BATON ROUGE, La. — Training camp is approaching, which means it is time to start thinking LSU football. SEC Country is counting down the days until camp with a position-by-position preview of how the Tigers stack up.
We start this week with the offense. Next week, the defense. And the week after that, the Tigers will be starting camp.
Yep, football season is around the corner.
The biggest shoes to fill on the LSU offensive line are at center, where the Tigers lost Ethan Pocic to the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the NFL draft. But have no fear. Will Clapp is here.
The all-SEC selection will move from guard to center, as has been the plan. Clapp missed spring practice due to shoulder surgery, so much of his training camp will be spent adjusting to his new position. That should not be too much of an issue — you’ll be hard-pressed to find a player that coaches trust more than Clapp.
Yet another veteran starter who sat out this spring to recuperate — from knee surgery in his case — Weathersby is poised to reprise his role as LSU’s starting right tackle.
There probably isn’t a more excited player on the roster heading into 2017 than K.J. Malone. And new offensive coordinator Matt Canada is the reason.
Canada is a creative guy, and that includes formations that make his tackles eligible to catch passes. It worked last year at Pitt, and you know Malone is itching at the chance to make it happen at Tiger Stadium.
But even if he never catches a pass, Malone gives the Tigers solid protection on the blind side.
Teuhema is LSU’s most versatile lineman. He has the ability to play anywhere the Tigers need him, which in this case will likely be the right guard position vacated by graduate Josh Boutte.
The fresh faces
At least one new starter will emerge during training camp, most likely at left guard unless Teuhema flips to that spot and right guard opens up.
Junior Garrett “Bruiser” Brumfield started against Missouri last year due to a variety of injuries along the line and has a chance to make a bigger impact this season. Sophomore Donavaughn Campbell and freshman Austin Deculus will push him for that spot in training camp.
Adrian Magee made his way onto the first team this spring with Weathersby out, then got suspended after he was arrested for burglary. His suspension for that arrest has been lifted and he’s the third-best tackle on the roster.
Jakori Savage had an impressive spring and will get playing time at right tackle during blowouts as he builds up to a potential future starting role.
With Willie Allen leaving the program after spring practice, it becomes a mystery behind those two. It will be interesting to see how ready true freshmen Edward Ingram, Saahdiq Charles and Seth Stewart are for the big-time.
After Andy Dodd transferred to McNeese State, there’s only one center listed on the roster behind Clapp. That’s Lloyd Cushionberry, who impressed the coaching staff with the job he did this spring in Clapp’s absence. If Clapp misses any time, Ed Orgeron undoubtedly feels more comfortable about how LSU will absorb the loss than he did at the beginning of spring.
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