Glenn Guilbeau / GANNETT LOUISIANA
BATON ROUGE – Donuts, football, music, track and field, gymnastics, softball and baseball will all be on the menu on the LSU campus on Saturday.
The spring game kicks off at 1 p.m. in Tiger Stadium as the quarterback battle between Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris will be in full view for free after weeks of mostly closed practices. The LSU Radio Network will broadcast the game.
But first, the Rock ‘n’ Roar Block Party opens the day at 11 a.m. on North Stadium Drive across from Tiger Stadium with the band Bag of Donuts playing for free. Tiger Stadium gates open for the spring game at 11:30 a.m.
“There are a lot of positions still up for grabs,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “And I think that the guys will be playing hard this Saturday to see if they can make an impact.”
Jennings closed the 2013 season as LSU’s starting quarterback in the bowl game, but he will just be a two-year sophomore next season and did not play well in the win over Iowa at the Outback Bowl. Chasing him is Harris, a true freshman signee from Bossier City who enrolled in January as an early graduate of Parkway High.
“We’re going to continue to push the ball downfield,” Miles said, regardless of which mobile quarterback wins the job. “I think more likely it (the offense) is going to be evolving from the pocket passer who is mobile. In other words, that guy who can go back in the pocket and throw the ball and then escape and scramble and extend the play and go get yards. To me, those are the things these two guys have done.”
Competition has been heavy at defensive tackle as well with Quentin Thomas and Quentin LaCouture, who are trying to replace early NFL Draft entries Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson, and at offensive right guard between Fehoko Fanaika and Evan Washington, who are vying to replace early NFL Draft entry Trai Turner.
“The offensive line has been playing well,” Miles said.
Depth charts will be unclear during the game, however, as the roster will be split into purple and white teams.
“I think there are a number of guys who have good springs,” Miles said and mentioned defensive end Danielle Hunter, middle linebacker D.J. Welter cornerback/safety Jalen Mills and running backs Terrence Magee and Kenny Hilliard.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Block Party will continue after the game. The LSU track and field program’s “Battle on the Bayou” begins at 1:45 p.m. at Bernie Moore Stadium, followed by the No. 3 LSU women’s gymnastics team in the NCAA Regional at 2 p.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The LSU softball team hosts Tennessee at 6 p.m. at Tiger Park, followed by the LSU baseball team hosting Mississippi State at 6:30 p.m. in Alex Box Stadium.
SPRING FOOTBALL NOT OVER: The LSU football team will still have its last of 15 allowed spring practice days to use after the spring game because the Tigers skipped a day last month so coaches could attend the funeral of West Monroe High coach Don Shows. Miles will use the extra time Tuesday to meet with his team about their duties over the summer.
NO COMMENT: Miles did not answer questions about the sudden departure of senior defensive end Jordan Allen of West Monroe from the team. Allen has spoken with coaches at Louisiana-Lafayette about possibly transferring there and has not been at practice in two weeks.