Yesterday, the final depth chart before the season begins was released to the media. Of surprises, it included little. Anthony Jennings is still listed at the top of the QB list, but now Brandon Harris has an “or” near him, but we knew all along both would play to start the season. Quentin Thomas is now listed as an “or” alongside Frank Herron at the DT spot next to the other starter Christian LaCouture.
Les Miles in his press conference, though, essentially threw the depth chart provided out the window. When asked about Ethan Pocic starting at center, he confirmed it, while the chart still included Porter as the starter. Furthermore, he confirmed that Hoko Fanaika would be the starter at the other guard spot, with Evan Washington still figuring into some playing time.
Miles also noted that the handling of kickoff duties hasn’t been nailed down, as Trent Domingue and Cameron Gamble are currently listed there for now.
Jalen Mills is back on the depth chart, behind Ronald Martin at one of the safety spots. According to various player interviews, Mills has been splitting time with the starters. Given his situation, he probably won’t play or will play little in the opener before resuming his starting role.
There’s been a lot of discussion about Jalen Collins working his way back into the starting lineup, as reports from camp say he performed better than anyone expected. He’s currently behind Tre’ White on the chart, as well as Rashard Robinson, but he may get early playing time against Wisconsin.
Otherwise, this is the same depth chart from the summer. Miles said 6 to 12 freshmen will see significant playing time, which is not hard to imagine given that 7 freshmen are listed in the two deep & that doesn’t include Leonard Fournette.
Click the depth chart below to see a larger version. I’ve modified this one, re-ordering Pocic & Porter and removing the “or” between Fanaika & Washington, from the one put out by LSU yesterday. Notable changes & differences in the depth chart have also been highlighted in purple.