BATON ROUGE, La. — After a monthlong battle between three youngsters, the dark horse candidate seems to have won LSU’s right guard competition.
In is press conference Thursday afternoon, LSU coach Ed Orgeron said he expects true freshman Saahdiq Charles to start at right guard when the Tigers open their season against BYU Saturday. This is a bit of a surprising revelation, as Orgeron spent most of fall camp saying the competition was between redshirt freshman Lloyd Cushenberry and true freshman Ed Ingram. Charles didn’t enter into the discussion until a little over a week ago.
A 4-star guard out of Madison, Miss., Charles was the No. 18 ranked guard in the nation for the class of 2017. LSU lists Charles at 6-foot-5, 321 pounds. Ingram will back Charles up, and Orgeron said he should see the field plenty in the opener as well.
Cushenberry will return to his role as Will Clapp’s backup at center. Had Cushenberry won the job at right guard, LSU wouldn’t have had another scholarship player capable of playing center behind Clapp, so the move to keep Cushenberry out of the lineup could’ve been just as much about preserving depth as it was Charles or Ingram playing well.
Per LSU confirmation, Charles will likely be the first true freshman offensive lineman to start a season opener for the Tigers since World War II.
Check back to SEC Country all weekend for more updates pertaining to the starting lineups and all things LSU football as it prepares for its season opener versus BYU. The game Saturday night is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.