BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU has touched down in Wisconsin as the team makes final preparations for its season opener Saturday against the Badgers.
There are numerous story lines in play as the Tigers make their 2016 debut, including the new-look offensive line, which returns two starters from a season ago, including left guard Will Clapp.
Clapp discussed all things regarding the line, Wisconsin and more with SEC Country:
SEC Country: Would you consider attempting a Lambeau leap?
WC: I would think about it, but my vertical isn’t too strong. If I went for it and failed that would be ESPN Not Top 10 (material) and would hold that spot for a couple weeks.
SEC Country: What do you make of the Wisconsin defense?
WC: They’ve definitely got some very good players. They’re very gap-sound and have a great pass rush. We’ve been scouting them all August and we’re ready to take on that challenge.
SEC Country: What will it be like playing Wisconsin at Lambeau Field?
WC: We’re definitely excited about the way we’re about to start a season in a historic stadium. They said we’re the first college team to play there, so I’m ready for a fun time and to make some history with it.
SEC Country: How’s the offensive line coming together?
WC: We’re a strong unit this year, definitely closer as a group and should be a very productive group.
SEC Country: What pointers has defensive coordinator Dave Aranda given you about his former team?
WC: He’s given a breakdown how the players are, their strong suits and how they play. With that type of stuff, you know what to expect from each guy.
SEC Country: What’s it like to play against another Power 5 team?
WC: We always play the SEC teams, so it’s nice to go out of conference and play other types of teams and how the other teams play ball and match up against them.
SEC Country: What has left tackle K.J. Malone done well this camp to nab a starting job?
WC: He’s definitely taken the spot and made it his own. He’s always been a great athlete. We’ve known that, but he’s really refined his technique and gotten after people to become a lockdown left tackle.
SEC: With Maea Teuhema as a sixth offensive lineman, what does that say about this line that last year’s starting guard is now on the bench?
WC: We definitely have lot of depth. We have guys that play a lot. We all know that, but just because it’s the starting lineup one day, it could be another next week. It makes for a lot competition each week and we’re all ready for that.
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 Tiger Stadium.