BATON ROUGE, La. — Toby Weathersby’s status for LSU’s game Saturday against Alabama is questionable.
But Weathersby doesn’t think that tag is necessary. He’s ready to play today.
“Yeah, I feel like I’m at the best of my playing level,” Weathersby said Tuesday. “I don’t have no pain or nothing. I’m good. I’m ready to roll.”
Weathersby, LSU’s starting right tackle, has missed the team’s last four games with an ankle injury he sustained in the Tigers’ win over Mississippi State on Sept. 17. Now, headed into his team’s biggest game of the season, Weathersby said that his ankle is fine. There’s no swelling. There’s no soreness. The only concern right now is conditioning, but Weathersby said he ran Monday and came out of it feeling fine.
In his weekly Monday news conference, LSU coach Ed Orgeron said that he won’t know Weathersby’s status for certain until Friday. To prepare for the chance that Weathersby isn’t available Saturday, the coaches have been rotating first-team reps between Weathersby and Maea Teuhema, who has started three of LSU’s last four games at right tackle.
Tuesday’s practice will be telling when it comes to Weathersby’s health. Tuesdays in Baton Rouge are “Competition Tuesdays” in Orgeron’s parlance, with the offensive and defensive starters competing and driving one another to get better. This means Weathersby will likely face off against the likes of Arden Key, Lewis Neal and Davon Godchaux, a test of his flexibility and conditioning.
The importance of this practice isn’t lost on Weathersby.
“We’ll see how everything goes,” he said. “If everything goes well, I know where I’ll be at for Saturday.”