BATON ROUGE, La. — When Sept. 3 rolls around, we’ll find out which position K.J. Malone finally lands at.
Until then, the possibilities remain endless.
The junior offensive lineman has spent time at multiple spots across the offensive line this spring, ranging from left tackle to left guard, as well as some action at right tackle, too.
Not being assured of a starting job or even one clear-cut position hasn’t changed a thing for the 6-foot-4, 298-pounder out of Ruston, La.
Instead, Malone is relishing his new role, whatever it may be.
“Right now, I take one series at guard, one series at tackle, and sometimes I move to right tackle, so if someone goes down they have someone to move in,” Malone said Thursday after LSU wrapped up its 11th spring practice.
“They’re all about the same. At first, it was (tough). It was really tough going from the left side to the right switch because you switch up your stance. Staying on the left side, going from tackle to guard, you change up a little bit, but it’s mostly the same.”
Starter or not, Malone is accepting of his versatile role. He deflected any thought otherwise at the first chance he could.
Malone remains dedicated to helping the team.
LSU’s offensive line is starting to materialize with Maea Teuhema as the new left tackle and Toby Weathersby opposite him on the right side. When healthy, Ethan Pocic should slide back to center, with William Clapp and Josh Boutte manning the guard spots.
That leaves Malone as the sixth man and, by default, a jack of all trades.
Of course, it puts the Tigers in a seemingly good position. Malone saw action last year, including extended time against Arkansas, which has helped him gear up for this coming season.
“Usually, I got in against non-SEC opponents, but when I got in against a good SEC opponent it showed what it was like to play in the SEC,” said Malone, who started at tackle in place of Jerald Hawkins against the Hogs.
“The coaches said I did really good. Getting that one game against Arkansas and seeing what that opponent was like helped me into this year. Now I know how physical the SEC can be and now I can match up with it.”