The LSU Tigers begin fall practice next week with six crucial position battles.
Nearly every starter heading into camp will be pressured by a backup, which is a bit of an uncommon place for the Tigers. Generally, LSU has a stable of starters that have already secured their starting position heading into camp, but 2013 has a different tale.
Zach Mettenberger, Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, J.C. Copeland Trai Turner, Vadal Alexander and La'el Collins are pretty much guaranteed to start on the offensive side, while Anthony Johnson, Lamin Barrow, Jalen Mills and Craig Loston are locked in as defensive starters.
Every other position has two or three prime candidates competing for an opportunity to start. Of all the position battles, here are the most critical.