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Two straight years without a BCS bowl should make spring football practice very interesting in Tiger town.
LSU begins spring drills Thursday.
One look at the depth chart will certainly confirm that, especially after the departure of Chad Jones, who will surely regret his decision to leave early much in the same way as Trev Faulk, in my opinion.
Everyone expected Russell Shepard to be the star of the spring last year.
Now they expect it in a different way.
Let's face it, Shepard will not see a lot of time at quarterback unless he is running the wildcat.
The position is Jordan Jefferson's to lose the next two years. And if anybody is going to be pushing the junior, look out for redshirt freshman Chris Garrett, who I hope gets a lot of playing time to prevent what has happened at the position the past two years.
Stevan Ridley of Natchez will get a solid look at running back. Richard Murphy returns for his senior season and he will stay under the radar for the most part.
Redshirt freshman Michael Ford should get a good look and there's a couple of true freshmen out there (Jakhari Gore and Spencer Ware) who may have a chance to blossom.
The fullback position is up for grabs, but Thomas Parsons and Dominique Allen should be the front-runners, although sophomore James Stampley will also be vying for playing time.
Deangelo Peterson had some big catches at tight end, while Mitch Joseph is looking to break out.
T-Bob Hebert was inconsistent at center and Patrick Lonergan may finish the spring ahead of him.
Alex Hurst was impressive at right guard, while Josh Dworaczyk attempts to hold off Will Blackwell at left guard.
Redshirt freshman Chris Faulk is just ahead of junior Greg Shaw at left tackle.
Joseph Barksdale will be pushed at right tackle by Matt Branch.
Terrance Tolliver returns at wide receiver, although split end Rueben Randle will emerge as the go-to guy this year.
Defensively, redshirt freshmen Sam Montgomery and Michael Brockers will show they are the real deal at right defensive end.
Pep Levingston needs to step up at left end of Barkevious Mingo just may take his place.
Lavar Edwards will be looked at for the left tackle position. Chance Clement was expected to explode on the scene, but the sophomore still needs to develop.
Senior Drake Nevis will be pushed hard by sophomore Josh Downs at right tackle.
Kelvin Sheppard should be preseason all-SEC at middle linebacker. Ryan Baker will be looked at for outside linebacker, along with Kyle Prater and Steffon Francois.
There was talk of making Craig Loston a linebacker, but with Jones departing, Loston may be the man in the middle of the defensive backfield.
Patrick Peterson, Ron Brooks, Karnall Hatcher, Brandon Taylor and Jai Eugene return in the secondary.
Watch out for sophomore Morris Claiborne.
Derek Helton and Josh Jasper return for their senior seasons as kickers.
Junior John Williams, who has been a disappointment after being all-everything in high school, will probably return kicks.
Expect Billy Gonzales to take more of a role in the offense this spring and that should carry over into the summer with expectations much higher.
The spring game is slated for March 27 at 3 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN2.