Heading into this LSU’s game this weekend against Southern Miss, the biggest question mark on LSU’s offense all week has been how the offensive line will be configured with starting guard Will Clapp and starting tackle Toby Weathersby both sidelined by injuries.
During the open media portion of Monday’s practice, LSU remedied this by shifting starting center Ethan Pocic to right tackle, moving Weathersby’s replacement Maea Tehuhema to Clapp’s left guard spot and replacing Pocic at center with his backup, Andy Dodd. And during his radio show Wednesday night, Orgeron seemed to confirm that this will be his starting lineup Saturday.
“Andy Dodd did a good job being center. Ethan Pocic did a good job of playing tackle,” Orgeron said. “Now they’ve had two weeks of preparation and time to prepare with [offensive line coach] Jeff Grimes. I think those guys are going to do very well.”
Orgeron also gave updates on the health and playing time statuses of some of LSU’s injured and less-experienced players.
Senior safety Corey Thompson, who hasn’t played this season, returned to practice this week but he was “very sore” and is “not going to be ready” to play. Thompson recorded 15 tackles, eight solo, in 2015.
Freshman cornerback Saivion Smith, who did not play against Missouri and hasn’t recorded a tackle since Week 2 against Jacksonville State, may on the other hand be ready to go.
“Saivion Smith practiced very well this week,” Orgeron said. “We’re going to see if he’s ready for game time. I think he may be ready.”
Orgeron also commented on how much he expects to play freshman wide receiver Drake Davis, a consensus 4-star wide receiver out of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Davis has played in two games this season, catching one pass against Jacksonville State and seeing the field against Missouri. And LSU’s interim coach seems to think that Davis’ playing time will only increase from there.
“Drake Davis is an outstanding athlete. He’s big and he’s strong,” Orgeron said. “[Wide receivers coach] Dameyune Craig is doing an outstanding job of coaching him and you can expect to see him play in the near future and be an outstanding player for us.”