LSU is a little less than a month away from reporting for fall camp, and Geaux247 continues to take a look at the 2012 Tigers.
Sophomore Ego Ferguson could make a push for a starting spot on the defensive line
In this new segment to Geaux247, we will break down three players a day, where we tell you what we saw in 2011, what we expect to see in 2012, and more.
50 - Reid Ferguson - LS - 6-2/235 - Fr. - Buford (Ga.) Buford HS
What we saw in 2011: Ferguson is fresh into the LSU program, but he does have a six-month head start on his fellow 2012 signees after he enrolled at LSU in January. Ferguson started four years at guard and long snapper for Buford, and was a member of the 2009 and 2010 Georgia 2A state championship teams.
What we expect to see in 2012: When an college team offers a scholarship to a long snapper, it's most likely going to be spent across four seasons of production. That's the plan for Ferguson, who graduated from high school early in order to prep to fill the void left by Joey Crapell. Ferguson will start at long snapper in the fall, and the only thing that will take him away from the spot these next four years is injury or poor performance.
9 - Ego Ferguson - DT - 6-3/283 - So. - Fredrick (Md.) Hargrave Military Academy
Early on at LSU: Ferguson surprised the recruiting world when he announced for the Tigers on signing day in 2010, but was a welcomed addition to a defensive line that was growing rich with talent thanks to the recruiting efforts of coach Brick Haley. In order to clean up his weight and catch up to the speed of the college game, Ferguson took a redshirt during his first year on campus.
Reid Ferguson's early enrollment should have him prepared to take over the starting duties at long snapper
What we saw in 2011: Now at defensive tackle, Ferguson saw action in 13 games - missing out on only the Thursday night contest at Mississippi State. He finished the season with 13 tackles, with a career-high four stops coming against Florida in Tiger Stadium.
What we expect to see in 2012: If you look at what the coaches expect, Ferguson will point to his Toby Caston Award - which the rising sophomore picked up with when had a strong run in spring drills. The award is given each spring to the most outstanding defensive player. Bennie Logan is an assumed starter at one tackle position, but the second spot is up for grabs, and Ferguson will most likely find himself battling Josh Downs and Anthony Johnson.
5 - Jarrett Fobbs - WR - 5-11/195 - So. - Shreveport (La.) Huntington HS
Early on at LSU: Fobbs backed away from his pledge to Texas A&M and committed to the Tigers late in his recruiting process, then arrived in Baton Rouge and took a redshirt during his freshman year in 2010.
What we saw in 2011: The wide receivers position was stacked last fall, and Fobbs found himself at the bottom of the totem pole. His lone action came against Northwestern State, but he did not record any stats.
What we expect to see in 2012: Fobbs never did anything to separate himself from the pack in the spring, but much of that is attributed to age. While senior Russell Shepard and juniors Kadron Boone and James Wright take reps ahead of Fobbs during practice, there is also the threat of being buried permanently by younger talent like Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, who both appear to have locked up a spot in the rotation given how reps were distributed this fall. Fortunately for Fobbs, first-year wide receivers coach Adam Henry means a clean slate to work with - and hopefully convince that a move up the depth chart is warranted.