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Former LSU lineman Maea Teuhema (above) was released from his scholarship Wednesday night.

Bayou Bengal Briefing: Where does LSU’s offensive line stand without Maea Teuhema?

Nick Suss

Welcome to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering LSU football with beat writer Nick Suss. Today, we talk about LSU’s rotating offensive line troubles, the arrival of a new player, NFLSU reaching a bragging peak and more. Enjoy!

Turmoil on the offensive line

The LSU football team lost a key piece on the offensive line Wednesday, as junior guard Maea Teuhema was granted an official release to transfer. Earlier in the day, Teuhema had been suspended indefinitely stemming from a violation of team rules. On the first day of fall camp, LSU football coach Ed Orgeron announced that Teuhema was sitting out for the time being resulting from some academic issues.

Without Teuhema, LSU is strapped on the offensive line. Teuhema was projected to start at right guard in 2017 after starting in 10 and playing in all 12 of LSU’s games in 2016. Losing the 6-foot-5, 315-pound guard leaves LSU without an experienced option at either guard spot.

Junior Garrett Brumfield is expected to step in at left guard for Will Clapp, who moved over to center. Brumfield played in 12 games with no starts a season ago, making him the Tigers’ most experienced option. At right guard, the Tigers could go with Donavaughn Campbell, a 343-pound sophomore who played in four games last season. Or they could go with redshirt freshman Lloyd Cushenberry, who didn’t play a single snap a season ago.

There’s also the troupe of true freshmen waiting in line, namely 4-star Texas native Austin Deculus, but Deculus is a natural tackle who is the backup for K.J. Malone at left tackle. Beyond Deculus, the other freshmen are Saahdiq Charles and Edward Ingram, both of whom are three practices into their collegiate careers.

Learn more about Lloyd Cushenberry

Since Cushenberry is one of the biggest unknowns on the LSU offensive line but will have to play a lot of snaps in 2017, now is the best time to learn some facts about him.

Luckily for you, SEC Country’s own Alex Hickey spoke with Cushenberry on Wednesday afternoon about stepping up for the then-suspended Teuhema and also his time as starting center during the spring. For LSU, Cushenberry’s time at center in the spring is probably the most encouraging sign of his ability.

Playing center shows he’s smart enough to handle the calls on the offensive line and versatile enough to bump outside to guard if necessary. That said, starting Cushenberry at guard leaves LSU without a true backup to Clapp at center, since LSU’s other backup centers would be Brumfield and Malone.

It’s a situation in need of definite monitoring as LSU heads toward its opening game and beyond.

Here’s a video for you to watch

As I’ve mentioned before, the LSU football team closed the first two weeks of camp from the media. So, I can’t give you any firsthand practice reports as I normally would.

But LSU has been tweeting out practice videos. So, I can share that with you and we can find out what happened together. Deal?

Here you go.

Another video you should watch

If you have a little bit more time, SEC Country’s LSU recruiting guru and all-around good guy Sam Spiegelman did a Facebook Live chat on our Facebook page Wednesday night.

You can watch that video by opening the player below. And be sure to like us on Facebook for future live chats, including one later in the week from Hickey and me.

Another Jefferson?

Justin Jefferson, brother of former LSU football players Rickey and Jordan Jefferson, joined the LSU football team Wednesday with a Twitter announcement. A 3-star wide receiver, Jefferson is likely replacing offensive lineman Seth Stewart as the final scholarship member of the recruiting class of 2017.

Speaking of Sam, he reported this for SEC Country back in June. According to his report, Jefferson wasn’t able to sign with LSU out of Destrehan High School because he ran into some issues with grades. Now that he’s a part of the team, Jefferson joins JaCoby Stevens, Racey McMath and Mannie Netherly as LSU’s freshman options at wide receiver.

Tyrann said what???

Former LSU safety and onetime internet meme Tyrann Mathieu turned heads Wednesday when he proclaimed himself “the best player in the world.” Which is, you know, a pretty high opinion to have of yourself.

Granted, Mathieu is one of the best safeties in the NFL, and his role with the Arizona Cardinals has helped revolutionize the way in-the-box safeties are used in modern football. But he’s not even one of the top 2 former LSU football players in the NFL. Heck, he’s not even the best former LSU player on the Cardinals.

Still, it’s good to think that about yourself, I guess. If you’re a megalomaniac or a football player who operates on pure swagger.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Thursday is “National Georgia Day.” So, let’s take a look at which current LSU football players are from Georgia and use Thursday to celebrate them:

  • Fullback Tory Carter
  • Linebacker Tyler Taylor
  • Edge rusher Arden Key
  • Long snapper Blake Ferguson

Also, I know I’m not nearly as important, but I was born and raised in Georgia. Spent most of my life there. So, I’m going to celebrate my home state Thursday. And y’all should, too. Because it’s pretty cool.

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