Leonard Fournette and Les Miles got a lot of the attention for LSU at SEC Media Days. But both their successes will be built on what the offensive line does to lead the way for them.
The Tigers have some questions on the offensive line, especially on the left side, but have at least one leader on the line to guide the team. And even though he is fairly established at center, there is the possibility he could shift around the line some.
Senior offensive lineman Ethan Pocic is on several watch lists including the Rimington Award Watch List as the nation’s top center. He was along for the ride for SEC Media Days and told Matt Moscona of Gridiron Now he could shift around the offensive line if an option at left tackle does not emerge.
“Right now they want me at center but (offensive line) Coach (Jeff) Grimes told me to get some reps at (left tackle) just in case someone goes down,” Pocic said.
The Tigers certainly would like some experience and some strength on the left side to protect quarterback Brandon Harris, even if it means sacrificing his leadership at center.
That side of the line was something of a concern after the group struggled some in the spring. That is spring of course, but that does not create a lot of confidence in such an important position with an inexperienced quarterback.
Pocic getting some extra reps around the offensive line can be a good thing for the Tigers if he is pressed into duty. It remains to be seen whether someone emerges or this LSU leader has to shift positions before the opener at Lambeau Field.