BATON ROUGE, La. — Leonard Fournette is not the only Tiger whose health is in question for the Florida game this weekend.
LSU’s offensive line is also in flux with starting left guard Will Clapp unlikely to go, according to interim coach Ed Orgeron. LSU has already been without starting right tackle Toby Weathersby for the last two games, so at this point the team has to prepare for anything. And during Monday evening’s practice, the Tigers were.
LSU rolled out a pair of different offensive line combinations during practice. The first was to be expected, with last week’s starting line intact with the exception of Garrett Brumfield filling in for Clapp just as he did in the second half against Missouri.
But the Tigers also took several reps with a very different line, moving center Ethan Pocic out to right tackle with Brumfield at right guard, Andy Dodd at center, Maea Teuhema at left guard and K.J. Malone at left tackle.
The second line may have been a precautionary measure for if right guard Josh Boutte has to come out of the game at any point. Boutte was out for an extended length of time against Mizzou, though he was able to check back in before the game was over and did not appear limited in any way during Monday’s practice.
No matter who is out there against the Gators, Malone is not too concerned.
“They might not be in the starting lineup, but they do a great job of getting ready for their time if they get in,” Malone said of LSU’s backups. “I’ve got a lot of trust in whoever is on the field. Whoever is next to me put in the work.”