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Spring preview: Storylines to watch

March, 13, 2013
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As LSU prepares to begin spring practice March 14, GeauxTigerNation will take daily looks at aspects of the spring camp. This is the eighth in the series:

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU begins springs football practice Thursday with plenty of question marks, from adjusting to a new offensive coordinator to replacing the entire defensive line.

Here are the big story lines as practice gets set to start Thursday and continue until the spring game April 20:

1. What's the Cam Cameron effect? It's really going to be hard to pinpoint the Cameron influence on the offense until the Tigers start taking snaps in games next fall.

But if we start seeing Jeremy Hill taking swing passes from Zach Mettenberger and tight ends getting targeted repeatedly in passing drills, we'll know where that came from.

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When one breaks down the 15 returning starters on LSU's football teams, the list does not include junior cornerback Tharold Simon, a fact that may cause one to do a double take.

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AP Photo/Tony GutierrezLSU cornerback Tharold Simon is expected to have an even bigger impact in 2012.
Simon emerged as a one of the team's rising stars last season as LSU's third cornerback, a backup role that plays almost starter-level snaps. He led the team with 10 pass break ups, tied for second on the team with two interceptions and tied for the team lead with 12 passes defended.

With so many teams playing multiple wide receivers -- either because of a spread scheme or because LSU's potent defense forces so many long-yardage situations -- the Tigers often go to the third cornerback, and fifth defensive back in total, to boost the coverage schemes. That allowed Simon to log plenty of snaps last season.

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