) than tailbacks (four) in camp.

At quarterback: Zach Mettenberger, Stephen Rivers, Rob Bolden, Hayden Rettig, Anthony Jennings and Brad Kragthorpe.

At tailback: Jeremy Hill, Kenny Hilliard, Alfred Blue (green jersey, no contact this spring) and Terrence Magee, who returns from the wide receiver corps.

Magee and Hill both worked in Wildcat formation last week.

SPOTLIGHT ON ...

... The linebackers. There has been talk of LSU moving Lamin Barrow from weakside to middle linebacker, but D.J. Welter has been given the chance at least early on to prove he can fill Kevin Minter’s cleats. If he can, Barrow could productively stay at weakside linebacker, where he piled up 104 tackles in 2012. Meanwhile, Tahj Jones continues to re-establish himself at strongside linebacker. With Kwon Alexander, Deion Jones and Lamar Louis ready to reprise their roles from last season, this should be the strength of the defense.

Scott Rabalais