Editor’s note: As LSU prepares for what should be a promising 2016 campaign, expectations are sky-high as the team returns 18 starters and the nation’s third-ranked recruiting class.
Over the next few weeks, SEC Country will take a closer look at LSU’s 25 most important players who will determine whether this upcoming season will be a success or letdown.
No. 9: Maea Teuhema
Teuhema made a name for himself after playing in 11 games as a true freshman in 2015 .
The 6-foot-5, 327-pound mauler started at left guard in 10 of those contests, but in 2016, he’s expected to take over for Jerald Hawkins at left tackle.
Teuhema will shift over to the end of the offensive line and handle his new role as Brandon Harris’ blindside protector. That’s where he played much of the spring, and did so while earning much praise from coach Les Miles.
The Texas native was a dominant force as an interior lineman last season, helping Leonard Fournette amass more than 1,700 yards in a critical left guard role. Teuhema was responsible for 61 pancake blocks, including a season-high nine knockdowns against both Eastern Michigan and Ole Miss.
Teuhema’s switch to left tackle also puts one of LSU’s more seasoned offensive linemen in a position to lead. Besides Teuhema, only guard William Clapp and Ethan Pocic boast a season in the starting lineup under their belts. Playing the all-important left tackle position, Teuhema is in a spot where he can lead by example and get the necessary experience to lead the line once Pocic departs for the NFL.
Coming Tuesday: A disruptive defensive lineman
- No. 25: Danny Etling
- No. 24: Kristian Fulton, Saivion Smith
- No. 23: Devin White
- No. 22: Tyron Johnson
- No. 21: Rashard Lawrence
- No. 20: Donte Jackson
- No. 19: Colin Jeter
- No. 18: Trent Domingue
- No. 17: Corey Thompson
- No. 16: Kevin Toliver II
- No. 15: William Clapp
- No. 14: Rickey Jefferson
- No. 13: Ethan Pocic
- No. 12: Christian LaCouture
- No. 11: Derrius Guice
- No. 10: Kendell Beckwith
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.